Have you checked out the ingredient list on your store bought toothpaste lately?
In one of the most popular brands of toothpaste there are two active ingredients:
And 14 inactive ingredients:
- Hydrated silica
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Cellulose gum
- Sodium hydroxide
- Propylene glycol
- Sodium saccharin
- Titanium dioxide
That’s too many! Most of them, save for the water, aren’t actually good for people and certainly are not necessary for good dental care.
The main active ingredient in most brand name toothpastes is sodium fluoride. I’ve mentioned before that fluoride is a toxin of epic proportions – a caustic neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor. Not only is it in toothpaste, but also in many municipal water sources (which is why I promote the drinking of spring, or highly filtered, water). You don’t need fluoride in your water or your toothpaste.
I have a better idea!
Save yourself some money, and save your health, by making your own seriously simple, seriously super toothpaste at home. Use it as you would any regular toothpaste with a regular toothbrush. Pair good brushing habits with a diet rich in Superfoods and regular oral Oil Pulling. Your gums and health will thank you!
Super Simple Toothpaste for a Super Smile
Tooth powder: If you’re looking for the most basic of tooth powders, you can simply use baking soda and a wet toothbrush on your teeth. That’s it! If you’re concerned about the abrasiveness of baking soda, rest assured that it is LESS abrasive than store bought toothpastes. Check out this interesting bit of information about RDA relative dentin abrasivity.
To make a toothpaste:
3 parts baking soda
1 part sea salt (optional)
essential oil (flavor of your choice, also optional)
Mix the baking soda and sea salt (if your using it for extra polish and antibacterial properties).
Mix in a little water and then add more as needed until you reach your desired paste consistency.For a minty fresh mouth, go ahead and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Mix it all up and store in a glass container.
When you’re ready to brush your teeth simply scoop some onto your toothbrush and give those gums a massage.
Rinse. Smile. Be well.