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The risk of no(perhaps a little) teeth brushing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 27, 2010 at 5:13 AM

I had braces for two years. While I had braces, I brushed once religiously after every meal and also ate SAD. I figured the receding gums I'm suffering was due to over brushing. I have been on paleo for about 6 mouths now and now dental health is greatly improved. I've stopped brushing altogether to avoid further damage to my gums, as it seems like whenever I brush my teeth, I always end up "losing a bit gum." Now I only resort to brushing my teeth when I cheat, which is very rarely. So I'm wondering if there is any way to clean my teeth or keep them clean without brushing.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19473)

on May 20, 2014
at 10:14 AM

That was a line in the movie "The Invention of Lying" as well. :)

2afe070b43de645b908b3cb1f4723811

(144)

on December 28, 2010
at 07:45 PM

I don't have access to those types of sticks, though I've experimented with cinnamon sticks (has anti-microbial properties) and think they work well. I chew until soft, and rub around the gum and teeth. No abrasive impact on my gum, and fresh breath after.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on December 28, 2010
at 07:53 AM

Normal store bought toothpaste ISN'T fine in any amount. http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/dental-systemic-health-hazards-toothpaste.html http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/toothpaste-alternatives.html

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on December 28, 2010
at 01:26 AM

I've brushed with baking soda and the taste is not pleasant. Same with hydrogen peroxide. Not for me. Toothpaste is fine as long as you don't use too much.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on December 28, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I agree with James. Periodontal disease is an infectious/inflammatory problem.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 28, 2010
at 12:07 AM

try brushing with baking soda and sea salt. 3:1 parts. thats all i use and it actually whitens my teeth. that and keep flossing. Oral hygeine is way more MECHANICAL than chemical.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 09:56 PM

THAt is awesome... some have the view throught the waste land in the djungel

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:27 PM

this answer seem for me overpanic. They are probably some with quite good experince. First thing dont panic* Clear ure emotions* welcome ureselfe to mother earth*

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:24 PM

just, switch on ure fantasy* i think lots secrets come up, by its own!!?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:23 PM

i curious on baking soda, it can be aggressive?! There are different kinds of baking soda. Its ure teeth not a cake. one girl she bought baking soda natron, in the pharmacy.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:21 PM

soft is the teeth skin is already hurt. The teeth are like skin, if they are hurt u are careful with touching;???or?!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on December 27, 2010
at 04:56 PM

I've tried making a similar mixture. Can you recommend a good ratio ?

42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

(668)

on December 27, 2010
at 02:55 PM

I do exactly the same thing.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on December 27, 2010
at 02:47 PM

Agreed. It's all about the soft, circular motion to break up plaque and debris.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on December 27, 2010
at 06:08 PM

You risk losing your teeth if you don't clean them and the gums. If your gums are receding I don't think it is because of brushing, but more because of periodontal problems. You need to clean in between the teeth and under the gums. If you're bleeding or feeling pain brushing/flossing, get to a dentist.

Some people on paleo say they have to brush a lot less (or not at all). That's not been my personal experience. I think it really varies per person and how they feel on the cleanliness of their teeth.

Look at the technical side. Food gets trapped between the teeth and in the gums. It either loosens up over time and gets swallowed with saliva, or it stays there and gets eaten by bacteria. Either way, it can create inflamation in the gums. If there's sugars in it, the bacteria eats it and excretes acids that destroy your teeth (under the plaque, etc).

If your immune system keeps up with the inflamation, your gums seem ok. If it doesn't, you get sore/bleeding gums (do you bleed when you brush/floss?).

On your part, I'd recommend getting a soft brush, check your flossing habits, and look into getting a waterpik of some sort. Brushing for the surfaces, flossing for in between and under the gums, and waterpik to wash it all out.

I've had situations where I brush, everything looks good, I floss, chunks of meat come out (that I didn't see before), things look good, then I waterpik, and yet more comes out...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:27 PM

this answer seem for me overpanic. They are probably some with quite good experince. First thing dont panic* Clear ure emotions* welcome ureselfe to mother earth*

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on December 28, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I agree with James. Periodontal disease is an infectious/inflammatory problem.

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A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

on December 27, 2010
at 07:35 AM

I know people in several eastern cultures have never used a toothbrush or toothpaste in their entire lives and have not lost a single tooth all their lives to disease or cavities. However, all 'clean' their teeth as an morning ritual.

They use a twig, about 6 inches long and just chew on it till the end frays and it resembles a brush/broom. After this, it is just thrown away and the mouth rinsed with water, perhaps the juices from the twig while chewing disinfect the mouth; and the fibrous ends clean spaces in between.

I investigated further and found that they use generally 3 varieties of plants for this purpose.

The first and most popular is "Azadirachta indica" - Apparently this tree has medicinal properties,

The second one is "Salvadora persica" - This tree, in fact, is referred to as the toothbrush tree.

The third one is "Acacia nilotica" - This tree also is reported to have medicinal properties

I have also seen commercial toothpastes prepared from extracts of all three above.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:24 PM

just, switch on ure fantasy* i think lots secrets come up, by its own!!?

2afe070b43de645b908b3cb1f4723811

(144)

on December 28, 2010
at 07:45 PM

I don't have access to those types of sticks, though I've experimented with cinnamon sticks (has anti-microbial properties) and think they work well. I chew until soft, and rub around the gum and teeth. No abrasive impact on my gum, and fresh breath after.

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21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on December 27, 2010
at 06:39 PM

you might want to try chewing sticks...but personally I think you should still keep brushing your teeth (with a soft tooth brush) and flossing like everyone else is saying.

http://www.amazon.com/Thursday-Plantation-Original-Chewing-Sticks/dp/B000JI521U

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 09:56 PM

THAt is awesome... some have the view throught the waste land in the djungel

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5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on December 27, 2010
at 06:27 AM

I think the main thing is to stop using toothpaste. I only brush with a bit of baking soda and sea salt in coconut oil.

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on December 28, 2010
at 01:26 AM

I've brushed with baking soda and the taste is not pleasant. Same with hydrogen peroxide. Not for me. Toothpaste is fine as long as you don't use too much.

42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

(668)

on December 27, 2010
at 02:55 PM

I do exactly the same thing.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:23 PM

i curious on baking soda, it can be aggressive?! There are different kinds of baking soda. Its ure teeth not a cake. one girl she bought baking soda natron, in the pharmacy.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on December 27, 2010
at 04:56 PM

I've tried making a similar mixture. Can you recommend a good ratio ?

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on December 28, 2010
at 07:53 AM

Normal store bought toothpaste ISN'T fine in any amount. http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/dental-systemic-health-hazards-toothpaste.html http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/toothpaste-alternatives.html

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on December 27, 2010
at 05:39 AM

On babies sometimes parents gently rub with a wet wash cloth. I can't imagine that a "soft" toothbrush would be doing so much damage??? The trick is to "gently" massage the gum line in round circle motions.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:21 PM

soft is the teeth skin is already hurt. The teeth are like skin, if they are hurt u are careful with touching;???or?!

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on December 27, 2010
at 02:47 PM

Agreed. It's all about the soft, circular motion to break up plaque and debris.

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De7aafde172289ab942f17f0d271d8ff

on May 18, 2014
at 12:35 PM

My mother worked for a dentist who decided to experiment on himself. He went an entire year without brushing. He only flossed. His contention was that flossing is sufficient. When patients asked him about flossing, he would tell them, "You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep." I have no idea what he did after that year was up, but I thought it was interesting that a dentist would be willing to give up brushing.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19473)

on May 20, 2014
at 10:14 AM

That was a line in the movie "The Invention of Lying" as well. :)

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9afc3d8429b036a5de8c72a115eb6c5a

on May 18, 2014
at 04:12 AM

I do oil pulling and swish diluted hydrogen peroxide in my mouth. My teeth are white, clean, and my breath is fresh.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on December 27, 2010
at 07:05 PM

I brush sans paste whenever I eat carbs or my mouth feels anything other than smooth. I don't tell the dentist this, so as not to be lectured. No cavities , little to no plaque, he attributes it to my "virtually no sugar" diet. I tell him it's the wheat.

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7431586c21bca496c5a7ec7bd0ca4d6e

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on December 27, 2010
at 06:40 PM

If you have pieces of rotting meat stuck in your teeth, you will have bad breath. You should try to clean out your mouth. If you don't like using a toothbrush, get a water pik and then floss. Yet I think not using a toothbrush at all is a bad idea.

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