Q: How can I guard against cavities?
A: Obviously, the best way to protect your teeth from cavities is by brushing them and flossing regularly, and also by avoiding large amounts of sugar. Dental plaque—a filmy coating of bacteria, food particles and mucous—contributes to the break-down of dental enamel by leeching minerals out of the teeth. Practicing good dental hygiene can help keep plaque at bay.
Beyond the basics, studies have shown that green tea is a good source of naturally-occurring fluoride, which hardens tooth enamel and, therefore, helps prevent cavities. Drinking 2-4 cups of organic green tea everyday, without sugar and milk, can help keep the dentist away!
Supplemental calcium may also help. A calcium-rich diet that includes vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, strengthens the teeth and helps protect tooth enamel against attacks by acid-forming bacteria. Even a slice of well-aged cheese, such as cheddar, can help. Eat it right before meals to help eliminate acid production of plaque.
Finally, if you do have a toothache, you can apply clove essential oil directly to the tooth and gums to help dull the pain while you’re on your way to your dentist’s office. Use a cotton swab to help apply the essential oil directly.
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