Sticky: 4 Principles to Look for in Your New Holistic Dentist

It is not always easy for you to choose a dentist that you can trust not just with your health, but also with the health of your kids and those that you love. You have to look into a lot of issues to help you make this choice and make the best decision so far. One of the biggest challenges for so many people at the moment when making this kind of a decision is the fact that holistic dentistry as a whole, has become pretty much a fad. Therefore there are dentists who will make claims that they do this, when in real sense they are not. The following are some simple principles that you need to consider when you are trying to find a good dentist that will be quite useful to you in the long run:

An extensive exam

From time to time you will realize that most of the normal dentists spend between 2 and 7 minutes to examine you before they can determine what the problem could be. This is far too short a time for anyone to claim to have been extensively interviewed by their dentist. It is barely enough time for your dentist to get to understand what really is troubling you.

When it comes to holistic dentistry, the procedure could take at least half an hour, which is enough time for the dentist to know as much as possible about your situation before they can administer any treatment. They need to understand so much about you, including things like your patterns of sleep.

Use safe materials for restoration

There are certain things that a truly holistic dentist will just not use in their practice at all. In fact when it comes to the dental amalgam, which has been used as filling material for so many years, a holistic dentist will not use this, because of the fact that it contains 50% mercury, which is toxic.

The dentist also knows the challenges that BPA has when introduced into the body, and the fact that it is found in the sealants that are normally used in mouth guards and other dental elements.

Minimal use of x-rays

Of course it is close to impossible eliminating the use of x-rays in the dental or medical practice altogether. In fact, dentists must use this to get a clear understanding of what they are dealing with. You must however not have these far too often. In the event that your dentist is recommending x-rays frequently every 6 months or so, it is time for you to find another one because this one is just not the right one for you, or your health.

Do not recommend root canals

There are so many traditional dentists who often insist on root canals. However, it is important to note that there are so many toxic elements that are part and parcel of this process. As a result of this, your health is far more at risk when you are having this procedure carried out. Holistic dentists only consider this if there is no feasible alternative.


Sticky: Mold Remediation

????????????We have known for centuries that mold provides a health risk to those that are exposed to it for a long time. This has meant that humanity has striven, wherever they have lived, to exterminate mold whenever it occurs, and moreover, to prevent it from growing if at all possible. The difficulty is, of course, that it can grow pretty much anywhere that it wants to. This is due to the very simple requirements that it has for its own survival: a place that has moisture, and a place that has oxygen.  You would be hard pressed to think of places that do not have these two things in combination, which is why mold can grow almost anywhere in the home.

The key thing to remember when you are starting to consider mold remediation is that it is virtually impossible to remove all mold and mold spores entirely. Much of what mold is cannot actually be seen by the human eye, making it incredibly difficult to know when it has been sufficiently dealt with. However, that is not what mold remediation is all about. It is instead about controlling the presence of mold within a property, and ensuring that the mold does not gain enough traction as to completely overwhelm the property owners.

One useful way of ensuring successful mold remediation is to minimise the amount of moisture that is sitting dormant in your home. There are obviously some rooms within the average home that are more prone to having moisture lying around than others – the bathroom and the kitchen are the ones that most frequently come to mind. However, moisture can leak from almost any location in your home due to pipes and general rainfall, so it is imperative that you are carefully keeping track of any wet patches, or areas that seem to be attracting it’s growth more frequently than other areas. By removing the source of the moisture in these locations, you will be able to stop the mold in its tracks by eliminating one of the key aspects that it requires for growth.

Another great tip for mold remediation is to ensure that your home is well ventilated. Many people do not realise the benefits of keeping a property well aired, because they mistakenly believe that introducing even more oxygen into the building would actually encourage mold to grow even faster. Whilst this may be true if you were bringing a lot of oxygen into a very damp building, ventilation actually keeps a building drier, making it harder for mold to grow. That is why you should keep air conditioning units clean and used frequently. This should ensure that areas with slightly more moisture than others will dry out quickly.

When getting rid of mold from your property, and engaging in mold remediation, remember that your safety is key. Using gloves when dealing with mold, and even a face mask if the amount of mold is high, are safety precautions that will ensure that you do not suffer any negative effects from the clean up. Hopefully this will be something that you only have to encounter once, as mold remediation should prevent the mold from returning.


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Better Homes- Homemade Toothpaste!

Child brushing teethMonthly grocery runs have gotten worse lately. The bills climb steadily, even though the number of things on your list are still the same. Scrimping and saving just to keep the necessities stocked, isn’t a viable option, if it makes you compromise on quality, which sadly a lot of us might have to face. But what if the quality of even these basics was in our control? What if we had the option of dodging unnecessary expenditure on dentist visits, cavities and fillings, and tube after tube of chemical laden  toothpaste brands, all in one go? It’s that simple: Homemade toothpaste.

There’s not one good mother who won’t look after her family’s dental hygiene. But simply brushing and flossing isn’t enough.  What you’re brushing with makes a huge difference. Store bought and commercial toothpastes are laden with fluoride, corrosive detergents, and artificial sweeteners, some of which have been proven to be carcinogenic, like saccharine. Caustic detergents for foaming can actually corrode the tooth surface, eroding the enamel that protects the tooth. And with vigorous brushing, this erosion gets accelerated. And fluoride, as we all  know, is extremely toxic even in quantities of parts per million.  And even after putting this in our mouths, and our kids’ mouths every day, twice a day, there’s still a multitude of problems like sensitivity to hot and cold food, tingling and toothaches, and cavities.  When there’s such a simple alternative available. Homemade toothpaste can be made in large quantities at a fraction of the cost, while avoiding all these ingredients. The most basic recipe you can use is equal parts of baking soda and salt, used as a  gentle but effective scrub for the teeth. That is really all you need  to clean your teeth’s surface. And there’s so many ways to modify the recipe. You can add calcium and magnesium mineral powder to the recipe, in equal proportions, or in ratios up to 5:1, to increase the mineral content. Calcium is very essential for healthy teeth. Children might not take to the salty taste, so to cover it you can add Xylitol, which is a good substitute for all the artificial sweeteners in regular toothpaste. To make it easier to handle, equal parts of coconut oil help to make it a smooth paste that has the same texture as commercial toothpaste, and coconut oil is a very rich source of vitamin E as well. Flavoring can be of your choice, with myriad available essential oils like the more traditional peppermint oil, or if you feel like, grapeseed, orange, vanilla bean, cinnamon spice, really anything works. Just a few drops of essential oil suffice for the entire mix, and tastes refreshing and amazing.  And it’s so much safer too. There’s no preservatives involved.  No excess fluoride, so even children and infants can use it, no harm done if they swallow some, accidentally. There’s no chemicals, no bases, no detergents- just kitchen ingredients that  you can mix, and store in an airtight container, or even make a  tube yourself out of a tiny plastic bag, with a corner snipped for  easy squeezing. Homemade toothpaste is one the simplest replacements for an entirely unnecessary and chemical laden  expenditure!


Dentists and Botox

cosmetic treatment with botox injectionDentists and Botox go together like, well, not much in most people’s minds.  After all, who would make a connection between a medical practice focused almost solely on the mouth, gums, and teeth, and a medical product intended to reduce aging and help people look and feel younger?  The fact is, many dentists across the country are seeking training on how to safely administer Botox to get the best results for their patients.  But why would dentists be interested in offering Botox?  And why would dental patients be interested in getting Botox?

A big problem for people who want to get rid of wrinkles is that their are a lot of people claiming to be qualified to administer the injections, but too many people have suffered from the results of botched treatments that can cause pain and giving them a distorted appearance.  Knowing this, it can be hard to know who to trust.  This is a problem common to medicine, and not limited to Botox.

Dentists are already highly trained and qualified medical professionals.  What’s more they already have extensive knowledge of the muscles and nerves in and around the face.  Finally, they are already proficient at giving injections and at keeping equipment clean and disinfected.

Anyone who goes in for regular cleanings and dental exams likely already has an established relationship with their dentist built on trust and mutual respect.  Finally, unlike people who are not trained medical practitioners, a dentist can be held responsible for negative outcomes, which are unusual when Botox is administered by a professional who is adequately trained.

When you consider all of these factors, dentistry and Botox go together like cookies and milk, no matter how dissimilar they may seem.

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Moving to San Diego? Find a great dentist

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Natural caduceus conceptThe area of San Diego is a gorgeous place to live, and that means that it is not surprising that so many people want to move there and enjoy all of its benefits. If you are thinking of moving to San Diego, then you will definitely be making sure that the area has plenty of the things that you need – whether it be a great gym, good schools, or even a green park. What we would ask is that you do not forget to discover whether or not there is a genuinely good dentist in your new local area.

A good dentist can really make or break the way that your family’s health goes, and we will tell you why. Dental health and oral health are often considered to be small parts of our overall body health, but that is actually not quite true. An excellent dentist will be able to find out, through careful questioning and examination, whether your diet is good, whether you need to change your exercise regime, how your balance is, and whether or not you may develop migraines in the future. It seems impossible, but our teeth are the windows to our body, and when you know how to read them, you can understand your body a whole lot better.

We recommend that absolutely anyone who is thinking of the San Diego area considers their new dentist as just as important as the commuting routes. After all, one may help you get to work slightly quicker than you thought, but the other can totally transform your health before you know it. You should not leave looking into the San Diego dentists to when you finally unpack the last moving box – it should be research that you are carrying out right now.

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