Remember when you had to wash your mouth out with soap for saying a bad word as a kid? Well, it turns out your elders may have been onto something because brushing your teeth with regular bar soap has been shown to work better than commercial toothpaste.
The main man behind the movement, Dr. Gerard F. Judd from Arizona, published a book called “Good Teeth” aimed at allowing people retain their original teeth well into their elderly year by following a few simple rules to maintain a healthy mouth and gums. One of these main rules is to brush with regular bar soap. According to Dr. Judd, commercial toothpaste contains a high amount of glycerin which deposits a layer on the tooth that covers the plaque and prevents it from being brushed – taking a whopping 27 rinses to remove. It also prevents the tooth from re-mineralizing, which is essential to the health of the tooth. Soap actively kills bacteria and removes plaque, thus preventing the onset of one of the most common diseases in the world – gingivitis and tooth decay.
One of the other main points Dr. Judd brings up is the over use of fluoride that Americans are accustomed to. His main argument is that fluoride has been shown to double tooth decay during an average lifespan. And, since most water supplies contain fluoride the use of it in our mouth care is overkill. By using regular bar soap, you are eliminating several unnecessary ingredients.
If the thought of tasting soap during your daily brushings gives you the chills, don’t worry because you will get used to the taste after 3-4 brushes. The best recommendation is to use a bar soap that is detergent-free and contains a very high percentage of olive oil. Olive oil should be the first ingredient on the list. Coconut oil found in most detergent and non-detergent based soaps are what give them the very strong “soapy” taste. If you can, try to find 100% olive oil soap (also known as true castile, where the only oil in the soap is olive oil) – it will be sweeter flavored. An essential oil mint blend such as spearmint or peppermint will also help improve the taste. Rinse well (at least 2 times) with water after brushing and don’t forget to brush your tongue to eliminate odor causing bacteria.
After the first brush you will notice your mouth feeling like you had just walked out of the dentist’s office. And, your teeth will feel cleaner for a much longer period of time. It’s worth a try. You may even find yourself wondering what to do with your extra money from not having to buy toothpaste or pay for expensive dentist bills.
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About the Author
Stephanie Roudabush is the Co-Owner of Theraganics, a Tulsa, Oklahoma based natural bath & body company. She is dedicated to educating and helping people through her handcrafted products due to her own past skin issues. She is a member of the Handcrafted Soapmaker’s Guild as well as the Tulsa Master Recyclers.