Do you add things in your mouth which have warning labels on them, warnings like “For external use only.” or “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.”? I’m planning to bet that you do. I’ve, though I might be ending that soon. Where is the line between external and internal? Why does toothpaste have a warning like these on it anyway?
I have now been on edge about warning labels for a long time, keeping these records in the rear 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 will actually be worse than the usual mere irritant), my edginess stumbled on the forefront of my mind. I immediately quit utilising 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 like the xylitol that Tom’s of Maine used as a sweetener.
Young Living includes 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 trying to find other options. Miessence has a highly rated SLS-free toothpaste (according to GoodGuide.com), but I haven’t ordered any yet. I suspect you can find others as well that could work well.
For various reasons, I’m enthusiastic about moving from commercial tooth pastes. That interest opened a memory door, the one that held the memory of my mother using tooth powder when I was a kid ブレスマイルクリア. As I researched the topic, I realized that I’d forgotten the existence of tooth powder.
There are always a lot of toothpaste and tooth powder recipes available online so you can find a formula that suits your style. I’ve opted to try the tooth powder first since it is simpler and a better traveling companion because density and weight (powder goes more than paste/gel for the same space and with less weight). But wow, are the recipes different!
The ingredients are simple and basic: baking soda and salt. I came across wildly different proportions though, which range from 12 elements of baking soda to 1 part of salt, to equal elements of baking soda and salt. I went with the 12:1 ration, anticipating that would have been a salty enough difference for me, at least for starters. I was right. Needless to say, there are certainly a myriad other recipes with various ingredients, some that caused my eyebrow to cock in question.
My experiment began with a small baby food jar. I devote 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. I stirred it well, then closed the lid and shook it for one minute or two. Then I dispensed the powder into my clean travel toothpaste container — a contact lens case, the type with the screw on lid — about someone to 1 to 1/2 teaspoons per section. I came across that every section lasted me about 10 brushings, though your mileage may vary.
The first time 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 insufficient sweetness. My technique is to have 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. It seems, though, that fluoride is most effective in keeping children’s teeth from decaying but has less, if any, effect on permanent teeth. Since fluoride is toxic, my question is why use it if benefits are for a restricted 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, so that it neutralizes acids found on your teeth.
I’m dedicated to cleaning my hygiene habits from chemicals, especially SLS, saving money and getting greener. My baking soda and salt formula will continue being 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.