Homemade toothpaste and...

... the truth you've never been told about living cavity free

I have been using my own all natural homemade toothpaste for over 6 months now and it has made a big $3 hole in my wallet. It is a herbal toothpaste for which you would normally pay extra.


Safe regular toothpaste? | Cavity free TRUTH | A little toothpaste history | Fluoride free toothpaste | Perfect toothpowder | Toothpaste for children | Toothpowder for sensitive teeth | Essential oil toothpaste | Whitening toothpaste | Antibacterial toothpaste | Portable toothpaste alternatives | Homemade mouthwash | FAQ

What's in a regular toothpaste?

I figure everyone knows about the "herbal" variants of Colgate, Crest or Sensodyne toothpaste. I bet you read the label and saw "propolis", "sage", "myrrh" or "peppermint" in the formula and you thought they must be good for you. And I also bet you skipped the common ingredients like: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), fluoride, triclosan, saccharin, strontium chloride and another thousand chemicals I can't even pronounce.

In fact, the herbal variants of these toothpastes have the same basic ingredients as the regular ones, except for the more colored label with a bee or a mint leaf on them.

I always wondered what are these chemicals doing in our oral and body cleaning products starting with toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, shower gels, and ... laundry detergents. Were they really safe?

I took some time researching what I was putting on my mouth, on my head and on my clothes. As it turns out sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are harsh detergents (surfactants) and foaming agents. This is how the toothpaste, the shampoo and the laundry detergents make the bubbles and it is also the reason why you should flush the eyes with plenty of water if shampoo gets in them.

Fluoride in toothpastes and in tap water is a very debated issue. “Studies in animals and human populations suggest that fluoride exposure, at levels that are experienced by a significant proportion of the population whose drinking water is fluoridated, may have adverse impacts on the developing brain”, fluoride is also a poison that collects in the teeth and bones, making them dense, but brittle.

In "Politically Incorrect Nutrition", Michael Barbee says that "the little white spots visible on the teeth of many children are called dental fluorosis, a condition which not only predisposes them to decay, but also provides a sign that systemic fluoride poisoning is taking place. Dental fluorosis appears to serve as a red flag for future bone fractures as well."

Read more about the so called "safe chemicals" in our toothpastes (as ADA calls them).

Why is ADA (American Dental Association) and other similar national organizations, together with our dentists say that these toothpastes are safe for us?

Beside the theory that money can make ADA or other scientists say what big producers want, it appears like the ordinary dentist is no more informed than the ordinary you and me are regarding our dental health.

Did you know it is possible to go cavity free without going to the dentist?

Imagine having the following conversation with your dentist:
- Have you dreamed of a day when all carries, paradontosis, sensitive teeth, bleeding gums would dissapear?
- What's the price? you say.
- It's funny you asked that...

Weston Price was a known dentist in the beginning of the XX-th century, who devoted his entire career studying the link between nutrition and dental health.

In 1939 he wrote a very detailed book called "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration". What he did was to travel around the world studying the diets and nutrition of various cultures and their effect on dental health. He concluded that the normal Western diet (particularly flour and sugar) caused nutritional deficiencies that were a root cause of not only dental issues, but other health problems as well.

An interesting fact he found was that if people were eating their native food (meat, animal fat, plants, berries) whole, fresh and unprocessed, and not processed food (meat from cattle fed with corn, hormones and antibiotics, white flour and sugar etc.), then their dental health as well as their general health was very good. On the contrary, these people descendants, or members of their community who had strayed from their natural nutritional habits, had facial defects, caries and poor dental health.

What is more beautiful is that none of the healthy people, Dr. Price had examined, had ever used a toothbrush! Imagine eating whole, fresh food instead of brushing every day and the usual fillings, crowns and root canals. Politically Incorrect: The Neglected Nutritional Research of Dr. Weston Price, DDS

In 1939, this book raised much controversy and today Dr. Price's theories, studies appear to be forgotten by dentists. Not by all of them of course. Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation and holistic dentists approach dentistry in correlation with nutrition and the entire human health.

What should you extract from this story? I've said it before and I'll say it again: The sole responsible for restoring our bad health, bad teeth, bad everything is us. It is our duty to learn everything we can about our problems and to apply it.

The answer is as simple as eating natural food and using homemade toothpaste

When I was a kid, I was a sucker for candy. My mother told me to brush and not to eat too much candy because I'll get cavities. This was exactly what happened. Although I don't eat too much candy anymore, I still managed to get numerous fillings, crowns and root canals. Today I know that not only sugar was bad for my teeth, but also processed food, GM corn and soy, meat from cows fed with corn, hormones and antibiotics and, of course, the chemicals from the regular toothpaste.

The only way for us to make a statement for taking back our teeth is to give up the "benefits" of modern nutrition and conventional toothpaste and choose instead organic food and natural homemade toothpaste.

I used Colgate, Blend-a-med (Crest) or other brand of toothpaste for years and I didn't bother reading the ingredients. I figured they must have been safe, or otherwise they wouldn't put them in the toothpaste. And besides, my dentist wouldn't have big posters with Colgate or Sensodyne approved by ADA in the waiting room if they wouldn't be safe, isn't it? Yeah, right!

It didn't take me long after I discovered how bad regular toothpaste was to look for a safe homemade version. And I found not one, but many natural products I could make on my own. The good thing about them is that they contain only natural ingredients that I trust. Each of them individually have beneficial effects on the teeth, gums and mouth in general.

A short history of toothpaste

Did you know that the oldest known toothpaste recipe was found on an egiptyan papirus written in the fourth century AD? For perfectly clean teeh you needed:
  • 1 drachma of rock salt (1 drachma = 1/100 ounce)
  • 2 drachmas of mint,
  • 1 drachma of dried iris flower and
  • 20 grains of pepper,
all of them crushed and mixed together. (http://www.toothpasteworld.com/history.php)

You might want to grind the salt and the pepper before using this recipe or else your gums will bleed. A good amount of saliva is required, otherwise use a little water. While we don't know what the Egyptians were using for a toothbrush, I think you might try a piece of cloth for the sake of preserving the historical feeling.

The ancient Greeks and Romans liked their toothpowder more abrasive and brushed their teeth with substances which contained crushed bones and shells.

In seventeen century, people still didn't used toothpaste, but a homemade toothpowder from ground salt, charcoal, chalk and brick.

After 1850 the toothpaste was stored in a container in form of a paste. It was called "creme dentifrice" or known by the name of "Dr. Sheffield`s Creme Dentifrice", today Colgate.

Before the First World War started in 1914, fluoride was being added to toothpaste which was probably not too different from that which we use today.

The early toothpastes made from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (see recipe below) were first put in collapsible tubes in 1892

Advancements in synthetic detergents (after WW II) replaced the soap used in toothpaste with emulsifying agents such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Ricinoleate.


I would have started the toothpaste recipe section with the recipe I use right now, but I want to share an inspiring story I've read recently about this man who healed his cavities not with fluoride toothpaste, but with salt water brushing.

This recipe is even easier than my favorite and I will certainly try it after I finish my current supply.


My first attempt at a fluoride free toothpaste

I wanted a toothpaste which not only didn't contain fluoride or other chemicals, but one that I could make at home in 5 minutes. Here is one of the most simple homemade toothpaste recipes I found and used. You can actually swallow it and not get intoxicated :), and is safe for children too.

  • 6 teaspoons baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1/2 oz (15 g) glycerin (use vegetable glycerin if you can)

(Optional essential oils)

  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop of tea tree essential oil

Mix the baking soda and the glycerin in a glass jar and stir until you obtain a paste. Add the essential oils while you stir. The oils are optional, but you will find the peppermint oil very refreshing. Don't overdo with the essential oils, because they're powerful. Add 1-2 drops at a time. I added just a couple of drops of peppermint oil because this is what I had at that time.

Baking soda neutralizes acids inside the mouth, helps to freshen breath and whitens teeth at the same time.

Don't buy low quality backing soda. It has a very "salty" taste. Look for the "aluminium free baking soda" label which is less abrasive and doesn't taste too salty.


Peppermint oil is antiseptic and slight analgesic.

Cinnamon oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and is great for irritated or bleeding gums.

Tea tree oil is a good disinfectant. Use it only in small quantities. One drop is enough and is not recommended to children under 10 years old.

This recipe will take you 5 minutes to make. It's fun to make and safe at the same time.

While the cleaning power was fine, I couldn't quite get the toothpaste to stick to the toothbrush. It was a bit annoying to cut a small portion of paste and put it on the toothbrush.

I later found that glycerin prevents "anything" from adhering to your teeth, which at first sight seems like a good thing. The down side is that it acts as a barrier to the remineralization process. So, I will try to use other ingredients in toothpastes.

The perfect toothpowder recipe

A toothpowder must clean the teeth without too many abrasive substances that can irritate the gums. It also has to whiten the teeth, smell nice, and refresh the breath. It is a bit difficult, yes, but, even if you don't get the recipe down from the first try, don't give up. You will you get the perfect formula for sure.

What are the ingredients for the perfect toothpowder?

Superfine white clay is very soft and does not irritate the gums, and even has healing action. It doesn't taste earthy like the clay used in natural toothpastes, but has a neutral taste.

Liquorice powder refreshes the breath. It tastes sweet. In some parts of the world it is used to flavor foods and sweets.

Together with peppermint essential oil, they give the toothpowder the same fresh effectiveness as any peppermint flavor toothpaste.

Calcium carbonate is a mild abrasive, designed to help clean the teeth thoroughly.

Baking soda whitens and cleans teeth

Sea salt whitens and cleans teeth.

The last two ingredients, although effective, are used to a lesser extent because they can irritate the gums.

Herbal tooth powder you can do at home

My second recipe and current recipe started when I finished my first batch of homemade toothpaste. I lacked glycerin and end up with what I call "Total Tooth Powder".

  • 4 tablespoons sodium bicarbonate (baking soda),
  • 1-2 teaspoons uniodized salt or Himalayan salt.

    It's optional, if you want the powder to be more abrasive,

  • 5-10 cloves,
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon,
  • sage,
  • peppermint and
  • rosemary.

Grind them all very fine, pass them through a sieve and there you have tooth powder. Some people complained about the herbal debris getting stuck in their teeth, but I didn't experienced that. If you grind them and pass them through a sieve, you should be fine.

In addition, in the evening before bedtime, rinse your mouth with a solution of bicarbonate in water. Your mouth environment will become alkaline, not suited for the bad bacteria who live in an acidic environment.

I used more sodium bicarbonate and less salt, but you can vary this recipe whichever way you like, based on what you have around the house. Over time you will make it more to your taste. If you want more sweetness put a little more cinnamon. If you feel you need more alkalinity, add more baking soda. It's really up to you. I actually didn't have rosemary at hand and I used instead Thyme.

This recipe is excellent and effective for gingivital retraction and periodontitis, not to mention sores and cavities. Not many people know that these problems are mainly due to acid pH in the mouth.

What I am most proud of is the cloves. When I tried chewing them for the first time, my tongue got numb in seconds and I felt a familiar taste. As it turned out, cloves contain Eugenol, the same chemical used in anesthetics by dentists. It also helps to decrease infection in the teeth due to its antiseptic properties

I know baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) since I was a little boy and it rescued me many times from canker sores. It may not have the best taste, but afterwards water will seem extra sweet comparatively.

Baking soda cleans and whitens the teeth safely and can replace toothpaste. If you read the labels of cleaning powders, many of them are based on baking soda. The best evidence of its effectiveness was that it whithened my fruit juicer, when other liquid solutions failed.

Sage leaves are an excellent remedy for the oral health. Sage destroys most bacteria that cause gum epithelial infection, and has an anti inflammatory and calming effect.

Sage leaf powder is also good for whitening, strengthening gums and freshening the mouth odor (halitosis).

Salt is abrasive. It cleans and whitens the teeth.

My grandparents used only coarse salt to brush their teeth. They had the whitest teeth and I haven't heard them complaining of cavities. Oh well... they probably weren't eating candy and GM corn. I wouldn't be tempted to use only salt, because I think it would really hurt my gums.

My wife didn't find the look very pleasant even though I used one of her's old cream bottle. "It is powder, not a paste like regular toothpaste", she said.

In the beginning it was difficult to get the powder on the brush without making a water mess in the bottle. After awhile I got the hang of it. After I wash my toothbrush, I shake it once to remove the extra water. Then I put the toothbrush in the bottle and it picks up just enough powder without wetting the whole bottle.

Of course you don't want to forget to boast to your friends.

The first impressions

Paula (the wife): "After I used the tooth powder for the first time, I felt like I had a scaling session. My teeth seemed larger and whiter. On subsequent uses, it felt normal, it did its job (cleaning teeth)."

Roxana (the daughter, 4 years old). She didn't seem bothered that she wasn't using her old colorful toothpaste. She even enjoys having her mouth full of mud.

It's funny that when I was a boy, my mother used a simple homemade deodorant with baking soda. At that time, in our country, things were not easy to find, so you didn't have much choice. You made it yourself. Afterwards, after the communism collapse, much of the modern day objects came into our lives, and so did stick deodorants and aftershaves, and toothpastes with fluoride, colors and nice flavors.

I find it is a bit ironic to want to go back to the bare necessities and do it yourself attitude, this time for my own reasons. And I want my children to learn to make their own products and be proud of what they can do with their own hands.

Safe natural toothpaste for babies and toddlers

As I said in the beginning of the article, avoid toothpastes with fluoride, foaming agents and petrochemicals. Our children didn't do anything to deserve this. Also don't use toothpastes with peppermint if the child takes homeopathic remedies. Other substances you should avoid are saccharin, aspartame, sugar and other such sweeteners.

If you want to start brushing at a really young age, you can use a silicon toothbrush that you can put on your finger, no toothpaste, no nothing. The baby will get used to the brushing and you will also remove food debris. You can also use this brush to massage the gums, but this part differs from baby to baby :)

For toddlers, put a little baking soda on their toothbrush. Of course, the safest way is to use just a toothbrush and water. This way, you don't need to worry that your child will swallow something bad.

We bought a toothbrush for Roxana, my daughter, when she was 2 years old. When we brush our teeth, she joins with her brush soaked in water. It's more of a rinse now, but she will eventually get the hang of it.


I found a safe toothpaste for babies I will certainly make for Roxana. This page has a great story about how bentonite clay actually healed a boy's cavity.

The recipe is:

  • 4T Calcium Bentonite Clay Powder
  • 4T Xylitol sweetener
  • 4T purified water
  • 4 drops peppermint extract or peppermint essential oil (omit the peppermint oil for baby's sensitive taste buds)

Mix the powders together in a small glass bowl. Drop the peppermint oil into the water. Slowly add the water into the powders until it forms a paste. Using glass or wood bowls and utensils is preferred over metal as the clay is porous and will absorb any leached particles. Read more about the benefits of Bentonite and Xylitol.


Simple toothpowder

Use plain sodium bicarbonate, and then rinse with sea salt and water.

Clay toothpowder

Mix baking soda with clay and add a drop of essential grapefruit oil.

Toothpowder for sensitive teeth

Dental sensitivity is mainly due to the enamel layer thinning and to tooth weakening when the gums retract and expose the roots. Conventional toothpastes for sensitive teeth like Sensodyne contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride which protect the exposed dentin tubes with nerve endings. Toothpastes manufacturers don't market this, but strontium chloride is a chemical toxic by ingestion or inhalation.

Natural toothpastes contain alkaline agents (sodium bicarbonate, Co-Q10, aloe vera) which reduce the inflammation and soothe the irritated gums. If you find baking soda too abrasive, replace it with clay. Clay helps the remineralization process of the teeth and absorbs the toxins in the infection.

  • 1 teaspoon or less of very fine grinded sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons clay
  • Optional 1/2 teaspoon dried sage or peppermint powder. If you have dried leaves, grind them and pass them through a sieve.

Mix the powder in a disinfected container and prepare just enough amounts for your personal use. After brushing your teeth with this powder, you can use a mouthwash prepared on the spot: in a quarter cup of water drip a couple of drops of sage tincture.

Coconut oil and toothpowder make an excellent homemade toothpaste

  • 3 tablespoons of backing soda
  • 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil
  • 1-2 drops of stevia extract
  • 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil

Homemade toothpaste with more essential oil power

Here are a couple of interesting things you should know about essential oils (EO). I discovered them in a comment on an instructables.com homemade toothpaste.

Different oils do different things. Some freshen, some remove plaque, some kill germs. Since you're putting them into your mouth, which is a mucous membrane that absorbs both good and bad ingredients readily, I recommend buying organic essential oils. Don't leave them in sunlight. Keep in your medicine cabinet.

Here are some ideas: tea tree, lavender (germs), lemon (plaque: small quantities, 1-2 drops in 1 cup of soda, so you don't strip your teeth), peppermint, cinnamon, or fennel (flavor / freshening).

Keep in mind essential oils are highly concentrated. Always use tiny quantities and make sure it's a kind that won't harm with ingestion. Ex. Peppermint and spearmint are fine; wintergreen essential oil should never go in your mouth.

  • 1 cup baking soda,
  • 10 tablespoons almond oil (or whatever oil you like),
  • 10 drops of essential oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, sage, cinnamon, orange, and
  • 5 drops of essential oil: cloves, tea tree.

Mix well and use a pinch or as much as you desire. You can use whichever essential oil you prefer, but it would be better to have tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon or cloves.

Whitening toothpaste

Your teeth won't actually become whiter than they originally were if you use these toothpastes. Instead, the abrasive substances and chemical bleaches in conventional toothpastes will remove the stains from the teeth. Don't even think of using more abrasive power if your gums irritate easily or you have increased tooth sensitivity.

Use this natural whitening recipe:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons of coconut/almond oil or other oil,
  • 20 drops of grapefruit seed oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil: lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, peppermint and eucalyptus.

All these coconut oil toothpastes are really good for everyday use. They clean the teeth like no other conventional or herbal paste that I have ever tried!

While you can store these toothpastes in a small glass jar with a wide mouth and a lid, it is quite impracticle to get toothpaste on the toothbrush. For the most DIY types, you can engineer a device similar to that of regular toothpaste from a ziploc bag. Cut the corner off and you have a homemade squeezable tube. Other useful homemade dispensers are a plastic syringe (without the needle) or a squeeze bottle for mustard or candy making that has a lid.

Whitening toothpaste for smokers

Usually, these toothpastes contain more abrasive substances than regular ones in order to remove teeth stains caused by nicotine deposits. Beware though, because they will probably damage the enamel and the gums.

Here is a milder herbal toothpaste for yellow teeth that won't make your gums bleed:

  • 1 teaspoon white clay
  • one pinch full of Florentine iris powder (powdered orris root).
  • chamomile infusion
  • 1 drop of Propolis tincture

Florentine iris powder, also called German Iris or Orris root is a delicate teeth bleaching agent, very known for its successful use among smokers with yellowed teeth. It was popular during the Victorian age when it was used to flavor sweets. This powder is also used as an ingredient in fragrant powders and special toothpastes, like this one.

Mix the powders with chamomile infusion until you make a paste, and then add 1 drop of propolis tincture. Prepare a small amount at each use. You can also use a larger amount of powders (5 parts white clay and 1 part Florentine iris powder) and store it in sealed container. When you want to brush, take one teaspoon of this tooth powder and combine it with water or herbal infusion and optionally with a drop of propolis tincture.

Natural whitening ingredients

Put a couple of drops of lemon juice and brush, before your normal brushing. Lemon juice cleans the teeth, but you must use it before brushing with a natural toothpaste, because lemon juice is acidic and attacks the teeth. And use it only once a week, not more.

The basic ingredient in whitening toothpaste is uniodized salt or Himalayan salt. Add sage powder for gum health and you're rolling. These two ingredients are even helpful in case of teeth infection. If it's too painful to brush, rinse your mouth with a salt and sage solution.

Antibacterial toothpaste

Antibacterial toothpaste is all about triclosan, a chemical used for its antibacterial properties. It is an ingredient in many detergents, soaps, cosmetics, anti-microbial creams, various toothpastes, and an additive in various plastics and textiles.

Toothpaste manufacturers claim triclosan is safe, ADA claims these toothpaste are safe in spite of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has registered it as a pesticide. Triclosan is a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals which is suspected of causing cancer in humans.

Even if triclosan didn't carry such a health hazard, you still shouldn't use it because it has the same effect as pesticides or antibiotics. As a side it destroys the beneficial bacteria and manages to create drug-resistant bacterial and mutant viruses for which our immune system has no defense.

You have a great number of safe and natural alternatives with antiseptic properties: propolis tincture, myrrh, cloves, thyme, peppermint.

Natural and healthy "on the run" toothpaste alternatives

Many people wonder how to keep their breath fresh and their teeth clean when they are away from home 10-12 hours per day. Some people use chewing gum for a minty fresh mouth.

As you know, these gums contain aspartame, which is toxic and kills neurons not to mention the ravages it makes to your stomach. When you chew gum, the stomach produces acids, but the food doesn't arrive, so they have nothing to digest. Instead, you will get stomach pain.

You don't need to do that anymore. Here are some natural tricks you may use to mask some not so pleasant smells after a meal:

* The first thing that comes to mind is to get a toothbrush, toothpowder and a mouthwash in your purse. It sometimes pays to be a woman :)

* Carry with you cloves, cinnamon bits or coffee beans. Cloves are also antibacterial and have antioxidant properties, so they are a little miracle. They are perfect for gum care and have a special scent.

Keep cloves in your mouth. I tried to chew them instead, and my tongue got numb in seconds :). I think you will eventually get used to the numbness, and even grow fond of it. Just keep doing it to form a habit.

Of course, don't forget to finally rinse your mouth in the evening with a backing soda solution.

* Have a snack with carrots or an apple. They will certainly get your teeth cleaned.

* Rinse or gargle with salt water. It's a good antibacterial.

* Eat fresh parsley leaves to eliminate odors.

* Chew fennel seeds.

* Chew a peppermint leaf. It is not as concentrated as cloves. Buy a peppermint plant in a pot and keep it at the office.

* Make a mouthwash and keep it in a atomizer bottle.

Homemade mouthwash

* I was most pleased with a mouthwash from sodium bicarbonate dissolved in a little water. I used this to rinse my mouth when I was little and I had canker sores. I didn't like it much then, but I think it is great for oral care.

* Make a great antiseptic mouthwash from 10 drops of propolis tincture or sage tincture in a glass of water. Propolis tincture is good for tonsil health and to prevent tonsillitis.

* Another simple mouthwash is made with water, a little salt and a couple of drops of essential oil. Keep it in a atomizer bottle

* Myrrh gum mouthwash. I didn't try it, but myrrh accelerates healing of gums and mouth ulcers. It is also an effective remedy for bleeding gums. Boil two cups of distilled water and pour it over the gum. Stir, and let sit for an hour. You don't have to strain it. Just give it a shake before using it.

* Clean the mouth with hydrogen peroxide 3%. That is, dilute a little in 50 ml water and rinse.

FAQ

Q: I heard it is not recommended to use baking soda more than once a week because it will thin the enamel.
R: If you have sensitive teeth, replace backing soda and salt which are more abrasive with clay. I have used toothpowder with baking soda for 6 months now and I don't have any problem, but there are different opinions.

In case you don't want to give up the benefits of backing soda, don't put toothpowder on the brush. Instead, do a backing soda pulling, just like oil pulling. Put 1-2 grams of sodium bicarbonate and a little water in your mouth and rinse for a couple of minutes. Use less water and more saliva, because it helps the remineralization of teeth. After that just use the brush.

Q: How many times a day may I brush my teeth with toothpowder?
R: I used the toothpowder for 6 months, once or twice or day. Use it regularly, like the conventional toothpaste, to see the benefits (white, clean teeth, fresh breath and healthy gums), but don't overdo it. If your teeth are too sensitive, use the toothpowder like a mouthwash, and then brush with plain water.

Q: Clay and propolis tincture stain the teeth?
R: I used clay and the teeth may become slightly grayish during the brushing and so is the case with propolis tincture (yellowish), but it will clear after the rinse.

* Some holistic dentists say that there is no need to brush after a meal, but before that, in order to clean the bacteria.

* Avoid hydrogen peroxide and glycerin, which are drying and can lead to tooth sensitivity.

* Alternate the toothpastes for a change in taste, creativity and fun.

* Avoid hydrogen peroxide and glycerin, which are drying and can lead to tooth sensitivity.

* Alkalizing agents such as baking soda, Co-Q10, and aloe vera, reduce inflammation in the mouth and soothe irritated gums.

* Xylitol is a natural sugar which fights and even heals developing cavities by stopping the growth of the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Use it in baby toothpaste recipes to make it more sweet and in anti tartar toothpastes.

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