Friday, February 14, 2014

Propolis Toothpaste

When I was a tiny tot, I started suffering from horrible canker sores. These got progressively worse going into adulthood until I discovered a secret. My toothpaste was a major culprit behind the constant breakouts. More specifically, it was the sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) foaming agent that caused me so much pain.

I discovered this about 6 years ago when my dentist switched me to a special paste for remineralizing teeth. It was crazy expensive, but it did the job. It also reduced my canker sore outbreaks from 3 weeks out of the month to about 10 days.

Recently, my mom told me that she'd started using a propolis toothpaste and loved it. Intrigued, I read the ingredients list, but it contained the dreaded SLS, so I had to pass.

However, propolis' antibacterial/antiviral properties are supposed to do great things for one's oral health, so I decided to search for other propolis-based toothpastes. I found one without SLS on Amazon. It's manufactured by a company called by Holocuren.

Ingredients include:

  • Brazilian Propolis
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Natural Vegetable Glycerin
  • Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica
  • Calcium Glycerophosphate
  • Cellulose
  • Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Sweet Fennel, Spearmint, Cinnamon, Peppermint

So far, I have to say that I'm loving it! The essential oils give it a zippy flavor, and my teeth feel very clean afterward. Of course, my tongue is also slightly numb for a little while after brushing (the propolis, and cinnamon oil, too, I think, are natural analgesics). The best part is that I didn't even get a single canker sore this past month.

My DH is considering trying it out, but I've asked him to be careful since I've read that propolis can cause adverse reactions in people who have bee-sting allergies.

While my new toothpaste is on the pricey side (about $11-$12 per tube), it's about half the cost (per ounce) as the brand I had been using. In any case, I used to be in complete agony for about a week to ten days every month. $11 every few months or so seems a small price to pay for total relief.

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