This little boy looks a little like me when I was younger, except that I would have been eating the toothpaste, not using it.
It’s been a long time since I squeezed a tube of toothpaste…
Actually, that’s not completely true.
A few years ago, we were at Annmarie’s sister’s house for the holidays. We had run out of tooth soap (which we use for our teeth care) the day before. We had thought we were going to have time to run to the store this particular morning, but it was cold and snowy outside when we got up, so we took our time getting out of bed. By the time we did and showered, we had to leave for a family party in 10 minutes.
Normally, this wouldn’t have been a problem, but we had nothing to brush our teeth with.
I didn’t have any tooth soap, any essential oils or herbal tinctures.
So I dug through the kid’s bathroom drawers to see if there was any thing I could use, but there was nothing to use except a tube of Crest.
I looked at it for a while — maybe 20 seconds or so.
It reminded me of my childhood when I would eat the stuff right out of the tube. (Yeah, I know, I was a weird kid.)
I knew there was fluoride in it. I knew there were artificial sweeteners and other nasty chemicals that are known carcinogens and neurotoxins.
But my breath was not fresh.
I decided, in this rare case, I needed Western intervention.
I would give the Crest a try, knowing that the other option — green, gooey teeth gunk — was not going to cut it.
I needed to get that morning taste out of my mouth, but also — truthfully — I wanted to experiment and see if it tasted as good as I remembered from my childhood.
When the paste hit my tongue, I had an instant gag reflex. I choked and coughed — so loud that Annmarie came to the door and asked if I was OK.
The flavor was painfully artificial. It was almost like the taste radiated into the depths of my brain is was so foreign and so eerily sweet.
Of course, for me it was complete assurance that I would always prefer smelly morning breath to anything Crest, Colgate or AIM.
We made sure we got some more Tooth Soap the next day and would never let our bottles run empty again.
If tooth paste isn’t an option, then how do you keep our teeth healthy and clean?
I’ve learned in the health space that when you eliminate an option for someone — like toothpaste — then you better have a backup ready to take its place…
Now I know you’re probably not using Crest (or maybe you are) so I’m going to address 5 basic and effective rules for taking care of your teeth naturally.
There are many variations of how to do this, so I’m going to share mine and if you’d like, please share yours at the end of this post in the comments.
Let’s get started…
1. Laying the internal groundwork for healthy teeth.
The first step to taking care of your teeth naturally is taking care of you naturally.
The general health of your teeth also represents the health of your bones and your cardiovascular system.
So if your heart and blood are healthy and your bones are healthy, your teeth will be too.
What I’ve found over time (and experienced myself) is that if your teeth are sensitive, brittle, discolored or cavity prone, you must look at your mineral intake and assimilation.
So this means you have to look at your digestion and at the amount of minerals in you diet.
Now you might say, “how could my teeth be in bad shape when I’m eating a great diet? It must be something else…”
Sure, it might be, but the diet is the first place to look — and for many — the hardest to change.
Luckily, when you’re laying the groundwork, your first mission is not to radically change your diet, it’s to find ways to get more minerals back into your diet (and absorbed into your body.)
Some ways to get minerals back into the diet are to increase the amount of greens you eat, drink green juices, eat sea vegetables, take marine phytoplankton, or supplement with mineral supplements like Liquid Light.
This will help your body remineralize and hopefully start to rebuild your teeth and reduce the acidic environment in your mouth — and your body.
2. Brush your teeth regularly with antibacterial soap or agents.
Bacteria can contribute to your teeth hypersensitivity, deterioration, bad breath or overall poor health. If you have excessive amounts of bacteria in the mouth, your gums will also start to recede.
This will expose areas of your teeth that don’t have as much enamel and this will definitely cause you to be sensitive to hot and cold — and probably give you a lot of pain.
(NOTE: Tooth pain is not a detox symptom. It simply means your teeth are eventually going to fall out if you don’t switch up what you’re doing.)
For antibacterial purposes, we use a product called Tooth Soap, since soap is naturally antibacterial and it’s completely natural.
You can use other agents like neem or essential oils, but to me they just taste plain awful.
But whatever you use, please be sure to use something — and don’t believe the “animals don’t floss their teeth so we shouldn’t either” natural approach.
It doesn’t work, if you want to keep your teeth.
3. Floss daily.
Back to bacteria…
You need to make sure your mouth is not a petri dish for excess bacteria like I mentioned in the second item here.
Bacteria can cause receding gums, but they also can cause acidity and tooth decay.
Flossing daily will help remove some of these harmful bacteria, just like brushing with tooth soap will. Use the two together and you have a pretty good bacteria busting routine.
I used to hate flossing, but when my teeth started to get a little dodgy (I was hanging out with some Brits last week!), I started to regularly. Doing so has made a dramatic change in the health of my gums. The last time I visited the dentist he told me that they were no longer swollen at all thanks to my revived flossing routine.
4. Use topical minerals in your mouth.
Rebuilding enamel is an inside job first. You have to have a mineral rich diet.
But, you can help your teeth rebuild topically with the use of minerals. Your teeth will “absorb” minerals when applied orally.
We use the Tooth Brightener from Tooth Soap to help with this process. Not only does it help to brighten your teeth, it also contains minerals that can help start the rebuilding process.
This should only be used once a week, since it is abrasive and overuse can lead to the wearing down of your enamel.
(NOTE: Also be careful of using too many abrasives like overusing baking soda, clays or other agents when you brush, since this can wear down your enamel as well and cause hypersensitivity also.)
5. Now let’s look at your diet…
I know, I told you that you might not have to change what you eat, but for some, it’s just a fact they may need to face.
In my own personal experience, improving my digestion, adjusting my diet and improving my tooth care routine all played into getting my teeth back into great shape.
The good news is that I did it all naturally.
The not so good news, that you may not want to hear, is that I had to compromise some of my beliefs and ideals to get healthy (not just for my teeth, but my whole body.)
I stopped eating a pure vegan diet — and for me, it worked.
I’m not saying you have to do this, I’m just telling you that my health (and teeth) got better when I did.
Sometimes the diet you’ve chosen may not completely work for you. I feel that it’s during these times when you have to adapt to help your own cause and make sure you’re as healthy as possible.
There are many adaptations you can make to keep your teeth in tip-top shape when it comes to diet, but the ones that can make the most difference with teeth is removing some of the extra fruit, limiting (or increasing) animal product intake, adding more greens, and adding more calories in the form of root vegetables and steamed greens to increase the amount on nutrients you can take in.
It, again, may not the most popular opinion, but many times it’s the most effective.
What’s also very evident, is that some people need something completely different than the next guy or gal. Go figure.
The best way to figure it all out is monitor your progress. Know that your teeth shouldn’t be sensitive, cavity prone, brittle, or falling out and use that as a barometer for what works and what doesn’t. (Also, be sure to take regular blood tests!)
So maybe you have some thinking to do, or some actions to take to get your teeth in great shape, but I will tell you the best time to do it is now since you know what to do — just ask anyone who’s lost a few!
Your Question of the Day: What is your daily natural tooth care routine?
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