Why Orange Juice And Toothpaste Don’t Mix

orange juice and toothpasteHave you ever gulped down that sweet, refreshing orange juice for breakfast in the morning, only to realize it doesn’t taste as sweet as you anticipated.  Oops!  You just brushed your teeth, that’s why!  But, why does toothpaste change the taste of your orange juice? In an article from Chris Weller of Medical Daily, he explains why orange juice and toothpaste don’t mix.

One of the main ingredients in toothpaste, is the detergent called sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS.  It helps to clean your teeth, but, unfortunately, it suppresses the sweet receptors of the tongue and destroys the compound that inhibits bitter receptors.

So what is it about orange juice?  Well, it just so happens that orange juice is the beverage that most people choose in the morning.  You would have the same reaction if you drank a glass of apple juice, Gatorade, or even sugar water.

Read Chris Weller’s full article here, and see a video!

 

Benefits Of Homemade Toothpaste

homemade toothpasteMost people use store bought toothpaste and don’t think twice about it.  However, even though the ADA has approved it, there may be a few downsides. Have you ever thought about homemade toothpaste?  Probably not.  It has never crossed most people’s minds that they can make their own toothpaste.  The advantages of making your own are that it won’t contain some of the problematic ingredients found in store bought like glycerin, saccharin, sodium laurel sulfate and fluoride. Plus, it will save you money in the long run!

How To Make Your Own Toothpaste

You may find many recipes for homemade toothpaste online and in stores. Homemade toothpaste is also effective at whitening and re-mineralizing teeth.  A basic recipe that uses all natural ingredients but works will to clean and protect teeth from decay is as follows:

8 ounces of baking soda

11 ounces of finely ground sea salt

1 ounce peppermint essential oil

Distilled water

Add your baking soda, finely ground sea salt, and peppermint essential oil to a small container. Stir the ingredients to combine them. Pour in distilled water one tablespoon at a time and stir thoroughly after each tablespoon. Continue adding water until it has become a paste. Cover the container and use up to 30 days.

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How Much Fluoride Toothpaste Does My Child Need?

29456171-smiling-girl-child-brushing-teeth-isolated-closeup-portraitAs soon as those teeth begin to emerge in your child, it’s time to start brushing.  This may seem a little overwhelming.  Your child has such a small mouth and all the bubbles and foam can be too overwhelming.  Not to mention that you don’t want your child swallowing too much of the toothpaste.  So how much fluoride toothpaste does your child need when brushing?

If your child is under 2 years old, the amount of fluoride toothpaste on their toothbrush should be no more than the size of a grain of rice.  This may seem like to little of an amount, but remember, they have small toothbrushes and small mouths. Also, you don’t want them swallowing too much fluoride.

Once your child turns 2 until about the age of 6, use a pea sized amount of toothpaste.  Your child still needs help brushing at this age.  Talk to them about spitting out the toothpaste and not swallowing it.

Once your child turns 7 they can probably begin to brush themselves. But you may still want to check for the first little while that they are doing a good job.  Remember to visit the dentist regularly as your dentist can also let you know if your child is missing any spots while brushing. Remind them the importance of brushing for 2 minutes 2 times a day.

How Much Toothpaste Should I Put On My Child’s Toothbrush?|Teeth First

Allergy Toothpaste to Treat Your Allergies

10049728-white-cat-look-upwards-isolated-over-whiteDo you suffer from allergies?  If so, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from allergies and take medications on a regular basis to treat them. Recently, doctors have come up with a convenient way to administer allergy medications.  It is a special allergy toothpaste called Allerdent.

This toothpaste is specially made for each patient and contains extracts of what they are allergic to within it. Patients have found that it is easy to use and it feels and tastes the same as regular toothpaste. It is helpful for those who are especially prone to forgetting to take their pills or don’t like having shots.  Doctors are still studying whether it is more effective than having a weekly allergy shot or daily drops or pills.

Allerdent is currently available by prescription in seven states.  To read more about this allergy toothpaste, check out the article from CBS News here: New Toothpaste Could Treat Your Allergies.

Shoppers Ditching Colgate Total Amid Triclosan Fears

Recently we posted an article about the chemical Triclosan and how it has been found in some popular toothpastes.  You can see that article here30558018-toothpaste. It seems that many are now switching to other brands of toothpaste because of this scare. One women, Angela Pollock, had been using Colgate Total, a toothpaste known to have Triclosan in it, for about 15 years.  She decided it wasn’t worth it and has now switched to Crest Pro Health. What do you think about the Colgate Total controversy?  Read more about it here: Shoppers Ditching Colgate Total Amid Triclosan Fears – Bloomberg.