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Tea Tree Chew Sticks – The How and Why

tp1Tea tree chew sticks have been receiving a lot of attention over the last few years because of their various benefits when added to an oral health care regimen. These little sticks pack a powerful punch when it comes to your mouth – in a very good way. But what are these little pieces of wood – what are they good for and how do you use them? This week we cover the hows and whys.

Chew sticks are not a new invention; they actually have a well documented history dating back thousands of years. As a form of oral care, these little gems were used by ancient civilizations as a way to cleanse the mouth, and are still used in many countries today for the same purpose.

What are they? Chew sticks can be made from a number of different sources, but are usually carved out of wood, stems or roots. They range in size and thickness. Some require stripping before use, while others, such as Thursday Plantation sticks, come ready to use.

How do you use them? Chew sticks are held at one end and the other end is placed into the mouth where it is chewed into a fibrous brush-like fringe. The process of chewing involves continuous mixing and softening with saliva. The brush formed through this process is then used to scrub the teeth and gums, even the tongue, leaving the mouth clean and fresh.

Why use them? There are a number of great benefits – here are just a few:

  • Remove food debris and plaque from hard to reach places.
  • Freshen the breath while cleaning the teeth.
  • Can be used as an aid for quitting smoking. Specially designed models such as the tea tree chewing stick can reduce the high tendency to inhale nicotine.
  • Help fight against gum disease.
  • Effective substitute for people who are unable to floss, brush or wash the mouth.
  • Can be used in social settings so as not to restrict mouth cleaning process to the bathroom.
  • Can train the teeth, giving them strength and resilience.

Want to know more? Check out this great article, “Oral And Dental Hygiene: Using Chewing Sticks To Clean The Mouth” – it will fill you in on even more about these great little mouth-care devices: http://hubpages.com/style/Oral-Hygiene-Using-Chewing-Sticks-To-clean-The-Mouth.

Thursday Plantation tea tree chewing sticks are a great addition to any oral health care regimen. Use them anywhere, any time, to clean and refresh your mouth. Find them at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

 

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We’ve been talking a lot recently about the benefits of chew sticks for your health – but this week we found something a little different! Check out this great video we found that features Thursday Plantation chewing sticks as a form of fan-following. It may be an oldie, but it’s a goodie nonetheless!!

Thursday Plantation tea tree chewing sticks are great for a number of reasons – and not just because baseball fans jumped on the bandwagon a few years ago. These little babies are great for keeping your mouth clean, bad breath at bay, and dreaded gum disease from taking root!

Get yours today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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Oral Health smMost of us are aware of what happens when we don’t take care of our teeth and gums. Not only does an unhappy mouth lend itself to some awkward social interactions *cough* bad breath *cough* – bad oral health can have several other, much more serious, impacts. This week we take a minute to focus on overall oral health and how it can impact the rest of your body.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, poor oral health can impact both the body and the mind. Mouth pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks and eats, thereby impacting many aspects of social life. A person’s quality of life can be impacted by the state of their mouth – affecting their physical, mental and social well-being.

Emotional/mental state of being is just a part of the equation: “research has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. Although researchers are just beginning to understand this relationship, evidence shows that oral disease can aggravate other health problems and that keeping a healthy mouth is an important part of leading a healthy life.”

If your mouth is not as healthy as it could be, you could potentially have more to worry about than you might think. To help, here are some tips to help you ramp up your oral heath care routine.

  1. Keep your mouth clean. This means brushing and flossing regularly. Tea tree chewing sticks are a great way to increase your oral care by ridding the mouth of plaque and food particles a toothbrush can’t get to, and can be used anywhere, any time.
  2. Check your mouth regularly for signs of gum disease: red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, or bad breath that won’t go away.
  3. Watch what you eat – good nutrition helps build strong teeth and gums.
  4. Visit your dentist. The Canadian Dental Association estimates that 48% of Canadians who haven’t seen a dentist in the past year have gum disease – that’s a big number. Regular dental check ups and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent and detect problems before they get worse.
  5. Quit smoking. This one is a no-brainer, since smoking and chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer, heart disease, gum disease, and a variety of other cancers.

Your oral health is so important – don’t take your mouth for granted.

Add Thursday Plantation tea tree chewing sticks to your regular oral care routine today for a convenient and effective way to keep your mouth healthy. Find them at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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Lavender Essential Oil Uses smallWe’ve spent the last few weeks discussing the benefits of lavender oil, and this week we are finally bringing you those lavender essential oil uses we promised. Want to know how to take advantage of the many benefits of what is commonly called the most versatile of all the essential oils? Read on! Lavender oil is great for way more than just relaxation.

Lavender Essential Oil Uses:

  • Of course we have to start with this one – the most well-known of the uses. To achieve maximum calm, rub 2-3 drops into your palms and then draw the scent into your lungs to calm the mind. To calm the body, rub the oil onto feet, temples, wrists.
  • To help with sleep, place a cloth with a few drops of lavender oil on it under your pillow.
  • Aching muscles. Add some Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil to the bath and soak away the tension.
  • Minor burns. 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil on a minor burn will help to decrease pain and reduce swelling.
  • Insect bites. Put a drop on the bite to stop the itching, soothe the pain and reduce the swelling.
  • Cuts and Wounds. Apply undiluted lavender oil to soothe pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid in scar-free healing.
  • Make a compress with a towel soaked in cold water and a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.
  • To keep moths off your clothes, hang lavender sachets in your closet or keep them among your sweaters and refresh them with a drop or two of lavender oil from time to time.
  • Stress and anxiety. Keep a spritzer of lavender mist handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil to your temples.
  • Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it.
  • Add 3-5 drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle ¾ full of water plus a few squirts of mild dishwashing liquid, shake well. Use this for natural kitchen, bathroom and other household cleaning.

As you can see, lavender essential oil uses are vast – and can replace of number of chemical filled products in your home. To take advantage, find Thursday Plantation lavender oil at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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