This Toothpaste Relieved My Gum Pain
This is not your ordinary toothpaste!
This is my personal Earthpaste review...About a year ago my gums began bothering me. Sometimes they throbbed a little and sometimes they were sensitive to temperature changes (from the weather and food). Other times they were just fine.
I knew my gums were receding and I had some gum disease and that if I was going to move through life and enjoy the foods and meals I loved sharing with friends and family, I was going to need something to relieve the pain and fight the bacteria that seemed to like camping out in my mouth.
Most people head to the dentist with problems like this but I'm not a fan of doctors in general. I believe the body can fight all kinds of things when given the right environment that supports it. And the mouth is one of those places to focus healthy remedies on.
With that in mind, I began experimenting with all kinds of products from home-made to store bought.
This Is the One
One month in and so far, so good.
I found this toothpaste when doing research about using mineral clay as a healing agent. It looked like it could help my sore mouth and I bought a tube at the local co-op market. Using this the first time was a startling experience and I had to get past the fact that this toothpaste is a tan color and that it doesn't contain foaming agents.
But after I stopped thinking about that, I realized that the pain in my gums had stopped within a few days. Yes, a few days in and the pain was gone. My mouth was fresher, the fuzz didn't collect on my teeth and the Earthpaste had this clean fresh taste that I liked.
I haven't been to the dentist to see what condition my gums are now in but I can report that they no longer hurt, at all. Yea! And they look healthy and pink.
Here's how you use this paste:
1. Rinse your mouth with water and wet your toothbrush with water, too.
2. Squeeze the paste on to your brush--put a little more paste on the brush than you normally would with a foaming based paste.
3. Gently brush it over your teeth sorta like you would if you were putting paste on paper. Coat the top and both sides (front and back) of your teeth.
4. Now brush. The paste goes watery almost immediately but keep brushing.
5. I usually swish the mixture around my mouth for a minute after I've brushed my teeth.
6. Spit it out. The manufacturer claims it's okay to swallow it but I just can't do that. :-)
Here's what they leave out that most other toothpastes contain: fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerin. Read the label of your toothpaste that contains fluoride and you'll see it has a warning label advising you to call poison control if more than a small amount is swallowed.
Here's what's in Earthpaste
- Purified water
- Food grade Redmond clay
- Peppermint essential oil
- Redmond Real Salt (There must not be a lot because my gums aren't bothered by this salt.)
- Tea Tree Oil
Here's what bothers some people about this product
This company is so very honest and forthcoming about all their ingredients and the big corporations making the toothpaste dentists usually recommend don't bother explaining the terrible things they add to our oral care. If you're concerned about any of this, I suggest you read about and research/investigate what's in the toothpaste you now use.
Because Earthpaste is made of clay, it does contain traces of naturally occurring lead. This is normal and many things growing from the earth contain tiny, tiny amounts of lead, including peaches and pears.
The only reason it's even mentioned (by the way, you don't see warnings on peaches and pears) is due to a California law called Proposition 65 and Earthpaste has this to say about it "We hate doing it — we know our products are safe, we've seen them help thousands of people, and we use them ourselves every day — but a proposition 65 lawsuit, even one we would eventually win, would be really hard for a company our size to survive." So they put the warning on every product label. You can read more about Prop 65 and Earthpaste here.
The product also contains Xylitol derived from natural sources. This product reduces decay causing bacteria in the mouth.
Here's the short version of the WEbMD description of this ingredient. "Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables. It is extracted from birch wood to make medicine."
Some of the remedies I tried
I started off by rinsing and brushing with a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. I would pour the peroxide on my brush and then coat the brush with baking soda. Sometimes I would use just the hydrogen peroxide or the baking soda and other times I would add a pinch of sea salt to the mix.
I found these methods to work really well to keep by mouth feeling clean and to temporarily quell the pain but the pain didn't go away completely. If I used the salt more than once a week, it would make my gums bleed which is something they hadn't begun doing on their own. (The salt in Earthpaste doesn't bother my gums) However, I had a bad aftertaste from the hydrogen peroxide that I didn't like.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Salt is an antiseptic and general cleanser.
Hydrogen Peroxide is antimicrobial and bleaches and is used in store bought toothpastes. It can also disinfect your toothbrush.
Baking soda helps neutralize the acid in the mouth and works as an antiseptic to kill infection. It's also been shown to have whitening and palque removing effects.
I tried several brands of toothpaste
I also tried an aloe vera based toothpaste that was fluoride free and a natural baking soda style toothpaste.
Both worked just fine and eased the pain slightly. I liked the fact that I didn't have to mix my own ingredients when I used these products but I still didn't feel like I was getting everything I needed to help my mouth heal itself.
Plus, I learned that the foaming agents these brands used were not needed and, in fact, could be a problem for my oral health. And, the slippery feel the aloe vera brand gave me was a problem, too. Not only did it feel gross, it was leaving a film on my teeth that wasn't protecting them at all.
Try All the Flavors
Before settling on One
Spearmint does not contain Xylitol - it's the one flavor that is unweetened.
Don't use this product on your dog or ferret unless it's the spearmint flavor. These animals can't digest Xylitol.