Tooth Powder With regard to Clean as well as Wholesome Teeth.

Do you place things in the mouth area which have warning labels to them, warnings like “For external use only.” or “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.”? I’m going to bet that you do. I’ve, though I may be ending that soon. Where’s the line between external and internal? Why does toothpaste have a notice like these onto it anyway?

I have already been on edge about warning labels for years, keeping this information in the back of my mind. When I first read that sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a known irritant commonly within personal hygiene products, was especially an issue in toothpaste (where it could actually be worse than the usual mere irritant), my edginess stumbled on the forefront of my mind. I immediately quit utilizing the Crest that I have been using for years and switched to Tom’s of Maine SLS-free toothpaste. I felt better, but didn’t such as the xylitol that Tom’s of Maine used as a sweetener.

Young Living has a SLS-free toothpaste too, but it addittionally wasn’t very satisfying to me, so I stayed with Tom’s of Maine’s toothpaste while trying to find other options Miessence has a very rated SLS-free toothpaste (according to, but I haven’t ordered any yet. I suspect you can find others as well that will work well.

For various reasons, I’m enthusiastic about moving from commercial tooth pastes. That interest opened a memory door, one that held the memory of my mother using tooth powder when I was a kid. As I researched the topic, I seen that I had forgotten the existence of tooth powder.

There are a large amount of toothpaste and tooth powder recipes available online so you’ll find a formula that suits your style. I’ve opted to use the tooth powder first since it is simpler and an improved traveling companion because density and weight (powder goes beyond paste/gel for the same space and with less weight). But wow, will be the recipes different!

The ingredients are simple and basic: baking soda and salt. I found wildly different proportions though, which range from 12 parts of baking soda to 1 element of salt, to equal parts of baking soda and salt. I went with the 12:1 ration, anticipating that would have been a salty enough difference for me personally, at least for starters. I was right. Of course, there are always a myriad other recipes with various ingredients, some that caused my eyebrow to cock in question.

My experiment began with a small baby food jar. I put in 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. I stirred it well, then closed the lid and shook it for one minute or two. Then I dispensed the powder into my clean travel toothpaste container — a contact lens case, the sort with the screw on lid — about one to 1 to 1/2 teaspoons per section. I found that each and every section lasted me about 10 brushings, though your mileage may vary.

Initially I brushed with my tooth powder, I was struck by how salty it was. After a few days of brushing with the powder though, I hardly noticed the saltiness or insufficient sweetness. My technique is to get the brush wet, shake off excess water, place the bristles into the powder and brush away.

When I mentioned to my husband what I was testing and authoring, his first reaction was that fluoride was imperative for cavity protection. It’s clear that fluoride reduces tooth decay or gum disease by preventing plaque bacteria from creating tooth-weakening acids, and by re-mineralizing tooth enamel. It appears, though, that fluoride is most reliable in keeping children’s teeth from decaying but has less, if any, effect on permanent teeth. Since fluoride is toxic, my question is just why put it to use if benefits are for a restricted population segment? And while fluoride is touted to be the great addition to toothpaste because it fights acid on your teeth, here’s another vote for baking soda: it’s alkaline, so it neutralizes acids found on your teeth.

I’m dedicated to cleaning my hygiene habits from chemicals, especially SLS, spending less and getting greener. My baking soda and salt formula will continue being my tooth powder of choice until it’s proven to me that it is a bad idea. Stay tuned, and continue brushing and flossing daily.

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