I Haven’t Used Toothpaste In Two Years.

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I Haven’t Used Toothpaste In Two Years or How to make a Homemade Tooth Powder.

It’s true. And I still have friends. And no, it’s not because all bad breath is equal over the internet. My mouth is actually minty fresh as I type this – I just took a closer look at the label and decided that toothpaste and I needed to break up.

And here’s why:

Fluoride
Glycerin
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Titanium Dioxide

Are those ingredients edible? No!

And indeed 40% of toothpaste is being swallowed!

So What Do I Use Instead?

After a lot of experimentation I concluded that the recipe below works best for my family.

This simple tooth powder can be made out of ingredients found nearly in every kitchen.

Each of them is very effective and edible:

4 tablespoons green or blue clay (You don’t need an expensive brand – something like this will work well)
1 ½ teaspoons finely ground unrefined sea salt
½ teaspoons clove powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons ground peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves or 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil*
5 drops of orange or lemon essential oil
5 drops of herbal tree essential oil

Here’s a breakdown of what each ingredient does:

Blue Clay

It’s detoxifying properties help freshen breath and fight gum disease, while it’s absorptive properties help remove stains from teeth. (See Activated Charcoal for more about adsorption)

Sea Salt

Unrefined sea salt contains 60+ trace minerals that aid in tooth remineralization. Salt is also highly antiseptic, which helps keep bacteria in check.

Herb & Spices

Spices and herbs such as clove powder, ground cinnamon, and ground mint add flavoring, but they also have astringent properties that support gum health.

This simple tooth powder can be made out of ingredients found nearly in every kitchen. Surely in mine where I prefer to cook just tasty, easy and green dishes.
All the ingredients are effective and edible!

Sincerely,

Mary Rose

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