I don't want to buy toothpaste anymore. We finally ran out & have been using baking soda the past few days. I think what I'd like to do is make a "paste" from baking soda & water (and maybe sea salt? and perhaps a few drops of EO) but I have a few questions/concerns.
1 - The sodium (in both the baking soda & the salt) -- how much is absorbed through the gums etc.? How healthy is that?
2 - I always heard that baking soda is too corrosive to use on a daily basis... now, I've been trying to research it & have gotten lots of conflicting opinions. Has anyone used it long-term?
3 - How well will baking soda & water mixture store? Actually I just realized we have a mixture like that for our hair & it seems to store fine... so maybe that's not a concern.
I've never had a cavity & don't want to mess that up by making the "wrong" kind of toothpaste!!
ETA: OK now I'm reading about xylitol, maybe we should bypass the baking soda & do that instead? I'm so confused, seems like everything I find is controversial. And is xylitol safe for hypoglycemics?
I know some people make a paste with EO but I just skip that and use the powder form. I think the paste would involve more work and mess and possibly not store as long.
I put xylitol in my powder as well (1 part salt, 1 part xylitol, 2 parts baking soda). I have blood sugar issues and xylitol doesn't bother me.
Traditional & nutrient-dense foods/Weston A. Price Foundation advocate, Reiki II practitioner, EFT practitioner, past life & life between lives Hypnotherapist practitioner. Home birth with DD 2007 = never vaccinated, breastfed 3 years
Baking soda -- My only concern is it being too abrasive
Salt -- I hate saltiness & can it lead to high blood pressure?
Xylitol -- Sounds perfect, I'm just reluctant with things like this, and I don't think anywhere around here sells it!
Castile soap - Anyone use this? Seems like another possible option
I never measure it, I just eyeball it, but it's probably something like:
1 TBSP OCO
2 TBSP Baking Soda
A dash of Sea Salt
1 or 2 drops of Peppermint Oil [I just use it for flavoring, you can use any other kind of oil or nothing at all if it suits you]
A dab of honey
If I were making it myself I would probably choose baking soda, 20% xylitol, maybe some sea salt, maybe not, and a few drops of peppermint EO to scent the whole mix.
After watching xylitol save my ds's teeth (and then me stupidly stop it to watch all the decay come back ) I completely love the stuff. Way better than GA.
XM,: mama to ds (5/08), dd (9/10) and ds (6/12) ! :C.H.S & M.