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Coconut Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Have you heard of oil pulling? At Pine Seven Dental Centre in Woodbridge, we recommend this holistic oral treatment to help with oral health and detoxification.

What is coconut oil pulling?

This technique is an Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing oil around the mouth to draw toxins out of the body. Oil pulling is an easy and inexpensive way to improve the balance of microorganisms in the mouth and improve overall health. We recommend coconut oil over other oils for its antimicrobial properties and because of its subtle flavour that is pleasing to most individuals. Sesame oil, olive oil or almond oil can work as well.

Brushing and flossing are obviously important for oral hygiene but oil pulling has some unique benefits. Some of these benefits include

  • Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat
  • Overall strengthening of the teeth, gums and jaw
  • Prevention of bad breath
  • Eliminating bacteria and virus-laden organisms from the mouth, gums, and throat
  • Prevention of tooth decay and cavities
  • Whitening teeth
  • Detoxing the mouth and body

How do you oil pull? 

You can choose to oil pull at any time of day, though most do it first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.

Take coconut oil (about a tbs) put in your mouth and swish around for 10-15 minutes. Avoid gargling the oil but instead use slow pulling motions and be sure to get the oil to all areas of the mouth.

After finishing the oil swishing, spit the oil into the garbage. Go ahead and brush your teeth as you normally would to help eliminate any other toxins that would still be in your mouth.

We believe that oil pulling seems to be an excellent complementary strategy (along with daily brushing and flossing) to improve your oral hygiene, and is a practice definitely worth trying!

Stay tuned for more holistic recommendations that can aid you towards your best oral and overall health. Also don’t forget to give Pine Seven Dental a call today if you’re looking for a dentist in the Woodbridge area!

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when there is an infection of the tissues that keep your teeth in place. This oral condition is mainly caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar buildup.

Plaque is the film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and around your gum line from poor oral hygiene. Flossing cleans plaque from between your teeth and around your gum line, preventing it from hardening into tartar and protecting both your teeth and gums from bacteria. With a multitude of bacteria known to cause gum disease, it is crucial to have a thorough home oral care regimen as well as make your regular dental cleanings a priority.

There are 3 stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis: This is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis begins with poor oral hygiene and bacteria buildup causing irritation to the gums. Signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth. Implementing a daily oral care regimen of proper brushing and flossing can reverse gingivitis. This is because the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place have not yet been affected.

Periodontitis: This occurs when gingivitis progresses and irreversible damage is done to the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place. Deep pockets form in the spaces between your teeth and gums, which allow plaque, bacteria, and tartar to accumulate. The vital support structures of the teeth are destroyed and gums may recede and form gaps between your teeth. Seeking immediate treatment is necessary to prevent further damage and tooth loss.

Advanced Periodontitis: At this final stage of gum disease, pockets that have formed in the previous stage are much deeper, allowing teeth to shift and become loose. Connective tissues and bone support of the teeth are now destroyed due to the widespread of bacteria growth. Loose teeth now can move around in the mouth and affect your bite. If teeth are to be saved at this stage, seeing a doctor for gum disease is needed.

If you know you’re at greater risk for developing gum disease, a great oral hygiene routine is a must. Visit us at Pine Seven Dental Centre in Woodbridge to check up on your oral health and catch any oral concerns in the early stages!

The Benefits of Invisalign

Pine Seven Dental Centre is your experienced provider of innovative Invisalign treatment in the city of Woodbridge. We help our patients improve the vitality and appearance of their smiles without the need for traditional metal braces.

Invisalign technology digitally maps your mouth to create custom plastic aligners that fit over your teeth, which apply gentle pressure to move them into perfect position.

INVISALIGN in Woodbridge

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of choosing revolutionary Invisalign treatment for your smile transformation!

Appearance: The discretion of Invisalign clear aligners allows for a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth.

Convenience: Because Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you can eat and drink anything you want during treatment. They can be removed for brief periods of time if necessary and common restrictions of traditional braces are eliminated.

Comfort: Wires and brackets of traditional braces can typically cause soreness and uncomfortability due to chafing. Invisalign aligners are made from medical-grade polyurethane resin, which is comfortable in the mouth.

Better Oral Hygiene: Bacteria love to form around traditional metal braces. Because you can remove your Invisalign aligners during your daily oral care routine, brushing and flossing can be done normally. This makes it much easier to maintain your oral hygiene.

If you’re ready for your smile transformation and want to find out more about the benefits of Invisalign treatment, reach out to our staff at Pine Seven Dental Centre to see if you’re a candidate!

Book your appointment now, because it starts with a smile!
Call us today at (905) 856-2535