Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Did Your Kids Get an A+ at Their Last Dentist Visit?

We've had a few too many of  those dentist appointments where I leave feeling like I just received the Worst Parent of the Year Award!  Why do some kids just keep getting cavities.  My oldest kids had no cavities when they were young and my youngest kids have all need major cavity repair.

What am I doing wrong?  I've been more vigilant with brushing.  Hasn't helped.  Still new spots at every appointment.

Last year I decided to try some changes.  Trying to make them remember to brush in the morning, not just at night.  Floss.  All basic parenting 101.  However, the biggest change: Making our own toothpaste!  Only time will tell.

I read a lot of pinterest posts about making your own toothpaste.  Some lead you on a never ending race to find the original source.  Some have a lot of ingredients.  Some have bentonite clay, which has some debates around its use.  I also read up on oil pulling.  Well if oil pulling alone can improve your teeth, then coconut oil alone should be good enough to brush with.

End result, I made my own.  And by the way, I am not a jump on the band wagon kindof gal.  I was not into the whole coconut race.  However, as I needed to use something I thought I would try it.  I'm loving it.  It doesn't taste coconutty even.

So here is my recipe for DIY - Homemade Toothpaste.

Coconut Toothpaste:

2 TBSP Coconut Oil

3 TBSP Baking Soda
10 - 20 Drops Peppermint Oil (optional)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Just put it all in a bowl together and stir with a spoon.  Literally takes a minute.

I then divide it up into little jars.  Everyone in the family has their own jar.

Now for the truth:  T8 had one check up and no new spots to watch or new cavities.  He has already had a lot.  But . . . His last check up was shortly after we switched to our new toothpaste.  So really hard to tell weather this is it or not.

However!!!!!!  T9 had a check up today.  1 year after we started.  Absolutely NO CAVITIES!  NO SPOTS!  NOTHING!  Not even a smidge of anything that needs to be watched.  This is the same child that had her 4 front teeth rotting and capped by the age of 2.  Even the dentist and assistant were impressed.

Bonus! My teeth actually feel cleaner because of the grit in the baking soda.  When I wake up they still feel clean.