REVIEW – Living Libations Natural Tooth Care Products
I’m excited to do this review of Living Libations Natural Tooth Care products.
I recently did a review of Nadine Artemis’ book, Holistic Dental Care (Nadine Artemis is the founder and innovator behind Living Libations). I learned so much from the book, that I was excited to apply what I learned to my daily dental care routine, plus try out the Living Libations Tooth Care product line.
The natural tooth care products I was using before Living Libations
I’ve been using natural tooth care products for the past ten years. I got interested in other approaches to dental care through my grandfather. You see, my grandfather lived to 103 years old, and he had perfect teeth (and was in perfect health). He did something very different to anyone I know. His entire life he brushed his teeth with a tooth brush and a bar of soap. He never used mainstream toothpaste. The last twenty years of his life, he also used a Waterpik in his daily tooth care routine.
About ten years ago I decided to follow my grandfather’s lead, but instead of using a bar of soap to brush my teeth, I used Toothsoap or Dr. Bronner’s Soap. I found it worked just as good as toothpaste to clean my teeth, minus the questionable ingredients in mainstream toothpaste that you’re warned not to swallow. I also found brushing my teeth with soap to be very gentle on my sensitive teeth and gums. The only drawback using soap to wash my teeth was it didn’t give me that fresh taste toothpaste does, and I found it to be quite drying like most toothpastes.
Over the last ten years of using soap to brush my teeth, I’ve also tried and experimented with other homemade toothpaste recipes and even some natural toothpaste products because as good as the soap was, I yearned for the fresh minty taste that I got from regular toothpaste. Unfortunately, for the most part, the recipes and products I tried either left me completely disappointed, or worse, some of the things I tried irritated my teeth and gums so much I could barely eat after using them.
Because of my bad experiences with natural toothpastes and DIY toothpaste recipes, I often shudder at the thought of trying any other natural tooth product again. I tend to just stick with the soap, or I have found brushing my teeth with coconut oil to also be effective and therapeutic, especially if my gums or teeth are feeling extra sensitive.
My love for Living Libations products
You all know how much I love Living Libations skin care products (read my reviews of some of my favourite Living Libations face and skin care products here and here). Some of you asked me to do a review of their tooth care line. Part of me was excited to do it, but another part of me was terrified – what if their products turned out to be as bad as everything else I’ve tried? Or worse, what if the products irritate my teeth and gums like all the other natural stuff?
Despite my fears, I went ahead and tried some of their tooth care products. After reading Nadine Artemis’ book Holistic Dental Care, I knew that her approach was all about being gentle on the teeth and gums, while at the same time, she strongly emphasizes the importance of thoroughly cleaning the teeth, mouth, and gums (which I like).
And yes, I was pleasantly surprised by the tooth care product range by Living Libations. In fact, they far excelled my expectations. I will go as far to say that I won’t ever return to using soap to brush my teeth, and I have now found safe and perfect tooth care products that does everything I want and more!
Happy Gums Clay Toothpaste
As I mentioned above, I’ve always had disastrous results using any tooth product or DIY toothpaste recipe that contains clay. The worst experience I had was a few years ago I made a well known blogger’s homemade toothpaste recipe made with clay that left my gums and mouth sore and swollen for over 2 weeks. The only way I could remedy the situation was brushing my teeth with coconut oil and gargling with salt water a few times a day. It was an awful experience and since then I won’t let any clay come near my mouth, or any coarse or abrasive material or ingredient.
So as you can imagine, I was nervous trying Living Libations Happy Gums Clay Toothpaste. Real nervous. Luckily, the clay didn’t irritate my gums or teeth, and the toothpaste has proven to be the best I have ever used.
It’s not only safe, natural, and an effective toothpaste, but best of all it doesn’t leave my mouth dry, and… it makes my mouth minty fresh!
Yes, minty fresh.
To get the most out of this product, it’s really important to follow Nadine Artemis’ tooth care protocol. I use very little of the tooth paste (the size of a tiny crumb!) on a dry tooth brush, and I LIGHTLY brush my teeth for a few minutes (I aim to brush my teeth for 3-5 minutes, as lightly as possible). Nadine Artemis emphasizes brushing lightly for longer, as opposed to brushing roughly or strongly for shorter periods of time (which is what most people do).
Following her protocol of how to brush my teeth more thoroughly and more gently, I do get a much deeper and efficient cleaning. I’ve tried using her technique of light brushing for longer periods of time with tooth soap and regular toothpaste, but it doesn’t work because you can’t have the soap or regular toothpaste in your mouth too long or it starts to burn, and leaves your mouth REALLY dry. But on the other hand, using Living Libations Happy Gums Clay Toothpaste doesn’t burn if you’re brushing your teeth for longer time, and as long as you don’t brush your teeth too roughly, it won’t irritate your teeth and gums either.
I have to say, I’ve been so pleased with this toothpaste, and my new brushing style as well. I’ve notice a significant decrease in tartar build up along my gum line (I’m prone to that), my teeth and mouth are much cleaner, and my gums feel much stronger (post pregnancy I’ve had very sensitive gums).
I just love how clean and fresh this product makes my mouth feel. This is the only product I have ever found that doesn’t make my mouth feel dry after cleaning, which is a huge plus.
Happy Gum Drops
I really love this stuff.
If you want to take flossing to the next level and really clean in between your teeth and maintain a healthy gum line – add Happy Gum Drops to your teeth cleaning routine.
Pretty much I use one drop of Happy Gum Drops on my dry tooth brush (with the Happy Gums Clay Toothpaste) to brush my teeth, and another drop on my dental floss (run one drop of Happy Gum Drops along the surface of your dental floss right before flossing your teeth).
Since starting to use Happy Gum Drops, I will never stop using it. I have used Living Libation Yogi Tooth Serum before, which can be used the same way as the Happy Gum Drops (put a drop on tooth brush and/or coat your dental floss with it), but the Yogi Tooth Serum is some seriously strong stuff! It has neem oil in it, which is strong in flavour and smell (and not necessarily minty fresh, more like earthy curry!). Neem has great anti-bacterial and medicinal properties, but for my mouth (and regular use), I much prefer the freshness of Happy Gum Drops, and I love it so much, I’ll never skip a use.
I also want to mention to those of you that have sensitive teeth – I would recommend brushing your teeth with coconut oil and one drop of Happy Gum Drops on a dry tooth brush. This for me is a great way to clean sensitive teeth and gums. It will leave your mouth fresh and clean, the essentials oils in Happy Gum Drops are anti-bacterial, and the combination of coconut oil and Happy Gum Drops is completely gentle and non-irritating.
I must mention as well, Living Libations sent me Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss, and oh my goodness, this is the best dental floss I’ve ever tried. It works great at breaking up tarter, it’s strong yet very soft, and it doesn’t shred, break, or fall apart when flossing. For best results, use it in conjunction with Happy Gum Drops.
Tooth Truth Powder Polish
If you are a regular green juice or green smoothie drinker like me, you need a tooth polish. If you are a coffee or tea drinker, you definitely need this tooth polish. Anyone that eats or drinks food that can stain or dull their teeth, would benefit from using Living Libations Tooth Truth Powder Polish.
This Tooth Truth Powder Polish is a fantastic tooth polish for brightening and whitening your teeth without using harsh chemicals or bleach.
Because I have sensitive teeth and gums, I only use it once a week. I find that’s all I need to keep my teeth shiny, bright, and white. Over time I’ve noticed my teeth getting even brighter, which is always a plus.
So far the tooth care products I have tried, Happy Gums Clay Toothpaste, Happy Gum Drops and Tooth Truth Powder Polish, makes taking care of my teeth a pleasure. It might sound kind of strange, but I actually look forward to my tooth care routine every morning and night! I guess when something is so good for you and you see and feel the results, you can’t help but get excited about it.
I strongly recommend Living Libations Tooth Care products, and I also recommend Nadine Artemis’ book Holistic Dental Care. If you want to take your tooth care protocol to the next level and enjoy healthy clean teeth, I strongly recommend following Nadine Artemis’ tooth care protocol (found in her book and website) and do give her tooth care products a try. You might end up like me, a total convert!
Product Links (click on the links below):
Happy Gums Clay Toothpaste
Happy Gum Drops
Tooth Truth Powder Polish
Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss
Holistic Dental Care book by Nadine Artemis: review and webpage
My other reviews of Living Libations skin care products: review 1, review 2
Living Libations (website)
Have you tried any of Living Libations tooth care products? If so, which ones, and which ones are your favourites? Post your comments below.
For more on my review of Living Libations Tooth Care products, watch today’s video below.