Non-Toxic Toothpaste Alternatives AND the Connection Between Healthy Teeth and Diet
We have been using a natural toothpaste without chemicals and fluoride for years, however I have learned that glycerin found in my toothpaste and many of the natural toothpastes, is also not a great thing to put on your teeth. Apparently, glycerin coats the teeth and prevents vital minerals from getting to the teeth. Good to know! So…now I am in the process of finding a better, fluoride-free, non-toxic toothpaste alternative. I’ve learned of a couple good options and I plan on trying them both.
Katie from the blog, Wellness Mama was one of the presenters at the HealThy Mouth Summit. She spoke about her experience of remineralizing her teeth and reversing cavities using a holistic approach: nutrient-dense foods full of fat-soluble nutrients and good fats (much like the diet we promote!), as well as a non-toxic oral health regimen. It’s important to realize that an essential component of healthy teeth has so much to do with adequate nutrition. I just had my scheduled visit with my holistic dentist and she commented that my teeth were so healthy and beautiful. I have no doubt that it has much to do with my diet which is nutrient-dense and full of fat-soluble nutrients (vitamins A, D, E and K).
Dr. Weston A. Price was a dentist in the 30s and 40s that did some ground-breaking research regarding the relationship between tooth decay, nutrition and overall health among indigenous cultures. He noticed that the rate of tooth decay in his patients seemed to be worsening, despite recommended cleanings and oral healthcare. He decided to leave his practice to study diverse groups of people around the globe that were still eating their native diets and had not been touched by western foods (sugar, white flour and processed foods). Although their diets varied based on climate and what was available from the land, they all had little to no tooth decay and enjoyed robust health, free of the chronic degenerative conditions we face today. His research is chronicled in the comprehensive book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Check it out of you get a chance! We also have a Weston A. Price link in our resources section that explains the work of Dr. Price and the commonalities that he found among the groups he studied (go HERE). His work, and others like his, remind us that the further we stray from the foods we were designed to eat, the more our health begins to suffer. Making an effort to eat REAL food, as mother nature designed, and incorporating nutrient-dense foods like quality meats, eggs, organ meats, quality fats like butter, bone broths and fermented foods are instrumental in enjoying a healthy body and healthy teeth!
Go HERE to see Katie’s comprehensive oral health regimen (especially those looking to reverse cavities). See below for the tooth powder recipe:
Tooth Powder Recipe
- 4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
- 3 Tablespoons Calcium Magnesium Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons Powdered Mint Leaf (optional, or can use essential oil)- Powder in blender, food processor or coffee grinder.
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Cloves Powder
- 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Xylitol
- Essential oils for taste- optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good.
Recipe is by Katie at Wellness Mama. Go HERE to her site for links to the ingredients and more detailed info.
See my tooth powder above. I keep it in a glass jar with a lid next to the sink.
Another option mentioned by Katie is the OraWellness Brushing Blend (she actually uses a combo of both the tooth powder and the brushing blend).
“The OraWellness Brushing Blend is made from Organic essential oils specially formulated to effectively and safely kill the bad bugs that cause bad breath, bleeding gums and pain.”
Go HERE to read more about this product and purchase it.
I have tried the tooth powder recipe and I must say that it is different, especially when being used to toothpaste. Some may not like the “grainy” feel in the mouth, but it works pretty well. I am now trying the OraWellness Brushing Blend and I really enjoy this product. It tastes good and works well. The only drawback here is that it is a little more expensive.
If you have recipes, experience or suggestions for NON-TOXIC oral hygiene products that have worked well for you…please share in the comments section. We can all learn from each other!
**Another resource for healing tooth decay through nutrition is, Cure Tooth Decay: Heal & Prevent Cavities with Nutrition by Ramiel Nagel