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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dental Hygiene Au Naturel


A growing body of research links poor dental health with a host of chronic health issues and risks, including from heart disease to pregnancy complications.  So even though I hate doing it, I floss my teeth every day, brush after every time I eat, and I use a fluoride rinse.

I started the fluoride rinse a few years ago, not so much as an anti-cavity measure, but on my dentist's recommendation as a strategy that could help with my teeth sensitivity.  She suggested a fluoride rinse made by Oral B, and it did help with my sensitivity.  Big A has been using it too, on the recommendation of her dentist, since the visit where we discovered she had multiple cavities.  It was perfect, for this purpose, because unlike a lot of mouthwashes, this one had no alcohol, nor strong taste, so she was willing to use it.  Unfortunately, like so many products I like, it was discontinued.  Sigh!

I've been on a quest for a replacement for the past few months and bought Crest Pro Health to try.  Big A complained that it is too 'spicy', so I've continued hunting for a better option.  I have been a little concerned about us using any of them on a regular basis, because they all seem to be filled with a lot of crap.  I don't understand why artificial colouring and a whole host of other stuff is necessary.  I was thrilled to recently discover a line of oral hygiene products called The Natural Dentist that makes various natural rinses and toothpastes.  I purchased the fluoride rinse hoping Big A would like the taste, and feeling better about her using it because it contains no weird chemicals.  Unfortunately, she declared it 'yucky', which I find difficult to understand, because I don't think it has barely any taste at all.  So I am now happily using it, and I'm on the hunt to find the kids' toothpastes they make for the kids to try.

The company's products are available in a number of major grocery store and pharmacy chains across Canada and the U.S.