After the ‘Parenting Moment’ [see former blog post] I found the taste of regular toothpaste rather repulsive. I decided to start experimenting with other options.
First I tried MoodDust Charcoal powder. I don’t mind this product but it’s not my favourite and it’s messy. I also found that I felt I needed to brush my teeth more often in the day (I do drink latte and eat a silly amount of onions so perhaps that has something to do with it). Additionally, I would have slightly black eye-sleep and when I blew my nose it would be a black, like I’d spend a day riding the Tube in London. Somehow, applying only to my teeth, I post-nasal snorted this up through my sinuses. Charming. Also it was a little too abrasive for me.
I then tried Well-Scent’s JUST FOR GRINS, I do like this product but feel it really needs mixing with Bicarb Soda (Baking Soda) to get a bit of grit to it. I also tried their WATCH YOUR MOUTH, which blew away my taste buds with one drop. I’d happily use these products all the time (mixed with Bicarb Soda), except for the fact they are pricy and have to ship all the way from the US. Which removes them as a viable option.
So I move on.
Next I try the Rogue Gingers recipe for home made toothpowder. I LOVE THIS THE BEST. With out a doubt this is the winner for me.
Clove, Cinnamon, Sweet Orange Plastic Free Toothpowder
5 tablespoons bicarb soda
10 drops clove oil
10 drops sweet orange oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Add the bicarb into a jar. Add the clove oil. Put the lid onto the jar and shake vigorously. Open the jar and add the orange oil. Close and shake again. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and give a final shake.
If you want to make it a paste melt down 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add to the mixture.
This is insanely easy to make and leaves my mouth feeling clean and fresh in a non-minty way. I really love it.
My kids don’t, so for my Kitten I’ve mixed up Trash is for Tossers: Zero Waste Toothpaste
Zero Waste Toothpaste Recipe:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
25-30 drops Organic food grade peppermint essential oil (I did 1/2 Orange oil and 1/2 peppermint as my kids find peppermint too spicy)
Mix all three ingredients in a jar
To use, scoop out a little bit with a spoon and put it onto your toothbrush. Add more or less peppermint or coconut oil depending on your textural preference.
My son hates this too. For him I’m trying the following
Chocolate Toothpaste for a fussy 4 year old:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 tablespoon cacao nibs blitzed to a powder
Few drops clove, orange and peppermint
Mix in a jar and use a small amount via spoon onto toothbrush.
My plan is to increase the baking soda and decrease the cacao powder and increase his taste tolerance to the clove. His objection to the zero waste toothpaste above is salt & peppermint based.
I’ve heard of people using Bentonite Clay but I don’t own any and haven’t purchased any. I won’t use Xylitol, it’s sugar.
What I still have to do!
I need to discuss these changes with my dentist. My son is almost impossible to get to brush with standard store purchased toothpaste, he hates them. So he doesn’t brush his teeth enough, to me, getting him to brush with the Chocolate toothpaste twice daily will be better then not brushing at all.
Also we are a low sugar family. We use Rice Malt Syrup in place of all fructose sugars and we don’t eat commercial breakfast cereals. We drink water not juice or soft drinks (sodas/cool drinks depending on where you’re from). This all has a big impact on dental health. The first time I took my kids to the dentist for a check up, she commented on being able to tell that we were low sugar. This is one of the biggest factors in keeping teeth nice, in my opinion.
I will update this post on seeing my dentist.
The Kittens Mum
Reference: I use Australian tablespoon measure at 20ml and teaspoon of 5ml