What to Do if Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

If your child falls off a bike or gets hit in the face with a ball and knocks out a tooth, it is important to act quickly and take the right steps. This could be the difference between the tooth being able to be reattached or not being able to be reattached. Unfortunately, I found myself in this situation and wasn't really sure what to do. I ended up taking my son to an emergency dentist, but it was too late and the tooth could not be reattached. I wanted to ensure this didn't happen to other parents and children, or to me again, so I created this website. If you have children, this is great information to know before you find yourself in this situation.

3 Ways Oil Pulling May Benefit Your Dental Health

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There are many time-tested remedies that can be used to improve your oral health. One of the most trusted is oil pulling.

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian practice that involves the swishing of an edible oil, such as coconut oil or sesame oil, around the mouth for round 20 minutes. The oil is not swallowed but released into a trash receptacle at the end of the pulling session.

Here are three ways that oil pulling can benefit your dental health:

Better Breath

Oil pulling traps odor-causing bacteria inside the oil, and since the oil is a liquid, it is able to reach the tiniest cracks and crevices of your mouth. Oral bacteria that may not be reached by a toothbrush, floss or a tongue scraper become trapped.

Research on oil pulling with sesame oil indicates that the practice is just as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash at reducing halitosis.

Increase in Salivary Production

If you suffer from dry mouth, your oral health and comfort may be at risk. Dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition that occurs due when too little saliva is produced. The resulting dryness can cause acid within the mouth to remain more concentrated.

Oral acid has a demineralizing effect on tooth enamel, and as the minerals within the enamel are dissolved, the teeth become more susceptible to cavities. In addition, the acid can inflame the sensitive tissues of the gums and lead to gum disease.

Saliva usually dilutes the acid and helps wash away food particles that can be used as food for oral bacteria. Oil pulling stimulates saliva production. As the oil is mechanically moved about the mouth, the salivary glands are stimulated.

Healthier Gums

Research shows that oil pulling improves gum health. One study compared the effectiveness of oil pulling to chlorhexidine mouthwash at improving gingival scores, reducing plaque and lowering oral bacterial counts. Both the mouthwash and oil pulling groups showed significant improvements in their gum health, plaque reduction and diminished bacterial values.

Oil pulling can be a helpful adjunct to your oral health regimen. However, you should continue brushing and flossing as you normally would. In addition, it is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year. He or she can assess the current state of your teeth and gums and offer recommendations for improvement. If you have not scheduled an appointment within the last six months, contact a dental office in your area today. For more information on oral health, go to site of a local dentist near you. 

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3 December 2015