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"Make sure you brush your teeth"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Is it necessary, this motherly advice? Is there a better alternative to scraping away tooth enamel in the name of health? Someone on here recommended coconut oil as a rinse. Joking or no it seems to work fairly well...Any alternativexs to the mundane Conventional wisdumb? P.S: I am establishing a farm on the Lower mainland of BC and would like some assistance...anyone wanting to live a minimalist lifestyle going 'back to the land' can meet me there in September. Brendan409@hotmail.com

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 29, 2011
at 05:58 AM

baking soda is just sodium bicarbonate. personman is might be thinking of baking *powder* - which often, but not always, has aluminum in it.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 17, 2011
at 11:18 PM

This is most excellent news!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 17, 2011
at 10:30 PM

BAd idea: men would be attracted to natural bodily scent. Stay away from deodorant also and save a few bucks in the process.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 17, 2011
at 10:29 PM

I've found the same to be the case: carbs are the cavity culprit

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 17, 2011
at 10:28 PM

IU've been following the practice and so far the coconut oil is aworkin'

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on July 17, 2011
at 09:26 PM

LOL meredith. We would definitely have some paleo babbys.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on July 17, 2011
at 09:25 PM

That's interesting. I use it as deodorant also. Hmm.

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on July 17, 2011
at 07:25 PM

the oil replaces the animal fats we would have chewed down on in Paleo times. It also massages the gums, and makes them stronger.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on July 17, 2011
at 07:23 PM

I'll second that ben.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 17, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Hi Danielle. I would watch out for the baking soda. I heard it has high amounts of aluminum(or some derivative of aluminum) in it and that this will cause alzheimer's. This is mainly what prompted my question as I was using baking soda until I stumbled upon that info. I don't have a link but maaybe google "aluminum in baking soda"(obviously). As to the farm: Brendan409@hotmail.com will get me messages.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 17, 2011
at 01:58 AM

Or HERE! Danielle + PeronsMan!

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on July 17, 2011
at 01:40 AM

I may be interested in the farm but not for another year or so. I plan on living in Canada when I'm older anyway. Guess I should start posting on craigs list for a green card marriage.

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:36 PM

The pulling prob refers to forcing the oil through the spaces between the teeth as one swishes it around. I have done this for years seems to work well and my dental visits are brief. No plaque, no tarter. http://www.oilpulling.com/oilpullingmethod.htm

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:20 PM

I call it swishing - oil pulling I think relates to the premise that swishing the oil around your mouth for 20 minutes is supposed to "pull" various toxins out of the body. I dunno - I just swish with the oregano because is it a very potent antimicrobial.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:15 PM

What does "oil pulling" mean? A strange term indeed. I didn't realize a liquid had the property of being 'pulled'.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Hey ben: what do the numbers that proceed your name 'denote' if anything"?

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

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on July 16, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Though my chosen techniques (currently) are flossing (most important...to me), water picking (2nd most), then brushing.

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on July 16, 2011
at 04:06 PM

What a day - we get Stephen aegis and now personman! Welcome back

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226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on July 16, 2011
at 04:45 PM

I don't use fluoride toothpaste but dental floss is a true mark of progress.

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on July 16, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Some sort of technique is better than no technique, I do like oil pulling. Evolution is only so good, we have natural defenses against tooth decay but that doesn't mean that they are perfect and are going to sustain us throughout a long life of ignoring it.

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on July 16, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Though my chosen techniques (currently) are flossing (most important...to me), water picking (2nd most), then brushing.

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C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

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on July 16, 2011
at 04:20 PM

A miswak is a great alternative to a toothbrush. Has been used in the middle east for centuries. It is basically a twig from a tree that has antimicrobial properties. Sisson mentioned it in a post here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-take-care-of-your-teeth/, and referred to one study that showed miswaks removed more plaque and resulted in better gingival health than toothbrushes.

Found some on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MISWAK-8-Long-Box-60/dp/B002PJG1C0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1310833041&sr=8-6. Relatively inexpensive.

And here is a random video on youtube showing how to use a miswak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwomQ7v1bN0

The wikipedia article is useful as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miswak

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8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on July 16, 2011
at 02:59 PM

plus one on the oil pulling...with a mild brushing afterwards.

i am starting to look forward to my morning oil ritual.

i agree that it is more effective than brushing. particularly on plaque.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on July 16, 2011
at 09:30 PM

I only brush my teeth following carbs with a toothbrush no paste. Have been to 2 dentist checkups since, great dental health.. Very minimal cleaning.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 17, 2011
at 10:29 PM

I've found the same to be the case: carbs are the cavity culprit

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:10 PM

I floss and use oil of oregano mixed with some olive or coconut oil to swish. Dilute that oregano oil, though - spicy.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on July 17, 2011
at 07:25 PM

the oil replaces the animal fats we would have chewed down on in Paleo times. It also massages the gums, and makes them stronger.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 16, 2011
at 05:20 PM

I call it swishing - oil pulling I think relates to the premise that swishing the oil around your mouth for 20 minutes is supposed to "pull" various toxins out of the body. I dunno - I just swish with the oregano because is it a very potent antimicrobial.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on July 16, 2011
at 05:36 PM

The pulling prob refers to forcing the oil through the spaces between the teeth as one swishes it around. I have done this for years seems to work well and my dental visits are brief. No plaque, no tarter. http://www.oilpulling.com/oilpullingmethod.htm

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 16, 2011
at 05:15 PM

What does "oil pulling" mean? A strange term indeed. I didn't realize a liquid had the property of being 'pulled'.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 17, 2011
at 11:18 PM

This is most excellent news!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 17, 2011
at 10:28 PM

IU've been following the practice and so far the coconut oil is aworkin'

0
47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

on July 29, 2011
at 01:46 AM

I know people who use these toothbrushes without paste... The bristles are in a silver bed, so they are naturally antibacterial. https://erinpatota.norwex.biz/?p=n&sectid=4&cid=9&pid=354050. I have yet to give it a try.

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8f3730668ce0afe19faafc9da192df15

on July 17, 2011
at 03:04 AM

I knew a woman that rubbed the inside of orange peels on her teeth instead of brushing, had beautifully white teeth.

Not sure if she was just lucky, or if it actually works.

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65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 17, 2011
at 01:50 AM

I use baking soda

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 17, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Hi Danielle. I would watch out for the baking soda. I heard it has high amounts of aluminum(or some derivative of aluminum) in it and that this will cause alzheimer's. This is mainly what prompted my question as I was using baking soda until I stumbled upon that info. I don't have a link but maaybe google "aluminum in baking soda"(obviously). As to the farm: Brendan409@hotmail.com will get me messages.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 17, 2011
at 09:25 PM

That's interesting. I use it as deodorant also. Hmm.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 17, 2011
at 10:30 PM

BAd idea: men would be attracted to natural bodily scent. Stay away from deodorant also and save a few bucks in the process.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 29, 2011
at 05:58 AM

baking soda is just sodium bicarbonate. personman is might be thinking of baking *powder* - which often, but not always, has aluminum in it.

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