See my dazzling smile? I’m happy about butter, raw milk, and cute babies.
But I have no clue what I’m talking about when it comes to taking care of that smile.
I’ve been making real food and natural health changes with great focus for about four years now, along with a gradual shift for the ten or so years before that, and I feel like dental health is one of my final frontiers. I just don’t know much about natural options for teeth and oral care, especially when it comes to going to a dentist.
I know I’ve had braces.
I know I recently have developed sensitive teeth, for which I tried oil pulling (and should get back to it).
I know that my father, brother and I have no eye teeth, so I grew up with a big space between my two front teeth (which the braces took care of more or less).
I wrote some natural toothpaste reviews last fall, but I want to get beyond just what ingredients should and should not be in the tube.
I hear folks talk about finding a naturally-minded dentist, about the risks of fillings, about using a proper diet to improve bone structure in young children, and I am filled with so many questions!
I don’t have a clue what to avoid at the dentist’s office, beyond declining fluoride treatments and being wary of X-rays. I wonder what a naturally-minded dentist does differently than a conventional dentist.
I wonder about my own sensitive teeth, which weren’t always this way (at least not with the intensity of biting into a dried date and feeling a shooting pain that won’t go away until the date is history):
- Is it caused by multiple pregnancies and havoc that can wreak on one’s teeth? (My old dentist says that gingivitis and sensitive gums are par for the course with pregnancy and somewhat with breastfeeding too; I’ve participated in one or the other for the last 8+ years.)
- Is it my own fault for skipping brushing every so often when I’m chasing children and don’t even realize it until dinnertime?
- Am I just getting older?
- Is there a hereditary tendency?
- Or is there something simple about my dental or dietary habits that I’m missing?
I wonder about the calcium buildup on my son’s teeth, which our old dentist said was just part of his genes and not harmful, and the new dentist pointed out a great deal of plaque.
I wonder why my 4-year-old has an overbite and an overjet (I think that’s what the new dentist called it), when we eat a pretty darn traditional diet, although I admit to more sugar than the zero we should be eating and far fewer organ meats than some recommend. Will she grow out of it and have perfect bone structure, or am I missing some information about diet and oral health?
The new dentist told me he firmly believes that braces cause people to suffer from TMJ for the rest of their lives. I wonder if my adolescent braces are the cause of my jaw angst or if it’s related to teeth grinding – and why am I grinding my teeth?
I wonder if there’s any link between fluoride in water and facial blemishes, and I wonder who’s right about fluoride – the folks who put it in our water or those who recommend we avoid it at all costs?
I have a sample of the Orawellness brushing system, and I wonder many things about that – most of all, I wonder when I’m going to make the time to watch the 20-minute video to learn the Bass brushing technique and how well my kids will be able to do it.
I’ve even seen something recently about flossing being a bad idea – I know, I know, it seems like nothing we were told to do to "be healthy" our entire lives is without questions anymore! So of course, I’m wondering why.
If you are in the boat with me and wondering about non-toxic options for oral health – all that stuff that is probably not in the mainstream – grab your oars and row over to the Orawellness HealThy Mouth Summit. It’s an online event that is totally free and includes 20 different talks plus a live Q&A during the week of January 13th. So yes, you can listen in your jammies.
Some more information:
Whether you are dealing with tooth decay, bleeding gums, or have ‘questionable’ dental restorations like root canals or crowns, we all have something going on in our mouths that we would like to see healthier.
This is an opportunity to listen to the solutions from the leading experts from 6 countries around the world in the fields of biological dentistry, nutrition as it relates to oral health, along with medical doctors, naturopathic doctors and acclaimed authors. You’ll even hear from ‘in the trenches’ moms who have applied these healing ideas in their own homes and get to hear what worked and what didn’t for them and their children.
Here are just a few of the questions the summit will cover:
- How to raise cavity free kids
- What to do about old dental issues like mercury fillings, crowns, root canals, etc.
- What materials are the safest for dental fillings
- The safest protocol to have mercury fillings removed
- How to determine if a filling material is biocompatible with your immune system
- The foods to eat (and not eat) to create optimal oral health
- The TRUTH about mercury and fluoride
- How to keep your teeth AND your health for life!
- What to do about common issues like tooth decay, bleeding gums, bad breath
- How to safely detox mercury from the body
- The questions to ask a dentist to discern if they are really suited to help your family
- and on and on…
The organizers say "don’t make another appointment with a dentist until you’ve heard this information!" So of course, I finally found a new dentist, 8 months overdue, and the whole family has just gone. But I feel like that just fueled my fire to learn more so I’m super prepared next appointment.
I encourage anyone with any oral issues to sign up HERE for this FREE online event! You do have to register to get access to the talks, and you’ll get some email reminders. When you register, you’ll receive Dr. David Kennedy’s movie titled Smoking Teeth, discussing the science behind mercury fillings.
I’ll see you at the summit!
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
Disclosure: I am an affiliate for OraWellness and will receive commission if you end up buying anything, but the summit is free, no strings attached. See my full disclosure statement here.