Oil Pulling Still Worth a Try

Oil Pulling Still Worth a Try

Oil Pulling, the old new thing in home dental care

Once a long lost practice, now rediscovered, oil pulling may be one more strategy you may want to put into the regime.

A simple practice known as ‘oil pulling’ may be one of the very best ways to prevent or treat mouth and gum disease. It has been a popular and practical exercise of Ayurvedic medicine for ages and was more recently introduced to Western cultures by a Dr. F. Karach, M.D. in the early 90s. Dr. Karach advocated oil pulling due to the results he detailed in the treatment of a variety of of illnesses including everything from migraine headaches and bronchitis, to gum disease, leukemia and heart disease – just to name a few.

A 2009 study conducted by researchers Asokan, Emmadi, Chamundeswari seemed to back up earlier claims and highlight the effectiveness of oil pulling on the treatment of gum disease. The trial involved swishing sesame oil to test it against plaque-induced gingivitis in 20 test subjects, and to compare its efficacy with chlorhexidine mouthwash. Results concluded that there was a significant reduction in “… the plaque index, modified gingival scores and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.”

How oil pulling works

Longtime practitioners of oil pulling recommend using sesame, safflower, sunflower or vegetable oil but recently the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil has made it the preferred go-to oil to use. Practicing oil pulling is a simple process that starts with swishing a tablespoon of your preferred oil back, forth and around the mouth and teeth for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes –followed by a thorough rinse and routine brushing. By adopting this practice into your oral care routine – and doing it first thing in the morning, you may begin to reap some of the benefits including:

• Healthier gums
• Whiter teeth
• A significant reduction of plaque and tartar
• Fresher breath

Killing bacteria with oil pulling

At any given moment, the human mouth contains an assortment of active microbes, with bacteria being the most prolific. Experts estimate that more than 100 million microbes thrive in every milliliter of saliva – containing upwards of 600 different species of bacteria — some beneficial, others harmful. Without following a regime of proper oral hygiene, the nastier bacteria will eventually collect and form a sticky film on teeth and tongue. Left untreated plaque and other bacteria can flow into the digestive tract and potentially cause, or aggravate, a wide variety of chronic health issues.

The enzymes naturally found in food grade oils are thought to help pull toxins, pus and mucus away from not only teeth, gums and tongue, but also from the body’s cells, blood and digestive tract. Ayurveda suggests that oil pulling works by purifying, cleansing and detoxifying the entire system by removing harmful toxins. In Ayurveda each section of the human tongue is connected to corresponding vital organs of the body such as lungs, kidneys, stomach, colon, liver, spine, heart and small intestines. By keeping the teeth and tongue free of toxic buildup through the practice of oil pulling, you’re actually helping to keep the whole body healthy.

Conclusion

Proper dental hygiene is not only important for oral health, it is essential to all aspects of wellness. Adding oil pulling to already established oral care techniques including brushing and flossing and avoiding sugars and processed foods, makes it even more possible to maintain a healthier mouth and body.

More Information:

http://www.jaim.in/article.asp?issn=0975-9476;year=2011;volume=2;issue=2;spage=64;epage=68;aulast=Singh#ref19

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article%20oil%20pulling.htm
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/08/coconut-oil-combats-tooth-decay.aspx
http://www.oilpulling.com/
http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html
http://hubpages.com/hub/Health_Benefits_of_Oil_Pulling_
http://www.homemadebodycleanse.com/cleanse-recipes/sunflower-oil-pull.htm
http://www.jonbarron.org/article/oil-pulling-detoxing

And — How Coconut Oil Can Be Used As A Mouthwash (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/coconut-oil-mouthwash-video_n_2375038.html

Resources: Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. – Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res 2009;20:47-51.

The Tipping Point: Integrated Medicine

The Tipping Point: Integrated Medicine

If you don’t have what it takes to be the healthiest version of you, your dentist might, especially if they practice integrated medicine

It’s long been suspected by both primary care doctors and dentist that oral health held a link to the rest of the body’s wellness.  Today, science and research is bearing that out as more than antidotal. What starts in the mouth can benefit, or harm, the whole body. Integrated medicine practices incorporating the body’s whole health.

Now more than ever research demonstrates that our mental and physical health are linked to each other in more ways than we know. Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, auto immune disease and diabetes to name just a few, while those same diseases have also been linked to chronic malaise, even depression and depression and malaise have been linked to obesity and high blood pressure.

The answers may be interrelated and, as it turns out one answer may be to keep your whole body healthy by starting with your mouth.

Emerging science tells us that many things influence our whole body health. More recently science has confirmed that even the health of our teeth and gums affect our overall health. Heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and many other disorders can all be affected by the health and wellness of teeth and gums. For decades practitioners believed a link exists between the two and now research bears this out.

The road to getting and staying healthy is often a lifelong commitment continually making and setting goals, re-evaluating ability and circumstance, then course correcting as needed. In the span of a lifetime the work is ongoing. As we build healthy habits and healthy bodies, and as we remember to be vigilant in the ways we preserve our healthy teeth and maintain optimal health be mindful of the many ways to optimize our best level of whole health.

Integrative Medicine and Whole Body Wellness.

Integrated Medicine is not a new practice but more of a merging of traditional Western Medicine and more nontraditional methods of medicine such as acupuncture.

Here at Marilyn K. Jones we strive to stay informed, we will work with you and your health care professionals to create a tailored health care program for you and your specific needs.

 

Restorations can Prevent Future Pain

Restorations can Prevent Future Pain

Choosing the right restorations can prevent pain in the future

Unexpected circumstances can turn an almost perfect smile into a painful one. Time changes things, even a perfect smile. If you are experiencing oral pain, need a future tooth replacement or restoration, or have had a restoration you are not happy with, consider the following;

A medical link exists for potential increased frequency in headaches, migraine headaches and even TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders) related to tooth loss without proper restoration. Even small changes in bite and tooth placement have been identified as having the capacity to be problematic.

 

When a tooth is lost…
due to trauma, decay or periodontal disease the surrounding bone material immediately becomes compromised.  Additionally the missing tooth no longer helps distribute pressure during chewing and biting, thereby increasing the amount of pressure and bite force placed on the remaining teeth. The additional pressure on the remaining teeth can be responsible for fractures to those teeth, excessive wear, and all too often the remaining teeth drift or shift to new positions in the jaw and in so doing, change the overall bite.

Changes in bite…
and tooth placement due to shifting can typically affect the aesthetics of a smile, what you may not know is that it can also compromise the health of the remaining teeth. First by creating changes in how straight teeth are potentially diminishing your ability to clean properly, secondly drifting teeth might not be properly aligned and bite force from normal chewing may potentially chip or crack teeth.

Bridges
Common practice traditionally replaced a single missing tooth with a fixed bridge. Unfortunately a bridge does not address any of the negative effects of a missing tooth. Soft tissues still retreat, bone mass in the jaw is still absorbed, the surrounding teeth are compromised by the process of preparing them for the bridge. With the lack of adequate bone and soft tissues the remaining teeth, often, are susceptible to drifting. Decay and rot also threatened the neighboring teeth once they’ve been drilled and filed for the bridge.

Implants
For decades dentist have been able to surgically implant permanent teeth to take the place of a tooth lost from trauma, decay or disease. For several decades dentist have been using all ceramic implants. The post that goes into the jaw bone is no longer metal but ceramic. Ceramics have proven over and over to be the ideal long term solution when getting an implant.  Uniquely capable of being integrated and accepted into the biology of the mouth, both promoting soft tissue gum growth and fusing seamlessly with living bone while not disturbing or compromising the surrounding teeth, thusly providing a solution to all potentially negative outcomes of a missing tooth.

Full Ceramic Implants
Ceramic implants are the answer to dentist concerns for the health of their patients and for the patient there is nothing that compares to the aesthetics of an all ceramic implant. Additionally ceramic implants unique properties will never leach into your tissues or body, they will not breakdown or corrode, they do not conduct hot or cold and are, in fact, so precisely fitted that they might fit better and look better than the original teeth, certainly more so than any other restoration option. All while leaving other healthy teeth perfectly in place and unadulterated.

For the best experience and a guarantee in your implant, to ensure a lifetime smile, call our office and make an appointment. Our professional staff is expertly trained. You can trust our extensive experience in implants and restorations to leave you with a beautiful, pain free smile for years to come.

Good Better Best Dentistry

Good Better Best Dentistry

Good — Better — Best

Best dentistry 

Not just your best dentistry choices but virtually all of life has multitudes of good choices. Options abound through the course of any given day. Even when faced with good options there is always “good,” “better,””best” to select from. When we look at options for nutrition, for example, we have healthy options–that are good– and healthy options that are sustainable and organic for our best options. Fitness experts will tell you that consistently getting exercise, even if it’s only 15 vigorous minutes a day, is a good place to start. While optimal best case fitness would be 30 to 60 minutes 3 to 6 times a week depending on your level of fitness.  There are good ways to use recreational time and there are “going the distance” recreational enjoyment. Even sleeping has good, better, best; consistently sleeping 7 hours a night is good, getting 8 hours of sleep is better and getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, at a regular time, following a bedtime routine, or meditation, every single night, is best.

What “Best dentistry” means

Medicine and dentistry follow the rest of life, there are always options for good, better, best. We know, after years of evidence, that it all ties in together ultimately affecting your overall health. Science shows us that diet affects our health, diet affects the health of our mouth too. Sleep and even stress levels affect our oral health, not just our bodies. We know there will be cavities, potential tooth loss, restorations, cleanings, braces, prevention, hygiene choices and that all of those have their own set of good, better, best options.

Best overall

At Marilyn K Jones, we know that your optimal health is intertwined with your oral health. We understand that science is continually finding connections to oral health and other disease processes, like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, autoimmune disease, arthritis, cancer and more. Knowing this we carefully choose the kinds of procedures, the materials and the methods we use to keep your teeth and mouth at their best, weather we are filling a cavity, doing a full restoration on a missing tooth, addressing severe gum disease, or simply selecting hygiene products for your best smile.

Metals and how M. K. Jones Best helps you

Our office has a variety of options to hand pick the dental options that will give you the greatest impact, weather checking for sensitivities to metals, or safely removing old hardware, mercury leaching fillings or infections that can be manifesting or hiding out from previous restorations.

Best to avoid

Because we are a biological practice we are acutely aware that less chemicals and less toxins are important to you, your health and to future generations, we have options and educational material to help you eliminate fluoride and other potential hazards from your life.

Good, Better, Best.

Life is a balance, choosing the best choices you can is all any of us can do. Here at Marilyn K. Jones we want to be a part of that and help you get the best that you can. Call us today.

 

TMD and TMJ Finally Deciphered

TMD and TMJ Finally Deciphered

Wondering what TMD and TMJ are and how to know if you have it?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder often called TMJ or TMD can occur as a result of a dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw movement.

A number of things may contribute to chronic TMJ/TMD including; stress, teeth grinding or bruxism, and often malocclusions (or the misalignment of teeth).

Did You Know?
12% of the U.S. population is estimated to suffer from TMJ/TMD, that’s about 35 million people.
90% of TMJ/TMD patients are women

Often a sufferer of TMJ/TMD will try conservative measures, or self-care, at home before consulting a doctor or a TMD dentist. A TMJ/TMD dentist consultation can save a lot of time, but most importantly it can save a lot of suffering.

TMJ/TMD is painful and can inhibit productivity, sleeping, even quality of life.

Temporomandibular joints are meant to bear a lot of use and are definitely a workhorse in the body, making it no surprise that those muscles and joints take an enormous amount of stress, use and pressure to get them inflamed, irritated and painful.

Where to start with TMJ

TMJ Facts and tips

Symptoms can include:

  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw-joint
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Numbness in hands and arms
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Locking jaw
  • Facial pain

Why See A Dentist?

A dentist familiar with and accustomed to seeing patients with this specific disorder will quickly determine all of the underlying problems that are contributing to pain and discomfort.

With a pinpointed approach to solving and mitigating the problem, you can be assured that you will feel results quickly. Don’t stay in pain or only temporarily alleviate the issue only to find yourself in the same situation a few months down the road.

What To Do Until Your Dental Appointment

  • Avoid chewing hard, crunchy or chewy foods.
  • Alternate between moist heat and cold packs to help reduce pain and inflammation in face
  • Heat applications help to improve circulation and carry away the fluids that have built up in the joint while the cool compress will then encourage the vascular structures to constrict helping slow further inflammation.
  • Take nonprescription nsaids or anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Practice stress management and relaxation techniques.
  • Don’t let valuable time slip away, get out of discomfort and pain sooner, contact us at Marilyn K Jones today and set up an appointment to help you start feeling better now!
More Than Brushing: Answers to Bad Breath

More Than Brushing: Answers to Bad Breath

Bad Breath doesn’t discriminate

Ever notice a friend turning away, even while you retell the best parts of your weekend? Of course we have all experienced bad breath and like a lot of people, the first reaction to resolving the problem; up our dental dental hygiene game. Brushing and flossing are key to a healthy mouth that smells fresh and clean but you don’t need to brush after every meal, floss multiple times and use swimming pool amounts of mouthwash to keep from offending friends with halitosis (bad breath).

If you’be been haunted or plagued with chronic, smelly, bad breath, or have that bitter, nasty, morning breath taste in the back of your throat on a regular basis there may be more to it than just oral hygiene.

First you need to tackle the obvious contributors;

  • Get your teeth cleaned by your dentist and hygienist consistently one or more times per year according to your dentist recommendation. This will eliminate contributions to bad breath from pockets of bacterial colonies and decay.
  • Brush with a regularly replaced, soft bristled toothbrush twice a day.
  • Floss all of your teeth once a day.
  • Consider using a tongue scrapper to take one last measure to eliminating bacteria and odor causing detris in your mouth. The bonus is you may start smelling and tasting better than ever before, plus-no bad breath!
  • Drink plenty of water. Water is what hydrates the body and a well hydrated bodies ensure lots of healthy saliva. Lots of saliva helps wash away the bacterium that typically cause gingivitis, plaque, and yes, bad breath.

Next address dietary contributors;

  • Obvious contributors to smelly breath like onion, garlic, that extra frothy latte, are easy to identify and hard to say no to, if you must indulge, brush or follow with gum or breath mints.
  • Eat a varied, healthful diet. Diets especially low in carbohydrates can contribute to bad breath, so excluding foods that can cause inflammation, but adding in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins like nuts or cheese can help mitigate bad breath caused when body chemistry is not ideal.

Sweep your environment for other culprits;

  • Literally keeping things as tidy and clean as possible can reduce the potential for allergies. Allergies are a big contributor to rhinitis that can contribute to post nasal drip and major halitosis. If your nose gets stuffy, you breath through your mouth a lot, you may have allergy related bad breath.
    • Keeping dust to a minimum, using air filters, especially hepa filters to get the cleanest air inside your living space.
  • Introduce a humidifier. Humidifiers can improve the moisture content of air and reduce inflammation in mucus membranes inside the mouth, throat and nose, all of which will help keep the body best able to tackle the kinds of bacteria and inflammation that can cause stinky breath.
  • Many people also find that flushing their sinuses with a neti pot, daily, significantly reduces pollutants, pollens and other irritants that add to the kind of sinusitis underlying in many cases of chronic sinusitis.

There are other reasons for long term, recurring bad breath that can be related to conditions you may need to see a doctor for. Cracks in teeth, cavities, deviated septums, loose dental restorations, even allergies to the dental restorations you currently have are included in the list of potential culprits. If you have addressed all of the above problems and bad breath persist, call us today for an exam to help you get to the root of the issue. No one should have to live with the uncomfortable embarrassment and stigma that goes along with long term, chronic bad breath.

Don’t forget that alcohol, smoking, some prescription drugs and illnesses can cause bad breath all on their own despite other measures you take to get rid of it.

 

Healthy Mouths Are Juicy

Healthy Mouths Are Juicy

Healthy mouths are juicy

Millions of Americans experience dry mouth often enough for it to affect their oral health. Dry mouth, also called Xerostomia, is the result of not having enough saliva in your mouth. Having less saliva in the mouth may be only slightly noticeable or extremely uncomfortable depending on the severity and duration of the condition.

  • A dry, sticky feeling in the mouth
    • Or food clinging to teeth or the roof of mouth
  • Dry nasal passages, a dry or hoarse throat
  • Excess or frequent thirst
  • Trouble tasting, chewing or swallowing
  • Sores in the mouth or dry cracked lips
  • Burning tongue or tingling sensation

These are some of the most common symptoms associated with dry mouth. Besides being uncomfortable, prolonged or frequent, dry mouth increase the incidence of gingivitis, tooth decay and mouth infections.

It’s bad to get dry

  • Less saliva makes mouths more acidic
    • Acidic saliva creates the ideal condition for bacterial growth
  • Without enough saliva to dilute the acid teeth are weakened and easily attacked by bacteria
    • The constant increased acid makes teeth more susceptible to decay
  • Less saliva, means more chewing to make food easier to swallow
    • More chewing means more wear and tear on teeth
  • Remineralizing teeth with healthy foods and strengthening enamel can only happen if there is adequate saliva in the mouth.
    • Dry mouth prevents remineralization

With hundreds of things that contribute to dry mouth, individuals may experience multiple conditions that add to the likelihood of having dry mouth. With over 500 types of medications potentially creating or adding to the condition of dry mouth, learn as much as you can to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Some of the most common causes:

  • Medications, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and certain drugs all are common culprits of dry mouth
  • Medical conditions like lupus, diabetes, sjogren’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and several other conditions are also associated with significantly elevated risk of dry mouth
  • Nerve conditions or nerve problems
  • Salivary duct obstruction
  • Normal changes associated with changes in hormones
    • Especially related to pregnancy or menopause
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and excess caffeine intake
  • Inadequate hydration
  • Age
    • It’s common as people age for the mouth to be more prone to xerostomia

What can you do?

Get juicy

Get juicy and crunchy! The best ways to combat a dry mouth include increasing your hydration efforts and snacking on things that naturally help the mouth create more saliva. Sugar free candy or gum are handy for between meals, road trips, and times when you may not be able to sip on extra water.  Juicy snacks like apples and fruit are an excellent source of mouth hydrating juices, plus the crunchy fruits and veggies help dislodge detris and bacteria from teeth surfaces.

Get enough water

Staying hydrated, can drastically help combat the effects of dry mouth. Slippery saliva coats teeth, carries minerals that help strengthen enamel, dislodges food particles, rinses away bacteria, and dilutes acids in the mouth. Double check that you’re getting enough water. Various studies recommend 8 or more glasses a day, some newer studies suggest converting total body weight to ounces and drinking 2/3rds of that volume daily, adding more in hot or humid climates, and up to 11 additional ounces per thirty minutes of vigorous exercise.

Get in touch

Make sure and discuss dry mouth with your dentist. Your dentist can pay close attention to prevalence of changes associated with dry mouth and make suggestions that are most likely to improve the condition.  Discuss symptoms with your regular practitioner to make sure medications you are using aren’t contributing to the problems and if they are your doctor can help you weigh the pros and cons and if other choices are available.

Children; First Dentist Visits

Children; First Dentist Visits

The First Year

By twelve months old your child can have as few as one or two teeth or as many as twelve teeth. In the time between two and three years of age kids get their full set of baby teeth with molars appearing last and the front middle teeth usually emerging first. Often the exact moment a child’s first dental visit is recommended can seem arbitrary. Some recommendations call for a dental visit at age one and some recommend as soon as teeth first appear. With such a wide range it may be hard to decide how urgent that first dental check up should be.

First Impressions and a Positive Experience

A good rule of thumb is to start regular check-ups with the dentist after the first tooth has erupted, or by the age of one at the latest. Very young children become accustomed to visiting various places and can quickly build a positive impression of the dentist office when they have several quick, easy and positive visits. Learning to sit in the dental chair, open up and say, “ah” and having fingers and tools in their mouth can seem strange for a little one. A small child with a few positive past experiences will be much more inclined to trust the dentist if and when a bigger issue should arise.

Quick and Invaluable

A first visit to the dentist can be a very brief visit or last up to thirty minutes. The dentist will check bite alignment, teeth, and soft tissues. Since decay can start as soon as teeth erupt, the dentist will also thoroughly check teeth for signs of decay, and go over at home care with you and your child, and if indicated they may perform a gentle cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, any stains and quickly polish teeth.

Questions and History

If you have any questions or concerns there will be time to discuss these things as well. Questions you have may range from fluoride use, number of times and length of time to brush, appropriate tooth brushes, or discussing previous bumps and tumbles that may leave teeth chipped or injured, mentioning those events can help your dentist evaluate potential future issues.

Best Times To Set Up Appointments

Earlier in the day many children will have a much higher tolerance for new experiences and new people. A goodnights rest, and a nice breakfast will set the stage for successful dental visit and exam. Bringing a favorite toy, book, or blanket can also be helpful in building confidence while visiting a new place like the dentist office.
Finally

First time dental check-ups are ice-breakers. They set young children up for positive experiences when visiting the dentist in the future. Being extra patient and calm go a long way in sending the message that there is nothing to be worried about or afraid of. Talk to your little one in the days leading up to your appointment. Telling small children how dentists help keep our teeth healthy and strong also relays a comforting, reassuring message.

If your child is already older than one and has not yet been to a dentist or more than six months have passed, this is a good review, now is the perfect time to get that appointment booked.

Whole Body Wellness

Whole Body Wellness

Keeping your whole body healthy starts in the mouth.

The road to getting and staying healthy is often a lifelong commitment to making and setting goals, re-evaluating ability and circumstance, then course correcting as needed. In the span of a lifetime this pattern can become a cycle repeated often.

As our understanding of the human body and whole wellness expands and science expands to include things previously not validated outside of traditional western medicine. New emerging information tells us that many things are responsible for influencing our whole health. For decades practitioners believed there to be a link between many traditional medical practices and other less conventional practices and now many of those perceptions are finding validation through extensive research.

In recent years science has confirmed that even the health of our teeth and gums affect our overall health. Heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and many other disorders can all be affected by the health and wellness of teeth and gums.

As we build healthy habits and healthy bodies, and as we remember to be vigilant in the ways to preserve our healthy teeth and maintain optimal health be mindful of the many other ways we can integrate to optimize our best level of whole health.

Integrative Medicine and Whole Body Wellness.

Integrative Medicine is not a new practice but more of a merging of traditional Western Medicine and more nontraditional methods of medicine such as acupuncture. In a recent article from Kurir Magazine the effectiveness and principles are outlined and explained. Dr. Momir Dunjic a gynecologist in Belgrade contributed to and provided the information discussed in the article. He is the president of the European Integrative Medicine Congress and Assoc. Prof. of Gynecology & Obstetrics at the School of Medicine Pristina, Serbia.

“…- We forgot that if some lifestyle and environment caused the disease, then we have to teach that patient that they must change those circumstances, because they will not be saved from their disease by returning to the same environment and the same way of life as before.”

For more information and for the full article click here.

Pearly Whites, Their Whitest

Pearly Whites, Their Whitest

The new year is looking brighter and whiter.

We all like to start off the new year refocusing on what’s important and dialing into priorities that may have gotten set aside in recent days. Many of us take inventory and realize that we are so busy taking care of our families and our careers that it’s no surprise that New Year tends to reinvigorate the desire to take better care of our own selves.

Cleaning up our diets, kicking up our physical fitness routines, and getting other affairs into order so we feel healthy, vital, organized, and ready to reach new levels of success.

While setting up parameters to uncover the new you don’t forget to include your teeth and getting the best and whitest smile you can!  With all the choices out there for brightening your smile you can be sure to find a method that works for you. After all, one thing that everybody would like, is whiter teeth.

The ADA (American Dental Association) strongly recommends that people go through in office dental whitening treatments, yet  many ways availe themselves to whiten your teeth at home. Methods of Teeth Whitening vary, here are a few: oil pulling at home, baking soda make-at-home-paste, dental strips, dental trays (often in kits), whitening pens, specialized toothpaste or washes, whitening kits, and in-office-dental procedures.

Teeth whitening strips: Lately teeth whitening strips have gained a lot of popularity. They are reasonable in cost and easy to use and usually very efficient. Strips are applied to teeth one to two times per day for a prescribed length of time. One drawback can be that patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity after each treatment or application.

Whitening paints: Whitening paints are not actual paint. They are effective based on the same mechanics that make traditional strips and trays work, a hydrogen peroxide product that but instead of a strip or tray that shields the product and keeps it on the teeth it is just painted onto the tooths surface and allowed to dry, then slowly dissolves rather than being removed. One drawback to paint, as tooth whiteners go, can be the inability to achieve uniform coverage, despite this paint on types of whiteners remain fairly popular.

Whitening toothpaste or mouthwash: This is by far the easiest method to whiten teeth. All you have to do is put some toothpaste on your brush or rinse your mouth with some whitening mouthwash. Though these two things have proven to be very slow in whitening the teeth, over time they are consistent and don’t require much hassle.

Make-at-home-whiteners: A quick search on the internet will yield a dozen methods to making at home whiteners. The most popular of these utilize baking soda and or hydrogen peroxide. Some methods are as simple as using coconut oil and the old fashioned technique of oil pulling that readily reduces yellowing and plaque growing bacteria. These various techniques can help remove yellowing that has accumulated due to staining but ultimately can cause some tooth sensitivity (especially if hydrogen peroxide is utilized) and usually yield only moderate results.

Above the rest whiteners

Chairside or in office Whiteners: Still considered the best way, as mentioned

Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

above, is to get in house treatment. Through innovation and science the in office whiteners are the most specialized and easily protect teeth from issues with hypersensitivity. Dr. Marilyn K Jones, a well established dentist in Houston, provides teeth whitening chairside and can offer other options that you may want to try instead of in office. Additionally, many patients find it impressive how much discoloration and yellowing can be reversed just by starting with a routine dental cleaning.

Should you have any questions concerning teeth whitening through in house method or at home methods please feel free to give us a call for more information or an appointment.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.