Soooo I’ve started delving into oral health a lot more of late as my love for coffee has grown exponentially 😅
I’ve been taking all the right precautions when drinking coffee and tea; not letting the coffee rest too long so the tannins don’t set in as much, drinking and swishing water around in my mouth straight after drinking coffee and tea to wash away any tannins that may still be present on my teeth, (and so on).
However, I’ve still found that my teeth have become a little grey-looking and slightly more stained (much to my protest), so I have been on the hunt for a toothpaste that not only cleans my teeth (like this wonderful homemade toothpaste I’ve been using for some time now), but helps to remineralise, regenerate and strengthen my teeth from the inside out!
Now, to help boost the results brought about by using this toothpaste, I’ve also addressed mineral levels in my body/saliva as diet also plays a HUGE part in the health of your teeth (which I will talk more about in future posts coming up soon!)
Using a Remineralising Toothpaste
There has been a lot of new information coming out about tooth remineralisation, something dentists used to think was impossible. There is a podcast by Katie Wells (a.k.a Wellness Mama), where she interviews a dentist who explains the science of remineralisation (you can listen here if you like).
The information I found while researching this was reflected in my own experience of using natural toothpastes and changing up my diet (eating less sugar and foods high in phytic acid, like grains, nuts, seeds and legumes).
I’ve noticed big differences in my teeth over the past year since switching to using my own homemade natural toothpaste and using activated charcoal to naturally whiten my teeth. My teeth are whiter than they ever were before and I’ve noticed less plaque build-up when I’ve gone to the dentist (it doesn’t take nearly as long for the dentist to clean my teeth than it used to).
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Remineralising Toothpaste Recipe
This toothpaste is fluoride-free and only contains natural ingredients to help strengthen and support healthy teeth and gums.
This recipe is from Wellness Mama.
- 5 parts calcium powder (you can use cleaned powdered egg shells as an alternative)
- 1 part diatomaceous earth (optional, however it contains trace minerals and silica. NOTE: DE can be abrasive and is not needed with the baking soda, so if you don’t have DE… that’s ok!)
- 2 parts baking soda
- 3 parts xylitol powder (optional – this ingredient is not completely necessary, it just helps keep the toothpaste from tasting bitter)
- 3-5 parts coconut oil (adjust until you achieve desired texture)
- Essential oils for flavour (optional: mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good)
- Myrrh (optional)
- Trace minerals (optional)
- Mix all powdered ingredients (calcium, DE, baking soda, xylitol) well in a bowl.
- Add coconut oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.
- Add any optional ingredients, including essential oils for flavour (my favourite is peppermint & orange)
- Store in small container (I like using a small glass jar).
- To use: Either dip a clean toothbrush into it, or use a popsicle stick or spoon to scoop some onto your toothbrush.
For this recipe, “part” indicates whatever unit of measurement you are using. For example, if part=tablespoon, you would need 5 tablespoons of calcium powder, 1 tablespoon diatomaceous earth, etc.
The Benefits of Saliva in Oral Health
To sum up, saliva is the body’s natural way to remineralise teeth!
Going into more depth, salvia that is washed over the teeth helps to remineralise teeth. If the body is deficient in any vital nutrients, saliva will also be deficient in those minerals needed to keep teeth strong and healthy. That’s why it is so important that we address our diet along with focusing on building an oral health routine, to ensure our saliva contains the essential minerals and nutrients it needs to support remineralisation.
The frequent wash over from saliva over your teeth, particularly after consuming sugars, can help to dilute and protect against plaque acid, bring extra mineral ions into the plaque fluid, in turn promoting remineralisation.
How to Increase Saliva Production
To help promote saliva’s remineralisation in the mouth, you can boost saliva production. This can be done as follows:
Step 1: Gather up any saliva in your mouth into a pool on your tongue. Now, using the muscular movements of the throat, draw the saliva back and forth from the back of the tongue to just behind the front teeth then back again several times (30-50 repetitions are recommended). With practice, this action may help to increase the amount of saliva present in the mouth.
Step 2: Once you have a large pool of saliva on your tongue, give your teeth and gums a bath with your increased saliva! Swish and wash (swash) the increased saliva around your mouth for a minute or two, then swallow it down and let the saliva now support better digestion in the stomach!
This is great because it’s such a simple exercise you can do anywhere, anytime!
Saliva Helps Prevent Against Gum Disease
Saliva aids in reducing bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. Studies have shown that there is a connection between declining saliva production with age, and an increased risk of gum disease with age. Saliva contains many immune boosting substances, like lactoferrin, which binds iron in the mouth in turn depriving the gum-damaging bacteria the iron they need to thrive.
Saliva is also rich in enzymes involved in maintaining the ecology of the mouth. Lysozyme was one of the first enzymes to be recognised, and appears to work by weakening the cell wall of bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle, or trying or using any new products.
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Have you made your own toothpaste before? How did you find it? What was the recipe? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
Lots of love,
Wells, Katie. (July 30, 2019). Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe (Natural + Simple). Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/2500/remineralizing-toothpaste/