Are Home Remedies Effective For Tooth Decay?

We have been told to brush our teeth twice a day, every day, but how many of us are actually doing this and how many of us are doing this properly?

Not paying enough attention to your oral hygiene may cause bigger problems than you ever considered possible. Did you know that tooth infections may even lead to death?

If you are too lazy or too scared to go to a dental practitioner you may have tried the following home remedies.


Clove is an ingredient that is used in most herbal toothpastes due to the known properties of combating bacteria and healing inflammation. In most Asian countries, specially south Asian countries, cloves are used to treat oral issues. They may be combined with other ingredients or may be used on its own. Clove pulp made by chewing it is known to relieve tooth ache but the effectiveness of this method against tooth decay will have to be evaluated during your next visit to the trusted clinic.

Salt water

Another popular remedy for tooth decay is salt water. Salt is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties and salt water is said to be effective against bacteria that are causing tooth decay. However, it should be kept in mind that this does not do anything to reverse tooth decay.

Oil pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda dental technique which is also recognized as “gundusha” or “kavala”. In oil pulling all you have to do is swish a tablespoon full of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes on an empty stomach. Organic sesame oil and coconut oil are mostly used as they are known to have many favorable properties.Oil pulling is known to improve oral health and also assists in teeth whitening Southbank.


Garlic, if you do not mind the smell, is one ingredient which is known to improve your overall health; not only oral health. Just like all the other elements which were discussed before, garlic is also rich with antibacterial properties and is commonly used to cure toothache. However, you might have to look for a good mouth deodorant once you have recovered from the pain in the teeth.


Yet another popular ingredient in many home remedies, be it skin care or oral care. Turmeric contains a chemical known as Curcumin. This, combined with the other chemicals in turmeric, assist in remedying inflammatory conditions. Even small amounts of turmeric such as 50mg over a period of several months can give you a lot of health benefits.

Unlike many of the home remedies you find for various things which do not work for you no matter how well you follow the recipe, the above methods have been known for generations to provide relief from toothache and improve oral health.

However, to be on the safe side, do not forego your regular visits to the dental practitioner just because you tried one or more of the above. We do not want to die of rotten teeth infections, do we?