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351: Reverse tooth decay naturally - a holistic approach to whiter teeth, healthy gums & oral health - Nadine Artemis {from the vault}

On Air with Ella episode 351 - rebroadcast

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Nadine Artemis, who previously joined us in episode 68 to discuss natural, organic beauty, is here to delve into holistic oral care, naturally white teeth and the world of self-dentistry.

In this episode...

This episode is packed with information on how to take ownership of your oral health using natural and holistic methods. Nadine's practical DIY tips provide a comprehensive guide to achieving a healthy, beautiful smile from the inside out.

Check out Nadine's website,, for more resources to support your natural oral health!

Oral Health Matters

Nadine emphasizes that 80% of all illness starts in the mouth. By taking care of our oral health, we can significantly enhance our overall health and beauty. This episode explores how integral healthy teeth are to our well-being in ways we might not have imagined.

The Connection Between Mouth and Gut Microbiome

We discuss the critical link between oral health and gut health. Maintaining a healthy mouth and gut is essential for longevity and overall health.

Practical Tips for Oral Health

  • Salt Rinse: Start with a salt or baking soda rinse to alkalinize the mouth.

  • Tongue Scraping: Remove tongue plaque to maintain oral hygiene.

  • Brushing Techniques: Brush gums and teeth with a dry toothbrush and natural serums or neem oil.

  • Polishing Teeth: Use an electric toothbrush with baking soda or sea salt for polishing.

  • Flossing: Enhance flossing by coating it with essential oils to reduce biofilms.

The Role of Nutrition

Nadine stresses the importance of nutrition in maintaining oral health. She explains how deficiencies in fat-soluble vitamins like K2 and D3 can lead to dental issues and how a nutrient-rich diet can help remineralize teeth.

The Truth About Teeth Whitening

We discuss the drawbacks of conventional teeth whitening methods, which can weaken enamel and disrupt the oral microbiome. Nadine suggests natural alternatives like hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for safe and effective teeth whitening.

Regenerating Gums

Nadine shares that even receding gums can be regenerated with the right care, contrary to what many conventional dentists might say. She recommends using natural serums and essential oils to heal and strengthen gums.

DIY Self-Dentistry

Nadine introduces the concept of self-dentistry, which involves using natural products and practices to maintain oral health. Nadine explains how our teeth are living structures that can heal and regenerate.

Risks of Conventional Dental Products

We dive into the harmful effects of conventional dental products, which often contain questionable ingredients like fluoride, triclosan, and artificial sweeteners. Nadine explains how these products can disrupt our oral microbiome and overall health. For a balanced view on Flouride, read this.

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Nadine Artemis is the creator of Living Libations, an exquisite line of serums, elixirs, and essentials oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical health and beauty products on the planet.

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To provide a balanced perspective on fluoride in toothpaste, it's important to consider both the benefits and potential risks. Here's an overview of the key points so you can do your own research and decide for yourself.

Benefits of fluoride in toothpaste:

1. Cavity prevention: Fluoride has been shown to significantly reduce tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel and remineralizing early stages of decay[1][2].

2. Cost-effective public health measure: The widespread use of fluoride toothpaste is considered one of the most successful public health interventions for improving oral health[1].

3. Endorsed by dental organizations: Major dental associations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), recommend using fluoride toothpaste for cavity prevention[1][2].

Potential risks and concerns:

1. Dental fluorosis: Excessive fluoride intake during tooth development (typically in children under 8) can lead to cosmetic changes in tooth enamel. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research found that mild fluorosis increased in the US between the 1980s and 2000s, coinciding with increased fluoride exposure[4].

2. Neurotoxicity concerns: Some studies have suggested a potential link between high fluoride exposure and neuro-developmental issues. A 2019 study published in JAMA Pediatrics found an association between maternal fluoride exposure during pregnancy and lower IQ scores in children[5].

3. Endocrine disruption: Some research has indicated that fluoride may affect thyroid function. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found an association between fluoridated water and increased prevalence of hypothyroidism[5].

4. Skeletal fluorosis: While rare in areas with controlled fluoride levels, excessive long-term fluoride intake can lead to skeletal fluorosis, a condition that causes joint pain and stiffness[5].

Specific risk factors to consider:

1. Age: Children under 6 should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and be supervised to prevent swallowing[1].

2. Fluoride exposure: Consider your overall fluoride intake, including from water sources, when deciding on fluoride toothpaste use.

3. Personal health: Individuals with certain health conditions or concerns should consult their dentist or healthcare provider for personalized advice.

4. Alternative options: For those who prefer to avoid fluoride, alternatives like nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste have shown promise in remineralizing tooth enamel[2].



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1 Comment

Laura Paulk
Laura Paulk
6 days ago

I'm looking for the list of holistic dentists that was mentioned on the latest podcast. I looked at the notes a few times and not sure if I'm missing it. Thanks!

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