Homemade Toothpaste

I am a crazy tooth brusher. I brush with such force that my dentists have suggested first soft bristled brushes which I can destroy within a week and currently an electric toothbrush which is difficult to find here. I found an Oral B electric and have been using it for the past two years. It has to my astonishment cleaned my teeth to my satisfaction as well as allowing my gums to get back to where they belong. But over the years my teeth had become dingy. Sorry I love coffee and am not going to give it up, and with no teeth whitening strips available in this area, I turned to Colgate Triple Action. The tube shows blanco (white) as their second feature. I did not see a difference in the color of my teeth, plus it seemed to be really harsh on my gums.

Then I started to read things about fluoride and triclosan that is an additive in toothpaste and that made me cringe. At my age do I really need fluoride?  And what is triclosan? The bottom line is do I really need this in my toothpaste?  I don’t think so.

I have seen several articles on using organic turmeric and coconut oil as a tooth paste. I gave it a try and was very surprised at the color change in my teeth.  It does not irritate my gums – actually turmeric is anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, and is antimicrobial.  Whereas coconut oil is antibacterial, this combination is the dynamic duo as far as I am concerned.


  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of organic turmeric (Use Organic only or it yellows the teeth)
  • 1/4 cup of organic coconut oil
  • 10 drops of mint essential oil

Mix all ingredients together to form a thick paste and place in an airtight container. Brush as normal for about 2 minutes a few times a day.

img_3234If you try this let me know about your results, I really think my teeth are much whiter.



Clinica San Antonio, Portoviejo

I have gone into Portoviejo for dental issues for the past month. We were given this dentist’s name by our friend Jackie Ross. This woman is so gentle, calm and in my opinion she knows her business. I visited due to pain, awful pain when I ate, cold, hot, breathing even caused pain, could not bite on the one side of my mouth. I expected two root canals because that is what has happened in the past but she said NO, No necesito. It is totally because I just brush too hard and have moved the gum line away from the tooth, exposing some of the nerves. After the first treatment I could not believe the relief, I have had six appointments with the last yesterday. Total cost will be under $200 but the real good news is No Root Canals…..

As she was finishing up yesterday she told me that this work was guaranteed for a year. If I had any pain or discomfort to just come in and she would take care of it for me no charge..WHAT??? I almost cried, I love this woman!!!

I took some pictures of the facility. They even had some of their fees posted on one window. Could not believe these prices.

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This is Dra. Guillum’s office.  I am so sorry I failed to get photos of the staff.

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San Clemente Salud – Flu Shots Available through Nov. 30th

We found out last evening at Meiers that the Health Department had been around last weekend giving out the flu shots and we were missed. I called Patricia and asked her to find out if the Health Department (Salud) was giving the shots. She is such a doll and called me back within a few minutes and gave me the details.

We took a walk into town and found the clinic office, located one block from the Catholic Church at the entrance to San Clemente. We walked in and found that this clinic has two  doctors, one dentist and a nurse that work Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. This is the nurse and the two doctors:

We were given our shots within 5 minutes of coming into the office, handed a Flu Vaccination Card and were headed back home.

Flu shots will be given through Friday, Nov. 30 and they are free.

Very professional staff, she was the most gentle of the past several nurses that have administered flu shots. The cost for any resident of Ecuador to see any of the doctors is free.