6 Herbal Cavity Treatments
Ah cavities, the bane of existence for every candy crunching kid who pays a visit to the Dentist.
But kids aren’t the only ones susceptible to this problem. Without proper dental maintenance and care, adults can also develop cavities.
In essence, a cavity is a little hole in your tooth that is caused by bacteria, which produce acids in the mouth that eat away at your tooth enamel.
The only permanent fix for cavities and tooth decay is another visit to the dental office where the cavity can be cleaned out with a drill and refilled with artificial material. However, there are some excellent herbal remedies available that are effective treatments in killing bacteria and preventing further cavity formation.
**This is for educational purposes only and we recommend that you visit with a dentist and or doctor before trying any these remedies.**
The following herbal remedies are essentially free of side effects and much closer to free financially than a costly dental appointment.
An ancient herb from India, neem is the most commonly used herb to fight the formation of plaque and enhance dental health.
The bark of neem is used to brush teeth. The natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of the herb kill harmful bacteria and prevent further tooth decay.
Neem is widely used in toothpastes and other remedies. Though it sounds incredibly exotic, you can easily find neem in drug stores and local markets.
No, we’re not saying eat licorice candy to treat cavities. In fact the sugars of traditional licorice will combine with bacteria to form acid and lead to further tooth decay.
Licorice root, on the other hand, is a traditional antibacterial in China and contains chemical compounds that eradicate bacteria in the mouth which cause tooth decay and cavities.
The root of this North American herb is used to treat cavities and dental infections.
Goldenseal can be used as a mouthwash or rinse. Mixed with water, the extract of goldenseal can be gargled where it will instantly kill bacteria it comes in contact with.
After gargling, the liquid is safe to swallow, and in fact, is also commonly used to treat bacterial infections of the throat caused by the common cold.
Below are 3 more herbal remedies to aid in the reduction of bacteria that cause cavities…
Myrrh is a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agent used to treat cavities and oral infections. The recommendation is five drops of myrrh essential oil mixed with water and gargled three times daily.
Cloves are an aromatic herb that can be used as an antibacterial agent against the causes of cavities.
Simply put it in the affected area of the mouth to not only help stop the decay but also soothe the pain that can go along with a cavity. Clove oil can also be used in a similar fashion to treat cavities.
A mild natural pain killer, calendula is well-known for soothing nerves and healing infected tissues.
Cavities are typically treated with a mouthwash or gargle made of calendula flowers twice a day. It will ease pain and kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay. In dry form, the herb can also be brewed and consumed as a tea.
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