Party Games and Dentistry

Let’s play a game.  It’s called: Consider the Ingredients Rachel Uses to Brush Her Teeth and Guess Whether She Got a Talking To at the Dentist on Monday.

This is one of my favorite games to play.  In fact, it is second only to Consider the Ingredients Rachel Used on Her Hair the Past Four Months and Guess How Many Washes She Gets at the Hairdresser.  This kind of brain teaser can be a boatload of fun, and I frequently use these two as party games or polite dinner conversation.

Most of you probably know the answer to the hair game (if you don’t know, find the answer HERE).  But if you’re looking for some new fodder for your next dinner party, listen up, and I’ll teach you how to play the toothpaste game.

Step One: Consider the ingredients.

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Hyrdrogen Peroxide
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Spearmint Essential Oil

Step Two: Guess Whether I Got a Talking To at the Dentist

  1. Yes
  2. No

(Seeing as you only have two options, this game takes, at most, 5 minutes, even with the large crowd it will likely garner.)

SPOILER ALERT – The answer is “no.”  Now that answer may surprise you, if you are not familiar with the studies of Dr. Paul Keyes, American dentist and founder of the International Dental Hygiene Foundation.  Keyes advocates the use of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as toothpaste.

As my dentist, Dr. Appelbaum, explained, the “natural” brushing technique is not ineffective, and it certainly will not hurt your teeth.  In fact, he said, if you peruse a natural toothpaste aisle, you’ll likely find baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on most ingredient lists.  However, my dentist said this natural method is not something he would recommend over traditional toothpastes.

In the end, he noted that my teeth are clean, healthy and unscathed from the homemade treatments.  So I made it through nearly five months of homemade toothpaste without getting dentures!  Point: Rachel!

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5 thoughts on “Party Games and Dentistry

    • Sometimes I wonder what Anne would have to say on MNM’s behalf….she would probably chide me for lack of imagination in my post titles! After all, they are rarely romantic!

  1. Great post!!
    There seems to be a “but” from Dr. Applebaum?? Why doesn’t he recommend MNM natural past over traditional brands??

    • You know, I’m not completely sure why he doesn’t. I suppose I should have asked…perhaps if he (or another dentist) reads this, he will give us a clue! He told me that studies have shown the “natural” method to be effective, but not superior to chemical brands.

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