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Is Natural Teeth Whitening Possible? Post




Teeth whitening has become a very popular dental procedure increasing in size each decade. We are all aware that our dentist can provide the tools to make our teeth whiter but can it be done at home naturally? Below you will find some of the popular teeth whitening methods:

Oil Pulling For Teeth Whitening

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. Traditionally, sunflower or sesame oil was used for oil pulling. Coconut oil has become a popular choice because it has a pleasant taste and offers other health benefits. Coconut oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria due to its high lauric acid content. There have been numerous studies done that have shown that daily oil pulling can effectively reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. By reducing bacteria levels it can help with gingivitis. Streptococcus mutans is one of the primary types of bacteria in the oral cavity that cause plaque and gingivitis. One research study found that daily swishing with sesame oil significantly reduced Streptococcus mutans in saliva in as little as just one week.

There have been no definitive research studies to prove that oil pulling acts in a teeth whitening capacity. Many people that regularly use oil pulling have claimed their teeth are whiter

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and brighter after routinely oil pulling. Since it is a safe practice it is worth trying for teeth whitening.

Oil Pulling Directions For Teeth Whitening

Place approximately 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and push and pull the oil around your mouth and through your teeth. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, so you may need to wait a few seconds for it to melt. Try to continue the oil pulling for at least 15–20 minutes. For the safety of the pipes in your home, spit the oil into the trash can and not down the drain. As mentioned previously, the coconut oil will return to a solid at room temperatures.

Safe for daily use in teeth whitening.

Brushing With Baking Soda For Teeth Whitening

Baking soda is known to have natural teeth whitening properties. This is why along with its light abrasiveness it has become popular in commercial oral care and teeth whitening dental products. The abrasiveness can help clean stains that have built up on your teeth but totally safe to your teeth’s enamel. Baking soda has the added property of being alkaline in your mouth which can help prevent bacteria from multiplying.

It is important to note using baking soda as a teeth whitener will be a slow process. Results will not happen quickly. Research has not yet proven that brushing with plain baking soda will have any teeth whitening effect, but several studies show that toothpaste coupled with baking soda can have a significant teeth whitening effect. Toothpastes containing baking soda have been shown to be significantly more effective at removing yellow stains from teeth than standard toothpastes without baking soda. The higher the concentration of baking soda, the greater the effect.

Directions For Baking Soda Use

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water. Then brush your teeth as normal with the baking soda paste. Again this is very safe and can be done multiple times per week if you wish.

Hydrogen Peroxide As A Teeth Whitener

Hydrogen peroxide is used by your dentist in their own teeth whitening products so we know it is effective and safe when used properly. Your dentist’s products will contain higher concentrations of Hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has been proven to be a natural bleaching agent that also kills bacteria in your mouth. Many commercial whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, although at a much higher concentration than you will use.

Using hydrogen peroxide in high concentrations or lengthy times can cause damage to your teeth’s enamel layer so it is important to use under supervision.

Directions For Use

Common concentrations of hydrogen peroxide at the drugstore is a 3% solution. You can and should dilute this concentration to 1.5% by mixing equal parts peroxide and water.

Another way to use hydrogen peroxide is by mixing it with baking soda to make a toothpaste. Combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and gently brush your teeth with the mixture.

Limit the use of this homemade paste to a few times per week. Overuse can erode your tooth enamel with extended use.

Apple Cider Vinegar For Teeth Whitening

Historically, apple cider vinegar is used as a disinfectant and natural cleaning product. The main ingredient is acetic acid which effectively kills bacteria. This bacterial agent can also make it effective in the mouth.

A study performed on cow teeth found that apple cider vinegar does indeed have a teeth whitening effect on teeth. Unfortunately, they also found that vinegar may erode the enamel layor of teeth. Apple cider vinegar should not be used daily. You should also limit the amount of time that apple cider vinegar is in contact with your teeth

Apple Cider Vinegar Directions

Dilute the vinegar with water and swish it around in your mouth for several minutes. Make sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards to limit the acid effect on your teeth throughout rest of day.

Fruits and Vegetables

Strawberries are believed to help with teeth whitening.

Strawberries

Teeth whitening with a strawberry and baking soda mixture is a natural remedy for teeth whitening. Favorites of this method claim that the malic acid found in strawberries will remove staining present on your teeth, while the baking soda will wipe away stains.

While strawberries may help exfoliate your teeth and make them appear whiter, they are unlikely to penetrate the stains on your teeth. Recent studies have found that a strawberry and baking soda mixture produced little to no color change in teeth, compared to commercial teeth whitening products.

Do not use this teeth whitening method more than a few times a week to be safe.

Natural Teeth Whitening Conclusion

Teeth whitening comes in many forms but nothing replaces dental hygiene to limit the stain build up as well as plaque build up. Remember to speak to your dentist before undertaking any of these teeth whitening regimens to ensure safety for your teeth and periodontal tissues.

Botox For TMJ Post




Botox cosmetic has been used by plastic surgeons for years for cosmetic reasons. Dentists more recently have been using Botox for similar reasons but also as additional therapies. These therapies can now include therapy for Temperomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ). Botox can be used to treat tension in the jaws, headaches from bruxism (teeth grinding), and even possibly lockjaw in severe scenarios.

Botox For TMJ

Botox for TMJ has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as treatment for temperomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). However, Botox has been approved by the FDA for painful conditions such as migraines. Migraines are potentially related to TMJ disorder. Clinical trials published so far have been small and have produce inconsistent findings. A 2012 study found that Botox could significantly decrease pain and increase mouth movements for three months following treatment. However, this was an extremely small study that had under 30 participants. Similar studies have been completed which showed significant results as well. To date there has not been a large enough study to definitively tell if botox for TMJ is the answer to TMJ disorders. Other studies include one 2016 study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found that TMJ patients who had Botox for TMJ treatments experienced a reduction in pain and headaches, which led to requiring fewer painkilling drugs. In 2003, a clinical study from the University of Bonn discovered that approximately 90% of all study participants who had not responded favorably to conventional TMJ treatments saw significant improvements after using Botox for TMJ to address their TMJ related pain symptoms.

TMJ Disorders

Botox For TMJ Henderson NV Marielaina Perrone DDSThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area right in front of the ear on either side of the face where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Muscles attached to and surrounding the temperomandibular joint control the position and movement of the jaw. This joint is a very unique sliding “ball and socket” that has a disc sandwiched between it, it is the only joint in the body which can move in all directions. The temporomandibular joint functions to move the jaw, especially in biting and chewing, talking, and yawning. It is one of the most used joints in the body.

The temporomandibular joints are a very complex system and are made up of muscles, tendons, a disc and bones. You have a temperomandibular joint on each side of your jaw (right and left side). Each individual part contributes to the smooth complex movement of the temperomandibular joint. When the muscles are relaxed and in balance and both jaw joints open and close comfortably, we are able to talk, chew, or yawn without any discomfort or pain.

TMJ disorders can be a very complex set of problems of the jaw joint. The muscles and joints work together in harmony. A problem with either the muscles or the joints or both can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (also referred to as a malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws. TMJ disorders can be caused by many different types of problems. These can include arthritis, trauma to the jaw, or muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth. TMJ disorders most commonly occur in women between the ages of 30 and 50, but can occur in teens following orthodontic treatment, and in both men and women at any age.

Botox For TMJ Side Effects

Botox For TMJ disorders is not without side effects. Botox itself has common side effects associated with its use in the area of the TMJ. These can include:

-headache

-bruising at injection site

-respiratory infection

-muscle weakness

-flu-like illness

-rash at injection site

-nausea

-skin irritation

-temporary eyelid droop

Botox For TMJ Procedure

Botox for TMJ is a non surgical procedure and completed in your dental office. It usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

The site for botox injection can vary depending on your symptoms but may include the following muscles:

  • Temporalis muscle
  • Frontalis muscle
  • Masseter muscle

The injections are made with a small gauge needle and are not considered painful, but you may feel a slight prick or pinch as the Botox is injected into site. Your dentist may use a cold compress or local anesthetic to help reduce discomfort and make it more comfortable for you. Following the procedure, you can return to your regular routine immediately.

Some improvement can be felt within a day or two following Botox for TMJ treatment, it usually takes a few days to feel full relief. Some patients have reported that they feel best about 6-8 weeks following Botox for TMJ treatment.

What Makes An Exceptional Dentist? Post




Is there such a thing as an exceptional dentist? We use these big fancy words like exceptional a little too easily at times to describe things in our lives. The definition of an exceptional dentist is one who is unusually good or outstanding at dental care. Visiting the dentist is usually not the #1 choice for us as we plan our day. But it is an important part in maintaining our smiles and our overall health. Shouldn’t you choose an exceptional dentist to make your dental visits easier? Below you will find some qualities to look for when choosing an exceptional dentist. An exceptional dentist strives to make the patient their first priority throughout dental care and to give you something to smile about after every visit. Though visiting the dentist is something we all consider a necessity, being able to personally connect one on one with a dentist who deeply cares about you as a person is what makes someone look forward to – rather than dread — dental visits. It is taking the time to not only engage with patients, but to properly select and extensively train all personnel with that same outlook that causes patients to make an exceptional dentist successful.

Exceptional Dentist Education

This can include where the dentist went to dental school. But I would recommend looking beyond that and see how they have maintained that education over the years. Continuing education hours are mandated by most state boards year over year to maintain a state dental license. Is your dentist taking classes to further their growth as a dental care specialist or are they just doing the requirements. Dentistry is a rapidly changing field in technique and dental materials. An exceptional dentist will constantly seek out new opportunities to grow as a dentist to better themselves and offer newer services (like Botox or Juvederm) to widen the scope of their practice.

Cleanliness Of Office

This should be high on anyone’s list as they search for an exceptional dentist. With so many blood borne diseases infection control is a priority for all dental offices. A dental office that strives for the highest quality sterilization techniques should be a priority as a patient when choosing an exceptional dentist.

Friendliness Of Staff And Dentist

A friendly staff should be a requirement as well when searching for a dentist. The staff should be accomodating and willing to answer any and all questions to make you feel at ease and at home. Your dentist should be willing to discuss treatment options to see what best fits your needs. Dentistry is personalized care and not one size fits all. If your dentist does not see that it might be time to find a new dentist. An exceptional dentist will take the time to review options with you and make the decision with you and not FOR you.

Exceptional Dentist Comfort

Dentistry can be an uncomfortable experience for many. It does not need to be that way. You should have confidence in the staff around you. They should make every effort to make you feel as comfortable as possible. This could be something as little as providing a blanket if cold or offering you music to listen during the dental procedures. An exceptional dentist will not settle for anything less than a comfortable experience for their patients.

Quality Of Dental Care

Dental care should always be exceptional even when other items above might be lacking. An exceptional dentist will perform under all circumstances giving you the highest quality dental care available.

Convenient Scheduling

An exceptional dentist will go out of their way to work with your schedule to make dental care more of a convenience instead of an obligation. This also will pertain to after hours emergencies. Will your dentist see you outside of regular office hours?

Exceptional Dentist Reviews

Do your research. Most dentists have reviews online and an exceptional dentist will have many reviews with high ratings. It is not always the rating that is important it is the actual words of the review. Read the reviews carefully to get an idea of others experiences.

Exceptional Dentist Conclusion

Choosing a dentist can be a daunting task. With the tips outlined above you should find an exceptional dentist that will be able to handle you and your family’s dental care for a lifetime.

Dental Implants Vs Bridge Post




Dental implants vs bridge is a question many patients are faced with when attempting to replace a lost tooth or multiple teeth. The traditional dental bridge was the main dental procedure used by dentists for a very long time to replace missing teeth. As dental implants have become popular due to long term success rates the traditional dental bridge has become in many people’s mind the lessor alternative. Dental implants vs bridge is an interesting scenario as they both achieve the same thing but in different ways. The dental implants vs bridge debate is one that many of us will face in our lives. Below are some facts about both to help with your decision.

Dental Implants Vs Bridge Procedure

Steps For A Dental Bridge

During the first visit to your dentist for the fabrication of a dental bridge, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth are prepared to accept a dental crown. The preparation involves removing the outer layer of teeth to allow for a dental crown to be placed over top them. Next, dental impressions of the teeth are taken, which give the dental lab technician a precise dental model from which the dental bridge, pontic (fake tooth between the dental crowns), and dental crowns will be fabricated. Your dentist will create a temporary dental bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the dental bridge is being made. This generally takes about 2 weeks.

At the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed, the temporary cement will be cleaned off the teeth, and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve an ideal fit. Depending on how extensive the dental bridge is multiple visits may be needed to check the fit of the metal framework and ensure the bite is correct. This is dependent on each individual’s case as metal can distort as well as teeth moving ever so slightly during time in between visits. If the fit is acceptable to the dentist, the dental bridge will then be cemented permanently in place. In the discussion of dental implants vs bridge, a traditional bridge is placed in only one way (cemented) while a dental implant can be placed in 2 different ways (screw retained or cemented).

Steps For A Dental Implant

-Initial Consultation. At this initial appointment, your dentist will complete a thorough dental examination, including all necessary x rays, and then take dental impressions of your teeth. After your dentist gathers all the necessary preliminary information, your dentist will talk with you about the recommended treatment plan. You may also discuss at this time whether or not there is a need for a bone graft. At this visit, you can ask about the dental implants vs bridge discussion. Your dentist will happily review the positives and negatives with you.

-Bone Grafting And Teeth Removal. If the tooth needs to be extracted, your dentist will evaluate the bone density and quality and decide if a bone graft is necessary. The bone graft will add 4-6 months generally to the time line. This extra time gives your bone time to heal properly and add the new bone structure.

-Dental Implant Placement. Once healing has taken place you will be ready for the dental implant placement. The procedure generally takes about 1-2 hours and completed under anesthesia. Once the dental implant is placed, you will need approximately 6 months for healing to take place and the dental implant to integrate into the bone (this process is called osseointegration).

-Healing Cap And Temporary Dental Crown. With the dental implant fully integrated in the bone, your dentist will attach what is called a healing collar to the top of the dental implant. This healing collar will allow the gum tissue to form around the implant in a natural looking way. The healing collar is simply a round piece of metal that keeps the gum tissue away from top of implant. The healing cap stays on for about 7-14 days. In some cases a temporary dental crown is fabricated as well at this visit.

-Abutment Placement. The healing cap will be removed and a dental implant abutment will be replace it. This abutment will be where the new dental crown will attach (either thru a screw or cement). Once the abutment is in place, your dentist will take a dental impression and send it off to the dental laboratory for fabrication of your new dental crown.

-Permanent Dental Crown Placement. 

Dental Implants Vs Bridge Maintenance

This is where a dental implant will shine in the debate of dental implants vs bridge. A single dental implant will be cleaned just like your natural teeth. This means you can floss around the tooth just like a natural tooth. A dental bridge since it is one longer piece encompassing multiple teeth you will not be able to use regular floss. You will need to use what is called a floss threader. This will allow you to get under each part of the dental bridge and effectively clean around the areas of the dental bridge. This can be an issue for some patients with dexterity issues.

Dental Implants Vs Bridge Cost

The dental implant will require more time (at least 6-7 months in best case) to allow for each step to be completed and healed properly. The dental implant tends to cost more overall especially if bone grafting is involved. In my opinion, dental implants vs bridge cost will be up to the patient. Time in some cases is just as important as the financial factor.

Dental Implants Vs Bridge Pros And Cons

Dental Implants Vs Bridge Las Vegas Marielaina Perrone DDSDental Implant Positives

-Surrounding Teeth Unaffected.

-Success Rate And Durability. Dental implants should with proper care last a lifetime and have a better than 98% success rate.

-Bone Loss Prevention. With a dental implant in place, your bone structure will remain as is and not resorb or break down. This is what happens when a tooth is missing in an area of the mouth

Dental Implant Negatives

-Surgery Required. A big negative in the dental implants vs bridge debate. This is especially true of those with dental phobia.

-Healing Time Needed. As mentioned above a minimum of 6-7 months are needed in the best case scenario to complete a dental implant procedure from start to finish.

-Financial Expense. There is generally a slightly higher fee for a single dental implant vs bridge and could go even higher if other procedures are needed like a bone graft.

Dental Bridge Positives

-Permanent. The dental bridge will be cemented in place and will never be removed to clean unless your dentist finds an issue.

-Simpler and Quicker Dental Procedure. Generally takes only 2 dental visits and can usually be completed in about 2 weeks time. This can be a huge positive for many in the dental implants vs bridge discussion.

Dental Bridge Negatives

-Dental Hygiene More Difficult. With a dental bridge, you must brush and floss under and around the false tooth. Using floss threader as mentioned above may be difficult for some. Dental hygiene maintenance is a must if there is any chance of long term success for a dental bridge.

-Lifespan Shorter. A dental bridge generally lasts about 7-10 years. Some dental bridges can last longer and some can fail sooner. This is due to the wear and tear on adjacent teeth (these teeth remain susceptible to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Either tooth decay or periodontal disease can weaken support for the dental bridge.

-Surrounding Teeth Affected. A dental bridge requires support from the surrounding teeth that are used to hold the artificial tooth in place. If these teeth are not strong enough to have dental crowns, a dental bridge might not even be possible.

Dental Implants Vs Bridge Conclusion

Choosing dental implants vs bridge can be a difficult decision. Your dentist will help guide you through the process and help you make an educated dental implants vs bridge decision that is best for your smile. It is important to maintain regular dental visits no matter which side you choose in the dental implants vs bridge decision.