The weather is miserably cold in Calgary, so my girls and I made tooth powder the other day as a fun little project.
Toothpastes, even the “natural” brands, contain a lot of ingredients that are counterproductive to gum health and general oral well-being.
As mentioned in my Preconception Primer a few posts back, the possible connection between dental health and fertility applies to both men and women. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can contribute to pH changes resulting in a decline in oral health associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm labor, and having low birth weight baby. I tell my own story about dental troubles and how I could not even conceive here.
Tooth decay happens when pathogenic mouth bacteria such a candida albicans eat sugar left on the surface of the tooth and convert it to acid. The acid can then slowly eat away at the alkaline tooth enamel. Once the pH of the mouth is returned to a healthy, alkaline status, the mineral ions that are naturally in our saliva help rebuild the damaged tooth enamel. Both the baking soda and xylitol of this formula are very alkaline and calcium-rich bentonite clay may help with remineralization. The addition of some yarrow tincture I had made a while back was an afterthought. Yarrow is an amazing choice for oral hygiene though because it is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic/anti-microbial, and astringent (meaning that it causes tightening of body tissues). It is both styptic (stops bleeding), and has the ability to support healthy blood circulation. What's not to love?
Natural Tooth Powder
4 tbsp. baking soda 3 tbsp. bentonite clay 2 tbsp. granulated xylitol
30 drops of yarrow tincture 2 drops each food-grade peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, tea tree oil and frankincense (all optional)
Whisk well in a small bowl and transfer to a jar. When you're ready to use it, just dip your moistened toothbrush in and begin brushing. (Makes about 1/2 a cup)
It was also fun to make and what I love best is that there's nothing toxic here if any little person happens to swallow some. Baking soda is definitely an acquired taste, but the trade off is so worth it. Even after just a few days of using this tooth powder, I don't think I can go ba