This is my first time posting. I love this site! I've learned so much in just a couple weeks. Thanks to all of you.
I began oil pulling 2 wks ago and am also now brushing my teeth w/bar soap. Can't believe how clean my teeth and gums now feel.
Anyway, I quit smoking 4 mos ago. I want to wait to see the dentist for cleaning and xrays becuz I want to give my new "dental regimen" time to work its magic. However, in the interim, I've got stains left from the nicotine that just don't seem to come off. And w/my teeth becoming cleaner, the stains are more pronounced. Since I've quit using commercial toothpaste (which, even tho it claimed to remove stains, it never did) after reading posts on this site as well as the link to Dr. Judd, I don't know what to do to get rid of stains. I know the dentist will be able to get them off w/their methods of scraping, etc. but as I stated, I'm going to wait to make appointment. Besides, I've got no dental insurance where I work and pay out of pocket for dental visits.
If anyone has any suggestions (baking soda doesn't work either and it's way too abrasive to use for brushing teeth) or is or has been a smoker w/stain problems, I would appreciate any advice you can give.
"If anyone has any suggestions (baking soda doesn't work either and it's way too abrasive to use for brushing teeth)"
I have been brushing my teeth with baking soda for close to 25 years. At my last dental check-up, I specifically asked my dentist if she thought my tooth enamel had degraded. She said it was great. My perioidontist said, "Whatever you are doing, don't stop. Your gums and teeth are fine."
Perhaps baking soda has a bad rap because it is often combined with salt, which is abrasive.
The following is from an Arm and Hammer web page:
"It is an old-fashioned misconception that Baking Soda is abrasive. In fact, baking soda is very low in abrasion. The abrasive properties of a dentifrice are measured in a standard test called the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) Test, which is conducted by accredited facilities. The abrasivity of the dentifrices are recorded as RDA values and used by all toothpaste manufacturers. The higher the RDA value the more abrasive the dentifrice. In this test, baking soda alone scores a 7, and the ARM & HAMMER® products ranging from 10-117, all within accepted levels of abrasivity and typically below most other toothpastes."
Albeit, this is from Arm and Hammer who in the baking soda business, but the condition of my teeth bear witness to their claims.
Thank you Kebod for the info. Yes, baking soda may be OK for some, but definitely not for me. And that may be correct w/the salt combo as I did both and then just used baking soda. But I appreciate the data. However, nothing in the data states that stains, esp nicotine, will be removed by using baking soda. As I stated, it did not help me. Perhaps you've never smoked nor had this type of staining. You almost have to have been a smoker to know what nicotine stains are. Very nasty habit but point is, I'm no longer smoking and would like to get rid of this stains on my own.
I didn't mean to imply that baking soda would remove your stains. I just wanted to set the record straight on brushing teeth with baking soda.
Recently, a friend of mine, a former smoker, started OP in hopes of whitening her teeth. So far, after 2 months, she has seen no results. If you are successful eventually, with another method, please post and I will share your experience with her. If she finds a way to whiten her teeth, I will let you know.
I hope you find something that works.
You may want to OP minimum 2 times daily to work on your stains. Some have OP 3 or more times. It's perfectly safe; we're using a food and not even swallowing it. As you can read in his posts, Trapper/kcmo OP's several times during the day.
I know what you mean about your teeth feeling so clean after brushing with bar soap. I'm using Kiss My Face pure olive oil soap. Its flavor is not strong, and as Dr. Judd says, 2 rinses and it's gone.
fluoride causes fluoridosis, which is brittle teath with brown mottling. there is not only fluoride in your toothpaste, its probably in your water, in all of your food, in your commercial cigs for sure, i will bet you have stainmaster carpet and stainproofing in your car, and you have teflon pans. getting rid of all of that will be a start. drink only distilled water, eat sea veggies and raw greens like spinach and wheatgrass. that is your best bet. dont forget, certified organic only(or grow your own without chemicals) or it has fluoride - bet on it.
I've meant to tell you this earlier, but I'm glad you drink only distilled water, too! My family and I've been drinking it for 20+ years. Something that many do not think about is rinsing their mouth and cooking with distilled water. I learned this from my doctor when I was going through torment with those chemical sensitivities issues and Amalgam removal.
VERY LOW LEVELS will do harm. In his post, Dr. Judd said, "Fluoride at very low levels destroys at least 66 out of 83 enzymes... Fluoride in the gels used (inappropriately) to harden the enamel is extremely toxic at a concentration of 13,000 ppm (1.3%)"
As old as I am and still an idealist, so it continues to shock me learning about people being so viciously greedy to profit off the misery and death of others. Fluoride, amalgams, nicotine, unnecessary surgeries, and the list goes on and on of what humans will do to other humans for money and power. Life is sacred, but somewhere some have not learned that respect.
Thank you for your info and encouragement - always timely!