Oil may be beneficial to your health

A new trend has some people swishing coconut oil around their mouth for about 20 minutes each day before spitting out the oil. The goal of oil pulling, as it’s called, is to remove bacteria from one’s mouth.

Despite the numerous skeptics, some dentists are claiming that the coconut oil is producing whiter teeth and healthier gums.

The trend of oil pulling has spread by word of mouth. In addition to reducing plaque, there have also been cases of acne clearing, and fewer asthma and sinus problems. There have even been reports of improvements in heart and stomach conditions.

The best oil to use is raw, pure-grade coconut oil. Sunflower or sesame oil have also reportedly been effective.

Periodontal disease patients stand to benefit, if more comprehensive studies confirm the validity of coconut oil being beneficial. The inflammation, tenderness, bad breath and even bleeding could be put to an end based on oil pulling.

Despite the possible benefits of oil pulling, it’s still essential to brush and floss on a regular basis. The results of oil pulling usually vary for different people.

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Keeping teeth healthy as we get older

As we get older there are the should do and the must do as far as dental care is concerned .

Must-Do’s, Ages 40–60:

  • It’s estimated that up to 3/4 of adults over age 35 have some degree of gum disease. This can usually be prevented with flossing and brushing, but if it’s already progressed you may need extra care. Talk to your dental team if you’re experiencing bleeding gums.
  • Some research shows that bad oral health may be linked to systemic problems like heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and stroke. Keep your whole body healthy by keeping your mouth healthy.

Should-Do’s, Ages 40–60:

  • Restorative treatments (such as crowns and dental fillings) are more convenient, comfortable and affordable than ever before. Do you have old, badly worn dental work? It may be time to replace those old fillings or crowns before they crack and cause discomfort.
  • No, you’re not too old for braces! Over 20% of orthodontic patients are adults. It’s never too late for the stunning smile you deserve.

Could-Do’s, Ages 40–60:

  • Studies show that people look younger when they smile. And the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) recently reported that most Americans 50 and over believe that a smile overcomes the effects of aging more effectively than any other physical attribute.
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Six Surprising Toothpaste Uses

Cleaning, Polishing, And Removing Stains

A little toothpaste can help remove stains from clothes and carpet, crayon from walls, scuffs from shoes, and soap scum from the shower. You can polish chrome faucet fixtures, jewelry, and even your finger and toenails!

Deodorizing

Have a plastic bottle that smells like sour milk? Are your hands smelly after handling onions or fish? Scrubbing with toothpaste can help get rid of unpleasant smells.

Itch And Pain Relief

Want to soothe the pain or itching caused by a bug bite or simple burn? It has also been said that toothpaste can help reduce the size and discomfort of cold sores and zits.

Defogging Mirrors And Goggles

Rubbing a little toothpaste on a mirror, glasses or goggles and then rinsing the surface clean can help prevent fogging.

Filling Nail Holes In Walls

Fill in the holes with toothpaste and let it dry. You can even paint over it.

Restoring Car Headlights

Use as a rubbing compound.

If you’re going to try any of these ideas use white, non-gel toothpaste AND be sure to do your own research first!

 

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Orthodontics has some fun and intresting facts

The facts are:

  1. The nickle titanium in some brace wires was developed by NASA with shape memory properties that are activated by heat and pressure
  2. The first braces were invented in 1728 consisting of a flat piece of metal held to the teeth by thread. Though there were advances in the 1800 ( see link http://www.dentalcorp.com/blog/?p=324) the first brackets were invented in 1915
  3. Some cements actually have a fluoride releasing agent in them.
  4. 100% of Orthodontists are dentists by only 6% of dentists are orthodontists
  5. Nearly 25% of patients have to get the braces back on because they don’t properly wear their retainers
  6. They are not just for kids . Millions of people over 18 are currently in treatment
  7. And finally here’s one for the myth busters – Braces are not magnetic, don’t set off metal detectors, don’t pick up radio waves and do not increases your chances of getting struck by lightening.

 

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DID YOU KNOW ?

Did you know ? :

  • The average person produces 25,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill 2 swimming pools
  • You should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet, Airborne particles can travel up to 60 feet
  • People who drink more than 3 glasses of soda a day have 62% more tooth decay than people that do not
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body
  • 3 out of 4 people suffer from some form of gum disease
  • When traveling do not cap your toothbrush. Trapping moisture can be a breeding ground for germs
  • Cheese is healthy for your teeth. The calcium and phosphorus re mineralizes the enamel
  • A persons set of teeth are as unique as their fingerprints
  • If you are right handed you will tend to chew on the right side
  • 80% of people are not happy with their smiles
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones
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History of Veneers and Composites

Between the late 1920’s and mid 1930’s Charles Pincus created and refined the acrylic veneer we are familiar with today. This dentist was from California and had received a request to alter the appearance of an actor’s teeth for a part in a movie. This procedure needed to ensure that it would not be too invasive and the change to the actor’s teeth was brief. Pincus went on to devise veneers made of acrylic that were held in place by an adhesive for dentures. The bond between the appliance and patient was temporary because there were not ample gripping qualities in the denture adhesive product at the time. porcelainvscomposite Continue reading History of Veneers and Composites

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OVER COMMING DENTAL PHOBIA — 13 STEP PROGRAM

13 STEPS TO HELP GET OVER FEAR OF THE DENTIST

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  1. REALIZE YOUR FEARS ARE NORMAL
  2. FIND A GOOD DENTIST FOR YOU- LOOK FOR ONE WHO CATERS TO PEOPLE WITH ANXIETY
  3. SEDATION IS AN OPTION – LOOK FOR DENTIST THAT USES GENERAL ANESTHESIA FOR NITROUS OXIDE
  4. TAKE IT STEP BY STEP- DON’T DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE. MAKE ONE APPT FOR THE EXAM AND ONE FOR THE CLEANING
  5. FOR EXTREME FEARS YOU MAY WANT TO TALK TO A THERAPIST OR COUNSELOR
  6. USE A STRESS BALL- KEEP IT IN YOUR HAND AND SQUEEZE WHEN YOU NEED TO RELEASE STRESS
  7. TAKE A FUN BOOK OR MUSIC FOR WHILE YOU WAIT
  8. BREATH SLOWLY- CONTROLLING YOUR BREATHING HELPS DURING AN ANXIETY ATTACK
  9. BRING A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER FOR MORAL SUPPORT
  10. ENVISION A POSITIVE APPOINTMENT AND HOW GREAT YOUR TEETH WILL LOOK AFTER YOUR APPT
  11. THINK POSITIVE- REMEMBER AFTER YOUR APPT YOU WILL REALIZE WHAT A STRONG PERSON YOU ARE
  12. MAKE PLANS AFTER THE APPT TO DO SOMETHING FUN
  13. REMEMBER A FILLING IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
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Dental Technology

The trend in dentistry is to utilize technology to make dentistry more comfortable, durable, efficient , and natural looking. Procedures that normally took multiple trips to the dentist can all be done in one visit. Some new technology you may see the next time you go to the dentist are:

1. CAD/ CAM

Computer Assisted Design/ Computer Assisted Manufacturing. This technology is used in dental bridges, veneers, inlay/overlay, and crowns.

2. Laser Dentistry

This is a much less invasive alternative to many  procedures, makes for shortened and almost painless healing. Most commonly used for benign tumors, old sores, decay removal, tongue tie and speech improvement.

3. Sedation Dentistry

More safe and effective than IV sedation.

4. NTI-tss

This is used for patients who suffer from TMD & Migraine headaches. It eliminates the need for invasive surgery and can help help with problems associated with TMJ discomforts . This device is fit to mold to the teeth.

5. Digital Photography

Using digital photography enables a patient to see what the results will look like after a procedure.

 

 

 

 

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3-D Tooth brush

This new toothbrush looks like a mouth guard but has over 600 bristles. You bite down and grind your teeth on the 3-D replica of your mouth and it brushes all of your teeth at the same time. You can get custom fitted for these toothbrushes at your dentist office and then they send it to Blizzadent. The toothbrush costs $300 for the initial start up. It can be replaced for $159 or get new brushes and disinfected for $89. It takes approx 12 weeks to receive. The goal is to make cleaning at home as efficient as at the Dentist.

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The History of Dental Radiology

Wilhelm Roentgen noticed the effect of florescent, this is the glow from Barium Platinocyanide, stopped if the current was blocked or interrupted. Then he discovered that different materials made the beam react differently. He worked in seclusion for the next 7 weeks. In those weeks he discovered that although the rays are invisible they caused florescence in certain substances, They darkened photographic plates, they were in straight lines, they did not deviate by the influence of different fields, air trans versed by the rays was made electrically conductive ,and he noted that different types of scatter and secondary radiation were produced.

In January 1896 a German dentist made the first dental radiography. Using a glass photographic plate wrapped with a rubber dam and exposed for 25 min, Dr Walkoff produced the first Inter oral radiographyfirst dental x ray.

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