WHY MY FAMILY BRUSHES WITH SOAP!
Whoa, wait a minute...did you read that wrong? Nope!
Our family brushes our teeth with David Lee Naturals All-Natural Handmade Activated Charcoal Vegan Soap.
Are you grossed out yet? Maybe shocked? Let me explain why.
Our family is no stranger to poor dental health. Our middle daughter had her first 2 front teeth removed surgically by the age of 3. She also had silver caps placed on her molers as well as the rest of her teeth sealed by the time she was 6. She was sick as a child and due to the medications she needed to be on, her teeth became enamel-less(is that a word?). Her teeth were unprotected and eating and drinking became painful. This also caused her teeth to be more of a yellowish color than most. She became highly self conscious about it. Even with regular dentist visits and check-ups, we were told nothing could be done for the discoloration and her teeth were fine.
Now onto our youngest daughter. She has by no means had the issues her sister has, other than the discoloration. She sees the dentist regularly and for whatever reason, the yellowing never seems to go away.
My hubby and I on the other hand have dealt with yellowing just because we cannot resist that daily cup of joe or 2!
Here is what we did:
Three of us brush our teeth everyday with Activated Charcoal Soap (that's right - soap instead of toothpaste). We use activated charcoal because it is great for getting rid of staining.
Why do we brush with soap?
No, it's not to prevent swearing. It's to prevent (or lessen) decay.
Here's how. Our saliva is rich with minerals. Those minerals really, really want to soak back into your teeth to help keep them healthy and strong. The thing is, most commercial toothpaste (perhaps all) is made with a glycerin base. All that glycerin leaves an invisible film on your teeth, preventing the minerals from being absorbed.
Soap, on the other hand, doesn't do this. Soap rinses clean.
Brushing with soap? I know. It's one of those things that sounds super crazy but trust me, it's not bad at all.
And the process couldn't be easier.
How to Brush Your Teeth with Soap
1. Take a bar of (natural and/or organic, no funky ingredients) soap. I prefer David Lee Naturals soap because our family makes it, we love it, but seriously use what you've got. (That being said, make sure you read the label and if yours tastes horrific please try David Lee Naturals just once before you go back to the paste.)
2. Wet your toothbrush.
3. Rub bristles gently across the bar of soap. (Don't take so much that you see little chunks of soap on the bristles. That will taste terrible. Just a little invisible layer of soapy goodness.)
4. Brush. (This is the critical step, you see. Because, well, brushing.)
5. Marvel at the amazing bubbles frothing out of your mouth like some kind of rabid dog.
6. Rinse. (Yes, you'll probably want to rinse, even if you don't with toothpaste. Otherwise the soap will leave a soapy after-taste.)
7. Be wowed at the unprecedented clean feeling of your teeth.
I bet you have some questions.
Doesn't that taste unbelievably inconceivably terrible?
Not at all. Yes, it tastes a little soapy (being soap and all). But this isn't supposed to be dessert. We're brushing, remember. It's really fine. I prefer it to toothpaste.
My kids will hate this. Right? Capital-H Hate.
I don't know. Mine don't,to them it's just brushing. Truly my kids adjusted to it completely after the first brushing because they saw that the staining was gone.
Please note: I am neither a dentist nor an expert. The information above is based on our unique experiences as a family, and is not intended as medical advice. Work together with a holistic dentist and find a course of action that works best for your family.