I have huge teeth. And a huge mouth. My family makes fun of me, and it's kind of a joke amongst my friends as I always seem to be captured mid-laugh in photos, making my jaw appear as though it has come unhinged. Case in point: this lovely gem.
Up until a few years ago, I always enjoyed bright white teeth. But during pregnancy, it was like the baby sucked the white right off my teeth somehow. Then when I got diagnosed with celiac disease, the malnutrition I suffered during the onset of the disease further stripped my teeth of their white bright healthy look. I was left with sensitive, yellow teeth, and I got my first cavity at age 30. Prescription toothpastes did nothing. Crest Complete and Colgate Total left weird tastes in my mouth and almost made it feel numb. So I was in the market for an alternative.
Then I heard this podcast (http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/12/302-how-to-reverse-tooth-cavities-the-healthiest-cookware-how-to-use-a-squatty-potty/) from my friend, (I call him my friend...we've never actually met. But I know enough about him through listening to his podcasts that we'd be friends if we ever did meet. So, we're friends.) Ben Greenfield, about how it actually is possible to re-mineneralize your teeth, reverse cavities, and whiten them all without chemicals. (Start at 25 minutes in to hear the tooth section) And I got this recipe for non-toxic, teeth whitening, remineralizing toothpaste. I'm so shocked by how well it works and how clean my mouth feels when I use it. Listen to the podcast for other recipes and more info about how diet can actually fix a ton of tooth probs. Here's how to make it!
Homemade Re-Mineralizing Whitenening Toothpaste
You'll need baking soda, trace mineral drops, essential oil of choice, coconut oil, and (optional) stevia. Also a jar to store the toothpaste in.
2 parts coconut oil (I use 4 TBSP)
1 part baking soda (2 TBSP)
20 drops trace minerals
20 drops essential oil, such as peppermint or clove. Make sure you are using a food-grade essential oil (Young Living and doTerra are good ones) because the cheapy ones are cut with lots of chemicals and that's precisely what we are trying to avoid here!
Stevia to taste. (I didn't use any...but if this is your first foray into natural toothpaste, it could help you ease into it.)
It's a little funny to get used to, as this toothpaste doesn't foam like Crest would, but your mouth will feel so clean! Also, you may want to spit into a cup vs. the sink because you don't want all that coconut oil solidifying in your drain.