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Healthy Options series continues

Background: A while back I reviewed the Spearmint flavored Tom’s of Maine Natural Anticavity Flouride Mouthwash (Rinse). And I HATED it. I liked the Natural Dentist Flouride Rinse Berry Blast better, but wanted to try the Lemon-Lime flavored Tom’s of Maine product.

Healthy Option goal: As always, my goal was to find as healthy an option as possible. In this case, a product with the required fluoride, and minimal additional artificial ingredients. Also, from a sustainability perspective, if I can find it at the store I can walk to, better than having to get into my car to pick it up.

Review: Tom’s of Maine Natural Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash for a Dry Mouth (Lemon-Lime)

I was interested in this because of two things:

  1. Dry Mouth. This is definitely a problem for braces wearers. And I’ve experienced this off and on, especially at the beginning when I had the braces put on, but also when I had new brackets added. Basically, when my mouth is irritated. So a product that also helped with that, would be welcome.
  2. Lemon-Lime. I know first-hand how comforting a bit of lemon juice can be, so I wanted to check out how this product tastes and works.

On both counts, this product fared well. The taste is not great, but acceptable, and less sweet than the Natural Dentist Berry Blast-flavored flouride rinse. I usually rinse with this before going to sleep, and have never been bothered by the taste as the “last taste” in my mouth.

So, this is now my preferred flouride rinse. It has the advantage (over the less well-distributed Natural Dentist product) of being easy to get, at Walgreen’s, as well.

  • Active Ingredient: Sodium Fluoride (0.0442%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) Water, Xylitol, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Poloxamer 407, Monosodium Phosphate, Chamomile Glycerite, Green Tea Glycerite, Natural Flavor, Benzoic Acid.
  • Flavors: lemon-lime for dry mouth (reviewed), peppermint and spearmint
  • Size: 1 pint. Also available in 2.06 oz, which you can carry onto planes.
  • Cost: $5.99 (at Walgreen’s); also available online

Fortunately, the discomfort of the first day of rubber bands only lasted a day. PHEW!

So they put a steel archwire on the bottom — which I guess can be manipulated for fine-tuned movement. But don’t think anything was done this time.

The little hooks on the top and bottom were added (because they’re not built into the Damon brackets?) Not sure why one of the ones on the bottom has a yellow dot. How does it feel wearing the rubber bands?


  • Talking is a little difficult, and feel a bit “claustrophobic” at time when I can’t open my mouth all the way. But it’s easy enough to take the bands off if you need a breather.
  • It sure is easy to forget to put on a new pair after I eat. I need to pay attention to this because I want to ensure as short a rubber band period as possible.
  • It’s only been a few days and I can put on the bands without looking in a mirror. Just need to remember to carry them around.
  • Slight irritation from the hooks; I imagine this will end shortly.

Come in this cute plastic bag. Material: natural rubber latex. Wonder how healthy and sustainable these are? I’ll have to investigate. Also wonder if there are different size bands; perhaps the bigger ones have an elephant on them.

chipmunk bands

Yesterday, I was enjoying a lovely pot of pear caramel tea and a fresh chocolate-dipped scone at my fave tea place when, suddenly, dry mouth!

Yuck. A veritable bad braces moments. Was it the black tea? What the scone too dry? (Too sweet, more likely.) Probably a combination. Drinking plain water didn’t help.

lemonFortunately, some fresh lemon wedges came to rescue. Just squeezed them into my water. Aaaaah! Relief. (Better than resorting to artificial saliva. Who knew there was such a thing?)

Dr. Weil’s website suggests the lemon juice trick, too, and talks about other suggestions and causes (medical) for dry mouth.