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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Personal Care 101

In this series, I have covered natural deodorant and soap. Today I want to tell you my alternative for toothpaste.

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I use baking soda. Now, some of you are cringing, but it's really not that bad! You can add essential oils to flavor it, like peppermint (for a strong Altoid flavor) or spearmint, for example. I just use straight baking soda. I keep it in a little dish in my bathroom. I wet my toothbrush and then dip it in.

 

I have mixed up some tooth drops for my kids. I mixed 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 packet of Stevia Plus, and a couple drops of orange essential oil. I put this mixture into a 1-ounce dropper bottle (like what eye drops are in, I'll give the source at the bottom of this article) and then add water to fill. Just shake and squirt onto the toothbrush. It's safe to swallow.

 

I used baking soda off and on as a kid, but the real reason I started back up as an adult is vanity. I had developed a stain on my front teeth that I couldn't get off. I had even tried whiteners. One day my sister-in-law (a dental hygienist) told me it was just a surface stain that comes of with polishing at the dentist's office. So I took a Qtip and dipped it in some baking soda. I polished the stain and voila, it came off! So I started using baking soda off and on and then one day just quit using regular toothpaste. My teeth just feel so much cleaner with the baking soda.

 

Regular toothpaste and even a lot of so-called natural toothpastes contain dangerous ingredients, like fluoride and triclosan; and sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that bacteria can feed on.

 

Sugar feeds bacteria, that's why we brush it off our teeth, right? But our toothpastes and mouthwashes (if they contain sorbitol, or other sugar alcohols) are leaving something on our teeth that also feeds that bacteria! That doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?

 

Stevia is a natural sweetener that does not feed bacteria, that is why I chose to put it in my kid's homemade tooth drops.

 

So, baking soda is not only healthier, but oh, so frugal. I buy a 1-pound box for .43 cents.

 

Here is a mouthwash recipe that I came across the other day.  I have not tried it, but I've heard from others that it was good.  I think that same blog has a recipe for a salt toothpaste, too.

 

I bought my 1-ounce dropper bottles from Majestic Mountain Sage, they offer great prices on soap and lotion supplies.  The bottles are sold in a 10-pack, but they are a great price and you could split the order with a friend.

 

Please read these articles about fluoride, and triclosan.  And remember, the health of our teeth, really comes down to our diet!  Want to know more, click here.

6 comments:

  1. Cool! These look like some great tips. I've been looking for some better, natural and home-made recipes for dental hygiene.

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  2. Great! Thanks for the feedback!

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  3. [...] Personal Care 101 March 18, 2009 Filed under: Carbs, Health, Personal Care Products, Sugar — Shannon @ 8:14 am Tags: Blog Carnival, castor oil, Health, oil cleansing method This is my fourth entry in Personal Care 101.  To read about deodorant, click here.  To read about natural soap, click here.  To read about toothpaste, click here. [...]

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  4. OK, Shannon I tried just baking soda for my teeth and I just couldn't do it. I couldn't get past the taste. How did you get used to it????~Kim B.

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  5. It was so many years ago and I was a child, I guess I just didn't have a choice. :) But you can buy some peppermint essential oil (or spearmint if it's available) and add one drop to your toothbrush before you dip in the baking soda, it should cover the taste pretty well. :)

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  6. Baking soda... Okay, taking note of that.

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