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Can Cavities be Reversed?

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Is it possible for you to reverse tooth decay? The answer is a bit confusing, as it depends on the stage of your cavity development.

When it comes to healing or re-growing a physical cavity inside of your tooth, no, it’s not possible to reverse the decay. So, anything you see on the internet saying it’s possible to cure cavities on your own using DIY methods is a bit misleading, to say the least.

However, early signs of demineralization (which is the first stage of tooth decay) can be reversed, but only if caught early enough.

Demineralization is when a tooth starts to succumb to acids and bacteria. The outer layers of your enamel weaken and start to decay…but a cavity isn’t present yet. Usually, you can spot these areas on your teeth as they tend to look whiter than the enamel around them. You might notice white spots or lines near the gums.

To reverse demineralization, you’ll need to brush and floss thoroughly every single day. On top of that, you’ll need to add minerals back into your enamel, so that it can re-calcify and harden back up, making your tooth resistant to further decay.

For remineralization, it’s best to use a prescription-grade fluoride from our Mulgrave dentists. Usually, this comes in the form of a gel that you apply after brushing your teeth. Alternatively, Tooth Mousse which is a calcium based product can be used as well.

Once you have a physical opening inside of your tooth, only a filling can repair your cavity. The types of cells that make up your tooth enamel are not like the ones on other parts of your body that repair themselves.

If you suspect that you might have a cavity, visit the Mulgrave dentists at Purity Dental today. Catching your cavity early could make the difference between a fluoride supplement, filling, or crown!