Another title for this blog post might be “My Body, My Lab.” I’m always trying out things to see what results I get. How else would I be able to speak to my clients and friends about what they might expect from various products? Plus – I’m just plain curious about things. I should post a picture of my bathroom cupboard – you’ll see 3 electric toothbrushes, about 6 different types of manual toothbrushes and maybe about 8 different toothpastes.
My latest tooth brushing“experiment” was inspired by a speaker at the Dental Convention in January. He’s a Periodontist, Researcher, and Inventor. He showed us a slide of two petri dishes, both having a nice thick layer of Strep Mutans (a common nasty oral bacteria) grown on them. Both dishes had little discs of plastic dropped onto the suspension, but the plastic discs in Dish 2 were dipped in Probiotics first. Those discs each had a “halo of inhibition” around them – an area where the bacteria just backed away from the disc.
My brain lost no time at all deciding that when I got home, I was going to do a little self-experiment and brush my teeth with…….plain yogurt!! Which I did. I had some Greek yogurt in the fridge and decided it would do. This is referred to as “off-label” use – using a product for other than for which it was intended.
The results were pretty amazing. I felt like I’d just had my teeth professionally cleaned. And that clean feeling lasted a good 6 hours or so, even after a meal. The only problem with it: yogurt is on the acidic side and my teeth are sensitive to acidic things, so after a few hours, my teeth were hurting. (Don’t try this at home; remember, I’m a trained professional. :-))
A few days later, I brushed my teeth with yogurt again – I put a tiny amount in a dish on the counter-top so it would come to room temperature first as my teeth are also sensitive to cold. This time, I followed the brushing with a rinse of a little baking soda in water, since baking soda is very basic and nullified the acidity of the yogurt. Plus, being a salt product, it draws inflammation from tissue and that’s nice too.
In the past, I’ve tried out various Probiotic Toothpastes and was not all that impressed. They worked OK as I recall, but there were issues with them. One product separated in the tube; another was so difficult to squeeze out of the tube, I wanted to stand on it to squeeze it out. And they were expensive – about $30 each! I love the convenience of having it in a tube, easy to use, but sometimes I’d rather take a 1/4 teaspoon of plain yogurt out of my refrigerator than spend $30 on a tube of toothpaste. But that’s just me.
As I mentioned, the Convention speaker is also an Inventor. He’s working on a Probiotic Toothpaste and Rinse, which will be available soon, and may even be available now, in Dental Hygiene and Dental offices only, and hopefully at a reasonable price point. I, of course, will experiment with it on myself first – then I’ll let you know what you can expect – so stay tuned!
(This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or disease. Please seek appropriate Medical and/or Dental care regarding the use of products you are not familiar with.)