I am feeling overwhelmed with information and whatnot with regard to healing cavities. My DD1 (9) recently had a big hole in her molar (baby, not permanent). The dentist cleaned it out and capped it with a stainless steel cap; he didn't fill it, because he felt that the tooth was too brittle to take a filling, due to the size of the hole. She also has crowded teeth (both top and bottom), and will almost certainly need braces to space them out.
DD2 (7), also has crowded teeth, but not as badly as DD1, and she has no cavities.
My DS1 (12) also had a small cavity, and we did have that one filled. His teeth are otherwise beautiful, well-spaced, healthy gums, etc. I think that his cavity is mainly because he *loves* sweets and isn't the greatest wrt oral hygiene.
DS2 has beautiful teeth, well-spaced, and very clean.
I've known for some time that I need to address our diet, to really get the sugar out, cut down on the grains, and increase some foods (bone broths, fermented foods, etc.). However, various life events have made it hard to implement those changes, so it just hasn't happened.
This is the heart of my post: Is it really possible to heal cavities? Can we truly make any difference in this situation? Is there *any* possibility that we can avoid braces for DD1, any chance that dietary changes can help her teeth space on their own?
I'm also curious about the connection, if there is one, between gluten and oral health. AFAIK, we are not sensitive to gluten, but I'm def. open to going GF if it would benefit our dental condition.
There is SO much information out there about dental health, and I just really feel overwhelmed. I don't really know where to start. I've been reading here on MDC, and some other sites, but again, there is so much, it's hard to know where to focus my attention. I would love some help pinpointing worthwhile reading. Thanks!