A few years ago, my family found itself facing dental problems. My daughter Ella, who was 3 at the time, had numerous cavities and one crumbling molar. Yes, crumbling. I was astonished – how could our organic-eating, non-juice-drinking, no-candy-eating toddler have crumbling teeth? We extended breastfed to get her off on the right foot, brushed and flossed, gave her plenty of home-grown produce and grass-fed meat, and drank raw milk. What could be we doing wrong?
In my readings, I came across a lot of information that led me to believe that our family was vitamin and mineral deficient (after all, my husband Brian had been experiencing dental issues as well). I really dislike taking pills, so I’ve never been very heavily into supplements, but we found ourselves selecting a few high quality supplements such as fermented cod liver oil and supplements from The Dental Essentials.
Years later, I’m so happy to have The Dental Essentials as sponsors on Homestead Honey. This is a company that has had real impact on my family’s health and well-being and I’m happy that we can mutually support one another! Today, we take a peek into their business, and be sure to scroll down for a discount code on their amazing product!
Welcome to Homestead Honey! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thanks for inviting us onto your blog! We are a small company started in 2010 based out of Vancouver, Canada. It’s run by two people, Rob and Melinda, plus one shipping assistant.
Tell us about The Dental Essentials – what led you to start such a unique company.
We started this company after coming across the research of Dr May Mellanby almost by accident. We had been reading about Weston Price and his world travels documenting peoples and the devastating decline in the health of their teeth when they abandon from their traditional diets in favour of a more western diet. The information and photos were remarkable. We delved a bit further and found Mellanby’s trials with young kids and her astounding success treating their rampant tooth decay with nutrition and vitamin supplementation and started to get confused. We kept asking ourselves, ‘why doesn’t anybody seem to know about this?’ That was the start.
What are the joys and challenges of running this small business?
Hands down the best part is when we receive a letter from a parent saying how overjoyed they are to see improvement in their child’s teeth, or the first positive check up. Especially important for a lot of parents is avoiding invasive dental procedures on small, often fearful kids and when they find our products have done the trick, they are happy, very happy. That, of course, makes us happy too.
The challenges of this small business are getting the word out and also explaining what that ‘word’ means. Of course, there is a portion of the population that ‘gets it’. They understand how and why teeth (and in fact the whole body) can heal and become more resistant to disease through proper nutrition. But for the vast majority of people, they don’t understand the concept and, even after they’ve read the literature, they just don’t believe it. That’s a challenge for sure.
Besides taking supplements such as The Dental Essentials, what can you suggest to enhance dental health?
One thing is to keep in mind is that too much phytate in the diet can have an adverse effect on dental health. Grains such as wheat, corn and oats are high in phytic acid, which binds to calcium present in the body and basically robs it before it can be absorbed.
So if you think you’re getting enough calcium in your diet but you’re also consuming a lot of phytate through bread, cereals,etc… then you may want to consider supplementing or adding more calcium than you think necessary. Your teeth (and bones!) will thank you.
Thank you Melinda and Rob!
If you’d like to try The Dental Essentials’ supplements for children and adults, use the code “Homestead” on the order page to receive 15% off your first purchase of The Dental Essentials.