We all want a radiant smile.  While much of the radiance of a smile comes from within, whether we are letting our ‘Light’ shine or not, many of us still want a physically nice smile too.

We recently discussed at length how to naturally whiten teeth without destroying our enamel.  We also have discussed how to stop two common habits that cause crooked teeth.

In this article, let’s dive into answering the following two questions:

“So, my teeth are already crooked, what can I do to straighten them?” and “My teeth are pretty straight but I feel them shifting.  What can I do to keep them straight?” Continue reading

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Since you’re here, you already know that gum disease is a huge silent epidemic in our global culture.

The sad statistics don’t lie.

If you choose to listen to the ‘official’ story from governmental data, 50% of adults in the US have advanced gum disease.  We find a more accurate statistic from ‘in the trenches’ dentists working in people’s mouths everyday.  These dentists tell us the numbers are upward of 90% of adults have some stage of active gum disease.

So what does this have to do with children? Continue reading

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At some point in the journey each of us takes toward optimal oral health, we wake up to realize that we have to take better care of our teeth and gums.  Unfortunately, at this point, most of us simply increase what we are doing, assuming for example, “I must not be brushing my teeth enough”.

The problem occurs when we take action without first questioning whether what we’ve been taught by ‘conventional wisdom’ is true or health giving.  It’s a really common slippery slope because we want to make change (we’ve awakened to the fact that we need to do something now) we rush headlong into doing more of the same.

However, without stopping to examine the fact that much of the damage in our mouths has come from ‘conventional wisdom’, we risk increasing the problem rather than finding the path to optimal oral health.  We call this acting-before-thinking strategy the ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ approach.

And so when we turn our attention to a common question we receive here at OraWellness, we see a very similar situation. Continue reading

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Marisa is a 38 year old woman, happy wife and mother of 3 children.  In many ways, her life is awesome.  That is, except for the recent news that her father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“And he’s only 62”, she pondered.  She thought that Alzheimer’s only struck old people in the last days of their lives.

She also tries to quiet her fears when she reflects that her youngest child, Ryan, seems to be showing signs of slow development.  Marisa has read about the rapid rise in autism and quietly prays that her fears are unfounded. Continue reading

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Our culture is becoming increasingly fascinated with white teeth.  With ‘news’ stories in front of us everyday showing us celebrities with their shiny, very white teeth, it seems that so many of us these days want to have an ultra white smile too.

We are told that conventional teeth whitening (bleaching) is safe from experts.  Yet others warn of the risks of conventional teeth whitening.  Much of the confusion stems from the fact that the ‘facts’ around teeth whitening have been blurred intentionally.  Then we hear how Julia Roberts only uses baking soda to keep her smile bright.  But is baking soda even a safe option?

In today’s article on how to naturally whiten your teeth without destroying your enamel, we will detail several strategies that we have researched and deem to be safe for long term use.  We will also provide some ‘super charged’ strategies to provide extra whitening support without the potential risks associated with conventional whitening (bleaching) treatments. Continue reading

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The business of teeth whitening has become a gigantic global industry this past decade.

From home whitening kits and ‘whitening’ toothpastes to dental office applied bleaching treatments and ‘whitening’ salons in Europe, it seems that our global culture wants to have a white smile.

And understandably given all the unspoken qualities that a white smile suggests…
success, youth, beauty.  All the qualities our culture holds ‘on high’.

But what is the cost to the health of the individual who follows this trend?

Some research suggests that whitening (aka bleaching) treatments are safe.  Other researchers warn of damage to enamel and potentially permanent tooth hyper-sensitivity. Continue reading

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Writing about what’s wrong with conventional treatments has never been a favorite for us.

As many of you who regularly read our articles know, we much prefer to discuss solutions to help each of us navigate the path to greater oral health.

So, it’s in this spirit to help you along your path to a happier, healthier mouth that we share our research on the various risks of conventional teeth whitening treatments.

This article follows on the heels of previous articles where we detail what we consider the first step to naturally whitening your teeth as well as lay a foundation of the various methods and strategies used to whiten teeth. Continue reading

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In order to fully address all the questions we get about how to whiten teeth, in this article we intend to establish some definitions and differences between current common whitening techniques.

Once this foundation is in place, we can dive into the risks of whitening techniques, how to naturally whiten your teeth, and advanced strategies to have a naturally whiter smile in upcoming articles.

We recently started this discussion with an article focused on what we consider to be the first step how to whiten your teeth naturally.

In today’s discussion, let’s dive into understanding how whitening works, the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic tooth discoloration, and common whitening strategies. Continue reading

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The smile… the universal way we communicate health, beauty, friendliness, confidence, success, acceptance.  It’s no wonder that we all want a healthy smile.

Tooth whitening commercials and dental treatments are all too eager to give us one of those smashingly white smiles we see in all the ads on the internet, TV and in magazines.

But what are the drawbacks of these cosmetically generated white smiles? Continue reading

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Why is it that some subjects like xylitol are heralded as so positive by some experts and thrown under the bus by others?

Like our recent article on the safety of using baking soda, today let’s explore whether using xylitol in the mouth on a regular basis is a safe and wise choice. Continue reading

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