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.