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Remedies & Therapies => About the Body => Teeth & Dental => : healthybratt April 24, 2006, 01:31:15 PM

: Homemade Toothpaste & Other Dental Products
: healthybratt April 24, 2006, 01:31:15 PM
Herbal Toothpaste

Ingredients
8 Level tbsp Tooth Paste Powder**
50ml (2 1/2 Tbsp) Tooth Paste Gel**
20 drops Flavour

Flavour choices:
Fresh Mint Essential oil blend
Licorice Zest Essential oil blend
Strawberry Sensation natural flavour
Other flavours to try: Fennel, Cinnamon, Spearmint, Peppermint, Anise

1) Blend Powder, Gel and flavour together using a fork, wire whisk or hand blender until smooth.
2) Pour into a plastic bottle with flip top or pump or a tottle container.

Store powder and gel ingredients for up to one year in a cool dry place. Shelf life of finished tooth paste is approx. 6 months.

Occasionally shake or stir tooth paste as some settling and separating may naturally occur.

makes 60ml/2fl.oz.

**These are products this website sells, but here are the ingredients listed.

Toothpaste powder contains:  Calcium Carbonate (derived from Sea shells), Chicory root powder, Baking soda

Toothpaste Gel contains:  Vegetable Glycerin, Licorice root and Myrrh gum extract.

Herbal Mouthwash

Ingredients
50ml (3 Tbsp) Witch Hazel
50ml (3 Tbsp) Distilled water
20ml (4 tsp) Vegetable Glycerin
5 drops Fennel
10 drops Peppermint

1) Mix all ingredients together and shake well.
2) Pour into a plastic bottle with flip top.

Shelf life of finished mouth wash approx. 6 months. Shake before use.

makes 125ml/4fl.oz.

from Cranberry Lane (http://www.cranberrylane.com/recipes-body-care.htm#fc4)




Mint Tooth Paste Recipe
(I think I'm going to try this one.  I might try adding some cloves and/or lavender as well.)

Ingredients:

    * 6 teaspoons baking soda
    * 1/3 teaspoon salt
    * 4 teaspoons glycerin
    * 15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract

Directions:

Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. Store in a container. You'll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels.


Lemon Mouth Wash Recipe

Ingredients:

    * 3/4 cup vodka***
    * 20 drops lemon essential oil
    * 1 1/4 cup distilled water
    * 30 drops bergamot essential oil

Directions:

Combine the vodka with the essential oils in a bottle, shake well then allow to sit for 1 week. Shake once a day. When ready to use it , dilute the mix with 3 parts water/ 1 part mixture. Use it as a gargle or mouth rinse. Do Not Drink.

***My dentist says not to use alcohol in your mouth and she is very adamant about this; however, I've been using Listerine for many years and I have fantastic teeth.  You'll have to decide this one for yourself. ;)

Super Cleanser

Ingredients:

    * Hydrogen peroxide (a few drops)
    * Baking soda

Directions:

Make a paste by combining the two ingredients. Use this paste on your teeth and also gently rub along your gums two times a week.

from Pioneer Thinking (http://www.pioneerthinking.com/teeth1.html)



Some history on oral care at Umanitoba (http://www.umanitoba.ca/outreach/wisdomtooth/toothpaste.htm)

: Re: Homemade Toothpaste & Other Dental Products
: Kansas Girl April 24, 2006, 03:29:45 PM
I have tried the peroxide and baking soda before and it did a great job of whitening my teeth.  -KG
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: healthybratt May 01, 2006, 06:33:33 PM
Toothpaste powder contains:  Calcium Carbonate (derived from Sea shells), Chicory root powder, Baking soda

Were you aware that eggshells are 93% calcium carbonate?
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: healthybratt May 01, 2006, 06:51:35 PM
This guy (http://gerardjudd.com/goodteeth.htm) thinks you should brush your teeth with bar soap.  Interesting. :-\
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: ForeverGirl May 01, 2006, 08:32:51 PM
 I do, see - ;D


just kidding 8)
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: sarahmontgomery December 12, 2006, 06:18:48 AM
No fluoride or glycerin please.
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: RB December 12, 2006, 06:36:25 AM
This is what we use:   6 parts baking soda to 1part salt. You can add to this a few drops peppermint essential oil,  or any E. O. of your choice.
       
 Blessing's,
   RB                           
                                           
                                           
   
     
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: likemanywaters December 12, 2006, 08:27:45 AM
I like the sound of that baking soda, salt one.  My Papa always used just baking soda right out of the box to brush his teeth.

I had a thought yesterday about homemade toothpaste. The "scrubbing" agent in alot of natural toothpaste is Silica.  Diatomaceous Earth (also called fossil flour, fuller's earth) is just that, silica. Now I buy it anyways for my grain storage to keep bugs out. It's food grade DE. I was thinking I could mix a little in with the baking soda, salt recipe to make it good and scrubby.

Has anyone else run across this? Heard of using diatomaceous earth in homemade toothpaste? Perhaps I'll also research some more and post back later when I've found the answer...
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: DawnsEarlyBirds December 14, 2006, 03:48:23 PM
I got a few bottles of mint oils (peppermint, wintergreen,spearmint) and put them in eye drop bottles.  We individually mix our own tooth paste, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. peroxide and one drop of whatever mint we desire today.  It makes it a little more interesting to be able to switch flavors.  I may try some others for the kids.  I am also very interested in the salt and am going to try adding some of that, and taking out the peroxide.  Maybe switching the recipe around from day to day.

Since we have been doing this my teeth have felt like I have just been to the dentist for a  cleaning everyday! I haven't been to the dentist in well over a year and right now don't feel the need for it.
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: Mama_KK December 15, 2006, 11:07:37 AM
Are these recipes good for children & sensitive teeth?
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: RB December 15, 2006, 11:23:01 AM
Are these recipes good for children & sensitive teeth?
All  our children (ages 11 to 3 )  use the the baking soda recipe.  We do have one child with sensitive teeth and he seems fine with using our homemade tooth pwd.  Maybe try a small amount and see if  your  child can tolerate using it.
 Blessing's,
    RB
: My recipe
: Camy December 17, 2006, 01:49:06 AM
I mix together 1 tsp. coconut oil (melted) w/ french clay, baking soda, propolis, and glycerin until the combination forms a paste-like consistency.  You can add your choice of essential oils or flavoring as an option, too.  I have sensitive teeth and avoid peppermint oil, which has caused me great sensitivity in the past.  It is my aim to find peppermint flavoring (glycerine (sp?)-based).  The glycerine (sp?) provides a nice sweetness, similar to conventional toothpaste.  Perhaps a small sprinkle of stevia powder would have the same affect.  Blessings! 
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: 4myhoonie December 23, 2006, 05:01:51 AM
Mint Tooth Paste Recipe
(I think I'm going to try this one.  I might try adding some cloves and/or lavender as well.)

Ingredients:

    * 6 teaspoons baking soda
    * 1/3 teaspoon salt
    * 4 teaspoons glycerin
    * 15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract

Directions:

Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. Store in a container. You'll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels.



hey HB, just wondering what you thought of this recipe?  i am in need of finding something to replace our reg. toothpaste. 

or if someone can reccommend a good brand without flouride and other bad stuff that would be great! 

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: dara December 23, 2006, 06:30:14 AM
Jason brand is one:

http://www.vitacost.com/productResults.aspx?N=32+1003203
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: 4myhoonie December 23, 2006, 06:48:34 AM
Jason brand is one:

http://www.vitacost.com/productResults.aspx?N=32+1003203

thanks!  this looks like a good one, guess i should have researched this before placing my recent order on vitacost.   ::)  oh, well.  maybe i could find it around here.  can't beat their shipping rates though.  thanks dara. 
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: healthybratt December 23, 2006, 07:39:59 AM
I've been using baking soda and ground peppermint leaf and peroxide.  Works well and it's cheap.  ;)
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: DawnsEarlyBirds December 23, 2006, 08:11:17 AM
I've been using baking soda and ground peppermint leaf and peroxide.  Works well and it's cheap.  ;)
I have been doing BS, peroxide and mint oil.  Had a question about the peroxide, can you use it idenfinitely?  I always thought you used it periodically for a problem, but not on a daily basis.  ???
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: healthybratt December 23, 2006, 08:26:04 AM
I've been using baking soda and ground peppermint leaf and peroxide.  Works well and it's cheap.  ;)
I have been doing BS, peroxide and mint oil.  Had a question about the peroxide, can you use it idenfinitely?  I always thought you used it periodically for a problem, but not on a daily basis.  ???
I don't know.  I don't use it everyday - too lazy  ::)  I just dip my wet brush into the BS and mint usually and when I feel like a little extra whitening, I put some in a small bowl and pour in a few drops of peroxide and dip my brush in this.
: Re: My recipe
: PMESguy December 23, 2006, 06:14:42 PM
I mix together 1 tsp. coconut oil (melted) w/ french clay, baking soda, propolis, and glycerin until the combination forms a paste-like consistency.  You can add your choice of essential oils or flavoring as an option, too.  I have sensitive teeth and avoid peppermint oil, which has caused me great sensitivity in the past.  It is my aim to find peppermint flavoring (glycerine (sp?)-based).  The glycerine (sp?) provides a nice sweetness, similar to conventional toothpaste.  Perhaps a small sprinkle of stevia powder would have the same affect.  Blessings! 

Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing!

I'm lazy, so I use ToothSoap. It is excellent. I add baking soda to add a mild abrasive. I think it's on sale now...check it out: www.toothsoap.com (fluoride and glycerin free).

**Edit** Looks like they are offering free shipping for a limited time.

And also to let you know that a jar of the soap shreds will probably last a single person about 5-6 months. It foams up really well...you only need one shaving at a time.


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: juanitamwilliams December 31, 2006, 03:15:05 PM
Where is the best place to get the flavorings?   My 4 yr old is VERY picky when it comes to toothpaste.  Everything is too hot!  Any suggestions for flavoring the kid's toothpaste?  Is the essential oils I use in soaps and bath salts the same as the ones that you are using for flavoring? Specifically the peppermint?  Sorry if this is a no-brainer either way. ???  I am just getting started  and am very thankful for this site! Thanks.
: Re: My recipe
: 4myhoonie December 31, 2006, 03:23:37 PM
I mix together 1 tsp. coconut oil (melted) w/ french clay, baking soda, propolis, and glycerin until the combination forms a paste-like consistency.  You can add your choice of essential oils or flavoring as an option, too.  I have sensitive teeth and avoid peppermint oil, which has caused me great sensitivity in the past.  It is my aim to find peppermint flavoring (glycerine (sp?)-based).  The glycerine (sp?) provides a nice sweetness, similar to conventional toothpaste.  Perhaps a small sprinkle of stevia powder would have the same affect.  Blessings! 

Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing!

I'm lazy, so I use ToothSoap. It is excellent. I add baking soda to add a mild abrasive. I think it's on sale now...check it out: www.toothsoap.com (fluoride and glycerin free).

**Edit** Looks like they are offering free shipping for a limited time.

And also to let you know that a jar of the soap shreds will probably last a single person about 5-6 months. It foams up really well...you only need one shaving at a time.





hi all, i will post this to the buy/sell thread, but just wondering if anyone would be interested in buying some toothsoap?  i purchased a jar of spearmint, which i will not be able to get used to.  i got it with free shipping, so $19 incl. sh.  i took $1 off their price for the 3 shreds that were used.   ;D 
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: dara December 31, 2006, 03:49:47 PM
« Reply #20 on: Today at 07:15:05 PM » by juanitamwilliams
Where is the best place to get the flavorings?   My 4 yr old is VERY picky when it comes to toothpaste.  Everything is too hot!  Any suggestions for flavoring the kid's toothpaste?  Is the essential oils I use in soaps and bath salts the same as the ones that you are using for flavoring? Specifically the peppermint?  Sorry if this is a no-brainer either way.   I am just getting started  and am very thankful for this site! Thanks.
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Hi! My kids are picky too- we like orange essential oil as a flavoring. YOU DON'T NEED MUCH. I like getting it from Diana's Sugar Plum Sundries.  http://www.diannassundries.com/index.asp
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: juanitamwilliams December 31, 2006, 03:55:52 PM
Thank you for such a quick reply!  I love this place!   ::) ::)
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: milmuth January 16, 2007, 09:17:24 PM
Is the BS, salt, EO recipe safe for all ages? 
When do you start using toothpaste on young children?
My son is 10mon and has 6teeth.  We are brushing with water so far, because all the toothpastes, even my organic children's toothpaste, says not to use until at least 2yo. 
Thanks :)
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: dara January 17, 2007, 04:43:39 AM
I guess I never really took the toothpaste label seriously- we use our natural kids toothpaste on the babies- just teenie amounts. I don't think my kids would take to baking soda very well!   :o :D
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: healthybratt January 17, 2007, 06:27:09 AM
I guess I never really took the toothpaste label seriously- we use our natural kids toothpaste on the babies- just teenie amounts. I don't think my kids would take to baking soda very well!   :o :D
My kids don't mind the baking soda with mint.
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: Soñadora January 17, 2007, 07:16:57 AM
No fluoride or glycerin please.

We make ours with glycerine. Is there a reason we shouldn't? I mean, is it bad or something?

My husband and I use cinnamon oil and cloves, but I make mint for the kids. Half of my kids quit using toothpaste, until I started making it myself, because they said it was too "hot", so they used plain baking soda for years. The dentist said they had the cleanest mouths he'd ever seen, so that's cool. And I was worried cause I can barely remember to brush mine let alone remind them, lol.  :)
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: milmuth February 05, 2007, 08:36:10 PM
What do you put your toothpaste in to store/use/dispense it?  How much do you make at a time, or how long does one batch last?  I'd like to start making it as soon as this tube is gone.  Thanks :)
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: Caroline February 09, 2007, 12:01:12 PM
I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?
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: healthybratt February 09, 2007, 12:27:45 PM
I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?
I've been using it off and on for years and never had any problems.  I did however lose some enamel when using "Ultra Brite" toothpaste.  Made the enamel come right off.  Owie.
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: milmuth February 09, 2007, 02:22:51 PM
Asking again :)

What do you put your toothpaste in to store/use/dispense it?  How much do you make at a time, or how long does one batch last?  I'd like to start making it as soon as this tube is gone. 
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: oneblessedwoman February 09, 2007, 03:03:37 PM
I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?

Bump I would like to hear about this.
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: sierra February 12, 2007, 06:17:20 PM
I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?

My mom was a dental assistant and the dentist said to use baking soda and peroxide twice a week ???

But that was the 1970's...things change :)
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: Isaacsmama February 16, 2007, 09:15:04 PM
No fluoride or glycerin please.

We make ours with glycerine. Is there a reason we shouldn't? I mean, is it bad or something?



bump...wondering about the glycerin as well.
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: healthybratt February 17, 2007, 04:39:25 AM
No fluoride or glycerin please.

We make ours with glycerine. Is there a reason we shouldn't? I mean, is it bad or something?



bump...wondering about the glycerin as well.
I believe it contains sugar and is contributive to candida.  I don't remember where I read this, but I think that's the possible drawback.
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: LoveSunflowers February 17, 2007, 07:12:40 AM
I just recently heard that is glycerin is bad for your teeth. Your teeth are suppose to enamel themselves and glycerin creates a coating, therefore, not allowing your teeth to do what they need to do. I don't have a source to qoute at the moment, but will post one when I find it. The alternative to tooth paste is to just use soap. I haven't tried it yet, but I know some people that have and they say their teeth are whiter and that food doesn't stick to them at all. Again, I will post the source, but I found it pretty interesting.
Jessica   
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: restinginjesus February 17, 2007, 07:26:35 AM
I have heard of people using miracle 2 Neutralizer.  to brush teeth. We are trying that now and it seems fine! The ingred. areenergized water, ash of dedcyl solution , calcium, potassium, magnesium
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: dara February 17, 2007, 08:32:37 AM
As to glycerin for teeth- HB posted a link once to a dentist guy who claimed glycerin is bad for teeth, and (I believe) he's the one who has made it popular to use soap. I have 2 thoughts- One, soap (at least 'real' homemade soap) is naturally high in glycerin, which is one reason it's better for your skin, and Two, his site is the ONLY place where I have read that glycerin is bad for teeth. That makes me think that either he's right and the rest of the world hasn't caught up yet, or else, it's just his Theory, and it may be true, but who knows? I haven't brought myself to try soap yet because it doesn't sound convincing, and it tastes bad. BUT all this is just my thoughts. I don't have proof or evidence of anything.
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: healthybratt February 17, 2007, 08:43:48 AM
toying with a new recipe

I'm currently using baking soda and chopped mint leaves and I like it, but I was thinking about using some chopped egg shells to balance out the soda.  There's a recipe earlier in the thread that calls for calcium carbonite powder (egg shells), so then I was thinking maybe you could powder some soap and throw that in there for good measure and then maybe the soap wouldn't taste so bad ???
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: 4myhoonie February 18, 2007, 09:21:05 AM
No fluoride or glycerin please.

We make ours with glycerine. Is there a reason we shouldn't? I mean, is it bad or something?



bump...wondering about the glycerin as well.
I believe it contains sugar and is contributive to candida.  I don't remember where I read this, but I think that's the possible drawback.

i was thinking the glycerin was a type of sugar, so it was bad for teeth.  just thinking that could be why.
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: milmuth March 06, 2007, 09:01:44 PM
Asking again

What do you put your toothpaste in to store/use/dispense it?  Or do you make it every time you brush??

How much do you make at a time, or how long does one batch last?

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: sarahmontgomery March 07, 2007, 02:42:27 AM
Mine is a powder so I keep it in a small glass jar with a lid.  I think it had samples of jelly in it at one time.  I make about a week at a time,  I put some in my hand and dip my wet toothbrush in the toothpaste.
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: Jlynn April 27, 2007, 09:41:56 AM
I thought this was pretty good info on the ingredients we use to make homade toothpaste. 

http://mizar5.com/keyes.html

(from this link)

Glycerin 
Glycerin has an antibacterial potential, which is not well recognized. When living bacterial dental plaque is examined with a phase contrast microscope, all of the motile microorganisms (spirochetes, amoebae, motile rods, tricohmonads, etc) can be seen actively moving about. If a drop of glycerin is add to the solution in which the bacterial are living, all motility instantly ceases. In the scientific literature some of the antibacterial properties of glycerin have been described.

More specifics on veg .glycerin
 http://www.botanical.com/products/learn/vegetable-glycerine.html
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: firecattx May 11, 2007, 06:36:53 AM
I got a few bottles of mint oils (peppermint, wintergreen,spearmint) and put them in eye drop bottles.  We individually mix our own tooth paste,

When you say mint oils, what do you mean?  Essential oils or is it something different?
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: firecattx May 15, 2007, 04:13:34 AM
bump
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: DawnsEarlyBirds May 15, 2007, 05:45:52 AM
I just use any oils we have, essential or cooking oils.  Like once in a while I put in a drop of tea trea oil and when looking for a different flavor I may go to the kitchen and grab the orange oil or peppermint. 

Anyone find anything on only using the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide only twice a week?  We use it daily??  My daughter has one fake tooth and recently needed a new bridge made.  Dentist couldn't believe he had made her last tooth such a bad color match until I told him what we were doing!  He said all the whitening strips out there are just hydrogen peroxide.

As for storage, we mix it as we need it in a small bowl on the bathroom counter (a pink heart shaped bowl ;D)  We all dip into the same bowl and it sits until it is gone.  May not be the most hygenic method ...... but it works for us   :P :P  And if I have to throw it away for some reason I figure I am little throwing away fractions of a penny.
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: danielswife May 20, 2007, 02:03:47 PM
I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?

Hi, oneblessedwoman, I've been using pretty much pure baking soda and salt on my teeth since i was 12 and have NEVER been to a dentist until this year (I'm 20). She said I had very healthy, strong teeth, and no cavities at all. 
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: Kati*did May 20, 2007, 02:34:37 PM
I just got an email from a guy who uses bentonite clay to as a tooth powder.     
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: Mom_to_12 May 22, 2007, 07:39:02 AM
Supplies Required
1 tablespoon grated pure soap
 2 tablespoons baking soda (sodium bicarbonate),
1 tablespoon filtered or distilled water
method of grating soap (such as a cheese grater or
potato peeler)
 Essential oils (so far I've used Peppermint and orange - in two separate batches)
Step 1: Grate 1 Tablespoon of Soap
 Measure 1 tablespoon of the grated soap by pressing the grated soap into the
tablespoon until it is full and level, not heaping. Place the grated soap into a small bowl.
Step 2: Dissolve the Soap with 1 Tablespoon of Water
Pour 1 tablespoon of water over the tablespoon of grated soap. Cover the bowl with a lid or
with plastic wrap. Allow the soap to completely dissolve in the water for about an hour, until the combination becomes gelatinous. After an hour, check to make sure all of the soap has completely dissolved; if necessary, slowly stir with a fork and re-cover the bowl until the soap has completely dissolved.
Step 3: Add the Remaining Ingredients
add 2 level tablespoons of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to the
dissolved soap. Use a small mixing spoon to combine the ingredients. Note: The combination
will seem too dry but do not add more water; after continuing to mix with a spoon for about 1 minute, the product will resemble the consistency of commercial toothpaste. You can use the natural tooth paste as is, but I like to add about 15 drops of an essenial oil for flavor.
I store this in a small covered container - one of those plastic babyfood containers.
Dip dry toothbrush into the natural toothpaste.
Brush teeth as usual.

This has worked pretty well for our family.
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: viola June 04, 2007, 05:16:49 AM
sounds good and easy!
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: Jemima June 04, 2007, 05:47:17 AM
All I've been using is baking soda with enough water to make a paste, and a few drops of peppermint oil. It tastes and feels much better than regular toothpaste.  My teeth feel super clean, and they look whiter.  8)
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: Pennie June 16, 2007, 10:54:11 AM
I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?

Hi, oneblessedwoman, I've been using pretty much pure baking soda and salt on my teeth since i was 12 and have NEVER been to a dentist until this year (I'm 20). She said I had very healthy, strong teeth, and no cavities at all. 
K, well, I came on here "hunting" this.  I have a friend that used to be a hygenist and she said the same thing about the enamel so I have been wondering about it.  Don't want to ruin my kids teeth.  Actually I was a smaralleck and said hm, I wonder which is worse rubbing off enamel or poisioning ourselves with flouride?  Wasn't that naughty?  Anyway I was so "proud" of myself for making my own.  I just can't afford Toms or the stuff from the HFS.  So are you all in agreement it wont' be harmful?  the way, I found one of thosed little travel shampoo bottles at walmart(empty)  :D and I put the soda, salt, peppermint oil and water paste in that.  Wondering abut using hte peroxide instead of water? woudl that be okay to let it sit in  a bottle that way?  Thanks.
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: seeker June 16, 2007, 01:58:05 PM
I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?

Here is a quote by SC from the "Tooth Enamel and Baking Soda" thread.

That flavored stuff your dentist uses to polish your teeth with -- the paste he puts on his polishing tool -- is baking soda. I asked mine.

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: havasmama_05 June 22, 2007, 01:02:18 PM
As far as sweetening the toothpaste, has anyone tried xylitol? It's a natural sweetener and it's supposed to be really good for you teeth too.

Also, I got some of the Sweet Orange from Dianna's Sugar... that place, and the bottle says "not intended for internal use." I take it it's still OK for toothpaste since I won't be swallowing it. I talked to the gal there and she said there product is not FDA approved for eating, but I'm guessing she was giving me a  ;) over the phone saying that she wasn't allowed to tell me it's not safe to be consumed because it's not FDA approved.
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: havasmama_05 June 25, 2007, 12:34:25 PM
I tried the BS with Sweet Orange and I even added Xylitol for sweetness. I think it's great and I believe my sensitive teeth are getting less sensitive. But my kids (son 3 1/2 and daughter 19 mths) act like I'm poisoning them. Anyone have any suggestions on getting little ones to accept the new paste w/o pinning them down  >:( ? Any kid approved essential oil flavors?
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: healthybratt June 26, 2007, 03:44:44 AM
I tried the BS with Sweet Orange and I even added Xylitol for sweetness. I think it's great and I believe my sensitive teeth are getting less sensitive. But my kids (son 3 1/2 and daughter 19 mths) act like I'm poisoning them. Anyone have any suggestions on getting little ones to accept the new paste w/o pinning them down  >:( ? Any kid approved essential oil flavors?
I just took away the toothpaste and explained to them it was bad for them.  I told them to brush with water and didn't offer my tooth powder.  They began to ask for it so that they could be like mom or so they wouldn't be left out of the grownup stuff.   ::) 

I use BS with just a tiny bit of crushed mint leaf.  They love it.  I give them their own container with just enough in it because they tend to get it wet and worthless in a few uses.   ;D 
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: likemanywaters June 26, 2007, 06:14:06 AM
I also asked mine about this and he said it has a higher silica content. "OK, that's good." Oh, and 7 TIMES the normal amount of fluoride!!!!! "WHAT???" That was our last trip to the dentist for now...

I'm sure you guys (and ladies!) have all heard this before, but my sister has been a dental assistant, and she says you should NEVER use Baking soda on your teeth, that it will wear the enamel off.  Maybe that's why the older generation has bad teeth????  Any thoughts on this?

Here is a quote by SC from the "Tooth Enamel and Baking Soda" thread.

That flavored stuff your dentist uses to polish your teeth with -- the paste he puts on his polishing tool -- is baking soda. I asked mine.


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: havasmama_05 June 27, 2007, 12:39:19 PM
I just took away the toothpaste and explained to them it was bad for them.  I told them to brush with water and didn't offer my tooth powder.  They began to ask for it so that they could be like mom or so they wouldn't be left out of the grownup stuff.   ::) 

I use BS with just a tiny bit of crushed mint leaf.  They love it.  I give them their own container with just enough in it because they tend to get it wet and worthless in a few uses.   ;D 

Thanks! I did try a different approach before I read your reply. And we were completely out of their toothpaste, so that helped too. My daughter (the younger one) seemed to follow my son's dislike for the new toothpaste, so I figured if I got him to accept it, she would follow. So I asked him to be a big boy so that his sister would like it too, explained to him cavities in simply terms and explained that if he didn't treat it like such a bad thing, it wouldn't be so bad. But the clincher was telling him that baking soda and xylitol are what I put in cookies and I kept coming back to that. To get my daughter to cooperate, after seeing her brother do such a good job, I let her brush her teeth herself and I would step in to help a bit. Now my son tells me thru-out the day, "I like baking soda now, huh!"  :D

I'll have to try mint. No, really, I will. My husband said so....  ;)
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: mommyoftwins July 10, 2007, 04:29:13 PM
I really liked the Burt's Bees toothpastes for myself & the kids. Looking at the ingredients, it seems that it might be simple to make my own version of it, since they stopped making it. >:(  Has anyone tried it?
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: freshisbest July 11, 2007, 03:49:50 AM
Read an article on Xylitol for teeth and it sounded so good I was wondering what brands of healthy gum have Xylitol in them ?? Are there any? How would you incorporate Xylitol into your diet?
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: mamaofangels July 24, 2007, 06:28:54 AM
Just wanted to comment after reading all these. I put BS in a jar with Hydrogen Peroxide and mixed added a drop of peppermint oil and It works GREAT.  I love that way me teeth feel so clean.. I use it about everyother day and brush with just water the other days.  Doesn't taste great.  (I think I need to add more oil to it).  But am liking it!  Just dip my toothbrush and go.  Thanks all!
Jenny
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: makingchanges July 24, 2007, 10:47:44 AM
Just wanted to comment after reading all these. I put BS in a jar with Hydrogen Peroxide and mixed added a drop of peppermint oil and It works GREAT.  I love that way me teeth feel so clean.. I use it about everyother day and brush with just water the other days.  Doesn't taste great.  (I think I need to add more oil to it).  But am liking it!  Just dip my toothbrush and go.  Thanks all!
Jenny

Do you mix Hydrogen Peroxide, BS and the pepermint in the jar and keep it for how long? I thought the Hydrogen peroxide and BS would ract and quit working. I'm confused.
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: mamaofangels July 24, 2007, 11:52:34 AM
I did keep it in a jar and I think it did "react"  The first time I mixed it it was soupy. Then Got to be more like wet powder. But it sticks to my tooth brush good. So I've been using it anyways.
Jenny
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: havasmama_05 July 24, 2007, 12:09:22 PM
Read an article on Xylitol for teeth and it sounded so good I was wondering what brands of healthy gum have Xylitol in them ?? Are there any? How would you incorporate Xylitol into your diet?

I chew Trident. It's the only one I know of. Xylitol is also good for weight loss. And as far as incorporating it into your diet, use it instead of white sugar. It's supposed to substitute straight across. Cookies, cake, brownies, muffins, you know, all that good stuff  ;). But beware, only a little at a time. Too much too soon can really "loosen" your bowels. My first attempt with the Xylitol was home made ice cream. It didn't have enough time to ripen (we had family over) so it was pretty soupy when I served it. That tended to make the servings a little bigger, I think. Anyway, everyone who had a bowl was visiting the bathroom quite a bit  :o. My dad was the only one who was fine because he only had a spoon or two just to taste it.
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: momof6 July 24, 2007, 12:47:52 PM
Hi, just was reading all this great stuff and had to ask........
does anyone else just use plain salt?  My husband was born in Russia, as were his ancestors (but he is German, as they all were), and his great uncle still has all his own teeth, and no cavities, and he has only ever used salt to brush with.  That convinced me enough to try it and that is all our children have ever used.  Their teeth are great and no cavities yet.......

My hubby and I use a natural tea tree oil toothpaste, but when this tube is gone, I'm game to try the baking soda.  We actually use the toothpaste in the mornings and salt in the evenings.  I figure the natural properties of salt prevent decay, and so it can't be bad.  But if anyone knows different.....let me know! 

Sheri

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: healthybratt July 24, 2007, 01:01:56 PM
I've used salt many years ago on a camping trip.   :-X

It works, but I wouldn't recommend it.  :-X :-X :-X :-X :-X
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: DawnsEarlyBirds July 24, 2007, 01:26:58 PM
My MIL (also from Germany) used to talk about brushing with just salt too.  And a friend sent me a link via email last year about making a salt solution to use.  I recently deleted the email so can't give you the link.  However it was from the Mercola site so you could look there.

One of the first things my husband and I knew we had in common when we met was that we had both tried using Dr. Bronner's Peppermint castile soap to brush our teeth while backpacking - and we both said we would never use it again!
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: momof6 July 26, 2007, 08:03:49 AM
If salt "works" in preventing tooth decay, then does anyone know any drawbacks?  Some may say they don't like the salty taste......but of course you don't DRINK it!   :D  You just brush with it and spit it out, like anything else.  Our children know nothing else, so we have no problems with compliancy (other than me, who kinda likes the foamy action of toothpaste!).   ;)

For our family of 8, with 6 littles, salt is the easiest and quickest, they just sprinkle a little on their toothbrushes and brush away!  I need simple and effective!  I'm still perusing the bs/acv for hair topic for the same:  simple and effective.....and SAFE! 

Can I say again.......I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!  Thank you!!!

Sheri
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: joeswife July 26, 2007, 05:36:08 PM
Never heard of using salt before!

Sea salt or the regular stuff? does it matter? Can you just dip the brush in salt water?
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: havasmama_05 July 29, 2007, 05:31:15 PM
Read an article on Xylitol for teeth and it sounded so good I was wondering what brands of healthy gum have Xylitol in them ?? Are there any? How would you incorporate Xylitol into your diet?

I got addicted to Kristen's Back to Basics, so I went looking for more 'healthy' podcasts and ran upon this one. http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=218789249
The first program was all about Xylitol and they talk about chewing gum made with it to help your teeth. Thought you and everyone else here might like the info. You can buy it at this guy's web site. http://www.whitedoveherbals.com/content/view/17/33/
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: momof6 August 02, 2007, 02:59:22 PM
We use sea salt, and just keep a regular salt shaker right on the sink next to the toothbrushes.   ;D  Talk about easy........

Sheri (momof6)
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: enksmom August 02, 2007, 05:51:16 PM
Hi HB ~

I am new to this site, and I AM LOVING IT!  I was reading the toothpaste posts, and was wondering if you tried the egg shells.  If so, how did it work?
And it is best to use sea salt, or is regular table salt good? ???

God Bless
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: daisey September 21, 2007, 10:34:01 AM
We use BS instead of toothpaste but I have a couple of people who don't appreciate the taste~~~has anybody tried altering the taste and what have you used?   I tried grinding spearmint leaves and adding them but they are still not fine enough and the taste isn't strong enough.   Do you think putting a vanilla bean in with the BS for awhile would it absorb the taste?   Any other suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks
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: mamaofangels September 21, 2007, 10:42:21 AM
I use Peppermint oil in mine!  Use more than one drop but you might just have to expermint with it.  Good Luck,, (don't see why you couldn't use essintial oil of any flavor.)
Jenny
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: Jessarie September 22, 2007, 03:51:11 AM
Yeah, we us BS too and I think I put about 5 drops peppermint oil into 2-3 tbsp soda and mix it around. 
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: daisey September 22, 2007, 01:38:43 PM
Can you do this in  a bigger quantity and leave it sit by the sink or will the peppermint oil get rancid?   
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: healthybratt September 23, 2007, 06:26:59 AM
was wondering if you tried the egg shells. 
Not yet, still using baking soda with mint leaves, peroxide or just plain water.
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: mamaofangels September 23, 2007, 07:42:52 PM
Can you do this in  a bigger quantity and leave it sit by the sink or will the peppermint oil get rancid?   
I mixed mine and had about 3 months worth by the sink and it's been fine.  I dont' think the peppermint oil or any essential oil will go bad very quickly.  (Like several months to a year. I think)
Jenny
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: beesbabe September 24, 2007, 01:04:15 AM
Xlear makes gum with xylitol.  I think it has even more in it than Trident without the aspartame.
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: kittyninja October 23, 2007, 02:09:04 PM
I was using baking soda for quite some time (and my kids too!) but i started getting a really sensitive to cold spot at my gumline in one spot. i switched back to regular toothpaste and the pain went away.
 i stopped using the baking soda on my kids also but would like to continue. anyone know why this would happen?
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: mamaofangels October 23, 2007, 05:47:41 PM
Did you use Hydrogen Peroxide too?  I've noticed if I use that daily my teeth get sensitive.  That's the only think I can come up with. Sorry.
Jenny
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: kittyninja October 23, 2007, 06:04:51 PM
nope no peroxide :-\ thanks anyways!
boy i've got the dilemma's today!!
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: AllinHisTime October 23, 2007, 08:12:37 PM
Has anyone heard of using Grapefruit seed extract on your toothbrush to remove plaque?

I read an article online (somewhere...I'll dig it out if necessary)about a man who tried it with tea tree oil to help his dental issues. He had not been to the dentist in over 20 years and his mouth was nasty!  He said one night during dinner it felt like all of this bottom teeth were going to fall out so he went to the bathroom mirror to check it out and he spit out a lot of plaque that had broken loose. 

He went to the dentist and they said his mouth looked great and he only had a small amount of plaque on two teeth.  He then told them his story and none of them believed it had been over 20 years since he went and they had never heard of grapefruit seed extract! 

I'm getting some this weekend to try it out. 
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: papercraftr October 23, 2007, 09:03:27 PM
For awhile we were using Dr. Jordan Rubin's (author of The Maker's Diet) TOOTH DROPS.  Then we ran out and realized that it was an expensive alternative for a family of 12! 

SO, we started making our own using Virgin Coconut Oil and adding several drops of peppermint oil (to taste) in the dropper bottle!  2-4 drops of that mixture on the toothbrush and VOILA!  My husband LOVES it and says his teeth not only feel clean, but feels/smells fresh!  AND my children love it too =)  The great thing is that we always have Virgin Organic coconut oil on hand and the peppermint oil lasts forever!   :D
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: ladyhen October 24, 2007, 03:49:27 AM
Has anyone heard of using Grapefruit seed extract on your toothbrush to remove plaque?

I'm getting some this weekend to try it out. 

Done that!  SUPER YUCK!!  Nothing gets that taste out of my mouth quickly enough.   :P

A woman I knew used to put GSE in her morning coffee.   :o  No way for me!
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: Maria/NHM October 24, 2007, 04:15:32 AM
I've been experimenting with toothpaste. I think I found one that tastes pretty good and works well :)

5 t aluminum free baking soda
1/2 t salt.
5 t glycerin
5 drops peppermint oil.
couple dashes of cayenne pepper.

mix together. Adjust the glycerin to desired consistency and the peppermint and cayenne to the taste you like. We like this and it cleans really well. I added the cayenne to the original recipe since I had read it's good for gum disease. I store it in a small plastic container. We use a short straw to put it on the toothbrushes so we don't all have to dip :P
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: AllinHisTime October 24, 2007, 04:52:53 AM
Has anyone heard of using Grapefruit seed extract on your toothbrush to remove plaque?

I'm getting some this weekend to try it out. 

Done that!  SUPER YUCK!!  Nothing gets that taste out of my mouth quickly enough.   :P

A woman I knew used to put GSE in her morning coffee.   :o  No way for me!

Thanks for the warning!  I've never had it so I wasn't sure what to expect.
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: kittyninja October 24, 2007, 05:57:31 AM
This looks interesting! i have both items as well! does the coconut oil stay liquidy then with the peppermint oil in it?

OH wait *smackonforehead* ::)  i make a cough rub with eucalyptus oil in coconut oil and it stays liquidy!!! sorry...ok gonna go make some tooth drops now!!  :D

For awhile we were using Dr. Jordan Rubin's (author of The Maker's Diet) TOOTH DROPS.  Then we ran out and realized that it was an expensive alternative for a family of 12! 

SO, we started making our own using Virgin Coconut Oil and adding several drops of peppermint oil (to taste) in the dropper bottle!  2-4 drops of that mixture on the toothbrush and VOILA!  My husband LOVES it and says his teeth not only feel clean, but feels/smells fresh!  AND my children love it too =)  The great thing is that we always have Virgin Organic coconut oil on hand and the peppermint oil lasts forever!   :D
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: papercraftr October 24, 2007, 06:46:01 AM
COCONUT OIL W/PEPPERMINT DROPS 
Wintertime Hints

It sometimes gets cold for the oil and has a hard time dispensing out of my bottle.  In that case, we put the bottle in a little jar/container of HOT tap water and it will liquefy fairly quickly.   ;D
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: twitterpated4hubby October 24, 2007, 11:39:26 AM
Anyone ever heard of Ester C being good for the enamal? I just bought some Nutrismile organic toothpaste and it has that in it. Im so sick of baking soda. I hope this works well.
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: lotsaboys October 26, 2007, 09:39:03 AM
This looks interesting! i have both items as well! does the coconut oil stay liquidy then with the peppermint oil in it?

OH wait *smackonforehead* ::)  i make a cough rub with eucalyptus oil in coconut oil and it stays liquidy!!! sorry...ok gonna go make some tooth drops now!!  :D

For awhile we were using Dr. Jordan Rubin's (author of The Maker's Diet) TOOTH DROPS.  Then we ran out and realized that it was an expensive alternative for a family of 12! 

SO, we started making our own using Virgin Coconut Oil and adding several drops of peppermint oil (to taste) in the dropper bottle!  2-4 drops of that mixture on the toothbrush and VOILA!  My husband LOVES it and says his teeth not only feel clean, but feels/smells fresh!  AND my children love it too =)  The great thing is that we always have Virgin Organic coconut oil on hand and the peppermint oil lasts forever!   :D

Have you tried this yet, kittyninja? It looks like something easy and likeable for our crew...
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: kittyninja October 26, 2007, 09:58:43 AM
actually we are using it right now!! i do like it- it does leave my mouth feeling clean..and my kiddos like it 5 and 3...i think i might put a tad bit more peppermint oil in it though...then will see. :D
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: lotsaboys December 06, 2007, 03:20:28 PM
actually we are using it right now!! i do like it- it does leave my mouth feeling clean..and my kiddos like it 5 and 3...i think i might put a tad bit more peppermint oil in it though...then will see. :D

We like this stuff but I'm having a hard time coming up with a good container for it. Since coconut oil gets hard I can't use something squeezy for dispensing and dipping toothbrushes in isn't an option either. :P Any suggestions?
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: kittyninja December 06, 2007, 03:25:30 PM
i have mine in a tincture bottle actually . when i remember i just put it in a cup of hot water and then squeeze it onto the brush with the dropper! so far so good!! any variations anybody? GSE or anything?
actually we are using it right now!! i do like it- it does leave my mouth feeling clean..and my kiddos like it 5 and 3...i think i might put a tad bit more peppermint oil in it though...then will see. :D

We like this stuff but I'm having a hard time coming up with a good container for it. Since coconut oil gets hard I can't use something squeezy for dispensing and dipping toothbrushes in isn't an option either. :P Any suggestions?
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: Nickole December 20, 2007, 03:14:10 PM
Just wanted to post here that we had been brushing our teeth with Castille soap (Dr. Bronner's - has anyone actually ever READ that entire very bizarre label?  :o  Did you know we live on God's Spaceship Earth?  :o ::)) and we noticed after some time that, as coffee and tea drinkers, our teeth were staining pretty bad.  We could not get rid of the stains, so we are back to SLS polluted (yet flouride free) Tom's of Maine whitening toothpaste.   :)
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: healthyinOhio December 20, 2007, 03:26:33 PM
and we noticed after some time that, as coffee and tea drinkers, our teeth were staining pretty bad. 

My aunt is a hygienist, and I just had my teeth cleaned by her this past week.  She said that coffee does not stain your teeth, but tea does.  She also noticed that I had zero stains on my teeth this time, and my tea consumption went from 3-4X a day to a couple times a week.  So, I guess that does help.
Yeah, that Castille soap is really out there!  ;D
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: Nickole December 20, 2007, 03:32:57 PM
and we noticed after some time that, as coffee and tea drinkers, our teeth were staining pretty bad. 

My aunt is a hygienist, and I just had my teeth cleaned by her this past week.  She said that coffee does not stain your teeth, but tea does.  She also noticed that I had zero stains on my teeth this time, and my tea consumption went from 3-4X a day to a couple times a week.  So, I guess that does help.
Yeah, that Castille soap is really out there!  ;D

Hmm, well my husband's were way worse than mine (pat pat pat) and he only drinks coffee.  Come to think of it I have heard more about tea staining, from my dentist.  That's odd then about why his were brown.  I had a couple spots but his were pretty much all brown.  It was bad.  He insisted on getting some whitening toothpaste ASAP.   :D
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: lotsaboys December 20, 2007, 05:56:45 PM
For awhile we were using Dr. Jordan Rubin's (author of The Maker's Diet) TOOTH DROPS.  Then we ran out and realized that it was an expensive alternative for a family of 12! 

SO, we started making our own using Virgin Coconut Oil and adding several drops of peppermint oil (to taste) in the dropper bottle!  2-4 drops of that mixture on the toothbrush and VOILA!  My husband LOVES it and says his teeth not only feel clean, but feels/smells fresh!  AND my children love it too =)  The great thing is that we always have Virgin Organic coconut oil on hand and the peppermint oil lasts forever!   :D

We've been using this for some time now and love it! It leaves teeth feeling SO clean and mouth so fresh and I don't notice as much build up during the day. In fact basically none. Don't know if that is wholly because of the toothpaste or partly because of what we eat. Anyhow, its so easy and effective!
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: blsd2bhome December 28, 2007, 05:23:18 PM
For awhile we were using Dr. Jordan Rubin's (author of The Maker's Diet) TOOTH DROPS.  Then we ran out and realized that it was an expensive alternative for a family of 12! 

SO, we started making our own using Virgin Coconut Oil and adding several drops of peppermint oil (to taste) in the dropper bottle!  2-4 drops of that mixture on the toothbrush and VOILA!  My husband LOVES it and says his teeth not only feel clean, but feels/smells fresh!  AND my children love it too =)  The great thing is that we always have Virgin Organic coconut oil on hand and the peppermint oil lasts forever!   :D

We've been using this for some time now and love it! It leaves teeth feeling SO clean and mouth so fresh and I don't notice as much build up during the day. In fact basically none. Don't know if that is wholly because of the toothpaste or partly because of what we eat. Anyhow, its so easy and effective!

Do you find that it removes plaque?  You are saying just coconut oil and essential oil right?  I thought toothpaste may need some "scrubbing" in order to clean? ???
This would be a great alternative for us.  My kids do not want to do the baking soda, they tried, they really did.  And the Tom's brand tastes too yucky for me....leaves a weird aftertaste I think.  :-X
I do have one dc that says all toothpastes are "hot".  But they all love me cooking with coconut oil!  So that would be an easy switch for them!

Thanks!
Kindly,
blsd2bhome
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: lotsaboys December 28, 2007, 07:32:09 PM
For awhile we were using Dr. Jordan Rubin's (author of The Maker's Diet) TOOTH DROPS.  Then we ran out and realized that it was an expensive alternative for a family of 12! 

SO, we started making our own using Virgin Coconut Oil and adding several drops of peppermint oil (to taste) in the dropper bottle!  2-4 drops of that mixture on the toothbrush and VOILA!  My husband LOVES it and says his teeth not only feel clean, but feels/smells fresh!  AND my children love it too =)  The great thing is that we always have Virgin Organic coconut oil on hand and the peppermint oil lasts forever!   :D

We've been using this for some time now and love it! It leaves teeth feeling SO clean and mouth so fresh and I don't notice as much build up during the day. In fact basically none. Don't know if that is wholly because of the toothpaste or partly because of what we eat. Anyhow, its so easy and effective!

Do you find that it removes plaque?  You are saying just coconut oil and essential oil right?  I thought toothpaste may need some "scrubbing" in order to clean? ???
This would be a great alternative for us.  My kids do not want to do the baking soda, they tried, they really did.  And the Tom's brand tastes too yucky for me....leaves a weird aftertaste I think.  :-X
I do have one dc that says all toothpastes are "hot".  But they all love me cooking with coconut oil!  So that would be an easy switch for them!

Thanks!
Kindly,
blsd2bhome

It seems to remove plaque just fine for us. When I was using baking soda only my teeth became very, very sensitive to hot and cold. I love the way this leaves my whole mouth feeling nice and clean and doesn't take so much rinsing and rinsing to get rid of the "sticky" feel when using a boughten toothpaste. My kids all love the flavor and it takes such a little bit per person.

I know what you mean about thinking you need something to "scrub" and I thought this stuff seemed too easy and simple to be effective! Someone can set me straight if there is something we are missing or lacking by using only CO and peppermint EO. I'm not very knowledgeable in dental stuff since I've only been to a dentist a couple times in my life. :o Oops, guess that's not what makes one "dentally smart", eh? ;)
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: blsd2bhome December 29, 2007, 05:19:01 AM

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It seems to remove plaque just fine for us. When I was using baking soda only my teeth became very, very sensitive to hot and cold. I love the way this leaves my whole mouth feeling nice and clean and doesn't take so much rinsing and rinsing to get rid of the "sticky" feel when using a boughten toothpaste. My kids all love the flavor and it takes such a little bit per person.

I know what you mean about thinking you need something to "scrub" and I thought this stuff seemed too easy and simple to be effective! Someone can set me straight if there is something we are missing or lacking by using only CO and peppermint EO. I'm not very knowledgeable in dental stuff since I've only been to a dentist a couple times in my life. :o Oops, guess that's not what makes one "dentally smart", eh? ;)
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Thank you!  :D
I am soo excited to try this! 
 I am not so sure some of the dentists I have seen are "dentally smart"!   ::)  They don't independently think from the masses--I personally don't think that is too smart!

Thank you for your suggestions!
Kindly,
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: healthybratt December 29, 2007, 05:47:23 AM
Just wanted to post here that we had been brushing our teeth with Castille soap (Dr. Bronner's - has anyone actually ever READ that entire very bizarre label?  :o  Did you know we live on God's Spaceship Earth?  :o ::)) and we noticed after some time that, as coffee and tea drinkers, our teeth were staining pretty bad.  We could not get rid of the stains, so we are back to SLS polluted (yet flouride free) Tom's of Maine whitening toothpaste.   :)
Baking Soda is a pretty good whitener.
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: carolina girl January 13, 2008, 02:17:57 PM
Mint Tooth Paste Recipe
(I think I'm going to try this one.  I might try adding some cloves and/or lavender as well.)

Ingredients:

    * 6 teaspoons baking soda
    * 1/3 teaspoon salt
    * 4 teaspoons glycerin
    * 15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract

Directions:

Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. Store in a container. You'll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels.




Some questions about homemade toothpaste:
I have EXTREMELY sensitive teeth with receeding gums.  Is this going to be good for my teeth or will it only hurt to use and be bad for them?  I was thinking that the baking soda might be harmful for sensitive teeth.  Also, is glycerine bad?

Is there anywhere that you can buy something like a toothpaste tube (non-internet shopper here) to fill yourself to put the paste into?

When you talk about peppermint, is it an essential oil, or is it the stuff that I can buy in the baking aisle at the grocery store?

Many questions - I know.  Thanks so much for all your help, ladies.  You are all helping my family to get healthy and to save $$$$$$$. :)
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: lotsaboys January 13, 2008, 02:42:31 PM
Just wanted to post here that we had been brushing our teeth with Castille soap (Dr. Bronner's - has anyone actually ever READ that entire very bizarre label?  :o  Did you know we live on God's Spaceship Earth?  :o ::)) and we noticed after some time that, as coffee and tea drinkers, our teeth were staining pretty bad.  We could not get rid of the stains, so we are back to SLS polluted (yet flouride free) Tom's of Maine whitening toothpaste.   :)
Baking Soda is a pretty good whitener.

So do you find bs to be hard on teeth? As in giving them a transparent look or making them sensitive to hot/cold?
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: Roehrmomma January 13, 2008, 02:50:02 PM
Baking soda is a NO go for me.  Major sensitive teeth with that.

Em
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: carolina girl January 14, 2008, 10:04:36 AM
Some questions about homemade toothpaste:
I have EXTREMELY sensitive teeth with receeding gums.  Is this going to be good for my teeth or will it only hurt to use and be bad for them?  I was thinking that the baking soda might be harmful for sensitive teeth.  Also, is glycerine bad?

When you talk about peppermint, is it an essential oil, or is it the stuff that I can buy in the baking aisle at the grocery store?

Many questions - I know.  Thanks so much for all your help, ladies.  You are all helping my family to get healthy and to save $$$$$$$.
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: havasmama_05 January 14, 2008, 12:48:36 PM
Some questions about homemade toothpaste:
I have EXTREMELY sensitive teeth with receeding gums.  Is this going to be good for my teeth or will it only hurt to use and be bad for them?  I was thinking that the baking soda might be harmful for sensitive teeth.  Also, is glycerine bad?

When you talk about peppermint, is it an essential oil, or is it the stuff that I can buy in the baking aisle at the grocery store?

Many questions - I know.  Thanks so much for all your help, ladies.  You are all helping my family to get healthy and to save $$$$$$$.

I don't know how this recipe would effect your mouth, but I did hear recently, an intern at our church had receding gums and she used neem oil, which took care of the problem. You'd probably wanna research it more. Sorry I don't have anymore info.

The Peppermint is EO and not extract from the store. I tried that 'cause I didn't have EO and it was nasty. Took too much to make it minty. By the time it was minty, there was so much in it you could taste the alcohol :P.
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: healthybratt January 15, 2008, 12:05:35 PM
I just ordered some PerioBrite toothpaste from iHerb.com and got it today.  Doesn't taste too bad (minty) and it's aluminum free, detergent free & flouride free.  Hubby had no complaints and he's the only one who still uses Crest in our house.

http://www.iherb.com/ProductDetails.aspx?c=1&pid=5162 (http://www.iherb.com/ProductDetails.aspx?c=1&pid=5162)

Free of preservatives, Fluoride, Alcohol, Synthetic solvents, Sodium-Lauryl-Sulfate, Artificial Sweeteners, Colors and Dyes.

Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, U.S.P. Purified Water, Colloidal Silica, Peppermint Oil, Xanthan gum, Xylitol, Lysine, Centipeda Cunninghamil Extract; Extracts of Echinacea Purpurea Tops, Calendula Flower, Olive Leaf, Black Walnut Green Hulls, Gotu Kola Herb, Chamomile Flower, Green Tea Leaf, Prickly Ash Bark, Grapefruit Seed; Essential Oils of Oregano, Clove, Thyme, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus; Plant Saponins, Folic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Aloe Vera, Chlorophyll.
: Re: Homemade Toothpaste & Other Dental Products
: doddsgirl January 15, 2008, 12:41:43 PM

So do you find bs to be hard on teeth? As in giving them a transparent look or making them sensitive to hot/cold?
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hey, y'all. i've been using dry baking soda/sea salt combo for prob 5 months(after reading this thread!) and i love it! my teeth and mouth feel so fresh and squeaky clean. i was so enthusiastic about it that my 12 year old nephew jumped on the bandwagon! ;D he is always adding baking soda to my sis's grocery list so he can make more "toothpaste" and "poo". :D

about the above question re: transparency... my teeth do look kinda transparent around the edges...is that bad?  ??? course-who knows if they were like that before...i haven't been to a dentist in years.
i have coconut oil, guess i could try that. but i LOVE my bs/ss! :-\
thanks, rhonda
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: maceoghain January 15, 2008, 12:46:29 PM
My dentist said specifically that semi-transparent teeth have a very "natural" look, which he prefers. I suppose because very opaque teeth are usually artificial (think: dentures  ;D).

Ya'll have intrigued me with this topic! I'll have to read up and see if anyone has a toothpaste recipe with cinnamon in it. (I love cinnamon toothpaste!)

kate
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: doddsgirl January 15, 2008, 01:06:59 PM
My dentist said specifically that semi-transparent teeth have a very "natural" look, which he prefers. I suppose because very opaque teeth are usually artificial (think: dentures  ;D).

Ya'll have intrigued me with this topic! I'll have to read up and see if anyone has a toothpaste recipe with cinnamon in it. (I love cinnamon toothpaste!)

kate

well good...you mean i'm normal? :o wait till my fam finds out! ;D i love cinnamon also! i was a close-up girl all the way before my baking soda revolution! thanks for the quick reply!
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: lotsaboys January 15, 2008, 01:42:09 PM
My dentist said specifically that semi-transparent teeth have a very "natural" look, which he prefers. I suppose because very opaque teeth are usually artificial (think: dentures  ;D).


kate

Yikes. Not sure if I'm happy with my "natural" look: http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,14852.msg139654.html#msg139654
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: Eglantine January 15, 2008, 05:41:03 PM
Just wanted to post here that we had been brushing our teeth with Castille soap (Dr. Bronner's - has anyone actually ever READ that entire very bizarre label?  :o  Did you know we live on God's Spaceship Earth?  :o ::)) and we noticed after some time that, as coffee and tea drinkers, our teeth were staining pretty bad.  We could not get rid of the stains, so we are back to SLS polluted (yet flouride free) Tom's of Maine whitening toothpaste.   :)

I grew up brushing my teeth, washing my hair and bathing with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint. Once in awhile my mom would get lavender for the bath/hair part. To this day, if I am feeling sick or even upset, I go for our bottle. Something about it is comforting. Hmmm. And yes, I remember as a child sitting in the tub reading all that bizarre stuff and wondering. Back then though, the labels were paper and were always in some state of coming off from getting wet.
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: havasmama_05 January 16, 2008, 12:50:47 PM
I just ordered some PerioBrite toothpaste from iHerb.com and got it today.  Doesn't taste too bad (minty) and it's aluminum free, detergent free & flouride free.  Hubby had no complaints and he's the only one who still uses Crest in our house.

So my husband isn't the only one who goes out and buys his favorite brand of tooth poison still, because I keep "forgetting" to. I don't use it anymore so I don't know when it's gone ;). He finally gave in, though, 'cause he ran out of the tube stuff and starting use my bs. He still does a healty  :P swish of mouthwash, however; says the bs doesn't help w/ breath. I'll admit that :D.
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: kentuckymommy January 19, 2008, 05:33:44 PM
Check out my friends website... harmonyacressoap.com   (http://harmonyacressoap.com) She has homemade tooth'soap' that is excellent!
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: kittyninja January 19, 2008, 06:33:14 PM
ummm so am i the only one that saw that bar of tooth soap on that site and pictured myself rubbing the whole bar across my teeth? is that how you use it? and the other powdered stuff- how is it applied on to the brush? i am really interested in it as right now i am making my own simple one but hubby isn't to keen on it, and yes he goes and buys his own little tube of poison now!! :D
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: 4myhoonie January 19, 2008, 07:05:30 PM
hey all, i buy the melaleuca tea tree/mint toothpaste and love it.  my hubby likes the cinnamon flavor, but what he really loves is this:

https://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=JS-1187

it's Jason Powersmile whitening--no flouride and the ingred. are pretty good.  i HATE it!!!! it is really potent stuff!!!   :o :o  i put a couple in his stocking.  vitacost and vitaminshoppe both have it, so when i order i just stick a couple extra on my order.  i was just hoping that some of your hubbys might like this instead of their tube of poison!   :o  HTH
: Re: Homemade Toothpaste & Other Dental Products
: lotsaboys January 20, 2008, 07:27:20 AM
ummm so am i the only one that saw that bar of tooth soap on that site and pictured myself rubbing the whole bar across my teeth? is that how you use it? and the other powdered stuff- how is it applied on to the brush? i am really interested in it as right now i am making my own simple one but hubby isn't to keen on it, and yes he goes and buys his own little tube of poison now!! :D
Ha! I wondered the same thing about the bar. :D
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: kentuckymommy January 20, 2008, 05:53:35 PM
 ;D  hahahaha!
 
I wondered the same thing, but you rub your toothbrush on the bar and the powder you use like baking soda, you know wet the brush, dip in, brush yor teeth, rinse, and wallah....pearly white teeth!
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: freshisbest January 25, 2008, 03:42:14 AM
I'm going to answer my own question here after revisiting Xylitol and searching to make my own toothpaste. I found Xylitol and Xylitol gum at Epic Dental and prices seem reasonable. I'm assuming Baking Soda, Peroxide( for the rot)  and the Xylitol would make it sweet...essentail oil for something different so I'm hoping this all makes for a pleasant tasting simple way to build enamel. Also get some Xylitol into dd's front teeth where she has a cavity. Is $7/pound a lot for Xylitol?

http://www.epicdental.com/c-44-wholesale-xylitol.aspx?gclid=COqZhfCikZECFUWoGgod52zXOA
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: DarlingSweetHeart January 25, 2008, 03:56:43 AM
A young man I know now studying to be a medical student once mentioned to me that peroxide was very unstable and that he would never use it in his mouth...yet my husband's dentist and friend recommended the use of it...does anyone know more?
and wouldn't xylitol be a better alternative than glycerin?
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: ForeverGirl January 25, 2008, 06:14:21 AM
[gabe here] Compared to other molecules, peroxide is unstable... but I have no idea why that would make any difference as to why or why not one should put it in one's mouth. As a matter off fact, this is exactly why it is useful for things like nipping a sore throat in the bud, or cleaning teeth.

Hydrogen peroxide is water with an extra oxygen molecule. The beauty of it is that the extra oxygen likes to "jump free" and in so doing, usually oxidizes (burns) something else in the vicinity... like bacteria, food particles, etc. As an added benefit, it foams as it does this. This naturally "debrides" the area... it lifts the dead stuff free so that it can easily be rinsed out... or swallowed and processed.

Most publicly available Hydrogen Peroxide is 3% solution which can possibly burn mucus membranes (the mouth, for example) if used in full strength... but in dilute solution is not going to cause problems...

Just like every other thing discussed on WTM (essential oils, cooking recipes, vitamins, etc) it must be used with knowledge or there could be negative consequences... but not nearly as potentially dangerous as bleach for instance... or phyto-estrogen and antibiotic packed homogenized store shelf milk.

I have this vague vision of some really funny "mom vs. MD" commercials, a la "Mac vs. PC (http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/)"

[enter cute, fun healthy mom, and typical pasty skin, circles under eyes, condescending doc]
Mom: "Hi, I'm a mom"
MD: [sonorous tone]"...and I'm an MD"
Mom: "So, MD, I'm making my own toothpaste today! It has baking soda, and xylitol for enamel rebuilding. Real cinnamon oil to increase circulation and to reduce oral bacteria... and it only uses natural ingredients. Its so healthy for my kids."
MD: "Only fluoride based toothpastes are approved by the AMA. Does yours have fluoride? How could you possibly know how to make toothpaste anyway?"
Mom: "Well I and my friends spend a lot of time studying how to keep our families healthy. We see it as a very high personal priority... as I guess you would agree? ...and why does the AMA recommend that highly active industrial waste products like fluoride be put in toothpaste? Don't you think that's kind of odd?"
MD: "Of course my job is all about health. I constantly have to take approved courses and read approved literature to even keep my license to practice. AMA opinions are backed by the research of thousands of allied research institutions and years of scientific inquiry, to question the AMA would be like questioning... uh... "
Mom: "God?"
MD: "What? Well... in an ecclesiastical sense, yes."
Mom: "So, you would never... question the use of industrial waste in your toothpaste? A chemical which is linked by many to reduced inquisitiveness?"
MD: "Well, yes... but not if it is... I mean. What? I need a cigarette..."

--gabe
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: Simply Kristen January 25, 2008, 06:19:28 AM

I have this vague vision of some really funny "mom vs. MD" commercials, a la "Mac vs. PC"

[enter cute, fun healthy mom, and typical pasty skin, circles under eyes, condescending doc]
Mom: "Hi, I'm a mom"
MD: [sonorous tone]"...and I'm an MD"
Mom: "So, MD, I'm making my own toothpaste today! It has baking soda, and xylitol for enamel rebuilding. Real cinnamon oil to increase circulation and to reduce oral bacteria... and it only uses natural ingredients. Its so healthy for my kids."
MD: "Only fluoride based toothpastes are approved by the AMA. Does yours have fluoride? How could you possibly know how to make toothpaste anyway?"
Mom: "Well I and my friends spend a lot of time studying how to keep our families healthy. We see it as a very high personal priority... as I guess you would agree? ...and why does the AMA recommend that highly active industrial waste products like fluoride be put in toothpaste? Don't you think that's kind of odd?"
MD: "Of course my job is all about health. I constantly have to take approved courses and read approved literature to even keep my license to practice. AMA opinions are backed by the research of thousands of allied research institutions and years of scientific inquiry, to question the AMA would be like questioning... uh... "
Mom: "God?"
MD: "What? Well... in an ecclesiastical sense, yes."
Mom: "So, you would never... question the use of industrial waste in your toothpaste? A chemical which is linked by many to reduced inquisitiveness?"
MD: "Well, yes... but not if it is... I mean. What? I need a cigarette..."

--gabe

Hey!
We  could do a video like that!
 :D :D
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: ForeverGirl January 25, 2008, 06:22:30 AM
 ;)
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: herbs girl January 25, 2008, 06:36:59 AM
I am trying the toothsoap from perfect prescription, and they now have toothsoap with raw honey in it. I told my kids I would get them some of that! They used to have a problem spitting regular toothpaste out, but NO PROBLEM with the toothsoap! ;D

I have tried hydrogen peroxide in my mouth and it does help get rid of ulcers, and mouth sores/infections. But I did not dilute it. I just put it straight on a paper towel and onto my sore/infection and hold it there for a minute give or take. I read that if you use hydrogen Peroxide in your mouth for too many days in a row, it will turn your tougue black. :P
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: ForeverGirl January 25, 2008, 07:03:21 AM
Do you have a link for the, "black tongue after too many days of H2O2?" When I googled "Hydrogen Peroxide Black Tongue" I got link after link recommending the use of Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of the black tongue thing...

eg: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/black-hairy-tongue/HQ00325

--gabe
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: herbs girl January 25, 2008, 09:53:23 AM
Do you have a link for the, "black tongue after too many days of H2O2?" When I googled "Hydrogen Peroxide Black Tongue" I got link after link recommending the use of Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of the black tongue thing...

eg: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/black-hairy-tongue/HQ00325

--gabe

Oh my  goodness! I just got the book in the mail called "The Perfect Prescription for your teeth" and I thought I read it in there. Let  me check real quick what it says.........

Ok Im back, here is  an exact quote from the little booklet I got in the mail from the toothsoap poeple....

"A note about Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses that are touted as the solution for bad breath. (e.g.: 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed with equal amounts water,ect.): In the book "Your Beautiful Self" by the editors of Prevention Magazine it states,"Aside from the possibility that it may cause oral irritation, continued use of peroxide can lead to blackening of  your tounge" They recommend not using hydrogen peroxide rinses in the mouth longer than 8-10 days if you do use them"

So I guess that is not much information about it. And its quoted from another book, too so ??????? I just happen to notice it when I was reading through the booklet from the same place I got my Toothsoap.
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: herbs girl January 25, 2008, 09:57:10 AM
I found some more information.

Evidently too prolonged of a use of hydrogen peroxide in the mouth can cause a "black hairy tounge" ??

http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=hydrogen+peroxide+blackening+of+the+tongue&SpellState=n-1814541096_q-ZPbx3qjeWwv34GrBPTkJGQAAAA%40%40&u=www.yellow-net.com/dentist-east-york-ontario/dental-encyclopedia-mouth-rinses.htm&w=hydrogen+peroxide+blackening+blacken+blackened+tongue+tongues&d=WXnTgnDuP_0_&icp=1&.intl=us
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: DHW January 25, 2008, 10:29:54 AM
I have been rinsing a few times a week with diluted hydogen peroxide (1:1, water:peroxide 3%), for a month or so.  No problems here with black hairy tongue.  Just whiter teeth and healthier gums.  I think it is very helpful after flossing.
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: Gabriel Anast January 25, 2008, 10:35:16 AM
...yeah, I have used hydrogen peroxide for years. Sometimes daily, sometimes once a week... and, in my personal experience it has not caused a black hairy tongue...

Also, the black hairy tongue symptom is (according to the sites I looked through) generally caused by bacteria or yeast growth in the mouth...

I am not saying that it is impossible that H2O2 would cause this, but I cannot see how...

--gabe
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: herbs girl January 25, 2008, 03:20:58 PM
...yeah, I have used hydrogen peroxide for years. Sometimes daily, sometimes once a week... and, in my personal experience it has not caused a black hairy tongue...

Also, the black hairy tongue symptom is (according to the sites I looked through) generally caused by bacteria or yeast growth in the mouth...

I am not saying that it is impossible that H2O2 would cause this, but I cannot see how...

--gabe

 That is just stuff I read, not from my experience!   I have never had a black tongue!!   :D  and I  use Hydrogen Peroxide in my mouth when I have infections and stuff. 
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: healthybratt January 30, 2008, 01:07:56 PM
[enter cute, fun healthy mom, and typical pasty skin, circles under eyes, condescending doc]...What? I need a cigarette..."
ROTFL.  You could just use the same guy who does PC.  Or maybe that Doc who can't practice medicine who does the Lipitor commericals.
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: healthybratt January 30, 2008, 01:09:43 PM
Evidently too prolonged of a use of hydrogen peroxide in the mouth can cause a "black hairy tounge" ??
ROTFL.  Wow this thread is more entertaining that the Humor thread.   :o
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: lotsagirls January 30, 2008, 02:33:15 PM



Mint Tooth Paste Recipe
(I think I'm going to try this one.  I might try adding some cloves and/or lavender as well.)

Ingredients:

    * 6 teaspoons baking soda
    * 1/3 teaspoon salt
    * 4 teaspoons glycerin
    * 15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract

Directions:

Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. Store in a container. You'll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels.



I made this using Coconut Oil instead of glycerin and I also added some cayenne to it.  Like is so far.  One of my five likes it.  The rest will just have to get used to it! ;)
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: marksgirl January 31, 2008, 08:10:52 AM
I was using just bs for a while, but it IS rather nasty tasting if it hits your tongue!  I recently added salt to it, as well as black walnut powder.  Still kind of nasty, so then I added some stevia powder to it, and now it's not too bad.  Would like to add some mint eventually (when I can afford it) so that dh will be more inclined to use it.  We ran out of regular tp for a few days, and he kept complaining about the bs mix, so I "let" him pick out some new tp.
I just googled bwp, and the top site on the list was the Bulk Herb store!  How cool it that?  It doesn't mention anything about using it for teeth, though, so here are a couple of other quotes/links:
Powdered black walnut has been used to clean teeth and tighten gums. (http://www.organicnutrition.co.uk/products/indherbs/herb-blackwalnut.htm)
For extra help with gum and tooth problems, add a little extra black walnut powder. (http://www.webnat.com/articles/DentalHealth.asp)
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: Roehrmomma January 31, 2008, 09:34:57 AM
When I eat anything sweet my teeth just HURT something awful. Sometimes bad enough I feel like taking Tylenol. What is the reason for this? It has happened no matter the tooth product I use. (BS,tooth soap, several toothpastes,just a brush,etc)

  Is it lack of good enamel? I have never had a cavity. But always sensitive teeth. Just the last yr or so it is intensified. :-\

Em
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: bizymum January 31, 2008, 09:51:11 AM
If the pain is along the sides of the tooth it could be recessed gum lines, where the root is beginning to show.  I deal with that.  It comes from brushing too hard.  The dentist had me switch to a Sonic Care toothbrush and that has helped alot.  But I only use it at night, I just can't stand all that buzzing around in my mouth first thing in the morning.  Also, I use a toothpaste with xylitol, aloe, and no SLS.  Those two things have helped tremendously.  The other option is that it could be just the beginning of a cavity, but I don't think that would cause quite so much pain as what you described.
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: Roehrmomma January 31, 2008, 09:54:54 AM
It is the whole tooth. And almost all of them. :-\  It seems to be feeling worse. I am gonna be making dentist app. for the whole family soon.  I do not do fluoride and mercury fillings so I am scared to find a dentist. I need to just start calling and saying are you willing to let me not use these things...   :P

Em
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: bizymum January 31, 2008, 10:00:11 AM
We started going to a new dentist last year, they've got everything high tech and cutting edge in there.  I asked about mercury fillings and they said they only do the white fillings now.  And last time, I had just the beginning of a cavity and they opted to do a sealant (like the kind they put on kids teeth) instead of a full filling. 
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: havasmama_05 February 21, 2008, 01:16:12 PM
Modified 4/28/08

Yeah!!! I finally made a successful batch of toothpaste. I made some adjustments to the recipe. If anyone wants to try it, it has been Hubby (and kid) approved ;D.

1 T Coconut Oil
2 T Water
4 T Xylitol
8 T Baking Soda
70-80 drops of Peppermint Oil

In a double boiler (or over very low heart) dissolve the Xylitol in the water, stirring, of course. Add the coconut oil until melted. Stir in the pep oil. Then stir in the baking soda a T at a time to blend well. Pour into container and let cool.

I hope others will like this as well!!!
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: Nickole March 07, 2008, 03:51:35 AM
Here is a link to Dom's (from Dom's kefir insite) tooth-saving paste recipe.  He also sells toothpaste packets. 

http://users.chariot.net.au:80/~dna/toothpaste/toothpaste.htm

It says:

Here you will find a recipe for a natural toothpaste, which may help with tooth sensitivity due to the poor condition of tooth enamel, or for the prevention of sensitive teeth and tooth enamel erosion. This toothpaste has also shown to eliminate bleeding of the gums, if the paste is used on a daily basis. The tooth paste can remove most stains on the teeth, such as those caused by cigarette smoking. It will strengthen tooth enamel and gums, and heal, yes heal pre-existing tooth decay [such as in my case]. The tooth-saving paste should leave a very fine film of oil over the surface of the teeth, which is undetectable. This acts as an ongoing protective barrier or film for the teeth, for some hours after brushing followed by flossing the teeth.  
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: firecattx April 22, 2008, 06:28:21 AM
What toothpaste do you use for small children who can't spit( needs to be safe if swallowed). I would like something that I can make at home.  I have tried Jason's, Burts Bees etc. but my kids always say the taste is too hot. Any suggestions?
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: lotsagirls April 22, 2008, 06:31:41 AM
What toothpaste do you use for small children who can't spit( needs to be safe if swallowed). I would like something that I can make at home.  I have tried Jason's, Burts Bees etc. but my kids always say the taste is too hot. Any suggestions?

This is what I make...my 2yo dd uses it

6 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
5 tsp coconut oil (or glycerin)
15 drops peppermint EO
1/8 tsp cayenne

My kids and I love it.  It's not "hot" with the cayenne in there.  And the cayenne really helped with swollen gums when I was pg.  My teeth feel cleaner also.
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: jenibee April 22, 2008, 07:52:34 AM
When I eat anything sweet my teeth just HURT something awful. Sometimes bad enough I feel like taking Tylenol. What is the reason for this? It has happened no matter the tooth product I use. (BS,tooth soap, several toothpastes,just a brush,etc)

  Is it lack of good enamel? I have never had a cavity. But always sensitive teeth. Just the last yr or so it is intensified. :-\

Em

Do you - by chance - use chewable vitamin C?  I had exTREMEly sensitive teeth (esp. around the gumline) after using the chewable vitamin C for only about two weeks.  My dad is a periodontist, so I called him up and he said that if I stopped chewing up citric acid (!), my teeth should stop being sensitive within a month or so.  And, as usual, he was right.  ;D <--pearly whites!
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: Roehrmomma April 22, 2008, 08:07:56 AM
When I eat anything sweet my teeth just HURT something awful. Sometimes bad enough I feel like taking Tylenol. What is the reason for this? It has happened no matter the tooth product I use. (BS,tooth soap, several toothpastes,just a brush,etc)

  Is it lack of good enamel? I have never had a cavity. But always sensitive teeth. Just the last yr or so it is intensified. :-\

Em

Do you - by chance - use chewable vitamin C?  I had exTREMEly sensitive teeth (esp. around the gumline) after using the chewable vitamin C for only about two weeks.  My dad is a periodontist, so I called him up and he said that if I stopped chewing up citric acid (!), my teeth should stop being sensitive within a month or so.  And, as usual, he was right.  ;D <--pearly whites!

No. I wish that would be the fix. :P  My dentist has no idea why they are like this. :-\
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: lotsaboys April 22, 2008, 03:39:01 PM
When I eat anything sweet my teeth just HURT something awful. Sometimes bad enough I feel like taking Tylenol. What is the reason for this? It has happened no matter the tooth product I use. (BS,tooth soap, several toothpastes,just a brush,etc)

  Is it lack of good enamel? I have never had a cavity. But always sensitive teeth. Just the last yr or so it is intensified. :-\

Em

Do you - by chance - use chewable vitamin C?  I had exTREMEly sensitive teeth (esp. around the gumline) after using the chewable vitamin C for only about two weeks.  My dad is a periodontist, so I called him up and he said that if I stopped chewing up citric acid (!), my teeth should stop being sensitive within a month or so.  And, as usual, he was right.  ;D <--pearly whites!

No. I wish that would be the fix. :P  My dentist has no idea why they are like this. :-\

Em, I read on toothsoap.com that glycerine, which is found in pretty much all natural toothpaste, sticks to the teeth and prevents enamel growth. Thus sensitive teeth. I too have sensitive teeth and esp. think about it when using a toothpaste or anything with baking soda in. We've recently been using an oil only (co, oo, and eo's) toothpaste (soap) and I've noticed improvement. I'm still experimenting and will report again if I don't forget. :)
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: healthybratt April 24, 2008, 11:15:26 AM
um...most days I just use water and brush.  ;D 
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: jenibee April 27, 2008, 06:39:42 AM
Yeah!!! I finally made a successful batch of toothpaste. I still need to make some adjustments to the recipe, but if anyone wants to try it, it has been Hubby approved ;D.

2 T Coconut Oil (will do less, maybe only 1 T next time)
2 T Water (maybe less here as well w/less c.oil  :-\)
4 T Xylitol
8 T Baking Soda
60 drops of Pep Oil (will do more next time, maybe 80/I'll also measure out 80 drops so I don't have to count that many :P)

Anyway, hope others will like this as well!!!

Yum!  I made this yesterday, and it's a big hit in our family!  I ended up using 1 T coconut oil and 2 T water, but everything else was the same.  It was great!  Thanks so much for this posting!
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: havasmama_05 April 28, 2008, 08:50:57 AM
jenibee, I'm glad you liked it ;D!
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: mommyoftwins May 16, 2008, 09:10:13 AM
I really like the recipe, too. I was wondering if anybody using the CO in toothpaste (or for the bath/washing/cleaning) had trouble with clogged drains. It seems my sink drain is getting slower & slower. Is the co solidifying in the pipes? :o DH wondered if the olive oil soap we use is collecting as scum in the septic system, also, but that's probably a different topic...
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: havasmama_05 May 16, 2008, 01:44:56 PM
I really like the recipe, too. I was wondering if anybody using the CO in toothpaste (or for the bath/washing/cleaning) had trouble with clogged drains. It seems my sink drain is getting slower & slower. Is the co solidifying in the pipes? :o DH wondered if the olive oil soap we use is collecting as scum in the septic system, also, but that's probably a different topic...

Hmmmm, now I hadn't thought about that. So far I haven't had a problem. Our bathroom sink has always clogged, but that's b/c dh keeps his hair very short..... as in, taking the clippers to his head about once every week or two. So, that plus his facial whiskers makes for a very slow drain. What I found that helps the most is one of those big pipe cleaners specifically designed for fixing clogged drains. It's gross (drain goo always makes me gag, but for some reason, I'm always the one who does it, even when I shared a bathroom w/ my brother at home), but it works!
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: carolina girl July 01, 2008, 05:10:46 AM
I read somewhere on here about the benefits of using cayenne pepper or Tea Tree Oil to help with sensitive teeth, and that Peppermint EO causes increased tooth sensitivity.  Can someone please share with me their sources on this?  I just made my first batch of toothpaste using the xylitol recipe, but left out the peppermint EO and added about 1/8 tsp cayenne to it.  Haven't tried it yet...it's still cooling.  I have very sensitive teeth and want it to work well for my teeth.

Thanks!
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: carolina girl July 01, 2008, 12:24:29 PM
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: havasmama_05 July 02, 2008, 06:26:26 PM
I read somewhere on here about the benefits of using cayenne pepper or Tea Tree Oil to help with sensitive teeth, and that Peppermint EO causes increased tooth sensitivity.  Can someone please share with me their sources on this?  I just made my first batch of toothpaste using the xylitol recipe, but left out the peppermint EO and added about 1/8 tsp cayenne to it.  Haven't tried it yet...it's still cooling.  I have very sensitive teeth and want it to work well for my teeth.

Thanks!

The peppermint sensitivity is a new one to me. Thanks for the info. I haven't tried cayenne yet, but, apparently it's supposed to really help keep your teeth healthy. I need to try it.

One thing I have done is swap Birch EO for the peppermint. My DMIL passed it on to us. She got it from Forever Young (http://www.co-creatinghealth.com/essential-oils.shtml). The Birch tree is where Xylitol comes from. The oil is amazing stuff! I can't remember all the great things is does. My DMIL gave me a quick run down of its stats. Here's something I found. (http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-birch-essential-oil.html) What's also great is that is tastes like Wintergreen. Yum!

HTH
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: havasmama_05 July 08, 2008, 09:55:10 AM
Modified 4/28/08

Yeah!!! I finally made a successful batch of toothpaste. I made some adjustments to the recipe. If anyone wants to try it, it has been Hubby (and kid) approved ;D.

1 T Coconut Oil
2 T Water
4 T Xylitol
8 T Baking Soda
70-80 drops of Peppermint Oil

In a double boiler (or over very low heart) dissolve the Xylitol in the water, stirring, of course. Add the coconut oil until melted. Stir in the pep oil. Then stir in the baking soda a T at a time to blend well. Pour into container and let cool.

I hope others will like this as well!!!

I modified this recipe again. I'm using Birch oil instead of peppermint. It's benefits are awesome. My MIL went to a Forever Young EO conference and got a fat notebook of info on all their oils. She passed a bottle onto me and I've been using it in our toothpaste. (Xylitol is from the Birch tree. Double bonus!) It tastes and smells wonderfully of wintergreen. Actually, when I compare it to my bottle of wintergreen, the wintergreen smells nasty; the Birch smells more like wintergreen. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it. Here's a little info (http://www.forevergreen.org/ProductFlyers/FYEO/Birch.pdf).
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: firecattx July 08, 2008, 10:28:01 AM
where do you purchase xylitol for these recipes?
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: homeschooling madre July 08, 2008, 10:32:31 AM
where do you purchase xylitol for these recipes?

I get mine from www.iherb.com, along with lots of other healthy foods and supplements.  They've got a great price on maple syrup too.
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: havasmama_05 July 08, 2008, 12:03:34 PM
where do you purchase xylitol for these recipes?

I get mine from www.iherb.com, along with lots of other healthy foods and supplements.  They've got a great price on maple syrup too.

Same here. iHerb.com. Love that place. But, I hadn't noticed the maple syrup. I'll have to check that out.
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: kittyninja July 08, 2008, 08:04:13 PM
I made the above (er) recipe for the fam but with spearmint and they aren't diggin it!! probably because i had previously made it with just coconuit oil and spearmint and xylitol. course i didn't know how to dissolve the xylitol so they would get big clumps of it!!  :D
  anyways they're using it. Anyone else know a better way to dispense this? right now i have it in a little plastic container (i put the first in a nice glass jar but it was soon dropped onto the tile floor) and we just spoon it out and well...drip it onto our toothbrushes since it is so hot in the house it's melted. what does everyone else do?
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: healthybratt July 09, 2008, 07:21:02 AM
Modified 4/28/08

Yeah!!! I finally made a successful batch of toothpaste. I made some adjustments to the recipe. If anyone wants to try it, it has been Hubby (and kid) approved ;D.

1 T Coconut Oil
2 T Water
4 T Xylitol
8 T Baking Soda
70-80 drops of Peppermint Oil

In a double boiler (or over very low heart) dissolve the Xylitol in the water, stirring, of course. Add the coconut oil until melted. Stir in the pep oil. Then stir in the baking soda a T at a time to blend well. Pour into container and let cool.

I hope others will like this as well!!!

I modified this recipe again. I'm using Birch oil instead of peppermint. It's benefits are awesome. My MIL went to a Forever Young EO conference and got a fat notebook of info on all their oils. She passed a bottle onto me and I've been using it in our toothpaste. (Xylitol is from the Birch tree. Double bonus!) It tastes and smells wonderfully of wintergreen. Actually, when I compare it to my bottle of wintergreen, the wintergreen smells nasty; the Birch smells more like wintergreen. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it. Here's a little info (http://www.forevergreen.org/ProductFlyers/FYEO/Birch.pdf).
Is the consistancy of this stuff compatible with a soap/plunger type dispenser? or would it need to be in a tub?

I had another thought.  If you don't want to use Peppermint and you don't have Birch, could you use clove oil instead?  And maybe use Peppermint tea instead of water for a bit of the minty flavor?
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: mommyoftwins July 09, 2008, 08:13:36 AM
Is there a huge purpose for the coconut oil in the toothpaste? It just seems a bit too greasy for me. I also wonder about it in the drains.
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: havasmama_05 July 09, 2008, 01:37:57 PM
Modified 4/28/08

Yeah!!! I finally made a successful batch of toothpaste. I made some adjustments to the recipe. If anyone wants to try it, it has been Hubby (and kid) approved ;D.

1 T Coconut Oil
2 T Water
4 T Xylitol
8 T Baking Soda
70-80 drops of Peppermint Oil

In a double boiler (or over very low heart) dissolve the Xylitol in the water, stirring, of course. Add the coconut oil until melted. Stir in the pep oil. Then stir in the baking soda a T at a time to blend well. Pour into container and let cool.

I hope others will like this as well!!!

I modified this recipe again. I'm using Birch oil instead of peppermint. It's benefits are awesome. My MIL went to a Forever Young EO conference and got a fat notebook of info on all their oils. She passed a bottle onto me and I've been using it in our toothpaste. (Xylitol is from the Birch tree. Double bonus!) It tastes and smells wonderfully of wintergreen. Actually, when I compare it to my bottle of wintergreen, the wintergreen smells nasty; the Birch smells more like wintergreen. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it. Here's a little info (http://www.forevergreen.org/ProductFlyers/FYEO/Birch.pdf).
Is the consistancy of this stuff compatible with a soap/plunger type dispenser? or would it need to be in a tub?

I had another thought.  If you don't want to use Peppermint and you don't have Birch, could you use clove oil instead?  And maybe use Peppermint tea instead of water for a bit of the minty flavor?

The soap dispenser might work. Perhaps not in the winter time, however ;). Mine always seems a little runny when I first make it, but it gets more toothpaste consistency the more we use it. Maybe if you added more water.....?

I bet clove and pep tea would be great!
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: havasmama_05 July 09, 2008, 01:43:07 PM
Is there a huge purpose for the coconut oil in the toothpaste? It just seems a bit too greasy for me. I also wonder about it in the drains.

This was the post (http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,3787.msg121009.html#msg121009) that made me think of putting it in my toothpaste. I think she wrote more later on about it. Don't remember. Gives me clean smooth teeth. Plus, coconut oil is a wealth of health. Here's a quote from a web site I found:

"Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay." (http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/)

I haven't had a problem in my kids' sink so far. Only mine 'cause my husband clips his hair every 1 or 2 weeks and a lot of it goes down the drain ;D.
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: firecattx July 09, 2008, 03:57:30 PM
Are y'all using Young Living essential oils in the toothpaste or will any EO work?  Also, are you buying xylitol in powder, granuales, etc. Thanks!
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: rockclimber July 09, 2008, 06:24:41 PM
Here's a recipe I made for "toothpaste" tooth oil.  It is a little spicy, but my 2yo ds likes to use it sometimes (most of the time he uses Young Living's Kidscents toothpaste).
2 tsp. coconut oil
36 drops peppermint  essential oil
36 drops spearmint essential oil (EO)
3 drops thyme EO
3 drops sweet marjoram EO
3 drops myrrh EO
3 drops clove EO
I use just 2 drops of this mixture on my toothbrush (I think that without the coconut oil, even 1 drop would be too spicy - and I haven't had a problem with the oils in my sink drains). I didn't make up the ingredient list.  I got it from the Clenzology tooth and gum solution by Garden of Life.  I had been using their tooth solution for brushing and rinsing because I want to avoid baking soda in toothpaste (I have receeding gums and my dentist said to avoid baking soda in toothpastes because it "opens-up" the porous nerve/root part of the tooth and makes them more sensitive- or something like that), but when I ran out I just looked at the ingredients and came up with the amounts on my own. 

Whether you use Young Living EO or others, I think it's important to get the EOs from a reliable source that you trust since you will be using them in your mouth.
I used more clove EO than my recipe thinking it would make it taste better, and it kind of had a numbing effect  :-X
BTW, (off topic) I really like the Clenzology, AM/PM facial solutions by Garden of Life.  I really think it helps me to not get sick, even when others in the house are sick.
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: havasmama_05 July 09, 2008, 06:29:36 PM
Are y'all using Young Living essential oils in the toothpaste or will any EO work?  Also, are you buying xylitol in powder, granuales, etc. Thanks!

My Peppermint I was just using NOW brand. My Birch is from Forever Green (https://www.iact1.com/forevergreen/ShoppingCart/Shop.cfm?pid=57713155283240697). I got it from my MIL.

The Xylitol I got from iHerb (http://www.iherb.com/ProductDetails.aspx?c=1&pid=-3413159961540304832&at=0). It's NOW's brand and it's in granules. I just dissolve it in the water before I add everything else.
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: BettaGurl3 November 11, 2008, 03:29:51 PM
I use Apple Cider Vinegar for a mouthwash and something for after I brush my teeth. It cleans the plaque right off!  :o  8)
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: hi_itsgwen November 11, 2008, 04:41:32 PM
Careful!  Acids can also wear enamels right off too. :)  Look into mouth ph...it has a lot to do with how healthy your teeth are, and whether or not they can remineralize.  I would be very gentle if using an acid rinse for removing plaque, and follow up with a rinse that neutralizes the ph (baking soda does this).



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: mom24boys November 12, 2008, 09:18:27 AM
We have been using equal parts of baking soda and salt and then adding a bunch of cinnamon.  The cinnamon is good for your teeth and it also makes the tooth powder much more pleasant.
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: hi_itsgwen November 12, 2008, 10:15:15 AM
Birch essential oil is considered 'semi-toxic'.  I wouldn't be comfortable using it daily without some more research. 

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/birch.php

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: thus_I_fight November 18, 2008, 04:00:00 PM
For a while I was using a mixture of baking soda, xylitol, and cayenne (ouch), and I've used plain soap before, too.  Tonight I'm making my first batch of toothpaste using the recipe posted earlier in this thread.

http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,3787.msg81553.html#msg81553

I modified it a little.  I used 4 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. xylitol, and 1 tsp. sea salt.  I thought I'd put in some orange extract for flavor.  For soap I used Kiss My Face's olive oil soap.

I grind the xylitol in a coffee grinder before using it.  This is a must, because when I was using the powder, I found out the xylitol is too abrasive.  It tore up my gums.   :o I also grind the sea salt, for the same reason.

I'm looking forward to trying this, and seeing if it works well.  How odd to look forward to trying new toothpaste.   :D

Update:  Boy, do my teeth feel clean.  The orange extract isn't strong enough to cover the soap taste, but it's not bad.
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: Gigi October 14, 2009, 01:50:56 PM
I mixed this up and I'm really liking it:

http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,12846.msg205610.html#msg205610

It was posted by Gwen on another thread but i just figured I'd make sure folks were seeing it here.  It is very similar to many of the recipes already here - just looked easier than dissolving xylitol and stuff.  Kiddos like it.

I used spearmint & cornmint.  I like the coconut oil base.  Feels nice!



 

: Calcium Bentonite Clay
: rainygladness February 02, 2010, 03:57:30 PM
I read through this entire thread and have been researching homemade toothpaste on the web for a few days now. 
We've been using Tom's of Maine for many years and while we like it and it's worked great, it's over $4 bucks a tube and I'd like to try making our own for a LOT less.  ;D

So I found a recipe on the web that uses calcium bentonite clay as the main ingredient and I was intrigued! Has anyone ever heard of this? Or better yet, tried it?!

The recipe was given by a mom who claims the calcium in the clay works to actually re-calcify the teeth as well as absorb bacteria, etc.

Anyway,...I'm not an herbal guru, but doesn't that make sense?

But I'd like to know more about the abrasive aspects of bentonite clay, if any, on tooth enamel.  It appears pretty silky smooth.  Any thoughts?


PS
I have read a LOT of places that baking soda, when used long term, definitely does wear away tooth enamel leaving extremely "thin" and sensitive teeth.  And that glycerin prevents the re-enameling of teeth.  Double whammy!!  :(  So I'm staying away from those two ingredients for sure. 



Any thoughts?? 

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: boysmama February 02, 2010, 07:20:41 PM
I wasn't sure what calcium bentonite clay meant as opposed to the pure bentonite clay I have on hand so looked it up. If anyone else is interested try this article.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentonite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentonite)

Sounds interesting. I certainly agree with you on both the baking soda and glycerin observations! The thought of brushing with the stuff is a bit gross and since dental health is an inside out issue, I doubt that a few minutes contact with the clay will help re-calcify teeth. Still, the idea of it for the cleansing properties intrigues me and I may just put some on a tooth brush soon to see what happens.
Be sure to let us know if you try this and I'm also curious to see the whole recipe.  :)
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: healthybratt February 03, 2010, 05:23:15 AM
the clay might not be too bad if you ground up a bit of peppermint and some stevia to throw in for sweet, minty dirt flavor.  ;D
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: rainygladness February 03, 2010, 08:46:44 AM
Thanks boysmama, you've bolstered my confidence to give it a try.  :) 

HB -- yeah mudpaste! Should be tasty! lol  ;D  ::) I'll bet it's not much "muddier" than that of baking soda, right? :P Hope it tastes a little better than that horrid tasting stuff.  As long as I don't gag, I can handle it.

It's funny -- I had bought the calcium bentonite clay at the healthfood store a month ago just to have on hand in my health aid arsenal. Now I'm glad I had it on hand for trying this with. If it makes our teeth harder and stronger, I'll be thrilled!  8) So far I think I'll just warm some water, melt the xylitol in it add the clay and peppermint oil and stir till pasty!

I thought of adding some coconut oil too but some ladies here suggested it might be a drain clogger so...not sure it's worth trying.  Plus my husband said that the thought of brushing with oil was NOT appealing to him.  :D
I'll keep you posted on the results.  ;)
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: rainygladness February 10, 2010, 02:39:30 AM
Ok, I made my toothpaste over a week ago and it's been great!

It was pretty easy to make: gently warmed some water and xylitol in a double boiler (glass bowl atop a small saucepan) till it dissolved then mixed it into the calcium bentonite clay. We added 24 drops of peppermint oil and stirred with a small wooden spoon.
**IMPORTANT: NEVER use anything METAL when using bentonite clay as it absorbs it instantly. Use only glass, plastic or wooden bowls or utensils.

The color was hard to get used to at first. Looked kinda greenish-greyish...   ::)  But now it just looks good and "earthy" to me. Healthy. I would think this would be an excellent toothpaste for someone who has amalgam fillings or has just gotten them removed.

But anyway, just wanted to report that it tastes great and does a bang up job at cleaning.  My teeth look whiter and it's only been a week. See ? --->  ;D   haha
It does not appear to be a harsh agent to tooth enamel at all, so I am pleased.  So far, so good!
I'll post the measurements I used later. Gotta run now.
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: Kitten Kisses February 10, 2010, 06:05:17 AM
Ok--so now this is particularly weird!  When I was researching about the Detox formula I put together and am taking, I discovered that some people brush their teeth with ACTIVATED CHARCOAL.  What do you think about that. . . . the clay is far reaching enough for me. . . . . but really Charcoal on your teeth. . . . .I have lots of extra and am very tempted to try . . . .
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: rainygladness February 10, 2010, 01:47:51 PM
Charcoal for a detox...like for amalgam removal? Or are you talking about people using it out of preference? Cuz I can't see a reason to use it just for just plain old toothbrushing. (yuk!)

But if someone was needing to chelate like crazy...maybe. The dentist who removed my mercury/amalgam fillings gave me charcoal to swish with and then swallow. (shudder) It sure does its job great but swallowing it was...not great. lol 

I agree - the clay is enough of a stretch for this girl!  :D
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: Kitten Kisses February 11, 2010, 03:36:42 AM
Here's an article on it.  I don't know. . . it's crazy to me too. 



http://www.ehow.com/how_4471346_use-powder-charcoal-brush-teeth.html
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: healthybratt February 11, 2010, 06:04:33 AM
Ok--so now this is particularly weird!  When I was researching about the Detox formula I put together and am taking, I discovered that some people brush their teeth with ACTIVATED CHARCOAL.  What do you think about that. . . . the clay is far reaching enough for me. . . . . but really Charcoal on your teeth. . . . .I have lots of extra and am very tempted to try . . . .
this is not new.  i've heard of it too.
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: DHW February 11, 2010, 09:12:14 AM
Agatha Thrash recommends activated charcoal for just about everything, but for brushing she says only use it as an occassional polishing agent.  It can scratch the tooth enamel if used too often or too vigorously.

Neat thing about charcoal is that is rinses right off teeth and gums.  But can you imagine what a commercial for charcoal brushing would look like??
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: neilbeth April 20, 2011, 08:32:19 AM
i'm trying to figure out how to use this site, so i hope i have the right person for this reply... regarding the natural toothpaste.

how young of a child can use this?
i always heard that peppermint can be bad for young ones' lungs -- too overwhelming to breathe etc.


thanks
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: healthybratt April 29, 2011, 05:04:23 PM
how young of a child can use this?
there are alot of recipes and ideas on this thread.  could you be more specific with your question?  

if you'd like to quote the message that you were referring to, you can do so by clicking on "reply with quote" and it will add the message to your reply as I did with your note. this might help to clarify your question for others.

: Re: Homemade Toothpaste & Other Dental Products
: Cimmaron May 06, 2011, 04:22:52 AM
Something like this might already be on here, but here is my recipe for tooth powder.

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt
1 T. dried, powdered peppermint leaves or peppermint essential oil to taste
1/2 tsp dried, powdered, pure stevia leaves

I get my brush wet and dip in it.