Stopped using toothpaste and using FCLO/BO - teeth now more sensitive? Ouch!

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Created June 13, 2012 at 6:08 AM

I've stopped using toothpaste altogether (its now been about 2 months), tried using a small amount of baking soda with water at first but found it very harsh on my teeth. Since taking the Green Pastures fermented cod liver/butter oil blend, my teeth feel super clean all the time - but I'm also noticing that my teeth seem to be getting more sensitive? Particularly on one side, it almost feels like I'm getting a cavity, have to chew on the other side.

I'm going to the dentist in a couple of weeks regardless, but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Could this possibly be my teeth 'remineralising' - or should I go back to using toothpaste?

As for my diet, I am paleo plus dairy - haven't eaten anything sweet for months aside from the occasional orange. However the other day I tried some chocolate-flavored sweet cream, and OW!

I brush and floss my teeth once a day, and I try not to brush too hard.




on June 13, 2012
at 06:54 AM

I had to stop using baking soda after the first brush - it irritated my teeth and gums. I go with Tom's of Maine sensitive. Even whitens my teeth.

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on June 13, 2012
at 06:26 AM

Hi, I also stopped using toothpaste, but without the side effects you mention. It's very important you get enough fat soluble vitamins, especially K2. Calcium and Magnesium are crucial too. Maybe you eat lots of acidic foods, such as pineapples, lemons, etc. ? They tend to demineralize your teeth.



on June 22, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I have never had sensitive teeth before but have been taking fclo for 1 week and all of a sudden my teeth are sensitive , cannot drink anything cold without intense pain. I found this thread when searching google. I wonder if the fclo causes teeth sensitivity


on June 13, 2012
at 02:49 PM

I was having major sensitivity issues pre and post Paleo. I was using prescription fluoride toothpaste and it was getting worse and worse. I tried baking soda and other natural methods in conjunction with the RX toothpaste, only to have my sensitivity increase. I even went to the dentist about the increasing sensitivity and was told I had receding gums and might need a root canal on the one tooth. I refused to give up and give into conventional wisdom and sought out another option. I found this:


I've been using the blushing blend for 4 months now and love it! My sensitivity has been greatly diminished and my teeth and mouth feel super clean after I use it. My gums feel better, etc. The one tooth I thought needed a root canal - wouldn't even know it's there anymore. Crazy! Try it - they have a money-back guarantee and are really friendly (and Paleo friendly, I believe) folks. Good luck!



on June 13, 2012
at 02:10 PM

FWIW, I had a sensitive molar when brushing and about a month ago I ordered xylitol sweetened gum. Xylitol is supposed to be very good at killing bacteria in the mouth and promoting remineralization. I have been chewing about 10 pieces of the stuff a day after my dinner and all I can say is the sensitivity is gone.

Got mine from epicdental.com, but there's others too.



on June 13, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Have you read How To Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel? That is a good book and also there are some podcasts of him talking about this - maybe on Underground Wellness? It is basically about how to remineralize your teeth with diet, right up our alley.



on November 02, 2012
at 12:53 AM

My teeth are sensitive after taking fclo. Weird. It hurts to brush my teeth and I just took the fclo a few hours ago. Eight capsules and I usually just take two.


on June 13, 2012
at 02:58 PM

After I switched from conventional toothpaste to the more 'natural' kind (I use Tropical Traditions coconut oil toothpaste), I went through about 2 weeks of increased tooth sensitivity and then it disappeared.



on June 13, 2012
at 09:36 AM

Thanks all - I use coconut oil for everything except as toothpaste, will try it. Not eating any lemon or acidic fruits, but I do have a lot of coffee, and about a bottle of wine a week - might try limiting those.


on June 13, 2012
at 06:53 AM

Baking soda or salt hurts my teeth too, I use coconut oil on a regular basis, and then rinse with hydrogen peroxide dilute on the weekends. Dry brushing the teeth sometimes also helps but don't do that too often.

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