You may remember my post What is Perioral Dermatitis? And some of my tips on curing this condition. Switching to fluoride free toothpaste was one of the many things I did to help the skin around my mouth. At first I was horrified at the thought, but then I got real and asked a dentist. Switching to natural toothpaste was easy in the end however finding natural deodorant that works was slightly harder. What did I learn during this process? That research counts, amongst other things. Read on to find out.
When I was really sick, I was forced to look at every aspect of my life in order to pinpoint things that were contributing to my health issues. Sometimes, when we have a problem, we are so caught up in a quick fix we ignore things that could help us. We are so emotional, problems that are easily picked up normally fall by the way side. Regular readers would know that my learnings from being really sick and having pustular acne helped when I had to deal with perioral dermatitis.
No matter how good your diet is, how much you ace your skincare & personal care routine and how relaxed you think you are, there are many other factors you can look at when you have to solve a health issue.
Change the Order that You Do Things in the Bathroom for Relief
My dermatologist suggested that I change my routine in the bathroom in order to help my perioral dermatitis. The same could be said of other conditions too. Got eczema? Maybe you need to look at everything you use? Do you brush with fluoride toothpaste? Do you use products that contain SLS? Do you wash your hair with something that triggers it? Do you brush your teeth before you wash your face? My dermatologist said that I should brush my teeth before I washed my face. Well I took that one step further. I wondered if I could change my toothpaste altogether and whether that would have an impact?
Fluoride Free Toothpaste to Cure Skin Conditions
Now I am not sure about you, but I am pretty picky when it comes to my teeth. I make sure I visit the dentist every 6 months and had always had fluoride treatments because fluoride is totally necessary for cleaning your teeth properly right? The more and more I did research on fluoride and how some officials were adamant that it was poison sort of got me thinking about it. I googled perioral dermatitis and fluoride and got results suggesting that fluoride made the condition worse. Sure people use natural toothpaste, but does it actually clean your teeth. I had to ring my dentist… I was worried I would end up with cavities.
As long as you brush with something abrasive properly, the medium you use and its ingredients doesn’t really matter. So fluoride isn’t necessary for cleaning your teeth? I was told that there was more than enough fluoride in our water system in Australia and the concentration of fluoride in toothpaste was unnecessary. So why was I told to use fluoride toothpaste when I was younger? And why do we get fluoride treatments at the dentist? I suppose you could say that toothpaste companies and dentists are promoting fluoride use for monetary gain. But then why doesn’t my dentist give his patients a choice to get a treatment or not?
In 2010, the Journal of the American Dental Association published a study1 that once again found, contrary to what most people have been told: fluoride is actually bad for your teeth. The study showed increased fluorosis risk among infants who were fed infant formula reconstituted with fluoride-containing water, as well as for those using fluoridated toothpastes.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also followed suit, warning on their Community Water Fluoridation page that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase the chance of a child developing enamel fluorosis. They also state:
"In children younger than 8 years of age, combined fluoride exposure from all sources-water, food, toothpaste, mouth rinse, or other products-contributes to enamel fluorosis."
What’s enamel fluorosis? Dental fluorosis (also termed mottled enamel) is an extremely common disorder, characterized by hypomineralization of tooth enamel caused by ingestion of excessive fluoride during enamelformation. ... In moderate to severe fluorosis, teeth are physically damaged.
Using Natural or Organic Toothpaste
Oh yeah. I have that. Great. So I stopped using fluoride toothpaste. And my teeth are ok so far. AND my perioral dermatitis is in remission! I have been using a natural toothpaste by a company called Red Seal for about a year and a half now. I also buy a brand called Alfree. Natural toothbrushes? So far I haven't found one that has soft enough bristles. If you have a recommendation, please feel free to leave a comment.
Will I Smell Using Natural Deodorant?
On a high from all this research, I thought about what else I could change. Another thing that freaked me out was all the chemicals I was putting under my arms using antiperspirant deodorant… But wouldn’t I smell if I didn't use antiperspirant?
Antiperspirant doesn’t prevent you from sweating altogether — it reduces sweat by 20 to 30 percent depending on the strength — and even if our bodies absorb a very small amount of aluminum from antiperspirants, there’s no scientific evidence that it increases breast-cancer risk, says Harold J. Burstein, M.D., Ph.D., a senior physician of breast oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
But I decided I use a lot of natural stuff, so why not try natural deodorant. I did a lot of research on the subject and came up with a good alternative that I would need to buy on Amazon. Enter Freedom Natural Deodorant, an American brand that had awesome reviews. It wasn’t so hard for me to switch to a natural stick deodorant because I have always used roll on deodorant. I feel they last longer than sprays and are better value for money.
So far so good. I will say that the natural deodorant lets you sweat more. So in high stress or high exercise situations you feel more wet; however that disappears pretty quickly. You are left with no smell once your sweat dries. I have done high intensity bootcamps and asked my fellow bootcampers to smell me to make sure I wasn’t smelling of BO. I got the all clear from them!