No need to brush your teeth with harsh chemicals and questionable ingredients. Try this simple combination of sea salt and baking soda!
I have not used toothpaste for years. I oil pull regularly, rinse with myrrh and clove oils, and use the following recipe to help keep my gums and teeth clean.
The recipe is based on the advice of controversial dentist, Dr. Hal Huggins, a leading proponent of the mercury-free movement, who states in his Client Education Packet:
Salt and soda will improve the health of almost anyone’s gum with 2 or 3 days use, then continue to use as long as you want healthy teeth and gums.
About 20% salt, 80% baking soda. Some like 50/50, some 10/90. The more salt the better for your gum. It feels like brushing your teeth with sand, yet is less abrasive than any tooth paste.
As a side note, Dr. Huggins recommends rinsing with a specific type of vitamin C.
I have seen amazing results in 48 hours from rinsing with vitamin C, believe it or not. But a specific type. Use only the sodium ascorbate powder. Not ascorbic acid. The acid form might dissolve your teeth off the gumline. One quarter of a tsp will dissolve in 4 ounces of water, and rinse with a hard flushing action, pulling the water in between your teeth.
Recently I’ve started incorporating non-GMO xylitol into my tooth powder recipe, not only for flavor, but for added benefit.
Why Add Xylitol?
According to the California Dental Association:
Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. It does this because these bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) cannot utilize xylitol to grow.
Over time with xylitol use, the quality of the bacteria in the mouth changes and fewer and fewer decay-causing bacteria survive on tooth surfaces. Less plaque forms and the level of acids attacking the tooth surface is lowered.
Xylitol is often derived from genetically-modified corn. I stick with non-GMO xylitol derived from birch. (Sources here.)
In addition to my tooth powder and oil pulling regimen, I frequently apply a turmeric powder paste to help whiten my teeth. I use a miswak, an age-old natural alternative to the modern toothbrush. It’s a twig made from the Salvadora persica tree, and has a long history of use dating back 7,000 years. I buy mine here. (I use the miswak to stimulate my gums as well.)
(Not all of my kids have embraced the tooth powder. For them I buy Dr. Jaikaran’s Herbodent toothpaste found here.)
Thankfully, there are a myriad of options when it comes to natural dental care. Why take a chance on common toothpaste ingredients like propylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and sodium lauryl sufate? For now, I’ll “stick” with my miswak and homemade tooth powder.