Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two problematic ingredients: fluoride and glycerin. Fluoride, a mining by-product, is one of the bigger scams perpetrated on an unwitting public. Instead of being beneficial it actually damages teeth. Glycerin coats the enamel and prevents natural re-mineralization of teeth. The solution in avoiding those two items may be making your own tooth paste or tooth cleanser at home.
Here are some recipes you can make at home which contain neither fluoride or glycerin:
Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
2 tbsp dried lemon or orange rind
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tsp salt
Grind the rinds in a food processor until they become a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt then process for a few more seconds until you have a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. Dip moistened toothbrush into the mixture and brush as usual.
Mix ingredients to make a paste, dip toothbrush into the mix and then brush as usual.
1 Tsp of the above Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
1/4 Tsp Hydrogen peroxide
Mix into a paste and brush as usual.
Vanilla, Geranium and Honey Toothpaste
1/2 ounce powdered chalk
3 ounces powdered orris root
4 teaspoons of tincture of vanilla
15 drops oil of rose geranium
Raw honey, enough to make a paste
Combine all ingredients and mix until you have the consistency you want. Scoop the paste onto brush. Store the paste in an airtight container.
Simple Mint Toothpaste
Bicarbonate of soda
Bentonite clay powder
Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda with one part salt. Add 3 tsp of bentonite clay for every 1/4 cup of this mixture, and then add enough water to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for better taste.
Herbal Mint Toothpaste Recipe
1/4 tsp peppermint oil
1/4 tsp spearmint
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup powdered orrisroot
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground sage
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until paste is desired thickness/consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.
Substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint/spearmint if desired.
Refreshing Super Mint Toothpaste
6 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
4 teaspoons bentonite clay powder
15 drops peppermint
Mix thoroughly until you get the toothpaste consistency you desire. If desired, add a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen.
Strawberry Tooth Cleanser
1 tsp of the above Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
1 tbsp crushed ripe strawberries
Mix strawberries and powder into a paste and brush as usual.
Basic Tooth Cleanser
Hydrogen peroxide (a few drops)
Make a paste by combining the two ingredients. You can also gently rub this paste along your gums twice a week for maximum benefit.
Lemon and Cloves Herbal Tooth Cleanser
Small amount of finely powdered sage
1 ounce of finely powdered myrrh
1 pound powdered arrow root
3 ounces powdered orris root
15 drops oil of lemon
8 drops oil of cloves
10 drops oil of bergamot
10 drops of coconut oil (you may have to warm slightly to melt)
Mix the powdered ingredients first and then add and mix the oils into the mixture.
Supercharge any of the above recipes by adding tea tree oil or plant derived mineral powder (or both).
When you use items which contain lemon, rinse your mouth and teeth thoroughly afterward to prevent damage to teeth enamel.