Have you ever experienced a sharp, searing pain, which heralds a trip to the dentist? Cavities – holes in the teeth caused by decay – are now common, with more than four-fifths of the population having at least one filling. They occur when bacteria in your mouth meets refined sugars and carbohydrates in food, encouraging acid production. They can also occur due to the build-up of bacteria or poor dental hygiene. However, there are some natural methods you can use to improve your oral health.

CLOVE STORY
Try using clove to treat cavities. It can help alleviate pain and stop the cavity from spreading Just dilute two or three drops of clove oil with 1/4tsp of sesame seed oil. Put a few drops on a cotton wool ball and dab on the affected tooth every night.

Coconut oil...

Oil pulling is an age-old practice that can prevent cavities and fix bleeding gums and bad breath. The phrase comes from the oil being ‘worked’ in the mouth by pulling and pushing, and sucking it through the teeth.
The lauric acid inside coconut oil attacks bacteria harmful to the mouth that can be responsible for a number of dental problems, including cavities. Within a month of oil pulling, you can see dental repair and healthier gums.
How to use it...
Put 1tbsp coconut oil in your mouth and gently swish it around. After 20 minutes spit it out without swallowing or gargling. Then brush your teeth as usual. Do this daily in the morning, on an empty stomach.

Turmeric...

A member of the ginger family, turmeric contains curcumin, known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It prevents the action of a gene that creates gum irritating chemicals and deprives bacteria of a site to grow.
This keeps your gums healthy and prevents tooth decay that could occur due to bacterial infection. If you already have a painful cavity, applying turmeric powder can also provide respite – and it’s also a natural teeth whitener.
How to use it...
Apply some turmeric powder on the affected teeth. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse well with warm water. Alternatively, you can create a gum pack. Wet a pinch of turmeric powder in vitamin E oil and apply it to any affected areas.

Grape seed extract...

Imbalanced bacteria in the mouth can produce excess acid, leading to pore enlargement and the loss of minerals from the tooth, increasing the risk of cavities. Dentists normally use fluoride to help with remineralisation of the teeth. However, grape seed extract is a great natural alternative.
The extract attaches to collagen strands, which strengthens them and improves the structure of your tooth enamel.
How to use it...
To make your own anti-cavity mouthwash, simply mix ¼tsp coral calcium powder in water with the grape seed extract, swish it around in your mouth and swallow. A good time is after brushing at bedtime.

Cinnamon...

The most effective of any spice at fighting Streptoccus mutans, the bacteria that causes mouth infection, is cinnamon or cinnamon oil. It has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which help prevent your teeth deteriorating, kill bacteria and stop inflammation.
How to use it...
Around ½tsp of cinnamon a day, whether added to your morning porridge or tea, will help clear the bacteria in your mouth.
Alternatively, if you are experiencing any pain or inflammation, you can rub cinnamon powder directly on to the point of pain.

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