Natural Ways to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity

Natural Ways to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity

Every year toothaches affect millions of Americans. An increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages or to pressure can make everyday activities painful for anyone. The best remedy is proper dental care. A root canal, crown, or filling can permanently fix a situation where pain occurs in the mouth.

As a general rule, there are three things that cause sensitivity: Tooth decay, receding gums, and worn enamel. Natural remedies can be used as a temporary fix to pain caused by sensitivity. Some herbs can even decrease the chance of developing a sensitivity in the first place. They can be brewed into a tea, made into a salve, or put on a compress.

The first step is to look at your brushing method. Brushing too hard or too briskly can do long-term damage to your enamel (that protective white coating we all see). If you are not brushing for a full two minutes, there is a good chance that all the plaque bacteria is not being removed from your mouth. It is tough to change habits, as a general rule, but if you can it will pay off.

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If you have teeth which are already sensitivity, be sure to use a soft-bristled brush. This is especially true if you have gingivitis, which can leave the area below the gumline exposed. Hard bristles do more damage to exposed areas and can quicken the development of damage to the teeth.

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There are many herbs which provide relief from tooth sensitivity. Aloe vera, known by some to be a miracle plant, can reduce the inflammation of the gum line. Use it several times per day and apply it directly. Sesame oil and chamomile fight bacteria and receding gums. Just dilute it in water first. Yarrow is a great antiseptic and stops gum recession. When drunk on a regular basis sage and thyme teas freshen breath and decrease the sensitivity. Also, using ½ cup of coconut oil, mixed as a smoothie or melted into tea, will help the teeth remove teeth sensitivity.

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Removing acidic foods and beverages from your diet will minimize the amount of enamel lost to erosion. In some cases, it can prolong the life of your teeth. If you do eat or drink acidic beverages, brush your teeth within 20 minutes after consuming them. Be sure to use the techniques described above.

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Your toothpaste may not be helping the situation either. If you are using one which is designed to fight tartar or whiten, instead of one which is designed for sensitivity, then you are not getting many of the beneficial compounds. Most of the time, they will help alleviate pain before it starts.

Enamel loss is irreversible. It is best to prevent it, but if the process has already started, proper care can keep it from getting worse. You only get one set of teeth, treat them right and they can last a very long time. If you don’t take care of them, there are few options to restore teeth to their original quality.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2015

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MDMA and PTSD what is this??

MDMA and PTSD

 

 

MDMA, more commonly known by its street name, ecstasy has been known as a dangerous drug for decades’ now but, more doctors are looking to its original therapeutic use. In the 1970’s when the drug was first synthesized it was meant to help with mental disorders. Now its use is being rediscovered to treat those with PTSD.

As you are most likely aware, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects a large percentage of those who have served in the military. It does not only affect those who have served though. In fact, almost 8% of the entire population will experience PTSD, most of these will be women. In the 18-54 age group, in any given year approximately 5.2 million will experience PTSD. Some instances will be relatively mild while others instances will be severe, even enough to keep the sufferer from leaving their home.

The FDA has recently approved clinical studies for the use of MDMA to treat this condition. For now, the testing is only being done in four areas of the country, but if the testing proved marketing it could get a wider test area.

The research is in the early stages of the phase 2 testing, but there are promising results already. Currently, eighty-three percent of participants have been cured of their PTSD. When you compare this to the 25% of those cured by using talk therapy, MDMA starts to look like a real treatment option. It is worth noting though that many phase 2 trials fail as they get closer to the next phase.

The studies are promising but this does not mean that those who take MDMA recreationally will have the same results. When the drug is given in a clinical setting the quality, quantity, and distribution method can be carefully monitored. None of these are guarantees for MDMA purchased outside of the medical setting. Do not go out and eat a bunch of Ecstasy to cure your PTSD.

Basically, MDMA works by releasing oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine in large quantities. This makes a patient calmer and better able to trust their therapist. This trust allows patients to access their trauma and process it without feeling the emotions and anxiety tied to it.

It is mostly because of the club scene that Ecstasy has its lurid reputation. But when added to a proper setting this drug has already helped many patients. One of the women who participated in the initial trials reported that after 15 years of traditional therapy she was still suicidal. She was initially skeptical, but after 180 days of therapy with a new doctor, she tried the medicine.

After the MDMA therapy, she reports that she is no longer suicidal. Using MDMA made her able to confront her past, even some memories she had forgotten about. She no longer lives in fear of the things that happened in her past.

Anyone who has or knows someone with PTSD knows the suffering. The sleepless nights, the flashbacks, the nightmares, the mood swings, all of these may soon be a thing of the past for PTSD sufferers. This is a treatment that can potentially save lives and change lives.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

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How Fruit Helps Your Pregnancy

How Fruit Helps Your Pregnancy

 

Every mother wants what is best for her children, not just during pregnancy, but long into adulthood as well. There are countless books which discuss everything from pre-natal vitamins to educational toys, but from the moment of conception, women have a choice in the health of their baby and new research is confirming what we already knew… fruit is amazingly healthy for women.

The study, from the University of Alberta, suggest that when pregnant women eat large quantities of fruit during pregnancy, their children will get better test scores in the future. When women ate six to seven servings of fruit per day, their children performed better during developmental testing by the time they were one year of age than their counterparts did.

Over 3,500 Canadian infants and their families were involved in this study. Between the years, 2008 and 2011 over 800 pregnant women were recruited for the study. Their children’s progress was tracked when they were one, two, three, and five respectively.

Those who conducted the study were looking specifically at the cognitive development and the factors which influence it. They realized that the amount of fruit a mother eats while she is pregnant is one of the influential of all factors.

When the team from the University of Alberta combined efforts with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Division of Pediatric Neurology the research became more thorough. The Division of Pediatric Neurology had been studying the genetics of fruit flies and human beings, particularly focusing on cognition.

Though fruit flies and human beings are two very different species, they share roughly 85% of the genetics in the brain. This makes them useful to study when predicting how the human brain will react. The two groups hope that by combining their research, new insights into the human mind will be uncovered.

 

We know that with genetic engineering and alteration it would someday be possible to raise a child’s IQ. However, discovering a natural method not only enables mothers to have a hand in their child’s intelligence after conception but, also provides us with insight into how and why our minds work the way they do.

Many modern mothers are sacrificing nutrition and really depriving their baby of all of those nutrients necessary to start off their life healthy. It should not matter how busy you are as a mother-to-be, nutrition is vital. Unfortunately, we lack an emphasis on a proper diet in this country, particularly when it comes to pregnant women.

Many females are not taught the keys to a healthy pregnancy until after they are pregnant. Yes, we want women to be healthy then too, but if it was part of standard curriculum, women could take the right steps before they discover that they are pregnant.

I do also want to mention that being pregnant is a reason to go to the dentist more frequently. Your body is giving everything to the baby and it is often your dental health that will suffer. So, eat lots of fruit and make those dental appointments. Then when your child gets his or her first teeth, make an appointment with a good Pediatric dentist. Your baby and your body will thank you.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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Green Dentistry

Green Dentistry

In every industry, professionals are being persuaded to “go green” and use more sustainable techniques. As the demand for green techniques increases, especially in the medical field, it was only a matter of time before the dental industry had to stand up and take notice. It seems that the businesses that will succeed are those with the smallest (carbon) footprint.

Just under half of U.S. consumers stated, in a recent survey, that they prefer to use businesses that do business in a way that is good for the environment. A staggering 80% of people said they would prefer to work for an environmentally responsible company.

Dentists and orthodontists, like Dr. J.J. Edderai, are not the kind of business most people think of when they think of sustainability. After all, dentists are not contributing to deforestation or greenhouse gasses, at least no more than anyone else. However, just like everyone else, dentists have to play their part in protecting the environment.

The first step is to choose reusable products whenever possible. Think about the difference if every dentist used cups would be sterilized and reused rather than the paper ones that get thrown away. Using reusable cups also increases profit margins by minimizing the day-to-day cost of doing business.

There is one material used in the dental industry that does have a measurable impact on the environment… mercury. When dental amalgams are made, mercury is the substance which holds them together. Anytime these amalgams are disposed of, there is a risk that the mercury will pollute bodies of water or other areas.

So, how do we fix this? The answer may be as easy as buying an amalgam separator. This device works by filtering mercury out of the amalgam mixture. From here, the mercury can be disposed of without going through the water system and pose a threat to the environment. The mercury that is removed from the amalgam can be recycled. Not as easily as an aluminum can, but it can be. Some locations, especially larger metropolitan areas have recycling companies that are set up to deal with mercury. Not all recycling companies can, but a quick search should turn up those recyclers nearby who have this capability.

If you’d rather not deal with mercury at all, gold, composites, and ceramics can serve the same purpose, holding amalgams together. There are many dentists who offer to replace the old mercury amalgam crowns and fillings with their mercury-free versions, often at minimal cost.

Change is frequently uncomfortable, there is no way around that fact. But, once the change is made, it is easy to stick with. If every industry starts making choices that are eco-friendlier now, we may get to a place where our planet is actually healthy. How nice would that be? Then, we’ll already be using green solutions, the kind of solution we should have been using all along.

    

 Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

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Getting Seniors to Think About Nutrition

Getting Seniors to Think About Nutrition

As we age, our bodies no longer take in as much nutrition as they used to. This means that senior citizens, aside from experiencing the usual changes associated with age, are at risk of not getting what they need to keep their bodies running. We can usually see the effects of this on the mouth, specifically their teeth and gums.

Thankfully, there is something that can be done about this. You see, there are two main reasons that seniors are at risk. The first is due to being on a fixed (and usually small) income. If they can’t buy more nutritious food, we are setting them up for failure.

The second reason is that they don’t know about the changes in their nutritional needs. The Health Promotion Board is hoping to fix this latter problem by providing much needed educational information to seniors. The toolkit they have constructed contains an educational poster and a cookbook full of nutritious recipes. The kit, aptly named the Recipe for Healthy Ageing, also contains specific information and guidelines for getting enough protein and calcium.

No matter what age we are, eating a healthy diet is the best way to prevent disease, especially diseases which are chronic. Since senior citizens are more susceptible to chronic conditions, this is one group that we should be focusing on. Sadly, this is often not the case, especially for seniors in assisted living facilities.

Even small steps like reducing salt and eating more fruit and vegetables dramatically reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease. But, if seniors don’t have this information, then they don’t know it is something they have control over. Not all will opt for a healthier diet, but the option should ALWAYS be available.

The Health Promotion Board planned ahead when designing the toolkit, it is currently available in four languages. There will be a quarter million copies made available in paper format, but it is also able to be viewed online. If the kit is successful, more paper copies and language options are likely to be available.

Since senior citizens are such an underserved group, this toolkit may seem like a drop in the bucket, but it is a great start. In other areas of the world, as people age their communities or family members take care of them. In the United States this concept is foreign. Many seniors will find themselves having to take care of themselves even as mundane tasks become more challenging.

The educational toolkit will help, it really will. I think about my grandpa. For fifty years my grandmother cooked all of his meals. When she passed, he was lucky if he could boil his own water. The recipes in the book are not only nutritious, but many are fairly simple. The point is to get the elderly eating better, even if they aren’t master chefs. That is exactly what this toolkit provides, a quick and easy solution for those who need it most.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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The Dangerous Side Effects of Chewing Gum

Millions of people love gum. Some people chew it to help them focus, some chew it to fight boredom, and some use it for a fresh breath. It has been told to patients for years, sugar-free gum is a good substitute when you can’t brush… sadly this is incorrect.

Don’t get me wrong, an occasional piece probably won’t hurt you or mess up your teeth, but everything is about moderation. If you are a continual gum chewer you may be surprised at the potential for danger that comes with this seemingly innocent activity.

Chewing gum, especially frequently, increases your risk for developing a muscle disorder or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). This can become a chronic and painful condition if it is left untreated. Your jaw muscles essentially get overused, as a result you can develop jaw pain, headaches, toothaches, and earaches. To find out more about TMJ, visit my page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/tmj-disorders/.

It is a myth that sugarless gum is harmless to your teeth. While the danger from regular gum comes from the sugar, with sugar-free gum the danger comes from acidic flavorings. The flavors and preservatives will lead to dental erosion over time. Many gums contain xylitol which is designed to fight cavities, but even this is no guarantee.

Maybe you chew gum as a way to divert junk food cravings. Seems logical, if you are chewing gum, then you are not eating. While studies show that gum chewing does reduce your motivation to eat, it may lead you to choose less nutritious meals. The mint flavoring in most gums makes fruits take on a bitter taste, this could be why gum choosers tend to choose junk food over nutritious food.

Teenagers, who have a particular fondness for gum, can find themselves getting frequent migraines. Get more info at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/dental-services/headache-treatment/.The cause is two-fold. First, aspartame, which is found in certain gums is horrible for your health. The second part may be related to early stages of TMJ. A recent study found that when 30 teenagers, all frequent gum chewers, quit for one month, most of their headaches either stopped or lessened. Those who started chewing gum again found that their headaches returned.

Even though you don’t swallow your gum (hopefully), chewing it can still cause gastrointestinal problems. When you chew gum, your body takes in extra air, causing bloating, IBS, and sometimes pain. Gum also tricks your body into thinking it is receiving food. Your body starts all of the digestive processes, releasing acids and enzymes, but, without food to dissolve it just builds in your gut. Over time, your digestive process is weakened. This means that when it comes time to eat, your body does not produce enough of the necessary enzymes to complete the process.

If you still can’t imagine getting through your day without gum, at least be on the lookout for four of the ingredients that should be avoided at all costs: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), gum base, Calcium Phosphate (Calcium Casein Peptone), and Titanium Dioxide.

BHT, despite being extremely toxic is used in gums and processed foods. Many other countries have outlawed it, but in the US, no such ban exists. It causes liver and kidney damage, hyperactivity in kids, and it may be cancer causing.

Gum manufacturers are pretty cautious about not releasing exactly what is in the ever mysterious gum base. It is mostly fillers, resins, elastomers, and plasticizers. Beyond this, the ingredients could be anything.

Casein was recently linked to the poisonings of baby formula that happened in China. Despite this, here we are, chewing on it voluntarily. It’s cousin, calcium casein peptone, is found as a whitening agent in gums. Not much research has been done concerning the long-term effects of ingesting casein.

Another whitener, titanium dioxide, has been linked to asthma, Crohn’s disease, autoimmune disorders, and possibly cancer. Children who are exposed to toxins are usually exposed to titanium dioxide.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2015

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