I realize that I’m skating on fairly thin ice with Mother Nature right now. At any given moment, she’s going to tell me that if I think she was put on this Earth to make my life easier, then I’ve got another think coming.
However, I must address the elephant in the room: I have a canker sore. You know – one of those annoying little bumps on the inside of your mouth that makes it almost impossible to carry on. Apparently, some people are more prone to these little buggers than others, and sometimes the cause can be linked to a parent who is also prone. The tiny bumps are not harmful, and you barely even know that they’re there, unless of course you’re one of those people who like to talk and eat and brush their teeth – otherwise, you won’t even know they’re there.
If you happen to be one of the unfortunates among us who is prone to canker sores, then what I have to say could be disturbing. I have been dealing with a particularly painful and incredibly hardy bump on the tip of my tongue for almost a week now. (If you’re not one of the unfortunates, then just assume that I said I sliced the tip of my tongue open with a razor blade.)
But what does any of this have to do with Mother Nature? Well, I have it on good authority that one of the causes of canker sores is toothpaste. No, I did not make that up to give my all natural cause a boost (even though it really needs one, since the only thing I’ve got working 100% is my deodorant, and even that has had some sweat breakthroughs recently). Apparently, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS, which is found in most traditional brands of toothpaste, is a highly abrasive detergent and can lead to canker sores.
So here I am – several weeks into brushing my teeth with natural SLS-free toothpaste that tastes like a gulp of theAtlantic– and I’ve got a canker sore! What gives, Mother Nature? Oh, that’s right – I’m not brushing my teeth with a twig, so I’m not completely natural yet. Well, then I’ll have to suffer, because I’m not quite ready to go there.
Not to mention, based on my calculations, I’m paying about the same amount to get canker sores with natural toothpaste as I did with traditional toothpaste. Seriously, Mother Nature – can you not do me a solid once in a while? (To which she likely responds: “I haven’t made your hair fall out yet, have I?” Cue an evil laugh.)
I spend about $0.36/oz on natural toothpaste and about $0.34/oz on traditional toothpaste.
- Crest Regular Paste (8.2 oz) – $2.78
- TOTAL (8.2 oz) – $2.78
- Coconut oil (16 oz) – $12.19
- Hydrogen Peroxide (16oz) – $0.69
- Baking Soda (16 oz) – $0.54
- Peppermint Extract (1 oz) – $4.19
- TOTAL (49 oz) – $17.61
Perhaps it just takes a little while for one’s mouth to adjust to a non-SLS lifestyle and one will still suffer from sores during the transition period; I will keep tabs on that. Of course, one of the other causes of canker sores is stress, and we all know how my stress works now that I’ve gone all-natural: From the hair down. So once again, we’re back to the same old foolproof solution that could cure all my natural woes. I just need to chop my hair off.