Suffering from painful cavities? This painful problem can make eating or drinking hell for you. A dental cavity is a tiny hole in the teeth that can lead to tooth decay. They are caused by bacteria on the surface of teeth creating acid out of sugar. The most common culprit is a bacterium known as Streptococcus mutans. The bacteria form a plaque which is sticky in nature. This plaque releases acid that removes all minerals present on the enamel. This erosion causes tiny holes in the enamel. Once the acid spreads underneath the enamel, it causes the cavity.
Can you prevent cavities at home? “The answer is Yes” Read on to know more about this problem and how you can treat it with simple home remedies.
Certain factors can increase the risk of getting cavities, include-
- Foods that cling to your teeth for a long time,
- Frequent snacking or sipping,
- Poor oral hygiene,
- Not getting enough fluoride,
- Dry mouth, worn fillings or dental devices.
Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can also contribute to serious dental problems due to repeated purging.
The signs and symptoms of cavities vary, depending on the type and the severity of the problem. Some common symptoms include-
- Tooth sensitivity,
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking,
- Visible holes or pits in the infected tooth,
- Black, brown or white stains on the tooth’s surface.
- Severe toothache,
- Infection and even tooth loss.
Some of the treatments for tooth decay and cavities are fillings, crowns and root canals.
Here are the top home remedies for tooth decay and cavities!
You will need: 3 drops of clove oil, ½ a tsp. of honey 2-3 drops of sesame oil.
How To Use:
Dab the mixture in cotton and press to the affected area for a few minutes and repeatedly. It should heal within a few days.
2. Oil pulling
It involves swishing a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil around in the mouth for a prescribed period, then spitting it out.
- Rinsing your teeth with sesame or coconut oil for 10-15 minutes is sure to help you cure that agonising tooth decay.
- Make sure you don’t ingest the oil.
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Use salt water for added antimicrobial benefits.
- Brush your teeth as usual.
- Do this daily in the morning, on an empty stomach.
3. Neem For Cavities
Chew on the neem twig for a few minutes.
Rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
Neem oil can also be applied to the affected tooth and the surrounding gum. Do this every day to keep your mouth fresh and teeth clean.
4. Salt and lemon juice:
The lemon juice helps kill the bacteria present in the cavity and the salt soothes any sign of inflammation
- You’ll need ½ a tsp. of salt and 1 tsp. of lemon juice
- Apply on the cavity ridden tooth twice a day.
Turmeric has antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the gums healthy and prevent tooth decay due to bacterial infection.
Apply some turmeric powder on the affected teeth. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse well with warm water.
Another option is to mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a little mustard oil and use it to massage your teeth and gums. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then spit it out.
6. Garlic & Salt
- Crush a clove of garlic and mix it in a pinch of salt.
- Now apply this to your affected tooth and in no time the pain will fade away.
- Use it regularly and see how your corrupted tooth heals in no time.
7. Avoid sugary foods and drinks
Consumption of sugar is among the leading causes of cavities. Sugar mixes with bacteria in the mouth and forms an acid, which wears down tooth enamel.
Tip:- Regular dental checkups are the best way to catch a cavity before it gets worse.
When to see a dentist
Home remedies may reduce the risk of cavities or reverse damage to enamel in the pre-cavity stage. But one must visit the dentist in case of any tooth trouble, minor or major. Follow these remedies alongside dentist-recommended techniques, such as brushing, preferably with fluoride toothpaste.
Treatment at the dentist for a cavity may include:
* Fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments contain more fluoride than toothpaste and mouth rinses you can buy at a store. If stronger fluoride is needed daily, your dentist may give you a prescription.
* Fillings: Fillings are the main treatment when a cavity has progressed beyond the enamel.
* Crowns: A crowns is a custom-fitted covering or “cap” that is placed over the tooth to treat extensive decay.
* Root canals: When tooth decay reaches the inner material of your tooth (pulp), a root canal may be necessary.
* Tooth extractions: This is the removal of a severely decayed tooth.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor before following any natural routine.