What’s something health-related that we don’t often talk about? (Unless you’re a dentist, that is). Dental health is fantastic in the United States, but it takes a little TLC to keep our pearly whites that way.
Today, we have a special collaboration with Tory Li, who is a dental student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton.
Ally: Hi Tory! What made you want to pursue a career in dentistry?
Tory: I enjoy the lifestyle of a dentist and the ability to perfect a specialized skill that can help others. A smile is often the first thing people notice in others, so it’s very important to make a good first impression.
Ally: That’s very true! On that note, what kind of toothpaste brands would you recommend?
Tory: Most toothpastes contain the same ingredients, but I recommend getting one with fluoride and a taste or smell that you enjoy.
Ally: Good advice. What do you think of mouthwash? (Some say it changes the pH of your mouth)
Tory: Mouthwash will lower the amount of bacteria in your oral cavity. Therefore it will take longer for the bacteria to recolonize your teeth surface. I think it’s personal preference to use or not use it, but brushing and flossing is highly recommended.
Ally: That’s good advice. We try flossing after most meals. Have you tried oil pulling?
Tory: I think I need more scientific research about it. but there doesn’t seem like an ingredient in coconut oil that is anti-bacterial. There are mouthwash that change colors when it encounters bacteria, because it was manufactured in that way.
Ally: Oils like coconut oil change color when they turn from solid form (white) to liquid form (clear). Once oil pulling is complete, it actually turns white from all of the bacteria. Crazy, we know. Tell us a little about the life of a dental student.
Tory: It’s exciting to get to work specifically with teeth. We have a pretty rigorous schedule from 7am to 4pm daily, but we mostly enjoy it 🙂
Ally: The grueling life, we know it well. Do you have daily oral health tips?
Tory: Brush twice daily for 2 minutes each time. 30 seconds each quadrant. Remember to floss correctly! You only get one set of teeth so protect them well!
Ally: This is quite true. Are there any types of food that would add to oral health?
Tory: I don’t think there’s one thing I can tell you that will definitely enhance oral health. What I can say that is certain is to limit the intake of sodas and sugary snacks. If possible, brush and floss after every meal.
Ally: How often would you recommend going to see the dentist?
Tory: It depends on the susceptibility of caries of your teeth. For most people, it is recommended twice a year. Some people who are more likely to get caries or have periodontal diseases are recommended to go 3-4 times per year.
Ally: We hope that our readers take heed! As a Beta tester, what is your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics soothing oil?
Tory: The oil was awesome! My mom and I both used it yesterday, and it really helped. Other oils have just sat on top of our skin, but your oil absorbed well. The soothing oil smells amazing, like a spa.
Ally: Thanks for the kind words! We’re glad it worked out so well for you and your family! And last but not least, what’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics blog?
Tory: I love how the Wonderland Organics blog explores a little bit of everything. I can’t wait for the rest of the products to launch so I can try them out! Cheers to healthy living!
We’d like to thank Tory Li for taking time out of her day to talk to us. Does everyone try to be as careful as he or she can with teeth? Let us know!