10 Natural Home Remedies for Your Mouth That Just Might Work

Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can creep up on you overnight or can be a lingering chronic problem. At Innovation Dental in Vaughan we see patients with tooth pain every day.  There are many reasons for the pain, and often a thorough exam is required to diagnose properly. But, temporary relief is often needed until the permanent treatment can be done. Patients are often looking for natural home remedies to help with the pain or sensitivity. Here are some things to try.

#1. Clove Oil or Ground Cloves

Use finger pressure or a dry tooth brush and rub the oil or a paste made with ground cloves and water onto the affected tooth. Leave to dry. Do not rinse out. Reapply 2-3 times a day.

#2. Garlic or Onions

Although this will not do any wonders for your breath, studies have shown that garlic and onions have properties that can help with tooth sensitivity. Slice the garlic in half and rub on the sensitive area (normally along the root surface right at the gum line) continuously for about 5 minutes. Repeat 2x a day.  You may want to rinse or us some mouth wash after……just saying! 😊

#3. Hard Liquor (ie. Whiskey or Vodka)

This is an age-old remedy that has been used long before analgesic medications.  As with the above remedies this is a temporary solution and will not be a cure for a serious tooth problem. Liquor has been known to provide some tooth numbing which in turn gives some pain relief.  It is not recommended that you swallow the liquor, just rub on the affected tooth with a soaked cotton ball, avoiding the gum area as you can get a chemical burn on the gums.

#4. Acupressure Points

There are many pressure points on the body that have been shown to give some tooth pain relief. These are not recommended for pregnant patients. Refer to the link below. http://www.modernreflexology.com/acupressure-points-to-relieve-toothache/

#5. Tea Bag

The tannic acids found in regular tea bags can help with clotting when the gums or bone are bleeding after a surgical extraction by constricting the blood vessels.  Wet the tea bag and squeeze out excess water. Place over the affected area and bite down applying pressure on the site.

Overall Mouth Health

Daily routine care at home including brushing and flossing has always been and still remains the gold standard of oral health care. It is also equally as important to see your dentist for routine check ups and cleaning.

#6. Salt Water Rinses

Warm salt water rinses are often recommended after invasive dental procedures such as surgery, extractions and deep cleaning.  Salt water rinses, included in your daily routine has been shown to be antiseptic and can reduce the amount of bacteria living in your mouth.

#7. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling means swishing oil back and forth in your mouth which in turns pulls bacteria from on and in between your teeth into the oil so that it can be spit out. This has been shown to vastly reduce the cavity causing and plaque bacteria. Use 1 tbsp of coconut or other oil and swish back and forth in mouth vigorously for 20 minutes. Then spit into a disposable cup and throw out. It is not recommended to spit into the sink and the oil can solidify at room temperature and block the drains.

#8.  Snacking on Sesame Seeds

This can act as a natural dental scrub. Chew for a few minutes without swallowing and follow with brushing  the seed against the teeth with a soft brush.  This is good for stain, plaque and tarter.

#9. Fruit and Fruit peels

Rub the teeth with the inside (the white side) of an orange, citrus or banana peel or with crushed strawberries and then brush as usual.  The peels contain d-limonene that is often found in commercial whiteners. You do need to be cautious as they can also be acidic and cause some enamel erosion. Thus, it is not recommended to do this too often. Studies have show that this is more effective towards fresh stains than old stain and better for smoke stains rather than tea.

#10. Activated Charcoal

You can remove stubborn stains, plaque and get your whole mouth clean by brushing with powdered activated charcoal. Dip your wet tooth brush in the powder and brush for 3 minutes as usual. Rinse out a few times as your tongue will look black as well.

 

Did You Know?-Cold Sores

Cold sores are blisters on the lips and are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) type 1. Did you know that 90% of all people get a cold sore once in their life? Following the initial blister, your body may develop antibodies, after that 40% of the population are likely to have recurring blisters. The blisters are generally brought on after a fever, colds or in times of stress when our immune system is down. Cold sores are spread by kissing, sharing of utensils, glasses, lip balms, etc. Once the virus has entered your body, it can take up to 20 days after exposure for the cold sore to appear. The sores then normally last 7-10 days and are considered contagious until they crust over. Because of this, we recommend rescheduling any dental appointments until you are no longer considered contagious.

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This Sensor Helps You Watch What You Eat

Scientists at the Tufts University School of Engineering in Medford, MA have invented a sensor that helps you monitor what you eat. Until recently, the ability to accurately track your daily food intake has been fairly unreliable. This device is a 2mm square that can bond to the surface of your tooth.  At the moment it will only collect information on your salt, glucose and alcohol consumption however they are hoping they will be able to detect a whole array of chemicals and nutrients in the future. They also say that with the ability of picking up chemicals in saliva, they may be able to rate stress levels well.

I haven’t been to the dentist in 10 years. What can I expect?

Wow! Is it 2018 already? Where did the years go? Today we all live very busy lives. The years seem to pass so quickly and we often don’t realize that it may have been 10 years since we last saw a dentist. Although some may have stayed away on purpose, others had every intention to book an appointment but forgot.

Here at Innovation Drive Dental in Woodbridge we welcome all new patients, whether it has been 10 years, 5 years or even 6 months since last seeing a dentist. One of the first things we ask after a patient books a new appointment is how long it has been. The question is not meant to judge, but we know if someone has been away for a while they will often need more time to ask any questions they may have, to discuss the treatment options and often just to feel comfortable in the new setting.

Innovation Dental highly recommends that the first appointment is booked as a New Patient Exam with the doctor. We prefer not to jump into a cleaning right away, for may reasons.  This is an easy and painless appointment as it is purely diagnostic and gives the patient the time to discuss with the doctor any of their concerns. This appointment reintroduces the patient to what dentistry has to offer today with all the modern technology and the knowledge of caring staff and clinicians. A Complete New Patient exam involves:

1.       Introduction and medical history is taken

2.       A pre-op blood pressure measured

3.       A full set of digital x-rays are taken (very low radiation as compared to old style x-rays)

4.       An intra-oral and extra-oral examination is done

5.       An oral cancer screening is done using a Velscope (a special light is shone in your mouth) http://www.velscope.com/velscope-technology/overview/

6.       Charting of the teeth (any existing work you have had done as well as any potential treatment you may need done)

7.       Measurement of bone levels

8.       Intra-oral photos of all the teeth for visual records and future comparison

9.       Discussion and Treatment plan (Q&A)

This appointment can take up to an hour and is very educational and informative. We like to book a cleaning after the New Patient Exam as not all cleanings are the same, and not everyone needs the same cleaning. The Doctors at Innovation Dental feel that treatment should be individualized to the patients needs. If it has only been a few months then you may be ok with one appointment to finish, but some patients may require 2 or more cleaning appointments with freezing (if needed).

If it has been a long time for you, one tip would be to floss a lot before you come in, even if it makes your gums bleed, as this will get them used to being touched below the gum line and may be less uncomfortable at your first cleaning appointment.

At Innovation Dental in Woodbridge we strive to be the dentist you will NOT stay away from or forget to book back with.  We make seeing a dentist or hygienist as enjoyable as a dental visit can be………and those are big shoes to fill……..ask any of our patients! https://www.rateabiz.com/reviews/innovation-drive-dental-woodbridge-on/614cbb39035a2c8916915ab8bc93c688/summary

What Should Be Done When A Tooth Is Knocked Out

The other day we had a patient (who happens to be a teacher) running late for her dental appointment. When she arrived at the office she informed us that one of her students had their tooth knocked out during gym class. She was busy writing up an incident report and that was why she was late. When Dr. Shulman asked what protocol was taken to ensure the life of the tooth, the teacher informed her that no protocol was taken; they were not told what to do when an event like this took place.

So, here it is…

What should be done when a tooth is knocked out (permanent/adult teeth only)?

  • Make sure to handle the tooth carefully. Try to hold the tooth by the crown (the white part), the root (pointy part) of the tooth is soft and can be easily damaged. Try not to touch the root if possible.
  • If the tooth is dirty, try to rinse it with milk (if available) if not, you can use lukewarm water. Do not scrub.
  • Gently rinse mouth and, if possible, try to position the tooth back into the socket (this should be done within 5 minutes) and then bite down on a clean towel/paper towel to put pressure on the tooth and keep in place.
  • If you are unable to get the tooth back in, the tooth should be kept moist. Your best bet is to place the tooth in a cup of milk (if readily available). If there is no access to milk, spit into a cup and let the tooth sit in saliva, or you can place the tooth in your mouth beside your cheek.
  • Go see your dentist immediately (this should be done within an hour of the incident). The tooth can be saved, but time is of the essence. When a tooth is knocked out, the nerves and blood vessels are damaged as well. Because of this, the tooth will require root canal treatment.

What will be done once you have arrived at the dental office?

  • Your dentist will assess the state of your tooth, gums and bone and take an x-ray. Depending on the impact, there is a possibility of bone fracture in your mouth.
  • They will then try to reposition the tooth in the correct place.
  • A root canal may be done immediately, or your dentist may choose to wait depending on what they see.
  • For best result, your dentist will splint your tooth to the neighbouring teeth using a wire and some composite (filling material). This acts like a cast. It holds the tooth in place and prevents unwanted movement so that your bone can start to reattach to the tooth. You will be placed on antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • You dentist will want to monitor the health and progression of this tooth weekly for about 6-8 weeks and then at your regular 6 month check-up.
  • If the tooth is not salvageable your dentist will discuss options to properly replace your missing tooth and get your beautiful smile back ☺

Chances are you do not have oral cancer, but wouldn’t you like to know for sure? Oral cancer screenings are done at Innovation Dental.

Do these images below look familiar to you? Are you experiencing blisters, noticing unusual lumps or bumps, crust formations or white and red areas on the tongue, lips, gums or other area of the mouth that will not go away? These might all be signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Most non-cancerous lesions resolve within 10-14 days. If they do not resolve, you may need a thorough oral cancer screening examination. At innovation dental drive in Vaughan, we have the latest technology in oral cancer screening called the Velscope. Dr. Corey Shulman and Dr. Jennifer Shulman provide cancer screening as part of every initial examination. Whether you are new to the office or are an existing patient, our dentist and hygienist are always checking for any abnormalities at every visit. These lesions can become life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Give us a call today to book your new patient examination and have your oral cancer screening done!

SCREENING AT HOME

Some simple tasks you can add to your daily routine.

  • CHEEKS AND LIPS: Pull back both cheeks and lips and check the tissues for any lumps, bumps, white spots, red spots, cracks and blisters.
  • TONGUE: Stick out your tongue and check for any abnormalities once again. Don’t forget to check underneath the tongue as well. Note: You can use a piece of tissue to help grab hold of your tongue
  • PALATE: Lift your head back and check the roof of your mouth for any abnormalities
  • TONSILS AND THROAT: If you have a tongue depressor, that can aid in detection. Stick your tongue out and firmly press down as far back as you can reach. Look at the tonsils and throat for any abnormalities.

REMEMBER: Preventative measures can be life saving.

WHAT DEFINES NORMAL AND ABNORMAL

Most patients ask the question, what exactly am I looking for? We at Innovation Dental in Woodbridge can help you understand the difference between normal and abnormal tissue.

Normal tissue

Normal areas present itself with uniform, symmetrical tissue pattern. Usually pinkish or brown in colour depending on ethnicity.

Abnormal tissue

Abnormal tissue can appear to be different in colour, either white or red areas. They usually come in irregular patterns, although that may not always be the case. Lumps or bumps can also be a sign. Sometimes they can be asymptomatic or symptomatic, therefore pain can not always be a good indicator. Below are some examples of some abnormal tissue patterns:

THE VELSCOPE

Here at Innovation Dental serving patients throughout Vaughan, Brampton, Woodbridge and Toronto, use the VELscope screening system which uses fluorescence light in order to enhance any abnormalities in the mouth. Below is a visual to help understand the non-invasive screening procedure.