Treat Cavities Naturally

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Cavities are the culprits of tooth decay. Taking good care of your mouth is essential to avoid cavities. Dental care is expensive, and one of the ways to avoid costly procedures is to take care of your teeth now. Simply put, the longer you leave problems untreated, the more it will cost you. Obviously, preventative measures are the smartest route. Natural treatments are often overlooked, and by reading this VisiHow article, you may learn some of the best measures for preventing tooth decay, are achieved by treating cavities naturally.

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How Cavities Are Formed:

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Cavities are formed because food debris is left behind on your teeth, in your mouth and on your tongue. Specifically sugary and starchy foods are your enemy because bacteria love these foods, and thrive on them, turning them into acid. Because the enamel of your teeth – the outer surface – is a mineral, the acid quite easily breaks down the enamel. Soon, the acid gets into the dentin, which is below the surface. The bacteria, combined with saliva, will dissolve the enamel of the tooth, creating a hole. That's how you get a cavity.

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Often, the first indication you have a cavity is a toothache. If you eat too many sweets, drink too much soda, and don't brush your teeth at least twice a day, it may cause damage to the structure of the teeth that leads to a toothache. Cut down on sweets and foods that promote cavities and avoid eating foods that are high in phytic acid such as nuts and beans. Phytic acid turns into phytates when dissolved by the body. Phytates can suppress the absorption of some nutrients and likely eliminate calcium from the body. If this happens, you will be prone to cavities.

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Home Remedies to Help Fight Cavities:

Your teeth remain healthy and strong when you eat nutritious foods that contain calcium. If your calcium level is low, your teeth become weak and vulnerable to tooth decay. In order to prevent cavities, or to keep existing cavities from getting worse:

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    Brush your teeth twice a day – minimally.
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    FLOSS.
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    Drink lots of water.
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    Calcium.
    Eat foods rich sources in calcium, such as bone broths, sea foods, grass-fed meat, organic vegetables, liver, gelatin, milk, butter, soy beans, spinach, sardines, etc.
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    Supplements like fermented cod liver oil and magnesium capsules are also recommended.
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    Wheatgrass Juice.
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    Wheatgrass Juice contains rich sources of natural antibiotics, which help kill bacteria in the mouth, protecting against infections in the teeth. Three inches of wheat grass saplings can be blended to make a juice. You can also chew the grass for few minutes to secrete the juice in it. Use the other side teeth to chew the leaves, if the affected tooth is very painful. The juice can help ease the cavity pain.
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Home Remedies to Deal With Cavities:

The pain produced by a toothache is an annoying, unrelenting, and is usually unresponsive to usual conventional pain relievers. To deal with the pain of a toothache, try some of the following suggestions:

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    Garlic.
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    Whenever you feel a toothache, you can try treating it with garlic, which can help ease the pain. In doing so, you have to pound or crush the garlic and put it on the affected tooth. Leave it there until the pain gradually disappears. Garlic is effective for treating cavity pain because it is a natural anti-fungal and has anti-bacterial agents. You can also make a paste using crushed garlic with rock salt to help ease the pain. In addition, the regular consumption of raw garlic, but not too much, can strengthen the teeth, making them healthier.
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    Onions.
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    Like garlic, onions are also have natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which help reduce cavity pain. You only have to have a slice of onion and place it on the affected tooth. It will help ease the pain and kill bacteria in the tooth.
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    Camphor.
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    A few drops of these oils on a cotton swab can reduce the tooth pain. Camphor Oil has germicidal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties that are effective in soothing a toothache and dealing with infections.
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    Clove Oil.
    On the other hand, Clove Oil has been used in dentistry, combined with zinc oxide to make temporary fillings. The oil was also used as an anesthetic agent, before modern drugs were available. In fact, clove oil has been added as an ingredient to some dental products, like mouthwashes and toothpastes. As Clove Oil is an analgesic, placed on the affected tooth, it immediately eases the awful pain of toothaches by numbing the nerves and surrounding areas.
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    Lemon or Lime with Asafetida Powder.
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    Lemon or limejuice alone can ease the pain of a cavity because it contains vitamin C – excellent for killing bacteria in the mouth. Using an asafetida powder and lemon or limejuice, you can make a paste that's easy to apply to teeth. Just combine the two ingredients to create a paste, and then heat the mixture lightly using an oven. When it's done, dip a cotton swab into the mixture and place it on top of the affected tooth. You will be fine after few minutes. In case of sudden tooth pain, you can use a pinch of asafetida powder and apply it directly.
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    Black Pepper Powder and Salt.
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    You can mix powdered black pepper and a pinch of salt with a couple of drops of water until it forms a paste. Dip a q-tip into the paste and rub some onto the affected tooth. The pain will then disappear.
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    Gargle With Warm Salt-Water.
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    This is among the most common homemade treatment for toothache, sore throat and bad breath. Add a pinch of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle with the mixture. This can kill bacteria in the mouth.
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    Ice Therapy.
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    Place some ice cubes into a small Ziploc plastic bag. Wrap the bag with a towel and place it on your jaw near the affected tooth. At the same time, you can gargle with warm salt water. This combination will soothe the cavity pain.
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    Cayenne Pepper And A Small Amount Of Salt.
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    Like black pepper and salt, you can also create a paste using cayenne pepper, a pinch of salt and a few drops of water. Dab a Q-tip into the past and rub it on the affected tooth.
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    Baking Soda.
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    Make a paste with baking soda and vinegar. Moisten a Q-tip in the mixture, and rub it on the affected tooth. You can also add a tbsp. of baking soda to a glass of warm water and gargle with it.
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    Raw Potato.
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    You can peel and slice a small piece of raw potato and hold it on the affected tooth. Make sure the size of the sliced potato is adequate, so it will fit into your mouth, and you'll be able to hold it on the affected tooth.
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    Peppermint Leaves.
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    You can chew peppermint leaves on the clean side of your mouth. The juice, when chewed, will spread around the mouth and kill the bacteria on the affected tooth. It will also help reduce the pain.
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    Apple Cider Vinegar.
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    Soak a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar and hold it on your affected tooth. It will ease the cavity pain. If you don't have apple cider vinegar, plain vinegar will do, but it's not ass effective.
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    Tea Tree Oil.
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    This oil is another gem for treating cavities. Like clove oil, you can add few drops of oil onto a cotton ball and hold it on the affected tooth.
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    Thyme.
    The essential oil of Thyme is also effectively applied to a cavity, to reduce the pain.
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    Vanilla Extract.
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    Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract until it's completely soaked. Hold it on the affected tooth to ease the pain.
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    Oil of Oregano and Olive Oil.
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    Put a few drops of oregano oil and olive oil onto a cotton ball, and place directly on the affected tooth. You can replace the olive oil with warm water, as well.
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    Cucumber.
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    You can slice a small piece of cucumber and hold it on the affected tooth. This will help ease the pain. You can refrigerate it before using (if your tooth is not sensitive to cold).
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Tips, Tricks, & Warnings

Now that you know what to do, you can always find a way to hopefully prevent cavities, or ease the pain if you do have one, and get your beautiful smile back.

  • Home remedies for cavities are temporary treatments. They can help soothe cavity pain for short time, but they cannot cure cavities.
  • Medical treatment is always the best option. If money is a problem, you can try some of the natural homemade treatments above for temporary treatment, until you can. Some compassionate dentists will let you pay in instalments.
  • Always brush your teeth at least twice a day, morning and evening (before bed). This will ward off bacteria buildup in your mouth, which causes plaque to form on your teeth.
  • When choosing toothpaste, select the ones with fluoride or clove oil as one of the ingredients. These will not only clean your teeth but ease the pain of a toothache as well.
  • Essential oils can be harmful when used too much. Add only a generous amount of any essential oil to your tooth.
  • Do not eat a lot of sweet, sugary and starchy foods. These are risk factors to tooth decay.
  • Drinking lots of water is excellent for the health of your mouth. As it washes over your gums and teeth, it washes saliva containing bacteria and acid from your mouth.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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