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Laser Teeth Whitening
What is a detox teeth whitening session?
A detox teeth whitening session is the combination of our very own oral detox rinse, which contains a mixture of coconut oil , tea tree oil and peppermint leaves with a 20,40 or 60 minute laser treatment! This treatment also includes removing bacteria from the tongue with the use of a dental tongue scraper.
Oral Detoxes are an ancient practice that involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove bacteria and promote better oral hygiene.
Studies suggest that oil pulling can kill bacteria in the mouth and improve your dental health. Some alternative medicine practitioners also claim that it can help treat several diseases.
Certain types of harmful bacteria can contribute to problems like tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease
Several studies have shown that oil detoxing could help reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
A recent study found similar results. It had 60 participants rinse their mouths using either mouthwash, water or oral detox for two weeks. Both mouthwash and oral detox were found to reduce the amount of bacteria found in saliva.
What are the benefits of Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil as it relates to Your Teeth and Oral Heath?
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-infection oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is very good for the skin and also very soothing for sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, tuberculosis and viral or bacterial infections.
The Benefits of Mint Leaf and Tongue Scrapers as it Relates to Oral Health
are included in the mixture of oils for the oral detox to add flavor to help with the taste for swishing and aids in reducing bad breath also.
Health Benefits of Using a Tongue Scraper
While tongue scraping has seen a surge in popularity over the past decade, this holistic oral care treatment can trace its origins to Ayurveda, an ancient Hindu practice centered around digestive health and balance in the human body.
In modern times, studies have shown that daily tongue scraping improves oral health safely and effectively by managing the buildup of plaque and debris and reducing volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) responsible for bad breath.
Tongue scraping also improves the sensitivity of taste buds, and improves the health of soft tissues in the mouth by increasing circulation and blood flow.
Tongue scraping has numerous benefits, not least of which is the satisfaction of seeing the gunk that was once in your mouth go down the drain! Below is a list of benefits:
1. Improves Your Oral Hygiene
Studies show that tongue scraping has long-term benefits for oral health2. Not only does tongue scraping temporarily remove residue and bacteria from the mouth, but over time, tongue scraping reduces the overall levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth, allowing for a more balanced, healthy oral ecosystem that is more resistant to tooth decay and gum disease.
2. Fosters Healthy Tissue
Tongue scraping also improves blood flow and circulation to the tongue and mouth, vital to healthy tissue growth and cellular growth. This improved blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tongue and surrounding tissue more effectively, helping the body repair damaged cells, heal micro-injuries like tiny scrapes from eating, and fight possible infections.
3. Improves Your Sense of Taste
Just like it’s difficult to smell properly with a stuffy nose, it’s difficult to taste properly with a coated tongue. Daily tongue scraping, which removes a filmy layer of debris, plaque, and dead skin cells from the surface of the tongue, allows the taste buds to react unencumbered to the taste of food.
Many individuals who adopt a tongue-scraping practice report a heightened taste response to sweet, salty, and spicy food because their taste buds aren’t covered in a layer of gunk. This increased taste sensitivity can lead to improved nutrition5, since there’s no need to “over-flavor” your food with salt and sugar. The ancient Hindu practice of Ayurveda teaches that unblocking the taste buds also improves the brain’s ability to communicate its nutritional needs and reduces unhealthy cravings.
A tongue scraper helps to “cleanse your palate” so you can truly taste what you’re eating.
4. Reduces Cravings for Fat, Salt, and Sugar
Along the same lines, tongue scraping can also reduce fat, salt, and sugar cravings!3 Why? Because when you “cleanse your palate” by removing the buildup of debris and residue, you can taste and enjoy the natural, complex flavors of food more easily. Think of it this way: When your taste buds are buried beneath layers of junk, their capacity to interact with the food you eat is pretty low. Tongue scraping allows them to taste the full flavor, complexity, and intensity of food without amplifiers like fat, salt, and sugar.
5. Combats Depression
The improved sense of taste that goes hand in hand with tongue scraping can also lead to heightened feelings of wellness and satisfaction. This should come as no surprise, since studies have clearly linked a diminished sense of smell/taste with depression.3 In the same vein, a delicious meal is one of the quickest ways to a dopamine rush4. And a clean, residue-free tongue is key to fully enjoying that meal!
6. Improves Bad Breath
Bad breath, also known as “halitosis,” is a result of the interplay between bacteria, dead skin cells, food debris, and residue in the mouth. This bacteria produces volatile sulphur compounds, the primary culprit for bad breath. And while brushing and flossing your teeth help significantly, the soft, textured surface of the tongue still holds onto a filmy residue.
Smoking, eating a diet high in processed foods, certain medicines, and sleeping with your mouth open can dramatically increase the amount of residue on the tongue–and the accompanying bad breath and decreased oral health.
Most of the unhealthy residue on the tongue is found at the back of the mouth. A standard toothbrush has a difficult time reaching this area without activating the gag reflex, not to mention that the brushing motion does little more than spread the residue around or send it down the throat.
One significant study found that tongue scrapers reduced volatile sulphur compounds by an incredible 75 percent1, as compared to 45 percent from brushing and flossing alone.
7. Removes Toxic Residue
It’s no coincidence that you notice the most residue on your tongue after a good night’s sleep. Not only has your mouth been resting from eating and drinking, allowing a buildup of plaque, bacteria, and residue, but sleep is the time your body works the hardest to repair and slough off damaged cells, detoxify, and renew itself.
By scraping off the dead cells, excess bacteria, and buildup you find on your tongue in the morning, you’re helping your body remove (rather than reingest) this layer of dead cells and toxins released during sleep that can be a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria (including the microbes notorious for causing gum disease5) and bad breath.
Small tongue scrapers that can be held with one hand are more manageable.