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The Dentist’s Money Machine and My Magic Toothbrush

January 24th, 2014 · 47 Comments · What to Buy

“Don’t marry someone unless they have all their teeth.”

That old-fashioned, farm country wedding advice may make you laugh a little or reflect on simpler times gone by, but the reality is that the health of one’s teeth is a pretty darn good indicator of their overall physical health.

I’m proud that my family all sports original pearly whites, which makes us great marryin’ material. Winking smile

When I was in college and had a different dentist than that of my youth, Dr. J. made me feel like a rock star with all the compliments he’d give on how great my teeth were. I felt invincible.

When I went to my husband’s childhood dentist after we got married, he was singing a different tune.

My teeth checked out fine, but he used an electronic evaluation tool on my teeth that beeped when a cavity was evident. I left the office with two filled cavities and a chip on my shoulder.

I still refer to that machine as, “the money machine.”

Beep-bee-beep! Money in this tooth, ha ha!

Adult Teeth

Orawellness Bass toothbrushes gingivitis

I was only too happy to move into our starter home and switch dentists. We found a compassionate doc and a hygienist we really loved and spent about 6 years with that office. We started our family and took our first two children to their first checkups with this dentist, and we were very happy with the bedside manner, the time he would take to listen and explain, and the absence of a machine to find money in my teeth.

My oral health saw some of the greatest changes during this period:

  • Sore/bleeding gums: likely from the stress on the body of pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Teeth grinding: I grind at night pretty badly, and it finally really affected my teeth with some chipping in the very front. Sad smile
  • Teething: Not kidding. My wisdom teeth actually began to grow in after I had children. Bizarre!

No cavities during this time, and the dentist recommended a bite splint for the grinding and that I get my wisdom teeth out, but I just wasn’t interested in either one. Too cheap for the bite splint, too much “mom” to want to put myself out of commission for a few days. Wouldn’t everything fall apart without me? Winking smile

When we moved two years ago, we couldn’t rationalize a 45-minute drive to the dentist’s, so even though we didn’t want to, we had to switch dentists again.

This time – fiasco. Plain and simple. I felt as if anything I said was denigrated or ignored, shuffled to the side as the “crunchy one.”

Oil pulling? Why of course that’s just silly.

No fluoride? You’ll get cavities for sure.

The Bass brushing technique? Heard of it once back in school….moving on to another topic.

I even felt completely hoodwinked at the end of my appointment when I was cajoled into having X-rays I didn’t want in order to see what the wisdom teeth were doing after I explained that I really wasn’t interested in having them out at this time. After the X-rays, doc informed me that any oral surgeon would only consider them recent enough in the next 6 months, and my insurance would only cover them every 5 years, so I’d better make the appointment soon.

Are you kidding me???

Guess who’s in the market for a new dentist?

My New Fancy Toothbrush

Orawellness Bass toothbrushes and essential oil brushing blend (1) (475x356)

Just as my teeth (and dentists) have changed over the years, it makes sense that the way I brush might mature as well.

As much as I trust that a good diet will help my level of oral health considerably, I know that (a) my diet is far from perfect, (b) I still have years of poor(ish) eating to combat and (c) time passes no one over. My gums are “receding,” I’ve experienced tooth sensitivity that wasn’t always there before, and I certainly could get better at making sure I actually brush my teeth twice a day. (I hope other stay-at-home moms understand that! Some days it’s lunchtime and I’m realizing we never really finished the morning routine.)

In that light, I want to take the best care of my mouth as I can.

I do practice oil pulling, although not as often as I would like. It just slips my mind or I don’t have time.

And most recently (the past year or so), my husband and I have been using the Bass brushing technique. The technique relies on brushing with small micro-motions and an angle right along the base of the teeth, using a special toothbrush designed to really get into the gumline (the “pockets” that basically are receding gums). The toothbrush has rounded tops on each set of bristles, rather than flat.

All the features were designed by a young doctor who was told his gingivitis was so bad, he’d have to have all his teeth pulled. He proceeded to answer with science and tested his own mouth for bacteria counts after brushing countless different ways with different styles of brushes. Read more here

After about a year of using the brushes, I can say I am still a fan, but my one challenge is slowing down enough to do the method properly. I just want to plow through the task of “brushing teeth” with gusto, attacking my mouth with a toothbrush and getting it over with quickly. (That, by the way, is how you get receding gums. Bad idea.) Note: We do use Earthpaste toothpaste when I don’t have the patience for the Bass technique, probably about 50/50.

My mom found out that her “pockets” were getting deeper at her last dental checkup (i.e. the gums are receding further) and was curious about our fancy toothbrushes.

We sanitized mine and she tried it, and with an almost wistful tone with a hint of surprise, she said, “This…this is really something special.” She could totally feel the difference compared to a normal toothbrush!

Because I’m a practical dork, I got her the Orawellness HealThy Mouth system for Christmas. I asked her how she was liking it so far, and she sent this:

“I like the way the Orawellness brush bristles gently fit around each tooth and the shorter handle discourages brute strength for brushing.  I am liking this brush!  I also like the essential oil brushing blend.  It does a great job of giving me slippery (therefore clean) teeth with a great taste.”

(If you check out that product, FYI you have to “Add to cart” to see the price. You won’t have to buy just because you click “add to cart.” It’s about $75 currently.)

I’m so tickled that my mom is liking the brush and system, and I knew I wanted to share the oral health topic with you all again. I asked Orawellness what special deal they could offer my readers, and I really like what we came up with:

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You’ll get free shipping on any starter kit, including a Bass toothbrush, essential oil brushing blend, and tongue cleaner (you already save a few bucks on the kit). Click HERE to see the deal!

To get free shipping, just click the $3.95 standard shipping at the left and the total will automatically come off your order; see below.

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If you want to add more to your order than just the starter kit, see this comment for another option.

If you really like the Bass technique, you can do it with any old toothbrush, but it’s not quite as effective (but still better than the plowing through it method). As my mom found out,  the essential oils really get the teeth clean without any fillers/toxins and the toothbrush is…something special.

Update on my teeth: A reader asked what my oral health is like now (good question!). I still have some sensitivity but very rare, just if a bit of prune or date gets down in the gum area. No cavities since the money machine 10 years ago!! Still stubbornly have my wisdom teeth (that part of the story was only 6 mos. ago). And actually, I totally was “teething” a little a few weeks ago and could feel the one that is not fully grown in coming in a little more!! Dentist told me it would never move. Phooey on that (and another reason I couldn’t wait to cancel our appointments this month with him!).

How about you? What challenges do your teeth give you? Have you tried anything like the Bass system before?

Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Orawellness and share commission on sales. We appreciate you starting here to support both small family businesses: KS and Orawellness.

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47 Comments so far ↓

  • Karen

    At my last checkup I had a new hygienist and she taught me that brushing technique. Didn’t realize it had a name. Also, a tip for not brushing too hard: hold your brush with just your thumb and first two fingers rather than grasping it with all fingers. This helps you apply less force. By the way, I still have my wisdom teeth at 29. I’ve never researched the topic of wisdom teeth, but I just feel intuitively that if God designed us to grow wisdom teeth, he meant for us to have them. Why must we get them pulled just because they’re there? What did people do before this practice was commonplace ? :)

    Alissa Reply:

    Wisdom teeth are fine if your mouth has the room. Mine doesn’t. My wisdom teeth would not have grown in all the way and instead would have pushed against my jaw bone, etc. What people used to do was lose their teeth to infection and abscesses that deteriorated the jaw. Yuck. If you have room in your mouth, no problem, but a lot of people don’t.
    I also have a hygienist that encourages brushing as mentioned in this method. I like idea of holding the brush with fewer fingers – great idea!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Karen,
    Some people really don’t have room, but I am missing my eye teeth (genetically) so I kind of do…it’s a tough question for me, but I don’t want to be bullied into it for sure!
    :) Katie

    Kelly Reply:

    I had my wisdom teeth pulled, but only after they had pushed my perfectly straight teeth out of line. Maybe they wouldn’t have moved so easily if I hadn’t already had braces unnecessarily. (Supposedly my bite was wrong; I swear the guy moved my teeth around and put them back in the same place.)

  • Peggy

    I was a victim of dental malpractice as a child and still hate stepping foot into the outer office. Drilling? You’d better sedate me. Needless to say, I glommed on to Ramiel Nagel’s book with a fervor!

    I found that I could do a better job brushing my teeth with a Radius baby toothbrush than a regular long-handled toothbrush. The short handle helps me focus on each tooth area. No more checking email during toothbrushing time. After my discovery of baby toothbrushes, I watched a video of the Bass brushing technique. Aha! I’m so glad it wasn’t my imagination that smaller movements are better!

    I’ve started making my own toothpaste as well. I have too finely developed a gag reflex for oil pulling, but my toothpaste includes coconut oil and I hold it in my mouth as long as I can (sometimes during a shower) before rinsing. It also includes Redmond clay and essential oils.

    I still hope one day to find a dentist that doesn’t scare me. I thought I had found one once, he told me redheads tend to have more nerves in their teeth and many dentists don’t allow for that. But then he told me that white fillings were only cosmetic and he’d never use them.

    Kim Reply:

    WOW Peggy, I myself am a redhead & have spent my life in a dentist chair!! Ugh!! The nerve thing is really interesting. Maybe there is some truth to that, as it seems like I have always had an overly sensitive mouth!!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Peggy,
    Yikes, what a history! I love the idea of using baby toothbrushes, too – you are so smart! So this dentist would only use straight mercury fillings? Yuck. You just can’t win sometimes! :) Katie

  • Nicole'

    I am so interested in oil pulling, I have heard that using coconut essential oil is great, but now I am wondering which is better. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Nicole,
    I just use straight coconut oil (virgin, the one that smells like coconut). It’s great! Check out my other post on the subject for more: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2013/04/25/oil-pulling-tips-and-success-stories-do-you-swish/ (you can add essential oils, but they’re mostly for flavor and a bit for antibacterial if you want.) :) Katie

    Nicole' Reply:

    Thank you, Katie, I checked out your other post! Was very informative! One more question, do you just put the crisco-like-paste of coconut oil in your mouth or do you soften it first? Thanks, Nicole’

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Nicole,
    It’s much more palatable if it’s melted for sure – if it’s solid, I put it in and then chew it to soften, a tip I read somewhere else. It really is easier that way. But I prefer to keep a jar of coconut oil on my stovetop and most times of the year, something has been cooking recently enough that it’s still liquid…
    :) Katie

  • Janice

    Katie I had sensitive teeth also back when I had a systemic fungal infection. I know it sounds crazy but after using antifungals and changing my diet the sensitive teeth issue disappeared! I had no other teeth or oral health issues during that time but just thought it was important to let others know it might be related to a fungal infection…our body IS an amazing machine capable of healing with the proper diet and healthy lifestyle!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Janice,
    That is fascinating, because I also have a touch of candida…i wonder if mine is related too!!!!
    Thanks, Katie

    blessed Reply:

    Wait–is there also a connection between candida and receeding gums? Because I have been wondering if I have the former, and I am seeing the latter happen so quickly it is really scaring me, even though overall I have pretty healthy gums (not red, swollen or bleeding). Making me wonder if it is not time to take that candida cleanse seriously! Katie, if you want to make a follow-up on your candida post, I’ll be all ears.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I’ve not seen anything like that, but that doesn’t mean anything. My main symptoms of candida have disappeared, so it’s kind of been “out of sight out of mind” for me, although my daughter’s cradle cap (at age 5 1/2, sigh) keeps me wondering if there’s anything systemically fungal going on with her and how to tackle it. So nothing new to write about for now…but maybe someday! :) Katie

    Karyn Reply:

    My friend is a hygienist and she said a large part that determines dental health is the amount of bacteria that, to some degree, you’re born with. She said some people are just more prone to carrying the bacteria, which is a sort of staph bacteria, and that you can get tested for it. Even within one family, she said different siblings can have varying amounts. Perhaps that’s related to your experience with the fungal infection?

  • margaret

    You may want to look at their (oral wellness)pocket applicator for your gums. I have it….use it for a period of time and then lack of sleep makes me atop for awhile. I do notice an improvement while I am using it. Hopefully my kiss will sleep better to where I can start and not stop this time.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    That’s so good to hear, Margaret! You see things like that and think…how does that work? I’m so glad to hear someone who is trying it. Yay! :) Katie

  • Dani

    I’m in my fifties and about 10 or so years ago I noticed that plaque was becoming more of a problem despite not changing my routine. I switched to an (small-head) electric toothbrush and started (gentle) flossing daily. It made a big difference. But when I started adding water kefir and kumbacha to my diet, I started having practically nothing for the hygenist to do at my 6 month cleanings! They were amazed and asking about my routine. It makes since that plaque production would be so closely tied to flora. Remember the little rubber tips on toothbrushes? The only thing that I have added is using one of the rubber tips around the base of my molars to tighten the gumline and I have noticed a change.

  • Kathleen

    I’m very familiar with the “money machine” you spoke of. My hair stylist recommended a dentist who had a mercury free practice, so I went for a visit. A consultation was scheduled for my first visit (Not a cleaning. A consultation.) Prior to this, I hadn’t been to the dentist in about 5 years. No dental insurance + no fillings + no known problems = No dental visits.

    During this consultation, digital xrays were taken and the magic beeping machine was applied to my teeth. It beeped furiously on 10 teeth. As a result, the dentist informed me that I needed immediate fillings on those 10 teeth, and implied I would be using dentures within the month if I didn’t take swift action to the tune of several thousand dollars.

    With knees trembling, I asked for copies of the xrays to get a second opinion. I returned to my previous, mercury laden dentist. After a cleaning, he examined my teeth (which miraculously didn’t fall out in a month’s time). He found two very small cavities. I showed him the xrays, and he still couldn’t find the additional 8. He just smiled at my story of the beeping machine. He later took my xrays to a well respected colleague and professor at the state dental school. Neither could find these mysterious 8 cavities.

    This occurred at least 6 years ago. I did have those two tiny cavities filled. The other “cavities” never appeared, and I still have all my teeth.

    We drive nearly an hour to visit our current dentist, but since we only see him 2x a year, it isn’t a big deal. I will never trust the beeping money machine again. (Ooo. Just realized the appropriate double meaning there!) And I’ll be very cautious of a dentist who puts more faith in that machine than in his eyes and tools.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    No WAY! Now I’m upset that I wasn’t savvy enough back then (10 years ago) to ask for a second opinion rather than just complaining after the fact. Wow. seriously wow. Sheesh. Loved this: “I’ll be very cautious of a dentist who puts more faith in that machine than in his eyes and tools.” (Could be said about many doctors too!)
    :) Katie

  • Mary

    I try to be conscious when I brush and tend to each tooth carefully. I started using baking soda, either with water or peroxide, when I brush. My teeth feel very clean. My teeth are stained from the couple-year period when I used a fabulous feeling toothpaste that had only wonderful, natural ingredients. My teeth felt as clean as if they’d be professionally cleaned. The toothpaste included therapeutic grade essential oils. Over time I realized my teeth were getting stained by the eo, so I stopped using that toothpaste. I haven’t used it in over 10 years but the stains remain. It’s either my imagination or the baking soda/peroxide combination is brightening them a wee bit. I refuse to bleach them.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Mary,
    Hmmm, that’s a little scary that EO toothpaste stained your teeth. I hope the baking soda/peroxide IS making a positive difference! :) katie

  • Trey Thomas

    Hi Katie,

    No longer using the earth paste? Why the switch?

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Trey,
    Good question! I use both – I couldn’t decide whether to mention Earthpaste in the part of this post where I talk about being in a hurry – because that’s kind of what I do. Earthpaste and a regular toothbrush when I’m in a hurry, Orawellness when I’m not. So I probably only use this brush once a day or every other day! My kids think the Orawellness blend is a bit “spicy” in their words, so they love lemon Earthpaste. :) Katie

  • Bev

    I went 9 years without dental insurance and NO CLEANINGS! By the time we finally got dental insurance I found out that I had periodontal disease and my pockets were very, very deep. I also had tooth sensitivity to cold or hot and even though they did the deep cleaning and I used Sensodyne – I didn’t have much success. My teeth bled every time I flossed and they were just a pain, pun intended!

    I came across Dr. Ellie’s system from another blogger that was doing it. I was willing to try anything and started doing her system and after a few months my periodontal disease was gone and my tooth sensitivity. I no longer have any of those and my gums don’t bleed when I floss. The first time I had my visit for my cleaning after doing this system for a few months, the hygienist said there wasn’t really anything to clean off my teeth and my gums were good and tight (no periodontal disease anymore) and she was amazed at how my mouth had improved. My husband also does the system now and so do many of my friends after seeing my results.

    I haven’t had any new cavities either since starting the system over 3 years ago! I’ve also since improved my diet each year, so hoping this will continue with good dental health!

    Roma Reply:

    I love Dr. Ellie’s system! I too have not had any issues for about 5 yrs. My dentist is always amazed how great my teeth and gums are.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Bev,
    That’s awesome! How does Dr. Ellie’s system compare to this brushing technique? I’ve never heard of it myself…thanks so much for sharing your story!!
    :) Katie

    Bev Reply:

    I don’t know too much about the Orawellness that this post talked about but I see that is an oil with a lot of brushing. Dr. Ellie’s system involves steps with Crest toothpaste, Listerine and ACT rinse and xylitol mints. So you can see it isn’t organic or natural (except for the xylitol) but it does work and it worked fast in my situation. You can find everything at the store and get the system how-to online in a PDF that tells you exactly how to do it. I followed it exactly and one thing I noticed is that I no longer needed breath mints! I also got really white teeth following it and so did my husband.

    I know someone mentioned peroxide and baking soda but if you have amalgam fillings, those 2 things can draw out the mercury from the fillings. Dr. Ellie says not to use baking soda if you have amalgam fillings for that very reason, so I no longer use it as I have one amalgam filling left in my mouth.

  • Kimber

    I just found out about oil pulling…totally going to try it when I get home! On a different note, I also grind my teeth at night (pretty badly…at one point I was waking up with terrible headaches and my front teeth were very sensitive). I have used a night guard for two years now, and it is worth EVERY PENNY and I wish I would have followed the dentists advice to wear it sooner! If I forget it I notice sensitivity the next day, in addition to a dull headache. It’s and investment, but well worth it!

  • Lenetta

    Hmm, I’m very interested! I’d like to add on a brush or two for the little people of the house, but I don’t see how to do that and get the shipping deal. Is there somebody I can contact, or should I just use the general email on the bottom of the page? Thank you! :)

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Lenetta,
    I was wondering that one myself when I wrote the post and forgot to ask Will and Susan about it! I just shot them an email so hopefully I’ll hear soon and can edit the post. I tried just going to their site hoping that the cart would have the special still in it, but it didn’t work. I’ll let you know and update the post when I hear, thank you!! :) Katie

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Lenetta,
    I heard back already – you can just go to the main page to shop using this link: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/OraW and then use the code “welcome” (all lowercase, no quotes) for 10% off, which is better if you hit $40 anyway and almost as good otherwise. Unless you’re interested in the tongue cleaner (I’ve never tried it) I would just get the brush/oil combo, or even just the brushes…but then 10% isn’t quite as much of a deal. Round and round we go… ;)

    Hope that works! :) Katie

    Bethany W Reply:

    Super! Thanks!

  • Adele via Facebook

    As a dental nurse for 7 years (in Australia) I understand how super important it is to trust your dentist. I have been lucky enough to work with dentists that don’t do work unless absolutely necessary. Giving a patient all treatment options and explaining treatment steps rather than freaking them out about how their teeth are going to fall out is super important for a trusting relationship too. The machine you are talking about is a Diagnodent. It is a laser density machine. Apart from eyes and a probe, X-rays are the most important too for diagnosis as you can actually see the decay via dark marks in the exposure. We often use an intra oral camera when doing a filling to show the patient just why they had to have the filling done – decay is an ugly thing! And showing patients this makes them be so much more diligent in caring for their teeth. I am lucky the brushing technique you describe is what I have been shown and happily educate every patient about! After all good brushing and flossing is the first key to good oral health, followed by good food habits.

  • Kelly

    I use the Bass technique with the simplest store-bought toothbrush I can find, then a saltwater rinse. Also I’ve radically improved my diet in the past year; it couldn’t get any healthier. My receding gums are getting worse, and I don’t know what to try next. (Trying everything at once is cost-prohibitive and won’t tell me what’s worth continuing.) I’ve read that receding gums are not actually caused by brushing, that it’s a symptom of losing the bone underneath. But I’m only 36 and I’m getting all the nutrients I know of for bone health.

    I’d like to go to a holistic dentist, but I don’t have money for that. I’m going to look at that Dr. Ellie system, but does anybody have other tips? Thanks.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Kelly,
    Oof, bummer – so you’ve read Rami Nagel and all that? According to him, if you’re eating grains at all, your diet isn’t the best for your teeth. ??? I haven’t studied him much to be honest, but I know the general idea. It’s tricky! The human body is so complex…but I sure hope you find something that works really well for you! :) Katie

    Kelly Reply:

    No grains. I eat nothing but meat, vegetables, coconut, and I can get away with a tiny bit of fruit with other food. Almost all my symptoms have improved, even things I didn’t realize were symptoms, that I accepted as normal. But the gums keep receding, even though there’s NO plaque. And the teeth look stained, away from the gumline.

    Karen Reply:

    Kelly, I have receding gums, but mainly due to the fact that I grind my teeth really hard when I’m sleeping. My dentist said I needed a night guard and I didn’t believe her at first, but I had so much jaw pain that I agreed. I still grind really hard with the night guard on, but my teeth aren’t getting worn down as much. Sometimes I wake up with painful gums because grind so hard. The solution for this would be to reduce stress, but that’s easier said than done. Is there any chance you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night?

    Kelly Reply:

    I used to grind my teeth, and maybe I’m doing it again. I didn’t realize that was related to receding gums. I’ll try a DIY night guard. Thanks for the tip!

    Cath Reply:

    @Kelly, I have extensive gum recession, to the point of having had gum grafts in my early 20′s. I, too, recently noticed further gum recession, and decided to investigate. I had years & years of orthodontic work (braces, retainers, positioners) done from age 7-21. I’ve come across much research indicating a link between recession and orthodontic work- just google “receding gums after braces” for info. My periodontist mentioned much of my recession was due to moving my teeth around so much from their original position. I bought a Nimbus brand perio toothbrush online (it’s super-soft), but will have to check out the brush featured here as well. I have this recession despite eating a very-low carb diet (for pre-diabetes treatment). My teeth are super clean, no plaque, yet the recession continues. I’m starting to supplement w/Vit C & collagen. I need to check out the Dr Ellie book– I keep seeing references to her work

    Kelly Reply:

    Thanks for the info. I did have braces, but not nearly so long! I take Vitamin C, but I’m not familiar with collagen supplements. I’ll look up that toothbrush. Thanks for the tips!

  • Lindsey

    Interesting post and comments! Katie, have you looked into Sonicare brushes? From what I’ve read here, it seems like that would be a great choice, similar to the Bass brushing technique because the Sonicare uses tiny, fast motions and you’re supposed to lightly (hard to change that habit) run it along your gum line at a 45 degree angle. We’ve been using ours for years and I’ve only had one cavity since we got it (which was when I was pregnant and my diet wasn’t great). It’s pricey, but so are the toothbrushes you linked to.

    I believe that EOs can stain the teeth, I know they stained the white plastic in my humidifier quite badly.

    I’ve used lots of different toothpastes in the past few years: baking soda and EcoDent powder (these both gave me tooth sensitivity), a homemade coconut oil tooth soap (tasted kind of gross and my teeth felt dirty quickly), just olive oil, nothing (works surprisingly well with the Sonicare), and Nature’s Gate and Trader Joe’s toothpaste (I read the glycerine in these prevents minerals from absorbing). I’m still looking for the right thing, I need to buy some Earthpaste!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Lindsey,
    Yikes, your comment got totally misplaced, sorry about that!

    It does sound like sonicare is using the same research from Dr. Bass, which is awesome – although I can’t say I’ve looked into them myself. I need to think more about the tooth color and EOs because you’re right, bottles that I have EO/water solutions in for cleaning are nasty on the inside. I wonder how much of that is from constant contact or if it’s a problem with plastic and not tooth enamel. Hmmm….

    Thanks for the info! :) Katie

  • Leslie

    I am 67, have not visited a dentist in years for a variety of reasons. Have had bad plaque buildup — so much that I’m embarrassed to go to a dentist! Also receding, sore gums. I started oil pulling about a week ago and I’m thrilled! I gag at coconut oil — hate coconut anything so am using sesame oil. Plaque is almost gone! Gums are improving! Sensitivity improving! Almost no bleeding at flossing. So interested in new brushing techniques. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  • Earl

    Teeth grinding was a big problem for me as well. I had some really bad chipping. But after seeing a dentist things have gotten so much better.

  • Kelly

    Update: I did more research on what might help my gum problem, and found that besides the essential oils in OraWellness blend, Tea Tree oil is strongly anti-bacterial, Xylitol prevents plaque, and CoQ10 promotes healing. I finally found a “natural” toothpaste that’s worth the higher price. (OraWellness is worth the price, but not within my budget.)
    https://www.kissmyface.com/natural-oral-care/item/2/Triple-Action-Toothpaste

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