Healthy Living

Tooth Decay

Also indexed as:Cavities, Dental Cavities
Keep that smile on your face by protecting and strengthening your teeth and gums. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Supplement Amount Why
Probiotics
Add 5 to 10 x 105 CFU per ml to milk or formula 3 stars [3 stars]
Supplementing with probiotics may inhibit cavity-causing bacteria.
Xylitol
Chew gum containing xylitol regularly 3 stars [3 stars]
Chewing gum with xylitol, a sugar substitute, may reduce the activity of cavity-causing bacteria.
Fish Oil
3 tsp per day of cod liver oil 2 stars [2 stars]
One trial showed that children given cod liver oil for an entire school year had over 50% fewer new cavities.
Neem
1 gram of leaf extract in gel applied to teeth twice per day 2 stars [2 stars]
Neem leaf extract has been shown to reduce plaque and bacteria levels in the mouth.
Vitamin B6
For adults: 20 mg per day in capsules or lozenges; for children: 9 mg daily 2 stars [2 stars]
Vitamin B6 appears to increase growth of beneficial mouth bacteria and decrease growth of cavity-causing bacteria.
Sorbitol
Add 5 to 10 x 10e5 CFU per ml to milk or formula 1 star [1 star]
Chewing gum with sorbitol, a sugar substitute, may reduce the activity of cavity-causing bacteria.
Strontium
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Communities with strontium in their water supply appear to have a reduced risk of dental caries.
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Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

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