Do you place things in your mouth that have warning labels in it, warnings like “For external use only.” or “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.”? I’m going to bet that you do. I have, though I could be ending that soon. Where’s the line between external and internal? Why does toothpaste have a notice like these on it anyway?
I have been on edge about warning labels for a long time, keeping this information in the back of my mind. When I first read that sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a known irritant commonly within personal hygiene products, was especially a problem in toothpaste (where it could actually be worse than a mere irritant), my edginess stumbled on the forefront of my mind. I immediately quit using the Crest that I had been using for a long time and switched to Tom’s of Maine SLS-free toothpaste. I felt better, but didn’t just like the xylitol that Tom’s of Maine used as a sweetener.
Young Living features a SLS-free toothpaste too, but it addittionally wasn’t very satisfying if you ask me, so I stayed with Tom’s of Maine’s toothpaste while searching for other options. Miessence has a highly rated SLS-free toothpaste (according to GoodGuide.com), but I haven’t ordered any yet. I suspect there are others as well that would work well.
For various reasons, I’m interested in moving from commercial tooth pastes. That interest opened a memory door, the one which held the memory of my mother using tooth powder when I was a kid. As I researched the topic, I realized that I had forgotten the existence of tooth powder.
There are certainly a lot of toothpaste and tooth powder recipes available online so you will find a formula that suits your style. I’ve opted to test the tooth powder first since it is simpler and an improved traveling companion because density and weight (powder goes more than paste/gel for the same space and with less weight). But wow, will be the recipes different!
The ingredients are simple and basic: baking soda and salt. I came across wildly different proportions though, ranging from 12 parts of baking soda to 1 section of salt, to equal parts of baking soda and salt. I went with the 12:1 ration, anticipating that would be a salty enough difference for me personally, at the least for starters. I was right. Of course, there are certainly a myriad other recipes with various ingredients, some that caused my eyebrow to cock in question.
My experiment began with a tiny baby food jar. I put in 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. I stirred it well, then closed the lid and shook it for a moment or two ブレスマイルクリア. Then I dispensed the powder into my clean travel toothpaste container — a contact lens case, the type with the screw on lid — about one to 1 to 1/2 teaspoons per section. I came across that each and every section lasted me about 10 brushings, though your mileage may vary.
Initially I brushed with my tooth powder, I was struck by how salty it was. After a couple of days of brushing with the powder though, I hardly noticed the saltiness or lack of sweetness. My technique is to get the brush wet, shake off excess water, place the bristles into the powder and brush away.
When I mentioned to my husband what I was testing and authoring, his first reaction was that fluoride was imperative for cavity protection. It’s clear that fluoride reduces tooth decay or gum disease by preventing plaque bacteria from creating tooth-weakening acids, and by re-mineralizing tooth enamel. This indicates, though, that fluoride is most reliable to keep children’s teeth from decaying but has less, if any, affect permanent teeth. Since fluoride is toxic, my question is excatly why utilize it if benefits are for a small population segment? And while fluoride is touted as being the fantastic addition to toothpaste because it fights acid on your teeth, here’s another vote for baking soda: it’s alkaline, therefore it neutralizes acids found on your teeth.
I’m centered on cleaning my hygiene habits from chemicals, especially SLS, saving cash and getting greener. My baking soda and salt formula will continue to be my tooth powder of preference until it’s proven if you ask me that it is a bad idea. Stay tuned, and continue brushing and flossing daily.