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Natural Substitutes and Techniques Better than Toothpaste.

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In some studies, researchers have observed that people with gum disease (when compared to people without gum disease) were more likely to develop heart disease or have difficulty controlling blood sugar. Other studies showed that women with gum disease were more likely than those with healthy gums to deliver preterm, low birth weight babies. But so far, it has not been determined whether gum disease is the cause of these conditions.There may be other reasons people with gum disease sometimes develop additional health problems.For example, something else may be causing both the gum disease and the other condition, or it could be a coincidence that gum disease and other health problems are present together.More research is needed to clarify whether gum disease actually causes health problems beyond the mouth, and whether treating gum disease can keep other health conditions from developing. In the meantime, it’s a fact that controlling gum disease can save your teeth – a very good reason to take care of your teeth and gums.

Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line. Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.

Health problems can also cause teeth problems. Women who have hormone imbalances are more prone to gum disease, as well as diabetics, overweight people and those with nutrition disorders.


The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called “gingivitis.” In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist. This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.


When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis” (which means “inflammation around the tooth”). In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. The doctor may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome.The dentist, periodontist, or dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. In some cases a laser may be used to remove plaque and tartar. This procedure can result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

 Think you are brushing correctly? Probably not.

proper way to brush insides of teethMy dentist had some very good advice regarding brushing techniques. He advised starting with the inside of your teeth first and then doing the outside. The logic here is that most people start from the outside of their teeth first and by the time they get to the inside they are tired of brushing and do not give the inside of the teeth the attention they need to prevent tartar buildup. Many people are brushing the insides, but incorrectly, by using the tip of the toothbrush. You should be using the whole tooth brush on the insides like the photo shown to the right.

Also, over many years, there has been a great deal of controvesy over toothpastes. Should you get a fluoride toothpast or not. Tartar control or not. In reality, actual toothpaste does not do a very good job cleaning the teeth, and thus even the ones that claim to control tartar do not. A tooth cleaning formula requires three things: it must be abrasive enough to control plaque and tartar buildup, have some sort of antibacterial ingredient to control the bacteria that causes gum disease, and protect teeth as much as possible from what we eat. Whether you believe fluoride does that or not is still a personal preference, but below we have some natural teeth cleaning substance that do a better job than commercial toothpaste and leave your gums much healthier because they do not contain preservatives, colorings and other chemicals your teeth don't need and can actually do more harm than good over the years.

Best teeth cleanig ritual and natural substances which people have had excellent outcomes with. Better than toothpaste.

The above is probably one of the best kept secrets in dentistry. Now that you know the correct substances and techniques to use for healthy teeth, there is no excuse to not dazzle your dentist next time you visit him/her. But more importantly, you should be able to keep your own teeth well into old age without needing dentures, root canals or other painful alternatives.


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NUTRITION: Scientists Name Watercress a Powerhouse Food.

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Really? Who would have thought such a colorless, odorless, tasteless vegetable such a watercress would have anything going for it nutritionally. Okay, you are probably thinking of the type of watercress we all were introduced to as kids in chop suey. That rubbery, off-white strip of crunchy, tasteless thrown into commercial canned chop suey. Not the same watercress we are talking about here. That is the watercress root or stem and not the leafy green plant that has all the nutrient benefits found by recent studies.

Apparently, a panel of scientists found this crunchy vegetable to be worthy of power food status among 40 other vegetables and fruits at the top of the list because it's higher in calcium than milk and has almost as much vitamin C as an oraange. Go figure.

Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to get fresh watercress. Sometimes health food stores will have watercress greens or sprouts, but not very often. Watercress, with the botanical name Nasturtium officinale, is a rapidly growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia, and one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. Ahhhh, a lightbulb just went on for you gardeners out there, Nasturtium? Yup, this cousin of the pretty flower varieties of nasturtium has a very similar taste and yes, the leaves of watercress look just like those of garden nasturtium.

Cultivation of watercress is practical on both a large-scale and a garden-scale. Being semi-aquatic, watercress is well-suited to hydroponic cultivation, thriving best in water that is slightly alkaline. It is frequently produced around the headwaters of chalk streams. In many local markets, the demand for hydroponically grown watercress exceeds supply, partly because cress leaves are unsuitable for distribution in dried form, and can only be stored fresh for a short period.

Among it's nutritional benefits, cress leaves and stems contains gluconasturtiin, a glucosinolate compound that gives the peppery flavor. Research studies suggest that the hydrolysis product of gluconasturtiin, 2-phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), is believed to be cancer preventing by inhibition of phase I enzymes (mono-oxygenases and cytochrome P450s).

Health benefits of Watercress.

How can you incorporate more watercress into your diet? Put it in salads, on top of sandwiches and on pasta and throw it in a veggie smoothie.

You gardeners out there will also be happy to know that we actually found a couple seed supplier that offer watercress seeds. Everwild farms has organic watercress seeds. So now, when you cannot find it in stores, you can grow it yourself.


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Make Your Own Horehound Cough Drops.

Nothing over-the-counter soothes a sore throat or cough as well as the herb horehound. Problem is, the stuff tastes nasty. But here is a recipe to make your own cough drops that isn't too bad, and if you have a bad enough sore throat, these work wonders. Since we featured horehound this month in our Herbs column on the left of this page, we thought we'd give you this home "wonder" remedy as well. They really do work, I've made them and used them myself. I now have horehound growing all over my yard.

• 1 cup fresh horehound leaves
• 1 cup water
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 tablespoons honey
• Granulated or powdered sugar, to coat

1. Put horehound in a small nonreactive saucepan and add water. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Allow to cool, then remove horehound and squeeze out liquid. Add sugar and honey to pan, stir with a wooden spoon while bringing to a boil, then turn heat down to a gentle simmer. If bubbles threaten to overflow the pan, reduce heat slightly and stir.

2. Boil to hard-crack stage (330 degrees), but even if you use a candy thermometer, test often toward the end of cooking to get the hardness right. Keep a shallow cup of cold water nearby. Stir the liquid occasionally, and watch how it falls from the spoon. When it forms a thread, begin testing for hardness by allowing a drop of the mixture to fall into the cup of cold water. Don’t trust your fingers to examine the now-hardened drop in the cup: bite it. If it’s at all gooey or sticks to your teeth, keep cooking. When it’s hard enough to crack when you bite it, remove pan from heat immediately.

3. If the mixture crystallizes, just add a cup of water and an extra tablespoon of honey to the pan, scrape the crystalline chunks into it and begin again.

4. Lightly butter a candy mold, cookie sheet or other heatproof baking pan, and pour in the hot mixture. If you’re using a flat-bottomed pan, score the surface of the candy after it has cooled enough to become firm. This will help in breaking it apart, which should be done as soon as the candy can be handled.

5. After individual drops are formed, sift granulated or powdered sugar over them to keep homemade cough drops from sticking together. Store horehound cough drops in a moisture-proof container.

You can add mint or other herbs to try and improve the flavor, but usually it just ends up tasting even worse. Peppermint essential oil is the only thing we would recomment adding if at all.

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HOME REMEDIES: Shiny, healthier hair and scalp naturally.

New studies have shown that we wash our hair too much, stripping it of it's natural oils. Scientists have also discovered recently that we have a microscopic natural bacteria on our scalp thay may actually help to keep our scalp and hair healthy.

New research suggests that you only wash you hair once or twice per week with a very mild soap. And also that we tend to scrub our heads too vigorously damaging the hair. So the key to natural healthier-looking hair is actually to wash it less and be more gentle with it.

Herbal Hair Products You Can Make Yourself:

Some herbal rinses you can make yourself will help heal, dry, damaged hair over time.

Yucca root was used by many Native American tribes to wash their hair because it has natural saponins, but they also found out that it can make hair shiny and silky feeling as well as prolong gray hair - so they say. Make a strong tea out of the root which you can sometimes find in health food stores like Whole Foods. Keep it refrigerated in a jar with a lid and when you wash your hair, rinse it with the tea and leave it in. Make sure to strain the tea very well when you make it so you don't get dirt and root sediment in your hair that will dirty it.

Aloe Vera Styling Gel: The gel from an aloe plant can hold hair in place and get rid of frizzies as well as any hair gel and it is very nutritious and healing for hair. Try it instead of hairsprays that are heavy on alcohol and dry out hair.


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How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from chemical compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.

Horehound Marrubium vulgare

Medicinal Properties: A member of the mint family, but it tastes nothing like mint. It actually has a very bitter, unpleasant taste, but nothing works better on a sore throat. Horehound is a main ingredient in many cough and sore throat remedies. It has a very unpleasant flavor, but does work well for coughs, sore throats, bronchitis and some asthma symptoms.

How to Use: Slowly sip a tea made of 1 tsp dried or fresh herb and 1 C. water. Sweeten with honey to make more palatable and add some lemon.

Parts Used: Whole upper part of plant including leaves, flowers.

Growing: Horehound is very easy to start from seed and once established requires little care. In fact it is so easy to grow, you will find it re-seeding itself all over your yard. It can become invasive. Bees love the blossoms. Horehound is easily identified by its white, fuzzy stems.

Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a "one dose wonder." They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.


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