Do you place things in orally which 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 planning to bet that you do. I have, though I may be ending that soon. Where is the line between external and internal? Why does toothpaste have a notice like these about it anyway?
I have already been on edge about warning labels for decades, keeping these details in the back of my mind. When I first read that sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a known irritant commonly found in personal hygiene products, was especially an issue in toothpaste (where it may actually be worse than a mere irritant), my edginess stumbled on the forefront of my mind. I immediately quit utilizing the Crest that I had been using for decades and switched to Tom’s of Maine SLS-free toothpaste. I felt better, but didn’t such as the xylitol that Tom’s of Maine used as a sweetener.
Young Living includes a SLS-free toothpaste too, but it also 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 you will find others as well that would work well.
For various reasons, I’m thinking about moving away from commercial tooth pastes ホワイトニング歯磨き粉. That interest opened a memory door, the one that held the memory of my mother using tooth powder when I was a kid. As I researched the topic, I seen that I’d forgotten the existence of tooth powder.
There are always a large amount of toothpaste and tooth powder recipes available online so you’ll find a formula that suits your style. I’ve opted to try the tooth powder first since it is simpler and a much better traveling companion because density and weight (powder goes beyond paste/gel for the exact 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, which range from 12 areas of baking soda to 1 element of salt, to equal areas of baking soda and salt. I went with the 12:1 ration, anticipating that would be 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 place in 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. I stirred it well, then closed the lid and shook it for a minute or two. Then I dispensed the powder into my clean travel toothpaste container — a contact lens case, the sort with the screw on lid — about one 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 not enough sweetness. My technique is to have the brush wet, shake off excess water, place the bristles in to 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 appears, though, that fluoride is most effective in keeping 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 restricted population segment? And while fluoride is touted as being the great addition to toothpaste as it fights acid on your own teeth, here’s another vote for baking soda: it’s alkaline, so that it neutralizes acids found on your own teeth.
I’m dedicated to cleaning my hygiene habits from chemicals, especially SLS, spending less 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 carry on brushing and flossing daily.