6 Things to Do When Cavities Occurs
Cavities are by far the most common dental problem that affects both the young and the older people. Children are more prone to these tiny holes on the hard surface of a person’s teeth, but they can also affect adults.
The cavities result from acids formed when ‘food remains’ combine with the bacteria in our mouths. The acids attack the enamel (the outermost part of a tooth), causing cavities. In this blog, we will discuss how you can get rid of cavities. But before we get there, let’s see how you can figure you have cavities.
Symptoms of Cavities
- Constant toothaches
- Feeling pain while chewing food
- Stains on your teeth that won’t go no matter how well you brush your teeth.
- One feeling more pain when you eat sugary foods
Getting Rid of Cavities from Home
Even if you experience all the cavities symptoms, it is always wise to visit the dentist for a diagnosis. The dentist will know the most effective solution and advise you accordingly. However, there are a few things you can do from home to manage the cavities.
Use Sugar-Free Chewing Gums
Chewing gums contain xylitol, and the element stimulates the production of saliva and raises the pH of the plaque. However, more studies are still required to validate the efficiency of sugar-free gums.
Get More Vitamin D
Vitamin D is particularly important because it helps our bodies absorb phosphate and calcium from the foods we eat. Foods containing high amounts of vitamin D include milk products such as yogurt and cheese. However, if the yogurts are sugary, it may increase the risk of cavities even more. You can also get vitamin D from the morning and evening sun.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has proved to be effective at combating cavities. Most toothpastes contain this mineral. Several studies have shown that brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after every meal prevents cavities. Most studies were conducted on teens and children, but chances are it is effective on adults and the elderly too.
Limit Sugary Foods Intake
We all love some sugary taste in our mouths, but eating too many refined sugars is likely to cause more harm than good. In fact, the WHO says eating sugary foods is the biggest risk factor for cavities. If you have to take sugary foods, ensure that you don’t take the foods throughout the day. Give your enamel time to remineralize. Also, make sure to brush your teeth about thirty minutes after taking the sugary foods.
Try Oil Pulling
Oil pulling involves swishing your mouth with oil, most preferably coconut or sesame. Sip a small amount of coconut oil, swish your mouth for a few seconds and spit it out. It is claimed that the oil removes toxins, reducing plaque and gingivitis. However, more studies are required.
See a Dentist
As much as at-home remedies may help, you will still need to visit the dentist. There are various treatments for cavities, and your dentist will choose the most appropriate depending on your condition. The earlier the cavities are detected, the easier the treatment is likely to be. These treatments include:
- Your dentist may recommend higher amounts of fluoride if the one in water and toothpaste is not enough.
- Dental fillings may be used for cavities that have progressed beyond a patient’s enamel.
- Your dentist may recommend the use of dental crowns if a tooth is severely decayed.
- If the cavity goes beyond the enamel and has touched your dental pulp, your dentist will recommend a root canal treatment.
- If the tooth cannot be saved through root canal therapy, the dentist will recommend the tooth’s extraction.
If your tooth has to be extracted, it will help if you replace it ASAP with restorative options such as implants, bridges, or dentures.
At-home remedies for cavities such as oil pulling, vitamin D, and chewing gum may help manage cavities, but they can’t get rid of existing cavities. For that reason, it is vital to visit the dentist for diagnosis and treatment.
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