A growing concern over the chemical added to our foods, water, and dental care products has led people to seek natural alternatives. If you consider that our bodies are our ‘houses’ and our mouths are the ‘doors’, the connection between oral health and overall health makes complete sense! So how can you improve your oral health, and that of your children, in a natural way?
I reached out to Dr. Heather Manley, a Naturopathic Doctor and a mom. Dr. Heather, who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families. She wrote the following article to share her knowledge about homeopathic medicine and dental health:
We have all heard it – whether from the dentist, your doctor or even a friend at the park…. The mouth is the gateway for optimal health. From chewing your foods thoroughly, to brushing and flossing your teeth; taking daily care of your pearly whites will make a profound impact on how your everyday (and long-term) health will be.
Sometimes our bodies (and teeth) need a little extra support and in the early 1870s, Dr. William H. Schuessler, discovered some for us. He spent much time and research developing twelve simple mineral combinations, or salts, which he believed to be crucial to the health of the body. Although there are sixteen minerals needed in our diets, he choose twelve that he felt were lacking or that would aid our bodies in achieving stronger health. And of these twelve mineral cell salts, three were directed to the teeth.
Calcarea Fluorica (Calcium Fluoride)
The translucent outer layer of our teeth, enamel, is strong and hard and does a very important job of protecting our teeth from hot and cold temperatures and possible chemical exposures. However, consuming too many juices, soda pops, candies and acidic foods may break down the enamel. Symptoms of tooth enamel decay include: sensitive teeth when eating hot, cold sweet foods or drinks, smooth and shiny surfaces of teeth, and yellowish tint to the teeth.
Prevention: In addition to the Calcarea Fluorica, eliminate all soda pop, and limit juices ( replace with herbal teas and water infused with fresh lemons and oranges).
Calcarea Phosphorica (Calcium Phosphate)
Dentition is the development and formation of teeth. Many people will think of it during the teething phase in babies, however, poor oral hygiene can result in lack of luster, shape and strength of teeth.
Prevention: In addition to Calcarea Phosphorica, visit your dentist at least 2 times a year, brush and floss your teeth daily (use your Twooth® Timer to make sure you are brushing long enough), and eating whole colorful foods will keep your teeth strong and healthy.
When gum tissue begins receding, and the dentin – the underlying layer of the teeth – becomes exposed, teeth will become sensitive. There are many possible reasons for this: teeth grinding, brushing to hard, overuse tooth whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Prevention: In addition to Magnesia Phosphorica, have your dentist check for teeth grinding, replace a hard bristled toothbrush with a soft one and begin using desensitizing teeth cleaning products.
Mineral cell salts are simple to take, have barely any taste, and are ideal for children. Dosage for adults would be four tablets, 3 times a day and children one to two tablets 3 times a day. Due to work and school schedules, it is suggested to take the first dose at breakfast, the second at dinner and the third before bed.
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Dr. Heather Manley is the author of Human Body Detectives, her children’s educational series of story-telling books, ebooks, and iphone/ipad apps. She also promotes wellness and naturopathic healthcare on her website drheathernd.com. She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on the next Human Body Detectives adventure.
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Wishing you a lifetime of healthy smiles,
Antoinette aka The Twooth Fairy
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