Brush your teeth the Paleo way

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This article discusses a simple way to replace your commercial toothpaste with a cheap and natural alternative made simply out of coconut oil and baking soda. For a lengthier discussion on keeping healthy teeth, consult the article about the dietary approach to prevent and heal tooth decay.

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Do you ever wonder why us, humans, have so much problems with our teeth? We have regular dentist apointments, brush our teeth 2 times a day or more with state of the art toothpaste and we floss regularly and yet we seem plagued with all sorts of problems related to crooked teeth, cavities, recessing gum, gum disease, sensitivity and so on.

After all, other animal species don’t seem to care at all about their teeth and they seem fine anyways. Have you ever seen wild animals that would need a good brace job? Do you ever wonder why? I used to wonder why before I discovered about the Paleo diet and the simple fact that we should eat according to the way we evolved to eat. A first sign that our modern diet isn’t right is the fact that we have so much teeth problems. This is well documented in Weston A. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, which is not much different from the Paleo diet philosophy.

This article will assume that you are already following Paleo principles, but are still not happy with your teeth. Paleo probably helped, but you might still have sensitivity, especialy when eating a little more carbs than usual or when eating lacto-fermented vegetables like sauerkraut.

We have to treat our teeth the Paleo way by stopping using commercial toothpaste. Even Sensodyne, the brand usually used for sensitive undividuals, could be the cause of the problem rather than the cure.

Some of the ingredients in commercial toothpaste actually hinder the normal enamel’s natural healing. You’re keeping bad bacteria at bay, but blocking your enamel to repair itself. Again, like with the Paleo diet, the answer to this problem is super easy. You probably know that Coconut oil have a gazillion uses and has anti-bacterial properties. You probably also know that Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking soda), has cleansing, deodorant, and teeth whitening properties. In fact, arm and hammer makes their own toothpaste based on sodium bicarbonate. It has been used in toothpaste for a long time already now.

Natural toothpaste recipe

The simple way to get rid of your commercial toothpaste is to make your own for a fraction of the price by mixing a little baking soda with some coconut oil. I use 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 1/3 of a teaspoon of baking soda and make sure to mix it well. You can put in a few drops of peppermint oil in your paste for good taste. This paste will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. You can even swallow the thing afterwards and therefore get even more excellent Coconut oil in your diet. Don’t worry about swallowing the bacteria, it wont survive for long in your stomach.

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