Gentle toothbrushing for healthier gums

Gentle toothbrushing for healthier gums

Gentle toothbrushing for healthier gums

Healthier gums need gentle brushing

In this video I demonstrate how to brush your teeth correctly so that you can clean the enamel thoroughly, without hurting your gums in the process.

Incorrect toothbrushing technique can contribute to receding gums, bleeding gums and even gum disease so brushing the right way does more than just clean your teeth, it protects your gums.

Choosing a toothbrush

Electric or manual, the most important quality is the softness of the bristles. Always choose the softest bristles you can find.

An electric toothbrush will exaggerate the risks of poor brushing technique so I recommend practicing correct brushing with a manual toothbrush before you start using an electric.

Electric brushes are especially valuable for people who have trouble keeping their wisdom or back molars clean.  They are also helpful for people who don’t have enough strength or stamina to brush thoroughly for 2-3 minutes at a time.

 

 

No white knuckles

Are you squeezing the toothbrush handle in a death grip? A tight, white knuckled grip at the base of the handle means you are probably brushing too hard!

Practice holding the brush lightly between your finger tips, near the bristles. This way you have more fine motor control. 

Don’t scrub

Gently polish each surface of each tooth individually with a gentle flicking motion, moving the bristles away from the gums.

One of the ways that gums are attached to the teeth is with microscopic fibres that can break really easily, so never push the tips of the bristles into the gum line.

To clean the enamel closest to the gums place the sides of the bristles against the gum line, so the tips of the bristles are touching the enamel. Then just wriggle the bristles in place. It will be easier to understand if you watch the video!

Take your time

If this is a new way of brushing for you, take as long as you need to retrain your muscle memory to the new grip and motions of gentle brushing. Even once you have the hang of it, toothbrushing thoroughly and gently should take you at least 2-3 minutes each time.

Rather than resenting and rushing through your oral hygiene every day, treat it as a mini moving meditation where you have a chance to lavish yourself with loving attention.

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My 5 Best Websites for Natural Oral Health

My 5 Best Websites for Natural Oral Health

My 5 Best Websites for Natural Oral Health

As soon as you start searching for information about oral health on the internet you can quickly become overwhelmed by thousands of choices, most of them fronting small dental practices or large toothpaste manufacturers. Almost all offer the same tired mainstream advice about brushing with fluoride as the best form of prevention.

When you narrow your search down to natural teeth care,  it’s a bit like entering a parallel universe dominated by alt-oral clickbait. You have to navigate through minefields of conspiracy theory and wacky home remedies to find the nuggets of gold.

I try to make sure that the Holistic Tooth Fairy is one of the best websites for natural oral health. If you like this site, you might also like this personal selection of my five favorites:

Healing Teeth Naturally is comprehensive in covering natural, holistic and conventional approaches to oral health in a well-organised manner. The site is all text, few images (except of crystals) and no videos. It’s published in English but translations of some pages are available in German, French, Greek,  Spanish, Slovene and Italian. Ulla Schmid describes her site as ‘humanitarian’  and she isn’t selling anything.

Hippy friendly. 

Ora Wellness offers tons of excellent information about natural oral health, and lots of useful but low-fi videos. Will and Susan Revak have developed their own range of natural products for teeth and gums, which I haven’t tried because shipping from Hawai’i to New Zealand is stupidly expensive.

Family friendly.

Wellness Mama is a natural living website with a smattering of very good blog posts about oral health, including home made toothpaste and toothpowder recipes. Katie Wells is a solid researcher backed by a team, and she has built a substantial business with her natural living blog, books and podcast (while home schooling six children). There’s plenty of valuable free content grounded in her genuine passion for natural teeth healing, just sometimes it’s buried in a mountain of affiliate promotions and advertising.

DIY friendly.

 

Cure Tooth Decay is the website of the book of the same name (which I reviewed here). The site covers a lot of the same material as the book and is easier to search, though still heavy reading. This website was my first experience of alt-oral, and even before I read the book I was able to prevent a root canal by following the dietary advice I found on the site. The book’s author, Ramiel Nagel, sadly passed away last year, yet I find it slightly creepy that his online bio hasn’t changed since he was alive. 

Carnivore friendly.

 

Any dentist can call themselves ‘holistic’ even if their practice is entirely conventional. Because it’s a coveted search term with no regulation, finding a holistic dentist you can trust can be tricky. When you are searching for a local dentist who is truly holistic, try comparing their website to Evolve Dental.  Not many dentists have a blog as good as Evolve’s but if their services and philosophy are similar (e.g. safe amalgam removal and a dietary approach to prevention), then they are probably genuinely holistic. 

‘Looking for a holistic dentist’ friendly

 

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Any timezone, any place

A consultation with the Holistic Tooth Fairy is nothing like going to the dentist! It’s easy, empowering and even fun!

All my consultations are done in online video calls which means that you can work with me no matter what country or what time zone you are in.

You can do it in your pajamas!

You can do it in your car!

You can do it lying down or breastfeeding or with a drink in your hand!

You don’t need a babysitter!

Don’t open wide

My recommendations are made in response to the information you tell me about your history, lifestyle and current symptoms so I don’t need to see your teeth (though photos and/or a copy of your most recent x-ray can be helpful).

How to book your video call

First you select your timezone on my calendar, then find a session time that suits you.  If there’s nothing on the first page that fits your schedule, you might need to check my availability a couple of weeks into the future.  I have an alternate calendar available with some extra sessions to suit European time zones.

For a Starter Pack session or a Quantum Teeth Reading you’ll set up payment first by Paypal or credit card, but payment isn’t finalised until you’ve booked a time on the calendar.  For a free 15 minute assessment call, you’ll skip straight to the calendar.

Then you’ll fill in a short questionnaire, about your oral health history and current priorities etc.

Logging in

You’ll receive a confirmation email straight away and two reminder emails (24 hours and 1 hour before your session start time). Make sure you save the time to your own calendar or diary so you don’t forget!

Each of the emails includes the link to login to our online video chat room. If you haven’t used Zoom before, follow the instructions in the first confirmation email to download and install Zoom to your phone or computer in advance.

We both log into our Zoom Room at the agreed time. Make sure your microphone and camera are working. 

What happens on the call

In a Starter Pack session we’ll focus on nutrition, jaw relaxation and oral hygiene. In a Quantum Teeth Reading session we focus on emotional, psychological and spiritual healing strategies. If you want a combination of physical and metaphysical recommendations, book the Starter Pack and let me know in the questionnaire that you want a Quantum Teeth Reading included.

With your permission I may record the session for my own reference.

After your call

I’ll follow up within a few days with an email summarizing the strategies we discussed, along with any links, references or recipes I mentioned during the call.

The Starter Pack and Quantum Teeth Reading include a week of email support which means you can ask questions and get answers to help with implementation and interpretation so you’ll start off strong!

 

 

Free assessments and coaching packages

In a free 15 minute assessment call, we’ll figure out if a coaching package or a single session is a good fit for what you need right now. I can tailor packages to suit:

  • couples or families
  • chronic oral health problems
  • complex general health challenges
  • plant-based diets
  • chronic illness
  • recovery or detox
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding 
  • significant dental procedures such as amalgam or root canal removal

Coaching prices start from $99 AUD and payment plans are available for packages. 

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Understanding the spiritual meaning of gum disease

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Physical symptoms for gum disease are influenced by metaphysical factors (spiritual, emotional and psychological) at the cellular level.

The behavior of our gum cells is guided by proteins which carry information, not only from physical influences such as nutrition and environment but also from our subconscious thoughts and emotions.

Communication between our subconscious and our physical body is often very metaphorical. The main role of gums is to hold our teeth in place and support them to be strong and straight.

When you aren’t feeling well supported, the gums can embody that as a metaphor in your mouth.

 

Spiritual Reasons for Gum Disease

Teeth are supported by gums

Your gums may be responding to feeling unsupported by people in your life now, or perhaps you didn’t feel well supported by people who were important to you when you were growing up, whether parents or peers. You may be consciously aware of the lack of support, or it may be a subconscious feeling.

Sometimes that feeling goes deeper than your personal experience, into feeling disconnected from the support of the Universe (or God or a Higher Power, whatever you like to call it).

You might feel like the Universe isn’t supporting you, but I believe that those feelings are really the result of the lack of social and economic justice (which hits harder on people of color, women, LGBTQ etc).

We are surrounded by messages telling us that our feelings are personal, even when they are a reasonable response to unreasonable circumstances. Feeling unsupported may be diagnosed as anxiety or depression (and thus blamed on individual, moral weakness rather than racism, sexism, classism and homophobia etc), but it can also be understood as a spiritual malaise.

Any sense of not being supported, whether personally, socially or spiritually, could be contributing to your gum symptoms.

You are worthy of support

This spiritual meaning of gum disease is also associated with lack of trust. If you don’t trust that you are supported  and safe then your gums can undermine the stability of your teeth.

Feeling unworthy is another variation on the lack of support. Feeling unworthy can be the internalization of that sense of not being supported. If you don’t feel worthy of support and particularly if you don’t back yourself to ask for what you need, your gums cause trouble.

The importance of speaking your truth

Another spiritual meaning of gum disease relates to the suppression of strong feelings. If you’re suppressing anger and resentment then your gums may start to retract in response to that.

So one of the solutions is to speak your truth.

Asking directly for the support you need and accepting the support that you deserve, helps to turn stabilize and repair gum symptoms. Speaking up when you are not used to it is very challenging.

Metaphysical healing is not necessarily easy work. In many ways it is much more comfortable to go to a periodontal surgeon and pay many thousands of dollars for painful gum surgery. There’s lots of people who would rather have surgery than have to acknowledge that they don’t feel supported, that they don’t really trust people around them or are suppressing anger and resentment.

Are your teeth trying to tell you something that you can’t quite make sense of?

In this free Masterclass you’ll learn how to:

  • How to tell the difference between oral health symptoms and the underlying causes
  • Understand the metaphysical meanings of your teeth and gum issues
  • Practice a simple way to tune into your teeth that you can use any time
Spiritual Meanings Behind Gum Disease

Physical remedies

Of course there are physical influences causing gum disease as well, though most of these are almost as rarely acknowledged as the metaphysical causes. Symptoms are usually blamed on not flossing enough but that is too simple an explanation. After all, plenty of people never floss and yet have healthy gums.

Gums do react well to being clean, but they are undermined by aggressive hygiene techniques such as rough flossing, hard bristled toothbrushes and careless dental hygienist treatments. Gums are very sensitive to toxins and traumas so it’s important to clean our gums thoroughly yet gently.

A good balance of minerals in our diet may be the most important factor in gum health. The modern food system is so depleted of nutrients, especially minerals that even people on a healthy, whole foods diet may not be getting enough minerals to sustain their gums through the challenges of life.

Gums are also very responsive to tension in our jaw, so keeping a relaxed jaw plays a big role in gum health.

Healing with spiritual meaning of gum disease 

The physical and the metaphysical sit side by side.  It is not enough to focus only on the spiritual, emotional or psychological aspects of healing your gums.

If you are doing all the physical remedies right and nothing’s really changing, or it’s getting worse, then it generally means that you aren’t responding to what your gums are telling you. The metaphysical message behind the physical symptoms is just as important, if not more important, than anything physical that we can do to care for our gums.

Watch the free Masterclass, Listen to your teeth: Understanding your mouth’s metaphysical messages, to learn more about how to interpret and apply what your gums are trying to tell you. 

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Has a dentist told you that your cavities or receding gums are your fault because you are drinking too much Coke, you don’t floss enough or you need to stop breastfeeding your baby? And you know that isn’t true!

I’m not going to blame you or shame you.
The underlying causes of your oral health issues are not your fault!

Nature or nurture, ancestry or environment, free will or systemic oppression, unconscious emotions or the degraded food system

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Channeled Teeth Healing Codes

Channeled Teeth Healing Codes

Symptoms are messages from your soul

The problems in your teeth and gums are more than symptoms of physical imbalance or depletion, they contain information about the health of your energetic body including emotions, conscious and sub-unconscious thoughts, beliefs, habits and so on.

Symptoms in your mouth (and elsewhere) are often an indication that you are not fulfilling your soul purpose.

I have noticed that the most successful and sustainable gum and teeth healing results come for people who are willing and able to engage with metaphysical healing even (or especially) when it seems disruptive and uncomfortable to do so.

 Channeled codes for energetic healing

The most unique service that I offer to support teeth and gum healing is channeled, embroidered codes. These codes are a form of energy healing which can:

  • activate your body’s natural healing processes,
  • help you to integrate healing habits and insights
  • clear energetic, emotional or spiritual blocks to healing.

My channeled codes are an arrangement of symbols and colors that transmit information to your subconscious mind without interpretation.

Using codes to heal teeth and gums

These embroidered codes are absorbed visually, bypassing your logical mind to engage with your Spirit, Soul or Higher Consciousness (or whatever you call it). There is no need to understand what the codes mean. Although you, or I, may interpret the symbols in certain ways at certain times, the information they carry is far more fluid and complex than we can ever understand.

The codes’ healing powers can also be activated by visualising the code in conjuntion with certain forms of energy work such as a breathing meditation or while EFT tapping.

However, you don’t even have to be looking at or thinking about a code for it to support your healing.  Your energetic body can connect with the energy of the code through movement, for example codes can be worn as clothing, or hung to flutter in the breeze as prayer flags.

More than just oral health

Although I may invite in a code to support a particular client’s oral health, it’s healing power is not limited to the symptoms in their mouth.

Therefor teeth healing codes heal far more than just your teeth.  They may also bring about big changes in the rest of your health, in your life, in your relationships, your work, play and spiritual growth.

How are the codes made?

I have been practicing embroidery and textile crafts for over 40 years. Before I was the Holistic Tooth Fairy I exhibited my hand stitching in galleries and won awards. As a contemporary textile artist my slow stitching was a meditative practice focused on environmental healing.

I usually receive the general shape of a code  in meditation, dreams or while I am doing a Quantum Teeth Reading with a client. The codes that I channel and stitch come through clairsentience, which means an experience of knowing. So I simply ‘know’ what symbols to embroider, what colors to choose and what stitches to make for each client.

Would you like to have the intricate stitching and the colors of a unique channeled, hand embroidered code to support your teeth and gums’ healing? Contact me to find out how you can add a personal channeled code to your holistic teeth healing toolkit.

 

 

 

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