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Cavities



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What Is Cavities

Cavities can occur in anyone, whether you are a little kid or an adult.  A Cavity is a form of Tooth Decay.  Bacteria in the mouth can form acids that eat away at a tooth or multiple teeth, which can lead to Cavities, infection, and even tooth loss.  A tooth has three layers: enamel (the hard outer layer), dentin (the middle layer), and the pulp (the center of the tooth).  If more layers are affected by Tooth Decay, the damage is usually worse.  Cavities are extremely common, but it is best to treat them in the early stages before a larger infection or problem occurs.  

Signs Of Cavities

You may not experience any symptoms when you have a Cavity, but this depends on the location and size.  When the tooth starts decaying more, you may commonly experience a toothache.   If you do have a Cavity or tooth infection, you may experience the following symptoms.

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when drinking hot or cold liquids
  • Visible holes or discolored pits in the tooth
  • Pain when you bite down
  • White, gray, brown, or black spots on your tooth
What Causes Cavities

Cavities are caused by a combination of bacteria and food.  Plaque is a clear substance that is always forming on your teeth and gums.  The plaque on your teeth has bacteria, which feed on the sugars from the food you eat.  The bacteria produce acids that attack your teeth for about 20 minutes after you eat, and this can cause Tooth Decay or Cavities, especially if your oral hygiene isn't good.  Common causes of Cavities are below. 

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Eating foods high in sugar or carbs
  • Lack of minerals in the diet (not enought calcium, magnesium, or phosphorus)
  • Too much consumption of foods rich in phytic acid
  • Smoking tobacco

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Natural Remedies
  • It is very beneficial to keep proper oral hygiene to help remedy Cavities.  Brushing your teeth 2-3 times every day, and flossing at least once a day is recommended to keep your mouth clean and healthy.  In addition to maintaining oral health, you can use some of the remedies below to help get rid of Cavities.  It's also a good idea to avoid eating foods that are high in sugar and carbs. 
  • Because Cavities can be caused by a lack of nutrients or minerals, it is beneficial to eat foods that are rich in vitamins D & K, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.  These foods can include leafy greens, bananas, sprouted beans, nuts, or seeds.  Healthy fats like avocado and coconut oil can also be conducive to the health of your teeth.  
  • You can mix the juice from a whole lemon with a glass of warm water.  Rinse this solution around in your mouth after brushing your teeth, so it acts like a natural mouth wash.  Do this twice daily and the anti-inflammatory properties in lemons may help soothe the Cavity. 
  • Oil pulling, which is a popular Ayurvedic remedy, can help reduce the bacteria that causes Cavities.  You can use sesame oil or organic, non-hydrogenated coconut oil.  Place 1 tablespoon of the desired oil in your mouth and swish it around for about 15-20 minutes.  You can do this every morning before brushing your teeth for about a month to help remedy Cavities.
  • Baking soda is a common home remedy for Cavities because it can neutralize the acids in the mouth, which reduces the risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay.  Because baking soda can be a bit abrasive, it is best to use it gently with a bit of olive oil.  Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of warm water or olive oil, gently rub it on the teeth and gums, and rinse your mouth out with warm water after a few minutes.  Do this 2-3 times a week. 
  • Guava leaves have been known to help remedy toothaches and gum disease because they have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and analgesic properties.  There is also something in the leaves that can act as an anti-plaque agent.  Wash a couple leaves, chew them up, and spit them out.  Do this twice a day for a couple weeks. 
Things you should eat
  • Dark Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, & chard)
  • Broccoli
  • Green Tea
  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Oranges 
  • Strawberries
  • Dark Berries (raspberries, blackberries, & blueberries)
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Garlic 
  • Ginger
  • Pears
  • Kiwis
  • Onion
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Sweet Potatoes
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