Oil Pulling — What’s the Big Deal?

The latest craze that you may have been seeing everywhere is oil pulling. This is not something new, mind you. It’s been around for thousands of years. It is supposed to be fabulous for your health, hair, skin and mouth.  Naturalists are all over it, but the problem is, there really isn’t any scientifically researched evidence to back up the health claims.

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Since we are in the dental field, let’s focus on what it does for the mouth.
Apparently any sort of oil works as long as it’s natural and of high quality like sesame or coconut. Coconut is preferred for its flavor; however it comes in a solid lard-like form that needs to melt in your mouth. Some feel sesame is best because while it pulls toxins it also deposits healthy minerals and vitamins into your tissue. It basically depends on what grosses you out the least to swish in your mouth for 20 minutes.  Yes, 20 minutes. While you swish, the oil mixes with your saliva and activates enzymes that allegedly pull toxins from your body through mucous membranes in your mouth.  It is thought to reduce plaque and bacteria on your teeth and in your mouth, giving you better breath, pinker gums and a lot of the information out there says whiter teeth.

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Dental Premedication: What is it and Why do I Need it?

What is Dental Premedication?

Dental premedication is antibiotics that are taken prior to a procedure to prevent infection. Bacteria can travel through your blood stream and cause an infection in your heart if there is any weakened tissue or infect an artificial implant.  There seems to be a lot of confusion about if you should take premedication for a dental appointment.  It can be confusing because the American Heart Association and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons tend to revamp what they suggest every few years depending on new findings within research, so it’s important for you and for us as dental providers to stay in tune with what is currently being recommended.

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How Radiation and Chemotherapy Affect Our Mouths

Most of us have known someone or heard of someone that has gone through treatment for cancer.  One thing that we may not think about is how radiation and chemotherapy affect our mouths.  Both treatments for cancer zone in on diseased cells but they also change normal cells which cause side effects.  They have similar oral effects and it’s best to know ahead of time that certain problems may occur and to be prepared as best you can.

How-Radiation-and_-Chemotherapy_-Affect-Our-MouthsChemotherapy when administered in high doses will affect 2/3’s of patients receiving it with side effects occurring in their mouths.  Low doses of chemotherapy will affect the mouths of approximately 1/3 of those receiving treatment 

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