Dr. Mercola: Here’s a Better Way to Treat Tooth Decay

Posted on October 21st, 2011 by author  |  4 Comments »

how to avoid tooth decayCavities and root canals due to dental decay are extremely unpleasant and painful but oftentimes unavoidable. What if there is a way for you to reverse tooth decay and avoid these excruciating health problems? Recently, researchers from the University of Leeds developed a peptide-based fluoride called P 11-4 that, when applied to decayed teeth, can stop or even reverse the dental decay process and help rebuild it from the inside out.

P 11-4 was tested on a small group of adults who suffer from early tooth decay and was proven to reverse the damage, as well as regenerate the tooth tissue. According to a press release from the University of Leeds:

“When applied to the tooth, the fluid seeps into the micro-pores caused by acid attack and then spontaneously forms a gel. This gel then provides a ‘scaffold’ or framework that attracts calcium and regenerates the tooth’s mineral from within, providing a natural and pain-free repair. (link)”

Dr. Joseph Mercola says this new dental strategy is a “far superior option to the ‘drill-and-fill’ model currently used today.” He says that aside from regenerating the tooth and sparing people from the pain of having their tooth drilled, this new procedure can completely obliterate the use of toxic mercury fillings.

The Dangers of Using Mercury Fillings

The process of “filling and drilling” a dental cavity is already an outdated practice. But the alarming truth is that almost 50 percent of U.S. dentists continue to use mercury dental fillings, which can put people’s health in danger. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that can harm your kidneys, permanently damage your child’s developing neurological system, and even kill an unborn child in the womb.

To implant dental amalgams, a dentist first drills out healthy tooth matter so he can carve the crater where the amalgam will be placed. Dr. Mercola claims that this process is primitive and may irreversibly weaken your tooth structure. The metal-based filling expands and contracts due to temperature changes, which is why teeth with dental amalgams are much more likely to crack after several years. Despite these disadvantages, dentists continue to use amalgams because they are quick and easy to use.

Safe Ways to Treat and Prevent Tooth Decay

Dr. Mercola says you may need to wait for a few years before P 11-4 and other tooth-regenerating fluids become available. However, there are solid and safe alternatives to mercury fillings available today. Resin composite, a product made from a type of plastic and is reinforced with powdered glass, is a good choice. Unlike amalgam, resin composite does not require significant amounts of healthy tooth matter to be removed. What’s more, resin composite helps preserve and strengthen a healthy tooth structure, giving you better oral health and less dental work.

Autraumatic restorative treatment (ART) is a lesser-known alternative, says Dr. Mercola. Instead of mercury, it uses adhesive materials for the filling. Hand instruments are used to place the filling, making it ideal for rural areas and developing countries.

Dr. Mercola says that the most important thing you should do is to protect your teeth to prevent cavities from forming. However, drinking or using fluoridated water and fluoride toothpaste is NOT recommended because these can pose greater threats on your health.

What you can do instead is to eat a healthy diet composed of traditional, organic foods. Avoid or limit your intake of sugars, grains, and processed foods. Otherwise, the decay-causing bacteria will proliferate.


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Responses to “Dr. Mercola: Here’s a Better Way to Treat Tooth Decay”

  1. Dr. Marvin says on :

    As a biological dentist I concur with your findings about tooth decay and fluoride. The healthiest approach is prevention by changing ones diet and avoiding acidic foods. To rid the mouth of cavities, try going to a dentist that utilizes ozone therapy to reverse cavities. We’ve had great success with that treatment and is not well-known amongst dental circles.

    Dr. Marvin

  2. Marie says on :

    Where is Dr. Marvin located? I want to have a cavity treated.

    Thank you

  3. dennis says on :

    It’s so hard to find a solution to all of these addressed problems. Yes, you pointed out some of the solutions but where do we find the people who use such practices? I have a dental emergency and I don’t want to go to a “conventional dentist.”

  4. April says on :

    Looking for pediatric dentist to do ozone therapy as they did one extraction and crown and wanting to do 3 more on my four year old

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