One night while flossing kid1's teeth I saw a black spot in between two teeth. I made Chuck come in and look and sure enough we both saw the spot a little larger than a pin hole. It was devastating! If you read my last post about taking our daughter to the dentist only to have them find cavities you might understand my quest a little more. I wanted to learn everything I could about how I could be a better parent to my daughters teeth. I had long been on the no fluoride bandwagon, much to the dismay of every dentist we have gone to see. And now I was learning that even toothpaste without fluoride was not good for our teeth.
Toothpaste contains glycerin (even the organic all natural ones), that is what you feel on your teeth after brushing them, it is a slick coating that prevents remineralization. Remineralization is your enamel regrowing, this is a natural defense that our teeth have to the foods we eat. So by brushing your teeth with toothpaste you are basically causing sensitive teeth and cavities, the very thing you thought you were preventing.
After learning that our daughters teeth had the start of many cavities I was willing to try anything. When I read about using soap for brushing our teeth, I thought it couldn't hurt. So I went to the local health foods store and searched for a bar of 100% olive oil soap, unflavored. I was not to sure how the "flavor" would come across. For the first week the taste was a little hard to get past, it tastes like, well like soap. But after about a week I could not tell anymore, kid1 was not happy at all. She made awful faces and could not understand why we would put soap in our mouths.
|Photo taken by Adair|
It has been 8 months and we are still working on the same bar of soap, money savings is another added bonus. Along with our soap we also added a Waterpik for flossing. I have to say my teeth feel pretty amazing.