it is a misconception that it is the crooked teeth themselves that are always inherited. Much of the time, it is the susceptibility to nutritional, airway and muscular influences that is inherited.
New therapies address these factors BEFORE the teeth come in, giving them a better chance of coming in straighter and with a better bite (occlusion). By modifying the diet, insuring nasal breathing and teaching good tongue posture in the young and growing child, remarkable improvement can be seen – all with natural growth. The result is straighter, healthier teeth, and a better facial appearance and smile.
The earlier this therapy starts (between 2-6 y/o) the better the results. Older children (7-10 y/o) may need some orthodontic techniques to help recoup the damage already done. Once the baby teeth are gone, traditional orthodontics, with the new light-force, low-friction braces, can also be used.
For more information on this technique, see www.lessbraces.com
or do a web search for “myofunctional orthodontics”. For a free screening exam, please call Raphael Orthodontics (www.alignmine.com
) at 973-778-4222.
Soap Nuts and Lemonade By Donna Mitchell
Laundry has always been my favorite household chore. While washables are tumbling in the washer or dryer, I can chop vegetables for that night’s stew, vacuum or tame disarray around the house.
But I recently started using soap nuts, an ecologically friendly detergent, to wash all sorts of fabrics and tackle other household cleaning. Soap nuts are actually shells from the fruit of two tree varieties grown in India and
Nepal. They contain a potent detergent called saponin. Activate the saponin by steeping 3 or 4 shells in hot water (60 degrees Celsius) for five minutes. Drop the shells into a muslin sack, then throw it in with the load. For hot-water washes, skip the soaking. I added baking soda to keep my clothes bright and fresh smelling. The shells worked well on everything, including baby’s clothes and the kitchen curtains taken down for Fall cleaning. Each batch can easily do five medium-to large loads. Check the shells for potency by squeezing them. If they emit a white sticky sap, they are still good.
Mixing *food-grade hydrogen peroxide and essential oils to the saponin “tea” makes a wonderful all-purpose cleaner. It banished the price tag goop, and a year’s worth of dirt that had collected on our bistro table.
I used to deem most things with “eco” in the description too time consuming, but
soap nuts are a snap. Plus, I used the steeping time to watch birds in my backyard or drink a glass of lemonade. Even multi-tasking neatniks need five minutes of tranquility.
* Soap Nuts can be found at Go Lightly on 4 S Fullerton Ave. in both liquid and solid form. For more soapnut cleaning recipes check out our blog:holisticmontclairblog.com
Holistic Montclair | Fall 2010
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