What is Cavity:
Cavities is another way of saying tooth decay. Tooth decay is heavily influenced by lifestyle, what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth, the presence of fluoride in our water and toothpaste. Heredity also plays a role in how susceptible your teeth may be to decay.
While cavities are generally more common among children, adults are also at risk. A cavity is a hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time. Cavities are also called dental caries and if you have a cavity, it’s important to get it repaired.
What Causes Cavities:
The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay. A clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums. As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.
Toothache, which is the most common symptom. An infection or irritation of the tooth pulp usually causes the pain.
* Tooth sensitivity
* Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
* Visible holes or pits in your teeth
* Pain when you bite down
* Pus around a tooth, especially when you press on your gums
Home Remedies for Cavities:
* If you can’t brush and floss after eating, swish some water around your mouth,” This helps flush food and debris away from teeth and dilutes some of the bacteria from your mouth that cause cavities.
* Kids who fall asleep with milk in their mouths are risking “baby bottle syndrome”-severe decay that affects children’s primary teeth. “Just as the baby is falling asleep, replace the milk with a bottle of water to avoid this.
* Jamaican Dogwood tincture – dropped into tooth with cotton swab knocks out pain.
* Licorice root is known to battle against the presence of cavities, as well as reduces the plaque that leads to tooth decay.
* You may boil two teaspoons of sage with two cups of water to create a mouth rinse that reduces the decay of cavities through its antibacterial property.
* Myrrh tincture – use 10 drops in 4 ounces of water to stop pain and kill bacterial.
* Cheese will actually protect teeth from tooth decay when eaten after a meal. It is suggested to pop in a few ounces of hard cheese, which contains fatty acids that possess antibacterial ingredients. The protein in cheese also coats and protects tooth enamel. Cheese is also associated with the prevention of root cavities.
* Compounds found in cranberry may fight tooth decay by inhibiting acid production and stopping bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
* Chamomile flowers whole – used as a tea helps remove tooth pain.
* Arnica flower tincture – when gargled in water works like topical pain remover.