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Ditch the Toothpaste, Brush with Soap

Ever thought about brushing your teeth with soap? Maybe you should!

Have you heard of brushing your teeth with tooth soap? Read what it is, how to do it and why you should.

Disclaimer: This is not to be considered medical advice. Please consult your dentist.

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. Brushing with tooth soap has become more popular and there are now commercial available tooth soaps, making that a great option as well.  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.

Summer Skin Care from the Kitchen

We’ve been lucky this year to have a mild winter here in Oklahoma.  Nevertheless, prepping your skin for the flip-flops and short shorts is still just as important.  Summer is fully in view now, and it’s time to get your glow on.  Luckily, you can do this at home with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen!  Not only are you controlling what fresh ingredients go into your skin applications, but you are also saving some money as well!  Below are some easy recipes you can make at home.

You’ll want to concentrate on exfoliating first to remove dead skin and polish.  Body scrubs are easy to make and can really help your skin look its best.  You can use either salt or sugar depending on your skin type.  People with drier skin sometimes prefer sugar over salt, whereas others will prefer salt to give more of a glowing effect.  If you choose salt, it’s best to use sea salt as table salt is too harsh.  By making this on an as-needed basis, you can avoid having to worry about shelf life or rancidity.  It is recommended to use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Simple Body & Foot Scrub


1 part oil (jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil work well. Avoid using low grade cooking oils)

2 parts sugar or salt (turbinado sugar works well, but you can use regular white or brown sugar)

Pinch of Finely Chopped or Dried Herbs (optional – suggestions are mint, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, calendula)

Few Drops of Essential Oils (optional – suggestions are lavender, rose, eucalyptus, rosemary)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.   Wet your skin.  Scoop a small amount into your hands and work from the feet upwards on the legs, thighs, torso, and arms while rubbing in a gentle circular motion.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Next, you’ll want to focus on your face.  Making a fresh face mask from your kitchen is a great way to help rejuvenate your facial skin while also adding some useful vitamins and minerals.  You can use many kinds of fruits and vegetables, but this recipe is excellent for gentle exfoliation, cleansing, and toning all-in-on.  Mangos are excellent for the skin due to the vitamin C content, which helps brighten and fight against free radicals.  The oatmeal in this recipe gently exfoliates while the honey is an antioxidant powerhouse that also gently cleanses the skin.   It’s best to use organic ingredients wherever possible.  If using non-organic, then peeling the mango is recommended even though the skin contains a very high nutrient content.

Fresh Mango, Honey & Oatmeal Face Mask

¼ Mango with Skin, cubed

1 Tbsp Oats

1 Tbsp Honey

Wash face and neck area before applying.  Blend ingredients in food processor or blender until a smooth paste is formed.  Apply in a gentle circular motion and let sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and air dry.  Use some of the leftover mango peel and pulp for an eye patch.

Finally, your summer skin prep would not be complete without taking care of your hair.  This fresh avocado hair mask is great for all hair types and will help boost shine and strength.

Fresh Avocado Hair Mask

½ Ripe Avocado

1 tsp Honey

1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend into a paste.  Add more lemon juice in tiny amounts if needed to blend completely.  Apply to scalp and length of hair.  Leave on for up to 30 minutes and rinse.  Shampoo as usual.

With these easy DIY recipes, your skin will be glowing and ready for summer in no time!  And, always remember to use sunscreen!

Photo credit:  fotolia


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.