Most people have come across a cavity once or twice (or more) in their lifetime. Normally it’s no big deal, get the cavity filled and you’re back on your feet eating sugar as much as you want. These days, it’s hard to express the importance of oral health. The reason being, dentists have made it easy to fix whatever may be wrong with your teeth. However, depending on the extent of the damage done to your oral health, dentists are making a huge profit, charging you thousands of dollars for surgery. It’s time to change that. If you feel a cavity coming up, or are just looking for ways to improve your oral health, check out these home remedies to fight cavities and oral decay:
Coconut Oil Pulling
Although oil pulling has just recently become very popular within the US, this technique has been around for quite some time. Coconut Oil contains many antibacterial properties that help draw out toxins that are present in your teeth and oral cavity.
How to Use:
- 2 tsp of coconut oil
- Put oil in your mouth
- Swish oil inside your mouth, pulling it back and forth and side to side to reach all your teeth and gums
- Swish for 20 minutes, if that’s too long for you, 3-5 minutes daily still has positive effects
- Most effective when done in the morning right after waking up, before brushing your teeth.
- Add 1-2 drops of clove oil + 1-2 drops of tea tree oil for maximum effect
Garlic is more than a garnish to a dish. It is incredibly rich in antibiotic and antibacterial properties making it perfect for promoting healthier gums and teeth. In addition to those benefits, it can also be a short term remedy for pain relief.
How to use:
- Use 3-4 crushed garlic cloves + ¼ teaspoon of rock salt
- Apply paste on infected tooth
- Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing out with mouthwash
- Apply twice a day for a few weeks to help reduce cavities
- In addition, eating raw garlic regularly can help
Food for thought. Salt is an incredibly powerful ingredient to life. Besides adding flavor to your food, salt stands out for having antiseptic properties that help reduce inflammation and pain. It can also be used to draw out any infection and prevent growth of bacteria in the mouth.
How to use:
- Dissolve 1 tsp of salt in a glass of warm water
- Swish a mouthful of the solution for 1 minute concentrating on the affected tooth
- Use 3 times a day until symptoms subside
- Mix ½ tsp 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 a day for a few days
Cod Liver Oil + Butter Oil
These two oils are known for being jam packed of vitamins A, D, and K. The vitamins best known for maintaining dental hygiene.
- Take supplements separately or a capsule containing both.