Naturally Healthy Teeth and Gums
Friday, July 1st 2005
Paying attention to our teeth and mouths is far more than just a cosmetic concern
Research shows that our overall well-being is clearly linked to the condition of our teeth and gums. By cultivating good dental health habits - and with the help of herbs known to promote healthy teeth and gums - we can prevent tooth decay, gum disease and even heart disease. As a bonus, we will have whiter teeth and fresher breath.
It has long been known that gum disease can cause serious dental problems, including tooth loss. But in the last 10 years gum disease has been liked to other health concerns. These problems arise from bacteria contained in plaque. These bacteria can travel throughout the blood stream triggering the development of gum disease or worsening existing conditions.
Researches have found that gum disease almost doubles the risk of coronary artery disease. Bacteria in the mouth can also be inhaled into the lungs, where the germs multiply, potentially causing respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
Signs that you may have gum disease include sore or bleeding gums, bad breath, or receding gums.
To prevent damage to tooth enamel and gums, use the softest toothbrush you can find. Replace it at least every three months and also after an illness such as a cold or the flu.
Normal tooth brushing removes a certain amount of staining. A variety of gels and toothpastes are available to assist the whitening of teeth.
Jason PowerSmile Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
PowerSmile toothpaste is new, safe and super whitening without chemicals and harsh abrasives. It contains three natural whitening polishers, Natural Bamboo, Calcium Carbonate and Silica, which brighten as they polish and prevent tartar build-up.
PowerSmile toothpaste helps blast bacteria with Perilla Seed known for its power to help block sugar acids, glucose and sucrose from bonding with minerals in your saliva that form tartar on your teeth.
PowerSmile toothpaste has peppermint providing a powerful breath freshener that blasts bad breath away. At last a great tasting all natural toothpaste!
Jason NutriSmile toothpaste and mouthwash. This is a super refreshing, all natural breath blaster. It is packed with delicious Orange, Cinnamon and Mint oils that restore cool freshness. NutriSmile contains a complete "Vitamin C" complex that is a daily defense against bad breath, gum disease and bacteria build-up.
Silicea toothpaste provides for daily dental care without foaming agents, mint or preservative. It contains colloidal silica for maintaining the health of teeth and gums. It provides an excellent cleaning effect with a distinctive refreshing taste.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - Septempber 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Teeth and Gum Health:
Childrens Tooth Gel
Extra C Powder
Grant's Toothpaste Mineral Herbal
Oral Fresh Natural Toothgel
Tea Tree Oil
Plant Gel Toothpaste
Q Silica Original Colloidal Silica
Snappy Jaws Toothpaste - Pineapple
Snappy Jaws Toothpaste - Strawberry
Related health information can be found here:
Alfamax, a rich source of Vitamins and Minerals
Foods to help detoxification
Liver cleansing herbs
The Good Health Diet
Thisilyn for liver support
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If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.
Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.
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