Many of us, including myself, have gone through the “metal mouth”
stage in our adolescence by wearing metal bands and brackets with traditional
orthodontics to straighten our teeth. After two or more years of picking the
remnants of our meals out of the brackets and wires, our teeth became amazingly straight, and happy to have the shiny accessories removed. Retainers are handed to us to hold that position, and in our most responsible teenage years, we dutifully wear them to keep years of work from shifting. Well….if you were anything like me, the retainer wearing became less and less over time….and the shifting of my teeth increased little by little.
Now what? Most of us would probably like to pass on wearing the shiny metal
again. Invisalign is a great solution to the crowding and shifting that has
occurred after orthodontic treatment. After a consultation to verify that you
are an Invisalign candidate, molds of your teeth will be made and a treatment
plan will be devised. Once your Invisalign trays are ready, we will see you again to begin your treatment. The video below can help explain the
Invisalign process as well.
If you have ever desired straighter teeth, come visit us for a consultation! As
always, we will also do a complimentary custom whitening treatment when you
have completed your Invisalign case…the final touch for a straighter and
Oil pulling has become a very hot topic recently due to many social media sites and seems to be spreading like wildfire. Many of my patients have either asked me about oil pulling, or practice it themselves. So what is it, and how does this relate to oral health?
Oil pulling is a daily treatment involving swishing, sucking, or pulling an edible oil (sesame, coconut, and sunflower are examples) in the mouth and between the teeth for 10-15 minutes daily. In the Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, it is mentioned and claims to cure many systemic diseases. After this oil is swished, the oil is spit out in its now milky white stage.
The American Dental Association does not have any scientific studies to back or discourage oil pulling. There are studies published in other journals such as the Indian Journal of Dental Research as well as the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine which I have listed below. The effectiveness at plaque and bacterial reduction still needs more scientific verification, however, I appreciate hearing and learning how these alternative therapies are being incorporated into patients lives. As more scientific information becomes available, I will continue to follow this growing practice with interest.