open mouthCavities are a term that is used to refer to the decay of your teeth when different bacterial species found on the teeth and use the food remains as substrate. This destroys the teeth because the bacteria produce acids that cause enamel destruction.

Once the enamel chips off, the damage eats away at the dentin before reaching the pulp cavity where the nerve endings are housed. Enamel forms a protective layer around the teeth so that when it wears out, it exposes the inner layer to damage. This is what causes the symptoms associated with cavities. They include extreme sensitivity to both hot and cold foods or drinks, pain when chewing food as well as radiating tooth aches.

Cavities, also known as caries, usually result in holes around the teeth. Some of the risk factors that can be linked to cavities include starchy foods that get stuck to the surface of the teeth, poor dental hygiene, a dry mouth as well as dental fittings. For a number of people, a deficiency of fluoride also predisposes one to getting caries. In extreme cases, eating disorders may also be one of the causes of cavities since they involve continual purging. Left untreated, cavities lead to tooth infection and tooth loss. The most common dental intervention revolves around the use of fillings and root canal depending on the extent of the cavities. In addition to this intervention, there are a host of home remedies that you may use to help avert the effects of cavities and overall improve your oral health.

 


1. Oil Pulling:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Teaspoons of your choice oil (You may use sunflower, sesame or coconut oil), warm water, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Oil pulling is an age-old technique used to improve dental health. The use of the aforementioned oils employs their anti-bacterial properties which in turn makes it easier to get rid of the causative agents of cavities. This remedy also has the advantage of providing pain relief for those who suffer bleeding gums and bad mouth odor. It does take some getting used to for many people, but once you can do the swishing for 15 minutes or so, you are better placed to effectively treat the cavities. This is then followed by your usual tooth brushing routine for proper oral health.

Directions:

  1. Place 2 teaspoons of your preferred oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil to allow it mix with saliva as well as dislodge food remains stuck in between and on the surface of the teeth.
  3. Spit the resulting oil mixture. You must avoid swallowing the oil or using it to gargle as this simply increases the chances that you will ingest the toxins.
  4. Sip some warm water to rinse your mouth.
  5. Follow your usual brushing routine for best results.
  6. This remedy is best used in the morning and in the evening. Repeat daily until you notice an improvement.

 


2. Cloves:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Whole clove and warm water. You may use clove oil in place of fresh cloves. You will also need sesame seed oil and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Clove has, for a long time, been associated with proper dental health, thanks to its excellent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This helps reduce the pain and eliminates the bacterial infection thus allowing for speedy recovery. It also helps reduce the discomfort associated with bleeding gums.

If you need relief from cavities, do take advantage of this home remedy. In the absence of whole cloves, you may opt for clove oil which works just as excellently. The most important thing to note is that this remedy is not applicable for continuous use. It is instead recommended for temporary relief. As such, you may combine cloves with any of the remedies listed below.

Directions:

  1. Chew on the whole clove in order to allow for the extraction of its oil.
  2. Stash the chewed clove and place it beneath the tongue for a couple of minutes for sustained effect.
  3. After about 10 minutes, rinse your mouth with warm water.
  4. If you opt to use clove oil, take 3 drops and mix it with some sesame seed oil. Soak the cotton wool in the oil mixture and dab it on the affected tooth/ teeth.
  5. Use this remedy at least once daily for best results.

 


3. Turmeric:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Teaspoon of turmeric powder, 2 drops of mustard oil, and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and this is what makes it ideal for the home treatment of cavities. When tooth pain sets in as a result of the decay, one of the easiest ways to reduce it is to prepare turmeric paste. In addition to the pain relief offered by this remedy, turmeric also has anti-bacterial properties that help eliminate the bacterial population in the oral cavity. Mustard oil is added to compliment the healing properties of the turmeric as well as to create a base for the remedy application.

Directions:

  1. Take the turmeric powder and place it on a shallow lid before adding a few drops of the mustard oil.
  2. Mix the two until you have a consistent paste that you can apply on the affected teeth.
  3. Massage the turmeric paste on the gums as well and let it remain there for 10 minutes.
  4. Spit the paste out and then rinse your mouth using warm water. Use this remedy twice daily for at least a week.

 


4. Licorice Root:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Dried licorice root powder, toothpaste, toothbrush, and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Licorice root is a traditional remedy whose numerous healing benefits make it well suited for the natural treatment of cavities. Studies reveal that when used regularly, licorice root powder helps keep your teeth healthy. This has been attributed to the presence of two key active ingredients: Licoricidin as well as Licorisoflavan A. The two are potent antibacterial compounds that prevent the proliferation of the bacterial population associated with cavities. The root is also an ideal plague-buster, making it an all round effective addition to your dental hygiene routine.

Directions:

  1. Wet your toothbrush first before the application of the remedy.
  2. Place the powder on the wet toothbrush.
  3. Brush as you normally would, doing this daily during your routine.
  4. You may then follow this up by brushing using anti-bacterial toothpaste for best results.
  5. Alternatively, go 100% natural and look for a tender twig of licorice. Chew on the twig on one end to create bristle-like extensions. Use this end to brush your teeth especially after meals. Note that this twig is only intended for use a maximum of twice daily. Get a new twig for each day to avoid the risk of spreading the infection further, especially because there is no hygienic way to clean the used twig.

 


5. Salt Water Gargle:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: 1 Glass of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. You may also create a paste using salt and a few drops of mustard oil.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Salt water gargle is one of the simplest yet most effective home remedies for the natural treatment of cavities. Salt is an excellent antiseptic and antibacterial, and these are the very needed properties for the elimination of cavities. In addition to these effects, salt also helps reduce the pain and inflammation linked to infections that arise from these caries. When using salt, you may either prepare a gargle solution or you may opt for a salt paste using mustard oil whose benefits have been listed above.

Directions:

  1. Place the salt in the glass and stir to dissolve.
  2. Take a sip of the salty solution and swish in your mouth for a few minutes.
  3. Gargle the solution as well, and make sure you focus on the affected teeth.
  4. Use this remedy thrice daily until the symptoms subside.
  5. Alternatively, prepare a paste using salt and some mustard oil. Rub this paste on the affected teeth as well as the gums for a couple of minutes before rinsing with warm water. Use twice daily for best results.

 


6. Tea Tree Oil:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: 5 Drops of tea tree oil and warm water. Cotton wool (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

If you want to keep your teeth free from bacterial infections and stay cavity-free, then tea tree oil is your choice remedy. The oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the pain and inflammation at the site of the affected teeth. The oil’s antibacterial healing properties also help get rid of any infections, making this a reliable and effective remedy. As with any of the other remedies, consistent use is key to great results.

Directions:

  1. Place a few drops of tea tree oil on the cotton wool and allow it to soak well.
  2. Use the wet cotton wool to rub your teeth and jaws, making sure you spend a little more time on the affected teeth.
  3. After about 5 minutes, rinse your mouth with warm water. Use tea tree oil twice daily to ensure good oral health and reduce the likelihood of cavities.

 


7. Sugarless Gum:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Sugarless gum
Difficulty: Easy

 

The habit of chewing gum may not always come off as professional thing to do, but this actually has immense benefits for anyone dealing with cavities. There are two main reasons this simple habit has a profound effect on tooth decay. The first is because they help get rid of stubborn food particles stuck between the teeth owing to the vigorous chewing. Secondly, chewing gum enhances the production of saliva in the mouth, thus helping keep the oral cavity healthy. The catch to using chewing gum as a remedy for cavities lies in choosing sugarless gum. Sugarless gum helps eliminate the accumulation of artificial sugars in the mouth.

Directions:

  1. Simply chew on the sugarless gum as often as you need to.

8. Increase Fiber Intake:

Time Required: Varies depending on the preparation time of various foods
What You Need: Foods rich in fiber.
Difficulty: Easy

 

One of the causes of cavities is the ingestion of foods that lead to the formation of plaque. These are mostly foods that are rich in starch. Plaque is a thin film that coats the teeth and easily causes decay over a period of time. To counter this, ensure that your diet has enough fiber. Some of the foods that are rich in fiber include lettuce, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers and cabbages and radish. Eating these vegetables raw works best for you.

Directions:

  1. Simply add these vegetables to your daily diet for best results.

9. Freshly Cut Neem Twigs:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Fresh neem twigs
Difficulty: Easy

 

Neem is one of the most ancient natural medicines used for an array of diseases. When it comes to the treatment of cavities, neem’s antibacterial properties are effective at getting rid of the infection. This is because when the fresh twig is chewed, it releases potent oils and active ingredients that help fight off the bacteria. The added advantage of using these twigs is that they make the jaws stronger. The presence of fiber is also an added bonus as it keeps plaque at bay. When sourcing for neem twigs, always look out for the young tender twigs as these are far more gentle on the gums.

Directions:

  1. Clean the neem twig well before chewing on one end so that you have a set of bristles that you can use as a natural toothbrush.
  2. Use this remedy daily for best results.

 


Additional Tips for Proper Dental Hygiene to Treat Cavities:

 

  1. Brush at least twice daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Ideally, you should brush after every meal, but this is not always possible, so doing so in the morning and at night should work just well.
  2. Gargle using normal water to prevent food particles from sticking between the teeth.
  3. Flossing regularly also goes a long way in keeping cavities away.
  4. Lastly, make sure you have regular dental visits to keep oral hygiene in check.