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Many Benefits of Using a Toothstick

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Many Benefits of Using a Toothstick

What Are the Benefits of Using a Toothstick?

Removes Bad Breath:

Bad breath is known as the condition of halitosis, is also eliminated if you use a toothstick for rubbing the teeth and gums. The refreshing and antibacterial property of Miswak helps you to get rid of the bad breath. Also, it increases the saliva production

Strengthen The Gums:

There are various gum diseases from which you may suffer if you don’t take proper care of the oral cavity. Disease like gingivitis (swelling and inflammation in the gums) is extremely painful. The gums are the only thing holding in your teeth. Use a toothstick instead of any other teeth cleaning method to strengthen your gums. Rub along the gums all over, back and front, especially where the teeth emerge from the gumline.

Protect Against Germs:

There are some bad bacterias or germs in the mouth which destroy the gums giving ways to various gum diseases. Using a toothstick regularly can help your teeth fight against those bad bacteria thereby, strengthening the gums.

Good To Treat Plaque:

Plaque is the colourless bacteria that forms on the teeth. Regular brushing removes the same however, a deposit of it causes ‘tartar’ which can worsen the teeth health and cause gum problems or teeth loss in future. Using a toothstick regularly helps in the removal of plaque due to its antibacterial properties.

PREVENTION  •   MAINTENANCE   •   REPAIR

• teeth whitening
• pigment removal
• killing off caries-associated bacteria
• bad breath neutralization
• polished teeth effect
• treatment and prevention of gum disease, canker sores and oral herpes
• balancing the pH in your mouth
• creates a fragrance in the mouth
• help in reversing tooth decay
• increases salivation and hence inhibits dry mouth (Xerostomia)
• rebuilding cracked tooth enamel
• natural remineralisation of tooth enamel
• caries and dental plaque reduction/prevention
• possibility to brush your teeth anywhere and in any situation
• living more sustainably and ecologically

why keep the stick on a PEG and
why NOT in an airtight container?

• bacteria will breed, creating mould, which also breaks down the fibres
• where is my stick? where did i leave it. have you seen my toothstick?
• if the stick is hanging on the wall next to your keys, you will remember to take it with you
• teeth cleaning is meant to be done when you are resting or relaxing or even laying down on the bed or floor. it is a pleasurable relaxing pastime. teeth cleaning is not meant to be done standing up, on the run or when you are in a locked room with people bashing on the door telling you to “hurry up! i want to use the bathroom!”

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toothbrush o toothbrush!

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toothbrush o toothbrush!

the toothbrushes, along with plastic water bottles are the most ubiquitous plastic items contributing to the floating  “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”
do not despair! we can stop using toothbrushes! and i think most of us no longer buy bottled water.

after 40 years of recycling, we know don’t we that it is better not to manufacturer the things in the first place?!

image and text extract: https://www.hakaimagazine.com/infographic/plastics-without-borders

Working along a single stretch of coastline in Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve, artist Alejandro Duran collects countless bits of trash that washes up from locations around the world. So far he’s discovered plastic debris from dozens of countries on this shore of the Caribbean coast which he utilizes for site site-specific installations for an ongoing project titled Washed Up. By creating aesthetically pleasing landscapes from a disheartening medium, it’s Duran’s hope to create a harsh juxtaposition that draws attention to the global catastrophe of ocean pollution. #washedupseries


image and text extract: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kamilo-beach-plastic-art_us_565d061ae4b08e945fec5ed4

After collecting whatever trash she could carry with her, Thomas turned the debris into various designs that she hoped would challenge designers to rethink the way they view and use plastics.

Thomas sorted pieces of trash into simple yet striking color schemes to show the potential for beauty. For example, deteriorated toothbrushes, bristles in tact, are lined against a faded pastel purple.

image and text extract: https://www.hakaimagazine.com/infographic/plastics-without-borders

It’s a sunny afternoon and a crew of kids is building an epic sand castle on Willows Beach in Victoria, British Columbia. Using a fleet of toy trucks, they haul in moist sand from the shoreline to construct their masterpiece. One child pulls a toothbrush from the tipper and triumphantly sticks it in the sand castle like a flag on a turret. It’s hard to image what country the flag would represent; the ocean is full of toothbrushes and other plastic waste that know no borders.

Every minute, the equivalent of one real-life garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into the ocean.

image and text extract:  https://sierraclub.org/sierra/2012-1-january-february/green-life/hey-mr-green-how-big-are-oceans-trash-patches

The world’s oceans have gyres, where much of our trash ends up. Is most of this debris plastic? What’s the estimated tonnage in these trash patches (some of which are said to be larger than the entire U.S.), and how densely are they packed?

—Georgene in Clinton, Washington

There’s a popular image of the oceans’ garbage patches as huge, solid islands of disgusting trash, but only somebody who thinks he’s Jesus would be crazy enough to try to walk on one. In fact, clots of closely packed debris are rare in the vast oceans, except in occasional eddies where fishnets, bottles, balls, and toothbrushes — and much more — agglomerate.

Between 60 to 95% of marine litter is plastic, and about 270 species are harmed or killed by becoming entangled in it or ingesting large pieces. Nobody knows the total tonnage, but some estimates say that 7 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year. (One whale washed up on the coast of France with a whole ton of plastic, including supermarket bags, in its belly.)

image and text extract: https://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/12/22/defense-plastic-bag

According to NOAA and others, plastic debris in the oceans comes from many sources, including fishing lines, PET bottles, polyester clothing, detergent bottles, plumbing pipes, drinking straws and toothbrushes. The photo below comes from the website of a group called Heal the Bay

image: https://bodygloveartbox.blogspot.com.au/search?q=stopping-plastic-pollution-and-killing


The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is a commonly used term for what should be more accurately described as “The Eastern Pacific Trash Vortex.

INCREDIBLE IMAGES

https://www.catersnews.com/stories/amazing/the-darkside-to-paradise-startling-pictures-of-washed-up-plastic-on-the-stunning-beaches-of-maldives/

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch

http://www.captain-charles-moore.org/trash-vortex/

 

image: https://www.grindtv.com/surf/surfing-paradise-has-a-serious-trash-problem/

image: http://www.captain-charles-moore.org/trash-vortex/

 

VIDEOS worth watching
alison’s adventures   http://alisonsadventures.com/

 

CLEANUP EFFORTS   https://www.theoceancleanup.com/about/

The Original Wooden Pin Brushes

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A well-known hair stylist in Milan who worked with models developed the WIDU® concept. He was concerned that the constant washing of hair and heat from the photographic lights dried the scalp. As he felt that boar bristle and nylon bristle brushes had the tendency to both scratch the scalp and tear the hair, so he developed the wooden bristles.

3The brushes are handmade in Italy by adult native artisans that have perfected their skills over the last thirty years. No child labor is utilized. Our products are of impeccable old world quality and long lasting value unlike many of our imitators.

After an extensive study and research the hard white wood of the hornbeam tree was chosen for the bristles. Horn beam is in the birch family and has a strong resistance to breakage and maintains its exceptional smooth qualities.

1432393332The WIDU® Wooden Bristle brush is all-natural. Neither animal by-products nor synthetic materials are used in its manufacture. It is an animal and cruelty-free product. We have discovered that:

1. Wooden bristles gently massage the scalp and move natural oils through the hair. The brushes aid in scalp massage, blood circulation, excess sebum absorption and the removal hair impurities.

2. Massaging the scalp helps promote hair growth and stimulate acupressure points.

3. The combination of wood and natural antistatic rubber helps to prevent flyaway hair.

4. When exposed to a blow dryer, the brush stays cool because wood and rubber do not conduct heat. When hair is wet the wooden bristles glide easily through the tangles.

5. The brushes and combs are naturally hypoallergenic. The comb’s wooden teeth are turned and well finished so they do not tear at the hair. The majority of our brushes and combs are only finished with a protective coating of beeswax or purified linseed oil.

6. Only wood suppliers who agree to a policy of Forest Stewardship Council sustainable forestation are utilized. This also applies to the African wood suppliers.

Beautiful Hair Naturally! Wow! I can shampoo again!

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Morrocco Method of Beautiful Hair: Raw Vegan Wildcrafted Natural Botanicals

Antonio Morrocco Hair Shaman   Raw Radio on Antonio Morrocco  Dr Weil Breathing Exercises

Powders and Paste

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Home made recipe at Econest

Home made Tooth Paste

index Lots of factors contribute to stained, yellow teeth. Drinking beverages that contain tannins, like coffee, tea and red wine contribute to yellow stains. Chewing and smoking tobacco can also stain our teeth.

So, how can we whiten our smiles without paying large amounts for professional teeth bleaching or expensive over the counter teeth whiteners or damaging our dear mother earth?

The trick I use at home, is simple, quick and inexpensive. Does this sound too good too be true?

Try it.

The recipe? Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. That’s it.

Pour some hydrogen peroxide into its cap and add a big pinch of baking soda. Brush with this “paste” for a imagesfew minutes, a couple of times a week.

After achieving the whiteness desired, move to a once a week maintenance routine.

How does it work? Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a slightly alkaline powder that when dissolved in water, releases free radicals. The free radicals from the mixture interact with the stain molecules on the teeth enamel (outer layer of the teeth) and scrape off the yellow and brown stains. It also removes plaque from the teeth.

Baking soda is one of the cheapest commercial teeth whiteners present in the market today. One box of baking soda costs very little, and this one box can be used for over a hundred brushings. Baking soda has actually been recommended by some dentists to help fight gum disease.

Hydrogen peroxide has a whitening effect because it can pass easily into the outermost layer of the tooth, and acts as an oxidizing agent in breaking up stain deposits. Bleaching teeth with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is acknowledged as a safe practice by ecodentists.

Go easy. Use your common sense. Using baking soda in moderation. And do not deliberately swallow hydrogen peroxide.  A little will certainly not hurt you. The views expressed in this article are only meant as suggestions.

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here is another version step by step:

  • Pour 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of hydrogen peroxide into 3 teaspoons (15 milliliters) of baking soda. Mix these together until a paste forms. Play with these measurements until you find a consistency that you like. The paste should be similar in thickness to toothpaste.
  • Add a tiny bit of mint toothpaste to your homemade paste to give it a fresh flavor. You can also add a drop of peppermint extract.
  • Mix in a dash of salt. The salt will exfoliate your teeth as you brush.
  • Dollop the paste mixture onto your toothbrush.
  • Brush the paste onto your teeth in small, circular motions. Once all teeth are covered, let the mixture sit on your teeth for 2 minutes.
  • Rinse the solution off of your teeth by swishing with water from the bathroom sink.
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste to rid your mouth of any remnants of the hydrogen peroxide mixture.

Carbamide peroxide & Hydrogen Peroxide for teeth whitening.
Most people are familiar with carbamide peroxide since it is the agent most commonly used for bleaching (whitening) the teeth.  The dental profession has recently begun to recommend carbamide peroxide as a means of preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay in patients who are unable to carry out normal oral hygiene measures such as regular brushing and flossing.  For patients like these, rubber trays are fabricated to fit over both the teeth and the gingiva.  The tooth indents in the trays are filled with 10% carbamide peroxide and the patient wears the trays for two hours once a day, or overnight.  The carbamide peroxide breaks down into 3.5% hydrogen peroxide and 6.5% urea when it contacts plaque.  The urea further breaks down into ammonia and carbon dioxide under the action of bacteria.  The hydrogen peroxide kills the plaque bacteria, and the ammonia raises the PH of the plaque neutralizing the acid that causes tooth decay.

Hydrogen Peroxide does not harm teeth, in fact it keeps the mouth free of harmful bacteria.


Holistic Dental Tooth Powder

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100% Natural Full Strength Ingredients: Wildcrafted White Oak bark, Organic Plantain herb, Organic Peppermint leaf, Aloe vera resin, Wildcrafted Horsetail herb, Myrrh gum, Organic Clove bud, Organic Lobelia herb & seed, Goldenseal root.

Our Natural Tooth Powder Ingredients and Their Purpose

  • Wildcrafted White Oak Bark – anti-inflamatory, astringent, rich in vitamins
  • Organic Plantain – tightens tissues and is soothing.
  • Organic Peppermint – antibacterial provides relief and relaxation
  • Aloe Vera Resin- known for its ability to heal and to soothe
  • Wildcrafted Horestail – Can be effective in strengthening nails, hair, and teeth
  • Wildcrafted Myrrh Gum – Soothing
  • Organic Clove Bud – Freshens breath and prevents tooth and gum disintegration
  • Organic Lobelia herb and seed – medicinal “cure all” plant
  • Wildcrafted Goldenseal root – natural antibiotic, and all purpose healer
  • Willow Charcoal – gently whitens teeth
  • Menthol derived from corn mint
  • Licorice Root

Conditions: Gingivitis, pyorrhea, and other tooth and gum problems. Might assist in tightening loose teeth. Excellent for normal brushing. This can replace toothpastes. *Please consult with your dentist or doctor if you have significant health problems or significant gum disease before using this product.

Directions: Apply generously to moistened tooth brush and brush teeth as usual.

The experience of using: You will feel a strong minty/ menthol taste as the herbs clean, heal, give nutrients to and disinfect your mouth. If you are highly sensitive to tastes and smells, this product may be too strong for you.

Note: If the toothpowder discolors your tooth brush, then you can clean your tooth brush with hot water or some natural soap and that usually makes it white again. (Holistic Dental Toothpowder Does Not Stain Teeth)

Jar Size: 2 ounces
Tooth Powder by Weight: 1 ounce

Gums (Bleeding, Loose Teeth, Inflammation)

This herbal combination will disinfect, reduce inflammation and tighten up the teeth and gum. Works well with Herbal Mouth wash two-three times per day.

Tooth Powder vs. Tooth Paste

Tooth powders contain herbs which apply nutrients and natural medicines to your teeth and gums. Our tooth powder is very mildly abrasive and is in general less abrasive than tooth pastes and less abrasive than baking soda or other tooth powders made with low cost filler ingredients. The herbs in this herbal tooth powder are potent.

Tooth paste is usually toxic with cheap fillers and ingredients. Many ingredients might be unlisted or mislabeled as cosmetic products do not require the same standards of food. Tooth pastes usually contain abrasive ingredients to make teeth look white and to polish off the plaque. Unfortunately it is difficult to perceive how abrasive the sand in them is because it is blended as a paste.


EcoDent ExtraBrite

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Premium Oral Care Products
Extrabrite
More Whitening Power
Dazzling Mint Tooth Whitener
Without Fluoride
Naturally Effervescent
Baking Soda Toothpowder
Net Wt 2 Oz/56 G
Up To 200 Brushings

ExtraBrite toothpowder. Many people are not familiar with using a toothpowder, but it really is very simple. The product comes in a 2 ounce bottle with an ‘easy-pour’ cap. Simply pour an amount approximately the size of a pea onto a moistened toothbrush and brush away! The product tastes great, has a consistent foaming-action, and actually makes your teeth feel “squeaky clean” due to the action of the baking soda base.*

ExtraBrite uses a mint flavor which leaves your breath fresh and literally makes you want to smile. It’s also sugar free, so it does not have the over-bearing sweetness of most modern toothpastes.*

Eco-DenT toothpowders have been consistently praised by dentists and researchers both in Europe and the USA for over 70 years. Dr. David C Kennedy, DDS, past president of the Preventive Dental Health Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, perhaps said it best when he wrote his opinion:

“I have used and recommended Eco-Dent for many years in my dental practice and can highly recommend Eco-DenT ExtraBrite – Tooth Whitener – Dazzling Mint for those who want an effective non-toxic cleaner. Clinically I’ve seen patients who were able to remineralize incipient decay with Eco-Dent .” *

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Tartaric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate, Calcium Peroxide, Sea Salt, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Coconut derived), Hydrated Silica, Natural Flavoring Oils, Guar Gum, Myrrh Extract

Suggested Use
Apply small amount to moistened toothbrush. Brush as usual. For a great smile, brush with Extra-Brite two (2) times daily for two to three (2-3) weeks. Then maintain your new smile with Eco-DenT DailyCare.
Warnings
Not recommended for children under twelve (12). … Some individuals may be sensitive to ExtraBrite’s powerful oxidizing whitener. If gums become sensitive, decrease or discontinue use.
Allergen Info
100% Cruelty Free. No Dyes or Sweeteners. 100% Natural Ingredients

And the company cites an article in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, which states that Nylon 4 — the material from which the bristles happen to be made — is also biodegradable in soil:

9.2. Nylon 4
It has been reported that nylon 4 was degraded in the soil [88] and in the activated sludge [89]. The results confirmed that Nylon 4 is readily degradable in the environment. Furthermore, the biodegradability of nylon 4 and nylon 6 blends was investigated in compost and activated sludge. The nylon 4 in the blend was completely degraded in 4 months while nylon 6 was not degraded [90]. Recently, Yamano et al. was able to isolate polyamide 4 degrading microorganisms (ND-10 and ND-11) from activated sludge. The strains were identified as Pseudomonas sp. The supernatant from the culture broth of strain ND-11 degraded completely the emulsified nylon 4 in 24 h and produced γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as degradation product [91].

– See more at: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/05/eco-friendly-toothbrush-review-and-giveaway/#sthash.DMFJFdAm.dpuf

And the company cites an article in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, which states that Nylon 4 — the material from which the bristles happen to be made — is also biodegradable in soil:

9.2. Nylon 4
It has been reported that nylon 4 was degraded in the soil [88] and in the activated sludge [89]. The results confirmed that Nylon 4 is readily degradable in the environment. Furthermore, the biodegradability of nylon 4 and nylon 6 blends was investigated in compost and activated sludge. The nylon 4 in the blend was completely degraded in 4 months while nylon 6 was not degraded [90]. Recently, Yamano et al. was able to isolate polyamide 4 degrading microorganisms (ND-10 and ND-11) from activated sludge. The strains were identified as Pseudomonas sp. The supernatant from the culture broth of strain ND-11 degraded completely the emulsified nylon 4 in 24 h and produced γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as degradation product [91].

– See more at: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/05/eco-friendly-toothbrush-review-and-giveaway/#sthash.DMFJFdAm.dpuf

And the company cites an article in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, which states that Nylon 4 — the material from which the bristles happen to be made — is also biodegradable in soil:

9.2. Nylon 4
It has been reported that nylon 4 was degraded in the soil [88] and in the activated sludge [89]. The results confirmed that Nylon 4 is readily degradable in the environment. Furthermore, the biodegradability of nylon 4 and nylon 6 blends was investigated in compost and activated sludge. The nylon 4 in the blend was completely degraded in 4 months while nylon 6 was not degraded [90]. Recently, Yamano et al. was able to isolate polyamide 4 degrading microorganisms (ND-10 and ND-11) from activated sludge. The strains were identified as Pseudomonas sp. The supernatant from the culture broth of strain ND-11 degraded completely the emulsified nylon 4 in 24 h and produced γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as degradation product [91].

– See more at: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/05/eco-friendly-toothbrush-review-and-giveaway/#sthash.DMFJFdAm.dpuf