Peppersmith mints – for more discerning fresh breath


It’s been a while since I wrote about Peppersmith.

At the time I remember reporting that we swallow 75% of our chewing gum.

…So it’s worth eating something made from natural ingredients.

That’s where Peppersmith come in. Not only are all their ingredients natural (natural chicle and xylitol replaces plastic gum and sugars), they’re vegan as well.

Best of all the flavours are pretty appealing too… (lemon and peppermint anyone?)

Toothpaste – do you know what you’re putting in your mouth?

When you put toothpaste in your mouth do you really know what you’re putting in? Or when you use deodorant do you know what’s going on your skin?

That’s why I like natural based products with nothing artificial in them. Tom’s of Maine have been making hygiene items since the 1970s.

The thing I like about Tom’s of Maine is that their website explains each and every ingredient so you can see exactly what you’re getting – much like we do at GoodnessDirect – but with greater scientific detail.

Tom's of Maine
Webshot from Tom's of Maine

Each item has a list of ingredients and if you click through there’s a layman’s explanation of what the ingredient is…

Close up of webshot
Close up of webshot

They’ll also tell what the ingredient is for, where’s it’s come from, if there are any alternatives and what the risks might be. That’s pretty impressive.

Tom’s also have a great commitment to sustainability, they aim to keep their products affordable and their ethics animal friendly.

If you’d like to find out more about the Tom’s of Maine values, visit their YouTube Channel.

Want to conceive? Try flossing…

“Wear loose underwear”
“Stand on your head after sex”
“Only pull the plug after you get out of a bath!”

Of all the crazy tips for conceiving a baby, you wouldn’t expect flossing to be one of them…

But, experts say that gum disease can delay a pregnancy in the same way obesity would.

Periodontal disease, as gum disease is properly named, has previously been linked with poor sperm quality and miscarriages. It basically means that an infection has got into your gums and is causing inflammation in your body. Apparently, around 10% of people in the UK have a bad infection.

The signs include unexplained gum bleeds, pain, redness or swelling, pus, loose or over-exposed teeth and bad breath. It is said that gum disease is likely to delay chances of getting pregnant by about 2 months.

Flossing, of course, keeps your gums clean and protects them from the build up of bacteria – which is why is can be added to the list of strange fertility advice which is actually true!

So, if you are trying to conceive, a visit to your local dentist may become a necessity.

You eat 75% of your chewing gum. What’s in it?

Did you know that when you finish with your chewing gum it is one 1/4 of the size you started with?

That means you eat 75% of it… but what are you eating?

The same stuff that gets made into the tyres on your car: synthetic polymers. A lot of gum uses unnatural ingredients for its base.

Peppersmith doesn’t. This intriguing little company have taken gum back to before the dirty days of putting plastic in your food. Instead, they use chicle, a natural and sustainable rainforest gum, which all gum used to be made from.

A chewing gum with no artificial ingredients
A chewing gum with no artificial ingredients

They also use high quality Black Mitcham Peppermint grown in Hampshire, and wood sugar taken from beech trees. There’s no artificial flavours, colours, preservatives or anything, and especially not aspartame. (The gum is also vegetarian, gluten-free, and good for diabetics and it’s made in a nut-free environment.)

The result? The dentists like it because wood sugar (xylitol) actively fights plaque and the public love it because of the quality of the peppermint.

Plus, each box comes with these dainty little papers so that you can wrap your chewing gum up once you’ve finished with it, leaving you to conscientiously dispose of the other 25%.

How often do you floss your teeth? Take our survey

Do you floss?

(Why does this always sound like a chat-up line?)

I’ve arranged a poll. The reason is that I’ve got some AloeDent Dental Floss in front of me and I can’t really speak about it from experience.

Probably because I’ve flossed about 3 times in my life. I’ve just never got into the habit. I know that they say it’s a good idea for preventing heart disease (FACT) and that it’s going to help if I feel romantic, but somehow flossing just doesn’t do it for me.

So I’ve arranged a poll to ask your opinion. This floss, by the way, is going to be better for you because it has natural ingredients in it like Aloe Vera (a medicinal plant) and Beeswax.

Here’s the poll…

Why do you need Prebiotics? And other musings…

Why do you need Prebiotics?

They cultivate good bacteria in your gut and kill off the bad ones. A healthy balance of good bacteria means you’ll have a better immune system, absorb nutrients more efficiently (especially calcium), and improve your bowel health.

Why do we need Calcium?

We all know that calcium is good for the bones. It is also essential for your metabolism and muscles, it protects your heart and improves premenstrual moods. Too little calcium and your body can soon be in a mess, but if you overdose on it you won’t absorb nutrients properly.

Why do we need Cranberries?

Cranberries inhibit bacteria at work in your body and helps reduce inflammation. The knock on effect has been linked to heart health, kidney stones, urinary health, gum disease and cancer.

Why do you need Flaxseed?

For Omega 3 apart from anything else. It has been found to have an impact on the symptoms of arthritis, colitis, cancer, heart disease and even acne. Flaxseed helps your hormone levels and is a natural way to normalize the menstrual cycle, manage menopause, and lower the risk of osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease.

How can you get them?

Calciflax is a new food supplement from Lifestream which is 100% natural and has Calcium, Flaxseed, Prebiotics and Cranberries in it. It is ethically made and can easily be added to cereals or smoothies, yoghurts and salads.

If you’re interested, take a look

Protect your teeth and you protect your baby

Did you know that if you are pregnant and have gum disease you are three times more likely to give birth prematurely?

Hormonal changes can mean your gums are more susceptible to disease at this time, so if you notice that your gums are bleeding it’s important to get them checked out.

The issue is that oral bacteria can easily get into the bloodstream through untreated gum disease – and almost everyone has a little gum disease at some point in their lives. But once the bacteria is in the bloodstream it can reach the baby. It can even result in a stillbirth.

If you think about just how much we have to brush our teeth to prevent all that bacterial build up (which causes infection and damages our teeth) and remember how a woman’s immune system is slightly more vulnerable during pregnancy, it’s not surprising that oral health is a vitally important issue for expectant mothers.

But it can be difficult to get right. Some mums-to-be find that brushing their teeth makes them feel sick – as if the daily morning sickness wasn’t enough!

Nonetheless, the main advice is still to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, try to cut down on sugary foods and drinks and visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. Remember, dental treatment on the NHS is free to pregnant women and for up to one year after the birth.

And there are organic, nature-based and vegan oral brands out there.

Looking after your teeth is good for your baby
Looking after your teeth is good for your baby

One oral health support that’s becoming popular is Peri-Gum mouthwash. It is based on seven herbs and essential oils known to improve your gums and has been clinically proven to be effective in reducing gum disease. At just a few drops per gargle this is a powerful herbal solution.

Also, Eco-Dent offer a full range of natural oral care products. But, if you are pregnant, you need to be careful of the extra vitamin A found in their Dental Gum and also in other products like Dentaplex (a nutrient supplement for oral health). These are very good at naturally boosting oral care but should not be used during pregnancy without medical advice.

Surprisingly Cranberry juice has also been found to protect your teeth. It gives your teeth a teflon like shield against bacteria.

As long as it is unsweetened, Cranberry drink brands like Biona and Rabenhorst can be enjoyed at mealtimes. But here there is caution again, dentists advise that only drinking cranberry juice at mealtimes is best because cranberries are acidic too and overdoing it would effect your teeth’s enamel.