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I think it was about eight months ago when I bought my first container of Natural Remineralizing Organic Clove Toothpaste from Georgia’s Apothecary. At first it was really weird. It was kind of oily and thick and tasted freaky. It melted whenever the bathroom got warm and turned into a hockey puck when it got cold. I had to put it onto my toothbrush with a spoon. I decided to stick with it though, and eight months later I’m still using it. I love the stuff. Arm & Hammer can get bent, because their product is nothing in comparison to this stuff.
In October I wrote a post about this toothpaste, but I’m going to go over it again for this series. Love is not a strong enough word for how I feel about switching toothpastes. I actually forgot to order on time and had to use some of the Arm & Hammer stuff not long ago, and it reminded me of how much I loved the clove toothpaste. Here’s the breakdown:
|Ingredients:Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste:|
Potassium Nitrate – 5.0 %, Sodium Fluoride (0.243%), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Water, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Hydrated Silica, Flavor, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide
|Ingredients:Natural Remineralizing Organic Clove Toothpaste:coconut oil, calcium powder, bentonite clay, xylitol, clove oil|
|Price:Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste: $4.37 ($0.97/oz.)||Price: Natural Remineralizing Organic Clove Toothpaste: $8.00 ($2.00/oz.)|
As you can see, the clove toothpaste is about double the price of the Arm & Hammer, but trust me when I say that it’s worth it. Even though there aren’t any whitening agents in the natural toothpaste, it gets my teeth just as clean as the name-brand stuff. Of course, they’re not bleach white, but I’m fine with that since natural human teeth aren’t supposed to be that color anyway. There’s no fluoride either, but we don’t actually need that. What it does have are ingredients that made my gums and teeth healthier than they’d been in many, many years.
When I started using the natural toothpaste I had a partially erupted molar and a big cavity in another tooth. I had black decay, plaque buildup and bleeding gums. It was a mess in there and I didn’t smile much. Now I don’t think twice about smiling. The natural toothpaste made the pain stop on the second day, the bleeding stopped a day later, and it was shortly after that all the plaque just started falling off my teeth in chunks. Now, before you ask, I brushed twice a day, every day, and used mouthwash and floss several times a week. I just had health issues that wrecked my teeth. The natural toothpaste changed everything. I still have that cavity, but it hasn’t gotten any worse and never hurts or bleeds.
My teeth look and feel much better, and my gums aren’t receding anymore. I don’t have minty breath, but clove’s not a bad smell. I hated that minty-ness anyway. It took some getting used to, what with the odd texture and scent, but I’d never go back now. I don’t care that it’s double the cost. Truthfully, it’s a little less than that because I need to use less of the clove to get clean, so it lasts a bit longer than a tube of toothpaste did. Unfortunately, after eight months I don’t remember exactly how long a tube lasted me. A 4 oz. jar of the natural toothpaste lasts about 4.5-5 weeks. Oh, and for the record, if you don’t have sensitivity issues but want to switch to a natural toothpaste, Georgia does make regular toothpaste in several flavors. She actually didn’t make clove until I asked her to. She made a new recipe just for me, and now she continues to sell it. That’s good customer service!
Wow, to think natural toothpaste would solve SO many dental issues. No wonder 4 out of 5 dentists won’t recommend it 😛
I know, right? It always bugs me that so few “professionals” support natural products. Science is great and all, but not everything new is better. Just look at all the recalls and lawsuits.
And as you said, there are other flavors 🙂 I may look into this myself at some point, though I’m not sure clove is my flavor.
If you have sensitivity, it’s worth getting used to the clove. It doesn’t take long. If you don’t have sensitivity, she makes other flavors and will even do custom if you ask.