Tooth decay and cavities are one of the most common oral health issues experienced not just by kids but even those who are already in their adult years. Cavities are holes caused by tooth decay. Cavities are caused by poor oral hygiene. The bacteria known as Streptococcus is known as the number one cause of cavities.
What started as a plaque will sooner or later start a hole in the teeth until it continuously damages the teeth. Plaque builds up in places such as in between the teeth, around any tooth fillings, close to the gum line and in the cracks, pits, and grooves in the teeth. When plaque reaches the dentin, that’ when the cavity starts to form.
Even if cavities are common, it is something you can get rid of. Here are the effective tips to improve your oral health and get rid or avoid cavities.
Cavities must be treated professionally
Visit your dentist as soon as you notice any plaque or cavity in your teeth. Your dentist can assess what treatment can be done in order to treat cavities. Also, it is best to treat cavities as soon as possible to avoid the worst case scenario wherein you have to have your teeth extracted.
It also helps to visit your dentist regularly because the cliché is true, “prevention is better than cure”. And it is specifically applicable for your oral health. Moreover, your dentist can help to detect early signs of a cavity and can give appropriate treatments and recommendation to avoid it.
Try oil pulling at home
Oil pulling has an ancient origin. It is part of the practice or alternative medicine known as Ayurveda. Oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil for a certain period of time and spitting it afterward.
Research shows that it can help to improve tooth health as it reduces plaque buildup. Oil pulling can also help remineralize enamel and prevent cavities. Another benefit of oil pulling is its ability to keep your mouth smelling fresh as it can remove more plaque than regular mouthwash. Oil pulling works by softening plaque. As a result, it can be removed easily by spitting out the oil.
Avoid phytic acid
A study conducted in 2004 revealed that phytic acid can affect mineral absorption from foods. Aside from that, research suggests that phytic acid can break down minerals in enamel that will lead to tooth decay. Though the research only involves 20 participants, it helps to watch what you intake to avoid tooth decay and cavities.
Phytic acid is rich in the following foods: rice, maize, wheat, rye, kidney beans, haricot beans, pinto beans, navy beans, blackeye beans, and broad beans.
Replace regular gums with sugar-free gums
The regular chewing gums are packed with artificial sugar. And studies proved that sugar is one of the worst enemies of our teeth. Thus, instead of chewing your favorite, choose a sugar-free alternative.
Your oral health is a window to your overall health. Not all cavities are painful and some are starting in between your teeth, so it is best to start taking care for your teeth now and reap the benefits all throughout.