Skip to comments.Brushing your teeth with soap
Posted on 01/22/2011 4:57:01 AM PST by rickmichaels
Do you enjoy paying dental bills? Or having dentists scraping plaque from your teeth? If it's a pleasure, there's no need to read this column. But I've never enjoyed these regular checkups. Now there's a way to retire dentists, prevent cavities, protect gums and rid teeth of plaque, using cheap, ordinary soap.
My first reaction when I read this report was, "Come on, Dr Judd, you must be kidding! Who would ever brush their teeth with soap?" But Dr. Gerald F. Judd is no nut. He's a retired Emeritus Professor of chemistry at Purdue University.
I admire people who have the intestinal fortitude to question well-established theories that may be wrong. Besides, I discovered he and I both believe dentists are wrong on another issue.
Dr. Judd reports that acid destroys enamel and that cavities would vanish if people rinsed acids from their mouths quickly. Tap water is all that's needed to do the job.
He also claims that bacteria cannot damage the tooth's hard outer enamel that is composed of calcium hydroxy phosphate. The proof is that bones and teeth are resistant to earth-bound organisms. After all, we've all seen pictures of skeletons that have been unearthed after hundreds of years with teeth still intact.
But why use soap to clean teeth? Judd says glycerine is present in all toothpastes and it's so sticky that it requires 27 washes to clean it off. This means that teeth remain coated with a film and cannot rebuild enamel. And if they're not clean, adenosine diphosphatase cannot provide phosphate to enamel.
His next point is what I wanted to hear. Brushing with soap destroys bacteria and viruses. No professor at The Harvard Medical School told me about that. Or that brushing with ordinary bar soap not only cleans teeth but also removes hard plaque stuck to the bottom of enamel.
Removing plaque from teeth is vital as it invades gums, separating them from teeth. This sets the stage for gingivitis, poorly anchored teeth and eventually possible loss of teeth. It's shocking that 25% of North Americans over age 43, and 42% of those over 65 years of age, have no teeth!
Dr. Judd also believes that the fluoridation of water and the use of fluoride toothpaste is a useless, dangerous biological poison. He says calcium fluoride seeps into enamel, making it weak and brittle, destroying 83 enzymes along with adenosine diphosphatase.
I couldn't agree more. Look at the warning on fluoride toothpaste. Parents are told to watch children under six years of age while they brush their teeth. To be safe, only a tiny amount of toothpaste is used, and none should be swallowed. That should tell you something! In 1974, a three-year old child had fluoride gel placed on his teeth. The hygienist handed him a glass of water but rather than rising out his mouth, he drank it. A few hours later, he was dead.
If fluoride toothpaste is the answer to dental decay, why is it that 98% of Europe is fluoride-free? Sweden, Germany, Norway, Holland, Denmark and France stopped using fluoridation 29 years ago. These are not backward, depressed nations.
The sole argument for fluoridation is that it reduces tooth decay. But several studies involving as many as 480,000 children found no beneficial evidence between fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities.
Dr. Hardy Limeback, Professor of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, says children under three should never use fluoridated toothpaste or drink fluoridated water, and mothers should never use Toronto tap water to prepare baby formula.
Will I practice what I've preached in this column? You bet, as I'm curious to know whether I can say goodbye to the dental hygienist who scrapes plaque off my teeth, not to mention the cost. The test will take three months and I'll report the result.
No doubt all hell from the dental profession will descend on me. This doesn't worry me. What does is that my dentist will read this column and keep a big rusty drill handy for my next appointment.
I use a muriatic acid mouthwash.
Woa! isn’t muriatic acid solution used to clean excess grout from tile! Sounds harsh.
ROFLMAO! That explains a lot! Did you think the bottle said, ‘cleans BRIDGEwork” when what it really said was, ‘cleans BRICKwork?’
The sizzle means its working.
As a side benefit: no more foul language.
You guys are on a roll..... LOL
I save money on razors by pounding the whiskers back in with a hammer.
As a side note, you'll probably want to use mint flavored toothpaste afterwards to get the horrible taste out of your mouth, which kinda defeats the purpose......
Dead skeletons + no toothpaste = teeth intact.
That can only mean one thing: while avoiding toothpaste will keep your teeth in your mouth, it will kill you.......
Baking soda and hydrogen proxide.
Are you suggesting maybe I should reconsider switching to soap for brushing?
Dr. Bronner’s castile soap was once popular toothpaste in some camps!
My hygienist is really cute. I usually eat about a half a bag of Oreo cookies right before I go in.
I always enjoyed reading the labels on Dr. Bronner's soaps :)
LOL. wben I was a kid, I knew two things about Ivory soap - that it floats, and what it tastes like.
Stephen Wright bump!
I brush/rinse my teeth with hydrogen peroxide. Great germ killer and mouthwash all in one. Very gentle, as well.
Bingo! Haven’t had a single cavity in twenty five years after starting that regimen. Peroxide kills the germs, baking sofa changes the pH making bacteria less likely to flourish.
“Baking soda and hydrogen proxide.”
I like that best, too.
Making it last awhile, eh?
No such luck on my end. My hygienist is more of a Cruella DeVille type.Then there’s the flossing lecture and the inevitable “oral cancer screening” upsell question.
Somebody’s gotta pay for the new Porsche Cayman!
Me, too! But now I see the slogan “One God, One Soap, One Buck” is no longer on them ...
Same here kitty! I have brushed my teeth with baking soda and gargled with hydrogen peroxide for years.
you made me laugh out loud - thanks!
My dentist likes it..
Two of the best products in the world.
You are so right.
I agree and it works.
What he doesn't tell you is that the kid was hit by a car.
If you want to use a soap product that does not taste so much like soap, try this:
They have flavored soap chips and flavored liquid soaps with a taste that I have found much more pleasant than using plain mild soap.
Now that is funny, I don’t care who you are....LOL
When I was in the 1st or 2nd grade I gave a kid on the playground 'the finger'(don't recall where I learned that at 6)
The teacher saw me and washed out my mouth with soap.
I complained she should wash my finger.. LOL
Guess the "doctor" isn't interested in providing a cite to this. I swear, this reads exactly like those stupid urban legends. Even if his thesis is correct, he degrades his argument with uncited anecdotes.
Is that you bro??
I’ve seen several posts extolling the virtues of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Are there any commercially available products that combine both? If not, what is the proper mix and regimen to follow?
Uh, don't most modern soaps have glycerin, as well? Why not just use baking soda, like they did in the old days?
As a side note, I did use toothpaste to brush my tongue and get the aftertaste out of my mouth but I was careful not to get any on my teeth.......LOL!
The tingle tells you it’s working..
Hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle, and baking soda. I’ve used it for years, not one new cavity in all that time. (Of course, I AM a habitual flosser...)
I just dip my brush into the peroxide bottle, then dip it into a little container of bicarb I keep in the medicine cabinet for the job. I use an electric toothbrush, and the combination is very satisfactory. Squeaky clean!
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