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5 Tips for Holistic Dental Care

Posted on February 22nd, 2014 by | 2 views

Did you know that holistic and biological dental care can make a difference in your overall health and the health of a developing fetus?  Holistic dental health is important for some reasons rarely considered. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to give birth to infants that are pre-term and low birth weight. They also have a higher likelihood of bone resorption around teeth, which can be greatly accelerated during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.  Here are 5 holistic tips to care for your teeth, and, your overall health:

 

  1. Maintain a diet with enough protein, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
  2. Avoid foods that promote acidity and inflammation like sugar and white flour. Inflammation in the digestive tract promotes inflammation in the gums and visa versa.
  3. Check your mouth with ph paper to be sure that your saliva is alkaline and can do its job of buffering and re-mineralizing your teeth.
  4. Floss every day; essential oils are a good adjunct to this practice.  Dr. Tung’s floss already has essential oils. Anti-microbial, ingestible essential oils like tea tree (melaleuca) can be added to your ordinary floss.  (Use only high quality; not all essential oils should be taken internally.)
  5. After you brush your teeth with a non-fluoride toothpaste, massage baking soda along your gumline as gum treatment using a light pressure. Do not use if high blood pressure is an issue as this is a salt.

 

Don't forget to also brush your teeth well, floss daily and try to minimize stress: that contributes to an acidic environment in your mouth conducive to the bacteria causing gum disease. Make sure that whatever tooth whitening procedures you choose don't aggravate your gums or cause sensitivity in your teeth; and smile: the future ahead is bright.

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