It took us awhile to find what we wanted in a toothpaste and one that would meet our needs. I know, it sounds like maybe we're making a big deal out of nothing, But, really, we're not.
Because, unfortunately, a couple of our family members really struggle with cavities.
I have been buying natural toothpaste for the past year or so because it didn't have fluoride, but on the flip side, my son recently came home from the dentist announcing that he had three cavities and needed a baby root canal done. Boo! They sent him home that day with an appointment for a few days later to get a baby root canal done, or, if the tooth wasn't worse or bothering him, a temporary medicated filling.That meant I didn't have much time to get these teeth repaired.
As you can imagine, I was quite dismayed by this news and there was no way I wanted my "baby" to go through a baby root canal so I got to work trying to find a natural solution to help bring healing to his teeth.
I started my search by asking my doTERRA Essential Oil Facebook Group if they had any suggestions. I also referenced my Modern Essentials book, a fantastic essential oil reference book to see what was recommended for cavities. During the Facebook discussion, Redmond Clay Earthpaste was suggested because it had been shown to remineralize teeth. Even if these cavities were too far gone, the hope that future ones could be prevented was encouraging.
I contacted the company and asked several questions and, yes, there were testimonials of people who had used the toothpaste regularly and had actually healed their cavities.
I was in.
Redmond Clay was so fantastic to talk with that I came away from the conversation with hope that this toothpaste might help our cavity-prone son and a shipment for several items to review on Purposeful Homemaking (more on those later!).
Since my son's appointment was only a few days away and the toothpaste wouldn't be here before then, I started him on a morning and evening mouthwash regimen made simply from Peppermint essential oil and filtered water.
A few days later he went for the dentist appointment and surprisingly (?) the tooth wasn't as bad as they originally thought (or was it the essential oil getting to work already?). Regardless, it saved us from him getting a baby root canal done and instead they put a medicated filling in. He was then scheduled for an appointment one month later.
In the meantime, our Earthpaste arrived in the mail and my son and I have both been using it faithfully. He went back for the follow up appointment and, unfortunately, did have to still get a filling, but there was quite a hole in his tooth from the cavity so maybe we didn't have enough time to really heal the tooth completely.
He is continuing to use the Earthpaste and we will go back for, yet another, follow up appointment. I am optimistic that perhaps he won't have to have fillings done on these smaller cavities because I am hoping the clay toothpaste is helping to heal them.
I believe that oral hygiene is greatly affected by our diet and we have been slowly making changes over the last two years and as of about two months ago, we pretty much got rid of all white sugar in the house (we use other natural sweeteners instead). That being said, I don't think it's fair to drink tons of pop and use Earthpaste and expect it to take care of all your oral hygiene issues. But I do think that pairing Earthpaste with a healthy diet is a fantastic preventative measure again cavities.
What Earthpaste Does Not Have:
- It does not contain glycerin. Glycerin is used to sweeten and preserve your toothpaste. And while it depends on your toothpaste manufacturer to determine whether or not your glycerin comes from lard, corn or biodisel processing, (source) it is probably safe to say we should avoid it. After all, it is also used as a solvent, antifreeze and lubricant. Do we really want any of those things in our mouth? Not to mention if we (or our child) accidentally swallow it. Additionally, it may leave a film on our teeth that prevents them from being remineralized and thereby, weakening them. Please note that if you happen to alternate between a toothpaste that contains glycerin and Earthpaste you won't be able to remineralize your teeth. It takes about 20-30 uses of Earthpaste to effectively remove all current glycerin from your teeth.
- It does not contain SLS, a known carcinogen. "With SLES/SLS...the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product,5..." source Additionally, SLS can have a drying affect on the mouth which can increase mouth acidity. These chemicals are also know to cause membrane disruption and trauma in the mouth leading to canker sores. source
- It does not contain Saccharin, a chemically derived, artificial sweetener that was accidentally discovered by a chemist working on coal tar derivatives. Not to mention, saccharin is a sweetener which seems counterproductive to be using on my teeth. Saccharin is best known for being in Sweet 'n Low. Now that I know better, I really can't imagine giving this to my babies.
- It does not contain fluoride. Now, I must admit, I still need to do my personal research about fluoride, but for now, I am opting towards not having it. Over the last several years we have gone back and forth between giving the kids fluoride vitamins and honestly, it didn't really seem to help prevent cavities. In fact, for a while it seemed our son had less cavities than when he was taking fluoride vitamins. At this point, I don't feel comfortable giving our children fluoride vitamins anymore and I don't want it in their toothpaste either.
- No artificial colorings
What Earthpaste Does Have:
- Purified water used to hydrate the clay
- Redmond Clay, a natural polisher and cleanser that is also mineral rich and alkaline
- non-GMO Xylitol, a natural sweetener made from birch and/or corn cobs
- Tea Tree Oil for antibacterial properties, to promote gum health and fight bad breath
- Other Essential Oils for added flavor and other health benefits
- Menthol (naturally derived and only in Wintergreen and Peppermint)
- Real Salt to enhance flavor and offer anti-bacterial properties associated with sea salt
What We Thought
This toothpaste has a nice smooth texture and isn't at all gritty feeling. There is a very slight clay taste but it is minimal and completely not an issue for either my son or me. It does not foam, but it isn't necessary that it do so. At $7.99 a tube, it may be more than what you're used to paying for toothpaste, but the cost of using Earthpaste is far less than the dental bills we have grown accustomed to paying for my son and husband.
Earthpaste comes in 5 different flavors, including their newest one, Spearmint (always a personal favorite). We will continue to use Earthpaste (I'm getting ready to put in an order for the whole family--including the baby!).
Coming soon...our experience with Redmond Sea Salt and Redmond Clay.
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