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  • #31
    Oil pulling w/coconut oil in the AM followed by a warm salt water rinse. Brush with a flouride free paste (Natural Dentist, currently) and at night I use Christopher's Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder. Since starting this schedule, two persistent tender spots around a wisdom tooth have gone away.
    Starting Weight: 197.5
    Current Weight: 123
    Far healthier!

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    • #32
      Good God Joanie! MY EYES!

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      • #33
        Originally posted by InSearchOfAbs View Post
        Good God Joanie! MY EYES!
        LMAO! It wasn't easy for me either and many tears were shed. And then people started telling me what a pretty smile I had - I had never heard that before. I do refrain from making it too public in real life, but I'm always tempted to say, "It should be - I paid enough for it."

        ETA: the most odd thing: my dad had false teeth in his late 20s because he got hit by a car. History repeats itself.
        Last edited by JoanieL; 03-26-2013, 05:27 PM.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
          I used to have canker sores a lot. Giving up gluten banished them permanently. Lots of people who give up gluten say so. If you don't eat gluten, you may be experiencing a low level of cross-contamination.
          No, there's definitely something in that toothpaste that makes me break out. I am usually fine whether I eat gluten or not.

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          • #35
            This works pretty well:
            Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe for Oral Health
            Ruth

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            • #36
              Earthpaste for me. Love it.
              Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
              Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
              Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by lorichka6 View Post
                Baking soda. Just switched about 2 weeks ago. Discoloration that had only been removable after a cleaning at the dentist is totally gone. I was shocked. The salty taste sucks. But I'm too lazy to make some sort of mix.
                I kinda like the salty taste now that I don't eat any sugar. And it really does work well.

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                • #38
                  I brush with SLS free toothpaste. I was trying out Tom of Maine's for a while, but it is very expensive in the UK. So I'm trying a salt based toothpaste which cleans great.
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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                    I moisten baking soda into a paste with hydrogen peroxide and use that.
                    Me too. it makes your teeth feel as clean as if you just left the dentist.

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                    • #40
                      I've been using Xyliwhite toothpaste for years now, I get in on iherb for $3.81 / 6.4oz (normal sized) tube (free shipping for orders $20+). Now Foods, Solutions, Xyli I order a box of stuff from them at least monthly now, and always get a tube or two of this. There is also a cinnamon version and another version with baking soda, but I don't like the taste of those as much as this standard minty flavored one. Also, my non-Paleo SO does not complain about using this toothpaste, but did about all the other "natural" ones I tried. The Xylitol in this really does inhibit the growth of bacteria; compared to other toothpastes, I noticed I wake up with significantly less plaque growth from overnight. Other brands are also usually more expensive and taste weird or have weird textures.

                      Functional Ingredients: Xylitol (25%), papain (whitening)
                      Ingredients: Water, xylitol (25%), hydrated silica, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, sodium coco-sulfate, carrageenan (chondrus crispus), tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) leaf oil, peppermint (mentha piperita) oil, spearmint (mentha viridis) oil, papain (proteinase enzyme from papaya that degrades protein deposits), potassium sorbate.
                      SLS-Free, Gluten Free, Paraben-Free

                      For a mouthwash I make a simple saturated solution of baking soda in water, and keep it in a water bottle under the bathroom sink. (to make a saturated solution, just add enough baking soda that not all of it dissolves; I like to shake it up and feel the bit of abrasiveness of the undissolved particles may help remove stuff too). Typically I swish with that when I first get up; the baking soda is alkaline and neutralizes the acid from overnight growth of bacteria. Then I usually have my morning coffee, and brush my teeth and go off to work after that. My only other recommendation is to use fresh baking soda, as baking soda from fridge deodorizing will have absorbed a lot of undesirable flavors from the fridge and it tastes really fishy and much more unpleasant than new baking soda...
                      Natural products super cheap @ iherb: Use discount code SEN850 at http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=sen850 for $10 off first order; free shipping $20+ order in USA

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                      • #41
                        Just a word of warning on Xylitol. It is extremely poisonous to dogs.

                        Xylitol: Common Sugar Substitute Xylitol Can Be Deadly for Pets
                        I have two very small dogs and will not have it in the house, except for Earthpaste. Looking for something that doesn't have it now.
                        Last edited by Silvergirl; 03-27-2013, 06:40 PM.
                        Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
                        Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
                        Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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                        • #42
                          I do oil pulling followed by dry brushing then salt-water rinsing in the Am. In the PM, I usually do either a dry brush and salt water rinse or i use my vicco ayurvedic toothpaste from india. it also comes in tooth powder, but the quantities are tiny and it's silly to buy them. The paste is much less expensive, interestingly enough.

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                          • #43
                            toothpaste. colgate total usually...

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by s-piper View Post
                              A toothbrush?

                              In all seriousness, Arm&Hammer. American made and makes my teeth feel cleaner than Crest or Colgate.
                              If I weren't so lazy I might try out a homemade recipe with baking soda.
                              You got to be pretty effin' lazy to not put a tiny bit of baking soda on a toothbrush and brush.

                              I use Bicarb-soda, and occassionally sarakan - natty s**t...you know.

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                              • #45
                                In the mornings I use coconut oil with a little bit of peppermint essential oil. In the evenings I crack a capsule of activated charcoal over my teeth, swish it around, hold it in my mouth for 2-10 min then spit it out, brush my teeth while there is still a residue in my mouth and rinse. Follow up with a quick rinse of hydrogen peroxide.

                                The activated charcoal binds to tannins removing the helping to remove stains from your teeth.

                                I found baking soda too harsh, so the activated charcoal is a nice alternative. Messy as hell though, so you have to be careful.
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