Try 4 Natural Cavity-Busters For Your Child

10 February 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Natural alternatives are becoming popular and for good reason. Nature has provided many ways to protect your child's teeth from cavities. The following are 4 natural ways to help keep your child's teeth healthy.

1. Stop Cavities With Chocolate

Studies have shown that chocolate contains several active ingredients that are anti-bacterial. One of those ingredients is CBH. This active ingredient is incredibly poisonous to cavity-causing bacteria, which stops their reproduction. But these active ingredients are usually concentrated in the bark of the cacao bean. This bark is usually disposed of when milk chocolate is produced. 

But you can still get CBH, and the other antibacterial ingredients, by purchasing dark chocolate or, better yet, raw chocolate. 

2. Use A Twig To Kick Cavity-Causing Bacteria Out

The stick you should look for is referred to as a miswak. This is a twig from a tree that usually grows in Middle-Eastern territories. This particular twig contains several antibacterial active ingredients like nimbin. Nimbin will wound and gradually kill the bacteria in your mouth.

You must peel at least 1 inch of the twig's skin off. You can stick the tip of the twig in a little water, and chew on it until it resembles a toothbrush. Your child can use the miswak like a toothbrush without adding any toothpaste. Some people choose to just chew on the stick throughout the day as well. 

You can purchase this at your local health food store or online. 

3. Obliterate Bacteria With A Little Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains a bacteria-killing ingredient called cinnamic aldehyde. This active ingredient is powerful enough to penetrate the cellular membranes of most bacteria in your mouth. This includes the bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath, too. If your child is old enough, you can allow him or her to suck on a cinnamon stick (supervised). This is an easy way to enjoy the benefits of cinnamon. 

4. Honey Can Get All Those Pesky Pathogens

Honey has several enzymes that help disturb bacterial reproduction. But honey does a little more than that. Honey happens to be a powerful bacteria killer that will protect your child's teeth from cavities. Honey is osmotic and will dehydrate the bacteria in your mouth. This should prevent bacteria from creating acids that eventually cause cavities. You can give your child a spoonful of raw, unfiltered honey each day or include more honey in your child's desserts.  

As you can see, nature does have a few ways to help keep your child's mouth free of cavities. And this list should definitely make your dentist's job a little easier. To learn more, visit Southridge Pediatric Dentistry .