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    Is this possible? If I eat 100% completely crap-free primal. Not even dark chocolate etc. I'm scared to give up toothpaste but on the other hand I feel like it can't be good for my teeth.
    well then

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    Baking soda is an all natural, sweetener free substitute. Once you get your head around the concept that what is on your toothbrush is not going to taste sweet but salty, it works great.

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    • #3
      I have always hated tooth paste and only use it on occasion. Since changing my diet, my dentist says my mouth never looked heathier. No tooth paste = no problem. If you still want to use some, pick an all natural brand.

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      • #4
        Don't touch a carb, you teeth will be white as white. Not very realistic though.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
          Is this possible? If I eat 100% completely crap-free primal. Not even dark chocolate etc. I'm scared to give up toothpaste but on the other hand I feel like it can't be good for my teeth.
          Don't forget to floss and brush your teeth. My teeth feel so smooth after coconut oil pull.
          I don't use baking soda. Mouth feels good.
          Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
            Baking soda is an all natural, sweetener free substitute. Once you get your head around the concept that what is on your toothbrush is not going to taste sweet but salty, it works great.
            But using baking soda is only for occasion right?
            well then

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            • #7
              Floss, use 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted to 50/50 as a mouthwash, and use baking soda to brush. Caking soda is no more abrasive than most toothpastes, it's perfectly safe.
              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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              • #8
                baking soda straight irritates my mouth. I once made my own paste using coconut oil, xylitol
                (kills bacteria) baking soda, salt. worked well. Now I use tooth powder as it was on sale and I wanted to try it for ease of use when travelling. It lasts forever as a little goes a long way. Floss every day
                Last edited by Primal123; 11-03-2012, 07:44 PM.

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                • #9
                  I made this "toothpaste" recently: Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe | Wellness Mama

                  I used dried eggshells from pastured chickens for the calcium (ground up in my blender) and a teaspoon of peppermint castille soap, no DE and no other EO.

                  Blender didn't get the eggshells very fine, so it's kinda crunchy, but my teeth feel super-duper clean. I was having a build up of plaque because the last time I had my teeth cleaned by a dentist was about seven years ago, and now the build-up is nearly gone.

                  I ordered the stuff I needed from iherb. And when you consider the cost breakdown it's much cheaper than even regular cheap Colgate, not to mention the "Natural" stuff.

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                  • #10
                    I just asked my dentist recently what he thought about using baking soda instead of toothpaste on a daily basis. He said a lot of people do that, and that he would be fine with it if I do that. He said the only downside is that you won't have that bubbly minty feeling that you get when brushing with commercial toothpastes.

                    For me, he also recommended that I do an occasional fluoride rinse, but that's just because I have had a LOT of teeth problems and have unusually sensitive teeth. But he said he'd totally support me in switching away from toothpaste to baking soda for everyday brushing.

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                    • #11
                      Toothpaste is totally unnecessary. Tooth cleaning, however, isn't negotiable. What you use to get the job done is up to you - different strokes for different folks depending on what they can stomach taste and texture-wise, what the mouth membranes will tolerate, and what gets the job done.

                      The common denominator for all of us here at the CrabbShack is floss and a stainless-steel tongue scraper. Each and every one of us has different tastes for pastes. My newly-discovered instant favorite is Redmond Earthpaste: only hydrated clay, xylitol, essential oil (of cinnamon, for ex), and sea salt. I have done baking soda, tooth powder, sea salt - lots of stuff. They didn't work for me, but to be honest, I wasn't Primal back then and I think that had more than 90% to do with my bad check-ups. Since Primal, my cleanings are amazing my hygienist (I go four times per year... if that tells you how much trouble I have with my teeth...).
                      I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                      • #12
                        I've not used "toothpaste" for years. The glycerin in toothpaste, EVEN IN NATURAL BRANDS!!, blocks the pores of your teeth, preventing remineralization (blocked pores are bad. Really).

                        I do, however, use a few of "Uncle Harry's" tooth products, like the tooth powder, and the tooth and gum elixer oil (oil of peppermint and, um, something else). And, a waterpik. I love my waterpik.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RaeVynn View Post
                          I've not used "toothpaste" for years. The glycerin in toothpaste, EVEN IN NATURAL BRANDS!!, blocks the pores of your teeth, preventing remineralization (blocked pores are bad. Really).
                          The glycerin thing is slowly registering on my radar. If you care to, pop on over to my journal place and tell me more. My Third (third daughter) is facing fillings due to demineralization (not yet cavities) and I was actually going to tell the dentist to wait while I try the Weston Price cure-your-cavities thing. And every bit helps... would you?
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • #14
                            I switched to baking soda over a year ago and quite like it and more recently to Eco-Dent tooth powder which contains baking soda. A little bit of the Eco-dent goes a long way and I like the tooth powder better than just straight baking soda (bubbly).

                            As to the whole glycerin thing, I don't do glycerin, but there are two, not mutually exclusive lines of thinking. One is the health of your teeth depend mostly on what you put on them from the outside and the other line of thinking is the health of your teeth depend mostly on nutrition that effects how the teeth are nourished from the inside. In the past, I've spent most of my attention on the outside in approach, but recently I've been studying up on the inside out theories and started a separate discussion about dentinal flow (the fluid that flows from inside your teeth to the surface) here:
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread72128.html

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                            • #15
                              A cinnamon stick, or a number of types of twigs, can replace both toothpaste and brush. Miswak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                              I bought a small container of tooth powder before an international jaunt a few years ago and still have some...it lasts a LONG time.

                              I have never liked toothpaste... it seems as though using it makes teeth cleaner for a short spell but actually makes them less healthy somehow.

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