I have been for 2 weeks and my teeth have gotten yellow plus it seems to make my breath smell. Its just normal Tom's of Maine toothpaste. Has anyone got any advice?
I've been brushing my teeth with no toothpaste at all for almost a year and I haven't had any problems. Part of the problem with any kind of toothpaste is that it is abrasive. It will scratch the surface of your teeth and make them duller and prone to yellowing. That's why all toothpastes have things like glycerin in them. There's no need to use toothpaste at all. Just make sure to floss or use a pick to get in between and brush and rinse thoroughly and drink water with your meals, especially if you are eating a very acidic meal with tomatoes, fruits, etc.
One way fluoride is useful is it helps strengthens enamel by binding to enamel and forming fluorohydroxyapatite. This makes enamel less susceptible to dissolution by acids like those produced by certain bacteria.
If your diet does not consist of sugars (which is the food source of bacteria), then the likelihood of getting a cavity is less even in the absence of fluoride toothpaste.
Plaque is the sticky, fuzzy stuff that not only feels gross but harbors cavity-causing bacteria. If your oral hygiene is meticulous, i.e. brushing, flossing, remove all plaque you can reach then you'll be safe. Break down the bacteria's home + flush out the bacteria = no acid = no cavity.
If you're eating carbs, sugars, drinking sodas (low pH), then the odds of getting a cavity goes up. Throw in less-than-ideal oral hygiene and you've got a hotbed for cavities. Fluoride is like armor. If there is no threat, armor is not necessary. Nonetheless, I will continue using my fluoride toothpaste solely because there's no harm in it's use and there's so many benefits.
Baking soda is pretty helpful because it's alkaline and will help neutralize the acids in the mouth.
Source: I'm a dental student.
For the last few weeks, I have been using a mixture of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Baking Soda. It leaves my mouth feeling much better for much longer; and, I no longer wake up in the morning with my teeth felling grungy and covered with stuff.
Stains have never been a problem for me; but, I would suggest that everybody try just Coconut Oil and Baking Soda. I made a paste in a small bowl and put it in the bathroom, and scoop out some with the tooth brush. Sometimes I swish a teaspoon of Coconut Oil around in my mouth (and spit it out). My mouth ALWAYS feels good when I do this.
I have tried Tom's non-fluoride; and was unimpressed. But I really like Coconut Oil and Baking Soda - give it a try.
The presence or lack of fluoride shouldn't have anything to do with your teeth yellowing, and definitely has nothing to do with breath. In fact, when I switched to fluoride and SLS free toothpaste, my teeth got whiter! The Tropical Traditions tooth cleaner was ok, but so far the Kiss My Face has been my favorite. Way too sweet at first, and I'm not too keen on the glycerin, but I got used to the flavor and it's doing a great job. When I run out, I intend to try the home made coconut oil recipe that Tactical Savage mentioned (minus baking soda except when needed).
I like the taste of the Tom's of Maine quite a lot, but I've found it to be worse than not even using the stuff when it comes getting my teeth clean. It felt like something in it was preventing my brush from making good contact with my teeth, and I felt like my morning breath was worse for some reason. I've had that experience with other brands of "natural" toothpaste too. I think they might be thickened too much or something, and I feel like I have to rebrush with just water afterwards to get clean teeth.
Hands down, the cleanest my teeth have ever been was when I started using a tiny tiny drop of Dr. Bronner's Baby Soap and just brushed with that. It certainly doesn't have that candy cane taste most of us have grown accustomed to over the years, but damn, shiny, shiny smooth teeth are worth tasting a titch of soap in my book.
I use Tom's and have had no problem. I would have switched to powder ages ago but my daughter thinks it's yucky. She's six. I don't think it's worth the fight.
I doubt the presence or absence of fluoride has changed how your teeth respond to being brushed. Have you had any obvious dietary changes during this time as well?
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