How do Cavities Form?Should you whiten the Teeth When They Have Cavities?

How do Cavities Form?Should you whiten the Teeth When They Have Cavities?


Tiny colonies of bacteria settle in your mouth that is constantly moving on your lips, tongue, gums, and teeth. There is nothing to be afraid of, as the presence of bacteria in and around your oral organs is a normal thing. Although certain bacteria can be harmful, some bacteria also help build a better oral environment.

How are Cavities Caused?

A particular type of bacteria attaches itself to the enamel and if not removed quickly multiply and grow very fast to form colonies inside your mouth. In this way, different types of bacteria keep on attaching themselves to your teeth enamel forming colonies.

When the proteins in the saliva mix with these bacterial colonies, they together form a whitish film over the teeth. This film is known as plaque and causes cavities.

Do Cavities Affect Children or Adults?

Tooth cavities and decay are the most common oral health diseases in the world and these are mostly seen among children, older adults and teenagers. Nevertheless, anyone can get cavities at any age.

Home Remedies for Cavities

1. Clove

Clove is one of the most widely used ingredients for treating different types of dental problems such as cavities and decay. It has antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and hence is effective in restricting the spread of bacterial infection and in alleviating pain.

  • In ¼ tsp of sesame oil put 2 to 3 clove oil drops
  • Dip a cotton ball in this solution and dab it on the affected teeth.
  • Repeat this process every day before sleeping.
  • Chewing cloves is another option. However, the effect is temporary and you should consult the dentist for permanent relief.

2. Salt

Salt has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It draws out infection, eases the pain, reduces inflammation, and prevents bacterial growth.

  • Dissolve one tsp of salt in warm water and floss your mouth with this solution.
  • Swish more around the area, which is affected.
  • Continue the treatment until the symptoms subside

Preventing Cavities

Fluorine is a common mineral, which is used in tap water in most of the developed countries. It greatly helps in preventing the progression of tooth decay. It is known to replace the mineral loss and restricts the bacteria from forming an acid that can cause a tooth cavity.

You can prevent your teeth by applying fluoride varnish or gel to the surfaces of the teeth or by taking fluoride tablets on prescription. You can also try using a fluoride mouth rinse.

Should you whiten the Teeth When They Have Cavities?

If your teeth are not in healthy condition and some of your teeth have cavities or are decayed, you should not opt for teeth whitening as the whitening material can get inside the cavity leading to excruciating pain.

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Dr. Kadiyala Vamsi Krishna B.D.S


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