One of the risks of developing tooth decay is poor hygiene. Not brushing or flossing properly or often enough can allow plaques to develop. Not taking a proper care can also allow early signs of decay to progress. Because the other component leading to cavities Is food, a dirt high in sugar and refined starch is a high risk factor for decay. This includes food such as candy, honey, sweetened snakes, and even juice. For tooth decay, how often these foods are eaten determines the risk of developing decay-that is, if a person eats these foods three separate times a day, he or she would have more risk than someone who eats them just once a day. Other risk factors include not having access to fluoride, either on the water or in items such as tooth paste and mouth wash.
Toothache is usually the result of advanced tooth decay. The abscess that causes a toothache begins as a cavity or chip in the hard enamel that covers a tooth. Such openings allow bacteria to infect the center of the tooth, the pulp. As dead tissue, live and dead bacteria, and white blood cells accumulate as pus, the pulp swells. The swelling of the pulp against the remaining enamel causes pain. If the root of the tooth dies, the toothache may stop, but the infection remains active and continues to spread and destroy tissue. It may even spread in to the bones that support the tooth, causing the tooth to loosen and fall out.
Homeopathic treatment for teeth affections
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat teeth affections but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat teeth affections that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of teeth affections:
Mercurius – one of the best remedies for toothache, teeth feel elongated and sore, which affects the whole of the jaw and face, and is worse in the night and from warmth, somewhat relieved by gentle rubbing of the face. Great medicine for ulceration at the roots of the teeth and for pain in hollow teeth, swelling of gums; offensive odor from the mouth.
Aconite – toothache comes on very suddenly. The person is in great pain and appears frantic and fearful
Fluoric acid – fistula in the affected teeth causing pain and crumbling of the teeth with persistent bloody and salty discharge; teeth feel as if warm; the teeth and the bones of the upper jaw are affected; pain relieved by cold water but is sensitive to cold.
Plantago – remarkable remedy for teeth complaints; teeth sensitive to touch, feel elongated, sore and sensitive to touch; periodic pain, pain worse by lying on affected side.
Arsenic album – toothaches are worse at night, especially between midnight and 2.00 A.M the toothache is relieved by warm water despite a possible burning in the gums and teeth. Teeth pain is characterized by sharp, aching pain in the teeth and gums. Pains often extend to the cheeks, or temples. Teeth feel elongated.
Calcaria Phos – medicine for delayed development and rapid decay of the teeth; suits to children who are flabby, emaciated having open posterior fontanelles, and are slow in learning to walk.
Hecla lava – toothache from inflammation of dental pulp with an abscess of gums; tendency to caries of teeth with facial neuralgia; pain usually occurring after extraction. Also a feeling of enlargement of the jaw bone.
Kreosote – premature decay of milk teeth; teeth become yellow, dark, and then decay.
Silicea – dental nerves especially affected, pain more in jawbone than teeth; jaw swollen; toothache, aggravation after being a short time in bed; gums very sore, inflamed; face pale, cachectic; restless and fidgety, starting at least noise; inveterate; intermitting neuralgia.
Gloninum – toothache from taking cold, after having been over heated; beating of pulse is felt in all the teeth; which feel elongated; stabbing in gums, worse from hot applications, better from cold; rush of blood to head, with headache; sudden exacerbations in right, then in left jaw, in ear and head.
Hepar Sulph – hollow teeth feel too long and painful; looseness of teeth; toothache, worse in warm room, when biting teeth together; gums and mouth very painful to touch, bleed easily; painful, erysipelatous swelling of cheeks; jerking and drawing pain in teeth.
Coffea – especially suitable for oversensitive and nervous person; toothache causes great anguish because of the extreme pain; pain is relieved by holding cold wate in the mouth, but it returns when the water becomes warm.
Pulsatilla – aggravated toothache relieved by holding cold water in the mouth; pain is made much worse by warmth.
Staphysagria – pain is worse by cold and by eating.