Going Hard On My Oral/Dental-Care Regimen


Seduction and a decent set of teeth should go hand in hand…though not a prerequisite.

I cherish my teeth, but I don’t do enough to care for them.

Over the past year, I’ve been experiencing some tooth-enamel issues and brittleness on the inner surface of my lower teeth.

Simply brushing 3 times a day [as I do] and flossing religiously [as I do], just doesn’t seem to cut it for me.

It is for this reason I am now ramping up by regimen by embarking on a tooth-restoration regimen [re-mineralization] starting from today.

Personally, I am very paranoid at the thought of losing teeth. Such paranoia has always spurred me to action.

Presently though, I have all my natural teeth and never had an issue with loose and shaky teeth to date.

I’m grateful for that.

Being a candy, sweets and junk-food fanatic, I’m actually surprised that I even have a teeth left. 😉 😉 😆

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At the supermarket salivating over these cookies

Credits to my already well-exercised practice of rinsing after every drink and meal, I’m able to ward off lots of unwanted-dental issues such as cavities and toothaches [I’ve never had a toothache as an adult].

Ok, I have no business giving tips on oral care, but I’ll share a few pointers which I’ve been adamantly adhering to over the past 12 + months.

I drink a fair amount of coffee.

As you would’ve known, coffee and some tea, are notorious for the discoloration [browning] of the teeth.

Now, I don’t have pearly whites, but I neither have discolored and stained teeth from drinking coffee and tea.

My secret?

I simply rinse my mouth with plain water after every cup I drink.

Not an hour later. But 60 seconds after taking the last swig of Joe.

I do the very same exercise after I drink anything [except water]: coffee, tea, juice, koolaid, beers, etc.

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Post-breakfast snack

Primary reason is to rinse away the sugars, which help to erode teeth by attracting bacteria which attach themselves to the residual sugar from foods and juices.

Apart from rinsing immediately with plain water after every drink, every now and then, I would pop a sugar-less gum which also serves the same purpose to rinse away residual sugars.

As someone who downs more soda than a fat kid at a picnic, this regimen has been a lifesaver…or teeth-saver to be more precise.

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Green crush soda alongside an Apple Vodka cocktail

On an ordinary day, I usually drink 3 bottles of soda [breakfast, lunch and dinner]…just so you know. 😯

The acids and ridiculous amounts of sugar in soda, do a great job at eroding teeth.

Simply rinsing after every drink is a great solution.

Therefore, it isn’t that you shouldn’t drink sodas anymore. Only that you should ensure that you take post measures to rinse or chew a sugar-free gum afterwards.

Chewing Hard Candies, Hard Foods And Crunchy Stuff

This is a practice that I’ve since cut out over a year ago [wantonly chewing].

Chewing and biting down on hard stuff, as you could imagine, can potentially chip and fracture a tooth…or more than 1.

I used to eat popcorn like a fowl.

The un-popped kernels would sometimes get stuck in my teeth from how hard I would clamp down on those suckers.

I used to do the same with ice.

Those things I do no more…thanks to an article I’d read over a year ago which spoke about fractured teeth due to chewing down on hard and crunchy stuff such as ice, popcorn, hard candies, corn chips and so forth.

Therefore, if you’re having issues with loose or cracked teeth, it may very well be the stuff you eat and chew down on as I mentioned above.

Since I do still enjoy eating the above-mentioned stuff [like corn chips], I actually avoid crunching down on them hard. Instead I gently chew.

As for chewy stuff that get stuck in teeth [such as gummy and soft candies], I simply don’t chew them at all whenever I do eat them…which is often.

Chewy-chocolate bars, whenever I do eat 1 (which is also often), if I can’t brush right afterwards as when I’m on the road, I would buy a stick of gum to chew on in order to get the molten-carmel gunk and peanuts bits out of the molar teeth.

It’s all about taking immediate steps and precautionary measures before and after the fact.

I’m not a proponent of ‘quitting certain foods’.

I’m a believer in eating whatever the hell you want.

Doing so isn’t the problem.

It is actually what you do afterwards (or fail to do) that will determine what happens.

In the meantime, to treat my brittle-teeth issues, I will start to rinse with natural-sea salt, at least twice a week.

It is said that sea salt helps to harden and calcify the teeth, and it is commonly used in China for centuries as an oral-care remedy.

Living literally 100 yards from the lagoon seashore on the island, I decided to scoop me up a bottle of sea water.

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Scooping up a bottle of sea water in the lagoon

It works just as great as the raw-sea salt diluted in water…which is the same thing here in essence.

Then there’s a tree called Moringa, dubbed “The Tree of Life”, which is native to Africa and Asia…however found in the Caribbean, Central and South America also.

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Organic Moringa

It is said to cure everything: from cancers, HIV, diabetes, balding, graying to simple aches and pains.

This thing is well sought after by scientists, chemists and those in the pharmaceutical and medicinal industries.

It is said to have 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges, 4 times the VA of carrots, 4 times the calcium of milk, etc, etc, etc.

It is also said to be able to purify unclean water INSTANTLY by simply dropping 1 of it’s pods into the contaminated water [this technique is used throughout Africa to purify water].

I picked me a small branch yesterday whereas to eat raw throughout the day.

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Few small branches I’d picked on the road last night

The entire tree: its stalks, buds, branches, barks, leaves and rowed seeds, can be eaten as is, brewed as a tea or grounded into a powder.

The tea has been drunk in India for over 4,000 years as a medicine. So why not try it?

My aim here is to hopefully halt, reverse and or cure the brittling issues I’ve been having with my teeth over the past 12 months.

We’ll see how it goes.

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  1. Personally I wouldn’t use salt for teeth. This is my opinion I am no expert on teeth. It’s probably too harsh for your teeth. Good for the throat infection and body soaks for sure.

    Get rid of soda it was designed in the lab. It’s a good cleaning agent. Replace it with fruit and honey. I also heard that coffee screws up with your nervous system.

    I agree after eating fruit or meal it’s best to rinse your mouth with water.

    For teeth re mineralization look into “oil pulling”. This is where you swish oil in your mouth for say 25min and then rinse. You can use organic sunflower seed oil or coconut oil.

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    1. Thanks for those tips.

      It was just last night that I came across an article about salt being too harsh for teeth. I’m getting a lot of conflicting info on that. Some sources say it’s a great cleaner of teeth but it’s just too harsh. So what I’m actually thinking, it is the duration or how long and often you would use it that may be an issue. Once a week rinse with it, might be safe?

      I’m addicted to soda, so that will always be a challenging one. Since I’m unable to cut it out [poor restraining power there], I ensure I rinse immediately after.

      I was checking out some videos on oil pulling the other day. The name seems so misleading since it’s just rinsing. It is the oil to use that I’m actually trying to decide on. I’m actually wondering if coconut milk could work as a substitute for coconut oil for oil pulling? I have a whole tin of coconut milk and don’t know what to use it for. I would like your take on that as a substitute for coconut oil.

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      1. You are welcome!

        Yes there are a lot of conflicting views I agree. Probably some is done intentionally to mislead people. My grandmother used to tell me to put some salt on my toothbrush and clean my teeth. Maybe they didn’t have toothpaste back than so they used that as substitute. Maybe it’s o.k to clean sometimes maybe once in few months but I really don’t know. But I wouldn’t rinse with salt like every day. Salt is very strong in my opinion.

        Try diluting soda with water and see how it works for you. Start with adding a little bit of water and gradually increasing.

        The oil I am using at the moment is organic sunflower oil, later I might try with coconut oil. No coconut milk, it has to be oil.

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        1. Thanks for the tips bro. I’m skeptical of salt too being it’s so harsh. For an everyday use, I would fear to use it.
          Even mouth wash that has alcohol in it, I’m afraid of it. I used to use mouth wash religiously and still have a bottle left. I’m just wondering what to do with it since I’m afraid to use it due to the alcohol. Unless I would rinse with plain water after using the Listerine. But that would be like defeating the purpose…I guess.

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  2. It’s good that you are not using Listerine anymore. I wouldn’t too. If you noticed when using it it dries up your mouth. When the mouth is dry there is no saliva, and you need saliva to protect your teeth.

    Clean your windows with it maybe. 😉

    Was thinking yesterday, look into Kombucha to replace your soda.

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