What’s Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling, involves trapping a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and moving your cheeks with your closed lips for around 20 minutes or so. This pulling technique has been around for thousands of yearsWebMD.  There is some opinion out there that this action of oil pulling eliminates general body ailments such as hangovers, sleep disorders and skin diseases. This swishing with the oil supposedly draws  toxins out from your body, to improve your overall health. I dont believe those claims one bit.

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Clinically, as a dental health care observer/provider,  I do see a benefit from the oral aspect with less plaque accumulation as noted in routine hygiene follow ups by my patients who practice this technique consistently on a daily basis.

I do not  “Oil Pull” because it’s difficult for me to consistently find twenty minutes in my day where I am not interrupted, asked a question or simply bombarded with stuff needing immediate attention home and office alike. For those of you who know me, I got to talk. It is impossible for me to sit there, silently, swishing, suppressing my opinion or thought from being verbally expressed.  I do believe it’s a worth the while if you can find the time in your daily routine. Think of it as “another feature in your dental home care cap.”

My Choice Oil is Coconut Oil.

Coconut Oil is antimicrobial. A particular study demonstrated that coconut pulling significantly reduced the number of cavity producing bacteria called Strepococcus Mutans study . Yes! You can potentially get fewer cavities if there is lesser of a concentration of the destructive bacteria in your mouth.

Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid and is the active triglyceride that kills bacteria that creates gum problems. A decrease in the amount of bacteria decreases your gum’s inflammatory response, better known as ginivitis. Less gingivitis is a good thing.

Coconut Oil also has anti fungal properties. People who get fungal diseases of the mouth most often have dentures or are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

How about keeping your teeth as white as possible? Don’t panic, it’s organic…….Oil in general is a lubricant and creates a lower surface tension on your teeth and gums so that the bacteria and stains just slide off your teeth and gums resulting in displaying you beautiful white teeth.

And Finally, Coconut Oil tastes good. Who doesn’t love coconut embedded foods? Coconut Shrimp, Coconut Cake, Macaroons; my top three favorites. That’s all good stuff, right?

Coconut Oil Pulling Technique

1-Brush your teeth properly

2-Take a tablespoon of Coconut Oil and use it like mouthwash.

3-Go for it! Do Not swallow..

4-After 20 minutes spit the oil in the trash. You don’t want to clog the plumbing of the house or septic system. The oil may solidify in your pipes.

 

It’s not the cure-all. You still need to brush your teeth and see me for regular check ups.

PS. My wife Actually got this great tasting Coconut Toothpaste from Whole Foods.  If you want the name of it, you’ll have to subscribe to my blog. LOL. Just kidding, shoot me an email for the request.

 

Dr. Emilio & Associates,  Always Accepts  New Patients. He especially exceeds at treating same day emergencies patients suffering from tooth ache pains.

His goal is to keep his patients’ Teeth and Gums Healthy For Life.

Feel Free to appoint a Consultation with the Doctor. Open Six Days A Week

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Is Bleaching Bad For My Teeth?

Everything in moderation is what I say. In general, teeth whitening, better known as teeth bleaching is safe. In moderation, it will not damage the enamel of your teeth.

Whitening gel varies in formulations with concentrations ranging  from 35%  to 10% carbamide peroxide with application times for around  30 minutes, once a day, for 7-10 days.

The process of bleaching will lead to increased sensitivity because it opens up the internal pores of the teeth. This allows the bleach to penetrate the tooth, lifting particulate debris  to the teeth’s surface resulting in a whiter overall smile.  TIP: To prevent this uncomfortable feeling of cold and air sensitivity during and after the process,  it is best to use a special toothpaste with potassium-nitrate in its formulation soon after the gel is brushed off and away.  Any over the counter “for sensitive teeth” brands works well to minimize the lingering after effects of tooth zingers after the process. It may take a couple of weeks to get back to normal; ie less hypersensitivity.

The best time to whiten your teeth is soon after your hygiene appointment. All surface stains and tartar will have been properly removed by my hygienist and your stain free polished enamel will be ready for maximum  whitening potential from the whitening gel.

Teeth whitening is temporary. Any restorative material that’s non enamel will not lighten in shade. After whitening, sometimes composite restorations will need to be changed over to match the existing previously placed bonding.  Remember, whitening does not last. Your tooth does fade back to the original shade within 6 months or so.

Whiten  may not be an option for you if you have anterior composite work existing. Another consideration for a permanent shade is ceramic veneers or ceramic crowns. This would be a more definitive long-term suitable result for you. Ceramic does not stain. Ask me next time you come in for your hygiene check if Ceramic Whitening is an option for you. Or if you can’t wait, make an appointment for a consultation to address your specific needs.

Some More Tips if  You do Bleach Your Teeth:

Continue the process at home using a whitening toothpaste

Utilize a straw to consume dark beverages. Not recommended with hot coffee,,,, LOL.

Cut out tobacco products.

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Dr. Emilio & Associates,  Always Accepts  New Patients. He especially exceeds at treating same day emergencies patients suffering from tooth ache pains.

His goal is to keep his patients’ Teeth and Gums Healthy For Life.

Feel Free to appoint a Consultation with the Doctor. Open Six Days A Week

OPEN on Weekdays.  7:30am -8:00pm  (M<T<W<T)

Fridays.  7:30am-2:00pm

Weekends (Saturday only).  8:00am-2:00pm

111 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

You can always contact me directly via email  blog@robertemiliodds.com

Instagram:  dentist_in_connecticut

Office (203)866-7164      www.robertemiliodds.com

Pass this Link to Your Friends:  robertemilioddsblog.wordpress.com