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Everything you need to know about Oil Pulling, the Holistic Dental Care Method

Much has been said about oil pulling. Some say it's just a trend despite many dentists like Dr. Reese recommending it for dental care and it being used as an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for thousands of years. We will answer some of the commonly asked questions about oil pulling in this post. How to Oil Pull in Indianapolis

Q. Which oil is best for oil pulling? A. Sesame seed oil could be used, but it's acidic, which may damage your enamel. Coconut oil is alkaline, which is why it is the best oil for oil pulling.

Q. Which coconut oil is the best? A. We recommend Skinny Coconut Oil because it is 100% raw, virgin coconut oil created using low-heat fresh from the jungles of Vietnam.

Q. Is oil pulling safe for amalgams? A. Yes, but we recommend safely removing amalgams.

Q. How long should I oil pull for? A. It is recommended you oil pull for 20 minutes. (Pro tip: do it while you're doing something else such as taking a shower.)

Q. When should I notice its effects? A. There are those who notice an immediate effect like a lighter feeling about having cleaner teeth while there are those who noticed their teeth were whiter or had less stains after three months. You may also notice your gums getting 'tighter' as they become less inflamed.

Coconut Oil Pulling is Recommended by Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese, being an Indianapolis holistic dentist, believes in the beneficial health effects coconut oil pulling can do not only to your teeth but to your overall health as well. Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD is an Indianapolis holistic dentist practicing integrated dentistry. At Indianapolis Dentistry we are proud to be offering a state-of-the-art dental office combined with the knowledge and concerns for your entire body health. This is known as Biological, Holistic, Whole Body, or Biocompatible Dentistry. Our focus is not only the health of your teeth and gums, but of your entire body that may be affected by improper restorations, poor occlusion, or periodontal infection.

10 Health Benefits of Lemon Water

Do you know that lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes? It is also as calorie-free as water. Lemon WaterThe health benefits of lemon water are due to many nourishing elements like vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorous, proteins, and fiber present in it. Warm lemon water has also long been used as a body cleanser around the world. It is universally known as a natural energizer, revitalizing and refreshing the body.

When you drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach it immediately jumpstarts your body, revving up your digestive system and cleansing your body. You will also be able to receive the full benefits listed below. Drinking lemon water is one of the most substantial, yet simple changes you can make for your health.

10 Health Benefits of Lemon Water

  1. Gives your immune system a boost - This is because of the high levels of Vitamin C present in lemon water. Vitamin C is the first to get used up when you are stressed so taking regular supplements or lemon water will help.
  2. Excellent source of potassium - As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness and nausea. It also reduces mental stress and depression.
  3. Aids in digestion - Lemon water not only encourages healthy digestion but it also relieves symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating. By drinking lemon water regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently, curing constipation. Lemon water also acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent.
  4. Cleanses your system - It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver
  5. Aids in dental care - If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. Massaging lemon water on gums can stop gum bleeding.
  6. Great for radiant skin - The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
  7. Helps in weight loss - Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.
  8. Reduces inflammation - Lemons are alkaline-formers, helping your body NOT be acidic, which is the state where most diseases of the body start. It also removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.
  9. Gives you an energy boost.
  10. Helps fight viral infections - Lemons are rich Vitamin C and flavonoids that work against viral infections like the flu and colds. Along with boosting your immune system, you’ll be able to fight off the infection completely.

A Tip from the Dentist

Because of how hard lemon water can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (lukewarm is recommended). It is also recommended that you hold off brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water for at least 30 minutes to avoid acidic scratching of the enamel.

A Holistic View on Oral Hygiene

There are more connections between your dental health and your entire body than what you would think. Think of it like this: If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the mouth is the front door to our body, the teeth windows to our health. A Holistic View on Oral Hygiene Studies show that one’s oral health plays a big part in one’s risk for heart disease, diabetes and even the health of a newborn. There is an actual link between oral health and general health and it goes both ways – poor oral health affects general health and poor general health affects dental health. According to Dr. Weston A. Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, countries whose cultures have the best dental health enjoyed the best overall health as well.

This comes as no surprise since our whole body is connected. A good example is how a dentist can assess the probability of certain illnesses based on oral symptoms. A thick white coating on the tongue can be from an internal yeast infection. Peridontal disease is a good indicator of diabetes. Because of this, there has been a noticeable shift towards a more natural or “holistic” approach in oral health care in the last few decades.

Why choose a holistic oral health care approach?

Holistic oral health care takes care of not only the health of one’s teeth, but focuses on health promotion. This approach takes on a preventive stance, instead of a curative or treatment-based approach. Holistic dentistry, for example, conducts general dentistry procedures to correct problems but also investigates the underlying causes for those problems. Habits of eating, sleeping, and other unique characteristics of an individual patient's body composition are all examined to explain the underlying cause of oral hygiene problems.

Holistic professionals concern themselves with the wellness of the overall human body.  Since it focuses on prevention and takes care of the “whole” system, it supports the total health and wellness of the patient, the practitioner (dentist) and the environment. You would be assured that all necessary treatments and procedures are safe for both you and your dentist.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene – The Holistic Way

Overall wellness needs to include a healthy diet, a regular fitness regimen and good nutrition. The same applies to achieving good dental health and some more tips outlined below:

Rinsing with Salt Water

Combining warm water and pure quality sea salt like the Himalayan sea salt ensures that your oral pH balance stays alkaline, since microorganisms and bacteria thrives in an acidic environment.

Daily Flossing

Flossing daily prevents cavities, removes plaque and promotes clean healthy gums. It ensures that the tiny food pieces caught in teeth crevices are removed, something brushing alone can’t do.

Tongue Cleaning

A tongue cleaner is a U-shaped wire with rubber grips you can buy at convenience stores. Use it to scrape the surface of your tongue to remove any residue. This helps to remove any toxins that are staying in your mouth. As mentioned earlier, consistent white coating on your tongue is a sign of an internal yeast infection.

Oil Pulling

Rinsing your mouth with a tablespoon of coconut oil for 15 minutes “pulls” out the toxins and microorganisms that are hiding in your teeth, gums and tongue. Remember coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties – it can even improve your sinus congestion. Spit the oil out after rinsing. Make sure you do not swallow. Here's a full guide on oil pulling.

Having Regular Check-ups with a Holistic Dentist

Choosing the right dentist is as important as choosing the right doctor. As a holistic dentist comes with a prevention standpoint, it is important to see him at least twice a year for cleanings. Some dentists insist that they see their patients every four months for check-up.

Choosing a holistic dentist ensures that he will employ nontoxic treatments and methods that will be beneficial to your overall health instead of treating a specific problem alone. As a dentist that cares for your over-all well being, he will also see to it to check on your eating habits, dental cleaning routine and advises you on how to best preserve your teeth in its original and permanent form.

A True Holistic Dentist

A dentist can advertise that he uses a holistic approach in treating his patients but his practices say otherwise. Here are signs of a true holistic dentist:

He doesn’t use amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings have been found to contain mercury and can have long-term effects towards the patient and doctor.

He doesn't offer fluoride treatments. Fluoride can bring about white spots on your teeth, harm your thyroid and weaken the bones.

He avoids crowns whenever possible. He tries to leave as much of the tooth intact and uses non-toxic fillers. This is called biomimetic dentistry.

He uses low-radiation X-rays and uses them as little as possible on children. Radiation exposure has a cumulative effect, so the less amount of time you are exposed to it, the better.

He uses IV therapy for surgery and post-operative surgery healing. While we cannot avoid painkillers especially during operations, healing is jumpstarted with natural herbs, vitamin-C IVs, and a round of probiotics after antibiotics.

Indianapolis Holistic Dentist

Dr. Reese is an Indianapolis holistic dentist specializing in fluoride-free cleanings, biocompatible dental implants, and pain-free sedation dentistry. If you are wanting to get the amalgam removed from your mouth or are looking for an integrated biological dentist in the Indianapolis area, consider calling Dr. Reese at 317-882-0228.