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Have You Heard of Oil Pulling Yet?
Posted on 5/23/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
There is a new practice taking dental care to a whole new level. Have you heard of oil pulling yet? If you haven't, we will give you some information on what it is and whether you should incorporate it into your oral care habits. What Is Oil Pulling? Oil pulling is the practice of swishing liquid vegetable oil - usually coconut oil or other ""healthy"" oil - in your mouth for 20-minutes, to get rid of bacteria that causes bad breath and improves your overall oral health. People who practice oil pulling swear by it. How Does Oil Pulling Work? There's an incredible number of bacteria on each of our teeth. These bacteria are covered by a fatty coating and as they meet another fatty substance, such as oil, they tend to stick to it. The belief is that swishing the liquid in your mouth, or oil pulling, can get to the bacteria that is hard to reach by brushing or flossing alone and it gets eliminated from the mouth by spitting it out. Is Oil Pulling Safe? While oil pulling is a recent practice that is gaining more and more popularity, there are very few studies that either confirm or deny whether it works or not. If you are using a vegetable oil such as coconut or olive oil, there is no harm in swishing it around your mouth for 20-minutes, if you can manage. Just make sure you don't swallow it because you will be bringing all that bacteria you want to get rid of into your body and it may also not sit well in your stomach. Whether you have heard of oil pulling yet or you are thinking about starting it, keep in mind that at this point it's just another popular oral health practice....

Grinding Your Teeth at Night Can Hurt Your Mouth All Day
Posted on 5/13/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
Do you ever wake up with an unexplained headache or with a sore jaw and don't know what happened in the middle of the night to make you hurt so badly? You could be grinding your teeth at night and it can hurt your mouth all day long. Grinding and clenching teeth is very common, and it not only makes your mouth sore, but it can also disrupt your sleep and that of your partner when it's too loud. Why Does Teeth Grinding Happen? Teeth grinding -also known as Bruxism - can happen because of stress, although there is no scientific proof that, that is the only reason why you clench your teeth in your sleep. It is believed that consuming alcohol, smoking, snoring, or sleep apnea, can also cause Bruxism. What to Do About Teeth Grinding? One of the easiest things you can do to help with your Bruxism is to get a mouth guard that you wear while you sleep. They are similar to those used by athletes who play contact sports. Most drugstores or big box retailers carry them, and we can also make one to custom fit your mouth more comfortably. This last option, is more expensive. Relaxation and stopping the bad habits can also help with the symptoms of grinding your teeth and night. What Are the Problems with Teeth Grinding? Other than the pain associated with grinding your teeth, there are other problems. For example, if you have dental work such as a crown or veneers, grinding your teeth can damage or crack the pieces. While the materials used for this type of dental work are sturdy, too much pressure from clenching your teeth regularly can crack them over time. If you think you have a problem with grinding your teeth at night, ask our dentist....

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