Tooth decay is caused by acid from bacteria that live in your mouth. Sugars increase the amount acid. This acid wears away the protective coating on your teeth called enamel. Over time, this leads to a cavity. There are many ways to prevent cavities:

  • Fluoride in drinking water
  • Fluoride in toothpaste and mouth washes
  • Brushing teeth 2 times a day
  • Flossing teeth once a day
  • Reducing sugar and carbohydrates in your diet
  • Regular dental visits

Natural Therapies

Both adults and children were involved in the studies listed below.

Likely Effective

  • Xylitol —a natural sweetener thought to slow the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Often used in “sugarless” gums and candies. A1-A3

Possibly Effective

  • Probiotics —bacteria that help rebalance the normal bacteria in the digestive tract. Probiotic Lactobacilli was studied. B1-B3
  • Vitamin D C1-C2

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions. Xylitol is generally safe, but in doses above 30 grams a day it may cause stomach upset, gas, and diarrhea.

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