Tooth cavities, a nightmare we don’t need nor want to have. How many of you have experienced some signs or symptoms of a cavity? Depending on the severity of the problem and type, common symptoms include a toothache, tooth sensitivity, sharp pain when eating or drinking, and black or brown stains on the surface of the tooth. And if we don’t treat our cavities, this can lead to a more severe toothache, infection and possibly tooth loss. Even though there are many treatments for cavities and tooth decay such as fillings, crowns, and root canals, there are four major contributions to tooth decay and cavities.
- Lack of minerals in diet (calcium deficiency and magnesium deficiency)
- Lack of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A,D,E, the key vitamin is vitamin D)
- Over Consumption of phytic acid-rich foods
- 4. Over Consumption of processed sugar
All of which are related to diet and what consists of our modernized diet. The diet we have now is significantly different from the diets our parents, grandparents and our great-parents had. So when you are looking for home remedies for cavities most are associated with the diet we have which means there are home remedies that require us to alter our diets:
- Remove Sugar: sugar feeds oral bacteria and prevents healthy, dental fluid flow.
- Remove Phytic acid: phytic acid is a mineral blocker found in grains and nuts that cause serious health problems in your diet. It creates mineral deficiencies by preventing the absorption of the minerals in your food and drains the minerals from your body and bones.
- Increase Intake of Raw Diary: it is filled with vitamins and minerals contributing to the healthy fluid flow and to maintain strong teeth and promote oral wellness.
These are few of the remedies we can use to alter our diet and to help maintain good oral health and keep our teeth nourished to sustain our teeth from cavities and tooth decay. However, there are other home remedies known to help our teeth that have nothing to do with the alteration to our diets we can try to maintain good oral health and provide relief.
- Clove: It is an essential ingredient to treating dental issues. The properties it contains (anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antibacterial) help alleviate pain and prevent the spread of the cavity. Make sure to dilute the oil first before applying it to a cotton ball and dabbing it to the infected area, use it in moderation.
- Salt: has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which help reduce inflammation, ease pain and prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Mix the salt with warm water to swish in your mouth for three to five minutes.
- Aloe Vera: protects the teeth and gums from decay since it kills plaque. Swishing and focusing on the infected area will help your teeth.
- Oil Pulling: this an old practice that has been used many years before to reduce cavities and bleeding of gums and bad breath. It helps clean your mouth of harmful bacteria responsible for dental problems. Like the salt and aloe vera, it is used as a mouth washed.
These remedies are great for maintaining an overall good oral hygiene and for healing and reversing cavity damage to the tooth. Although, some of these remedies are only recommended to be used in moderation and are in no way a cure for cavities. It also doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit your dentist about your cavity. If you have a cavity and use home remedies to alleviate the pain, it is better to get it checked by dentists for further consultation on what your options are for treatment. Think of these home remedies as additional measures to keep and sustain your overall dental health!