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7 effective home remedies for tooth cavities

Cavities are among the most common of dental health problems, and while they are most commonly found in children and older adults, anybody can get them.

A cavity is a hole in the upper enamel layer of the tooth caused by decay.  The wearing away of the enamel causes the dentine layer to be exposed, and if the decay is bad enough, eventually the nerve.

Certain things can increase the risk of getting cavities, including, but not limited to foods that cling to your teeth for a long time, frequent snacking or sipping, poor dental hygiene, not getting enough fluoride, dry mouth, and other dental work which has been worn out. 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 toothache, tooth sensitivity, mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking, visible holes or pits in the infected tooth, and black, brown or white stains on the tooth’s surface.

Cavities can be treated if caught early, by a dentist drilling and filling the hole, but in the meantime there are plenty of treatments that can be used at home!

Cloves

Cavities can be quite painful, especially ones which are advanced.  Cloves are a natural painkiller, and have been used for many thousands of years in that capacity.  To treat a cavity with cloves, either chew a whole clove on that side of your mouth or, if that is too strong for you, mix one or two drops of clove oil into quarter of a teaspoon of sesame oil, put the mixture onto a cotton wool bud and dab it onto the affected area.

Salt

Salt is a well-known (if mild) antiseptic, and is used extensively in treating throat infections.Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water, then swish the mixture around your mouth, concentrating on the affected tooth.  Repeat this treatment three times a day for the best results.  An alternative to this is to mix half a teaspoon of salt with either lemon juice or mustard oil to form a paste.  Rub this paste on your gums three times a day to alleviate symptoms.

Oil Pulling

This has several steps to it:

  • Put a tablespoon of sesame\coconut\sunflower oil in your mouth,
  • Swish it around for twenty minutes,
  • Spit it out without gargling or swallowing,
  • Rinse your mouth out (for best results use salt water),
  • Brush your teeth.

Garlic

Garlic is a powerful antibacterial, and is useful for cavities because of this.  Prepare a paste from several crushed garlic cloves and quarter of a teaspoonful of salt, and apply it to the infected tooth.  Leave the mixture on for ten minutes and then wash off with mouthwash

You can get ideas on simple home remedies from edentalassistant.com, who is an expert in providing dental assistant training programs.

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