I grew up on baking soda toothpaste- How we all as consumers got away from that is really the story of dentist pushing products and us believing the hype from manufacturers. They would like us to believe the only dental care we need is expensive, flavored, flouride, whitened, non- biodegradable, throwaway, toxin loaded toothpaste.
You don’t need to do that. The advantage of Greening your mouth, you could save money and the environment at the same time. Use products you currently have, less energy is spent, less toxins and packaging in landfills (zero waste)
I have copied and pasted some stories and recipes for your convenience-
The prime ingredient is Baking Soda- Just go right to your kitchen- and pull out that baking soda. Advantages- less abrasive, meaning less tooth wear, keeping your teeth healthier longer. Studies are indicating that baking soda can break down particles that are able to penetrate enamel and remove food particles and deep stains.
Top 10 Recipes for Making Your Own Toothpaste or Powder
1.) Use 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and 1 TBSP of peroxide. Wet brush and start brushing
2.) Mix 3 parts baking soda (the cleanser and sweetener) with part salt (the abrasive) and funnel the compound into a short small-mouthed container such as a pop or beer bottle. You’ll find that the creation has a satisfying, different taste and leaves your mouth feeling very fresh and soothed. If you’d like, add a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen oil to the concoction – or mix the home “brew” half-and-half with a commercial tooth powder – to give the dentifrice a more pleasant flavor.
3.) To each half cup of homemade powder (above), add 3 teaspoons of glycerin, 10-20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, cinnamon or whatever) and 1 drop of food coloring. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and add just enough water to make the concoction “tooth-pastey”. Spoon the substance into a small refillable plastic squeeze bottle or any container that dispenses easily and won’t leak.
4.) (From Dr. Paul Keyes) Add glycerin to baking soda to form a pasty mixture that can be applied to a toothbrush with a spoon or other instrument.
- Put a capful of hydrogen peroxide in a tumbler.
- Moisten bristles of toothbrush (mulitufted) by dipping in peroxide
- Rub moistened bristles over cake of unscented Neutrogena soap
- Cover bristles with soda-glycerin mixture.
- While watching in a mirror brush cheek-sides and tongue-sides of teeth
- Redip brush in peroxide as needed
- Work mixture between teeth with a flat toothpick or Butler stimulator
#5.) Equal parts Real Salt (Redmond Utah) and baking soda made into a paste using 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
#6.) 2 tbsp baking soda -1/2 tsp salt (sea salt, available in bulk at health food stores)-1 tsp vodka 2 drops each: Oregano oil, wintergreen, peppermint
#7)” I bought a wide mouth jar at the store, added one cup baking soda and one cup salt, then shook. I wet my brush, shake off the excess water, dip it in the mixture, and brush for two minutes. Then I swish a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide around in my mouth, gargle, and spit. I rinse with water a few times, making sure to gargle. Follow this with dental floss. I’ve eliminated bleeding, tender gums using this for a year now. The interesting thing is using the hydrogen peroxide. It sometimes foams like mad and sometimes doesn’t foam. I figure it’s the variation in germ amounts in my mouth! Probably keeps me from getting colds and sore throats, too.”
I use a heaping teaspoon of salt, a heaping teaspoon of baking soda (to neutralize the acids) and over an ounce of hydrogen peroxide (which helps to remove the plaque). I follow that with Rockland’s SuperOxy Mouthwash, which contains Aloe Vera (for healing); to which I add about 50% of hydrogen peroxide. It has a mint flavor. I’m inclined to think I can mix my own, experimenting with the same ingredients (H2O2, Mint, Aloe Vera and pure water), suited to my taste.
- 250 mls cheap brandy
- 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops Thyme oil
- 10 drops Myrrh oil
- 10 drops Fennel oil
I really didn’t want the alcohol wash, so I mix the essential oils with about 3/4 cup of baking soda. I run it through a mesh sifter or strainer a couple of times to mix it well and put it in a little plastic container with a lid. I just dip my wet toothbrush in this to brush my teeth with. It gives the soda a better taste and is very good for the gums.That is the basics. You can substitue Tea Tree oil for the Thyme and this is very anti-septic. You can also substitute Mandarin for Fennel if you prefer that taste (Fennel tastes like black licorice for those who don’t know). Myrrh is essential to this mixture for its healing and tonic properties.I made this for my mom who has yellowed teeth and receding gums from smoking cigarettes. She wet her toothbrush with Hydrogen Peroxide and then dipped it in the powder. Within a week we noticed a difference, within two weeks her teeth were whiter and her gums were pinker with no brown spots. She certainly has a prettier smile now!”
#10) Tooth Powder
- 3 parts baking soda
- 1 part sea salt
- 3 parts calcium-magnesium-vit c powder*
- 3 parts finely ground prickly ash bark
- 1 part echinacea powder
- 1/2 part goldenseal powder
- Optional: peppermint essential oil to taste
Combine the ingredients and shake well. Use about 1/4 tsp on a wet toothbrush.
*I use Wachter’s Cal-Mag-Vit C Powder which adds a nice flavor. All ingredients are available at a health food store.
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), a product used for many years by itself or in combination with other ingredients has several excellent properties. As a soft crystalline substance that dissolves readily, it has a mild abrasive potential. In solution it will kill on contact all of the motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections, e.g. spirochetes, motile rods, etc. It will also kill other disease related bacteria. It will also neutralize and detoxify the bacterial acids and toxins that form in plaques (bacterial biofilms). I would put this inexpensive, readily available, product at the very top of the list of potentially beneficial dentifrice-ingredients.
Sodium chloride (table salt) Like baking soda, salt has been used for many years as a dentifrice, alone or in combination. When used alone it is rather stingy and unless milled, rather grainy. It is not highly abrasive, contrary to some opinions. In solution at higher concentrations it will kill on contact all motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections. However, its antibacterial potential, while good, is not as powerful as that of sodium bicarbonate, and it will not detoxify bacterial byproducts. In higher concentrations it will reduce edema in the gingival tissues and stimulate circulation.
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.
Hydrogen peroxide. When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with dentobacterial plaques, it breaks down very rapidly into oxygen and water. This breakdown, which causes the foaming action, is caused by an enzyme (catalase). This foaming action does two things: It helps to disorganize and disperse the bacterial biofilms growing on tooth surfaces, and it reveals places where bacteria are located. When used as an ingredient in dentifrices, it has little, if any, bactericidal action. It breaks down too rapidly.
Vinegar Vinegar is another product that has been used for dental hygiene for many years. A half strength solution of vinegar (apple cider for taste) will pickle all of the motile bacteria mentioned above, and it will help to dissolve deposits of calculus. For persons whose dental hygiene does not reduce the buildup of bacterial plaques adequately, some of this buildup may harden into calculus. Brushing several time a week with a vinegar solution can help to prevent calculus formation.
Cranberry juice Unsweetened cranberry juice can be used as mouthwash and as a solution for brushing one’s teeth. It will kill all motile bacteria on contact and help to disintegrate plaques. Since it is somewhat acidic, probably it should not be used more then a few times a week. It is pleasant to use and can be swallowed. This juice can be used as a rinse and then swallowed. Brushing the teeth with cranberry juice leaves the teeth and mouth feeling very fresh and clean. After brushing one can rinse again and expectorate or swallow the juice. For the care of handicapped persons who cannot manage conventional oral hygiene measures, this could be a pleasant solution for caregivers to use. It is tasty and can be swallowed.