7 Ways To Treat Tooth Decay.

When your teeth get damaged by acids created by bacteria inside of your mouth, it is called tooth decay. In most cases, tooth decay constitutes cavities. Cavities are holes that develop in the affected areas over a period of time. Cavities are usually a sign of considerable tooth decay and have to be treated by a dentist who will “fill” in the gaps. This is called tooth cavity filling. Worryingly, a report published in 2015 by America’s National Center for Health Statistics found that 96 percent of Americans have tooth decay by the time they are 65 years old. This means that virtually every American suffers from tooth decay at some point in their lives. It is even more rampant among children. More and more cases are being reported of tooth decay in toddler or tooth decay in child. This is why it is imperative that we act now and spread awareness.

Before we start, here is an overview of what this article will be about:

Causes Of Tooth Decay

The main causes of tooth decay are:

1) Improper dental care:

If you don't brush regularly, preferably twice a day, and visit your dentist at least once in every six months, you put yourself at risk.

2) Smoking:

Smoking seems to either directly or indirectly cause virtually every other ailment. It turns out that it also destroys your teeth resulting in tooth decay.

3) High sugar content:

if you eat foods that are high in sugar content on a very regular basis, the bacteria will create acids which will hurt the protective layer called enamel and lead to tooth decay.

4) Lack of fluoride:

You may have noticed that a number of toothpaste advertisements are big on fluoride. This is because fluoride bolsters your defense mechanism against dental plaque. A lack of fluoride makes your teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay.

5) Other factors:

There are a number of other factors that could cause tooth decay; for example, genetics, conditions such as diabetes, inadequate saliva production, etc.

It would be helpful to look at some tooth decay symptoms. Let us have a look at a few of the common ones:

➔Sensitive teeth: if your teeth have become very sensitive to sweet, cold and/or hot things, then it could be a sign of tooth decay.

➔Tooth decay pain: typically, tooth decay signals its arrival by causing pain in varying degrees.

➔Visible gaps: visible gaps or holes could spell trouble as far as tooth decay is concerned.

Stages Of Tooth Decay:

Typically, tooth decay has 5 stages. These are as follows:

Stage 1:

White spots – you will begin to notice white spots as a result of a loss of minerals.

Stage 2:

Enamel decay – the enamel starts to deteriorate and if left untreated it could lead to the tooth getting broken.

Stage 3:

Dentin decay – when the decay moves past the enamel and into the dentin, you’ll experience much more pain.

Stage 4:

Dental pulp infection – the soft tissue inside every tooth starts to deteriorate as a result of infection caused by bacteria. At this point, root canal treatment is the only option.

Stage 5:

Abscess formation: the infection pervades the entire tooth including the root tip. You may start to see swollen jaw lines and other symptoms. This is the final stage of tooth decay.

Tooth Decay Treatment: 7 Ways To Treat It

1) Use garlic:

Crush 4 to 5 garlic cloves and add a smidgen of salt. Make a paste and apply it on the affected area. Leave it for a few minutes before rinsing with mouthwash. Do this every day for a month.

2) Use salt:

Take a glass of warm water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Gargle. Do this twice a day for as long as needed.

3) Use turmeric powder:

Apply some turmeric powder on the affected areas. Leave it for a few minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.

4) Use lemon:

take a fresh lemon and chew on it for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterwards.

5) Use aloe vera juice:

Take about 60 ml of aloe vera juice and gargle. Rinse when you are done. Do this after brushing before bedtime for best results.

6) Use vanilla essence:

Take some vanilla essence and apply it to the affected areas using a cotton swab. Leave it on. You may choose to rinse if you wish to.

7) Use baking soda:

Brush your teeth with baking soda focusing on the affected areas. Do not do it too often and for too long.

The video below further clarifies how to heal tooth decay.

How To Prevent Tooth Decay?

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure!

Maintain proper dental hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist once in every 6 months.

Ensure that you get enough fiber in your diet. Broccoli, oats, tomatoes, lettuce are some great sources of fiber. This will increase saliva production in your mouth.

Drink cranberry juice as it is beneficial for good oral health.

Avoid foods high in sugar content as these tend to be the biggest culprits when it comes to tooth decay.

Do not smoke. Indeed, tooth decay is only one of the many problems that smoking causes.

Rinse your mouth with salt water every now and then. Also, use a good mouthwash.

Select a toothpaste that has high fluoride content.

Keep yourself hydrated by ensuring that you get adequate water throughout the day.

Cut down on alcohol and do not binge drink.

Avoid junk food and late night snacking.

Conclusion

All things considered, it is time that we took tooth decay seriously for the threat it presents. There is solid empirical evidence which suggests that you are at threat. Take it seriously and ensure that you follow a good oral hygiene. Have timely meals and brush after every meal. If you notice signs of tooth decay (such as white spots), do not ignore it and see a dentist as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that home remedies have been known to work, but they might not be adequate to address your specific concerns. When in doubt always seek professional advice from a dentist. All said and done, preventing tooth decay is not overly difficult. Just stick to the guidelines mentioned here and you are unlikely to have any problems.

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