Posted by: Rachael | February 20, 2008

teeth wonderful teeth

So we brush our teeth at least twice a day.
We used to be able to purchase non-fluoride toothpaste, and it was the cheapest. We bought what we anticipated to be a whole year’s supply…..then when we went to get more eighteen months later, it had disappeared from the shelves.

We have replaced it with the next-cheapest, but recently became disconcerted to discover it contains saccharine as well as the fluoride we don’t need (having a fluoridated water supply) and some numbers I’m uncertain about.

Time to try the oft-threatened-baking-soda-toothpaste.

  • 7 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4t glycerin (easily found at our local friendly pharmacist’s)
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil.
  • 1t water

 This blog is supposed to be for tried-and-true recipes only. I’ll delete this post if it is unbearable!

Now if you’re anything like my kids, you’re going to need a bit of convincing. Would you listen to the founder of the International Dental Health Foundation, who has a research interest in anti-infective periodontal therapy? Apart from the very last paragraph (he asks dentists who have seen such-and-such a problem in the mouths of people who brush with baking soda to raise their hand and is surprised none ever do, thereby supposedly proving that baking soda equals good dental habits – I would think none of them ever raise their hands, because all of their patients brush with conventional toothpaste! But I could be wrong), he submits a pretty convincing argument.

Did you get all that about dentrifices? No, me neither 😉
But I’m pleased to be contributing less to the world’s waste problem, to know what’s going in our mouths, and to be gaining that funny little satisfaction that comes from making something from scratch.


“It smells good” In fact, it smelt so good we wondered if we didn’t need as much peppermint oil. One still-not-entirely-enthusiastic-but-convinced-enough-by-the-aroma-to-try-it Experimenter suggested a taste test.
Within six nanoseconds of dipping his finger in and eating the mixture, he was throwing himself across the kitchen in search of a glass of water, declaring in surprise, “It tastes like baking soda!”
“You’re not meant to eat it,” I coached.
“How about you try it first?” His request was understandable.
I rubbed a drop on my teeth. Not bad. Pepperminty.
Everyone followed suit.
“Will you ever buy toothpaste again?” queried one still-remaining-unconvinced-triallist.
“We’ll see,” I winked.


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