Flora Stay, DDS

Flora Stay, DDS

Dr. Flora Stay has been in the wellness industry for over 30 years. After graduating from University of California at San Francisco with her doctor of dental surgery degree (D.D.S.), she knew her path was clear towards health and wellness. She became passionate about helping others take responsibility towards their health.

She is an author (Secret Gateway to Health), speaker, practicing dentist and professor at University of Southern California. Dr. Stay noticed the need for a truly safe and effective toothpaste in 1993. Since then due to popularity of her dental products and demand from loyal customers, the Cleure line has grown to include personal care, skin care and makeup.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 18:47

Mouth and Throat Cancer

It is estimated that about 100 new people in the USA are diagnosed with oral cancer every day and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day (Oral Cancer Foundation. org). In 2013 over 42,000 Americans were newly diagnosed with oral and throat cancer.

Abnormal or changes to normal cells, can result in cancer. Oral cancer can form in any part of the mouth or throat, such as:

Sunday, 01 December 2013 08:26

Guide to Common Allergy Causing Ingredients

If your lip swells up or you get a rash around your mouth, it could be an ingredient in your toothpaste. Dry scalp or a rash developing around a new earring, can be caused by another common ingredient. This article will help you understand the difference between ‘allergens’ and ‘irritants’ and what to look out for in your daily used products on your body to prevent contact dermatitis.

According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD), an allergic contact dermatitis is caused by your body’s reaction to something that directly contacts the skin. These ingredients may cause no problem in most people, but as the skin becomes more sensitive or allergic to the substance, a rash can develop even to slight exposure.

Monday, 04 November 2013 12:38

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Finding out you’re expecting is a joyous time for parents. Mothers, of course, have the most challenge in making sure they have a healthy pregnancy and problem-free childbirth. Many changes take place during pregnancy, and the health of the mouth is no exception. There are many myths that exist during pregnancy as far as dental care is concerned. Concerns include should you take x-rays and the harmful effects on the unborn, effects of ultrasonic cleanings or even what to do with a toothache. This article will help separate fact from myth.

Sunday, 01 September 2013 00:00

Dental Implants

Let’s face it; no one likes to have a tooth missing, especially when it involves a front tooth. However, a missing back tooth is not fun either, since it can affect chewing. This article will help you learn about what your options are for replacing one or more missing teeth, specially the option of dental implants. Simply put, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically placed into your jawbone. A cap (crown) is then placed over this implanted root to make it look and function as a real tooth.

History of Dental Implants
Dr. Leonard Linkow placed his first dental implant in 1952, but it wasn’t until 1966 when published studies by Italian medical doctor Stefano Melchiade Tramonte confirmed the use of titanium for dental implants. Over the years, following clinical studies and human volunteers, dental implants have today become commonplace and offered by most dental practitioners.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Steps to Whiter Teeth

Nothing defines a smile as the color of your teeth. If you have yellow teeth with tooth decay or old worn out fillings, you will not dazzle anyone. But a bright, beautiful healthy smile with clean white teeth, says a lot about you. To show off those beautiful white teeth, many opt for teeth whitening or bleaching, which is the easiest way for a brighter smile.

Besides what your dentist offers, over-the-counter teeth whitening types include gels, rinses, strips, trays and whitening toothpaste products. If your teeth aren’t sensitive, you don’t have any teeth that need to be restored and you have healthy gums, then you are the ideal candidate for teeth whitening.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

Summer Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Typically sensitive skin needs a lot of TLC, and this is more so during the summer months. Weekends of camping trips, picnics with friends, day at the beach or other summer getaways should be fun, but if you’re not diligent towards proper sensitive skin care, you’ll pay the price with irritated problem skin. This may mean skin irritation with rashes, redness and breakouts.

No matter what your skin type, a few daily steps can make a big difference towards healthy skin. Whether you have mild or severe sensitive skin, summer can bring about changes you should be aware of, in order to prevent irritation.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

Do You Have Salicylate Sensitivity?

Salicylate Sensitivity by Flora StaySalicylate intolerance or sensitivity includes any side effects that occur when any derivatives of salicylic acid are introduced into the body.

Salicylates are found naturally in plants and act to protect them from diseases, insects, fungi and bacteria. The salicylates act as preservatives through a natural immune hormone.

Salicylates are also commonly found in many personal care, skin care, medications (such as aspirin types) and of course, in products containing plants.

Everyone knows that large consumption of aspirin types of medications are harmful. But for those who have an intolerance to it, even small amounts of salicylic acid can be dangerous with many adverse reactions.

Monday, 01 April 2013 00:00

Sensitive Skin Care Tips

Sensitive Skin Care Tips by Flora StayThere are millions of people who have sensitive skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, as many as 50 percent of the patients who seek help have sensitive skin. There are a variety of symptoms associated with this condition including itchy, scaly skin, red patches, acne, and contact dermatitis (allergy).

How you respond to treatment depends on the daily care of your skin and the types of products you use. Sensitive skin needs a lot of TLC. Knowing your skin type and using the appropriate skin care products can make a difference between healthy and damaged skin.

Friday, 01 March 2013 02:00

What is toothpaste MADE of?

If you’re like millions of consumers, your toothpaste is soft, and when you brush, gives you that minty fresh taste. But if you’ve ever wondered what is in toothpaste and what makes one brand different from another, you’ll find the answers in this article.

You'll find a variety of claims on toothpaste labels, such as gum disease toothpaste, one that fights bad breath, SLS free toothpaste, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, hydrogen peroxide toothpaste, or natural toothpaste. Toothpastes are typically made of certain ingredients that make it the paste that it is. However, there are many variations, with some more effective than others.

In general, most toothpaste includes abrasives, binders, foaming ingredient, humectants, detergents, flavors, colors, preservatives, fluoride and water. The following is a breakdown to help describe what these ingredients are for.

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

AGE SPOTS and HOW to ERASE THEM

Those flat brown spots that appear on the body can be freckles, sunspots, liver spots or age spots. Freckles can be genetic and be present at an early age, or they can be due to sun exposure if you have a hereditary predisposition to them. Freckles can even look sexy, as seen on many models. Age spots are not sexy and can age you beyond your actual age.

Age spots, also known as sunspots or liver spots, have nothing to do with the liver, but are typically associated with old age. Truth be told, age spots have very little to do with old age either or how old you are. Although they can affect young people, usually they appear in adults older than forty years old. They usually are flat gray, brown or even black spots of varying size.

Plastic bottles have been linked to cancer and other health problems. But are all plastic containers the same and are they all potential health hazards? Glass is rarely used for most personal care, skin care or cosmetic products. On the other hand, plastic is everywhere in products we use daily, including food, cleaning products, even care of newborn babies. In today’s market a symbol and number on the bottom identify most plastic containers. This information is important and tells you what type of plastic is used, if it’s recyclable, and if it is safe or not.

Certain ingredients can affect the plastic they are contained in and some plastics can leach chemicals into the products they contain. If you have sensitive skin, it’s very important to know what ingredients are in your skin care, personal care and makeup products. Make it also a habit to check the tubes and bottles you buy that contain your food and sensitive skin care and personal care products. This article will help you learn the difference between those numbers under the plastic containers.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 00:00

Protecting SKIN from SUN DAMAGE in WINTER

Fun at the beach or on the slopes can cause premature aging or skin cancer. Winter or summer, sunscreen is important for all sun lovers. However, there are reports about the safety of some sunscreen brands. There is also much confusion about how much to use, which SPF number is adequate, or whether you should even use sunscreen in the winter?

In this article you’ll learn critical information about the health of your skin while being exposed to the sun, and what to do to avoid premature aging and skin cancer.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:00

Body and Mouth by CRYSTAL METH

Throughout history, there have always been addictive substances to tempt young and old to experience euphoria and escape the trials of life. Today, the flavor drug of the rich and poor alike is methamphetamine. On the street it’s known as meth, speed, ice, chalk, crank, fire, glass or crystal.

Most people don’t realize the devastating effects of this highly addictive drug. A person can become addicted immediately, even after the first use of the drug.

I saw a program on CNN some time ago about the deteriorating health of our children and the cause for it. Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted the one-hour program that was part of a series called “Toxic Towns USA”.

The program featured the town of Mossville in southwestern Louisiana that has several chemical plants. University of Texas researchers reported that 99 percent of the residents of this community suffered from an illness or disease caused or related to toxic chemicals.

Monday, 01 November 2010 00:00

Your teeth and aging: Will you be toothless?

A toothless face is not a pretty site. If you’re worried about aging and ending up with sunken cheeks and dentures, read on. Most people assume once you become a senior, loosing your teeth is inevitable. Tooth loss is common, but in majority of the cases, just like most things in life, if you loose your teeth and end up with false teeth, you’re probably the cause.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

Simple Steps to Cure Bad Breath

Whether it’s waking up first thing in the morning with bad breath (dreaded morning breath), after eating certain foods or just most of the time, you may have experienced bad breath. The cause of bad breath may be certain diseases such as diabetes, respiratory infections, infected tonsils, stomach conditions and others. Studies report approximately 80 percent of bad breath (halitosis) comes from the mouth.

Throughout history men and women have tried to turn back the clock on aging. Anti-aging skin care products and treatments can be expensive. Before you jump on the bandwagon to help improve your appearance, it’s best to learn about and evaluate the latest treatments available.

Most people start to notice changes in their skin in their late 30s. After the age of 40, is when most areas of the face that was full, begins to get depressed or develop shadowing or darkening. Of course, this makes the face look older.

Below is a summary of some of the true and tried, and newest treatments designed to help reverse aging.

Tuesday, 01 June 2010 06:00

Should Your Dentist Go Green?

Dentistry has typically been thought of as a very invasive medical field. No wonder, since the word dentist invokes thoughts of drills, x-rays, mercury fillings, toxic chemicals, not to mention fear and pain. None of these images bring to mind a whole-earth or eco-friendly approach to a beautiful smile.

Oral health is extremely important to general health. Heart disease, stroke, problem pregnancies, fibromyalgia and diabetes are just some of the health issues that have a connection to poor oral health.

Monday, 04 June 2012 00:00

Sunscreen Facts You Need to Know

There is a lot of buzz about toxic ingredients in sunscreen, and rightly so. Everyone should consider their skin to be sensitive and focus on sensitive skin sunscreen. Most people use sunscreen to allow them to stay in the sun longer without worry of skin damage. Some studies have reported there could be health concerns with the ingredients in sunscreen, outweighing the benefits of their skin protection. Many sunscreens include highly irritating ingredients. Of course, there are many types of sunscreen to choose from, with most people focusing on the higher number SPF to maximize sun exposure. However, there is more to it than just the SPF number when it comes to choosing the best sunscreen for you and your family.

Thursday, 01 July 2010 02:00

The Facts About Mercury Fillings

Dental amalgam filling contain the element mercury. The safety of mercury in fillings has caused a controversy lasting for many years. Most of the concern involves whether constant exposure of mercury from the filling material in the mouth can have toxic effects on the body.

Unfortunately, most Americans are not knowledgeable about the mercury in dental fillings issue. As a result the public can be easily panicked by a TV broadcast, such as aired in 1990 by CBS news program 60 Minutes. Hal Huggins, a Colorado dentist and a critic of dental amalgams, shared his views on the 60 Minutes episode.

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