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How abrasive is your toothpaste?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

If you're looking to preserve your tooth enamel, and the integrity of the surface of your crowns and dental work, you may be interested in using a tooth paste with reduced abrasion.

Enamel does not grow back on your natural teeth... once gone, its gone forever.
Porcelain crowns can become scratched and dull, making them more susceptible to staining and discoloration.

Here's a link to a chart to see how your toothpaste rates.

Additionally there's a video with it that explains the method by which these products were assessed for abrasion:

Me, I make up my own dentifrice by combining:
1. Three antibacterial oils:
10 drops Neem oil
10 drops thyme oil
3 drops rosemary oil

2. An abrasive (that scores a 7 on the chart), that has an alkaline ph to fight acid erosion:
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda

3. An antioxidant that's low in the gums of people with periodontal issues:
1 Opened Ubiquinol gel cap (make sure this is in oil, not silica as silica is too abrasive)

4. An antibacterial sugar alcohol:
1 teaspoon Xylitol... which I powder in a mortar and pestle

5.A non-irritating, carageenan and sodium laureth free, antibacterial base, that allows the oils and Ubiquinol to penetrate the tissues:
2 teaspoons coconut oil.

I mix this up and keep it in a small jar.
You need very little... this mix lasts about a month.

Great for gums, too!

O, and don't forget to use a tongue scraper!
Yes, you read me right!

Here's directions on how to make one in less that it took to type this blog, if you'd like to try it out before making a purchase:

Take care of youse!
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    My toothpaste isn't on the list and I love it, it's a neem toothpaste.
    1838 days ago
    I have a special one from the dentist, love it and it's improved the sensitivity I had!

    Nice to be home and catching up with everyone, have a great Sunday hun emoticon
    1838 days ago
    Some toothpastes really irritate my whole mouth. And why is it everything is MINT! I can't use mint! There is one brand that doesn't that I found and it is Biotene-which is a 78 on that list! emoticon
    Crest has a citrus flavor I like, but looks like they are more abrasive! You are one smart cookie!! Thanks for all your tips and information! emoticon emoticon
    1840 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/6/2012 11:55:06 PM
    I had receding gums and the dentist told me to use Sensodyne. My husband was just using the peroxide to whiten his teeth. I tried the video but couldn't hear it very well. I did check the brands though and now not sure but will try making my own. I don't use mouthwsh as i've been told it is not healthy. I also want to say that when I started flossing, my receding gums healed. I do that twice a day and jsut rinse with water afterwards. Thanks for all the information. emoticon
    1841 days ago
    Thanks every one for commenting!
    Lots of good information here from you guys!
    Thanks for including it... looking forward to going to the links, Ramona, and love your recipes, Margie!

    : )

    1842 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Can't say anything on this subject. My Natural Teeth is gone. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week Everyone.
    1843 days ago
    Nice one! Now park it on a thread so we can ask questions, please.

    Using a common water squirt bottle filling it with 1/2 bottle common pint size of hydrogen peroxide at the cheap 7% (use less volume less power if cutting down from food grade at 35%); with about to 2 tablespoons of xylitol (adjust to taste to taste); and 40 + drops of peppermint essential oil or spearmint essential oil also to taste; Optional: lemon drops for whitening; with a large quantity of water to the brim of the twenty ounce sport water bottle. One re-fill bottle for each person of the family, one spare; Custom name labels optional.

    One pound xylitol

    One pint of hydrogen peroxide

    One 1 ounce bottle of mint essential oil

    Over a dozen servings of xylitol

    All of two uses per pint of 6 bottles

    1 dozen 40 drops per essential oil bottle

    5 dollars average

    $28.00 divided by 12 re-fills avg $2.33

    This is still cheaper and less than commercially processed mouth wash. There is so much NOT IN THERE that is bad for me. It seems really heavy with responsibility with each fun filled squirting action minimum 3-5 times per day. Remember the 1 minute swish ruling? My ½ pint squirt bottle stays in the car for a fast liquid swish.

    Non-caution: Should you happen to swallow; there is nothing harmful that I know of; except those dead things must pass on through before getting the chance to evacuate the premises. Please spit out! But if you perhaps have an allergy to essential oils or of hydrogen peroxide or this sweetener xylitol beware.

    True caution: NEVER GIVE XYLITOL TO A PET.

    1843 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2012 3:54:08 PM
    Very interesting. They don't list what I use and the manufacturer doesn't like discussing it. I'm sure most of them don't.
    1843 days ago
    I changed my method of cleaning my teeth just over six months ago... my teeth, gums (significant recession completely reversed) and mouth have never been healthier, whiter or stronger (teeth were starting to loosen, and a small hole has closed)... not to mention my sinuses have completely healed! Check it out:<

    ...and I've been doing some reading about remineralizing teeth... seems MANY people have even regrown teeth... I'd love to know what you think!





    I love your blgo, BTW!
    THANK YOU for sharing your journey!
    1843 days ago
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