A common oral health problem, tooth decay, and cavities most often tend due occur during childhood, adolescence and older adulthood. Bacterial infection in the tooth causes tooth decay as well as an accumulation of plaque. This infection negatively affects the integrity of the tooth by de-mineralizing it and destroying its hard tissues.
In the event that a cavity does develop, it is best to consult a dentist as soon as possible. Early intervention can result in a small procedure to repair the cavity. Leaving it too late could result in complete tooth loss.
The following home remedies may assist in the treatment of dental decay and cavities. They will not make them go away but could prevent them from becoming worse. So, while you’ll probably get some relief, you will still eventually have to make the dreaded trip to the dentist to get treatment.
Patients with pre-existing medical conditions should try to find out how any treatment is likely to affect medications they take by researching the interactions and consulting a doctor or pharmacist for advice.
A clove is the dried bud of the flower of a Syzygium aromaticum tree. This tree is indigenous to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia. Cloves are commonly used as a spice. Cloves have anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties making them a great way to gain relief when you are experiencing pain as the result of a cavity. The clove is also antibacterial so it can prevent the decay or cavity from worsening.
Cloves are generally administered topically in a mixture made as follows:
a. 3 drops of clove oil
b. ½ teaspoon of honey
c. 2-3 drops of sesame oil
Mix the ingredients and then apply to the affected area with the forefinger or a cotton bud. The mixture is pressed up against the area for a few minutes and then it can be spat out. This should be done in the evening prior to bedtime for a few days. In the event of acute pain, do this 2-3 times daily.
Another, more easy method of using cloves is to take a clove and chew it gently. This will extract the oil from the clove. Keep the clove under the tongue for a few minutes and then spit it out. It is worthwhile to notice that cloves are only able to provide short-term relief and that using them for an extended period or in excessive quantities will not increase their efficacy at all. Additionally, the direct use of undiluted clove oil is also not recommended which is why the mixture described above is made diluting ingredients.