June 2014 Professional Oral Care Newsletter

Dear Dental Friends,

What is that hot topic so many of your patients keep asking about? Oil pulling. To give you the skinny on whether this is a fad or fantastic, we have invited Dr. Sanda Moldovan as a guest columnist. Dr. Moldovan is an award-winning periodontist and nutritionist as seen on CBS' renowned TV show, The Doctors. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Dentistry. She continued her studies at UCLA's Post Graduate Periodontics Department, where she also received a Master of Science in Oral Biology. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology and a member of Laser Dentistry and the American College of Nutrition.

Welcome Dr. Sanda!

Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS
Senior Professional Relations Manager
Water Pik, Inc.

Dr. Sanda Moldovan, DDSOil Pulling: Magic Mouthwash or Hogwash

By Dr. Sanda Moldovan, DDS

When I first mentioned oil pulling to my friend from Texas - she yawned and said, "Yes Dr. Sanda, I know all about the oil field. I grew up with roughnecks and wildcatter, remember?" I laughed and explained to her that in my periodontal and health and wellness practices it has an entirely different meaning, but could quite possibly have been around as long as 'Texas tea.'

Oil pulling is certainly enjoying a hype equivalent to an oil boom, as the cure-all for a number of diseases and oral health issues with its amazing detox benefits.

Its origins are in India. You can find information on oil pulling in the early text of Ayurvedic medicine, the Charaka Samhita. But its medicinal properties are spreading like wildfire on websites and popular television shows such as Dr. Oz.

Time is not on your side, when it comes to self-careTime is not on your side, when it comes to self-care

What is one of the biggest reasons patients cite for not flossing: "I don't have time"

When patients cite time as factor, it can be one of the hardest barriers to overcome. Whether it's a work or family obligation - or more likely both, we cannot create time for our patients.

What we can do is make it all seem more manageable. While flossing is easy for us, for patients who struggle with it, it can feel tedious and time consuming. Five minutes likely feels like fifty. One approach that many people have had success with is to start with the time factor. In other words, instead of telling patients they need to floss, start by asking them how much time they have, in addition to tooth brushing to 'clean between their teeth'. You can frame it by saying - do you think you have two minutes, or even one minute? Then follow with your recommendation.

The Waterpik® Water Flosser takes only one minute a day for a cleaner, fresher, and healthier mouth. It's easy to use; patients can easily master the technique in a short period. It feels good; it's gentler than string floss. It's also more effective than string floss.

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