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1 oct. 2015

Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Oil is something that is very powerful; it powers vehicles, aids in the creation of many items and countries have even gone to war over control over it. Cooking oil is powerful in its own right as well; many food related businesses rely on it for cooking and it is a big part of the food industry as a whole, but did you know that it can have great benefits on oral hygiene as well?

 

Oil pulling is a technique that actually goes back thousands of years. The concept is simple: you take a tablespoon of cooking oil (most would recommend sunflower, sesame or coconut) and you move it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes without swallowing it. The purpose of oil pulling is to help rid your mouth of the bad bacteria that can be harmful to your teeth and gums. The bad bacteria gets stuck to the oil while you’re moving it around in your mouth, and once you expel it after the specified time, out goes the bad bacteria as well.

 

Some other benefits of oil pulling include:

reduction of plaque and gingivitis

reduction in bad breath

 

The most important part to remember about oil pulling is to spit out the oil after the 15-20 minutes is up. The amount of bad bacteria that collects while you’re pulling oil can be harmful to your system if ingested.

 

Although this method of oral care has been around for many generations, your safest bet is to consult with your Ottawa dental professional before you start doing it. They can help you with any questions or concerns.

24 sept. 2015

Crowns: Not just for Royalty

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They say ‘heavy is the head that wears the crown’ and when you give it real thought, it makes a lot of sense. The wearer of a crown is usually someone in power; the head of a royal family (or someone who thinks highly of themselves and randomly decides to start wearing a crown) and when you are born into that type of responsibility, it can be daunting. Having power can be great, if used responsibly. Thankfully the majority of us don’t have to worry about things of that nature.

 

The only crowns most people are concerned with are the ones in their mouths. Although these types of crowns do become a part of your head, they don’t make it heavier (physically or mentally). They do however provide a pleasing aesthetic for the tooth you chipped when you were younger. You know, from the time you rode your bike really fast, trying to keep up with your older siblings; shoelace got intertwined which made for a painful dismount, causing a chipped tooth.

 

Being a child can be hard enough on its own, but having to deal with chipped and broken teeth is a reality that sometimes must be faced. I personally can relate to the bike incident and having a chipped tooth; my dentist however decided against capping the tooth, stating that ‘it will continue to grow and even itself out with the other tooth’ and for the most part he was right. I was confused with his decision at the time, but am glad he made it.

 

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, getting it capped with a crown may be the best option for you. However, it may not be. Consult with your local Ottawa dental professional and discuss your options.