DIY Cavity Repair: Is That Really Possible?

Cavities in your teeth form as a result of mineral loss, overexposure to certain foods, and even lack of proper dental care. For many years it has been a well-known fact that the only a trip to see the dentist can fix a small cavity. However, thanks in part to the internet, there are rumors flying about how you can take a DIY approach to fixing the cavities in your teeth. The first thing you'll likely think when you see an ad on social media or an article by some random blogger about at-home cavity recovery is, "Is that really possible?" Here are a few things you do need to know before you get too excited. 

The remedies you see online are not professionally tested theories.

There are all kinds of self-proclaimed dental experts out there who claim they have found a way to restore a tooth's enamel and get rid of cavities in a way that does not involve a dentist's drill but instead involves everyday products. Some of the most mentioned products include things like:

  • coconut oil
  • peroxide and baking soda pastes
  • cod liver oil 
  • bone broth 
  • mineral drops or supplements

While some of the methods used and mentioned may have some merit, you have to keep in mind that these are only theories and have not been tested on a broad scale. Therefore, even if you do see some results, you will probably need further examination by a professional. 

There is no real way to actually heal a severe cavity. 

A cavity is a spot of decay that is just starting to form on the enamel of the tooth. This material rarely ever grows back, which is why a dentist will drill away the bad material and use filler material to close off the spot in your tooth. 

The healthiest way to repair a cavity is do everything you can to avoid them in the first place. 

While you cannot heal a cavity, what you can do is be proactive about dental care. Make sure you are getting regular cleanings and checkups, brush and floss as you should, and avoid foods that you know are hard on your teeth, such as sugary soft drinks and starchy foods that turn into sugars. The problem with DIY cavity repair is the time you spoend trying to repair the cavity could actually allow the problem to grow bigger, so it is always best to see a dentist if you notice the slightest spot.

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