Cavities are one of the most common diseases, affecting more than 92% of the people of our planet. Under the influence of various factors such as an abundance of plaque, eating a lot of carbohydrates, changes in the oral microflora and others, demineralization of enamel occurs, which subsequently leads to the emergence of tooth cavities.
At its initial stage, tooth decay appears as dark or light-colored stains on the teeth. Even minor changes in the color or structure of the enamel may be a sign of its presence. Since full-fledged decay can be treated only in a dental office, it is better to immediately contact a doctor at the first signs of the disease. The dentist will conduct a diagnosis and determine whether the decayed spot can be stabilized or whether it needs to be removed. Only after consulting your doctor should you begin home treatment for tooth decay.
How to Treat Cavities at Home?
Early dental caries treatment at home is possible with the help of special toothpastes – the dentist-therapist can help you choose them on the basis of your individual characteristics. These toothpastes not only strengthen tooth enamel, they also slow down tooth decay. They are enriched with fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. And the presence in their composition of such a component as nano-hydroxyapatite promotes more effective cleaning of teeth from plaque and filling the various defects and cracks in the enamel.
Cavities treatment at home is also possible with the help of special caries gels. They are similar in composition to toothpastes, but contain more auxiliary active substances that have an impact on enamel. The gels form a protective film that prevents the formation of bacteria. They are used after brushing teeth – rubbed into the teeth and gums for 2-3 minutes. The use of gels gives a significant improvement in the condition of enamel.
Preventing Cavities at Home
Caries treatment at home necessarily includes preventive measures to prevent the development of the disease.
The prevention of tooth decay can include:
- Refusal or reduction of consumption of sugary foods and refined oils;
- Eating a balanced diet (enough vegetables, fruit, animal fats, meat, fish, dairy products, etc.)
- Visiting the dentist regularly, every six months;
- Good oral hygiene at home;
- Timely professional help from a dentist if necessary;
- Professional oral hygiene by a dentist once or twice a year;
- The use of modern oral hygiene products at home.
It is always worth remembering that the timely treatment of cavities will help to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and avoid infection of other teeth. The earlier you manage to identify and treat tooth decay, the longer your teeth will last.