Do you put things in orally which have warning labels in it, warnings like “For external use only.” or “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.”? I’m planning to bet that you do. I have, though I might be ending that soon. Where is the line between external and internal? Why does toothpaste have a notice like these about it anyway?
I have been on edge about warning labels for a long time, keeping these details in the rear of my mind. When I first read that sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a known irritant commonly present in personal hygiene products, was especially a problem in toothpaste (where it might actually be worse than a mere irritant), my edginess came to the forefront of my mind. I immediately quit using the Crest that I had been using for a long time and switched to Tom’s of Maine SLS-free toothpaste. I felt better, but didn’t such as the xylitol that Tom’s of Maine used as a sweetener.
Young Living features a SLS-free toothpaste too, but it also wasn’t very satisfying to me, so I stayed with Tom’s of Maine’s toothpaste while searching for other options. Miessence has a very rated SLS-free toothpaste (according to GoodGuide.com), but I haven’t ordered any yet. I suspect there are others as well that will work well.
For various reasons, I’m thinking about moving from commercial tooth pastes. That interest opened a memory door, the one that held the memory of my mother using tooth powder when I was a kid. As I researched the topic, I realized that I’d forgotten the existence of tooth powder.
There are always a lot of toothpaste and tooth powder recipes available online so you’ll find a formula that suits your style ブレスマイルクリア口コミ. I’ve opted to try the tooth powder first since it is simpler and a much better traveling companion due to its density and weight (powder goes more than paste/gel for the exact same space and with less weight). But wow, will be the recipes different!
The ingredients are simple and basic: baking soda and salt. I came across wildly different proportions though, ranging from 12 elements of baking soda to 1 section of salt, to equal elements of baking soda and salt. I went with the 12:1 ration, anticipating that would be a salty enough difference for me personally, at the least for starters. I was right. Obviously, there are always a myriad other recipes with various ingredients, some that caused my eyebrow to cock in question.
My experiment began with a tiny baby food jar. I devote 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. I stirred it well, then closed the lid and shook it for a minute or two. Then I dispensed the powder into my clean travel toothpaste container — a contact lens case, the sort with the screw on lid — about anyone to 1 to 1/2 teaspoons per section. I came across that each section lasted me about 10 brushings, though your mileage may vary.
The first time I brushed with my tooth powder, I was struck by how salty it was. After a few days of brushing with the powder though, I hardly noticed the saltiness or insufficient sweetness. My technique is to get the brush wet, shake off excess water, place the bristles into the powder and brush away.
When I mentioned to my husband what I was testing and authoring, his first reaction was that fluoride was imperative for cavity protection. It’s clear that fluoride reduces tooth decay or gum disease by preventing plaque bacteria from creating tooth-weakening acids, and by re-mineralizing tooth enamel. This indicates, though, that fluoride is most effective in keeping children’s teeth from decaying but has less, if any, impact on permanent teeth. Since fluoride is toxic, my question is just why use it if benefits are for a limited population segment? And while fluoride is touted as being the truly amazing addition to toothpaste because it fights acid on your teeth, here’s another vote for baking soda: it’s alkaline, so that it neutralizes acids found on your teeth.
I’m focused on cleaning my hygiene habits from chemicals, especially SLS, spending less and getting greener. My baking soda and salt formula will continue being my tooth powder of preference until it’s proven to me that it’s a bad idea. Stay tuned, and continue brushing and flossing daily.