One of the hardest commercial products to get away from is toothpaste. Many people are very self-conscious about their teeth, and commercial toothpaste does a good job of selling themselves by promising to whiten and strengthen. The truth is that toothpaste actually has harmful ingredients that don't help your teeth at all! Conventional toothpaste can contain saccharin (an artificial sweetener!), propylene glycol, and even artificial colors including Yellow 5, Blue 1, and Red 40. Most toothpaste brands - even natural ones - contain glycerin, which prevent your teeth from re-mineralizing.
To avoid these nasty ingredients, you can make your own tooth powder. Homemade tooth powder gives you the power to control the ingredients. In addition, it is economical and green! Here's how you can make it yourself.
1/2 c. bentonite clay
1/8 c. aluminum-free baking soda
6-10 drops peppermint essential oil
Just put all the ingredients in the jar and shake. Bentonite clay is good stuff. It helps to remove tarter and decreases gum sensitivity. Bentonite clay also draws out the toxins in metal - if it is soaked in the mouth for 10 to 15 minutes like a mouthwash, it will take out the toxins - which is especially good for those of us with traditional cavity fillings. (Note: because of the bentonite clay's ability to draw toxins out of metal, do be sure that you make the tooth powder in a glass jar and not a metal one!)
This tooth powder is safe for the whole family. Dip a wet or dry toothbrush into the jar and brush as normal. Rinse well after brushing because I think the baking soda leaves a nasty aftertaste.
I get my ingredients online from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have the highest quality products that I've ever seen anywhere.
Wondering what to do with that leftover bentonite clay? Pour some in your palm, mix with just enough water to make a paste, and apply as a face mask. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes and then wash away.