Sunday, March 4, 2012

I don't use toothpaste


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
After brushing for a couple months my teeth felt amazing! I read somewhere that it takes at least 21 bushings before you can remove the glycerin build up on your teeth. At first it was hard to get used to not having that slick feeling on my teeth, but once that glycerin film was gone, my teeth had their own slick feel. I can even feel some bumps of remineralization. And the black spot on kid1 tooth- gone!

 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.




10 comments:

Alison said...

Wow, that is quite a transformation. Have you been back to the dentist since you started using soap? I would love to hear what they have to say about how great that is working for you guys. My Grandpa said that when he was a kid he used baking soda and his finger since he didn't have a toothbrush. I wonder, did you find anything about using baking soda only? I'm not so sure I could get past the soap taste... But, I'm intrigued as I have soft enamel, it's been that way since birth.

The Peterson Family said...

We actually have not been back to the dentist and we are way overdue. But our teeth feel so great I keep forgetting to call. I will definitely let you know what they say about our teeth especially kid1's teeth. I did look into baking soda and once using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is a good idea but anymore than that is not so good for your teeth. The baking soda is very rough on the teeth. Believe me you do get past the soap taste- it was not so bad, the soap I used tasted like a soapy olive oil, now I use a olive oil honey soap.

I don't really know anything about soft enamel, I would think that the soap would help but I know that Dr. Price the author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration would say it is also a nutrition thing. Could have been the nutrition of your parents.

Alison said...

This is all so fascinating to me.

Alison said...

Hey there, check out this link. I just found this at a coop. http://www.eco-dent.com/ Check out the powders. no glycerin, no sodium lauryl sulfate or fluoride. Seems like an interesting product. I wonder if it provides similar benefits to the soap you are using.

The Peterson Family said...

I have actually seen these products, and thought about buying them. Some of the health foods stores carry them. They are pretty expensive compared to soap. Another thing some people caution against is they contain abrasives such as salts. Let me know if you try them and if you like them:)

Alison said...

I did buy it and it is going to take a little getting used to, but the natural mint aftertaste is really nice. Here is a link to an article about the sea salts in the powder which is really interesting. It describes it in the section titled "Nature Knows Best"

Looks like it is an old formulation and as far as costs, yes, it is a little spendy at just under $7 compared to soap. But there are 200 brushing`s in that little bottle and that is way cheaper than Sensodyne which is what we've been using. Not, completely sure I can convince my hubby to switch, but, I'm going to try. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to this. Now I need to work on reducing my sugar intake, that is going to be so hard for me...

The Peterson Family said...

You will have to keep me posted Alison. I still have not gotten Chuck to switch to soap, but I figure the kids and I are a good start.

Was the link that you mentioned part of the other link from above?

Yeah soap does not have the best aftertaste but you do get used to it.

Alison said...

Oops, sorry yes, but here it is since I seem to have lost my mind momentarily...

http://green-patriot.com/blog/?id=1086&showEntry=1

Oh, and the main reason why I think this powder throws me off is that I'm so used to my toothpaste being sweet and this is a little bit salty. It was much better to use this morning as I was more ready for it.

The Peterson Family said...

Thanks- interesting article. We have long avoided floride- it is such a bad thing. We even have a Berkey Water (http://www.morethanalive.com/Big-Berkey).

They say after 21 times of doing something it becomes habit- I think it works the same for the taste. After a month you wont even notice the taste:)

John Stevenson said...

Very good article indeed! Brushing your teeth daily is a good habit especially for those people who like to eat a lot, you should maintain that kind of habit and it will grant you a white shiny strong teeth.