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Greener Tooth Care

February 1, 2008

Not that you want green teeth, I’m sure you want them as pearly white as the rest of America does, but wouldn’t you like to care for those chompers with more concern for your health and the environment?

About a year ago, when I started ordering from Azure Standard, I decided to order toothbrushes that come with replaceable heads. I got these for myself and the girls and have been very happy with their performance, price and the reduced waste. Just one head now instead of a whole brush. The brand that we use is Eco-Dent and they are available at health or natural food stores nationwide and by internet as well.

Next is the substance that you use to clean your teeth. Because of extensive decay problems, Isabel and Juliana (Juliana hasn’t had decay, but I could see the warning signs that I had with Isabel) we use a prescription flouride-free toothpaste called MI Paste. Maddy and Lawrence use Tom’s of Maine, because I can’t convince either of them to try something different. I however, have been on a quest to use something that is better for me and the environment. My first experiment was using natural soap. I used the soap that I make, but any real soap would suffice. It obviously lathers very well and it doesn’t taste nearly as bad as you would think; you’re mainly applying it to your teeth, not your tongue. It worked very well, but I was missing some form of abrasive material. I still brush with soap on occasion, but the stuff I use most of the time is tooth powder. I ended up buying Eco-Dent’s tooth powder, which lasts a long time. I bought a 2 oz bottle about nine months ago and haven’t even finished 1/4 of it yet. The bottle says that it should last for approximately 200 brushings, but they are way off. I think it will be at least 1000. It is a bit fizzy and tastes a little like flavored baking soda. After I finish this bottle, I think I may do what my friend Angeleen over at Lucky Seven Cat Ranch did, which is to make her own tooth powder. I will probably add a little essential oils to my salt and baking soda mixture.

See how easy it is to make little changes in every facet of your life?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn permalink
    February 1, 2008 11:39 pm

    Oh thank you! I didn’t know you could get toothbrushes with replaceable heads. I hate all the waste with new toothbrushes. I also like the idea of the tooth powder.

  2. Lisa permalink
    February 2, 2008 12:17 am

    Mom-They are probably at your local Whole Foods, or here are some internet sites that sell them:

    http://www.internatural-alternative-health.com/SCAT/ECO-DENTECODENT_1646.cfm

    http://www.eco-dent.com/terradent.htm#BuyNow

  3. april. permalink
    February 2, 2008 7:24 am

    we also use tom’s of maine because we’re creatures of habit, but i’m much intrigued by the tooth powder idea. maybe i’ll buy some.

  4. Evelyn permalink
    February 2, 2008 2:39 pm

    Does that mean I can’t order them from Azure directly?

  5. Angelina permalink
    February 2, 2008 8:43 pm

    I think I’ll try Angeleen’s recipe first. I really like the tooth brushes with removable heads!

  6. Lisa permalink
    February 3, 2008 3:26 am

    Mom, because Azure has a $40 min order, it would probably be better if I buy them then send them 1st class mail to you.

    Angelina, let me know how it works out, so I can try it in the future!

  7. Evelyn permalink
    February 4, 2008 8:43 pm

    That would work. Let me know the next time you are ordering. I would love to order the t brushes and a tooth powder for me.

  8. Lisa permalink
    February 4, 2008 8:57 pm

    I’ll be ordering this weekend or Monday for next week’s delivery. How many brushes do you want and what flavor of toothpowder: Lemon-Lime, Original Mint or Refreshing Anise? The brushes are $3.05/ea and the powder is $4.65/ea.

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