You know me... I like to do health research.
I am always on a quest to better myself, and the more specific quest in this case is to be a smarter, healthier, better, wiser consumer. And if something in my life isn't working, I want to replace it.
I've felt for a while now that my teeth weren't getting as clean as they needed to. This makes me uncomfortable. Not just uncomfortable, it grosses me out. For a while I've been using Trader Joe's All Natural-No Fluoride Antiplaque Toothpaste (with Fennel, Propolis & Myrrh). I love it. But I don't think that I love it because it cleans my teeth so great. I think I've loved it because it's licorice flavored toothpaste... A couple years back (holy cow) when I was in Portland, I stocked up on it when my TJ's said they wouldn't be carrying it anymore. It was a mistake, they weren't going to carry to Peppermint anymore... any way.... I ended up with about 6 boxes of it, so I've been using that.
Last time I was at the dentist, he perscribed a perscription strength fluoride toothpaste. I didn't feel good about filling this, so I didn't. I'm an avid flosser so I thought this would suffice.
Well, months later, and my teeth are feeling not clean enough, sensitive, and weak. What to do?
I had decided to just walk across the street to Walgreen's and buy a tube of regular toothpaste, but then I decided I'd better just read about it first.
Current research shows fluoride, aside from being a neurotoxin, isn't nearly as "helpful" as we've all been lead to believe... but among other things, most tooth paste contains glycerin, which actually prevents your teeth from healing themselves, silica, which is SAND... a number of toothpastes actually contain artificial sweetners, carcinigenic sulfates, and the list goes on and on... I was actually horrified when I read the label of a brand name tube of toothpaste.
I would never eat the things that were in this toothpaste, so why I would I ever stick it in my mouth? ESPECIALLY when you have an ENTRY POINT to your blood stream under your tongue...
Thus began my quest for a solution!
I found out that teeth, like everything else in our bodies, want to fix themselves. I think that is not only a miracle, but it's awesome, and when we use something like glycerin, which is just a filler, and is even in my TJ All Natural Tootpaste, you would have to wash your teeth something like 20 times to get the glycerin off to let them do their thing. This seems a little counterproductive wouldn't you say?
Or how about the silica (sand), that is literally chipping away at your teeth, and depleting your gums? Say What? Counterproductive. Also in my natural toothpaste. Also in your natural toothpaste.
So my research lead me to something called Tooth Soap, or Tooth Chips.
Most of them are made from saponified olive oil & coconut oil (both known their cleaning, healing and antibacterial properties), and if I understand saponification, it is the process of turning oil into soap. It has two byproducts, soap and glycerin, but in this case, the oil is still present so it doesn't behave like your generic pesky glycerin. It also contains Xylitol which literally starves bacteria....
So the idea that I can clean and strengthen my teeth, moisturize my gums, and starve all the bacteria in my mouth without putting any harmful substances into my body sounds like what I was hoping my tooth paste was doing all along. Not a chance. So I started looking into tooth soap, I asked around on twitter, and did a little more research and a few people recommended Rose of Sharon Acres.
My first tin of tooth soap with Xylitol came today. And can I just say, I loved opening the package it came in, not that is was a particularly special package, but it had a really strong smell of handmade soap. It made me want to order a lot more than tooth soap... The flavor I got is the Orange/Cinnamon since she was out of Citrus flavor. I immediately cleaned my teeth with a little tooth chip, and that was at about 1 today, it is 6:00 now, I've had something to eat, and drink, and somehow my teeth still feel really clean. Which to me is impressive since that is something that I am so sensitive to. So, needless to say, I will be interested to continue using it, and see how my teeth manage.
So, long story short: you might want to throw out your toothpaste. It's not doing you, your teeth, or your body good. So try out a tin of tooth soap. It's obviously a little different from what we are all used to, but I say if there is a chance that it will improve your dental hygiene, you get to support a family business, and big pharm isn't getting more of your dollars, I'm all in.