A comprehensive practical reference to herbal dental care for all ages
• Details the use of 41 safe and effective herbs for the mouth
• Explores 47 common conditions that affect the mouth, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, acid reflux, and tooth loss
• Provides recipes for herbal toothpastes, mouth rinses, pain-relieving poultices, and teas for prevention and daily care
• Examines infant and toddler oral care, including remedies for teething and thrush
Our oral health is intimately linked with our overall health and well-being. In this practical guide to herbal dental care, medical herbalist Leslie Alexander and registered dental hygienist Linda Straub-Bruce detail how to use 41 safe and effective herbs for the mouth for optimum oral health, prevention of decay and inflammation, and relief from pain and discomfort.
The authors provide recipes for herbal toothpastes and rinses, poultices for pain and inflammation, and teas and tinctures for intervention, prevention, and daily care. They explain how recent research confirms the link between poor oral health and many diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. They examine the risk factors, symptoms, causes, and herbal preventives and remedies for 47 common conditions that affect the mouth, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, bruxism, acid reflux/GERD, and tooth loss. They explore the complete anatomy of the mouth and explain proper brushing, flossing, and tongue-cleaning techniques to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and maintain bridges, implants, and braces. The authors address the importance of diet and nutrition in oral health as well as controversial topics including fluoride. They provide an in-depth chapter on pregnancy, infant, and childhood oral care, including herbal remedies for teething and thrush.
Ideal for those looking to improve their own oral health, herbalists looking to address the root cause of systemic inflammation, or dental professionals searching for natural alternatives, this authoritative yet practical guide empowers each of us to reclaim the health of our mouths and sustain a full, strong set of teeth for a lifetime.
About the Author
Leslie M. Alexander, Ph.D., RH(AHG), is a practicing medical herbalist and former research scientist. A professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, she is co-owner of Restoration Herbs. She is a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and lives in western Pennsylvania.
Linda A. Straub-Bruce, BS Ed, RDH, is a practicing registered dental hygienist and member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. She is a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and lives in western Pennsylvania.
“Brilliant, practical, and eminently empowering, Dental Herbalism is a ‘veritable owner’s manual for your mouth.’ The authors marry decades of herbal experience with decades of dental practice to create a book like no other. Dental Herbalism is sure to revolutionize the way we approach dental health.” — Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and founder of United Plant Savers and author of Rosemary Gladstar&rsqu
“The authors have provided an excellent overview of oral conditions and relevant discussion of anatomy through this well-thought-out text. They also further provide non-pharmaceutical methods to prevent oral disease that complement traditional, well-accepted approaches for maintaining oral health. I commend both authors and would encourage the layperson and clinicians alike to read this text.” — Michael T. Kolodychak, MPH, DMD, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
“The accessible and detailed information in Dental Herbalism is required reading. Whether you want to do it yourself or simply be more knowledgeable about how to support what your dentist is doing, you’ll find it here. A great book.” — Susun Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series
“Dental Herbalism takes holistic herbalism to a new level, applying it to the realm of oral hygiene. This book will make an invaluable contribution to integrative herbal medicine and a resource for all types of health practitioners.” — Mary Bove, ND, author of An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Infants and Children
“Dental Herbalism empowers personal responsibility for dental health. It is rich with lifestyle and hygiene tips and reliable herbal references. For health professionals it offers a clinical depth that will serve as a resource for clinical herbalists and dental professionals alike.” — Mimi Prunella Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG), executive director of the American Herbalists Guild
“An essential guide to natural oral health, Dental Herbalism is full of useful advice--herbal and otherwise. I had never truly understood how important a healthy mouth and teeth were for health and well-being.” — Andrew Chevallier, FNIMH, MCPP, herbal practitioner and author of Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
“I fully endorse Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth.” — Reza Nassiri, DSc, FACCP, professor of clinical pharmacology and associate dean of Global Health Pro
“Dental Herbalism is an easy-to-read guide on oral health and herbal medicinals and is a must read for both patients and dental professionals.” — Michelle Hurlbutt, RDH, MSDH, associate professor of Dental Hygiene, Loma Linda University School of
“This is an extremely informative, reader-friendly resource of natural remedies for the dental professional and their patients.” — Lisa E. Stillman, RDH, BS, founder of Dental Voice for Mental Health
“Written in a comprehensive style that allows for effortless integration into today’s practice of dentistry. Kudos to the authors for a job well done!” — Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS, oral biology educator
“Dental Herbalism carves a unique place in the terrain of medical herbalism. It is thorough, drawing upon the expertise of senior practitioners alongside contemporary research. It is my go-to reference for dental care.” — William Morris, PhD, DAOM, Lac, coauthor of Li Shi-Zhen Pulse Studies
“Dental Herbalism presents us with valuable insight into a topic that has previously been allotted only a page or two in most herbals. It offers a truly holistic perspective of dental wellness that’s sure to enrich both herbalists and dental professionals alike.” — Jim mcdonald, herbalist and teacher
“The in-depth knowledge and the practical approach to herbal oral care contained between the covers of this book will change the way you look at and deal with your mouth and teeth.” — Vatsala Sperling, PhD, PDHom, RSHom(NA), CCH
“A rich and dynamic handbook to support everyday dental care for the layperson, it also offers intricate answers to complex questions for practitioners.” — Emily Ruff, herbalist and director of Florida School of Holistic Living
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