I have not used toothpaste for 2 weeks now. I have been eating sugar (fruit and dark chocolate) my teeth still look good. However I am very scared for the dentist now but excited as well. Should I brush my teeth with baking soda once in a while?
Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )
According to my DD, my breath was getting better over the holidays when I was eating a ton of Christmas cookies, lol. That suggests to me that it really is a gut issue and I need to find some other balance that doesn't include half my calories from cookies. I am working on more starch, fermented veggies and occasional kombucha. We'll see.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related
Baking soda is very harsh and should be used rarely.
Here is a link that may help. My DH and I have been following Dr Ellie's system for a while with great results.
Dr. Ellie - Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye
Baxter State Park
55 years old, 5'4"
1/1/11 weight: 172 and grumpy
Lost 7 lbs on calories in, calories out
Went paleo/primal 1/1/12
Current weight: 144 and happy
Goal weight is 130 more or less
Laboratory assessment of tooth whitening by sodi... [J Clin Dent. 1998] - PubMed - NCBI
There is also another dentifrice test done for abrasiveness in which baking soda placed dead last.
Hydrogen peroxide may also be used to whiten teeth, but I prefer coconut oil pulling. I also rub xylitol and or white sugar on my teeth for freshness. Kinda necessary when I drink so much coffee.
Are you or have you started flossing? Did it make a difference?