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.

Baking sodaHumans and their teeth problems

Do you ever wonder why us, humans, have so many problems with our teeth? We have regular dentist appointments, brush our teeth 2 times a day 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 animals don’t seem to care at all about their teeth and they seem to be doing just fine. Have you ever seen wild animals that would need braces? I used to wonder why, until I discovered about Paleo 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 many teeth problems. This is well documented in Weston A. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, which is not much different from a Paleo diet philosophy.

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

Lets first treat our teeth the Paleo way by stopping the use of commercial toothpaste. Most major brands contain chemicals that can actually make things worse over time.

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 relatively simple. You probably know that coconut oil has a ton of uses and has also antibacterial properties. You probably also know that Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking soda), has cleansing, deodorant, and teeth whitening properties. In fact, some brands make 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 small amount of 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 healthy coconut oil in your diet. Don’t worry about swallowing the bacteria, it wont survive for long in your stomach.

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