I went to the dentist this morning. I was in a foul mood. Long story, culminating in no coffee and too much rain. I am not fond of the dentist now that my gums are receding and my teeth are sensitive and scraping the inside of my lower front teeth makes me feel like a thousand fingernails are scraping a thousand chalkboards in my mouth. But with actual pain. However, my lovely dentist has convinced me that for those very reasons, I must see him more frequently and not less frequently. My dental insurance actually covers three visits a year. I am using them, and I must say, the cleanings are so much better.
But the whole gum disease thing. Is awful. And it is perhaps the reason that the Bean has been known to say to me moments after awakening me at 6 am, “Mama, I don’t like your stinky face.” I am fairly certain that gum surgery lies in my future. But I am all for doing everything I possibly can to prevent that. And now I’m looking for natural alternatives.
When the people at The Natural Dentist approached me to test their products out, I was delighted. Their toothpastes, rinses and plaque removers were developed by a dentist who was dedicated to offering his patients oral care products that are natural, effective and safe to use (they are also made in the USA and not tested on animals). See, I have just learned that many toothpastes include the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate. Ring any bells? That’s the stuff that I’ve been all about removing from my daughter’s bubble bath. Apparently, in the interim, I’ve been eating it daily! So what’s so bad about SLS? Studies have shown that it can cause skin irritation, hormone imbalance, eye damage, cancer…and it sticks around in your body for a really long time. Did I mention we’ve been eating it?
So I have been using the Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Antigingivitis Rinse in peppermint twist, twice a day for the last few weeks. The active ingredient is Aloe and I like how it tastes. No stinky face comments in recent memory. And, I am not making this up, the dental hygienist looked in my mouth today and said “your teeth look really clean.” No dental hygienist has ever said this to me before. My lovely dentist, while concerned about the bone loss where my gums have receded, actually said (unprompted) that the gums themselves look good. Due to this rinse? Hard to say. But I’ll take it.
The Bean has tried the Groovy Grape Cavity Zapper toothpaste and her exact response was “yum.” This is a fluoride toothpaste for older kids. I like that there are no princesses, kitties with bows, or tv cartoon characters on the package. Simply a grape on a toothbrush under a sun umbrella. Awesome.
I have given a lot of thought to using natural cleaning, laundry, skincare and haircare products in the last few years. Especially for my daughter. I had never considered natural dental products because I feared that they would not be effective. I’m switching. Period.
Click here to get a coupon. Click here to learn where Natural Dentist products are available in your area – they are kind of everywhere including Whole Foods, Soap.com, CVS, Walgreens and Amazon.com. And enter now to win a gift bag of adult and children’s products from The Natural Dentist! Keep reading to learn how!
To Enter The Natural Dentist Giveaway
- MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Hop on over to The Natural Dentist website and check out their products. Leave a comment on this post sharing which product you are most eager to try. Entering is that easy!
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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Friday June 24th and ends on Monday July 11th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after, Random.org will select the winner I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!
Update! Random.org says: “ 1″ – Congratulations Mary Lou Rich! Thanks to everyone who entered!