However, I'm also trying to re-build the enamel on my teeth and have come to find out that 99% of every mouth care product on the market has glycerin in it. From what I've read, glycerin coats the teeth and prevents the minerals in saliva from repairing the enamel on teeth after eating.
I floss before I go to bed and brush twice a day. I also swish with baking soda after I eat lunch, in order to neutralize the acidity in my mouth and prevent sugars from doing any damage to the enamel.
I recently went to the dentist and got a full debridement and polishing done, and the oral hygienist said I needed to work on reducing the depth of the pockets around my molars. Over these past few weeks my gums have bust out into a full-blown gingival swell-fest, with bleeding gums, 3 ulcers (two on my upper gums and one along the tooth on my lower gumline). I'd been using Burt's Bee's toothpaste and not doing anything out of the ordinary. But after going back to brushing my teeth with baking soda rinse, my gums are already starting to improve and they have stopped bleeding when I brush.
I'd tried a multitude of things to alleviate it: Non-SLS toothpastes, flouride-free toothpastes, coconut oil & mint, tea tree oil (toothpastes & mouthwashes), Listerine (helps some), etc. The only thing that works is the baking soda. I worry that the baking soda is too harsh on my enamel, but I'm torn between wanting healthy gums and trying to repair my tooth enamel. If it's diluted with water (1/2 tsp baking soda to 1 fl oz of water) is it really that abrasive?
EDIT: Sorry it took me a while to list my diet, I'd burned the hell out of my fingers earlier while cooking lunch and was nursing second degree burns all afternoon. Feeling better now!
I generally eat potatoes (white and sweet), small apples, bacon, eggs, ground beef, sauteed greens, baked chicken w/ skin, melon, broccoli, nuts, water and coffee. This can change day to day, of course, but that's an average day. I try to keep my sugars to less than 50g/day. I also take calcium, magnesium and folic acid supps to top off what I may not get 100% from diet.