All of us, at some point of time suffer from dental problems in our lives and these situations surely count as some of the worst experiences of pain and unease in our lives. Teeth constitute one of the most important parts of human body but most of us tend to develop the habit of taking oral care and hygiene for granted for the greater part of our lives.
The later half of the life is generally seen to have synonymy with dental problems that surface up as a result of weakening of our health systems. While heredity reasons have been counted as a potent determinant, our eating habits and the manner in which we continue with our oral hygiene plays pivotal role in determining the health of our teeth!
The incidence of teeth problems has gained frequency because of the changes in food eating patterns and lifestyles. We have developed an obsession for junk food, tasty candies and chocolates that catalyze tooth decay and allied problems.
Some common teeth infection and problems are:–
1. Dental caries: There is a continuous presence of microorganisms in our mouth cavity and these thrive on the food we eat. Such organisms live in the fine crevices that exist as inter dental spaces which also simultaneously serve to trap the food particles during chewing. The fact that we can’t brush our teeth after every meal generates easy and continuous supply for these microorganisms! These organisms which primarily feed on food sugars, produce acids which continue to harm the teeth enamel and then subsequently, the basic structure of the same over time. This results in dental caries. As the cause and effect is most commonly established, dental caries count as some of the most frequently reported teeth problems.
2. Pulpitis: This is a dental condition characterized by inflammation of the dental pulp, subsequent to its getting affected by the acidic and other by-products of the microorganisms in the dental caries. The entering pathogens produce infection which is associated with pain. This pain is sensitive to thermal changes like hot and cold drinks or ice creams. Some further complications may result into periapical abscess.
3. Gingivitis: It is a periodontal disease characterized by localized inflammation of the gums which bleed easily upon pressure impact during brushing and flossing. There is no loss of allied bone structure and pain is also not associated with the condition. Microorganisms have been found to be the determining factor for the occurrence of gingivitis too.
4. Periodontitis: Chronic and persistent gingivitis produces loss of supportive bone structure in which the periodontal ligament gets separated from the tooth.
Causes for tooth infection:-
The causes as stated above are mainly heredity or because of the unhealthy oral hygiene patterns we follow in our lives. The oral hygiene has a direct bearing on the bacterium and microorganisms that live in our mouth cavity.
While loss of saliva formation has been the prime reason that reduces our capacity to flush such organisms, the food that gets trapped in inter dental spaces provides ready food supplies to microorganisms.
Home Remedies for tooth infection:-
Thankfully, there are many home remedies for tooth infections and they are harmless and easy to do.
Since ages, a number of home remedies and preventive oral care patterns have been recommended by wise people. Some of these are:
Some flavanoids and organic elements that are found in the common foods are found to be effective in alleviating primary dental conditions. These are –
1. Clove oil – A potent anti inflammatory and pain reliever
2. Salt and oil rub – For swollen gums (mustard oil recommended)
3. Garlic oil and pulp – As a direct antiseptic application
4. Tea bags – To be embedded to relieve pain
5. Apple cider vinegar – To remove stains from the surface of the teeth
Although these days the awareness about oral care is high, junk food still plays an important role in canceling the effects of such hygiene. Right eating habits, greater water intake, regular dental checkups are some of the ways in which one can delay the onset of dental problems in life.
Better care: Try and develop a habit of better oral and dental hygiene. This should start right from childhood and should be carried on throughout your life! Correct brushing and flossing techniques should be learned.
More water intake: High water and liquids intake would increase salivation capacity of the mouth and easy flushing out of the bacterium to be digested in the alimentary canal.