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Tooth Soap Review

January 25, 2012

Tooth-Soap

I’ve been playing around for a while with which toothpaste to use. At first I used a fluoride-free and SLS-free toothpaste by JASON. I then experimented with not using any paste at all. Even some dentists say that all you need to clean your teeth is the mechanical action of the toothbrush, and that the toothpaste is just there to make tooth brushing a more pleasant experience. Although I love the concept of ditching toothpaste, my teeth didn’t feel or look clean. So it was back to the natural toothpaste.

I wasn’t, however, able to find a toothpaste that didn’t have glycerin. Glycerin is said to coat your teeth, thereby stopping the natural re-mineralization process. So I decided to try Tooth Soap, which I had been curious about for a while. I’ve been using it for almost a month now, and I’m quite happy with it.

My concern prior to ordering Tooth Soap was that glycerin is usually a natural by-product of the soap making process, so why would Tooth Soap be any better than the glycerin-containing toothpaste I was using? In all my googling, the best answer I could find was that toothpastes have added glycerin, whereas the glycerin in soap is natural. That and it may be possible to remove some of the glycerin byproduct in the process of making the soap. I wasn’t convinced either way, but figured I should just try it and see for myself.

Tooth soap comes in 4 forms: shreds, whip, gel, and liquid. I ordered the Tooth Soap shreds which simply seemed most natural to me, and had the fewest ingredients (it also comes in a whip, gel, or liquid). Also, I chose the Plain Jane ones without any essential oils. I figured that trying the original product without any flavours might give me the most objective idea of whether I like it.

Ingredients: Saponified Olea europaea (organic extra virgin olive oil) and cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil), spring water.

Honestly, seeing a product with so few ingredients makes me happy. And then it makes me wonder why I need to pay so much for it, and if I can just make it myself, but that’s another story :P

The shreds come in a little 4 oz amber jar, and are manufactured in the US in a gluten-free facility. On the Tooth Soap website, one jar currently costs $24.95 plus shipping. When I ordered they had a $10 off coupon and free shipping. If you’re from Canada, I’d recommend ordering via Amazon, as Tooth Soap’s free shipping took about 6 weeks.

The instructions for the shreds are to take one shred, place it on a back molar and bite down to secure it in place. Brush that molar with a wet toothbrush to create soapy foam. You then brush your teeth as per usual. If the shred is really long, I actually pinch it in half and save the other half for next time to try to make the jar last longer. You don’t need very much to create a lot of foam. One jar is said to last 2-3 months.

My first time using these shreds was not fun. I very much wanted to stop and just rinse out my mouth. I now have a very clear understanding of why parents threaten to rinse their kids’ mouths out with water. It wasn’t pleasant. My mouth also felt a little like it was burning. But after a few times, I got completely used to the taste and no longer feel a burning sensation.

As for the results? My teeth have never felt or looked cleaner. I don’t remember my teeth ever being this shiny and clean, not even when I used regular commercial toothpastes. This stuff definitely works.

So although I would still like an answer to my question about glycerin in toothpaste vs. tooth soap, the proof for me is in the pudding. I figure if my teeth feel so incredibly clean, it must be doing something right.

There is another niggling little question on my mind. And that is, are our teeth supposed to be this clean?? In other words, does Tooth Soap work too well? :P I remember reading in Weston Price’s book that some people didn’t brush their teeth at all and their teeth were covered with a “thin film of green slime”. Yet, they had no cavities. I don’t use soap on my body, should I be using it on my teeth? I don’t know the answer to this, and would love to hear people’s thoughts. In the meantime, I figure, if the goal is to clean my teeth, then I may as well use what’s a) natural and b) effective. Tooth Soap is both.

Have you tried Tooth Soap?

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Chava January 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Tooth Soap rocks! I’ve been using it for years. Great blog!

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[email protected] January 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Yah I’m really glad I finally tried it!

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Alyssa May 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Great post! I would also like to know about the glycerin though. I’ve had such a hard time figuring out a dental regimen! First I used Kiss My Face toothpaste, fluoride/SLS free, and found out it had glycerin. Then I used Eco-Dent tooth powder and found out it had hydrated silica, which is very abrasive. Then I tried baking soda, but that burns my mouth. Currently I’m considering trying Essential Oxygen mouth rinse as a toothpaste, which is basically 1% hydrogen peroxide, aloe, and essential oils. But I’m not sure about how hydrogen peroxide affects tooth remineralization and health, so I’m not completely comfortable with that. I’m also considering trying tooth soap (I’ve heard of people using Dr. Bronners castille soap?), but like you, am uncomfortable with the glycerin.

So anyways, I’m still searching and experimenting! I’d love to hear an update on your tooth health now (: Also, what’s the difference between a soap like Dr. Bronner’s and the tooth soap you bought? It seems so expensive!

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[email protected] May 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Hey Alyssa,

I feel your pain about finding the perfect dental regimen!

I’m also weary of using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide – I’ve considered both, but I don’t really feel comfortable about either.

As far as an update on my tooth health? Well, I don’t know about the health part, but my teeth feel/look pretty darn clean with the tooth soap. I’ve been happy with it and plan on ordering another jar. I agree that it’s expensive, and will try to wait for one of their deals (sometimes they have free shipping or a 2 for 1).

I compared the ingredients of Dr. Bronner’s: Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
And Tooth Soap: Saponified Olea europaea (organic extra virgin olive oil) and cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil), spring water.

The only problem I’d see with Dr. Bronner’s would be the sodium hydroxide, but they say: “None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin”. Other than that it seems okay. Although I do really like how few ingredients the Tooth Soap has – the fewer the better. Also, it really is convenient to have the soap shredded. I guess you could just run your toothbrush over the bar, but then there’s issues of hygiene/bacteria. I don’t use very many cosmetics, so I can rationalize this slight splurge on tooth soap (plus it lasts a long time).

Oh, and I stopped oil pulling. I wasn’t seeing any benefits – especially after I started using the tooth soap which got my teeth really clean. That’s not to negate other people’s great experiences with teeth pulling, I just simply didn’t notice any myself and found the process tedious.

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AriesWarlock August 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

The level on eco-dent toothpowder says low abrasity, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

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AriesWarlock August 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM

I am trying tooth soap from roseofsharonacres.com since they have a variety with neem tree bark and xylitol. My teeth definitely felt clean and without that glycerine feel.
Sometimes they have sales on their facebook page, so you should check it out.

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alebo January 13, 2013 at 2:08 AM

“ingredients: Saponified Olea europaea (organic extra virgin olive oil)”

Points stated in the next paragraph
1) As you probably know, Glycerin (or glycerol, same thing) is not a problem and is also in the tooth soap you suggested.
2) Tooth soap is overly priced castile soap

A “saponified” oil is an oil turned into soap. As you yourself stated, soap naturally includes glycerin because of this process. The specific type of soap youre using has a common name of castile soap: soap made from olive oil with added cocconut oil for consistency.

1) http://chemistry.about.com/library/weekly/blsapon.htm
2) http://frugalberry.com/how-to-make-castile-soap/

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