Maybe my lifelong obsession with candy and adulthood-long obsession with Sour Patch Kids are to blame, but I’ve always had what I call “weak teeth,” as evidenced by at least 15 cavities and one root canal I’ve accumulated in my lifetime (and those are conservative numbers). I’m a good brusher, and flosser, and water-picker, I swear! What can I say? Weak teeth.
So when my friend Mo, who usually texts me links to new arrivals at Zara that I absolutely do not need in my life but will 100% buy anyway, texted me a link to Uncle Harry’s Alkalizing Toothpaste with the directive to BUY IT RIGHT NOW, I didn’t hesitate to check it out on Amazon.
As if the all-natural formula of bentonite clay, colloidal silver water, sea salt, ionic minerals, mustard seed, and essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, wintergreen, and oregano wasn’t enough to convince me (I’m a sucker for essential oils), the Amazon reviews had me clicking “Add to Cart” within minutes. People are seriously claiming that this toothpastes REVERSES CAVITIES.
“I have been able to almost completely reverse the damage to my teeth in just one purchase... within just one purchase my teeth have already become whiter, stronger, almost impervious to heat, cold and accidental taps from my toothbrush or other hard objects (stuff like that used to hurt if I tapped the tooth in just the right weak spot with the right amount of force), and restored the enamel to their original pearly white. From this product I learned that the secret to regrowing enamel is that the teeth have to be saturated in the right environment--an alkaline one (among other things).”
“This stuff is amazing. I have been using it for around a month, since I noticed two cavities on my upper teeth. One of them is totally gone!”
“Literally repaired a developing cavity in a matter of two days (black spot completely gone and crater/hole filing back in).”
I was on the hunt for a good fluoride-free toothpaste anyway, after reading that fluoride could have been a culprit for my perioral dermatitis.
There are a few weird things about this formula. One, it comes in a jar, so you have to dip your toothbrush into the mixture, which feels a little gross but is totally safe. The essential oils in the formula kill bacteria, so you don’t have to worry about dipping your toothbrush in a germ-y jar day after day. Also, the texture is pretty gritty, and the taste is what I’d call “earthy” —not bad, but not great.
But after a week of using Uncle Harry’s, some plaque build-up behind my impossible-to-floss-between crooked bottom teeth was gone completely — something my dentists couldn’t even get rid of.
I can’t speak to the cavity part since I didn’t have any cavities to heal when I started brushing with Uncle Harry’s, but I love this stuff. Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegan, perfect for Goop-devotees and Celiac sufferers alike.