Terramin Clay, due to it's remineralization and detoxification benefits, aids in strengthening teeth (remineralization) and healing gum disease (removal of toxic wastes, namely, bacteria.) Unfortunately, we were using it spasmodicly due to storage issues in the bathroom, so we kept abandoning it.
Well, finally in the last few weeks we have it sorted. I had some lovely, small sized Tupperware containers that fitted perfectly between our new toothbrush holders, as you can see in the photo above. I have one container for the children and one for my husband and I. You need to make sure that the brushes have been cleaned under running water before dipping them lightly into the clay, it only needs to be a little clay on the brush. When the children have finished brushing, I get them to spit once, but not to rinse their mouths with water, so that the clay residue stays in the mouth and continues working on the teeth, particularly in the nighttime brush, so there is still some clay in the mouth overnight.
Ran Knishnisky wrote in The Clay Cure, "the clay is absorbent, so it will not be abrasive, and it helps harden teeth enamel while it aids in gum tissue repair. Furthermore, if used regularly, it helps to prevent gum recession." The reason gum disease develops is the bacteria build up around the teeth. When brushing with Terrmain Clay it binds the bacteria to the clay particles and is removed.
Terramin Clay and it's ability to heal or prevent gum disease is well known. I have known of two cases personally where this has worked. Firstly my mother - she is someone who will not eat unless she can brush her teeth within 15mins afterwards. So if she goes on a long trip and forgets her toothbrush, she will not eat until she returns home. She has been like that since she was 18, no one can accuse her of not doing the very best with her teeth!
A few years back in one of her 6 monthly dental checkups she was horrified when informed the early beginnings of gum disease was present. This was the same diagnosis at the following 6monthly checkup. Three months before her third checkup, she started on the clay, not to brush her teeth with but drinking it in water, twice a day, a tsp each time. When she went for her next checkup the dentist informed her that her gums were fine again. My mother knew it was the clay that was the only different thing in her life.
The second case is a lady who had mentioned a relative had serious gum disease and had been told that all his teeth had to be removed because of it. She was looking for any possible product that might help in a last minute effort to stop the loss of teeth. I mentioned the clay and it's benefits with teeth. The lady bought the clay off me (as I was at the time, an Australian distributor) and said she would get her relative to try it. I didn't hear from her until a year later when I received an email from her. She said that she was wanting to buy more and that a friend was also interested - the reason? - the clay had completely reversed her relative's gum disease, as advanced as it was, and the teeth were saved.
I have at present a friend who is trying it, she wears a plate in her mouth and where the wires are rubbing against a tooth, she has a badly recessed gumline. She has used it only for a few weeks and already it has closed in by half, she has high hopes it will completely resolve in time.
So you would think with all those personal stories I would have used it faithfully with the family all these years...the trouble is, the practial issues of storage and how to use it in a sanitary manner are all important in a big, busy family and so life can pass by and you realise you are not using it daily.
Our family have had alot of dental work in the last few weeks, it is a big wake up call to us. One child has particularly chalky teeth which need to be seen by the dentist 3 monthly from now on. So we have become faithful to the use of the clay now that we have the practical issues sorted, I will definately update again if we find that our teeth have improved with our new regime.
I just had to add one of the funniest dentists skits I know, Tim Conway (a practising Catholic BTW) is brilliant, so have a good laugh!