Good oral hygiene should be something we pay a bit more attention than most of us actually do.
Brushing our teeth is one of those mindless things we do every day. But with the worries about what is in many commercial body care products, toothpaste is no exception.
The argument over whether fluoride is harmful or not continues with the self-doubt over avoiding fluoride every time we go to the dentist and hear their medical point of view.
The typical toothpaste has a foaming texture to which we are so familiar. That is from the addition of sodium lauryl sulfate which though is so common in many personal care products, it has a reputation for being one of those ingredients to try to avoid. It is believed to increase gum inflammation and mouth sores.
Though glycerin is wonderful in skin care products, when it comes to its being in toothpaste there is question there as well. Added to give toothpaste the sheen and consistency we expect, it also creates a film on the teeth which is believed to prevent the teeth from becoming harder and stronger.
Teeth normally mineralize and harden through contact with the nutrients in food and when coated with glycerine the process is hindered.
Naturally made toothpastes do have a consistency that takes getting used to but without the worry of questionable, potentially problem causing ingredients.
Remineralization doesn't just happen in the mouth, it is a whole body process that is achieved from adequate levels of certain nutrients such as fat soluble vitamins and minerals. Using a toothpaste with a higher concentration of minerals isn't the sole process but it does help strengthen teeth.
Diatomaceous earth contains trace minerals and silica which make it a great cleaning aid to help remove tarter and plaque.
Baking soda is an old remedy for cleaning the teeth but being it is mildly abrasive to the enamel, it shouldn't be used all by itself or every day. Combined with other ingredients it is fine and great for polish and to help remove stains.
Bentonite clay has trace minerals and its gentle cleansing action not only helps fight gum disease with its detoxifying properties, but it helps remove stains. A swelling clay, think of it as a sponge soaking up toxins.
Calcium carbonate is a natural source of what is called bio-available calcium.
Himalayan pink salt is a gentle abrasive that not only cleans the teeth but being salt makes you salivate, an antibacterial barrier is created to help protect tooth enamel.
Peppermint and myrrh essential oils soothe the gums and most everyone loves the refreshing taste of mint.
Herbal peppermint is safe for all ages but when it comes to peppermint essential oil, it should be avoided in children under 6 years of age. A much safer alternative is either spearmint or sweet orange and vanilla. These options are available to choose at checkout.
A complaint of many homemade toothpastes and powders is the taste of salt. Hard to avoid that completely being the ingredients are what they are, but once people get used to it and see the results they aren't satisfied with their old favorite any longer.
Tooth powders are often blended with coconut oil to form more of a toothpaste. This blend is left in the dry, powder form for those who prefer a dry form that lasts indefinitely.
Do not use with children until they know how to spit and not swallow the toothpaste.
Carefully pour or use a spoon to dip out a bit of powder into a cup or the palm of your hand and then dip a wet toothbrush into the powder.
Dipping a wet toothbrush right into the jar is an option but this method could introduce bacterial growth.
You only need a bit on the toothbrush to do the job. Brush for the usual 2 minutes or so and rinse. An option is to leave the paste on your teeth a few minutes before rinsing for extra remineralization.
Kept dry this powder should last indefinitely.
Options at checkout are the choice of a 1/2 oz sample size, 1 oz., 2 oz, or 4 oz. plastic jar.
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