Below is my interview with Melinda, co-owner and founder of The Dental Essentials. She's also offer a (very generous) giveaway and coupon code!
What is your company and how long have you been in business?
Just over a year ago my partner and I created, "The Dental Essentials", a small line of nutritional supplements designed to help remineralize teeth and reduce the risk of cavities. Our formulations are largely based on the work of Weston A. Price and Dr May Mellanby.
What inspired you to go into this line of work?
My daughter's own experience at the dentist as a very active, healthy, organic-foods-eating girl was the spark. She developed her first cavity and the dentist told me, basically, that due to her poorly mineralized teeth, she would continue to get cavities. "Its not if, but when," she said with no more advice than to brush and floss, certainly nothing regarding a nutritional, more holistic approach. This just seemed wrong.
As my partner and I learned more about the link between dental caries and nutritional deficiencies I can honestly say I was shocked. The research of Weston Price and May Mellanby helped us determine what the key nutrients for mineralization are and I started to supplement my daughter's diet. She has never had another cavity, nor has my son. Formulating and creating these products for the public at that point seemed like a great step to take.
How do you believe you and your business are bringing good into the world?
Great question, Rachel, nobody has ever asked me that before! I do think my business is bringing good into the world. No matter where and how you live, all parents want their children to be as healthy as possible but having teeth with holes and decay in them is definitely not part of that equation. Our company is built on the knowledge that cavities are not inevitable and, with a little knowledge up front and a small, consistent effort, they can be significantly reduced and even eradicated.
What else should we know?
I know when a family is struggling with cavities, it can feel overwhelming and finding alternative approaches to care is not easy. I would urge parents to visit our blog at www.thedentalessentials.wordpress.com for some really interesting articles about the research we based our products on.
There is also information there (and on our website) about breastfeeding and cavities– as you can imagine we wholeheartedly affirm that nursing at night does NOT cause tooth decay — as well as links to current studies looking at a pregnant mother's intake of vitamin D and their child's subsequent incidence of cavities. Fascinating stuff.
The approach to dental health appears to be undergoing an much needed overhaul right now and it's largely being led by parents and families who know there are better ways to keep teeth healthy that are natural and complementary.
If you are interested in The Dental Essentials and our philosophy on preventing cavities through nutrition, head to their facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheDentalEssentials. Make sure to "like" us, too, since twice a year we announce a big 48 hour sale via facebook and twitter. Our twitter account is #Cavity_Free if you'd like to follow us.
The Dental Essentials has offered 15% off the purchase of any of their products with code "Lusa15". (Can be used once per customer and cannot be combined with any other coupons.) Enter the code on the order page where it says "coupon code" then hit "apply." Valid through May 30, 2012.
They are also offering a family pack of The Dental Essentials containing three bottles of tablets and one bottle of their liquid formula (Valued at $120). To be entered, just leave a comment below. Good luck, and have a great weekend everyone!
Comments are now closed. Congratulations to Liz who said, "headed over to your blog now to get more info- so happy to have come across this!"