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    I've been using a homemade toothpaste for awhile now, and it seems that my dental health keeps getting worse.
    I was looking in my mouth for canker sores and noticed two huge black lines along the gum line, which I assume are cavities.

    My toothpaste consists of coconut oil, peppermint castile soap, xylitol and a bit of baking soda.

    I used to use regular toothpaste, and never had any issues until I was in my early 20s.

    My dental/oral health has gone completely downhill since I was first pregnant in 2006. Is it a hormonal thing?

    Is homemade toothpaste REALLY better for your teeth? I'm hesitant to keep using it if my teeth are going to rot or crumble before my eyes.
    Last edited by blondiegreen; 02-17-2014, 03:31 PM.
    Needing some accountability, so here's my stats:
    34yrs old, 5'5"
    CW: 163lbs (07/2014)
    GW: 135lbs or less
    Eating mainly paleo, but including a bit of white rice (don't call the Paleo Police!)

  • #2
    You can't see cavities. What's in your paste?
    The Champagne of Beards

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    • #3
      My toothpaste is coconut oil, peppermint castile soap, xylitol and baking soda.
      Needing some accountability, so here's my stats:
      34yrs old, 5'5"
      CW: 163lbs (07/2014)
      GW: 135lbs or less
      Eating mainly paleo, but including a bit of white rice (don't call the Paleo Police!)

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      • #4
        Well, I can't see what's on your teeth from here, but all those things are probably good or neutral to use on your teeth. There's nothing magical in the store bought stuff unless you're a flouride believer.
        The Champagne of Beards

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        • #5
          I've stopped using toothpaste.

          Have you tried oil pulling?
          Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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          • #6
            I use just coconut oil and love it. My teeth are great and I will never go back to toothpaste!
            44 F 5'5
            SW 205.4
            CW 180.4
            GW 150

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            • #7
              I personally still use conventional tooth paste and aluminum laced deodorant... I haven't had any cavities for a very long time.

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              • #8
                go to the dentist.
                As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                Ernest Hemingway

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                • #9
                  Do you have caps on your teeth..All of a sudden I saw a black line at my gum line but it was the bottom of the cap...It looked really strange though.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                    I've stopped using toothpaste.

                    Have you tried oil pulling?
                    This is always a good idea. And with it's antibacterial properties, coconut oil might be the ideal oil for this purpose.

                    Also, try taking a tablespoon of water, adding two drops of neem (might be called neem seed, same thing) oil and using that as an additive-free mouthwash. It'll taste horrible, but trust me, it's 100% worth it. In Ayurvedic medicine, they used neem oil as a potent antimicrobial for centuries to cover wounds, treat tooth decay, and kill bad breath germs. Do NOT swallow this though, as your gut bacteria will NOT like you.

                    Aside from the oil however, ancient Indian yogis were reputed to have used neem tree branches as toothbrushes. They just used the branches straight, didn't put anything on them as a toothpaste. They instinctively seemed to understand how potent it was for killing germs.

                    One last thing, if you can get a good, filler-free brand of xylitol gum (and you're not afraid of one or two grams of carbs), chew on a piece or two a day. There is evidence that xylitol shows promise for actually helping to reminalize teeth. I like this brand, which they sell at my local Whole Foods. It's aspartame and even soy-free:

                    Pur Gum - Home
                    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                    • #11
                      I'm pretty sure if you could see black lines, and it were cavities, you would be in massive pain. Like Rich said, you can't see them. They get painful if they get too deep but you won't really see them. Have you tried asking someone who makes homemade toothpaste? Some bloggers out there are big on it and may be able to help troubleshoot it.


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                      • #12
                        No caps on my teeth. I only have a mouth full of fillings. They are sensitive to hot/cold, but do not hurt when I'm eating.
                        I googled and it seems like it's tartar buildup. I will be going to the dentist ASAP.
                        I will continue with my homemade toothpaste, and try oil pulling. Perhaps I can find a mouthwash with xylitol too.
                        Needing some accountability, so here's my stats:
                        34yrs old, 5'5"
                        CW: 163lbs (07/2014)
                        GW: 135lbs or less
                        Eating mainly paleo, but including a bit of white rice (don't call the Paleo Police!)

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                        • #13
                          tartar isn't usually black?

                          keep using the home-made toothpaste and i use coconut oil as mouthwash which feels great, but just let the dentist look, diagnose and then decide what to do.

                          even though my teeth are krazy clean since giving up grains i still see the hygienist to get them deep-cleaned.
                          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                          Ernest Hemingway

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                          • #14
                            maybe try to make a toothpaste from coconut oil and white clay rather than baking sod and xylitol?
                            i've read the white clay is better at remineralizing your teeth, and xylitol is actuelly not good for your teeth at all.
                            so maybe try to read up on it, try the white clay version and see what works best?
                            and of course seeing the dentist is probably a good idea.

                            i stopped using toothpaste for some time now. i just use my brush.
                            Lora



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                            • #15
                              If you go see a dentist make sure you refuse any kind of fluoride treatment though. That shit is toxic as I am sure you know. I told my dentist I didn't want the treatment and she gave me a cross look, but she shut up about it and respected it.
                              "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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