Saturday, January 22, 2011
One of the first products I started researching was toothpaste. I noticed that my "famous name brand" toothpaste had a long list of ingredients that included one I was not very comfortable with, saccharine. So I thought I'd try a different brand and noticed when shopping around that all the other brands on the store shelf had saccharine listed as one of their ingredients as well. And there were also a few other ingredients listed that I didn't know what they were, or why they were in toothpaste.
When I was a little girl my Grandmother told me she used baking soda and sometimes added a little peroxide with it to brush her teeth. When she passed away, she had all her teeth in her mouth, she never needed dentures. This began my research to look for ways to cleanse my teeth with natural products. I happened to find a company called "Tom's of Maine" that uses natural ingredients (some including baking soda) in their toothpaste and mouthwashes. This company listed their product ingredients and explained why each ingredient was being used. This made sense to me and also made me feel comfortable using their products. I started using their toothpaste (with fluoride, they have some without, but fluoride is one chemical I'm willing to keep using because I truly believe it is helping to prevent cavities) and their mouthwash with baking soda. I switched from my also "famous name brand" mouthwash to "Tom's of Maine" because the "famous name brand" mouthwash also had saccharine listed in the ingredients. In addition it contained alcohol which I had heard on the news might be causing oral cancer in some people. I’d even read articles about this product being banned by the Australian Dental Association so I thought switching mouthwash was something I had to do for me and my family as well.
I tested my new regimen for six months before my next dental appointment. When I went in for my cleaning and checkup, both the hygienist and dentist asked me what I had been doing to care for my teeth. My hygienist asked if I had started flossing more or brushing more than twice per day. I told her I hadn't but that I had switched the brand of toothpaste and mouthwash because I wanted to use products with natural ingredients instead of harsh or unknown chemicals. Both my dentist and hygienist said I had very little plaque and that my mouth looked very healthy. My dentist told me to keep doing what I was doing since it was clearly working. I'm still using these products for my teeth and I'm checking to see what other new products "Tom's of Maine" comes up with.