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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The Three Non Negotiables – Holistic Dentistry

Concept Of Healthy TeethWhen you are thinking about relocating, the world will often suddenly seem to be impossibly big. After all, how on earth are you meant to decide on a place to live when there are literally thousands of different towns all over the United States of America? Yes, you may know some of them pretty well, but there will almost certainly be hundreds that you know very little of. Where do you start? How can you be sure that when you move, you are moving to a place where you and your family are going to be happy?

Well, we can’t guarantee you happiness, but we can certainly make sure that you go into your move with your eyes wide open – because we think that you need to make a list of three non negotiables. These are three things that you could absolutely positively never ever live without, and a place that does not have them could never be a home for you. That would enable you to very quickly filter out the towns around America that just are not right for you at the moment – and hopefully lead you to some that have the very basic foundations of a happy life there for you.

It does not really matter what those three non negotiables are, as long you and your family are happy with them. You could need a short and stress free commute to work; or a great school for your children. You could put on your list a great holistic dentist to take care of your and your family’s teeth, or a registered vet that can look after the family pet properly. Whatever your three are, you must make sure that you never compromise on them, or you will find yourself looking for a new move and a new home before too long.

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The characteristics of a good dental start up

Dental flush - woman flossing teeth smilingWe’ve all done it – we’ve thought we were on to a good thing, and all of a sudden it came crashing down around us. Of course, how upset we become that it has not worked will usually depend on how much time, effort, skill, and money we have invested in the project. The further on the start up has progressed, the more infuriating it can be that it has not succeeded. So of course it is only natural that we only want to invest our many talents in start ups that are going to be successful. So how on earth can you be sure that you have discovered a good start up? Here are three characteristics that we think make up a good start up:

It is absolutely imperative that at least one person who is involved in the start up has the knowledge required to really work in the industry and niche that the start up has placed itself in. For example, a homeopathic dentist start up will require in depth knowledge of homeopathic remedies.

Do not be fooled into thinking that knowledge is the same as expertise. Many people can be knowledgable about a subject, but there will be few that have the expertise in the skill that is required to use that knowledge. To continue our example, a homeopathic dentistry start up will require someone will qualifications to prove they have the expertise required.

Start ups do not often become overnight successes, and that is why commitment to the start up is vital. Everyone involved needs to be able to commit themselves totally to the projects that make up the start up, and they must be willing to commit this time and effort even if it does not seem that they are getting anywhere.

Although start up companies can technically begin in any sector or industry in the world, it is rather unusual to consider the fields of medicine within a start up frame work. This is because many of us picture start ups as being created by teenagers, or young people still in college – people with great ideas but very little experience or knowledge. However, some of the most successful start ups are created by much more mature people; those who have seen the world, who have skills, and who have something valuable to pass on to people through their start up. We need to start redefining our expectations of what a start up looks like, otherwise we are going to miss out on some wonderful opportunities. Take dentistry, for example.

Dentistry is an industry that, without a shadow of a doubt, you need someone with expertise and qualifications. Without those, a dental practice is both ineffective and totally illegal! But more than this, dentistry can push the boundaries of what a start up really means, what a start up can really be. Holistic dentistry has been around for millennia, but it is only now that people are starting to realise its value. Dentists are taking risks and setting up their own holistic dentistry practices, and this can be seen to be just as much of a start up company as any other. Holistic dentists offer something vibrant, new, and exciting, and can pass on real and tangible benefits to their patients and their investors.

Start ups need a bit of a shaking up, and holistic dentists can certainly do that. The real question is how long it will take for other people to realise just how exciting holistic dentistry really can be – and how they can get involved in the action!


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Laser Treatments for Varicose Veins

laser.therapyIn order to accurately diagnose varicose veins, a doctor will use ultrasound to examine the vein to determine whether and to what extent an insufficiency exists.  Venous insufficiency is the most common cause of varicose veins.  Once diagnosed, the doctor will discuss treatment options with you.  Treatment options include endovenous laser treatment and surface laser treatment (medical professionals, see how to offer these laser therapies here).

Endovenous Laser Treatment

This treatment takes about 30-45 minutes and can be performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia.  Recovery time is negligible and there is no scarring.  A tiny incision is made and a catheter is introduced into the vein.  Then, ultrasound is used to guide a laser filament into the vein.  The vein is flooded with saline and lidocaine and the laser is slowly removed from the vein as it emits energy to seal the vein closed.

After the procedure, the leg is dressed with a compression bandage which is kept in place for 2 days, then compression stockings are worn for at least a week.  In most cases, the patient is able to return to normal activity, including work, the following day.  Typically doctors will recommend that you:

  • Wear your compression stockings around the clock for a week, then during the day for the next three weeks.
  • Avoid high impact exercise such as impact aerobics and running for three weeks.
  • Frequent walking to speed healing.

The doctor will do another ultrasound a few days after the procedure and again in four weeks to check that the veins are closing up properly.  Rarely, a treated vein will reopen, requiring additional treatment, but 98% of treated veins remain sealed after a year.

Endovenous laser treatment can cause some side effects, including redness or swelling in the treated area.

Surface Laser Treatment

For smaller varicose veins and spider veins, surface laser treatments are often effective.  The laser is directed at the affected veins and the light penetrates the skin and closes the vein.  There are no incisions and no recovery time.  You may experience some mild discomfort, but ice or topical anesthetic can be used to minimize this.  Typically you will be advised to:

  • Avoid sun exposure or use sunscreen for at least four weeks prior to your treatment. This will both maximize the effectiveness and minimize the risk of blistering or scarring.
  • Wear compression stockings during the day for at least three days.
  • Refrain from high impact exercise for three weeks.
  • Walk frequently to speed healing.
  • Apply ice as needed for discomfort.

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