My Holistic Dental Care Routine*
In terms of beauty I have always favoured getting the fundamentals right first and foremost. One key element of this is dental care. There are countless quotes that decree that your smile is your best accessory and those are correct as long as you are happy with your smile.
I’ve had a very long relationship with the dentist waiting room due to having a hockey accident when I was 15 that involved one of my teeth coming out. Root Canals, dental implants and a veneer followed as it was my front tooth and highly visible. I take really meticulous care of my teeth, because as I now know, replacing them is extremely expensive and somewhat traumatic. These are some of my tips and the products I recommend:
Build a relationship with a Dentist You Trust and Never Miss an Appointment
I had heard about holistic dentistry for a long time and booked into Dundrum Dental Clinic to see Dr. Heffernan who has an incredibly long waiting list. Holistic Dentists look at the connection between your oral health (the outer smile) and your overall health (your inner smile). If you suffer from Headaches, Migraines, ME/Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnoea or Snore, they believe the problem may often lie in your mouth. You may have old leaking Mercury fillings, Gum disease or have a bite that is out of balance. They believe these dental issues can cause low-grade chronic inflammation in the body which can affect your general health.
My first consultation with Dr. Heffernan involved XRays, a discussion about my life in general and him putting his fingers inside my mouth and placing pressure on certain areas. I had that very strange occurrence of feeling as if he got almost everything about my life very quickly. He asked questions about key lifestyle elements that were out of balance and suggested I embark on some energetic healing in the form of Craneo Sacral Therapy and Kinesiology to heal the area surrounding my tooth that had come out in the accident. He accessed my posture and very accurately showed me how the inflammation around the tooth was causing a reverberation onto my neck and then hips which have always felt excessively tight.
Going back for a second appointment a few months on, having done the work recommended, I felt like a different person and will never return to a traditional dentist.
Choose Your Toothbrush Wisely
Plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to decompose! They remain in landfills indefinitely. As they settle into the landfill, they release chemicals into the air. This results in even more damage to the environment.
VirtueBrush is an Irish company specialising in Bamboo Toothbrushes. The handle of the toothbrush is made from 100% Muso Bamboo which is one of the most sustainable and fast growing plants on the planet. The Bamboo handle is manufactured to be totally smooth and is 100% Biodegradable and Compostable. The Bristles are Nylon4 which are safe for industrial composting in your brown compost bin at home.
A Bamboo Toothbrush is an easy swap to make if you are disturbed by all the sad news about plastic in the environment. I have been using Virtue Brushes for over a year at this stage and wanted to wait until I had had a check up with my hygienist before discussing them online and I was very pleasantly surprised when she said that my brushing had in-fact improved since using them.
My toothbrushes lasted 3 months, so the same length as a regular one, and I have composted some and kept one for cleaning my rings. Their mission is to disrupt the plastic toothbrush industry with a symbol for sustainable living – and believe brushing with a high quality Bamboo Toothbrush will help remind people every day just how easy and beneficial making small planet friendly lifestyle changes can be. They also have special Kid Size versions as well so everyone can get involved.
Take The Time You Need To Brush Properly
You should spend two minutes brushing your teeth properly. I used to rush through it but I found having a timer really helps. Switching on a song or something that will help you stay there for a little longer helps as if you rush brushing your teeth you risk missing certain places and also you risk inflamed gums if you brush too hard.
Try Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut Oil Pulling works primarily by decreasing the harmful bacteria and plaque in the mouth that contribute to gum disease, such as Streptococcus mutans. Using certain oils with anti-inflammatory properties like coconut oil may also aid by reducing the inflammation associated with gum disease. To do this put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil into the mouth. Swish is around, being careful not to swallow, for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
Spit oil into a tissue and place it in the bin. Never swallow the oil and never spit it directly into the sink or toilet as it will block it as the oil hardens. Rinse well with warm water and do a light brushing after. I do this a few times a week.
Avoid Plastic Dental sticks and floss.
We are all aware of plastic straws being environmentally damaging but also items such as floss typically come in a plastic cartridge and also floss sticks generally come in packs of 100 or so underscoring their on-the-go disposable nature. A better alternative is to go with a natural floss such as Geoganics which comes in a glass bottle.