I admit it. I am one of the many people across the world who only see their dentist when they can’t take the dental pain anymore. Dental pains are commonly caused by dental cavities. In order to address the pain, the cavities need to be filled through drilling. Ouch! Just the thought of having a dental drill filling in the cavities make me cry now. It makes me question if there is another way to fill my cavities without getting these drilled.
One of the crazes in the dental world today is the charcoal toothpaste. Its dental benefits are seem to be everyone. Its popular benefit is whitening our stained teeth. Before we proceed with this, it is good to have a quick background on this conventional item.
A charcoal toothpaste is composed of a treated carbon kind known as the activated charcoal. This is now being used by many dentists to remove tartar, stains and bacteria from our teeth. But the question still remains, can the charcoal toothpaste fill cavities without drilling. Continue reading to learn more about this new benefit that is gaining popularity nowadays in the dental world.
What Are the Different Tooth Decay Symptoms?
Before proceeding with the use of charcoal toothpaste, it is good to know the different symptoms of tooth decay. This is so we can identify when it is time to get our teeth have dental filling or drilling. Tooth decay usually starts with tooth ache. When the tooth decay worsens, extreme pain will be felt especially while drinking or eating. Other symptoms include cold or hot drinks or foods sensitivity as well as discolored teeth areas.
An Innovative Way to Deal with and Eliminate Teeth Cavities Sans the Need for Drilling
A Japanese research team led by Kazue Yamagishi recently launched an innovative way to help people fill in their teeth cavities and at the same time save them from the anxiety and pain associated with having their teeth drilled. This technology was made possible by the researchers through the launch of a toothpaste that has the same molecular make up as our tooth enamel.
The charcoal toothpaste has been proven by the research team to be effective. Their study provides an impressive result after finding out that this paste which is identical to our enamel has the same stability and sturdiness as the amalgam and metal used in our dental fillings. The study also showed that the toothpaste shows promise as it can be used to fill in the cavities without removing healthy teeth parts. However, as a reminder to their research readers, the charcoal toothpaste effectiveness is only guaranteed to those who have early stages of cavities.
Can the Charcoal Toothpaste Be Applied on Our Own?
It is easy as it can be applied on our teeth cavities. However, researchers discourage us from using it on our own or without the supervision of a dentist or any dental professional. This is because this newly developed item has high hydrogen peroxide content making it super acidic. Researchers mentioned in their study that when not applied accordingly, the paste can lead to gums inflammation.
Alternative Ways to Treat Teeth Cavities and Decays
As mentioned, charcoal toothpaste is commonly used in whitening teeth. However, its use in filling in cavities is just a new finding and needs to be further verified. Just to be on the safe side, you can try the other alternative ways to treat teeth cavities and decays.
One of the effective ways is to intake supplements that have fermented cod liver oil and rich in vitamin D. They are effective in strengthening our teeth and improving the dental health. Another way to treat tooth decay is by using three percent hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse before you brush your teeth.
If you are uncomfortable with using it as a mouth rinse, you can add it in your homemade toothpaste. Just add a cup of baking soda to 1/2 cup of the three percent hydrogen peroxide and – presto! You have a toothpaste to wash your cavities away.
If the above techniques are still not effective, then you can also try oil pulling which is very popular in the Ayurvedic dental world. Oil pulling can be done by gargling several teaspoons of coconut oil or other vegetable oil types for around 15 to 20 minutes after you wake up in the morning. This routine is expected to boost our dental health and at the same time eliminate teeth stains.
What Are the Foods to Eat to Prevent Tooth Decays and Cavities?
I am an avid supporter of the saying, prevention is better than cure. I bet you have experienced at least once in your life the excruciating pain associated with having tooth decays and cavities. And if you felt that, I know that you will do everything to not experience it again.
To help improve our dental health and prevent us from suffering from tooth cavities and decay, below are some of the foods that we should add to our daily diet.