Oil Pulling

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 Lora Cook RDH

 

WHAT IS OIL PULLING?

Oil pulling is a folk remedy that has recently been growing in popularity, mostly due to social media.  This is an ancient Indian practice, an ancient Ayurvedic ritual.  The origins come from Indian  medicine.  Most recently Dr F. Karach, MD. introduced it to the modern world in 1992.  This practice is promoted as a supplement to regular daily hygiene practice along with brushing and flossing. It involves swishing with a tablespoon of oil.

 

HOW IS OIL PULLING PRACTICED? 

Take a tablespoon of a plant based cold pressed organic oil and swish for twenty minutes, then spit.  Some oils that are recommended are sesame, coconut, sunflower, or olive oil.  The oil will then mix with the saliva and the claims are the oil works to pull out toxins and kill certain types of bacteria.  Depending on which website that you read, oil pulling claims to have a long list of positive results.

 

THE ORAL BENEFITS THAT HAVE BEEN CLAIMED.

Reducing plaque

Reduction in the overall oral bacterial load

Reduces inflammation in the gum tissue

Whitens teeth

Fresher breath

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OTHER BENEFITS

Migraine headache relief

Correcting hormone imbalances

Reducing inflammation of arthritis

May help with gastroenteritis

Aids in reduction of eczema

May reduce symptoms of bronchitis

Helps support normal kidney function

May help reduce sinus congestion

Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption

Reduces he symptoms of allergies

Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

 

The big question is… Do any of these claims have any validity?  There is little formal trial data published about the practice of oil pulling.  The ADA states that insufficient research has been done.  The Canadian Dental Association states, “oil pullling won’t do any harm, however not convinced there are any benefits.”

 

We look forward to helping you create that new smile that you have always wanted.

Want to learn more? Visit us at

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Invisalign

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Amanda Orvis RDH 

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Invisalign is a uniquely designed orthodontic treatment developed to correct mild to severe cases of malocclusion, including crowding, protruding or crooked teeth, overbites and/or underbites. Invisalign is an affordable option for correcting most dental malocclusion problems.

 

WHAT MAKES INVISALIGN DIFFERENT?

 

You may be asking yourself, what is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces? With Invisalign you can achieve very similar if not the same outcomes as traditional braces. The advantages of Invisalign are the comfort, flexibility, and ease of access to properly care for your teeth without having brackets, wires or rubber bands in your mouth.

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Invisalign uses a series of aligners to straighten your teeth over the course of your treatment. Aligners are smooth plastic trays that you wear over your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for a few weeks before changing to a new set.

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ADVANTAGES

 

The great thing about Invisalign is that there are no personal sacrifices in terms of food! You do not have to give up popcorn, chips, bagels, pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, apples, carrots, or corn on the cob. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners are removable, therefore allowing you to eat and drink as well as brush and floss your teeth as you would normally do. The aligners are worn for 20-22 hours a day while they gradually move your teeth into their correct positions. The aligners should only be removed to eat as well as brush and floss your teeth.

 

HEALTHIER TEETH AND GUMS

 

Often times crowding or malocclusion issues can lead to swollen, red, bleeding gums. These are signs of periodontal disease. By properly aligning the teeth, inflammation is reduced, allowing your gum tissue to fit properly around the teeth. This provides a defense against potential periodontal problems.

Food debris and plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay. In order to maintain strong healthy teeth, simply remove your aligners and brush and floss as you would normally do. Try to avoid eating and/or drinking while your aligners are in your mouth.

 

THE INVISALIGN PROCESS

  1. Talk to your dentist about your interest in Invisalign.
  2. Your dentist will take impressions and photos and send them off to Invisalign. A customized treatment plan will be created just for you.
  3. After your treatment plan is created, you will then go into your dental office for a brief viewing of a virtual presentation of your anticipated final outcomes.
  4. Upon your approval of your anticipated outcomes, Invisalign then fabricates your series of aligners and sends them to your dental office.
  5. Your dental office will then call you to schedule an appointment for you to come in and receive your first set of aligners.
  6. Over the course of your Invisalign treatment you will change out your aligners every few weeks.
  7. After the completion of all of your aligners, retainers are then made to keep your teeth in their new positions to keep that new smile looking great.

We look forward to helping you create that new smile that you have always wanted.

Want to learn more? Visit us at

http://www.shalimarfamilydentistry.com

http://www.northstapleydentalcare.com

http://www.alamedadentalaz.com

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HELP! I Need A Good Nights Sleep!

Kim McCrady

Kim McCrady RDH BS

     I have been happily married for over 20 years to a wonderful man.  In fact, he is the man of my dreams.  The trouble is I am not doing much dreaming.  You see, my knight in shining armor snores!  He snores so much that I find it difficult to sleep. Each night, I stare at the blades of the ceiling fan.  Almost in rhythm with each exhale and spin of the fan, my sweetie lets out a sound that makes me think Darth Vader lives with me.

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Snoring can be more than an annoyance.  It can be a sign of greater and or more serious medical problems.  It is very important to see your medical doctor if you or your partner are complaining about snoring.   Though a medical examination and possibly sleep studies, your medical team can determine if you are a candidate for appliances to help keep you healthy and properly rested.

However, if your medical team determines you are in good health, but just closely related to Darth Vader, your dental team can fabricate a small anti-snoring appliance.  This comfortable appliance is worn completely inside the mouth and carefully repositions the lower jaw to allow for a more open airway during sleep.  If you would like more information about snoring appliances, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Let’s all enjoy a Good Nights Sleep!

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Want to learn more? Visit us at

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