Natural Toothpaste for a Fresh Mouth and a Healthy Smile
Here at Bulk Herb Store we wanted to formulate a natural toothpaste recipe that would neutralize acid, remove bacteria-filled organic matter, leach out infection, and promote healthy gums. And we did just that! Skip to the end of this article for two recipes for natural toothpaste and toothpowder or keep reading for information on why natural toothpaste is an excellent option for a fresh mouth and a healthy smile.
Did you know that sugar is not bad for your teeth? It is actually when the sugar converts to acid that the enamel coating on your teeth starts to breakdown, but even then there are no cavities. It is when the bacteria that is present inside every mouth gets inside the broken down enamel that your teeth start to rot from the inside out. Yuck!
Modern toothpaste has some problems in this area, many of them have a glycerin base that coats the enamel, keeping it from absorbing the minerals that it needs to be healthy. The reason that enamel is so hard is that it is made up of 96% minerals. Healthy enamel is actively involved in a variety of chemical reactions, including a de-mineralization and re-mineralization exchange processes with the saliva. So when a toothpaste is made with glycerin, it stops this process and leaves the enamel looking brown and dingy. The toothpaste industries answer to the de-mineralization problem was to start using chemicals like fluoride that actually stripped the surface of the enamel. This leaves the enamel looking white and smooth, but it is actually thinner and sicklier than ever.
Imagine a thin layer of micro-organisms living on your teeth that are far too small for you to feel or see. When you eat any kind of sugar, they eat it too and boy do they put it to use. When these micro-organisms eat the sugar, they are capable of producing acid which lowers the pH balance around your teeth. If the pH level on your teeth drops below 5.5 the acid starts to breakdown the enamel on your teeth letting the bacteria into the sensitive, living center of your teeth.
Bentonite Clay Toothpaste is based on the concept that we can’t just scrape our teeth clean with harsh chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Triclosan, Diethanolomine, Isopropyl Alcohol etc… many of which are present in most toothpaste. Instead we must clean our teeth in a way that will gently remove the build up of plaque, and other bacteria harboring substances, while naturally supporting a healthy mouth. Next we must give the mouth an all natural, antibacterial compound that will combat bad breath and any remaining harmful bacteria. Lastly, we will balance the pH in your whole mouth and provide the building blocks necessary for the re-mineralization process to occur, promoting healthy gums and strong enamel. Stopping dental problems before they start.
Step 1 - Scrubbing: We want to start with a mild abrasive that will remove plaque without harming your teeth or gums. There are a few that would work and you should pick one based on your teeth and how frequently you brush them. For this recipe we will go with a medium to mild polisher and add a small amount of sodium bicarbonate, which is just a fancy way of saying baking soda. Also the Bentonite Clay powder we are using is a naturally occurring volcanic ash, it will have a mild grittiness to it that will help with the scrubbing; just don’t confuse it with pumice, the glass like volcanic ash.
Step 2 - Fighting Infection: Next we will add an antibacterial, this step is imperative in any good dental care. As you brush your teeth you agitate the bacteria clinging there, giving it the opportunity to migrate to your gums, throat, and from there into your blood stream. However, a good antibacterial will help to rid the mouth of the bacteria that cause bad breath as well as those that cause tooth deterioration.
The first of our antibacterial assault, is salt; it kills bacteria, sterilizes your mouth, and stimulates your gums to heal the micro abrasions you acquire from brushing.
Next we add cinnamon, it has strong volatile oils that are a potent antibacterial, and because it is good tasting, it will also serve as the foundation for the flavor of our toothpaste. At this point we might add an infusion of cloves because it kills the bacteria that causes odor, freshening your breath and leaving the mouth clean tasting.
Step 3 - pH Balance: Lastly, we need to bring it altogether with the Bentonite Clay Powder. This will work as our carrier for all of the other goodies as well as the main attraction for the toothpaste.
Natural Toothpaste with Bentonite Clay
By: The Bulk Herb Store Herbalists
This recipe makes a sweet, smooth paste that can be stored in either a tightly sealed squeeze bottle or glass jar for ease of use. For hygienic reasons, never dip toothbrushes or fingers into the paste.
- 3 Cups filtered water
- 1 Tablespoon organic Stevia Herb
- 1 1/2 Cups organic Cinnamon Sticks
- 4 Tablespoons organic Whole Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
- 1 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt ground very fine
- 1 - 1 1/2 Cups Bentonite Clay Powder
- Mix the first four ingredients in a medium saucepan, and boil 30 minutes. While that’s heating, mix optional 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt and set aside.
- Next place 1 cup of Bentonite Clay into a glass bowl.*
- Remove saucepan from heat and strain off herbs, catching the liquid in a glass bowl. Slowly add the salt and baking soda mixture. Expect it to foam and bubble. This is the cinnamon and the baking soda reacting to each other. While it is still frothing, pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of bentonite clay, and whisk briskly. The foam will start to settle down and a smooth paste should start to form. Continue adding the remains of Bentonite Clay until the desired consistency is reached. Store in glass jars and avoid any contact with absorbable metals.
*It is important to use a glass bowl and wooden spoon because when the bentonite clay gets wet, it causes an electromagnetic reaction which will absorb the particles inside of a metal bowl, or the toxins out of a plastic one.
Note: We no longer carry the Bentonite Clay Toothpaste Kit (due to a small amount of customers with gum sensitivities), however you can still purchase all the ingredients separately by clicking on each item in the recipe above.
Natural Tooth Powder with Bentonite Clay
By: Katie Mae Stanley from Nourishing Simplicity blog
This recipe makes a sweet, dry powder that should be stored in a tightly sealed glass jar. For hygienic reasons, never dip toothbrushes or fingers into the powder.
- 3 TBS bentonite clay
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp powdered organic stevia **
- 1/4 tsp charcoal
- 1/8 tsp real salt or Celtic salt ground very fine
- 5-10 drops essential oil (clove or peppermint)
- 1 cute jar (like this one)
- Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake until mixed.
- To use, moisten your toothbrush and sprinkle tooth powder lightly over bristles.
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