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Benefits Oil Pulling Can Provide
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Ralph Becker
Oil pulling is simply using coconut oil as a mouthwash to prevent cavities, reduce bad breath, and prevent inflammation of your games. This is especially important for people who need help reducing gum inflammation due to gum disease. But how easy is it to do, and how beneficial can it be? Not sure how to get started? We have a few tips for you. Benefits and How-To's of Oil Pulling One of the benefits of oil pulling is how easy it is to add it to your routine. In fact, you probably already have coconut oil in your kitchen, so there are no really fancy ingredients you need to buy. While in the past a lot of people rinsed their mouths with sesame oil, a lot of people are using coconut oil because coconut oil has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that cannot be found in sesame oil. To do oil pulling, you will need to be sure you have a few minutes to try it out. You need to measure one tablespoon of coconut oil. You will need to swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Be sure that you don't swallow any. Many people find that it is easier to swish the oil around in your mouth if you find an activity to keep you occupied while your swishing: such as doing a load of laundry, sorting laundry, sweeping floors, or cleaning a bathroom. Some people find that they can swish more easily if they are fully focused on it. After you have swished for 20 minutes, be sure that you spit the oil into the trash can, rather than a sink or toilet, because those could become clogged. Rinse your mouth well before you eat or drink anything. Some people advocate swishing for 5 minutes after oil pulling with water to make sure you can eat or drink something else. If you have questions about your overall dental health, why not give us a call? We would love to set up an appointment with you to talk about natural remedies such as oil pulling and your dental health....

Mouth Guards Can Give You a Lot of Oral Protection
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Ralph Becker
As you push the bit of polymerized rubber into your mouth, you may wonder why. No, the coach isn't hazing you, or being mean, or even that overprotective for that matter. He knows something you may not know about mouth guards, and just how vital they are in protecting your mouth. For Your Own Good In any sport, the rough-and-tumble nature of fighting over points can lead to impacts and unexpected violence. Mouth guards provide a layer of insulation between your teeth and each other, acting as a shock absorber to reduce the likelihood of chipping or avulsing (losing entirely) your teeth. It also protects your tongue from unintentional biting, which is important due to how sensitive the tongue is. For Your Own Bed And they're not just for sports, but for people who need extra help sleeping safely and comfortably at home. Many people worldwide grind their teeth in their sleep, which wears away at the enamel and dentin, leading to more sensitive and weak teeth. They in turn send up pain signals more often and may even chip and crack easier than most. A mouth guard for use at home is a non-intrusive method to apply the same protection that athletes enjoy to make sure you nod off with a smile. There are also people who find mouth guards vital for their own safety and good recovery after certain procedures, to keep them from picking at the site of the treatment or accidentally damaging the still-healing region. Whether you are an avid sportsperson or your talent is in sleeping, or even someone who needs extra care after your last visit, you can't go wrong with a mouth guard. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment and see about starting to wear one, give us a call. We'd love to discuss your options and make sure you leave with a good fit!...

Most People Do Not Put Enough Urgency Behind a Toothache
Posted on 1/20/2019 by Ralph Becker
Toothaches are quite common and also quite unwelcome; there's nothing quite like the agony of tooth pain. However, many people seem to regard a toothache as a mere inconvenience and may postpone treatment until it gets so bad that it can no longer be ignored. If you're suffering from a toothache, it's vital that you get immediate treatment for it to prevent permanent damage to your smile. What are the Hidden Dangers of a Toothache? If you're noticing a throbbing, aching pain in your mouth, then there's a good chance you want that pain gone. Yet many people disregard the pain and hope that it goes away. The fact is, though, that without dental intervention, the pain will not simply go away. Instead, it'll continue to get worse, negatively affecting your quality of life. A toothache is your mouth's way of telling you that there's something wrong. Here are three things that it may be trying to tell you: A toothache isn't just a minor annoyance. If you're suffering from a toothache, do not delay in calling our office right away. We can schedule you an appointment with our skilled dental staff to start you on treatment and save not only your tooth, but maybe also your life....

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Ralph J. Becker, D.D.S., P.C.
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