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Posted on January 23rd, 2014 by

Do You Have Dental Caries?

Do You Have Dental Caries?

Dental caries is the most common oral health issue people come across which affects nearly everyone at some point in their life. Keep reading to learn about this condition and how it can be treated.

Dental Caries and Its Causes

Dental caries can be a painful condition that is most commonly known as tooth decay or a cavity. This condition is caused by a bacterial buildup on the surface of teeth called plaque which feed on sugars and excrete destructive acids. The acids gradually erode tooth enamel, causing the tooth to decay.

Home Remedies for Dental Caries

Despite some claims, there is no proven way to make tooth enamel regenerate.

There are several ways that one can prevent the development of dental caries or relieve the pain that accompanies them:

Prevention Techniques:

The best way to prevent tooth decay is to stay on top of a proper oral hygiene routine. Thoroughly brush your teeth, floss between your teeth, and use an antiseptic mouthwash twice each day to remove harmful bacteria from your teeth.

The pain that accompanies cavities can be relieved by:

  1. Low doses of over-the-counter pain relievers
  2. Rubbing vanilla extract on the decayed area
  3. Swishing salted water in the mouth around the affected area
  4. Rubbing a clove of garlic directly on the cavity
  5. Rubbing clove oil directly on the cavity

Professional Treatment for Dental Caries

Small dental caries can be treated by removing the decayed tissue and sealing the cavity with a bonded resin. More severe cases of tooth decay may require a root canal to remove damaged pulp and nerve tissue, and will be sealed with a dental crown.

Schedule an appointment at Smile Today if you notice dental caries or are suffering from tooth pain.

Kyle Huish

Kyle Huish

Dr. Kyle Huish is a fifth generation native Arizonan. He was born and raised in Mesa and graduated from Arizona State University in 2006. He then went to Ohio State University for his dental education where he graduated top of his class. Afterwards Dr. Huish went on to further his dental education by studying in both New York City and Pittsburgh where he mastered advanced techniques in dental implants and dental sedation.
Kyle Huish

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