I was a dental assistant in my twenties. This job fell into my lap. A very well known and successful dentist hired me because he wanted to train someone who knew nothing. He wanted to shape me by his own methods and not through a pre-programmed course. He taught me so much and I followed him around wanting to learn things from him. He was brilliant and he unlocked my mind and made me go on an unending search for learning about how our bodies work. We performed surgeries and also lots of procedures that caused me to understand that bacteria in the mouth, when left to run amuck, cause a lot of damage. Bacteria in the mouth is where all the trouble starts with your teeth. Have the right bacteria and your teeth and gums will thrive. I have learned much since those days, and my view of dentistry has changed considerably. I will always be grateful to Dr. Milteer for picking me out of a crowd of people wanting the job. I was a young woman and he taught me so much about life and the fun of learning.
My Everyday Tooth Care
Here are some of my own insights and the things I use every day to take care of my teeth. But what about toothpaste? What is the best thing for your teeth? Here is what I have discovered.
I also want to point out that eating cultured foods will greatly reduce problems with bad bacteria as the body starts to build the good colonies of beneficial bacteria within you. Helping to control bad bacteria can prevent a lot of problems in the mouth. The more cultured foods you eat, the better your body controls things such as gum disease and cavities.
Our teeth are like coral found in the ocean and they can remineralize just like coral. They are alive and constantly regenerating. When we use toothpaste with products such as glycerin and fluoride, the teeth can’t remineralize because they have been sealed off with these chemicals. Remove the chemicals, add minerals and a bacteria killer, and watch your teeth come back to life. You can take minerals drops in a glass of water after you brush your teeth. These are the ones I use. Mineral Drops.
Kids and cavities
A few years ago, I was at our food co-op. One of the people there was talking about how their whole family stopped having cavities and gum problems after they switched to toothpaste soap. They literally used an organic bar of soap made with organic coconut oil and virgin olive oil and put their toothbrushes on it and brushed their teeth. The woman went on and on about what a miracle it was that their kids didn’t get cavities anymore. I know that coconut oil is a powerful bacteria killer and it really got me to thinking differently about things.
A month later, I started looking around for a natural tooth brightener. To make a long story short. I bought some tooth soap and I loved it along with my whole family. It doesn’t have much of a taste, so this is a good thing when it comes to the taste of soap.
Then things began to happen after we started using toothsoap. The first thing that happened was my husband had a noticeable smell coming from his breath. I recognized this smell from years of being a dental assistant as bad bacteria. It had a similar smell to when we would go in and clean out a cavity. I talked to him about it and told him I thought he had a cavity and that maybe he should get it looked at. The smell got worse for a few weeks and he kept saying he was busy and it wasn’t bothering him and he would do it later. This went on for a while and then suddenly the smell was gone. Had the cavity gone away? Had the coconut oil killed this bacteria and was his tooth repairing itself? These are questions I am willing to get to the bottom of, but I have to get him to cooperate to do it. His philosophy, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So I have no concrete evidence as to whether there is still a cavity there or not.
Gums and Toothsoap
My friend and CPA was having terrible problems with her gums. She was having gum scrapings with not much success. I recommended toothsoap and not only did her gums repair, but the teeth that were loose in their sockets firmed up and she stopped having any procedures because her teeth healed. She said when she first started using toothsoap her gums ached and then eventually subsided and her gums stopped hurting. She called me and said she is a believer in the power of this product and it saved not only her teeth but hundreds of dollars.
Toothsoap can be a little expensive so I devised my own product and tweaked it to fill in the missing pieces. I use simple ingredients, like coconut oil that has been saponified. This means that it will foam and mixes so that it doesn’t separate. I like to add a flavor, like peppermint extract. Eat your cultured foods, too. Give your body all the help it needs and it will take care of you.