3 Natural Ways To Easily Remove The Plaque On Your Teeth

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While you may already know that plaque buildup can lead to gum disease, you may not know it can also be dangerous for the rest of your body, with links to diabetes and heart disease. Along with your normal dental hygiene routine, try using the following easy tips for naturally removing plaque buildup on your teeth and potentially preventing future overall health issues. Chew On And Brush Your Teeth With Sesame Seeds This first tip involves chewing on and then brushing your teeth with sesame seeds. When chewed, these small, abrasive seeds scrape the plaque off your tooth enamel, while their smooth surfaces polish it. The seeds’ abrasive quality is enhanced when a toothbrush is used after you chew them. Make sure you ask your dentist before using this remedy if you have any crowns or fillings. Rubbing the seeds into the dental work could cause damage, such as scratching the crowns or dislodging the fillings. Measure out 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds in the palm of your hand. Then, place them in your mouth, and chew on them for about a minute without swallowing. Once the minute has passed, use a dry toothbrush and gently scrub the surface of your teeth for an additional minute. Spit out the seeds. Then, rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth as you normally do. Treat Your Teeth With Mashed Up Strawberries And Baking Soda The second tip for removing plaque is a treatment using mashed up strawberries and baking soda. Strawberries contain malic acid that helps soften and break down the plaque. When mashed up with the seeds and mixed with baking soda, these abrasives gently remove the softened plaque. To make the treatment, remove the stems, and use a fork to mash up two medium-size strawberries, including the skin and seeds. Add a half of a teaspoon of baking soda to the berries, mixing it in thoroughly. Use your finger to spread the treatment onto your teeth’s surfaces. Leave it on for about a minute, and then rinse your mouth with warm water. After using this treatment, it is important to thoroughly rinse your mouth and brush your teeth afterward. While the malic acid does soften and help remove plaque, it could start to eat into and break down the outer layers of your teeth’s enamel if left on for too long. Chew On Carrots Or Celery Sticks Shortly After You Eat A Meal This last tip simply involves chewing on carrots or celery sticks after you eat a meal. While munching on these crunchy vegetables, they naturally scrape away any food residue left on your teeth after you eat. This also removes the top layers of any stuck-on...

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What Are Tonsil Stones And How Do You Get Rid Of Them For Good?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If a recent visit to the dentist revealed that you have tonsil stones, you may want to know more about what these are, where they came from, and how to get rid of them. Tonsil stones are fairly normal and are not usually dangerous for your health, but they can be annoying and painful. Here are three things you should know if your dentist tells you that you have tonsil stones. What Are They? If you have your tonsils, you have a chance of developing tonsil stones. Tonsil stones are small balls that are usually white or yellow in color, and they get trapped inside the pockets of your tonsils. Anything that is in your mouth can get trapped in these areas, which will lead to the development of tonsil stones. This includes food, bacteria, and mucous. When these items get trapped in your tonsils, they begin to calcify, which means they harden. In many cases, you can see these small stones if you look inside your mouth with a flashlight and a mirror. In other cases, the tonsil stones are hidden inside areas of the tonsils that you cannot see. A lot of people that have tonsil stones feel pain and discomfort from them. They may suffer from sore throats, swollen tonsils, ear pain, or trouble swallowing. If your tonsil stones are not bothering you, you may not need to have treatment for them. If they are bothering you though, you should find a way to remove them. Tonsil stones tend to have a horrible odor, which is why they can cause bad breath if left inside the mouth. How Can You Remove Tonsil Stones? There are several at-home methods you can try for removing tonsil stones, or you can visit your dentist to have them removed. To remove them yourself, you will need a mirror and a flashlight to see what you are doing. You will also need a tool of some kind to pull them out of your mouth. You may want to try using a dental pick or cotton swab to do this. As you look inside your mouth, you can try to dislodge the stone out of place with your tool. Another option is to gargle salt water. Salt water will clean your mouth and may help loosen the stones. This is a good option to try prior to removing the stones with a swab or pick. You could also try using a water flosser to loosen and remove the stones. To do this, you will need to point the water stream at the tonsils and turn the device on to the highest setting. The pressure of the water might be strong enough to...

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3 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Gum Disease

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, manifests as redness, swelling, and irritation of the gum tissue. This condition occurs when plaque isn’t removed from your teeth in time, which allows it to harden into tartar, a hard, bacteria-filled substance that only your dentist can remove. Gum disease is a very common condition, but there are a lot of myths circulating about it, and believing these myths can be dangerous to your oral health. Here are three myths about gum disease that you shouldn’t believe. It’s normal for gums to bleed Many people think that seeing a little “pink in the sink” after they brush or floss is normal. It’s no wonder that people think this, since about 90% of people experience bleeding occasionally when they brush their teeth. While bleeding gums are widespread, they’re not a good thing, and if your gums are bleeding, you need to be concerned. Bleeding gums are a sign that your gums are swollen and irritated. Your gums become irritated when bacteria-filled plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth. The bacteria leads to inflammation and infection of the gums, and when your diseased gums are rubbed with a toothbrush, they bleed. Fortunately, gum disease is easily treatable in the early stages, so as long as you see your dentist right away, you should be ok. Your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth, which will usually reverse the problems with your gums. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring bleeding gums, since this will allow your gum disease to get worse. If you brush and floss, you can’t get gum disease Most people know that neglecting your oral hygiene routine can lead to gum disease, but forgetting to brush and floss isn’t the only potential cause of this condition. Even if you brush and floss vigilantly, you still aren’t safe from gum disease. This is because there are other factors that can increase your risk of gum disease. Some health conditions, like cancer or diabetes, make you more likely to develop gum disease. These conditions make you more susceptible to infections throughout your body, and your gums are no exception. Gum disease can also be a side effect of some medications, such as anti-seizure medications. If you tend to breathe through your mouth, not through your nose, your gums may be at risk. This is because the exposure to the air can make your gums irritated and inflamed. Even stress can increase your risk of getting gum disease by impairing your immune system and making it easier for bacteria to invade your gums. Serious gum disease is rare It’s a common misconception that serious gum disease is rare, but unfortunately, this myth isn’t true....

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Cheer Instead of Challenge: Dental Visit Guidelines for Kids With ADHD

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have a child with ADHD, you have a life full of challenges. A trip to the dentist’s office may seem just too much to tackle, especially if X-rays or fillings are required. However, with the right dentist and the right approach, routine cleanings and exams can be full of cheer instead of challenges. You’re not alone Having a child with ADHD can be an isolating experience. You may feel too frustrated, embarrassed, or fatigued to schedule something that seems as overwhelming as a dental procedure. What if your kid has a meltdown or strains the patience of the office staff? Actually, ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders. It may help to know that 6.4 million children from 4-17 years old have ADHD. Symptoms typically appear between the ages of three and six, with typical onset about seven years old. Not only are many children affected by this condition, but its prevalence is increasing; over the past eight years, there has been a 42% increase in the number of diagnoses in this country. If anything, dentists probably understand more than you realize. They probably treat a lot of kids with ADHD or other challenges, so your child won’t be their first time treating a child that isn’t “normal.” Special dental considerations for children with ADHD Although kids with ADHD don’t necessarily have more cavities than those who do not have ADHD, their eating behavior puts them at greater risk for dental problems. In fact, they should have even more frequent cleanings and exams than those without the disorder. Here’s why: Children with the disorder are more likely to eat impulsively than kids who do not have ADHD. Further, they are prone to binge eating, and the foods they binge on are often sugary, with little caloric value. Kids with ADHD are less likely to observe proper oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing. Medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can cause dry mouth (which predisposes kids to cavities and gum disease), inflammation of mouth tissues and salivary glands, and bruxism (teeth grinding). As you can see, you may see a dental visit as a difficult afternoon, but it is critically important to your child’s oral health. Accommodations make visits easier Here’s the good news: dental visits don’t have to be defeating! By choosing the right dentist and planning your visit in advance, your child can have a successful check-up. Here are some guidelines to follow. Choose a pediatric dentist who has experience with treating kids with ADHD, as evidenced by his/her knowledge of the disorder and an established protocol for treating such children. Make the dentist and office staff aware of the best way...

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6 Facts You Should Know If You Have Gum Disease

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Gum disease is common, and it shouldn’t be ignored. Even if you are only showing the first signs of gum disease, you need to start treating it immediately. If you have gum disease, check out these six must-know facts to help you keep your mouth healthy. Gum Disease Isn’t a Normal Part of Aging Many older people develop some form of gum disease, but it’s important to know that it isn’t a normal part of aging. Just because a person gets older, doesn’t mean they will naturally develop gum disease. It is completely preventable. Gum disease is simply severe irritation of the gums, and this irritation occurs when people forget to follow good oral hygiene habits. By flossing, brushing and getting professional dental cleanings on a regular basis, you can prevent gum disease. Gingivitis Is Reversible Gum disease starts off as gingivitis, which is just a mild form of the disease. At this stage, it is completely reversible through good oral hygiene habits. In some cases, however, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress into a more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Untreated gingivitis doesn’t always turn into periodontitis, but if it does, it is no longer reversible. Periodontitis is something you’ll have to manage the rest of your life. Gum Disease Leads to Tooth Loss If your gum disease progresses into periodontitis, it increases the chance of tooth loss. As your gums become irritated and inflamed, they pull away from the teeth, creating little hiding spots or pockets for plaque and bacteria. As infection develops, your body’s natural immune system kicks in to try and stop it. Unfortunately, this battle creates toxins that destroy healthy tissue. The toxins do two things. First, they attack the connective tissue that holds your teeth, loosening them. Second, they attack the jawbone, causing it to become soft and unable to hold your teeth in place. A Deep Professional Cleaning Can Help Whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis, a deep professional cleaning can help. It can help reverse gingivitis, or it can treat the symptoms of periodontitis. A deep cleaning doesn’t just involve cleaning the exposed surfaces of your teeth. A deep cleaning involves scaling and root planing. During the scaling process, the dentist cleans below your gum line to remove debris from those hiding spots created when your gums recede. The dentist then performs planing to smooth the rough areas on your teeth, which can help prevent future debris from getting stuck. There Are Antibacterial Medications If you have periodontitis, your dentist may also prescribe oral antibacterial medications if the inflammation becomes too painful. These antibacterial medications destroy the bacteria that creates the toxins that causes tissue to breakdown. In...

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5 Things To Know About Your Oral Health And Depression

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your oral health is connected to several other areas of your health, including your mental health. If you may be depressed or are at a high risk of experiencing depression, it is important for you to know the following five things about oral health and depression.  Your Fillings Could Be Exacerbating Your Depression Amalgam fillings are made of several types of metal bound together by mercury. Unfortunately, mercury is a toxic substance, and there is a small possibility that your fillings can leak mercury as a gas or liquid. One of the symptoms of mercury poisoning is depression. Although most patients with amalgam fillings do not experience mercury poisoning, it is worth considering as a source of depression if you have them. If you have amalgam fillings and depression, you may want to be tested for mercury poisoning. As your amalgam fillings wear down, you should replace them with composite fillings.  Chronic Pain Can Increase Symptoms of Depression  It is common for people who experience chronic pain to become depressed. Oral pain can often become a chronic issue for several issues. You may put off going to the dentist, suffering with pain for longer than necessary. In some cases, it may seem like you have one oral issue after another due to poor hygiene or a genetic disposition for cavities. It can also be difficult to diagnose and treat some types of oral pain.  It is important to go to your dentist regularly to prevent oral pain from developing. If you suffer from oral pain for an extended period of time, you should be aware that you are at a higher risk for developing depression.  Smiling Can Elevate Your Mood Smiling can decrease stress hormones and increase positive hormones, which can help prevent depression. Unfortunately, a recent study showed that more than one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. If you are unhappy with your smile, you are less likely to smile as often, which means you are missing out on the positive effects of smiling.  Your dentist can suggest ways to improve your smile that can increase your confidence and make you want to smile more often. Some options may include teeth whitening, gum reduction, or veneers.  Your Dentist May Be Able to Detect Symptoms of Depression Depression often includes symptoms such as a lack of interest in self-care and an increased desire for foods that will increase the production of serotonin, such as carbohydrates. Both of these symptoms can lead to an increase in tooth decay and gum disease. If you suddenly have an increase in oral issues, do not be surprised if your dentist asks about your mental health and makes a referral to a mental health...

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