Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
If you love healthy teeth and crafting, you can combine those two hobbies and make lots of little things to safeguard your oral health. Ready to start creating? Look at these ideas:
1. Homemade toothpaste
Instead of buying toothpaste, embrace your crafty side and make your own. Start with 30 grams of baking soda and add a pinch of salt and 15 mL of vegetable glycerin. Finally, flavor it with your favorite essential oil.
Keep in mind that this toothpaste doesn't have fluoride. Rather, it cleans your teeth with the abrasives in the baking soda, and if you use an essential oil with antiseptic properties such as lavender, eucalyptus or tea tree, that will help to kill the bacteria in your mouth.
2. Coconut oil chews
After brushing with homemade toothpaste, many people like to pull oil. This ancient practise involves swishing oil around your mouth until the oil has pulled all of the loose debris and bacteria from your teeth and then spitting the oil out.
However, if you want to conveniently pull oil regardless of where you are, you may want to make some oil chews. Although you can pull with almost any type of oil, you should use coconut for making chews, as it solidifies at room temperature.
Melt 120 mL of coconut oil, and stir in about 20 drops of your favourite essential oil. Let the oil solidify and pull it apart into small pieces. Wrap each piece in wax paper. Whenever you want to oil pull, pop a chew in your mouth, and chew it until it turns to oil. Then, swish, hold and spit as usual.
3. Sugar-free gum
In addition to coconut oil chews, consider making some sugarless gum. Chewing gum helps to agitate debris from your teeth, and it's a healthy habit after a meal.
With a few ingredients, you can make your own gum. You need a chickle base, which is widely available online if you cannot find it in the local shops. You also need some sugar-free sweetener such as stevia and a few drops of essential oil for flavouring.
To make the gum, you melt the base until it becomes pliable. Then, you knead in the flavouring. Finally, you pull the end product apart and wrap each piece in wax paper. Then, chew just as you chew any other type of gum.
4. Pain relievers
Clove oil has been proven to reduce dental pain, and with a bit of clove oil, you can make your own pain reliever. Simply, drop a bit of clove oil onto a cotton ball. Then, pop it in your mouth and chew on the affected side.
Alternatively, you can also add clove oil to your coconut chews or your sugar-free gum and imbue those items with pain relieving qualities.
For more ideas about caring for your oral health, talk to your dentist.