Dr. Nate recommended for Rutherford County IDB

The Rutherford County Commission’s Steering, Legislative and Governmental Committee has voted to recommend Dr. Nate Schott’s appointment to the Rutherford County Industrial Development Board this week.

As a practicing dentist and owner/operator of Murfreesboro Dental Excellence and part-owner of the Trust Point Hospital being built near the Middle Tennessee Medical Center, as well as the “Dr. Nate” in Dr. Nate’s Naturals oral healthcare products, Dr. Schott will become the voice of healthcare on the board.

“We have a lot to offer companies who will potentially come to our area with its terrific workforce and our business climate,” said Dr. Schott.  ”I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

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Show Us Your Smile

This month Dr. Nate’s Naturals is holding a “Show Us Your Smile” competition. Post a photo of you or your child’s smile on Dr. Nate’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/DrNates now thru November 25th to enter. Then visit www.DrNates.com November 25-27 to cast your vote for the “Best Smile”. The winner will be announced Nov. 30th and will receive a FREE Santa Portrait Package from Studio Z. Unique Photography compliments of Dr. Nate’s Naturals.

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Why Do Toothpaste’s Foam?

As a dentist and creator of an all natural toothpaste, I am frequently asked why Dr. Nate’s All Natural Toothpaste does not foam as much as some of the other brands on the market. That is a great question and one that I hope to answer on this blog.

Foaming is created by detergents that are put in toothpaste that cause the bubbling action and suds-like action in toothpastes. In formulating an all natural toothpaste, I found upon researching the ingedients in most modern toothpastes the predominant foaming agent is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).

SLS is used as a degreaser in garage floor cleaners, car wash soaps and many industrial cleaners. In your home you may find it in shampoos, bubble bath soaps and most hair care products and bath soaps. It cleans by corrosion and dries the skin out by stripping it of its natural protective layers.

In toothpastes’, I have found SLS to be a leading cause of mouth ulcers and chronic inflammation of the cheek and tongue. If you are having a burning tongue sensation or ulcerations that are irritated after brushing your teeth, you might want to check your toothpaste and find out if it contains Sodiun Lauryl Sulfate or any derivative of this harsh irritant. Obviously, you should check with your dentist if there are ulcerations or bumps in your mouth that have been there for longer thatn 7-10 days and you have already changed your brand of toothpaste to one that does not contain SLS.

I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who has found this article helpful and of other ingredients that have caused your mouth to be irritated. Until next time, remember , “The World Always Looks Brighter With A Smile.”

Dr. Nate Schott

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Why Does Brushing My Teeth Hurt?

Dr. Nate tackles a frequently asked question from his patients, “Why does brushing my teeth hurt?”


DR. NATE: Hi, I’m Dr. Nate, and I want to talk about your oral health and what you can do to improve your oral health, which will ultimately improve your overall health.  One of the biggest questions that I get asked as a practicing dentist is: “Why do my teeth hurt when I brush them?”  And I think that’s a great question because when you start looking at those things and if your teeth are hurting when you brush them, that’s not normal.  That’s not something that you want to have.  So let’s look at some of the things that cause teeth and gum problems and pain when you brush them.

First of all, the biggest thing we look at as dentists is what kind of toothbrush are you using.  If you’re using a hard toothbrush with hard bristles or even a medium toothbrush, that can cause sensitivity and ultimately lead to pain because you might be brushing too hard and causing problems.  We recommend a soft toothbrush to all of our patients, and I think most dentists would agree with that.  The second thing that you could have going on in your mouth is cavities.  If you haven’t been to a dentist in a long time, I’d recommend that you have your mouth checked out at least every six months if not sooner if you’re having pain in your mouth when you brush your teeth.

Cavities can go in and cause a big problem, and when you brush your teeth the toothpaste or the action of the toothbrush can cause a lot of pain when you brush.  So you want to get those checked out.  And finally, what you put in your mouth can cause problems because you could have a high acid content, and if you have those cavities or you have got recession where your gums have pulled a little bit back away from your tooth and that’s not normal, you can get sensitivity because of the plaque buildup that comes on your teeth.  And you try to take it off, but you just can’t take it off without a professional cleaning.

So those are some of the things that can cause you to have sensitivity when you brush your teeth.  I hope that answers some of your questions.  We hope to be back with you regularly.  And just remember, the world is always brighter with a smile.

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Is all-natural toothpaste effective?

An article posted at ORA MD, a website for oral health professionals, finds that all-natural toothpaste is shown to be more effective than traditional forms of toothpaste. Regular toothpaste uses chemicals and other additives to remove bacteria from your mouth. These can cause adverse and allergic reactions.

Instead of turning to traditional chemicals, natural toothpaste uses the herbs and oils given to us by nature to treat many oral health issues. Most commonly used is peppermint or spearmint oils. We have gotten used to that minty tingle in all toothpaste, but they are not all created equally. Peppermint is key in removing bacteria naturally while freshening breath. Peppermint and spearmint oils have been used for centuries to cure infections in many areas of the body and they work the same for the teeth and gums. Look for either or a combination of these in a natural toothpaste. – ORA MD

Dr. Nate’s Naturals is a great all-natural toothpaste.

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