Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Home Remedies for Cavities

A dental cavity is one of the most common causes of toothache and jaw pain. When a small food particle gets lodged in the cavity, it leads to excruciating pain. The toothache becomes worse if the tooth root is exposed due to the cavity. Oral hygiene, healthy diet, good eating habits play an important role in preventing cavities and tooth decay. Before discussing home remedies for cavities, let us first take a look at the causes of tooth cavities.

Causes of Teeth Cavities

The hard white enamel and dentin are the two outer layers of a tooth. A hole in these two layers is referred to as 'tooth cavity'. In the early stage, a hole develops in the enamel and does not lead to any sensation. But as it reaches the dentin, the person experiences pain when the tooth is used to bite the food. With prompt treatment (filling), you can prevent worsening of the situation. If you don't get the cavity filled up by a dentist immediately, then it can become larger and larger and eventually, can reach the pulp. To avoid this situation, you need to know the causes of cavities in teeth.

Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is the main cause of tooth cavity. Bacteria in food particles left on tooth surface produce certain acids which lead to tooth decay. Streptococcus mutans is the most common bacteria which causes tooth decay. When the caries (cavity) is formed in the enamel, it does not cause any pain. But when it reaches the inner layer, the person starts experiencing pain.

Structural Defects: If the teeth are not properly aligned, cleaning becomes difficult. This leads to bacterial growth and tooth decay, resulting in cavities.

Health Disorders: A harsh blow during sports activities and trauma during an accident can result in the chipping of a tooth. Insufficient fluoride in teeth, scarcity of saliva in mouth (dry mouth) can lead to formation of teeth cavities. Fluoride protects the enamel and helps prevent pits, grooves or fissures. Plaque gets accumulated in these pockets and bacterial growth leads to formation of cavities. Chemicals in saliva cancel the effect of acid released by the bacteria and thus helps to stop tooth decay at an early stage. Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, which involve frequent eating and vomiting, can also be the cause of teeth cavities. Vomiting or even heartburn leads to interaction of the tooth enamel with the stomach acid; which results in gradual destruction of the enamel.

Wrong Diet: Excessive consumption of sugary or acidic foods leads to tooth cavity. Eating hard food like sugarcane, walnuts, etc. can lead to the chipping of a weak tooth. Lack of calcium in diet can result in weak teeth. Cavities are more likely to be formed in weak teeth. You should avoid smoking, frequent snacking if you want to maintain the health of your teeth. Sipping sugary drinks frequently can lead to formation of cavities in teeth.

Symptoms of Teeth Cavities

Early detection of a tooth cavity helps save the tooth with proper treatment. A small cavity at an early stage is likely to go unnoticed as it does not cause any pain. A white spot on the tooth surface indicates loss of minerals from the enamel. The lesion gradually turns into a cavity. Formation of the cavity leads to destruction of the tooth enamel and dentin. Tooth enamel is quite hard but the structure of the dentin is porous. So once the cavity reaches the dentin, it reaches the pulp very fast. As the cavity becomes deeper, the nerve becomes exposed; and then, lodged food particles give rise to extreme pain. Increased tooth sensitivity, pain after consumption of cold or hot drinks indicates cavity in a tooth. Consumption of sweet food and drinks causes excruciating pain. Bad breath is also one of the common symptoms of tooth decay. Development of puss around the tooth results in bad breath. The person may experience pain while biting and foul taste in the mouth. Lack of treatment can result in spread of the infection to the surrounding tissues, leading to life threatening situations. Read more on cavity symptoms.

Home Remedies for Cavities

Both children and adults are susceptible to teeth cavities. Root canal treatment can save the tooth in case of deep cavities. In case of smaller cavities, certain home remedies work great for cavity pain.

Warm Water: Using warm water while brushing your teeth can help prevent formation of bacteria. It helps control pain in the cavity. While cleaning, you should clean all the areas thoroughly. You should not avoid the area where you are experiencing pain. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is essential to avoid cavity pain.

Gargling: Gargling with warm salted water helps kill bacteria in the mouth and throat. It helps get rid of bad breath and foul taste in the mouth.

Clove/Camphor Oil: Applying clove or camphor oil with the help of a cotton swab helps relieve cavity pain. If the oil is not available, you can directly use the clove. A clove exhibits antiseptic properties and pressing the clove with the help of the infected tooth helps relieve the pain. You can even add a pinch of pepper powder to a few drops of clove oil and put the mixture on the cavity. It works great for cavity pain.

Lemon with Asafoetida: Chewing a slice of lime with skin, (which contains ample C vitamin), can help lower cavity pain. Make a paste of asafoetida powder and lemon juice. Heat the mixture slightly and place a cotton swab soaked in this mixture in the tooth cavity. You will feel better within few minutes.

Wheat Grass Juice: Consumption of wheat grass juice which carries several medicinal properties helps relieve toothache by restricting the growth of bacteria.

Garlic and Onion: The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties of garlic and onion help relieve toothache. Regular consumption of onion helps prevent cavities. In case of cavity pain, you can place a slice of onion on the painful tooth. Application of garlic paste with rock salt helps relieve cavity pain. Regular use of garlic in diet makes the teeth strong and healthy. The chemical allicin is released when garlic is crushed between the teeth. Allicin carries antibiotic properties. There is no harm in trying these natural home remedies for pain due to cavities.

Ice Therapy: Put some ice cubes in a small zip-lock bag. Wrap it with a hand towel and place it on your jaw, near the painful tooth. Hold cold water or warm salty water in your mouth for sometime, if you can. It will help relieve the pain.

Good Toothpaste: You should always use a good toothpaste which contains fluoride. Some toothpastes come with clove oil as well.

Brushing: You can use any tooth brush for cleaning the teeth but it is necessary to clean the teeth after every snack or meal or drink. Three minutes brushing in the morning and at night can help prevent cavities. Children hesitate to brush before going to bed. It's the duty of parents to watch whether they clean their teeth properly or not. Flossing also helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. Rinsing the mouth after every snack or drink is important.

Healthy Diet: Healthy diet, especially for infants and the elderly, plays an important role in preventing cavity pain. Sugary foods and drinks should be avoided. Sugar triggers the release of acid by the bacteria. A candy which is chewed for 5 minutes leads to less release of acid by the bacteria than a soft drink which is sipped over an hour. Growing children can be given fluoridated water. Intake of fluoride helps strengthen the enamel. Mouthwashes containing fluoride are available in the market.

Over the Counter Medication: If the pain is not relieved with the help of the above home remedies, you can take over the counter painkillers or over the counter anesthetics that are available especially for tooth pain, but after consulting your doctor. Application of oregano oil, olive oil, tea bags also helps get rid of cavity pain.

Remember, during the early stages, a cavity may not be visible but your dentist can locate it with the help of X-ray. Home remedies cannot substitute medical treatment but they can be useful for relieving the pain in the cavities temporarily. Vising a dentist's clinic regularly is essential for preventing cavities. It should be noted that when the extent of tooth decay or cavity is confined to the enamel only or when the decay has not reached the dentin, mineralization (repair) of the enamel is possible with proper treatment.


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  2. That's a great list of tips on tooth decay. Most people don't know that they are having tooth problems because of their wrong diet. Thank you Sanya for sharing.

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  3. Being irresponsible to our teeth will make us regret in our older years cause we loose our teeth in the end.

  4. Everyone should be aware and must read of this, cavity is really really hard specially when it have already invaded your whole tooth it really affects our lives. That is why the dentists are really important to us and even a self discipline to maintain our healthy teeth and gums.

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  5. The post is really good and full of details regarding dental health. We can easily stay safe from tooth cavity by applying home remedies. You have mentioned all important points in your post. Root canal is good option to prevent your teeth from having cavity. Regular brushing and flossing are some common points for preventing tooth decay. One more thing I want to put here that is visiting your dentist regularly by a particular interval. Visiting dentist after a particular period is good to maintain dental health. I live in Sioux Falls and I visit my Dentist in Sioux Falls after every 3 months.

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  7. Really great tips sharing. These home treatment tips help us to cure pain problem.

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  11. The cause of cavity or tooth decay is not bacteria; rather it is the wrong diet or poor nutrition. This means that tooth decay is caused by consumption of food which is deficient in certain essential nutrients like fat-soluble vitamins A D E K, calcium; phosphorus, potassium and other minerals. These nutrients, when absent from our food then they make our teeth weak and cause decay over the period of time. Therefore people should focus on getting nutrient rich food and avoid all processed food. This article advocated use of fluoride toothpaste, which is very wrong because Fluoride is a toxin and it harms the teeth and overall health. It should be avoided at all costs. The best and effective way of preventing and reversing tooth decay is by eating healthy nutritious food. I suggest this book called “Cure tooth decay” BY Ramiel Nagel in which the author has explained the cause of tooth decay and has given an amazing easy to follow nutritional program which not only helps in preventing the cavities but also cure the cavities. All those who have followed this protocol have found amazing results. Visit this website for more information http://www.curetoothdecay.com/

  12. I've learned a lot of info about tooth decay with you today! I supposed that every person must read this article so that they can be aware the importance of oral hygiene. Thanks for the share.
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  13. I've tried multiple home remedies for cavities and how to get rid of them or to diminish the pain. Everything that I have tried hasn't seemed to work. I should really look in to seeing a dentist in Barrie soon. http://www.kingswooddentistry.ca

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  15. Thanks for sharing such a useful home remedies tips with us.

  16. Thanks for sharing useful tips with us to get rid of tooth cavities. Also, if still you face same problems then immediately consult a dentist.

  17. Thanks for home remedy information, my dentist in Orleans is really good with kids and he keep instructing them about this habits, and kids also practices these points to keeping their teeth healthy germ free

  18. Brushing twice a day and flossing will always prevent you from cavities.

    1. Not always. I was brushing after every meal and snack as well as flossing and never had a problem until I was put on iron supplements for severe anemia. Since taking the iron I have developed cavities that get worse every time I start the iron supplements again. I have to take the iron so my body doesn't get too weak to function, but every time I start taking it again the cavities and pain get worse.

  19. I've been trying to get my family to be more aware about dental care. I've been doing the whole oil pulling thing, which has been great. My six year old has been complaining about her teeth hurting. I'm pretty sure she has a cavity that we need to get taken care of. http://www.owocdentalgroup.com

  20. Great tips. However, dental care should be made more accessible to those of us who cannot afford to go to a dentist though. I brush regularly after every meal and snack when I am able, but there are days that I am unable to brush or floss due to the pain. I have horrible cavities ever since being put on iron supplements for severe anemia. If I don't take iron, I get so weak that I cannot function. When I do take the iron, the cavities get bigger and pain gets worse. I understand my teeth are going to eventually end up falling out and breaking off, but there is really nothing that can be done. This is what has become of the US since healthcare reform. I am now eligible for all kinds of "wonderful" insurance plans that I did not qualify for previously due to pre-existing conditions, but I can no longer afford insurance because, although they cannot deny you for pre-existing conditions now, there is nothing stopping them from charging more because of those conditions. I would love to be able to afford to move out of the US where I could have the opportunity to get the medical and dental care I need in order to be a productive member of society. Tooth pain is truly debilitating some days along with my other conditions.

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