3 ways to care for your oral health naturally – By Adelle

At Wattle Street Dental, we focus on helping people reach their potential in holistic health and in life in Noosa Hinterland, Sunshine Coast area. Lots of our patients are interested in how to improve their oral health naturally. Our wonderful hygienist Adelle has compiled  this list to help you achieve your goals.

 

  1. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling with coconut oil helps to remove toxins form the oral cavity. Not only does oil pulling help to relieve gingivitis it has many other benefits such as treating bad breath, reducing inflammation, whitening teeth, boosting the immune system and relieving headaches…. and the list goes on!

For maximum antifungal and antibacterial effects add clove and/or tea tree oil to the coconut oil. The best time to oil pull is in the morning. Gently swish the oils around your mouth for 5-20 minutes before brushing. Once you spit the oil out you can brush your teeth as normal.

 

  1. Using a natural toothpaste to mineralise the teeth

If you prefer to use a fluoride-free toothpaste, thankfully there are alternatives to help keep your teeth strong. Although there are many fluoride-free toothpaste options on the market you can make your own toothpaste at home economically.

Mix together:

4 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of aluminium free baking soda

20 drops of liquid trace minerals or (calcium and/or magnesium powder)

20 drops each of tea tree, clove and peppermint essential oils

1/8 teaspoon stevia

 

If you have apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in the morning, make sure you rinse your mouth out and neutralize with bicarb before brushing your teeth, because acid can soften up your enamel and make them more prone to damage.

 

  1. Supplements to support a healthy oral environment

Disclaimer: You should consult with your doctor before taking any medications or supplements.

 

Coenzyme Q10 (100 mg daily)
Can have a healing effect on gingivitis. Periodontal disease can be related to CoQ10 deficiency.

Recommended dose is 100mg daily.

 

Vitamin C

Helps strengthen gums and helps with healthy tissue formation & healing.

Recommended dose is 1000 mg 2x daily

 

Collagen

The organic components of the dentine, cementum and bone are made up of 90% of Type I collagen. Collagen can come from both plant and animal sources with grass-fed cattle have the highest content of Type 1 collagen.

It can help repair leaky gut which in turn helps the body to absorb nutrients efficiently.

 

Oral Probiotics

As probiotics are taken to improve gut health, oral Probiotics help improve the oral flora & reduce the bad bacteria which can cause inflammation (and gingivitis), bad breath and decay.

 

Recommended dose – look for a product with high-volume colony forming units (CFUs) and the best beneficial strains. Usually comes in the form of a lozenge or chewable tablet.

 

It might be worth doing a bioscreen test with you functional docor or naturopath to have an assessment of your gut health before taking any probiotics.

 

 

Calcium

calcium is the primary building block of our bones and teeth, and we also need it for proper teeth remineralization.

If you aren’t effectively absorbing calcium, it can be quickly rendered useless. Additionally, without also supplementing with certain other nutrients, calcium can easily run amuck and end up in the wrong places in your body. For the body to effectively absorb calcium & be delivered to the right area of our body it needs to be taken in combination with Vitamin D3 and K2. Recommended dose is 1000 mg’s

 

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is quite possibly one of the most important nutrients for overall health. Its name is misleading because vitamin D is actually more like a hormone than a vitamin, and because of this, there are receptors for vitamin D on every tissue and organ throughout your body.

Required to absorb calcium and balance minerals throughout the body which allows the body to repair bones and teeth and to maintain the tooth structure. We get less sunshine because we spend nearly all of our time indoors and we overuse sunscreen.

Recommended dose 1000 IU or more each day.

 

Vitamin K2

vitamin K2 should be taken with vitamin D because they work synergistically to improve calcium absorption and distribution. While Vitamin D3 is assists in absorption of calcium, vitamin K2  directs calcium to the right areas of the body.

vitamin helps repair dentine and helps to remineralise teeth.

Recommended dose is 90 micrograms

 

Magnesium

Helps to remineralise teeth & helps both body absorb calcium. However id f you have too much calcium, vitamin D or phosphorous  it can lower magnesium levels.

Recommended dose is  between 300- 400 mg’s

 

 

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Visit our Sunshine Coast dental clinic to make an appointment for a comprehensive examination and hygiene appointment. Call 07 54477669. 

Do you suck your thumb? By Rosi

The following are commonly seen problems which are usually caused by thumb sucking:

 

  • Sickness – Hands & nails can harbour a lot of nasty bacteria. When fingers & thumbs are placed in the mouth, there is a higher chance of being exposed to harmful bacteria that can cause sickness.
  • Weak or overly strong mouth muscles – Depending on how forcefully your child sucks their thumb, the lips and tongue can be over exercised which puts pressure against the teeth. Or alternatively,  the mouth muscles become flaccid and weak and unable to support proper jaw growth.
  • Dental alignment issues – prolonged thumb/finger sucking can cause narrow jaws, top teeth that stick out, lower teeth that are pushed in or teeth that don’t meet when the teeth bite together (open bite).
  • Attachment to a favourite toy or blanket – Thumb sucking is self-soothing, difficult to stop and often has a psychological aspect. Children who suck their thumbs/fingers may even have a particular toy that aids the habit.

Are you:

  • Wanting to stop thumb sucking, but finding it hard to do?
  • Committed to giving the 4 week program your best effort?
  • Excited to allow your adult teeth to grow in the right position?

 

Then, our 4 week Thumb Sucking Program is for YOU!

 

The program works on positive reinforcements, muscle re-training and definitely no scary appliances!

 

Please note: Ceasing the thumb sucking habit is very important for aligning the teeth, but often children may also need early orthodontic treatment. Early orthodontic treatment will help guide the teeth into the right position & correct bite issues to ensure there is enough room for adult teeth in the future.

 

Want to find out 10 reasons why you should take your toddlers to Wattle Street Dental? Read our blog post here. 

Make An Appointment Now

Visit our Sunshine Coast dental clinic to make an appointment for a thumb sucking cessation consult today. Call 07 54477669. 

 

 

10 Reasons to take your young toddler to Wattle Street Dental. By Rosi

Guidelines recommend taking your child for their first check-up 6 months after they get their first tooth! Trust us, it’s easier than you think…

Here are 10 reasons why you should take your young toddler to the dentists at Wattle Street Dental. We love a holistic approach.

 

1. For a positive experience

Check-ups at the dentist should be as simple as getting a haircut. When a child gets checked early there is a higher likelihood that the visit will be straightforward and easy.  In the unfortunate case that your child does develop a cavity and require treatment, they’ll already be familiar with the environment and the lovely people. After one great visit, kids are usually excited to return!

 

2. Detecting cavities early

Primary (deciduous) teeth don’t feel pain the same way adult teeth do. Often there is no warning or pain before a cavity is very large. If you spot a cavity in your child’s teeth, it’s probably much bigger than you think. The earlier the damage is detected, the more simple and painless the fix will be!

 

3. Breastfeeding advice

The tongue is the architect of the mouth and its first major project is breastfeeding. If breastfeeding is difficult for you or your baby, we can point you in the right direction for proper help. Our skilled staff can review your child for the presence of a tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) and treat it if needed.

 

4. Preventing crooked teeth

Have those first few teeth come through looking strange? Even at a young age, we can assess how likely the teeth are to be crooked. There are many simple options to help correct this in toddlers and we can help you get their teeth back on track.

 

5. Diet advice

Fussy eater? Sweet Tooth? We’ll guide you through the traps of hidden sugars, potential causes for fussy eating and the best foods for growing strong teeth and healthy jaws. Many foods and habits that are marketed as being “healthy” actually aren’t and we can help identify these traps before they become problems.

 

6. Brushing tips

Many kids don’t like brushing their teeth or won’t let their parents help them. We’ll identify the areas that may need more work and recommend products and/or tricks to help you get your kids excited about brushing time!

 

7. Preparing for adult teeth

Baby teeth are important, not only for smiling, eating and talking, but they are placeholders for the adult teeth. A decayed baby tooth that needs to be removed could have serious consequences. Such as causing an overcrowded mouth or needing braces later on.

 

8. Check what they’re sucking on

common sucking habits like the dummy, bottle or thumb might be preventing your child from developing properly. While these habits seem very cute, they do cause the muscles to act incorrectly causing improper development of the face and jaw.

 

9. Review their sleep

Whether it be ‘snoring like daddy’ or the ‘cute drooling’, these could be clues that your child might not be having the quality sleep they need to grow & manage their behaviour correctly.

 

10. It’s fun!

At Wattle Street Dental, our Oral Health Therapists are trained to particularly treat kids… and they love it!

 

 

Make An Appointment Now

Visit our Sunshine Coast dental clinic to make an appointment for a comprehensive examination with your toddler. Call 07 54477669. 

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At Wattle Street Dental, we are proud of the outstanding results that we have achieved for our clients over the years. We invite you to browse through our gallery to view some of the before and after examples of our previous work and if you have any questions about any of our services or treatment options, please get in touch with us on 07 54477669.