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It seems as if the American Dental Association (ADA) is on the fence about this one!
There is a lot of discussion about oil pulling. What is it? What does it do, does it work, is it worth trying, or is it just some “thing” that people used to do over 5000 years ago? However this thing called oil pulling is still practiced today! Oil pulling is done by putting a tablespoon amount of a chosen oil into the mouth and swishing it around from anywhere from 2-20 min, then spitting it out. The idea is to remove toxins from the oral cavity.
Now some dental professionals say that there is no need at all for the practice of oil pulling because it does not correct tooth decay etc. They say there is no evidence of oil pulling being significantly beneficial. In fact, it may have adverse health effects such as lipoid pneumonia or mineral aspiration. ADA suggests that oil pulling is NOT recommended as a daily supplementary oral hygienic routine and certainly not a replacement for brushing twice daily with a follow-up use of flossing and Listerine. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing is the recommended routine for preventing cavities and other oral issues that may arise.
But lets touch back on the subject of Listerine that the ADA very much so defends! Laboratory experiments have shown concrete evidence of fighting the build up of plaque. But what about the four essential oils that are used in Listerine? Thymol, Eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and methonal are all oils. So when using Listerine, is it not still essentially oil pulling that is happening? ADA justifies it by saying that its different from using what is commonly used (coconut oil, sesame oil, tea tree) by stating that they are different because they are used in smaller concentrations mixed in an aqueous solution.
Though ADA states that they, “Compared oil pulling to the use of a chlorhexidine rinse, found chlorhexidine to be much more effective in reducing S. mutans levels in plaque and saliva. However, the same study did not look at whether the S. mutans reduction provided the clinical benefit of reducing cavities.” So can we really throw the idea of oil pulling out the window?
Jessica T. Emery DMD wrote a very interesting article explaining the benefits of oil pulling. Though it does not reverse certain oral issues, it can certainly serves as a preventative care that can be added to the daily routine. She explains, “The longer you push and pull the oil through your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free. The oil needs to be swished around long enough for it to turn a milky white, which indicates that the bacteria has been “pulled” off. After roughly 20 minutes the solution is filled with bacteria, viruses and other organisms; at this point, the person spits out the oil and rinses thoroughly with water […] most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell. Cells are covered with a lipid (fatty) membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, “a fat,” they naturally adhere to each other. People use different types of oil such as sesame and sunflower oil, but these oils both have omega 6 fats that are pro-inflammatory, and most of us have too much of these in our diet as it is. Coconut oil is preferred because 50% of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of the bacteria whooping ingredient lauric acid. Lauric acid is very well known for its antimicrobial actions; it inhibits Strep mutans that are the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that recent studies have shown the benefit of coconut oil in the prevention of tooth decay.”
Along with the natural whitening of the teeth, Dr. Emery explains the other health benefits specific to people with potential heart conditions, digestion, pregnant women etc.
It does not seem like such a bad idea to add oil pulling to your daily regimen of brushing twice a day, flossing, and using Listerine. It seems as though oil pulling just puts a halt to oral hygiene or cavities getting worse. After all it is all preventative care.
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An article written by Brianna Devito states that, image is our expression of beauty and the perceptual experience of pleasure to our senses. Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ our world is depicted with infinite shades of magnificence. However, this romantic view of beauty is plagued by society’s means of standardization. Like modern society, ancient civilizations were obsessed with beauty, so they configured the golden ratio to characterize this abstract term. This ratio, 1:1.6, is repeatedly found all throughout nature’s beauties. It stresses proportionality, harmony, and rationality, which brilliantly exemplify how we perceive beauty. The perception of beauty “is the relational proportion of our physical features that is the primary factor in determining the conscious or subconscious, of beauty.” (Singla 74) Beauty has evolved into something numerical and tangible, which has lead to a society filled with beauty seekers striving to achieve absolute perfection.
One of the easiest ways to begin this journey is through our smile and our teeth, since “a beautiful smile is an added asset to a beautiful face.” (Singla 76) An aligned, full, bright, and welcoming smile is aesthetically pleasing and increasingly more important to society. Since teeth have become part of the beauty equation, we have paved the way for a specialized dentistry focused on the alignment and occlusion of teeth: orthodontics.
Here at iSmile Orthodontics we guarantee a beautiful smile. Contact us and come for a complementary consultation. Speak with our financial consultant, treatment coordinator, and the doctor. Get a full evaluation.
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In a time when cosmetic dentists are offering a quick “smile makeover,” traditional braces may not even be a thought to consider. Although composite bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns offer much shorter treatment time, these procedures are irreversible and often times involve removing healthy tooth structure on natural teeth to have them appear straighter, wider, longer, or even whiter. What many do not consider though is the significant long-term maintenance of these quick fixes. They chip, break, or even decay.
Simply changing color and shape of a tooth will not address the underlying problem, and may lead to further issues. For example, you are a patient with a cross bite and crooked teeth from slight crowding. You decide that braces take too long and are too ugly, so you get veneers for $900-$2,500 per tooth. Uh-oh…your cross bite was never corrected, so it is putting so much pressure on the right side of your jaw that your veneers break from the stress. Now, your only option in this situation is to replace each damaged veneer…at full price.
When shopping around for doctors and researching different procedures that can be done to fix your smile, keep in mind that orthodontic treatment is the most effective method of tooth re-positioning without aggressive dentistry. It is also a less expensive long-term maintenance plan because it avoids re-fabricating failing restorations, will straighten teeth, and improve facial profile and lip support. Don’t be penny wise but dollar foolish when it comes to your smile. Demand the best, and receive the best treatment available to you!
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It’s your first visit to our office and you just can’t wait to know when you’re ready to get braces put on. When sitting with our Orthodontist for your consultation, you may hear the word “malocclusion” and think “English please?” but this word literally means “bad bite.” With a bad bite, there is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together. Pressure from a bad bite can cause a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which may cause clicking and popping in the jaw, a tired feeling in the face, head and neck aches, dizziness, and even nausea. Many times this skeletal disharmony is inherited, especially when it comes to abnormal jaw growth that can cause an under bite, cross bite, or deep bite. There are also many bad habits that can cause malocclusion. For instance, thumb or finger-sucking, pacifier use beyond age 3, and prolonged use of a bottle are a few things that cause an open bite in a patient. Some other causes of malocclusion include too much or too little room in the jaw, extra/growing/impacted/abnormally shaped teeth. To correct these issues, a patient may require dental extractions and growth modification which will require a patient to use fixed or functional appliances during the day and night to move the jaw into a better position. Not only will orthodontic treatment leave you looking your best, straight teeth can improve how you bite, chew, and speak. Don’t continue suffering from the pain of your malocclusion! The Orthodontists in our White Plains and Yonkers office can devise the perfect treatment plan to fix that bad bite of yours!