Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Oil Pulling For Oral Health



What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!

The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this action helps improve oral health. Just as with Oil Cleansing for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” applies, as oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.

The practice of oil pulling started in India thousands of years ago, and from my research, was first introduced to the United States in the early 1990s by a medical doctor named Dr. F. Karach, who used it with success in his medical practice.
I found hundreds of testimonials online from people who experienced benefits from oil pulling, including help with skin conditions, arthritis, asthma, headaches, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and more.

Though I’ve done this for a few years, my only personal experience is with increased oral health and less sensitive (and whiter!) teeth. After listening to the recent Heal Thy Mouth Summit and hearing several experts explain how bacteria and infection can enter the blood through the mouth, it does make sense that addressing these infections could have an impact in other parts of the body, I just haven’t had personal experience with this.

At the very least, I think that oil pulling can be very beneficial and has no downside as long as a quality oil (that is high enough quality to eat) is used. Oil pulling is a very inexpensive therapy that could potentially have great benefit on oral health, so I see no downside to trying it and I have used it myself for several years.

Read full story at:
Photo credit:

Monday, July 6, 2015

When Does Wisdom Needs To Exist?


 Do you believe in preventive or rather prophylactic extraction, or would you suggest to leave them for the good condition still exists? Would you recommend wisdom tooth extraction for your child especially upon reaching early adulthood?

There are common dental problems involving wisdom tooth that occur during early adulthood and even to patients over 50 years of age. Think about what would you prefer or ask about your dentist's stance about his personal opinion based on actual evaluation and experiences?

They are commonly called or known as "third molars", wisdom teeth are the last to come out. Their arrival which can be sometimes late into your twenties, is not always a usual phenomena. In total, we can expect to have four wisdom teeth, both upper and lower, left and right part of the jaw. But there are cases wherein enough space for the extra teeth will not be possible. Sadly, this can cause problems and for sure a lot of pain. Sometimes the feeling of pain and discomfort suddenly disappear, however there are instances wisdom teeth need to be extracted. With the recovery time of a couple of days, the procedure is usually a quick one carried out using local anaesthetic.

Our desire and natural ability to maintain proper hygiene in these hard-to-reach areas consistently over many decades is compromised. It may not be a great issue to retain wisdom teeth as a young adult, nevertheless, the chances of developing decay or periodontal disease increases as we grow older. However, there are factors we have to consider like aging for example. It  increases the risk of developing condition that may hinder the healing process. We should take note all of these facts before considering wisdom tooth extraction.

As the widow of a late dental professional, it is my observation and I'm happy to share this with you. He had most of the time recommended: To get your wisdom tooth extracted at an early age until your bone is soft and teeth will come out easily, thus, the healing process will develop faster. Although, we may be lucky and never encounter any problem in few cases, waiting will just put us into the risk of a more complicated and agonizing recovery with inevitable or constant damage to the remaining other teeth.

Photo credit:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dental Health During Pregnancy - How Not To Loose A Tooth For Every Child


When I attended the first appointment with my midwife, she advised me "to stock up on old-fashioned sweets like cola cubes" because my body "needed sugar" now that I was pregnant. She even recommended that I keep the sweets by my bedsides with a can of fizzy pop so that if I woke up in the middle of the night, I could top up my "energy levels". I was gobsmacked. For the first time I understood how the old wives tale "you'll lose a tooth for every child" is still doing the rounds and that's before we've even ventured into the risks factors for gestational diabetes. So, is it possible to maintain your dental health during pregnancy? Of course it is! Here's how...

Tips for optimal dental health during pregnancy 

 1.) Ideally, make an appointment for a dental check up before you begin trying for a baby. This will enable your dentist to take x-rays and ensure you are dentally fit before you become pregnant. Failing that, it is still safe to take x-rays in the second trimester. Dental care in the UK is free during pregnancy until your baby’s first birthday. Make the most of it!  Getting your teeth fixed is part of your health MOT – believe me you do not want to be dealing with toothache and a newborn baby.

2.) If you get pregnancy sickness, resist the urge to brush your teeth straight after vomiting. If you do, you risk brushing away the enamel which has been softened by the acidic nature of your stomach contents. Try using a fluoride mouthrinse, such as Colgate Fluorigard, instead to take away the yucky taste and leave it half an hour before brushing.

Read full story at