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Remineralization

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil pulling is kind of like using coconut oil as a mouthwash for the purpose of reducing plaque and the bacteria on your teeth. Swishing the oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes attracts and binds the bacteria, toxins, and parasites to the oil, which is then spit out at the end of the pulling process. Coconut oil pulling also helps re-mineralize and whiten your teeth while thoroughly cleansing the gums. While it cannot cure gingivitis, it can treat it by reducing the bacteria in your mouth that causes the inflammation of the gums in the first place. Coconut Oil Pulling

Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years as an Ayurvedic Indian folk remedy and traditionally, Indian oil pullers have used virgin sesame or sunflower oil, but we prefer to use raw coconut oil as it has a nicer taste and has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains that a typical chlorhexidine mouth rinse might remove. You can read about a recent probiotic vs chlorhexidine mouth rinse study.

What Coconut Oil is Best for Pulling?

Skinny Coconut OilWe recommend a raw, extra-virgin coconut oil like Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil because the more pure the coconut oil is, the more toxins it can pull from your mouth during the pulling process. Place 1 full tablespoon of coconut oil into the mouth (if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt) and then push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. Do not gargle the oil as it is now considered toxic and could further infect your throat. Spit it into the trash or toilet rather than the sink as the oil could clog your sink drain over time. If this interests you, read more about Holistic Dentistry.

What is HA Nano Gel??

Make sure to ask about this product at your next appointment!  

A product Dr. Reese really loves at the office is Carifree's HA Nano Gel. According to Carifree, their Nano Gel is "a non-abrasive nano hydroxyapatite xylitol tooth gel that is an excellent alternative to regular toothpaste." But what does that really mean?? Essentially, the gel works to raise the overall pH level of the mouth to prevent both dry mouth, erosion, and decay. The pH neutralization is accomplished by the key ingredient, xylitol. Xylitol is a natural substitute for sugar that has anticariogenic properties, which discourages acidic pH levels in the mouth. Dr. Reese typically encourages patients experiences erosion or decay to use this product; however, it is a great product for patients also experiencing or dealing with: bad breath, dry mouth or throat, Invisalign, dentures, and custom or generic tray applications. This product is also fluoride-free! Make sure to ask whether this product is right for you at your next appointment with Indianapolis Dentistry!