Dental caries and cavities are the most common o**l health problems, occurring in adults and children alike.
Certain factors can increase the risk of tooth decay. These include foods that stick to the teeth for a long time, frequent snacking or slurping, poor o**l hygiene, not enough fluoride, dry mouth, worn fillings or dentures, and more.
It’s always important to see a dentist when o**l problems occur, but these home remedies will also help (note that it’s best to see your dentist if symptoms persist).
Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, salt can also be used to treat tooth decay. It can reduce inflammation, relieve pain, eliminate infection and prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Swish a sip of this solution back and forth in your mouth for 1 minute, focusing on the affected tooth. Do this treatment 3 times a day until symptoms subside.
Alternatively, you can mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a little mustard oil or lemon juice to make a paste. Gently massage the gums with this paste for a few minutes and then gargle with warm water. Repeat this twice a day for a few days to k**l the bacteria.
2. oil pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient practice that can reduce tooth decay as well as bleeding gums and bad breath. It helps cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria responsible for various types of dental problems.
Put 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in your mouth.
Gently rinse it back and forth for about 20 minutes.
Spit it out. Avoid gargling or swallowing the oil.
Rinse your mouth with warm water. Use salt water for added antimicrobial action.
Brush your teeth as usual.
Do this daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
You can also do this with sunflower or coconut oil.
Since garlic is rich in antibacterial and antibiotic properties, it is often recommended for cavities and tooth decay. It can also relieve pain and promote healthier gums and teeth.
Prepare a paste of 3 to 4 crushed garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon rock salt. Apply it to the infected tooth. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with a mouthwash. Do this twice a day for a few weeks to reduce tooth decay.
You can also rub garlic oil on the affected tooth for quick relief from the pain caused by tooth decay.
Regular consumption of raw garlic can also produce effective results.
Go to the dentist
Many dental problems, including deep cavities, develop without pain or other symptoms. Regular dental checkups are the best way to detect tooth decay before it gets worse. Early diagnosis means easier treatment.
Treatment for a cavity at the dentist may include the following:
Fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments contain more fluoride than toothpaste and mouthwashes you can buy at the store. If you need stronger fluoride every day, your dentist can write you a prescription.
Fillings: Fillings are the main treatment when a cavity has grown beyond the enamel.
Crowns: A crown is a custom-made covering or “cap” that is placed on the tooth to treat extensive decay.
Root canals: When decay reaches the inside of the tooth (the pulp), root canal treatment may be needed.
Tooth extractions: This is the removal of a tooth that is severely decayed.
Salt, oil pulling, garlic and other home remedies will not eliminate existing cavities on their own. But these methods can prevent cavities from enlarging and new ones from developing.
At best, they can help remineralize softened or weakened areas of tooth enamel before a cavity can develop.
The earlier a cavity is detected, the easier it can be repaired by your dentist, so be sure to visit your dentist regularly.