Exploring Dental Tool Improvements

Hi, it's Mia Armonde here to talk to you about family dentistry. As my small family grew into a large one, I found myself at the dental office on a regular basis. Every six months, the kids would go into the dentist for a cleaning or repairs to their teeth. During that time, I took an interest in the various ways the dental tools were evolving. Tools used in the dental industry have grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. For example, my kids went from hearing the dental drill to wearing headphones that completely canceled out the sound. Each time we go back into the dentist, I take a close look at the improvements that have arisen since the last visit. The results are astounding. I will cover my findings on this site, so you can also enjoy the improvements to dental tools and techniques.

3 Ways To Treat Your Dental Infection As You Wait To Reach The Dental Office

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A toothache can seem relentless, especially if it's due to an infection within a tooth. In most cases, you will need professional dental care to treat the condition. Still, there are multiple ways to treat a dental infection and help alleviate some of the discomfort as you wait to reach the dental office. Here are a few of them:

Rinse with hydrogen peroxide.

Many people use a hydrogen peroxide rinse as a bleaching agent for their teeth, but it can also be applied for its germ-killing abilities. Hydrogen peroxide kills germs through the release of oxygen. The oxygen gas, which you may notice as bubbles forming in the solution after application, kills anaerobic bacteria and disinfects tissues. Thus, when applied as a mouth rinse, it can help kill the microbes associated with your dental infection.

The solution, which can be purchased over the counter, is readily available in a concentration of three percent. Although the solution's strength is somewhat mild, it may need to be further diluted when used as a mouth rinse. You can dilute it by adding an equal amount of water to the solution.

To treat your tooth infection, rinse with solution immediately after brushing and as you feel discomfort throughout the day. 

Swish with coconut oil.

By rinsing your mouth with coconut oil for several minutes, you can help draw pus from the infected area, soothe inflammation, and disinfect the mouth. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory due to its high concentration of lauric acid. Additionally, the oil is antimicrobial. 

As you rinse your mouth with coconut oil, microbes become trapped in the oil. Thus, some of the bacteria causing the infection can be removed from your mouth when you release the oil. Also, as the swelling around the affected tooth goes down, some of the pus or bacteria-filled liquid may leak out, alleviating some of the discomfort. Try to hold the oil in your mouth as long as possible to maximize the benefits.

Rinse with salt water.

Warm salt water is often recommended for mouth and throat problems. The salt is antibacterial and helps swollen tissues to shrink. If you choose this remedy, simply add sea salt or regular table salt to warm water and stir before rinsing your mouth. Be sure that the temperature of the water is not so hot that it scalds or burns.

To learn more things you can do to treat a tooth infection before your dental appointment, consult with a dentist such as Simmons Craig A D D S.


14 September 2016