How to Make Your Own Natural Tooth Powder; Remineralizing, Freshening, & Whitening!
I have bumbled along through most all of my adult life trusting that the Powers That Be (the government, big business, etc.) will protect my children and family (and me of course) from toxic additives in the products we use. WRONG!!! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Big Business has a firm hold on the government entities who determine what is ok and what is not in the products we buy. My mantra now is, "If I don't know exactly what it does, where it comes from, and why it's there.....I don't use it." If I were still raising children (I am a grandmother now), I would BAN certain things from our home. One of these would be commercial toothpaste!
But Why is Toothpaste Bad for You?
First off, did you know that your mouth is filled with membranes that just soak in chemicals practically immediately? This is why certain medications and even herbal tinctures are held under the tongue or swished about in the mouth for a minute or so before ingesting. Your mouth begins to soak in all the chemicals in anything you put into it!
Plus, it's all about the ingredients, babe. The INGREDIENTS. You CAN get your teeth clean without the chemicals...and more about that in a minute. But first let's take a look at the toxic culprits lurking in your little tube of toothpaste in your bathroom:
Triclosan is heavily linked to cancer. It causes endocrine disruptions, and may affect bone marrow development as well. Your bone marrow is what creates the T-cells and blood plasma in your body! It may also cause "precocious puberty in girls and undescended testicles in boys." Wow. Do you really want that going into your body?
2. Artificial Sweeteners:
These are often included in your toothpaste. You know...that's why your toothpaste tastes so great! You probably know you should stay away from anything artificial...but do you know why artificial sweeteners are so horrible for you?
In a nutshell, and without going into all the chemistry involved (see the resource link below for more), artificial sweeteners may turn into formaldehyde in your system, lodging in the cells of your brain. Your body has no way of releasing this toxin either. Many toxins will bond with other chemicals and are able to be deposited out of your body in urine or sweat. NOT so with most artificial sweeteners. (This is why diet sodas are so bad for you too, btw.) Do you really want to risk pickling your children's and your own brain with these suspect chemicals?
Yep. Who knew? That wonder mineral that is supposed to stave off cavities can actually cause endocrine problems, problems with enzyme function and formation, and is actually toxic to our body!!!
4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):
This is a toxin very widely found in many of our detergents, cleaning agents, shampoos, cleansing bars, and yes, toothpaste. It is what causes the sudsing and foaming we all just love...because we THINK that means things are getting clean.
In reality, SLS is registered as a pesticide! How about that! Did you know that you are putting pesticides into your body every time you use a skin care product or toothpaste containing SLS? It's a known carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor at the very least. Personally, if something is registered as a pesticide, I certainly don't want it in my mouth.
5. Propylene Glycol:
Propylene glycol is an ingredient that is found in many de-icers, enamels, anti-freeze, and paints. The food grade form is what is used in toothpaste, however, it's basically the same thing. It is a known lung irritant and organ system toxin.
6. Diethanolamine (DEA):
A hormone disruptor, DEA is actually rated as the most toxic possible score on the Environmental Working Group's scale of toxicity. It is thought to have moderate carcinogenic effects. That's enough for me.
These are only six of the possible toxins found in your toothpaste. Why not make your own toothpaste? You'll know what's in it, and you can be sure it is safe and effective!
How to Make Your Own Toothpaste or Tooth Powder
2 Tbsp. Bentonite Clay (Food Grade)
4 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 Tbsp Myrrh Gum Powder
Pinch of Sea Salt
Essential Oils of Choice. Here are some good blends I've found success with: 15 drops Peppermint EO, 10 drops Lemon EO; 20 drops Peppermint EO; 10 drops Clove EO with 10 drops Cinnamon EO;
NOTE: I buy my herbs and clays from Starwest Botanicals, and also many of my essential oils.
Just mix the powders and the Essential Oils all together with a clean fork. Mix, mix, mix, until the EO's are evenly distributed with the clay/powder.
How to Use Your Tooth Powder:
You can mix about 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp distilled water into the clay until you have a paste. Then just use like a toothpaste. Personally, I don't like to do this because the moisture can create mold or draw bacteria, although the essential oils help prevent this.
I just dip my toothbrush directly into the powder and brush away. I find the saliva in my mouth is plenty of moisture to create a paste.
My husband likes to dip his toothbrush into water first, then into his powder. Then he brushes. This gives him a little more moisture than I probably get just dipping into the powder without wetting first.
Brush just like you would normally.
Why I Don't Use Baking Soda:
Many natural tooth powder or tooth paste recipes call for baking soda. I don't like to use it on my teeth because I have heard from various sources that it can degrade the enamel on your teeth. I'm an older lady, and I certainly don't need that! In fact, neither do young folks.
Do your research on this! Only you can decide what's best for you.
Personally, I believe that anything you can make yourself is going to be far healthier, of higher quality, and much safer than anything you purchase in a store that is filled with unpronounceable chemicals.
Plus---It costs so much less!
Hugs & Self-Reliance!
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