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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.