Can You Reverse Cavities Using At-Home Treatments?

Sep 5, 2023

Technically, yes, it is possible to stop and reverse a cavity without the intervention of a dental professional. However, we, at GumChucks, do not recommend utilizing at-home methods when approaching serious oral health issues, such as cavities. By understanding why cavities form, this knowledge can better help us reverse tooth decay. Studies show that an estimated 17% of children between 5 and 19 have untreated cavities that they’re unaware of, which means that visiting your dentist should be the primary way to both locate and treat a cavity. With that said, below we explain the best methods you should utilize to potentially reverse your pesky cavity.

How Do I Reverse a Cavity?

It’s important to understand what causes a cavity to better help inform how you’ll reverse it.
A cavity forms from oral negligence that eventually turns into tooth decay. Caused by bacteria that lives in the plaque on your teeth and gums, tooth decay leads to gingivitis and, eventually, gum disease. Symptoms of cavities includes dark stains on your teeth, inflamed gums, bleeding gums, regular toothaches, pain while eating, and holes in the enamel. If left unchecked, a small cavity gradually grows larger to eventually become a hole in your tooth. From this point, an untreated cavity can cause an infection in your bones and spread to other parts of your body.

There is a caveat to one’s capability to treating a cavity on their own, which is that a cavity cannot be reversed if it progresses past the demineralization stage of decay. A cavity can only reverse with at-home methods if treated in its early stages. Some natural ways to treat cavities at homes includes:

  • Improve Your Diet: Studies show that altering your diet can actually reverse tooth decay. It’s important to avoid sugars and to consume more natural and calcium rich foods.
  • Develop a New Oral Health Strategy: A reported 32% of Americans never floss, a practice which will inevitably lead to cavities. Flossing is vitally important to your oral health and is the only way to remove unwanted plaque from in-between your teeth. Some modern flossing accessories, GumChucks being the prime example, are specifically designed to accomplish C-Shape flossing. Unlike one-piece flossers that hold the floss in a rigid position, GumChucks’ two-handle device gives you better leverage, letting you control the tension of the floss and allowing you to effectively clean the sides of each tooth. The handles make it easier for everyone to floss, especially those with limited dexterity, with the added bonus of never having to stick your fingers in your mouth!
  • Imbalances in pH Levels: Improper pH balances can create an oral environment for plaque to thrive. Acidic foods and drinks that are high in pH levels should be avoided when trying to reverse a cavity.
  • Take Vitamins & Supplements: Vitamins such as Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin D, and Vitamin D all improve the strength and health of your teeth.

When to See a Dentist

In truth, we only recommend you utilize the aforementioned methods as preventive measures. If you are showing any signs that you may have a cavity, you should take action and visit your dentist immediately. If discovered early, a dentist could potentially reverse the cavity with simple fluoride treatments, which ultimately helps repair the tooth enamel. However, cavities commonly require more extensive approaches, such as drilling, to return the tooth back to proper health. When a dentist drills into a cavity, they fill in the missing enamel with synthetic materials to prevent the cavity from spreading further. When oral decay progresses and results in the death of nerves within your teeth and gums, a dentist will perform a root canal operation to save your tooth. In one of these operations, dentists will remove blood vessels, nerve tissue, and decaying parts of your tooth. After this process, they will check for any additional infections and fill your tooth in with synthetic material. In severe cases, the dentist may choose to extract your tooth completely. In situations such as this, your dentist will fill in the open tooth gap with an implant, bridge, or crown.


As we’ve established, flossing your teeth is the only way to remove plaque and to prevent tartar from entering hard-to-reach places. GumChucks’ design ensures a flossing experience that’s faster, easier, and more effective than competing flossers or traditional floss. Our two handles with disposable floss allow you to comfortably reach all your teeth, even those in the back while wrapping the floss around each tooth. This creates the vital “C-Shape”necessary to get below the gum line and effectively clean each tooth.



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