Thursday , February 21 2019

Causes for Dental Cavity and prevention methods

tooth decay blackEver wonder why some people seldom brush their teeth and have few, if any, cavities, whereas others brush and floss religiously and still have constant dental problems? Or why isolated peoples who eat traditional, whole food diets, may have never used a toothbrush, and yet have perfect, straight teeth with no decay throughout their lives?

A lot of people believe that the central cause of tooth decay is the fermentation of foods on your teeth. This theory is like blaming the rain because your roof is leaking. When the roof of your home is sealed and well cared for, it will not leak, no matter how much rain falls.

Similarly, when your tooth enamel is strong and healthy, your teeth will not be affected by the conditions in the mouth, or by the products of food being left on the teeth, no matter how much you brush (or don’t). So this theory is only partially true.

Trying to eliminate bacteria from our mouth to prevent tooth decay is similar to trying to stop the rain from falling in order to prevent leaky roofs. The theory that bacteria in our mouth produce acids, which then cause tooth decay is also false. Saliva has a basic pH and will neutralize acids in the mouth rapidly.

So if not food and bacteria, what then, does cause tooth decay?

The Real Cause of Tooth Decay

Teeth, like bones, are living organs. While they renew themselves much slower than softer organs like your skin or your liver, teeth are constantly breaking down and replacing their cells.

In a healthy person, new dentin and enamel is constantly being generated from vitamins, minerals and enzymes in your bloodstream and pushed out through microscopic tubules to the outer layers of your teeth. With enough vitamins and minerals in the right ratios, teeth will constantly remineralize and regenerate themselves naturally, and do not need treatments such as fluoride to remain healthy.

Tooth decay is not therefore bacteria or acids eating away at your teeth, but rather it is part of the natural cycle of the life of your teeth. In a healthy individual, the cycle of decay is checked by the renewal of cells, as healthy cells replace dead cells in our teeth, just like they do with our skin or other organs.

However, due to factors including diet, toxic accumulations from the environment, and stress, the functioning of our bodies can fall out of balance, leaving us susceptible to disease. Our teeth are no different.

Most of us — where processed, sweetened, and denatured foods are prevalent—have this cycle of decay and regrowth deeply out of balance and our bodies simply cannot replace the cells in our teeth properly before disease takes over. Deposits on teeth therefore are not caused by bacterial action, but, as evidence has shown, are due to imbalances in our body chemistry.

So it is not sugar, smoking, coffee, candy, soda, etc. in and of themselves that cause tooth decay. It is the malnutrition and blood sugar swings that eating such foods creates in your body that disrupts the balance in your mouth and allows decay to prevail.

In essence, tooth decay—like almost all disease—is caused at its root by malnutrition, which in turn causes biochemical imbalances that leave the body weak and open to degeneration.


1. Clove

Clove is one of the most important ingredients for treating any kind of dental issue, including cavities. Due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties, clove can help alleviate pain and prevent the cavity from spreading.

  • Dilute 2 to 3 drops of clove oil with 1/4 teaspoon of sesame seed oil. Put a few drops of this solution on a cotton ball and dab the solution on the affected tooth. Repeat every night before going to bed.
  • Another option is to gently chew a whole clove to extract its oil. Then keep the clove under your tongue for several minutes.

2. Epsom Salt (Kallu Uppu)

Epsom Salt can also be used to treat cavities due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can reduce inflammation, ease pain, draw out any infection and prevent growth of bacteria in the mouth.

  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Swish a mouthful of this solution around in your mouth for 1 minute, concentrating on the affected tooth. Follow this treatment 3 times a day until your symptoms subside.
  • Alternatively, mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a little mustard oil or lemon juice to make a paste. Massage the gums gently with this paste for a few minutes, then gargle with warm water.
  • Repeat twice daily for a few days to kill bacteria.

3. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an age-old practice that can reduce cavities as well as bleeding gums and bad breath. It helps clean the mouth of harmful bacteria that are responsible for different types of dental problems.

  1. Put 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in your mouth.
  2. Gently swish it around for about 20 minutes.
  3. Spit it out. Avoid gargling or swallowing the oil.
  4. Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Use salt water for added antimicrobial benefits.
  5. Brush your teeth as usual.
  6. Do this daily in the morning, on an empty stomach.

This can also be done with coconut or mustard oil.

4. Garlic

Being rich in antibacterial as well as antibiotic properties, garlic is often recommended for tooth decay and cavities. It can also provide respite from pain and promote healthier gums and teeth.

  • Prepare a paste from 3 to 4 crushed garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of rock salt. Apply it on the infected tooth. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with a mouthwash. Do this twice daily for a few weeks to reduce cavities.
  • You can also rub garlic oil on the affected tooth to get quick relief from pain due to a cavity.
  • Eating raw garlic regularly can also provide effective results.

5. Turmeric

In Ayurveda, turmeric is often used to provide respite from cavity pain. It has antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the gums healthy and prevent tooth decay due to bacterial infection.

  • Apply some turmeric powder on the affected teeth. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse well with warm water.
  • Another option is to mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a little mustard oil and use it to massage your teeth and gums. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then spit it out.

Repeat either of these remedies once or twice daily for at least a few days.

6. Indian Lilac


Indian lilac, also known as neem, is another popular remedy for treating cavities. Its antibacterial properties can easily destroy cavity-causing bacteria. Plus, it helps maintain healthy and strong teeth and gums.

  • Rub the juice of neem leaves on the teeth and gums. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow this treatment once or twice daily.
  • You can also use soft neem sticks to brush your teeth.
  • You can even use toothpaste containing neem oil.

7. Indian Gooseberry

indian gooseberry amla

Another well known herb that can help reduce cavities is Indian gooseberry, also known as amla. Being high in antioxidants and vitamin C, it combats bacteria and fights infections.

It also promotes healing and development of connective tissue that benefits the gums. Additionally, it cleans the mouth and helps get rid of bad breath.

  • Eat one fresh amla daily.
  • You can also take 1/2 teaspoon of dried amla powder along with 1/2 glass of water daily.

8. Nutmeg


  • Simply grate some nutmeg and mix it with a little clove oil or oregano oil. Apply it on the affected teeth, let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Repeat this remedy at least 3 or 4 times a day.
  • You can also apply nutmeg oil directly on your teeth using cotton swabs.

10. Wheatgrass

wheatgrass juice

The natural antibacterial properties in wheatgrass help fight tooth decay and cavities as well as reduce the pain resulting from cavities.

Plus, wheatgrass is a highly concentrated source of vitamins A and E along with minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium, which are essential for healthy and strong teeth.

  • Drink 1/2 glass of wheatgrass juice daily on an empty stomach as a preventive measure to fight cavities.
  • Another option is to mix one part wheatgrass juice with six parts water. Swish it in your mouth for 1 minute and spit out. Follow this treatment 2 or 3 times a day.
  • You can also chew some wheatgrass slowly and thoroughly. This is considered a healthy exercise to make the gums and teeth strong.

Additional Tips

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water after every snack or drink for a minimum period of one month.  Duration will vary depending upon the depth of the cavity.
  • Avoid foods and drinks with refined white sugar as they can create plaque.  Have as much as sweets made out of jaggery.
  • Drink green and black tea to reduce plaque build-up and reduce the growth of bacteria in your mouth.
  • After drinking any kind of acidic beverage, brush your teeth and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Chew chewing gum to stimulate the production of saliva and make your teeth strong.
  • Drinking cranberry juice regularly also helps improve oral hygiene.
  • Eat cheese daily to obtain relief from the problem of cavities.

With these remedies and suggestions, you can naturally prevent cavities and show off your healthy smile with pride!

About Sridhar Venkatraman

Progressive and open minded Business Professional with over 30+ years of experience in Automobile, IT, Education, Real Estate Industries. He has a passion to ensure "No child goes to bed hungry" and is involved in an NGO called "No Hungry Child". He is a Social Entrepreneur and added a new service "Art of Self Treatment" to help more and more people who are suffering from health issues. He learnt the art of Self Treatment from his guru Mr Healer Baskar.

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