This is a post I've had on the back burner for a while. I wanted to have some time to use the product and get an opinion of it before I wrote about it. You're probably wondering what it is, so I won't hold you in suspense any longer. I've been using tooth soap. Yes, soap on my teeth. Actually, my whole family has been.
I decided to take the next step in kicking more chemicals to the curb a couple of months back. When it was time to buy more tooth paste, I opted for a natural tooth paste from Trader Joe's. I didn't actually read the ingredients until I got home. Dork! It had flouride in it - something I was wanting to eliminate.
Right at that same time I began to read about tooth soap over at Health, Home, & Happiness. This is one of Cara's posts about it. But, if you have some time to browse around there, she has some really interesting posts on holistic dentistry. Anyway, the timing just seemed right. What was the point of buying "natural" toothpaste if it still had poisons in it? So, I ordered a 4 pack of tooth soap from the etsy.com shop, Beautiful Soaps.
I like the fact that this particular brand of tooth soap comes in a chap stick type container. It just seemed more sanitary to me than the ones that are a regular bar meant to be kept out. Plus, I thought this style would travel easily.
My whole family loves this stuff! I don't think my teeth have ever felt cleaner than while using tooth soap. It doesn't give you that artificial minty feeling in your mouth after brushing - it just leaves your teeth feeling really clean. Another thing I've noticed (Chris, too) is that in the mornings my teeth don't have that fuzzy feel that they did with regular tooth paste.
We were close to the end of our first order of tooth soap when we went to Michigan last weekend. I placed another order before we left, but took the tube of "natural" toothpaste with us on our trip. I couldn't believe the difference. By mid-afternoon my teeth felt absolutely skanky. We're talkin' plumb carny, here (pronounced, kyarn - ee, emphasis on the first syllable. That means absolutely, beyond nasty in my yanka-billy vernacular). It was really gross. I was really glad to see that manilla envelope in the mail containing...my precious shortly after our return home.
There are many health benefits to using tooth soap, including the fact that flouride is considered harmful and banned in Europe along with most other countries for reasons I'll let you research yourself. I know, how kind of me, huh? I've also read that flouride is a component in rat poison. And, when we don't interfere with the process by coating our teeth with glycerine and other things - something in our saliva causes our teeth to naturally remineralize. I don't have all of the specifics down, yet. I plan on researching this area more fully. But, in the mean time, I can't imagine ever going back to any sort of tooth paste if for no other reason than I know that there is nothing harmful in tooth soap and my teeth have never felt cleaner. Ever. I'm so not kidding here.
I hope that you take a little time to look into the benefits of using tooth soap over tooth paste.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I need to go brush. :0)
Have a gerat Monday!