Say Goodbye To Cavities: 3 Vitamins And Supplements For Your Oral Health

Tooth decay is one of the most chronic diseases amongst children and adults alike. The worst part about it is that tooth decay is 100 percent preventable. Luckily, the prevalence of cavities has reduced over the years, it is still a major concern among many, especially young children. If you're looking for a way to naturally reduce, prevent and treat tooth decay, here are a few vitamins and supplements that you may want to consider adding to your diet:

1. Xylitol

A natural sweetener, xylitol has been shown to be able to prevent bacteria in the mouth from actually sticking to your teeth and causing plaque build-up and tooth decay. Usually, after you eat, there is an acid attack on your teeth. It often lasts for more than 30 minutes, but xylitol can help counteract that. Overall, this natural sweetener has the ability to reduce bacteria by up to 90 percent. It also helps to produce more alkaline saliva in the mouth, which contains special components that can help repair cavities in their early stages and harden enamel.

2. Vitamin D

According to one study, vitamin D has the ability to reduce the occurrence of tooth decay in half. Vitamin D has been linked to dental caries since 1950. According to the research, vitamin D can help improve mineralization of not only bones in the body but teeth as well. Some research out there suggests that vitamin D may be able to even reverse tooth decay. In one study, it was determined that a regular diet with vitamin D supplements could promote healing of existing cavities, with limited new cavities. However, vitamin D and a diet that was low in or contained no phytic acid showed even fewer new cavities and more healing of existing cavities.

3. L-arginine

The amino acid may be better known for the role it plays in strengthening the immune system, dilating blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. However, recent research has shown that it may also be able to help neutralize plaque development and reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth. This can help reduce the prevalence of plaque, tooth decay as well as gum disease. Available in supplement form, l-arginine can also be found in many foods, including red meat, pork, cottage cheese, lentils and nuts.

If you have tooth decay, you need to speak to your dentist (like those at All About Smiles Incorporated) about what treatment options are available. In some cases, the decay may be so severe that you need cosmetic dentistry performed in order to restore your smile.