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    Hey everyone! I'm slowly converting to a primal lifestyle and loving it. I have a question, though, concerning toothpaste. My teeth are sensitive and I have a receding gum line on four of my teeth. I've noticed that my sensitive toothpaste (I don't know if I should mention the brand name--but it's probably the most well know sensitive toothpaste brand) is making my teeth even MORE sensitive. Has anyone had a similar experience? I've also noticed that the ingredients are filled with nitrates--a known carcinogen, not to mention fluoride, another controversial ingredient.

    I know this isn't technically befitting for the recipe forum, but I wanted to ask if anyone has a great toothpaste recipe that they've used consistently and have healthy teeth? Also, what about marketed toothpastes? Are there any primal ones?

    Any responses are appreciated!

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    Since I had to have some periodontal work done 5 yrs ago, I use tooth powder and have done oil pulling. No tooth sensitivity or gum problems since. And, I stay far away from anything with fluoride in it.
    Sometimes I used just 1% peroxide to brush but that would end up causing sensitive teeth after a while. Baking soda can be to abrasive for my gums, so I use it sparingly.
    YMMV but, you might be pleasantly surprised at how oil pulling returns your gumline to its normal place. Do a little research on it.
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    I recommend the products, instructional videos, and toothbrush found at orawellness.com. I also have a receding gumline and have to be careful & vigilant with my oral hygiene.

    Oil pulling (I use coconut oil) seems to help my gums quite a bit. I'm lazy about it, but at least once a day, maybe when you first wake up, could be very helpful.
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    I don't have dental issues, gum problems or sensitivity so can't comment on the effectiveness of my rather simple "tooth paste" but I do have clean teeth which, combined with an ancestral diet, does not get tartar build-up.

    My paste is simply coconut oil, soda bicarb and a drop of peppermint essence.

    I've also taken to having a rinse with alum, crushed and stirred into water. I've recently taken stock of how I shave, what products I use and really pared that back to a more natural shave, alum being part of that routine ... so I have it available. You can buy it already powdered.

    Now, for something authoritative ...

    I found this to be an excellent read: Xylitol | The Paleo Hygienist

    ... so, perhaps some xylitol into the mix? Gets you thinking about the age old advice around chewing your greens.

    Good luck - I hope the ideas that folks have laid down give you some relief and bring you a more long term improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjgh View Post
    I don't have dental issues, gum problems or sensitivity so can't comment on the effectiveness of my rather simple "tooth paste" but I do have clean teeth which, combined with an ancestral diet, does not get tartar build-up.

    My paste is simply coconut oil, soda bicarb and a drop of peppermint essence.

    I've also taken to having a rinse with alum, crushed and stirred into water. I've recently taken stock of how I shave, what products I use and really pared that back to a more natural shave, alum being part of that routine ... so I have it available. You can buy it already powdered.

    Now, for something authoritative ...

    I found this to be an excellent read: Xylitol | The Paleo Hygienist

    ... so, perhaps some xylitol into the mix? Gets you thinking about the age old advice around chewing your greens.

    Good luck - I hope the ideas that folks have laid down give you some relief and bring you a more long term improvement.
    good thoughts there.

    out of interest, and you may be aware. you can use the alum block as a deodorant, i have been for 5 years now

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    Yes, you can ...

    I recall this being forced upon me as a child. Hippy parents, you know. Yes, even Hippies don't like to smell of pit sweat

    I really should try it again. From what I understand, alum keeps the area really clean and so the smelly bacteria never get a chance to breed. You still sweat, but so you should.

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    We try to avoid industrial compounds in our body products too.

    For teeth…

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    Thai Crystal Deoderant

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    I make my own toothpaste using baking soda, salt and peppermint oil :

    Homemade Toothpaste - An Easy and Natural Recipe

    I like it and it seems to do a good job.

    Deoderant:

    All Roads Lead to the Pits : Homemade Deodorant | Crunchy Betty

    And hairspray:

    Homemade Alcohol-Free Hairspray that Works - Whole New Mom

    Yes, my kids call me a hippie. I don't care, at least I know whats in the products I make.

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    I just use the Tom's fluoride free stuff, but I don't have any major dental problems. According excessive sugar and carbs is probably more effective.

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    I had several sensitive teeth and my dentist at the time told me to use Sensodyne which for the most part did nothing. I went to a new dentist who showed me the Xrays and said that I had 4 failing old fillings (30 years old) and needed crowns. The first dentist was a complete moron. Make sure that you have a check for underlying issues instead of a bandaid approach.

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