|My daughter after she lost her first tooth!|
There are some people that through heredity or good luck have always had great teeth. I am not one of those people. I have always had sensitive teeth, and every visit is dreaded with the thought of how many cavities I might have.
My first visit this year was even more dreaded. After having a baby last spring, I experienced some post-partum depression (wait, can I say that on here? As women, aren't we supposed to be perfect and hide THOSE sorts of things as not happening to ME?). Well, truth is, I had some pretty severe post-partum depression. So what do you do when you have 4 kids, your husband is out of the country for 5 weeks doing humanitarian aid, all the kids take turns having the stomach flu, one kid has strep throat and then a reaction to the antibiotics, your baby won't nurse, etc. etc.? Let's just say it involves a lot of movies and caramel popcorn after the kids go to bed so you can decompress. Yeah, last summer I was not at my best. (Thank goodness for family and friends, or it would have been much worse! A huge shout out to my mom for staying a week with us and taking us home with her for another 2 weeks and another one for my sis-in-law DeAnn for taking us in for a couple days as well.)
Combine a crazy summer with horrible teeth, lots of caramel popcorn, not much dental hygiene (at least I was showering on occasion, right?), and I was NOT looking forward to my dental visit this month. Turns out I had to call and go in 3 weeks early because I had a tooth that was bothering me horribly. Chewing on a piece of bread was excruciating. Another sign that things were not looking good for me.
|Oil of Oregano|
I am at times skeptical of natural types of remedies, probably because I did not grow up with any natural remedies or products, and have always grown up hearing about (and using) the standard pharmaceuticals for hygiene and health care. My husband is even more skeptical than I am, wanting a scientific study published in a peer-reviewed journal before he will even consider entering into a discussion about how skeptical he is about it. He is a nurse by trade, so I can't blame him for being a good one!
My friend had sent me home with a small batch of coconut oil mixed with oil of oregano to try out. So here I was, trying out a natural toothpaste, where the stakes were high: if this doesn't work, I am going to have to pay on a dentist bill for the next couple years. The last 6+ months I have been worried about my "new toothpaste" and if it would work, or if I would be getting dentures prematurely. Plus I would feel bad enough about it by myself, so my husband wouldn't even have to say "I told you so", since he is very accommodating of my weird natural remedies and is generous enough to let me try and fail at these sorts of things on my own.
I read some interesting things on my favorite homeschool site that I would like to research more. One thing imparticular that I have learned is that our teeth can be re-mineralized to repair damage caused by cavities. For this to happen, the teeth need to be clean, not covered in a film of toothpaste. From some of the other research I have done, it seems that toothpaste has a lot of things that are not ideal.
Here are the things I have tried and liked this year:
|Coconut Oil combined with Oil of Oregano|
|Tooth Soap - soap shredded into small bite size pieces|
This one is Orange Cinnamon with Neem Bark & Xylitol
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Here is another one I would like to try soon. As I mentioned above, I read about this on one of my favorite homeschool sites.
|Tooth Chips "Spritz" in peppermint|
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Do you use something besides the usual toothpaste? What alternative hygiene products have you tried or would you recommend?