A cavity or hole develops in a tooth, but may not be noticed until it begins to be painful
The outer part of the tooth (the very hard enamel) erodes, and then the body of the tooth beneath it (the dentin) begins eroding also. This is called tooth decay. It is thought that plaque buildup (a sticky mass on the surface of the tooth) provides a place for bacteria to grow and feed on sugars in the mouth
The acid they produce digs holes in the teeth. If not stopped, the erosion enters the lower, center part of the tooth, called the pulp, where the nerve is. Then the pain begins. We call it a toothache.
However, certain things help produce tooth decay. These include sugary foods, sticky foods, and acid foods.
Cola drinks do an excellent job of melting teeth.
Cola, and similar cola beverages contain phosphoric acid and lots of sugar. Frankly, the fluid is so terribly acid that it would be intolerable without lots of sugar to mask the acidity. Acid, sugar, and phosphorous are very dangerous when combined. The powerful acid melts part of the teeth, and the phosphorous chemically locks with the melted calcium, and quickly carries it off. All that sugar does its part to ruin the teeth also. It helps the bacteria to jump in and start still more trouble. Drop a tooth into a glass of Coke; then time the number of hours before the tooth totally disappears.
It helps the bacteria to jump in and start still more trouble. Drop a tooth into a glass of Coke; then time the number of hours before the tooth totally disappears.
TREATMENT HOME REMEDIES
- Do not drink cola drinks.
- Do not eat sticky foods.
- Do not eat white sugar products.
- Rinse out your mouth after eating or finish a fruit meal by eating an apple.
- Goldenseal extract, that is alcohol-free, can be used as a antibacterial mouthwash.
- To reduce infection in a tooth, put a few drops of goldenseal extract on a piece of cotton and apply it to the swollen area at night. For 3 consecutive nights, do this.
- Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables.
- Do not chew up vitamin C tablets! The acid in them will melt your teeth.
- Avoid all toothpastes and powders. Detergents in them are harmful to teeth and gums.
- It is vital that you take calcium supplement, in order to maintain good tooth and bone structure. As you get older, you need even more calcium.
- Massage gums with your finger once a day.
TO STOP A TOOTHACHE—Until you can see a dentist, here are several suggestions
- Swish warm salt water in your mouth, and spit it out. Do this after every meal and before retiring at night. Stir 1 tsp. of salt into a glassful of water, at body temperature.
- Somewhat warm salt water, held in the mouth will bring relief.
- Apply 1-2 drops of oil of cloves to the affected tooth with a cotton swab. If the oil seems too strong, dilute it with olive oil.
- Rinse your mouth vigorously with a mouthful of lukewarm water. If the pain is from food caught between the teeth, this may flush it out.
- Try flossing gently between the teeth.
- Put a charcoal tablet in your mouth and, with your tongue or cheek, press it against the swollen gum at the base of the problem tooth.
- Drink 1-2 cups of mullein tea or chew catnip herb.
- Mash up the root of plantain and put it on the cheek near the tooth.
- With your fingers rub an ice cube until one side is shaped into a V-shape. Then press it gently against the tender place, and push it back and forth over the area for 5-7 minutes. The effect of rubbing tends to cancel out the pain signal, which must travel along the same nerve route.
- Keep heat away from the tooth and nearby cheek. If it is an infection, the heat will draw the infection to the outside of the jaw and make the situation worse.
- Put ice on the nearby cheek for 15 minutes, 3-4 times a day.
- Avoid biting on that area of the teeth.
- Some individuals have found that, when a toothache begins, they quickly skip a meal, rest, take vitamin C, and conduct themselves very carefully over the next several days—and the infection in the tooth is overcome by the body.
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