Watch: Donna Gates & Nadine Artemis talk holistic dental hygiene

Content reviewed by Donna Gates
Written by Body Ecology on December 16th, 2021

If you’re a Body Ecology Living listener, then you know two things: We love to talk about the microbiome, and we also love giving solutions. Tune in today as Donna and Nadine Artemis of Living Libations dig into one of the most overlooked microbiomes — the one in the mouth — and offer up some helpful tips you can start using now.

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If the bristles are splayed on your toothbrush after a few months, that’s a sign you’re brushing too hard.

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Here are some takeaways from the episode:

  • The gut and the mouth microbiome are completely connected. It’s interesting that we live in a time where there have never been more over-the-counter dental products, Nadine says. And yet, never before have we had such an endemic of bleeding/receding gums and plaque that travels into the brain and is now understood to be related to Alzheimer’s. When it comes to gut-mouth health, these products don’t offer many solutions.
  • Once biofilms form, they’re hard to get rid of. Plaque is the precursor to biofilms, which can form in the mouth around little communities of bacteria and make them almost impossible to eradicate. But Nadine explains that essential oils, like frankincense, peppermint, cardamom, and clove, are able to help clean up pathogens, bust through biofilms, and work right alongside beneficial bacteria.
  • You might need to look for a new dentist. If you don’t currently see a trusted dentist up to date on the latest research, resources are available. Nadine suggests searching the Biological Dentists Directory for a skilled — and not necessarily holistic — practitioner. You’ll want to find a dentist using the best equipment and the least amount of radiation, for example; you can email Nadine for more guidance.
  • You might also need a new toothbrush. Abrasive toothbrushes are out, Nadine says. Whether you’re a 200-pound fireman or a baby, everyone needs a soft-headed toothbrush. If the bristles are splayed on your toothbrush after a few months, that’s a sign you’re brushing too hard (and likely with very harsh chemicals). Nadine recommends looking into her dental line, though it also works well to brush with baking soda.
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Want to learn more about natural dental care?

Grab a copy of Nadine’s book, Renegade Beauty, named one of the 10 Best Books on Skin Care by New York Magazine and featuring an entire chapter on holistic oral hygiene. Nadine and her team also provide free consults and are available to answer any questions.

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