Natural Remedies for Dental Health

While brushing and flossing are very important for a healthy smile, you can also look to nature for pure, additive-free dental health benefits that could help keep your smile in tip-top shape.

When used to complement your regular oral hygiene routine, herbs and other natural substances may offer an easy, cost-effective way to maintain optimal dental health. Many natural health proponents believe that simple, at-home treatments with elements like sage and tea tree oil can be used to strengthen, protect and fortify teeth and gums, and potentially help you avoid costly dental work.

Here is an overview of five specific holistic dental treatments:

  • Green tea extract. Results of a 2012 Journal of Periodontology study showed that participants who drank green tea extract were less likely to develop gum disease and more apt to achieve better overall periodontal health.
  • Amla fruit powder. A dental rinse of water and powder from the amla fruit (also known as Indian gooseberry) is said to have anti-viral, anti-microbial and detoxifying properties that may help stabilize loose teeth and heal inflamed gums.
  • Oil pulling. This treatment involves a vigorous, daily oral rinse with nutrient-rich oils like sesame or sunflower. An ancient Ayurvedic practice, it’s meant to detoxify the mouth, removing harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation and even whitening teeth.
  • Tea tree oil. Known as an effective antiseptic, this oil may also relieve the symptoms of gum disease and may prevent it in the first place. Some toothpastes actually include tea tree oil.
  • Sage. An active ingredient in many natural mouthwashes, sage is touted by natural health enthusiasts as an effective way to reduce oral bacteria; encourage healing of bleeding gums and mouth infections; and soothe tooth, tongue, throat and gum pain.

Remember, regular dental visits combined with diligent home care provide the best defense against oral health problems. Please give Hughes Dental Group a call at 843-705-7066 for checkups and treatments when necessary. – Dr. Daniel Hughes

Published: September 22, 2014 

Removable Partial Dentures… What to expect

  • In the beginning, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. This is normal, and you will eventually become accustomed to wearing it.
  • Inserting and removing the partial denture will require some practice.
  • Follow all instructions given by Dr. Hughes. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.
  • Hughes will give you specific instruction about how long the denture should be worn and when it should be removed.
  • Initially, you may be asked to wear your partial denture all the time. Although this may be uncomfortable at first, it’s the quickest way to identify areas that may need adjustment.
  • If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Dr. Hughes will adjust the partial denture to fit more comfortably. After making adjustments, he will probably recommend that you take the partial denture out of your mouth before going to bed and replace it in the morning.
  • Eating should become a more pleasant experience with dentures. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on both sides. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum during the adjustment period.
  • Partial denture can also help improve your speech. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words, practice reading out loud. Repeat the words that give you trouble. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your partial denture.
Published: September 18, 2014 

Teeth Whitening

Our modern cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of quick, safe and effective dental treatments aimed at improving your appearance and one of the most popular choices is brightening your smile. Teeth whitening has come a long way in modern dentistry and it is an ideal option to enhance your appearance.  At Hughes Dental Group, we can lighten stains and discoloration of enamel and dentin resulting from the aging process, drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine; or from smoking. Today brighter, lighter, whiter teeth have become the popular norm – plus it can give you a younger appearance.

Published: April 22, 2014 

Periodontal Disease… Who Knew?

Patients who are living with untreated and uncontrolled gum disease are at an increased risk for dental diseases such as tooth loss, but also life threatening conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and complications during pregnancy.

In recent years, there has been a growing body of evidence that recognizes the link between your oral health and your overall health. This connection is astounding! By controlling oral plaque and eliminating inflammation you can protect your teeth as well as your general health.

Periodontal disease is a chronic (ongoing) infection that is characterized by inflammation. When plaque bacteria are allowed to colonize below the gum line, the result is the onset of your body’s natural inflammatory response. Red and bleeding gums, swelling, bad breath, and bone loss can signal an infection that requires professional attention. Though these symptoms can be uncomfortable and unattractive, the underlying consequences of events could be far worse. Ignore appropriate care and the infection can weaken your immune system and increase your risk for systemic health problems. The signals your body send out (special proteins to fight an injury or an infection) should be heeded. Unfortunately, when the infection persists for a long time, high levels of those proteins can begin to circulate throughout your blood stream. In time, this ongoing inflammatory response can begin to affect your heart, your blood vessels and arteries and even make conditions such as diabetes difficult to control. Periodontal disease and its side-effects are virtually impossible to treat on your own. You’ll need to recruit the help of an experienced dental professional for the best chances of recovery. Not simply for your oral health, but for your systemic health as well. Hughes Dental Group takes a keen interest and responsibility in assisting you throughout the process. To learn more about your periodontal health, call for your appointment today.

Published: April 18, 2014 

Toothache? We have an APP for that

Published: April 18, 2014 

Testimonial - PatA great dentist you can trust

“Every person who works for Dr. Hughes is a a true professional and treats me like an old friend, even though they see many patients all day. To me, Dr. Dan is the best dentist I’ve ever been to and I’d recommend him to anyone looking for a new dentist. Besides being a great dentist you can trust, Dr. Dan is also a great guy with a good sense of humor. Thank you so much to everybody at Hughes Dental Group… Great work!… and so convenient, too!” – Pat Conley, Sun City Resident

Published: April 16, 2014 

Testimonial - TomTreated with comfort and care

“Dr. Hughes is a great dentist! I still remember my first visit to his office. I was sitting in the waiting area when he took the time to help an elderly lady out the front door. It made such a good impression from the beginning. I have been going to him now for over a year and a half. I would recommend him to anyone and be proud that he is my dentist! You’ll be treated with comfort and care. I even have his home number because we play golf together now. He is a great guy, a real pro and he’s funny, too!” – Tom Paterson, Beaufort Resident

Published: April 16, 2014 

Testimonial - MariaA satisfied patient

“This is what a great dentist gets from a satisfied patient when she goes on vacation… ‘A Maine Lobster!’  Thanks for giving me confidence and a beautiful smile. If you need a dentist call Dr. Dan Hughes 843.705.7066 at 10 William Pope Dr., Suite 2, in Okatie. Guaranteed you will be satisfied with his services and who knows you might even bring him back a lobster when you go on vacation! His staff is #1 in my book. It’s a real, family-feeling office.” Maria McKinley , Sun City Resident

Published: April 16, 2014 

Testimonial - DariaGenuine customer service

“Have you ever wondered where genuine customer service in dentistry has gone? You can find it at Hughes Dental Group. The professional staff and relationship-based service have exceeded our expectations. Both my husband and I are patients of Dr. Hughes… a wonderfully meticulous dentist! It takes us only 20 minutes to drive down to Okatie… it is well worth the trip. His staff is friendly and his office is clean, modern and fun to visit… really fun! I have recommended this practice to three of my friends who just moved to Sun City and am recommending anyone who needs a new dentist to see Dr. Dan Hughes, too!” – Daria Carver, Beaufort,SC

Published: April 16, 2014