I’m celebrating 18 years of cavity-free children this year! I’m not sure which shocks me more- that I will have an 18-year-old or that we’ve made it through 18 years and 8 children without a single drilling. Or that we’ve done it without any fluoridated city water, jugs of fluoridated water for baby, or nasty little fluoride rinses in homeroom. I honestly can’t remember if we’ve ever even bought fluoridated toothpaste for our children. We made the switch ourselves somewhere close to 15 years ago and have been cavity-free right alongside our children.
Why the break from mainstream dental care? Rumors of fluoridated toothpaste being a neurotoxin (translation: brain poison) reached my ears and I guess I wasn’t any more willing to make guinea pigs out of my kid’s bodies then than I am now (*cough* GMO’s *cough*). Recent studies from Harvard of all places back up that putting fluoride in kid’s bodies might not be the wisest thing to do. (Pun intended.) And that’s not to mention all of the other chemicals found in a tube of toothpaste and the effects they have on bodies, especially little ones.
I didn’t have too many little children before I realized that I couldn’t keep buying a $6 tube of fluoride-free toothpaste every week. After all, those squeeze tubes are so much fun to play with, don’t you know? I needed a natural solution that masked the saltiness of the baking soda yet was sweet enough to encourage them to want to brush their teeth, and minty enough to freshen their breath. Sweet and Minty Tooth Powder was our winner.
You know what else I love about it? The versatility. You can customize it to meet your needs. Powdered sage or activated charcoal could be added to whiten your teeth. I add bentonite clay to mine for several weeks a couple times a year (such as in the spring and fall) as part of a detox. (I’m a big girl and can handle the flavor without the mint and leave it out when detoxing so I can swallow the clay since I don’t want to ingest essential oils.)
Making the recipe is also kid-friendly and my 7-year-old is usually the one whipping up the next batch when we run out. Yep. It’s that easy. So between the simplicity, frugality, and healthfulness, there’s nothing stopping you from giving it a try!
Sweet and Minty Tooth Powder
- Whisk together the baking soda & stevia powder.
- Cut in the coconut oil with the whisk or a fork.
- Stir in the essential oil until it's well incorporated.
- Take a pinch, dip your wet toothbrush in it, and scrub away! Make sure to spit as usual since there are essential oils in the powder.
- *Note the bright freshness of the essential oil does wear away after some time while in storage, so if your family won't go through it as quickly, make a half batch.