I went to the dentist for the first time in a few years the other day, and I got the news that I not only have 8 cavities in 7 teeth, but I also have early periodontal disease around a few teeth. I’m pretty sure that came from when my spacer was removed 4 years ago shortly after the birth of Wildflower. My gums never tightened back up around my teeth after that, though when I brought that up to the dentist at the time it was removed, he just shrugged it off. I asked the hygienist if there was anything I could do, beyond the brushing and flossing I was already doing. Every time I go to the dentist, I’m always complimented on my meticulous hygiene by the way, so this isn’t a case of dirty mouth. And yet, I always leave with an appointment to get another cavity filled. Hmmm… But I digress. The hygienist said there wasn’t anything to be done for it. So, I just come in twice as often for painful cleanings requiring anesthesia, and wait for it to get worse and worse until my teeth fall out? Um, no, not an option. Neither is the bill for filling the 8 cavities.
So, I do what I always do, and I came home and researched the heck out of the issue. I know from reading Weston A Price that there are people who don’t have any cavities, and they can keep their teeth into old age. I also know that the state of health of your mouth is indicative of the state of health of your entire body. So, I bit the bullet, and did something I should have done a long time ago: I quit grain and sugar cold turkey. I’m currently reading Sugar Blues by William Dufty, and I made the connection between sugar and adrenals, and that tipped me off to a lot of my health issues (adrenal fatigue, mainly). I turned to Wardeh and Donielle for practical advice, and made Donielle’s grain/sugar free brownies to ease the transition. (They are delicious, btw, even to the members of the household who have not sworn off sugar!) I have not really had any sugar cravings, but since the transition was made rather spontaneously, without my usual tortoise-like thought beforehand, I have “cheated” a few times- once when we went to a festival, and once when I was at a friend’s house. I need to learn to bring my food with me when we go places. Other than that, it’s been pretty easy to eat sugar free.
I’ve also switched up my dental care routine. In the morning, I’m brushing with my natural toothpaste, mainly because I really like minty fresh breath in the morning. I’m swishing with my homemade mouthwash. And in the evening, I’m brushing with sea salt with a bit of peppermint EO added, and flossing like crazy, and swishing again. My gums are already firming up, though they still bleed a bit, and I haven’t noticed any regrowth of the gumline. But, it’s only been about 4 days of this.
I’m waiting on a few books from the library to add more things to my dental/total health routine.
Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes (remind me to post about TTapp another time)
I will post brief reviews of these books, as I read them. Though I’ve already read Cure Tooth Decay, and I’m looking forward to gleaning things from it a great deal.
Ok, here is my recipe for the mouthwash I’m using:
10 oz of pure water
2 oz vegetable glycerin
1T EACH: echinacea, myrrh, and calendula tincture
10 drops EACH: eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint/spearmint essential oils
Shake before use, take a swig, and swish until you can’t stand the burning anymore. Then spit.
If you try my mouthwash, will you post a comment and let me know how it works for you? Thanks!