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June 20, 2012

Top 5 Kitchen Cabinet Dental Remedies

Dr. Chilcoat @ 9:56 am

dental healthMost people understand that good personal oral hygiene is critical to dental health.  Daily dental care and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist are key components of a healthy mouth.  People have been finding effective and natural ways to relieve dental pain and clean their teeth since history began.  The ancient people of India used twigs of the neem tree to clean their teeth.  The neem tree has antiseptic qualities which were very effective for oral hygiene.  Other ancient forms of dental hygiene tools included porcupine quills, animal hair and primitive toothpicks.  Ancient Greeks kept special slaves to clean their teeth.  The first toothbrush was used in 15th century China and was made from boar hair and a bamboo stick.

There are quite a few dental home remedies that originated in the period of history before the dental profession came to prominence, and some of those remedies can be useful even today.



Top 5 Dental Home Remedies

  1. For relief of inflammation of the gums surrounding an impacted wisdom tooth or other soft tissue inflammation, use saline soaks.  Mix ¾ teaspoon of table salt in 16 ounces of very warm water.  Dissolve the salt completely in the solution.  Take a mouthful of the solution and hold it over the affected area until it cools, spit and repeat for at least 20 minutes.  This home remedy can help relieve the pain of impacted wisdom teeth and other dental pain temporarily, until you can see a dentist or oral surgeon.
  2. For temporary relief from a toothache, try applying a few drops of clove oil to the affected tooth.  Cloclove oil for toothacheve oil will help temporarily numb the pain in a localized area.  For tooth aches and severe tooth decay, see a dentist right away.
  3. Mouth ulcers and cold sores inside the mouth are very painful. Applying a small amount of alum directly to the ulcer can help relieve the pain associated with mouth ulcers.  Alum is a pickling salt commonly used in preparation of pickled vegetables.  Use only a tiny amount, and if mouth ulcers persist be sure to see your doctor or oral surgeon for professional help.
  4. Home teeth whitening can be accomplished using baking soda, just like your mother always told you.  Baking soda is an acid neutralizer and a mild abrasive which gently removes stains and buildup on your teeth.  Baking soda is considered one of the safest home remedies for tooth whitening, and can be sprinkled directly on your toothpaste, or used alone up to twice a month.
  5. Even people who practice excellent oral hygiene can get bad breath from time to time.  If you’ve had a particularly strong meal containing strong cheeses, garlic or onions, try chewing on clove, fennel or anise seeds to help freshen breath.  You can also chew on a piece fresh parsley to freshen breath after a strong meal.  Of course, brushing after a meal like this will also go a long way toward reducing bad breath after a meal.




Dangerous Home Remedies

Some commonly practiced dental home remedies can be extremely harmful to your teetnever place an aspirin on a painful toothh and oral health.  All of the above mentioned home remedies should be used in moderation to prevent problems associated with overuse.  Here are a few  old wive’s tales regarding dental remedies which you should avoid:

  1. Never place an aspirin directly on a tooth or gum tissue. Aspirin is an acid, and direct application of aspirin to your soft tissues can cause severe ulceration of the tissue and increase pain.
  2. Overuse of toothache gels can also cause soft tissue ulceration and pain.
  3. Never rub whiskey on a teething baby’s gums.  Children should not consume alcohol in any amount, and whiskey has no numbing effect on the gums of a teething baby. Try a frozen teething ring instead.
  4. Beware of using Colloidal Silver for oral health.  Consuming high amounts silver, which is absorbed into the body, causes silver toxicity as well as severe discoloration of the skin, called argyria, in which the skin turns bluish-gray.

The important thing to remember about dental home remedies is that anything in excess can be dangerous to your health.  Remember to use any home remedy in moderation and never overuse any preparation.  Home remedies for dental pain are intended for temporary relief.  If your problems persist, be sure to seek treatment from a qualified dental professional right away.


June 4, 2012

Replacing Missing Teeth

Dr. Chilcoat @ 11:26 am

Chances are, if you are an American adult, you either know somebody who has lost a permanent tooth or you have lost a tooth yourself.  69% of all Americans will have experienced tooth loss by the age of 44.

Tooth loss has a huge impact on quality of life, overall health and self-esteem.  If you are missing teeth, you are likely

bridge vs. implant

Dental Implant

self-conscious about the way you smile, talk, laugh and even about what you eat. In the past, dentists would recommend replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge, partial denture of complete denture.  These treatments are appropriate for some patients, however, the complications and shortcomings associated with non-permanent tooth replacement can open up a brand new set of dental problems.

The biggest problem with non-permanent solutions for missing teeth involves bone loss.  In a normal, healthy jaw, your bone surrounds the tooth roots, preserving the height and width of the bone.  When tooth loss occurs, the bone tissue no longer has a tooth root to hold on to, so it begins to recede.  Over time, the jaw bone may shrink extremely, giving the appearance of a “sunken” or “puckered” face.  When bone loss occurs, so do problems with dental bridges, partial and complete dentures.

dental bridge

Dental bridge

Dental bridges for tooth replacement involve placing a false tooth in between crowns on adjacent teeth.  Over time, bone loss occurs and the jaw bone recedes in the area of the missing tooth, creating a hygiene problem and often, breakdown of the anchor teeth due to decay or periodontal infection.  While an appropriate treatment option for some patients, a dental bridge often involves the placement of a dental crown on an otherwise healthy tooth.  The anchor teeth are further compromised by the increased load distributed by the false tooth as well as being more difficult to keep clean.

Partial and complete dentures for tooth replacement inhibit function and can become loose and difficult to wear over time.  A partial denture attaches to remaining teeth with a clasp.  The pressure of biting and chewing is distributed to the remaining teeth, applying additional stress on the anchor teeth.  Over time, bone loss and stress can cause the breakdown of the anchor teeth and lead to more tooth loss.  Bone loss in the area of missing teeth can also cause the partial denture to fit improperly as the jaw shape changes and the partial denture remains the same.

Complete dentures also have a tendency to become ill-fitting over time, causing the denture to become loose and inhibiting function. Many patients who wear a complete denture complain of painful sores and ulcerations on the gum tissue which inhibits use of the denture.

Dentures that slip, click or move upon talking, eating, smiling and laughing are embarrassing and uncomfortable.  Complete dentures sit on top of the jaw bone, applying pressure to the entire ridge, and can speed up the process of bone loss and the “sunken” appearance associated with old age.  Many denture wearers are non-compliant about wearing their dentures since they are uncomfortable, unstable and loose.  Dentures which inhibit a patient’s ability to eat and chew can lead to nutritional and overall health concerns.

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants has become the gold standard for tooth replacement.  Once a very expensive and time consuming treatment option, dental implants have become simpler, more accessible and more affordable.  Dental implants for tooth replacement are used to replace a single tooth or for full mouth tooth replacement.  A dental implant replaces the root of the tooth with a titanium post.  This post is bio-compatible and preserves the bone surrounding it, inhibiting bone loss associated with missing teeth.  A dental crown is built upon the post to replace the functional and aesthetic part of the missing tooth.  Dental implants are extremely strong and durable, with a 97% success rate over nearly 50 years of research.

Multiple dental implants can be used to anchor a denture, preventing complications from loose dentures, bone loss and slippage.  Dental implant retained dentures provide stability and comfort.  Because the jaw bone is preserved, bone loss does not progress and cause a “sunken” appearance.  Patients who have worn traditional dentures for years complain of discomfort, ulcerations, loose dentures and an inability to chew favorite foods.  These patients gain an increased quality of life upon completing their dental implant procedure.

For more information about advances in implant dentistry, tooth replacement and implant dentures, contact us.



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