Let me preface this post by saying: if you’re perfectly happy with your teeth and your current toothpaste, then keep doing what you’re doing. But if you’re looking for something different, read on.
After experiencing some post-pregnancy cavities, I did some research and discovered a book on how to remineralize and heal teeth naturally. I switched up my diet some (including soaking and sprouting grains), and I added more oily little fishes to my diet, but I’ll confess that I just couldn’t do the whole protocol that is outlined in the book. (No donuts? Surely you jest.)
One thing I did do, though, was switch my toothpaste. I tried (and loved) Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste, which made my mouth go “WOW,” but the cost was a tad steep: about $11 for a small jar. But still: my mouth said WOW, and when I ran out of it and switched back to my old toothpaste, my mouth said: “This is not wow. Stop this nonsense and get the good toothpaste.”
So, I read the ingredients and researched homemade toothpaste recipes, which helped me determine the proportions, and I’m pretty pleased with the result. (So are my teeth and gums!) If you are a kitchen/beauty alchemist like I am, you may already have most of the ingredients on hand. If you don’t, I recommend you just get some of Uncle Harry’s.
In a 4 oz. mason jar,* combine:
2 tablespoons bentonite clay
2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
2 teaspoons xylitol
2 teaspoons calcium carbonate powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed powder
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops spearmint essential oil
1 drop oregano essential oil
1 drop myrrh essential oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil
1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop tea tree essential oil
optional: 1 teaspoon colloidal silver
Add filtered water (very slowly, as it doesn’t take much) and stir until the powders come together to form a paste. Brush as usual. You can dip your toothbrush right into the jar to apply the paste to your brush, as the essential oils in the toothpaste are strongly antibacterial.
* Please don’t put the paste in a plastic jar, as the essential oils will degrade the plastic.
Feel free to switch up the ingredients to make it work for you – i.e., if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, note that some of the essential oils aren’t recommended. And please note that most of the oils aren’t safe for kids under the age of 6.
Since I’m not a dentist, please, do your research and find out if this is right for you. Some dental providers may balk at the idea of a fluoride-free, dirt-based toothpaste, and others will cheer you on. Do what works for you and your family.
Have you tried to remineralize your teeth? Did it work? Please let me know about your experience in the comments!