Stages of a Cavity:
Cavities develop in a pattern and the earliest stage is not easily seen – unless you are searching for a small change in tooth color. The sign is a white spot that is dull and opaque. This color change indicates that the tooth has lost minerals and is softening. Sometimes this problem is discovered on X ray. Unfortunately X rays make the softened area appear to be a hole – and this often convinces people that a filling is needed.
Putting Back Minerals –for natural tooth repair:
As easily as minerals left a tooth, they can be returned. Remineralization is a method that can naturally reverse cavities in teeth. The earlier a cavity is detected, the quicker it can be reversed. Left untreated, the soft “first-stage” will progress and reversal becomes more difficult. The next stage happens when cavity bacteria enter the softened area and eventually start to burrow towards the center. Each stage of a cavity is progressively more difficult to reverse.
When bacteria have been able to move inside a cavity, it is necessary to use a program that will not only “attack” the bacteria but will heal the softened tooth at the same time. Xylitol, oxygen and antiseptics can help eradicate cavity bacteria and fluoride rinsing and xylitol will build minerals back into tooth layers. The more advanced the lesion, the harder it is to stop the damage. At these later stages, natural reversal can only happen if a vigorous program of tooth care is implemented and the progress should be closely monitored with bacteria counts and X ray analysis.
When is it Too Late to repair a cavity naturally?
Years ago there were concerns that teeth could not repair once decay reached a certain point (the enamel-dentin junction). These were the days before the use of xylitol. With the combined use of xylitol, specific rinses, probiotics and dietary changes I have often halted and reversed extensive cavities – cavities that had progressed well beyond this junction.
On the other hand, results and predictions about extensive tooth repair depend on individual patient assessment. There are contributing factors such as mouth acidity, diet, stress, breathing patterns etc. Each person has a different “risk” level for decay and an equally unique “healing” capacity.
Early cavities can be reversed, but no one can say with dogmatic conviction that a tooth repair is possible or impossible for deeper cavities. To predict this would involve a personal risk analysis and conversation to assess the patient’s salivary healing potential (taking into consideration salivary flow, mouth breathing etc). In addition to this, how dedicated is this patient to the their diet and use of rinses and xylitol? The risk of the lesion progressing must be evaluated into the dynamic, since an active lesion could progress and cause more involved problems. There is no “one size fits all” answer to this question, but remarkable healing is possible for the person prepared to make serious lifestyle changes.
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