Dental Care Nutrition and Holistic Dentistry

Holistic medicine has been used for centuries to treat minor and major illnesses, and is based on the premise that the mind has a powerful influence over the body. If the mind believes that the body is healing, it becomes fact, and it has been proven through decades of research that the proper frame of mind will actually accelerate the healing process. What many people do not realize is that the same principles of holistic medicine can also be applied to dental care nutrition, and can have an effect upon a person’s overall general health.

How it Works

The principles of holistic dentistry involve the belief that the human body is a strictly interdependent system. Whatever affects one part of it, affects the whole, and at its core is the belief that your diet will have a lasting effect on your teeth and gums, and through them, your body’s overall health.

With a well-balanced diet, full of the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep your body functioning as it should, you can actually strengthen your teeth and gums, and improve your dental health. Combine the diet with proper dental hygiene, and you have created your own personalized dental care nutrition ideal that will keep you healthy for the rest of your life.

The Recommended Diet

For optimum physical health and dental nutrition, you need to be following a well-balanced diet, one that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, plenty of dairy products, and whole grains. To further influence the level of dental care, the amount of sugary or processed foods must be greatly reduced, limited, or eliminated entirely. Doing so will also help to prevent a host of medical conditions that could jeopardize your whole body health in the future.

Including foods high in fiber, which includes lots of fruits and vegetables; you increase the flow of saliva, which will in turn help to neutralize the acids that can destroy your tooth enamel, as well as removing any food particles. Allowing food particles to build up can lead to tooth and gum diseases, as well as cavities. Drinking eight glasses of water a day not only helps your body to reduce the amount of toxins in your system; it will also help to ward off tooth decay. Reducing or eliminating sugar in your diet will not only help to prevent you developing diseases like diabetes, but will also reduce your risk of periodontal diseases developing in your gums, which can later lead to heart attacks and strokes.

The Benefits of a Good Dental Diet

By adopting a diet that will provide you with the necessary vitamins and minerals to support good dental health, you are also supporting your body’s immune system. A healthy immune system will let you fight off viral and bacterial infections, and reduce your risk of later developing some very serious medical conditions. When it comes to good dental health, a strong immune system will prevent gingivitis, which can destroy your gums, and periodontal bacterial infections, which can destroy the gums and the bones that support your teeth. And, this is just the beginning.

There are two very important vitamins and minerals that have a direct influence over your dental health. Calcium is a mineral that is used by the body to build strong teeth and bones, especially those that support your teeth. Your diet should include at least 1000 mg of calcium daily, which can be gotten through supplements, dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables. The most important vitamin of all, vitamin C, strengthens your immune system, and is a major defense against gingivitis. Good dental care nutrition dictates that you must get at least 60 mg of Vitamin C daily, the very amount that can be absorbed by eating a single orange a day.

Dental Jobs in the United States

Dental Jobs in America – What you Should Know

When it comes to medical jobs in America, dental jobs are one of the most common types of jobs available. Actual dentist jobs may be more difficult to find, but lesser qualified positions are constantly available throughout the country.

Not all dental jobs require qualifications; though it would obviously help you if you did gain some form of qualification before you applied to any job role. Here you will find out more about the different dental jobs available and how you may be able to get into the field.

Understanding Dental Jobs

Dental jobs can sometimes be similar to emergency medicine jobs. You can often have to deal with emergency treatments and in many cases you will need to be able to deal with squeamish sights! However, there may be some clerical jobs available within a dental surgery. So if blood does put you off but you would still like to work in a dental surgery, a clerical position may be better suited to you.

One of the most common types of dental jobs available these days tends to be the dental assistants role. This involves assisting dental surgeons with operations and treatments. You will be responsible for setting up the surgery ready for the next patient. This includes finding all of the relevant equipment, cleaning the office and ordering new stock. It is vital that dental assistants be fast workers and they have to be able to work on their own initiative sometimes too. It can be a varied job but you will often see squeamish operations and so you have to be able to deal with this. You will also have to use various pieces of equipment to assist the surgeon whilst they are performing treatments. It is an important role and various skills will be needed.

Typically the skills needed to become a dental assistant are being a quick worker and you may also need experience in various areas such as taking x-rays and being able to create temporary crowns. Each dental surgery will require different skills and some may not ask for any qualifications or skills. If you don’t have any experience or knowledge in the area then you may be able to find trainee positions. The actual salary for dental assistants will vary depending upon the company hiring you. This is because the job role of the assistant is different at each company. Some may require you to do a lot more work than others. Therefore some positions will pay up to $25,000 whereas others will pay up to $16,000.

Another dental job which you may be interested in is a dental hygienist. The role of the hygienist is to ensure that the teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. You will mainly be responsible for cleaning the teeth professionally and for treating any infections which may have occurred. Many surgeries require a bachelor’s degree before they will allow you to work with them. The average salary of a dental hygienist is around $50,000.

Overall there are many different dental jobs available in the dental profession. Some will require more skills than others; though no matter what skills you currently have there will always be a role to suit you.

Toothache And Homeopathy – Homeopathic Medicines You Can Use Yourself

Your smile says a lot about you, but it’s hard to smile when you have toothache.

My friend Craig Wilson from the Sydney Holistic Dental Center has been working in holistic dentistry for years and knows how important it is to have healthy teeth and gums. As a leading holistic dentist, Craig says

“Your oral health relates directly to your general health. Many of the conditions we treat involve inflammation, both chronic and acute, and these have significant impacts on such general disease states such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes.” Just like in Homeopathy, parts of you always relate to the health of the whole!

“Long term inflammatory conditions predispose someone to a range of negative health issues” says Craig.

So what can you do when you have toothache and are in need of a dental procedure? This is where homeopathy can help out. It is a highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain so it is often used post operatively. When we have dental procedures such as a tooth extraction or a root canal treatment, Homeopathy really comes into its own. Read on to find out what my recommendations are for homeopathic relief from dental problems and procedures.

Toothache : Spasmodic pain associated with toothache:Take Mag Phos 6X tissue salts one tablet 4 times a day or Mag Phos 30 5 drops 3 times a day. You can place 10 drops of mag Phos 30 in water and sip as required.

Severe neuralgic or shooting pain : Take Hypericum 30 3 x day to reduce pain.

Dental abscess or infection: As an alternative to antibiotics, homeopathic Hepar Sulph 30 or 200 can be taken 3 times a day. If there is no improvement in 24 hours please call your dentist. If there is steady improvement in pain and discomfort keep taking the medicine and go back after 3-5 days so your dentist can check on progress. It is important in these cases that the tooth nerve is saved so stay close to your dentist to determine the diagnosis and then you will be able to self-prescribe the correct homeopathic medicine.

Tooth extraction :

Any serious dental procedure has the potential to cause some pain or discomfort. Often this is due to inflammation which is the body’s natural response to procedures that involve cutting or traumatizing the delicate tissues of the mouth such as the gums.

There are several effective homeopathic medicines that reduce this inflammation and therefore the pain it causes.

Use Arnica 200 after any tooth extraction twice a day for 3-4 days and Staphisagria 200 in addition once a day for 3 days only, where the procedure proved to be or feel invasive. Staphisagria is especially appropriate if it involved stitches or you were upset about having to have the procedure in the first place!

Nervousness: A trip to the dentist is sometimes an opportunity for anxiety or nervousness. We have all been in this position… ‘What will be wrong?’ ‘Will I need to have a tooth extraction/filling?’ This anxiety can put a real downer on what could be a routine check-up. When anxiety before a check up is high there are some great homeopathic medicines that can completely alleviate your symptoms so a dental check can be stress-free visit! For anticipatory anxiety before the check up (especially if it gives you diarrhea) take Argentum Nitricum 30 twice the day before and once on the day of your visit. For mild nervousness take some Bach rescue Remedy which will be available from your local health store. Take two drops directly in your mouth or put 4-5 drops in a glass of water and sip in the waiting room.

Root Canal Treatment :

This can be a two stage procedure and there are several homeopathic medicines that will help. On the day of the procedure take Arnica 30 or 200 and then repeat twice a day after the procedure until the pain subsides. In addition, take Hypericum 30 or 200 twice a day to help with any nerve pain. Take this regime for 2-3 days after each procedure until the root canal is completed.

For increased healing of mouth wounds/incisions:

and after a periodontal clean Calendula Mouth rinse. Place 10 drops of Calendula tincture in a glass of water and swill round your mouth for 30-60 seconds. Do this first thing on waking and last thing at night. Do not use this rinse if infection is still present.

So to recap as there has been a lot of information! You can use the following homeopathic medicines for dental issues:

Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphisagria as a Dental First Aid kit with Argentum Nitricum and/or Back Rescue Remedy if you get anxious before a treatment.

As Craig Wilson says: “When my patients use Homeopathic medicines before and after procedures they experience a general reduction in the need to use pharmaceuticals. We’ve found homeopathy simple to use, easily tolerated and without side effects”. So what are you waiting for? Get ordering your homeopathic medicines today! 🙂

© Sam Adkins – The Homeopathic Coach 2008

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