"Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth by Leslie M. Alexander, Ph.D., RH(AHG) and Linda A. Straub-Bruce, BS Ed, RDH takes Holistic Herbalism to a new level applying it to the realm of oral hygiene. This informative book is beyond complete, linking oral health to many aspects including lifestyle, chronic disease, inflammation, microbes, stress, educating the reader on the anatomy and physiology and giving excellent user-friendly “what to do” herbal information. This book will make an invaluable contribution to integrative herbal medicine and a resource for all types of health practitioners." - Dr Mary Bove, Naturopathic Physician and Author “ Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Infants and Children.
"As a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, I deal with the clinical consequences of dental caries (decay) and periodontal disease on a daily basis through the removal and replacement of nonrestorable teeth, as well as through the treatment of pathological conditions. These conditions have a dramatic impact on a patient's quality, and sometimes, quantity of life.
Leslie and Linda have provided an excellent overview of these oral conditions and relevant discussion of anatomy through this well-thought out text. They also further provide non-pharmaceutical methods to prevent oral disease that complement traditional, well-accepted approaches for maintaining oral health. I commend both authors on their effort and would encourage the layperson and clinicians alike to read this text, keeping an open mind regarding the possible benefits of herbal therapies. I will keep this book on my reference shelf for many years to come." - Michael T. Kolodychak, MPH, DMD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
"The comprehensive, accessible, detailed information in Dental Herbalism is required reading for anyone with teeth. Whether you want to do it yourself or simply be more knowledgeable about how to support what your dentist is doing, you'll find it here. A great book." - Susun Weed, author, Wise Woman Herbal Series
"This is one book that will provide a much needed resource for those in all areas of oral healthcare who wish to incorporate herbal therapies into their comprehensive patient care strategies! Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth is written in a thoughtful, comprehensive style that is easy-to-understand and the information allows for effortless integration into today’s practice of dentistry. Marrying the art of herbal remedies with modern day clinical practice will undoubtedly prove to be the wave of the future in rendering care that meets the whole body health needs of dental and dental hygiene patients alike. Kudos to the authors for a job well done!" - Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS, Oral Biology Educator
"In Dental Herbalism, Leslie Alexander and Linda Straub-Bruce present us with valuable insight into a topic that has previously been allotted only a page or two (if that) in most herbals. Seeing the ecosystem of the mouth not simply as an isolated environment suitable for local treatment, but quite literally as the portal to the rest of the body offers a truly holistic perspective of dental wellness that's sure to enrich both herbalists and dental professionals alike." - jim mcdonald, herbalist
"Dental Herbalism empowers personal responsibility for our own dental health by offering us a holistic perspective from which to understand the mouth in relation to our overall health. It is rich with daily lifestyle and hygiene tips and reliable herbal references that give us a comprehensive understanding of how we can meld these practices into our daily lifestyles. For health professionals it offers a clinical depth that will serve as a resource for clinical herbalists and dental professionals alike truly offering a rare and useful bridge of integration between herbalism and standard practice for synergistic outcome of overall health." - Mimi Prunella Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG) Executive Director, American Herbalists Guild
"Modern herbalists have been patiently waiting the better part of the century for a comprehensive resource guide on how to support oral health naturally. Leslie Alexander and Linda Straub-Bruce have answered the call, providing a rich and dynamic handbook to support everyday dental care for the layperson, as well as offer intricate answers to complex questions for practitioners. The book is both holistic in its scope and comprehensive in its approach, weaving dense science with practical application in a format that is accessible for every reader." - Emily Ruff, Herbalist, Director of Florida School of Holistic Living
"This is a book that can help you understand and take charge of your mouth. You got mouth and a set of teeth - now you got to have and read this book. In your journey through this book, as you read about mouth, the structure and function of the various parts of the mouth, the diseases of mouth and how other diseases affect oral health, and finally you reach the section on herbal approach to oral care, the in-depth knowledge and the practical approach to oral care that is contained between the covers of this book will change the way you look at and deal with your mouth and teeth." - Vatsala Sperling, MS, PhD, PDHom, RSHom (NA), CCH
Published June 30, 2014, sales ofDental Herbalism have soared beyond 8,500 copies. Pictured above, myself (left) and my co-author Linda Straub-Bruce, each happy to see the fruition of our work together.