Ever since reading the booklet called, "The Perfect Prescription For Your Teeth: Three Simple Steps to Perfect Teeth and Gums All the Days of Your Life", we've been using tooth soap. At first I thought the lady who gave me the booklet was crazy. I believe eating unrefined sugar, good fats, whole grains, raw dairy and taking excellent vitamins have also contributed to the overall health of our teeth as well as our bodies.
Dr. Weston Price, DDS, researched "disease-free" cultures and discovered that despite different diets, they all had excellent teeth. Whole, organic foods (when possible) are essential. Necessary nutrients must be present in the body to avoid cavities. You want to see an overall picture of someone's health? Look at their teeth! Good teeth are not a product of genetics but of the chemistry of the enamel and gums.
See book for details. It is excellent and a quick read. If you live near me, I have a coveted copy that I'm willing to share as long as I get it back :)
I've converted some of my family members and friends to using this when they've seen my how white my teeth are. My identical twin sis is using it after we compared teeth in the mirror. Mine were significantly whiter. I made her some tooth soap before she left that day, LOL! It takes a little while to adjust to the different taste, but it is doable. The secret is to not have an option. They will get used to it, I promise.
Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe:
4 tsp Dr. Bronner's unscented or peppermint liquid castile soap
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 to 2 tsp Slim Sweet, xylitol (cavity preventing) or Stevia (all have no adverse effects on the teeth)
20 to 30 drops peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, clove (helps with gingivitis and sensitivity) or sweet orange essential oils
1.In a small pan, boil a small amount of water.
2. In a food processor or blender, add 2 Tbl of the boiled water, sweetener, coconut oil, soap and essential oil. Blend until frothy.
3. Pour into a clean lotion dispenser. Because it is so frothy, you'll have to work it into the dispenser using a small funnel. You can forgo this and just store it in an air tight container if you wish. I had a comment from Lisa, a cake decorator, who had the excellent suggestion of scooping it all into a quart-sized ziploc bag, snip one of the bottom corners off, and just "pipe" the tooth soap into a pump bottle. I think that would work way better than a funnel. Thank you for the suggestion, Lisa!
Use just a small amount on your tooth brush (as shown in picture). I think using a dispenser like this just makes it easier for the kids to use. It doesn't take much on the brush.
If you're teeth feel a little greasy or you have a bad aftertaste, make sure to swish your mouth out with some water. You'll love the way the tooth soap makes your teeth feel. Super clean!
So much for threatening to wash my kid's mouth out with soap, LOL!
Happy Teeth are Clean Teeth!