Clove is one of the most important ingredients for treating any kind of dental issue, including cavities. Due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties, clove can help alleviate pain and prevent the cavity from spreading.
Dilute 2 to 3 drops of clove oil with 1/4 teaspoon of sesame seed oil. Put a few drops of this solution on a cotton ball and dab the solution on the affected tooth. Repeat every night before going to bed.
Another option is to gently chew a whole clove to extract its oil. Then keep the clove under your tongue for several minutes.
Salt can also be used to treat cavities due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can reduce inflammation, ease pain, draw out any infection and prevent growth of bacteria in the mouth.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Swish a mouthful of this solution around in your mouth for 1 minute, concentrating on the affected tooth. Follow this treatment 3 times a day until your symptoms subside.
Alternatively, mix 1/2 teaspoon 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 daily for a few days to kill bacteria
Oil pulling is an age-old practice that can reduce cavities as well as bleeding gums and bad breath. It helps clean the mouth of harmful bacteria that are responsible for different types of dental problems.
Put 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in your mouth.
Gently swish it around for about 20 minutes.
Spit it out. Avoid gargling or swallowing the oil.
Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Use salt water for added antimicrobial benefits.
Brush your teeth as usual.
Do this daily in the morning, on an empty stomach.
Being rich in antibacterial as well as antibiotic properties, garlic is often recommended for tooth decay and cavities. It can also provide respite from pain and promote healthier gums and teeth.
Prepare a paste from 3 to 4 crushed garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of rock salt. Apply it on the infected tooth. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with a mouthwash. Do this twice daily for a few weeks to reduce cavities
You can also rub garlic oil on the affected tooth to get quick relief from pain due to a cavity.
Eating raw garlic regularly can also provide effective results.
According to a study published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products, licorice root may help keep teeth healthy. There are two effective antibacterial compounds in dried licorice root licoricidin and licorisoflavan that can prevent the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Plus, this herb can also reduce plaque.
Use dried licorice root powder to brush your teeth on a regular basis.
You can also use a soft stick of licorice like a toothbrush to brush your teeth daily.
In Ayurveda, turmeric is often used to provide respite from cavity pain. It has antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the gums healthy and prevent tooth decay due to bacterial infection.
Apply some turmeric powder on the affected teeth. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse well with warm water.
Another option is to mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a little mustard oil and use it to massage your teeth and gums. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then spit it out.
Indian lilac, also known as neem, is another popular remedy for treating cavities. Its antibacterial properties can easily destroy cavity-causing bacteria. Plus, it helps maintain healthy and strong teeth and gums.
Rub the juice of neem leaves on the teeth and gums. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow this treatment once or twice daily.
You can also use soft neem sticks to brush your teeth.
You can even use toothpaste containing neem oil.
Another well known herb that can help reduce cavities is Indian gooseberry, also known as amla. Being high in antioxidants and vitamin C, it combats bacteria and fights infections.
It also promotes healing and development of connective tissue that benefits the gums. Additionally, it cleans the mouth and helps get rid of bad breath.
Eat one fresh amla daily.
You can also take 1/2 teaspoon of dried amla powder along with 1/2 glass of water daily.
If fresh or powdered Amla is not available, consider taking a capsule. Consult your doctor first.
According to a study conducted at the Yonsei University in Korea, the anticariogenic properties of nutmeg extract can be used to prevent cavities and tooth decay caused by cariogenic oral bacteria.
Simply grate some nutmeg and mix it with a little clove oil or oregano oil. Apply it on the affected teeth, let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Repeat this remedy at least 3 or 4 times a day.
You can also apply nutmeg oil directly on your teeth using cotton swabs.
The natural antibacterial properties in wheatgrass help fight tooth decay and cavities as well as reduce the pain resulting from cavities
Plus, wheatgrass is a highly concentrated source of vitamins A and E along with minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium, which are essential for healthy and strong teeth.
Drink 1/2 glass of wheatgrass juice daily on an empty stomach as a preventive measure to fight cavities
Another option is to mix one part wheatgrass juice with six parts water. Swish it in your mouth for 1 minute and spit out. Follow this treatment 2 or 3 times a day.
You can also chew some wheatgrass slowly and thoroughly. This is considered a healthy exercise to make the gums and teeth strong.