How to Get Rid of Cavities
What Causes Cavities?
Dental cavities are tiny holes in the hard surface of teeth caused by bacteria on a person’s tooth. The acid they produce eats away at your enamel which is made from calcium and phosphate, sometimes even dissolving them completely! Dental caries typically grow larger over time because there isn’t anything to stop the process after it has started.
Dentists have found that one kind of bacterium, Streptococcus mutans appears often among children with dental decay and adults who chew sugarless gum or drink sweetened drinks containing glucose syrup or honey during mealtimes (which increases their risk). This type can thrive well when other kinds of bugs aren’t present high levels all day long – these types usually only work.
The bacteria form a sticky film known as plaque. The acids in the liquid erode your teeth and remove minerals from them, which causes tiny holes to develop on their surface- this is what we recognize as cavities! Once these acid damages have spread into the dentin layer underneath of enamel – that’s where you’ll find tooth decay waiting for its time to pounce. Are you nervous about going to the dentist?
Getting Rid of Cavities at Home
In the 1930s, a study by Trusted Source found that cavities are caused by lack of vitamin D in the diet. The study also showed kids who added vitamin D to their diets had less cavities than those without it. However, when children were given just one ingredient from grains (like bread) every day for six months they developed severe tooth decay and inflammation while still being considered ‘vitamin-deficient’.
The leading cause of tooth decay is a lack of vitamin D. However, there are other risk factors for cavities including:
- Having dry mouth or a medical condition that reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth
- Eating foods that stick to teeth, like candy and soda
- Frequent snacking on sugary foods and drinks
- Heartburn (due to acid)
- Bedtime infant feeding
- Most frequent is inadequate cleaning of teeth
You might be able to prevent cavities or treat “pre-cavities” by remineralizing weakened areas of your enamel before a cavity develops. These home remedies can work well for people with good oral hygiene habits, but may not reach deeply into the dentin where an infection has started:
Sugar-Free Gum and Cavities
Sugar-free gum has a plethora of uses, such as the ability to freshen breath and remineralize teeth. Clinical trials have shown that chewing sugarless gum after every meal can help with tooth enamel health because it stimulates saliva flow which helps neutralize acids in your mouth for up to an hour! Gum containing xylitol is also able to raise pH levels within plaque while simultaneously reducing S. mutans bacteria.
Sugar-free chewing gum containing a compound called casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) has been shown to reduce S. mutans even more than xylitol -containing chewing gum. This type of product can be found in stores and it is advised that you chew this for 20 minutes after eating something sugary, as this will help protect your teeth from tooth decay by slowing the production of acid within your mouth and reducing plaque on surfaces which leads to cavities
Sugar free gums are becoming increasingly popular with many people looking for ways to prevent dental problems such as caries or periodontal disease . One way sugarless types have proven effective at maintaining healthy oral health is through their capability.
Vitamin D for Getting Rid of Cavities
Vitamin D is a necessary component of calcium absorption, and studies show that vitamin D deficiency can lead to tooth decay in children. Luckily consuming foods high in Vitamin D like yogurt helps keep cavities away! You should also make sure you’re getting enough sun exposure for your body’s needs as well by going outside when the weather permits.
Brush Your Teeth With Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride has been a key player in the prevention of cavities and remineralizing enamel. Studies have shown that brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste regularly can help prevent you from developing any more caries or decay, but there are some people who believe it’s bad for their health because they say water fluoridation is dangerous.
Fluorine plays an important role in preventing cavities by helping to re-mineralize our enamel after we brush! It also helps protect us against plaque buildup since this mineral provides protection on the surface which makes it difficult to form bacteria when left alone without sugar acids (which creates acid). Fluoridated drinking water may be making millions healthier while improving oral hygiene at home as well.
Avoid Cavities by Cutting Out Sugary Foods
To avoid tooth decay, the World Health Organization recommends reducing your sugar intake to less than 10% of your total caloric intake for the day. They say that eating sugar is one of our body’s most important risk factors for cavities and recommend cutting out all sweets like chocolate cake or ice cream in order to reduce this harmful habit.
Oil Pulling for Cavity Prevention
For centuries, people have been using oils to pull out toxins and bacteria from the body. Some recent evidence suggests that oil pulling with sesame oil can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, and even bacterial count in your mouth!
For centuries, many cultures around the world have used oils as a way of removing toxins or impurities within their bodies. In fact one study found some compelling evidence suggesting that by swishing coconut or sesame oil for 20 minutes before spitting it back out could potentially be beneficial for reducing plaque build-up on teeth (gum disease), along with overall bacteria levels in saliva when compared against individuals who are not practicing this ancient technique at all! More here.
Seeing a Dentist to Get Your Cavity Treated
When it comes to dental health, early detection is key. A lot of people don’t notice any pain or other symptoms until they have a deep cavity that needs expensive treatment. But with regular checkups and the right care plan in place, you can catch cavities before they get worse!
The best way to avoid costly treatments down the line is by having your teeth examined regularly so we can diagnose problems when there are no painful signs present.
Treatment for a cavity at the dentist may include:
- Fluoride Treatments. Fluoride treatments are often stronger than the toothpastes and mouth rinses you can purchase from a store. If your dentist has found that they need to give their patients daily doses of strong fluoride, it may be prescribed for them rather than purchased over-the-counter.
- Fillings. The main treatment for when a cavity has progressed beyond the enamel is fillings.
- Crowns. A crown is a custom-fitted covering or “cap” that can be placed over the tooth to treat extensive decay.
- Root Canals. Dentists warn that when tooth decay reaches the inner material of your teeth (pulp), a root canal may be necessary.
- Tooth Extractions. This is the removal of a severely decayed tooth (or teeth).
The Bottom Line on Cavities
You can prevent cavities from getting bigger and prevent new ones from coming by using home remedies mentioned in this article, but these home remedies won’t get rid of existing cavities on their own.
A cavity can be dangerous for your teeth if it is not fixed in a timely manner, so make sure to schedule an appointment with our dentists as soon as possible.