Monthly Archives: June 2015

Five Essential Oils that Help with Dental Care

peppermint-oilPlants have historically been a source for natural medications, but, in today’s world of highly sophisticated chemical drugs, natural solutions have started fading from the market. The technological revolution has given us a plethora of extremely effective medicines, but that doesn’t mean that the plant-based techniques used historically aren’t just as effective in some cases.

Essential oils, for example, are as relevant in dental care today as they has been in the past. Here are five different types of essential oils that dentists like Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center in California recommend to supplement your personal oral health plan.

Peppermint Oil

Have you ever noticed how most toothpastes taste minty and fresh? This is no accident: peppermint oil, a common ingredient found in most toothpastes, is an essential oil that is extremely useful in dental care. Its antiseptic nature means that it can help fight off bad breath and harmful germs as well as sooth toothaches and reduce pain in the mouth. It also has the added benefit of making toothpastes taste better and making your brushing experience more enjoyable.

Spearmint Oil

Given the similarities in taste and smell, it shouldn’t be surprising that spearmint oil’s antiseptic qualities are just as formidable as those of peppermint oil. Spearmint oil can prevent bacterial infections and sooth the mouth, making it an effective way to prevent oral health issues and relieve pain.

Clove Oil

Another scent that likely reminds you of California dental offices and tooth-related products alike is probably that of clove oil. Like peppermint and spearmint oil, clove oil is a type of antiseptic that is extremely helpful as a pain-relieving restorative. Many dentists, for example, recommend rubbing clove oil over an extraction site as a way to prevent dry socket, and rubbing clove oil over toothaches can reduce pain in the area.

There is, however, an important caveat to keep in mind. Clove oil, when ingested in large quantities, can be toxic to the body. If you experience any irritation as a result of using clove oil, you should contact your dentist in Brea to make sure nothing serious is occurring.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is similar to both peppermint oil and clove oil as an antiseptic treatment for the mouth. Research has proven tea tree oil to be an effective way to fight off bacteria, combat plaque buildup and prevent bad breath. Like clove oil, however, it can be toxic when ingested, so it is important to be careful not to swallow too much of it.

Cinnamon Oil

Everyone knows of cinnamon as a spice, but the essential oil created from cinnamon may be less well known. Like essential oils created from other herbs, cinnamon oil is a powerful antibacterial solution, but it is special in that it targets the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Using cinnamon oil to rinse your mouth is an effective way to ensure a clean and healthy mouth. Many mouthwashes come in cinnamon flavor now.

These essential oils are a great way to supplement your daily brushing and flossing routine, but they can never be a replacement for the quality dental care you can get from Huntington Beach dentists. If you’re ever in Huntington Beach, Brea, or Placentia, make sure to contact Dr. Trinh Nguyen from the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center by calling their office at (714) 702-1328 or visiting their website at www.cdicdental.com to get more information about dental implant services.

Why You should not Self-Diagnose Dental Problems despite Information on the Internet

no_to_self_diagnosisIt’s very easy to hit the search engine and diagnose your dental problems online, but are you sure that you’re making a wise move by doing this? It’s simpler to consult the Internet when you’re having oral problems than to book appointments and drive to your dentist’s office, but it’s also too easy for you to misdiagnose yourself, make the wrong decision and jeopardize your entire health.

Self-diagnosis is dangerous

Self-diagnosis based on information on the Internet can be hazardous to your health. Laymen don’t have the appropriate education and training to make a proper diagnosis that dentists have. There are also certain nuances in diagnosing oral problems that only dentists and other dental professionals know and understand. Plus, a certain symptom like toothache may be shared by a number of dental problems like tooth decay, tooth fracture, abscessed tooth, damaged filling, bruxism or gum diseases. Only dentists can know what exactly is the oral problem that you’re experiencing after performing a thorough examination. So what you may self-diagnose as a mere toothache could already be something far more serious.

The nature of the web is haphazard, and the information given may differ from one website to another. Relying on forums is even worse as the people who post their comments or testimonials may be giving the wrong information to you.  Even though the article or blog post looks legitimate, it is not enough because there’s a risk of you downgrading or exaggerating the symptoms you’re experiencing because of certain biases on your part.

Self-diagnosis through the Internet fuels Cyberchondria

Self-diagnosing through information on the Internet fuels Cyberchondria. According to Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web search by Ryen White and Eric Horvitz, Cyberchondria “is the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomology based on review of search results and literature online.”  The London Sunday Times defined it as “the deluded belief you suffer from all the diseases featured in the Internet,” while BBC news referred to it as an “Internet print out syndrome”.

When you have Cyberchondria, you unnecessarily worry about some symptoms that are usually just signs of relatively common illnesses. You would become more fearful, more worried and would be far from being assured after you’ve hit the search engine in the first place. To avoid worrying incessantly and to be absolutely sure about what you’re experiencing, it’s always best to visit your doctor or dentist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Visit your dentist for a more objective diagnosis

Because there’s a high risk that you’ll misdiagnose yourself and buy inappropriate drugs or use home remedies for treatment without knowing all the facts, it is highly advisable to seek professional help rather than use Dr. Google. The Internet should not be your first option for seeking medical help; rather, it must only be used for gathering more information about your dental condition after it has already been properly diagnosed by your dentist.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms indicating an oral health problem, visit Dr. Trinh Nguyen, MD at CDIC for a proper oral examination. Here at CDIC, we have the best dental care professionals and the latest technology in dentistry available to give you the right diagnosis and treatment. You can talk to our dentists or visit our website to know more about the services and treatments that we offer. Call us today at (714) 702-1328, (714) 793-9480 or (714) 804-0592 to book your appointment!

CDIC: What Should You Put in an Earthquake Kit for Oral Care?

emergencykitHollywood has a long fascination with disaster, and perhaps the biggest disaster movies of them all are the ever-popular earthquake movies! In fact, another one is coming out soon. They are fun to watch, but they also may get you to thinking about what you would do if there was an earthquake in your area.

There isn’t too much you can do during an earthquake, except for gathering your family and pets and trying to stay safe. But there is one thing you can (and should) do ahead of time. You can prepare an emergency kit, in case the earthquake results in power and water outages and other problems.

When you prepare your emergency kit, you want to make sure you have included items that will ensure your safety, comfort and health. So when you’re getting that emergency kit ready, don’t forget to include items in there for oral care! Here is a list of items to put into your emergency kit, compliments of Dr. Trinh Nguyen and the staff of the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center!

Your Emergency Kit

What should you put in an earthquake kit for oral care? You might argue that some of these items you already have around the house, so why should you put them in the kit? Keep in mind that you never know what will be going on after an event, such as an earthquake.

  1. Toothpaste, of course. But don’t just assume you can pack one tube for the whole family. For instance, your toddler would probably do best with a toothpaste made for kids.

  2. Toothbrushes for every member of the family

  3. Floss

  4. Travel-sized mouthwash

  5. Special items for oral care — does someone in the family wear dentures? Don’t forget denture cleaner. Does someone wear braces? Don’t forget flossers or other tools that brace-wearers need to keep their teeth clean.

  6. Does your pet have oral health problems? Don’t forget to pack up tools for cleaning their teeth too.

  7. Gum with xylitol, which helps to keep teeth clean. Gum is a quick way to freshen your breath. Make sure you get sugar-free gum, though.

  8. Bottled water. This is important to include in any emergency kit. You’ll want to make sure you have clean water when it’s time to brush. It’s also good to rinse after eating when you can’t get to brushing right away.

  9. Healthy snacks. Again, these are important for emergencies for many reasons. Make sure you pack snacks that aren’t sugary. Snacks that are good for teeth that will keep well for a long time include: peanuts, almonds and cashews (which contain vitamins and minerals that keep teeth and gums healthy); cans of beans, which contain mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals; and raisins.

It is worth the time and effort to put together an emergency kit before you ever need it. It is easy to do. Once you put it together, all you have to do is periodically check it to make sure items haven’t gone bad and need to be replaced.

We should all be prepared for the worst while hoping for the best. And this could describe visiting your dentist, too! Make sure you visit Dr. Trinh Nguyen and the staff of the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center twice a year for your regular check-ups! Call the center today at (714)-702-1328.