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.

 

What’s Your Toothbrush Telling You? How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Does your toothbrush look like this?

Or this?

This toothbrush is telling you that it has done its job and it’s time to move on.  At Innovation Drive Dental in Woodbridge our patients come for their cleaning appointments every 3 months, 4 months, 6 months or some choose to come once a year. These cleaning frequencies are prescribed by Dr. Shulman and our amazing hygienists based on the amount of tarter buildup, bleeding caused by gum inflammation, and amount of bone loss you might have.  But, this frequency is not what is recommended when it comes to how often you should change your tooth brush. At Innovation Dental we give out soft toothbrushes at the end of each hygiene appointment (anything firmer than soft can cause tooth damage). Far too often we find patients wait until their next appointment to get a fresh toothbrush, but please note, these toothbrushes should be replaced approximately every 3 months.  Aggressive brushing and scrubbing will not only cause wear to your teeth which in turn can lead to tooth sensitivity, but it will also cause your toothbrush to splay earlier causing it to be less effective if you continue to use it. This goes for both a manual tooth brush and the brush heads for an electric toothbrush. If you have recently been sick, it is recommended to either replace or sterilize your toothbrush. Dipping your toothbrush head into a pot of boiling water for 10-20 seconds or placing your toothbrush in the dishwasher are good ways to sterilize.

You can read more about this at:  https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/why-oral-b/electric-toothbrushes/when-to-change-toothbrush-or-head

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.

The Facts on Fluoride

 

  • Stops or even reverses decay process (keeps the enamel stay strong by preventing loss of minerals) and reduces sensitivity
  • Can find in drinking water from community water supply, toothpaste, mouthwash, tablets, drops
  • Dentist’s provide rinses, varnishes, gels
  • No scientific evidence that fluoridated water has causes disease or illness
  • Fluoridated toothpaste alone is not enough, that’s why we need other sources
  • Fluoride + children: children under age of 3, guardians should consult dentist prior to using fluoridated toothpaste (over use of fluoride during tooth development can lead to fluorosis)
  • Fluorosis are very faint white spots that appear on the tooth (does not affect the function or health of the tooth, only appearance)
  • Areas of fluorosis are actually more cavity resistant

Fluoride Varnishes

  • Applied only by professionals
  • Agents painted on teeth after cleaning
  • Hardens on tooth and stays on for 4-6 hours then brushed off, releasing fluoride gradually over months
  • Great for children due to less gagging and less swallowed

Fact: healthy gums do NOT bleed

Stress induced oral health conditions

Here are some conditions that can be caused by stress: 

Cold sores and Canker sores

Mostly caused by stress. If the lesion doesn’t heal within a 2-week period, it can be a sign of oral cancer. Call us for an oral cancer screening!

TMD Temporal Mandibular disorder

Most often, TMD is known as clenching or grinding(bruxism). It is usually a subconscious habit occurring during sleep. It results in jaw joint irritation, tooth sensitivity, cracked/bent teeth, wearing teeth, headaches, facial muscle pain, and neck pain. Call us for a consultation for a night guard or other treatment interventions of the worn dentition!

Increased cortisol levels 

This is caused by stress which induces the bodies inflammatory process. Increased inflammation leads to increased gingivitis. Regular/routinely cleanings are important to help reduce infection/inflammation. Book your cleaning appointment today!

Happy Victoria Day!

Wishing all our wonderful Patients a Happy and Safe Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Daily habits that are good for your health but bad for your mouth!

 

We all try to brush our teeth twice a day, and eat healthy foods as often as possible, but somethings that we think are actually good for our health, are not the greatest for our teeth. Here are some examples:

Brushing before you eat

When you eat acidic foods, such as oranges and apples, they tend to soften your enamel. When your enamel is soft and you use something abrasive on them, it will remove some of that enamel and leave your teeth feeling very sensitive. That is why it is recommended to brush your teeth before you eat something acidic, so that your enamel is still strong and won’t be removed.

Chewing on ice

A lot of people like chewing on ice as it is low in calories, and on a hot day, it can cool you off. However, it does have its downsides. Ice is very hard and can cause damage to your teeth, like cracks and chips. It can also cause jaw issues if chewed on for a long period of time. So always be cautious!

Sipping your wine

Some wines tend to have their health benefits, for example red wine. It can help with lowering your cholesterol and heart disease, but it is also acidic. Sipping your wine means more exposure to acid little by little, and this can ruin the enamel on your teeth. Try to mix some water with your wine, one sip of wine, on sip of water, to relieve the amount of acid exposure on your pearly whites.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

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Acid Erosion Chart