All About Teeth!

When I was young, I got a few cavities. When I was older, I started really caring about how my teeth looked, so I brushed often, flossed occasionally, and used Crest Whitestrips when my teeth started yellowing. My dentist even complimented the condition of my teeth, but all was not perfect. I still have a small retainer glued to the back of my bottom front teeth which my dentist refuses to remove, and despite all my brushing and flossing, plaque always seems to build up back there. Also, I have gotten a lot of little chips in my front teeth- most recently, I accidentally bit down on my fork and took a hunk out of my tooth. I was going to go get it filled, but it’s not all the way through and it isn’t sensitive, so there’s no real reason.

With all of my progress toward natural living, I figured this might be a good time to think about a new option for dental care. I have read that I’m not supposed to whiten my teeth during pregnancy, and have heard for years about how dangerous Fluoride is, but I have never bothered to really look into it or switch it up.

The other day I stumbled across this article about how Julia Roberts has always brushed her teeth with just baking soda, and it just seemed like such an easy thing to try! I even already had a custard cup of baking soda sitting on my counter, so I just wetted my toothbrush, dipped it in, and brushed away. I have to say, it didn’t taste good, and I rinsed my mouth with a minty mouthwash after. My teeth looked beautiful, though. After a couple days I noticed that the build-up around my retainer was going away- it was much easier to slip my floss in there! They feel very clean and smooth after brushing with baking soda.

I am hoping that this method will help my teeth remineralize, and maybe eventually the chip will go away naturally! Here’s an article on how to remineralize teeth naturally.

The toothpaste recipes I’ve come across seem like a little too much work for me considering I have no idea where to get most of the ingredients without ordering online, but there are plenty of one-ingredient alternatives (baking soda included) or just simpler ways to do it. I intend to acquire some peppermint oil, then mix it with baking soda and coconut oil and try that out as a better-tasting natural solution! Eventually I will update on how it all seems to be working!

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3 thoughts on “All About Teeth!

  1. I’ve been looking around for some actual scientific studies related to this but can’t find any… just people that say offhandedly that baking soda is too abrasive and will break down enamel or supporters with testimonials like this:

    “The assumption that baking soda is abrasive comes from industries that use dry baking soda as rouge [as abrasive].

    Once baking soda gets wet it dissolves, becomes part of the liquid and is not longer abrasive particles.

    What baking soda does is it changes pH. The water/saliva becomes extremely base. The bacteria in your mouth give off acids to break down food particles and tooth enamel. A strong base will instantly neutralize those acids, and chemically break-down much of the bacteria.

    Changing pH is a common method of cleansing. Many of the bonds formed by stains are dependent on pH. Change the pH [for a moment] and scrub and the stuff floats loose.

    I used baking soda for over 20 years as my only toothpaste. During that period of time I also saw a dentist every six months, and there was never any mention of enamel damage. Which was all a requirement of my career field.

    Once I retired and left that career field, I switched over to using H2O2 as toothpaste. Which also works really well.

    Most commercial toothpastes have a assortment of things that are not good for you. Including: sugar, flavorings, perfumes, dyes, even some have radioactive ingredients to allow them to claim that they add ‘brightness’.

    If all you want is to clean your teeth and remove bacteria, feel free to use baking soda or H2O2.”

    From what I’ve found, baking soda is a great alternative, and if you’re worried about your enamel, just make sure the baking soda is nice and wet so it dissolves easily while brushing. You can also just brush with baking soda occasionally, then brush with nothing or oil like olive or coconut oil other times, and maybe do some oil pulling.

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