Book Review – Holistic Dental Care by Nadine Artemis
I am really excited to do this review!
I loved reading Holistic Dental Care by Nadine Artemis. In fact I couldn’t put it down. I read it in less than 2 days (for me that’s huge – having a 2 year old toddler doesn’t allow me much time to read, but once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop!).
To be quite honest, dental care isn’t normally the hottest topic for me, but Nadine Artemis has a way with her written words that got me super inspired and excited about taking better care of my teeth. Her book has certainly taken my teeth cleaning routine to a whole new level!
Over the years I have already been incorporating a natural, non-toxic approach towards taking care of my teeth and gums, but I have to say from reading her book I’ve learned a lot more things I never knew before, and it has led me to fine-tune my dental care routine which is giving me much better results.
For this review I thought it would be fun to share 3 things I’ve learned from the book that I’m incorporating in my routine and the results I have been getting. But first, I do want to share what’s in the book and what it’s about.
About the author, Nadine Artemis
Nadine Artemis is the founder, creator, and botanical mastermind behind my favourite natural skin care line Living Libations. We all know how much I love her skin care and body care products (you can read my reviews here, and another here).
Along with being an expert in essential oils and botanicals, she’s also an expert in holistic self-dentistry. Nadine is an author, speaker, and the creator of Living Libations Skin Care which also includes an extensive non-toxic tooth care product line.
Holistic Dental Care – What the book is about
Holistic Dental Care is about how to take care of your teeth and gums using a gentle, natural, non-toxic dental care approach.
Most people don’t realize that their teeth are alive and capable of healing. The body and teeth are completely connected – want healthy, white, strong teeth – have a healthy body.
Most people also aren’t aware that most common toothpastes, mouthwashes, and dental materials are not safe for human consumption (there’s warning labels on all toothpastes and dental products warning you not to swallow it or eat it), and some materials used in dental procedure are hazardous to your health (mercury is a big one).
Holistic Dental Care teaches you about safer, alternative methods and non-toxic materials you can use to keep your teeth healthy, clean, and strong.
Holistic Dental Care book includes:
- Basics of tooth anatomy
- What causes tooth decay and gum issues
- What dental care ingredients you’ve got to watch out for that aren’t good for your health
- How to select a good dentist and the questions you should ask
- Proper diet and nutrition for tooth health
- Oral care for babies, toddlers, and children
- Nadine’s 8 Step Self-Dentistry tooth care routine/protocol
- Herbs and Essential Oils for tooth and gum health
- Natural remedies and protocols for tooth and gum issues
The book is packed with so much information. What I love most about the book is everything is simple to read, clear to understand, and extremely actionable.
What stood out the most for me in the book is Nadine’s 8 Step Self-Dentistry protocol where she guides you step-by-step how to clean your teeth every morning and night. When you go to a dentist, they just vaguely tell you to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, but Nadine actually explains in detail how you’re suppose to brush and clean your teeth and gums, how to floss, rinse your mouth, etc., She makes sure you’re doing it all correctly. She also goes through all the various essential oils, serums, herbs, clays, salts, and natural materials you can incorporate in your routine to polish and thoroughly clean your teeth. You can make the routine as simple or as elaborate as you want while still getting results.
3 Things I’ve learned from Holistic Dental Care
There’s a lot that I have taken away from Holistic Dental Care and have been incorporating into my daily dental care routine. I thought it would be fun to share 3 of the things that stand out the most right now that I have started doing.
1- Gently brushing my teeth
I’ve known for many years that it’s best to use a soft bristle tooth brush for brushing your teeth and gums, but what I never knew was the importance of actually brushing your teeth gently and softly.
As Nadine Artemis puts it, your tooth brush should look new in 6 months, not be worn down or have flattened bristles.
I can be the first to admit that my tooth brushes after 6 months need serious replacement! I’ve since started brushing my teeth much more softly and I have noticed a huge difference. I can now brush my teeth for much longer, my teeth and gums are no longer irritated, and because I can brush my teeth for longer, I’m giving my teeth and mouth a much more thorough cleaning.
2- Regular rinsing of the mouth with salt water.
I’ve always known that rinsing your mouth out with salt water is effective for decreasing inflammation and irritation of the gums and teeth, but what I didn’t know is this is something you can and should be doing daily.
Always after going to the dentist, I would rinse my mouth out with salt water a couple of times a day for a few days if my gums were irritated from dental work or cleaning.
Nadine Artemis recommends rinsing your mouth with salt water every time you brush your teeth (and after meals).
I have started to do this regularly and my mouth does feel a lot fresher. I am also hoping to teach my daughter how to rinse her mouth with salt water too (which will certainly be a challenge, but I believe a beneficial one).
3- Decreasing phytic acid in my daughter’s diet
I have always know that phytic acid found in whole grain, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds is an anti-nutrient (it blocks the absorption of some minerals), but what I didn’t know is the effect phytic acid has on the ph balance of the mouth and saliva.
Acid damages tooth enamel. The optimal ph level in the mouth should be around 7. If you are eating acidic foods, this will increase the acidity in your mouth, which in turn can damage or weaken your tooth enamel.
Phytic acid is an acid. And the problem with eating too many foods high in phytic acid is your giving your teeth a double-whammy by blocking the absorption of tooth strengthening minerals, and making the mouth environment too acidic.
Phytic acid is in a lot of foods (whole grain, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds). The best way of reducing the phytic acid in those foods is by soaking them in water for a few hours or overnight before cooking them, stone-grounding them, and/or fermenting them.
When it comes to phytic acid, I’m concerned about it in my daughter’s diet because she does eat whole grains, beans, legumes, and absolutely loves nuts & seeds. She’s a growing girl (and we want her to be a strong healthy girl with healthy teeth!). So now that I know about the connection between tooth and bone health, and phytic acid, I will take the extra steps to soak these foods to decrease the phytic acid load.
I have to say, I’m so happy to have read this book. I’ve learned so much and feel much more empowered taking care of my own teeth and my family’s teeth as well. I fully recommend Holistic Dental Care to anyone who is interested in incorporating a holistic, safe, non-toxic approach for their oral and dental care. This book is also a fantastic reference book if you want to know more about the benefits of herbs, essentials oils, serums, clays, salts and other natural compounds that can be used to heal and strengthen your teeth and gums.
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