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Will Toothpaste Banish Underam Odor

Q. I am always on the lookout for a new deodorant for my daughter, since the usual products don’t work for her. A friend who works out in the hot sun as a surveyor told me about an unusual product, Regular Dentarome Toothpaste. You apply a blob the size of a pea on clean skin.

My daughter is delighted that it works for her. I guess it is the essential oils with antifungal action that keep odor away. It is not an antiperspirant.

A. Microbes on the skin that feed on perspiration cause odor, so discouraging bacteria and yeast may help. Essential oils like clove, eucaplyptus and rosemary (found in Dentarome) might do that.

We’ve never heard of using toothpaste as a deodorant, but we are fascinated by your experience. Dentarome is available from Young Living at 800-763-9963 or on the Internet.

Here is another idea for underarm odor. We have been hearing from readers of our newspaper column and visitors to this website that MoM (Milk of Magnesia) is also a terrific deodorant. You can slosh it on from the familiar blue bottle (Philips Milk of Magnesia is an old standby laxative when taken orally). That’s a bit messy, though. We developed a roll-on milk of magnesia product that you might find a bit easier to apply. Here’s a link to The People’s Pharmacy Milk of Magnesia Deodorant.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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