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Health, Home, and Happiness: Tooth Soap Update

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tooth Soap Update

I bought the kids tooth brushes at the health food store, since I was determined to find ones that didn't have a character on them, and everywhere else had characters on them. Sorry, don't want Dora in my bathroom ;)

I've been using tooth soap (researched and wrote about it here, other dental posts here) for about a month, and have passed a tube on to a friend to try too. I honestly love it and I don't plan on going back to other regular tooth pastes ever.

At first I was really surprised at how it wasn't as soapy as I was expecting. I even brush my tongue with it now. It is still soap, but not nearly as soapy as I thought it would be. My toddler doesn't mind it either, I use it to brush her teeth too.

It leaves my teeth feeling so so clean, and since the remineralization process seems to essentially be from your God-made saliva working on clean teeth, I really think this tooth soap will help completely clean off the teeth to allow the saliva to do it's job. Glycerin, commonly found in natural tooth pastes is said to leave a coating on the teeth that lasts for a long time, and may inhibit the saliva from actually getting to the teeth themselves.

I'm able to tell if I missed any spots when brushing easily too, they feel different. I did end up switching to a softer tooth brush, which works better at not leaving any unbrushed spots. I usually buy soft bristled brushes, but maybe the one I was using was a medium? I just got the soft one from Shopko, nothing fancy, and it made a big improvement.

I try to remember to not eat anything for a while after brushing to give my saliva time to work uninterrupted on my teeth. I have the hardest time remembering to do this, especially in the morning. I brush after I finish my coffee and breakfast, and then at least half the time I catch myself eating part of an apple that I'm cutting up for my toddler, or cutting off a piece of a muffin that's sitting out on the counter - within an hour of brushing my teeth. And before bed... by the time the stars are all aligned (dog has gone out, baby is changed, dishwasher is started...) and I'm ready to go to bed, I'm embarassed to admit that way too often I completely forget to brush my teeth. I'm working on this.

I've also noticed that my teeth are more sensative if I drink more coffee. One cup in the morning doesn't seem to make a difference, but if I have another iced coffee in the afternoon, my teeth seem a little more sensative that night and the next day. In Nourishing Traditions Sally Fallon mentions that coffee can deplete calcium and cause osteoperosis. I'm attempting to cut back on coffee, but I'm not planning on giving it up completely any time soon.

When I was at the dentist last, he said I had quite a few surface cavities. On the way home from errands one day I was feeling around with my fingernail and at the gumline of each 'bottom eye tooth' I felt a little cavity and had a little pain when I would run my fingernail over it. Since using tooth soap for a month I can still feel an indentation with my nail, but there is no pain. Hmmm. To me this is a sign that it's working, I'm curious to see if the cavities fill in completely over the next year.

Does anyone else use tooth soap? What do you think?



Blogger Briana said...

This is great. I've been waiting to see what you thought of the tooth soap. I've used soap from a grated up bar of soap off and on but didn't notice anything. Might have to try it again.

August 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

I wonder if there's glycerin in the bar of soap? Or was it just pure olive oil?

Yeah, I really like it. And I was expecting that I wouldn't :) Thanks for stopping by!

August 7, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger juno said...

I make my own soaps with lye, olive oil, etc. I can tell you that some of the bars will sweat glycerin. It is a byproduct of the saponification process.

August 7, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Thanks for that info! I wonder if there's a way to tell if there's a lot of glycerin in a soap. I'll have to look into that more.

August 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got here from Cheeseslave blog; saw your post on tooth soap and thought I would give you the recipe I use for tooth soap. Love it and have been using it for about six months. Easy to mix up and to use all organic.

1 T liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's)(you can buy the travel size)
4 T coconut oil
1 T olive oil
20 drops essential oil (I used peppermint & orange)

Stir it all together and add some water (I did not add water)so it was sort of pourable and put it into a pump bottle. It can also be stored in a tub and just dipped into. I used a small pimento jar and just dip my toothbrush in. Love it!!!


January 21, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Emerald Green said...

this may be a stupid question, but does it taste like...soap?? i'm just remembering the fourth grade, when i started rhyming words with truck...and i can still taste that bar of soap my mother stuck in there.

February 15, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

Yup, tastes like soap! Not too bad, though, we don't mind.

February 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger marysews said...

I've been using tooth soap for two years now, and tooth swish for 1.5 years. I found that peppermint flavors taste way better than citrus. I've just ordered a similar product from Rose of Sharon Acres at a much better price.

February 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Swan said...

For the last few weeks my hubby and I have been using baking powder with a bit of salt. It seems to be okay.

I think it may be a bit abrasive (if I brush too hard or for too long I get sore gums) so every few days I use a 'natural' toothpaste.

I'm looking at changing my current mixture, so thankyou very much for the post on this issue.

March 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

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