As I continue my all natural journey in this life and learn what I can daily and try to implement changes, I am trying to take photos as well and share my trials and errors in things I made. So, I have tried a couple more natural products, like Tom's Natural Toothpaste, Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth, and Young Living Aromabright Thieves - which my daughter actually likes! I like the Young Living for traveling because it is in a tube and easy to transport and not as messy as a powder can be. But I do love the homemade version I make with the Bentonite Clay. That stuff seriously whitens your teeth! My son Carter is using my homemade version daily and he noticed his teeth whitening up in a couple days. And I just used the above ingredients to make it. Now, I also made a version I read about in Dr. Axe's Essential Oil book using coconut oil, since that is good for "pulling" and cleaning teeth. But I am not personally a big fan of that one because of the coconut oil hardening up and then I have to melt it to use it. And besides that, my Dr. Axe recipe looked NOTHING like the one in his book. Ha! ha! But hey - it's ok. I realize that photos don't always match up to results on the user end. So, I take it all with a grain of salt.
So you are asking, why even make or go natural in your toothpaste? There are numerous articles and studies coming out all the time about Flouride and how it is not that safe and not really linked to reducing cavities. How it could be contributing to behavioural problems and diabetes. I like to follow a few doctors and I try to read and research what I think are reputable sources. So, one doctor I tune into is Dr. Mercola. This is an interesting article on the subject, Water Fluoridation Linked to Diabetes and Lower IQ. I really do love to follow Dr. Josh Axe. I think he is a great social media natural icon these days and I find that the way he curates information and shares it is great so many times. So, this article on Avoiding Fluoride and Detoxing it from your body, is a great article as well. At any rate, my views on fluoride have drastically changed over the past year even to the point of asking the dentist at my kids dental appointments to NO LONGER do the fluoride treatments. So, as I grow in my natural journey and forming my beliefs on what products I want to make, what I want to buy, what I expose my body to and my kids, I just aim to share what I learn along the way. So, if you are looking for an idea of making your own toothpaste and like to try things out, Bentonite Clay is pretty awesome for all the other health benefits it has too - check out this article on Dr. Axe's Site - 10 Proven Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses. I just ordered some Kaolin Clay Powder to try next for some other natural toothpaste recipes. Interestingly this is used in Primal Life Organics dirty mouth toothpaste. I really love learning about single ingredients and how they work and why. Very fascinating. Anyhow, here is an article talking about Kaolin Clay Powder and some thoughts and resources on that mineral. Hope you enjoy this post and please add your comments if you would like! I would love to hear what you think, your opinions, what you use, etc. Happy Learn about Teeth Day!
Updated: 3/3/17: I recently acquired 2 more natural toothpastes to try and I have tried one, Dr. Bronner's Peppermint All-One Toothpaste. I LIKE this one a lot. So, this will be in my tool kit to rotate. I have yet to try the Auromere, but it has gotten good reviews. And I try to link up my posts to the actual company, but I can tell you from experience, that I have actually found the products cheaper at sites like Vitacost and Thrive Market. So, definitely worth shopping around, but I am learning about discounted wholesalers all the time. And we all know it's going to be online shopping so much going forward. I try to avoid Amazon often, because I am hoping that other companies are more stringent on guidelines in selling "real products" and not good quality ones. I'm trying to learn as I go and share the knowledge I gain along the way.