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Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

4 Quick Treatments For Common Dental Concerns

Whether you have a dental concern that does not require visiting a professional or you need a temporary fix until your appointment, there are many products that can help. Many times, the products can be found in your kitchen or at retail stores.

Dry Socket

If you have recently had an extraction, the pain should decrease over the next one or two days. Sometimes you may notice an increase in pain for no apparent reason. This is usually caused by dry socket. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that protects the socket and keeps it moist was lost, or never formed.

A simple trick used to alleviate dry socket pain is clover oil. You can find clover oil preparations in the dental care aisle of your local store. Place a few drops of the clover oil on sterile gauze and place the gauze on the affected area. You can repeat the process several times a day to soothe the socket as it heals.

Infections

Painful white spots on your gum are often a sign of infection and need treatment by a dentist. If you cannot see a dentist immediately or cannot receive antibiotics from a doctor, try rinsing with peroxide in the meantime. Make a small rinse with half peroxide and half water and use the solution to rinse out your mouth. Repeat rinsing your mouth a few times each day.

Although peroxide can be useful to temporarily alleviate infections, the mixture should not be used as a substitute for medical and dental care. With repeated use, the infection is likely to become resistant to peroxide and peroxide can contribute to dry mouth, which can make dental problems worse.

Teeth Stains

The easiest way to enhance your enamel is by eating a diet rich in enamel-boosting foods. When your teeth have sufficient protection from staining, any stains that develop are typically surface stains, which are easily dissolved by brushing. Once staining reaches the dentin in your teeth, no amount of natural products or at-home whitening kits will remove the stains.

Another way to keep stains at bay is to use healthy snacks as a mini-toothbrush throughout the day. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are common food items that can help remove small surface stains, and prevent the stains from embedding in the enamel. If you want other options for snacks, consider whole-wheat pretzels and crackers, which can provide you with the combination of salty and crunchy, without many calories.

Baking soda, peroxide and lemon juice are common teeth whitening products that are found inside your home. If you have dental problems, such as cavities or gum irritation, these products will only cause more harm. A small pinch of baking soda can be applied to your toothpaste once a week for a quick polishing of your teeth. The abrasiveness of baking soda can remove surface stains, and smoother teeth can help prevent plaque and stains from sticking to your teeth. Mixing baking soda with peroxide or lemon juice into a paste is a way to make whitening toothpaste.

Bad Breath

A dentist or family doctor should evaluate any chronic problems with bad breath. Underlying problems, such as decay, dry mouth or acid reflux, can contribute to bad breath and are not alleviated by retail dental care products. For the occasional concern of bad breath, particularly after meals, parsley can be a quick fix.

Parsley is convenient, especially if you are dining out, because it is often used as a garnish. After you finish your meal, chew your parsley thoroughly, making sure to cover as much surface area of your teeth as possible. If parsley is not an option, consider using lemon, whether you choose to eat a lemon wedge or drink lemon water.

When you are in a pinch, you can minimize or treat some common dental concerns with household or retail products. However, quick fixes are no substitute for routine and emergency dental care.

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Urine Mouthwash And Four Other Reasons We Should Be Thankful For Modern Dentisty

The history of dentistry goes back a long way–farther than you might expect. In 5000 B.C., the Sumerians referred to “tooth worms” as the cause of tooth decay and attrition. Since that time, almost every civilization has developed techniques for dealing with oral hygiene and dental issues. Some of these techniques are surprisingly effective. Others seem like the worst possible approach imaginable.

Here are some of the more interesting dental practices used by humans throughout history. The good news is that you don’t have to rely on any of these to preserve your dental health today–unless you want to, of course.

Chew Sticks

The first bristle toothbrush originated in China in the year 1498. Before that time, humans were forced to use other methods to keep their teeth free of food particles and plaque. While these human’s diets were largely made up of vegetables and nuts, tooth decay and plaque were still an issue.

Chew sticks were the answer to this problem before tooth brushes came about. Simply put, people used to stick a twig or root in their mouth and chew on it. That’s it. As the practice developed, people began to select specific plants and trees for their antibiotic and breath-freshening properties. In fact, some people still use chew sticks as a supplement to regular brushing and flossing.

Dental Pelican

This imposing tool was named for its resemblance to a Pelican’s beak. Basically, these were the precursor to the modern day forceps–a tool used to extract a problematic tooth. When you look at a Dental Pelican, it’s easy to see that comfort was not a primary concern.

Interestingly, the first people to use the Dental Pelican weren’t dentists. Rather, barbers often found themselves using the Dental Pelican to remove teeth that caused their customers discomfort. Fortunately, this type of procedure is left to the dental specialists today!

Pepper Toothpaste

Today’s toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors and variants. However, in ancient Egypt, citizens didn’t have much of a choice in the matter. Historians have discovered one of the oldest formulas for toothpaste in recorded history, and while it appears to be effective, it isn’t very comfortable.

Two parts mint, one part dried iris flower, and twenty parts pepper make up the formula for ancient toothpaste. Modern dentists who’ve tried the formula report that it’s effective but causes their gums to bleed. That said, it’s probably an improvement over simply chewing on a stick!

Urine Mouthwash

In ancient Rome, urine was considered a powerful tooth whitening agent. Not just any urine, mind you, but specifically Portuguese bottled urine. Apparently, the pastime was so widely utilized, Nero placed a tax on it. And to think, we complain about taxes today!

The funny thing is, urine mouthwash actually works to whiten teeth. Ammonia does a great job of disinfecting the mouth and can make your teeth whiter in the process. That’s why urine was a primary ingredient in mouthwash until the 18th century. Today, ammonia is still used to clean teeth–just not ammonia harvested from Portuguese urine.

Tooth Magic

Early dentistry was a process filled with trial and error. Sometimes, known remedies and traditional approaches simply did not work on a patient. In those cases, early dentists often turned to magic to destroy supernatural enemies that reside within the tooth.

This gives us some insight into early dentistry. For starters, early dentists must have held a high place in the early human civilizations. Otherwise, no one would have believed they would  be able to perform mystical healing. Also, it appears that early dentists didn’t have to worry about malpractice all that much.

There you have it. Everyone who walks around with white, pain-free teeth should be extremely grateful for modern general dentistry–that goes without saying. However, the next time you’re dreading your routine check-up, just remember that your ancestors had it a whole lot worse!

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