1) What are cavities?
Cavities are referred to the hole in the teeth/tooth caused due to tooth decay. When you eat food that is sugary or too sticky, it becomes the cause of germ causing bacteria to multiply and spread inside the mouth. Eventually, it results in formation of a thin layer on the surface of the teeth called plaque. This plaque bacteria uses the sugar to destroy the hard surface of the teeth also known as enamel. Over a period of time, this acid breakdown and wear and tear of the enamel lowers the ability of the tooth to combat germs and bacteria, leaving it vulnerable to germ attack in the form of decay and cavity.
2) How is cavity different from tooth decay?
Tooth decay is not the same as cavity but id tooth decay is not treated in time, it can lead to the problem of decay. Tooth decay and cavities are among the most common teeth problems that people across the world suffer from. Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, originates from plaque or a bacteria-laden film that forms on the surface of the tooth. This plaque releases acid that eventually destroys the surface of the teeth. If the plaque is not treated in time it results in creating a hole in the enamel, which is known as cavity.
3) Can cavities worsen?
Once the problem has escalated from decay to cavity, emphasis shifts from prevention to restoration. Cavities can cause severe amount of damage in the teeth if not treated in time. When tooth decay is not treated in time, it develops into cavity and if the problem of cavity is ignored, it can lead to further problems of loosening of affected tooth from the gums, infection in and around the affected tooth area, pain in the mouth, swollen gums, abscess, and finally weakening or breakage of tooth. Therefore, it is always advice to get in touch with your dentist for suggestions on how to prevent your teeth from decaying.
4) Are the damages reversible?
Cavities stand for permanent damage to the tooth that cannot be reversed but most certainly repaired. Tooth decay that has been ignored for long results in weakening and destruction of the enamel of the tooth, ultimately developing into cavity. Once the damage is done, it cannot be revered but to prevent further damage to the rest of the teeth visit your dentist for best advice. Also start using a fluorine based toothpaste and make it a point to brush and floss your mouth at least twice a day, daily, to stop the germ causing bacteria from causing havoc inside your mouth. Maintain good oral hygiene to keep all dental problems away.
5) What are the best home remedies for treating cavities?
Apart from maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine, you can regularly follow these home remedies for relief from cavities.
- Mix 4 tsp of lemon juice with ½ tsp of asafoetida and rub on the affected tooth area
- Prepare a paste of 3-4 minced garlic with 1 tbsp of rock salt and use it to massage the affected tooth
- Using warm water while brushing also help in reducing pain caused due to cavity
- Place a slice of raw onion on the affected tooth area for to treat the pain caused by cavities