What is a cavity?A cavity is a hole in the teeth that can get bigger and deeper over time. It is also called dental caries.
What causes cavities?
The are several causes for developing cavities.
The first one is a specific type of bacteria that produces acid, which eats away tooth enamel. As it gets deeper, it goes into the second layer of the tooth and eventually to the third layer which in that case the tooth will need a root canal.
Other factors that may cause cavities are genetics, eating & drinking sugary foods, and not brushing properly.
Cavities need to get repaired immediately; if not, they could get bigger and deeper.
Sometimes cavities can turn into major dental treatments such as full coverage restorations (crowns) or root canals.
How to get rid of a cavity
Depending on the size and location of the tooth decay, you may be able to slow down the process or help repair a cavity naturally by doing the below:
- Make sure you brush twice a day for 2 minutes at a time. I suggest a sonic toothbrush over hand brushing. Our professional sonic toothbrush helps remove plaque and bad bacteria that cause cavities 10X more than a manual toothbrush. I highly suggest investing in a great sonic toothbrush.
- Avoid using commercial dental care products that contain artificial sweeteners that break down in mouth. You could potentially develop cavities just by using these types of products.
- Use plant-based toothpastes that contain super antimicrobial/antibacterial ingredients such as neem oil, coconut oil and clove oil. These powerful ingredients help effectively clean your teeth without any harmful side effects. All Dr. Brite toothpastes including our anti-plaque berrylicious toothpaste contain these amazing ingredients.
- Make sure you floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing helps remove plaque buildup from in between your teeth much more effectively than brushing alone, therefore it helps with cavity control.
How do we prevent cavities?
The best way to help prevent cavities is to make sure you mechanically remove the plaque buildup (film that contains the bad bacteria that causes cavities). This is done best by a sonic toothbrush.
Next is to minimize sugary foods and drinks. If you do eat sweets, rinse your mouth with some water immediately.
Sometimes repairing your cavity by a dental professional could cause discomfort and pain afterwards. To help with that, place an ice pack on your face for 30 minutes in 10-minute increments (holding it on for 10 minutes, removing it for a few minutes then repeat).
Take an analgesic such as Tylenol or Motrin works well.
Using a mouth spray that helps expedite healing such as Dr. Brite’s Oral Healing Spray is very effective in helping with post-op discomfort and pain.
By following these simple instructions, you should be able to minimize your chance of developing cavities.
To your health,
Pooneh Ramezani, DDS