Coconut Oil Toothpaste Alternative

coconut oilYou’ve probably heard about the wonderful effects of coconut oil. You can cook, clean, wash your face, condition your hair, and even prevent tooth decay with this versatile, natural product that can be found coconut oilin almost any grocery store. A recent study by the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland has shown that coconut oil toothpaste alternative can serve yet another purpose as ‘an effective alternative to chemical additives’ in most dental hygiene products. Many who are on board with the holistic, all-natural way of living, which has increased in popularity in recent years, are beaming about this discovery. They can avoid sulfate chemicals and added fluoride by using coconut oil as a toothpaste alternative. While this is a significant discovery, it is important to note that products containing coconut oil have yet to be endorsed by the American Dental Association because this process can take several years. […]

Chronic Bad Breath: Can It Be Treated by a Dentist?

Xerostomia   There are many causes of chronic halitosis. Since a lack of saliva leads to oral odor, it makes sense that conditions such as acid reflux or postnasal drip, which cause chronic dry mouth (xerostomia), would lead to chronic bad breath. If your mouth is constantly dry and you do not have a treatable condition or disease, follow these tips for how to treat dry mouth. Poor Oral Hygiene Those who don’t regularly brush and floss their teeth often develop excess bacterial growth in their mouth. Dentures that are not properly cleaned can also become a breeding ground for bacteria. Gum disease, also called gingivitis, can develop from these poor habits and can lead to dreaded “dragon breath,” as well as bleeding gums. Gingivitis often occurs when plaque, which can only be removed with dental tools, builds up on the teeth. Visiting your dentist for cleanings twice a year […]

TMJ Disorders

TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are your jaw joints, located inside your jaw directly under your ears.  TMJ are the most sophisticated joints in your entire body.  These joints control your jaw movements during mastication (chewing), speaking and smiling.  Although they are the most sophisticated, yet TMJ are also the most delicate due to their continuous use, both at day and night and the strong nature of our powerful jaw musculature. TMJ disorders (TMD) are symptom related conditions, resulting from a disorder in these joints. These symptoms can range from variety of severities including: Pain up on waking up in the morning in the jaw or under the ears area Mild to severe discomfort Difficulty chewing and/or biting Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth Tenderness of the jaw Reduced ability to open or close the mouth Headache/earaches Treatment of TMJ disorders (TMD) can include one or more […]

Diagnosis

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A diagnosis of periodontal disease is made by your dentist or dental hygienist in the course of a periodontal examination.  Every regular dental check-up should include this sort of evaluation. To evaluate the health of the gums, a small dental instrument called a periodontal probe is gently utilized to measure the sulcus (the space or “pocket”) between the gum and each tooth.  A healthy sulcus should not measure more than three millimeters, and should not bleed. The periodontal probe enables your dentist or dental hygienist to determine whether pockets are deeper than three millimeters.  These pockets usually grow deeper as periodontal disease progresses. Your dentist or dental hygienist will evaluate pocket depths, extent of inflammation (if any), tooth mobility, amount of bleeding, etc., to reach a diagnosis that will fall into one or more of the  categories listed below: Gingivitis The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis.  It occurs […]

Periodontal Disease

The meaning of the word periodontal is “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease occurs when the gums and jaw bone deteriorate, thereby damaging the natural support for the teeth. The most common cause of periodontal disease is plaque—a sticky film composed of food debris, saliva, and bacteria.  If plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, it quickly transforms into calculus (also called “tartar”).  When calculus and plaque remain on the teeth, they can cause destruction of the gums and underlying bone.  Periodontal disease is typically characterized by gums that are red, swollen, and bleeding. Eighty per-cent of people—that’s 4 out of 5—are to some degree afflicted with periodontal disease, and many of them don’t even know it!  That’s because in the early stages, the disease is usually painless. Research shows that periodontal disease is the leading reason for tooth loss. In fact, there is convincing evidence that periodontal disease may […]

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