Dealing with dental cavities is no fun. In addition to hours of time spent in the dental chair, treatment and filling of cavities can be costly, putting a huge dent in the family budget.

The Natural Society recommends these steps you can take that will go a long way toward preventing cavities. Of course, it goes without saying that a daily regimen of brushing and flossing is your first line of defense.

  • Consume foods rich in alkaline. Alkaline is responsible for making the bones strong and healthy. Thus, alkalizing your body with foods can help prevent the formation of cavities. Foods that are rich in alkaline include fruits and vegetables. (a nutritional supplement containing Vitamin D and calcium can help support bone health, too.)
  • Balance acidity levels. Being too acidic can result in an unbalanced pH level in the body, which will lead the body to lose calcium. Calcium is essential to helping keep the bones healthy. Avoid eating too much acidic or sugary foods, as they set the acidity of the body off-balance.
  • Eat raw vegetables. Cooking vegetables makes them lose their cell-building nutrients, which will result in getting lower levels of essential nutrients. Eat your vegetables raw once in a while to maximize the nutrients you can receive.
  • Use tea tree oil. Incorporating tea tree oil into the oral products you use on your teeth is very beneficial. Tea tree can actually protect the teeth from bacteria growth, so cavities would not build up.
  • Drink more water. Water is needed to produce saliva. Saliva is very important because it protects oral health. It contains important mucus and enzymes which help cover the teeth. Without saliva, the body cannot easily break down the food, and also will not be able to help balance out the acidity levels of the mouth.
  • Get a few minutes of sun exposure daily. The link between adequate Vitamin D levels and increased cavity prevention is long established, with documentation as far back as the Civil War demonstrating the positive effect of natural sunlight exposure on dental health. Another interesting fact is that Vitamin D also attacks oral bacteria, due to the production of a polypeptide known as cathelicidin, which is made in addition to vitamin D by your body in response to direct sunlight.

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