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Essential Oils That Can Improve Oral Health
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Ralph Becker
For centuries healers used essential oils to help cure various diseases. They were also used to handle some of the symptoms of diseases that they couldn't cure, such as inflammation and fever. There was a time when people that today we would call an herbologist, were instead branded as witches because the uneducated people of the Middle Ages didn't understand what the healers were doing. To them, it looked like potions and poisons. But essential oils have made a comeback. It is true that many of the drugs that we use today are based on the knowledge the healers had about their properties. Pharmaceutical companies figured out how to chemically replicate these substances and created the drugs that we take today. They are still finding more and more plants with disease-curing properties in the forests around the world. So, what if these oils can we use for oral health. What Essential Oils Work? There are several herbs that are easy to use and also easy to find. Some may surprise you as they are so commonplace you wouldn't expect them to do anything but make your food taste good. Piqued your interest? What are these simple herbs? These simple herbs would be cloves, thyme, cinnamon, oregano, and peppermint. Tea Tree Oil is another that you might not know about, but that has been used in oral care for centuries. If you engage in tooth-pulling add some oregano to your coconut oil. It is an anti-inflammatory and also an antioxidant. Clove oil can be rubbed on the gums to relieve tooth pain. Thyme is good to use as a mouthwash ingredient. It adds flavor but also helps protect against tooth decay, gingivitis, and general mouth infections. Tea Tree Oil and cinnamon are both antiseptic and anti-bacterial. Both can be used in mouthwashes but note that Tea Tree Oil cannot be swallowed. You must spit it out. Ask us about essential oils at your next appointment. We'd be happy to discuss them with you....

Why Is It So Important to Remain Hydrated for Optimal Oral Health?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Ralph Becker
Making sure you are hydrated is important for your body and for your oral health. Your body needs water to do its job and your oral cavity needs water to do its job. So, what does your oral health have to do with being hydrated? We can tell you in one word; saliva. Saliva is crucial to your oral health. Without it, you will not only have gum problems, but problems with your teeth as well. If those two reasons aren't enough to convince you, we will give you one more reason. If you don't produce enough saliva you will have bad breath. No one wants their co-workers backing away from them when they talk. What Does Saliva Do for Me? Saliva is a crucial part of keeping your teeth strong and your gums healthy. When you eat or drink, remnants of the food or drink, stay on your teeth. This is what you brush away with your toothbrush. But you can't brush your teeth constantly. That is why you have saliva. Saliva is like your body's own mouthwash. It cleans the acids away from your teeth and gums until it is time for you to brush again. It has properties that neutralize the effects of the bacteria that live naturally in your mouth. Most people at some time or another have experienced dry mouth. That is what we call it when you don't produce enough saliva. You may also have noticed that when you have dry mouth your teeth may feel a little slimy and your tongue may feel strange. The roof of your mouth may also feel a little sticky. You don't normally feel like this. That is because normally you have sufficient saliva to clean away all of the gunk accumulating in your mouth over the day, in between brushings. If you stay sufficiently hydrated, you won't have these problems. If you have to take medication that causes dry mouth, you should drink more liquids than usual to compensate for the medication. Please contact us if you have any questions....

Three Most Common Types of Dental Cleanings You Can Get in Our Office
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Ralph Becker
When it comes to dental cleanings, not all cleanings are created equal. Each cleaning is based on what you and your teeth need at a particular time. If you thought there was only one type of cleaning, keep reading. We have some information for you about the kinds of dental cleanings that are available, and why each cleaning is used. Types of Dental Cleanings The cleaning you are probably most familiar with is called a routine dental cleaning, or prophylaxis cleaning. This type of cleaning is usually used for people who are coming into the office for their six-month cleaning and checkup. In a routine cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove any plaque on the teeth, and clean and check the teeth. Flossing will also be done. These cleanings help to keep your mouth healthy. If you get a routine cleaning every six months, you will be able to maintain good dental health. Some people may come into our office after they have not been to the dentist for a long time. In that case, a more thorough cleaning will be needed, because plaque will have built up and hardened on the surface of teeth. This plaque is so hard you would not be able to remove it yourself. In a gross debridement cleaning, instruments are used to remove plaque from the tooth's surface, as well as the gums. Once a debridement is complete, dental professionals can see if additional work will need to be completed, or if the teeth are in good shape. Sometimes, patients come into the office with gum disease already present. They might also come in with gum disease that is dangerously close to happening. For these patients, different instruments are used to scale away the plaque, and treat the underlying gum disease. Whatever shape your mouth is in, we can clean it! Why not give us a call and let us help you get or keep your bright, beautiful smile....

All Posts:
Essential Oils That Can Improve Oral Health
Why Is It So Important to Remain Hydrated for Optimal Oral Health?
Three Most Common Types of Dental Cleanings You Can Get in Our Office
Parsley Can Give You Better Breath
When Teeth Begin to Chip, You Need to Get Them Treated
What We Do During Each of Your Dental Checkups
Life May Get Busy But You Still Need to Prioritize Your Oral Health
It Is Never Good When Teeth Move Around As You Sleep
Top 3 Problems to Expect if You Chew Ice
Things to Ask Us at Your Next Appointment
Best Methods for Stopping Tooth Decay
Benefits Oil Pulling Can Provide
Mouth Guards Can Give You a Lot of Oral Protection
Most People Do Not Put Enough Urgency Behind a Toothache
What to Do if You Haven't Been to the Dentist in Many Years
What to Do About Toothaches Following Fillings
Cold Air Can Cause Toothaches
Chewing Tobacco is Really No Better Than Smoking Where Your Oral Health is Concerned
Vegetables That Can Reduce Dental Stains
Does Tooth Pain Cause Migraines?
Does Pregnancy Change Your Dental Needs?
When Does Sleep Apnea Require Treatment?
What Your Teeth Get When You Spend Time Out in the Sun
Ways Lasers Can Improve the Health of Your Mouth

Ralph J. Becker, D.D.S., P.C.
7007 Davison Rd
Davison, MI 48423-2005

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