Home-made Organic Toothpaste 'Snow Caps' Old Swiss Teeth Whitening Recipe

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Introduction: Home-made Organic Toothpaste 'Snow Caps' Old Swiss Teeth Whitening Recipe

About: I am passionate about organic farming and food. We have a small homestead or rather a forest garden with rare breed poultry, fantail pigeons and quail. It is situated near one of the most famous French touri...

Why bother to make your own toothpaste?

A couple of years ago we were lucky enough to escape 'drill and fill' and to find a biological/holistic dentist and (really important for me) one who didn't use needles. Our dentist does not fill teeth and so I then began to study how to optimise our diet for tooth remineralisation. This done I then began to research anything that could hinder the process and found the mention of glycerine. It is used to give the toothpaste a 'glossy' sheen but it also leaves a coating on the teeth, which in turn prevents remineralisation. I have read that it takes multiple rinsings with pure water to actually rid your teeth of this glycerine film. When I checked the contents of my purchased organic toothpaste, I was mortified to find glycerine on the list. Interestingly enough that was the first difference we noticed when we began to use our home-made toothpaste, in essence, a much fresher cleaner feel to our teeth.

Step 1: Recipe and Ingredients

The Recipe

The recipe for 'Snow Caps' I found in a book I would recommend to anyone interested in essential oils and their uses, it is written by Valerie Ann Worwood under the very apt title of: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. I have used it for years and found it invaluable as a reference text.

Ingredients

Raw Sea Salt 1 teaspoon

Bicarbonate of Soda 2 teaspoons

Powdered Orange Peel 1 tablespoon

Dried Sage 2 teaspoons

Lemon Essential oil 2 - 5 drops

Peppermint Essential oil 2 - 5 drops


Step 2: Method and Storage

Method
In the past I used a pestle and mortar to grind up the sage but recently we were given a coffee grinder so have begun to use that. in fact Andy mixes everything apart from the essential oil in it, which makes for a very fine powder and resultant smooth tooth paste. The essential oils should be well incorporated into the powder to get an even flavour, mint is very strong and can quite literally 'take your breath away' if you were to get a large dose at once. Andy does this by adding a little powder to the jar at a time and then a drop of each essential oil an mixing it thoroughly so it is added and mixed in layers.

Storage

To retain all the virtues of the ingredients you need to store this powder in a dry container away from light. I used a recycled hotel jam jar and Andy made me a pallet wood surround. A dark glass or china container would do very well.

Step 3: Turning the Powder Into a Paste, the Film and Further Information


To make this tooth powder into a toothpaste, you can either take a little powder on a teaspoon and then dip you wet toothbrush in it or dip your wet toothbrush straight into the mix. Incidentally, I have seen various sites quoting sodium bicarbonate as abrasive and equally as many saying the only thing less abrasive than it is water! I have never found it abrasive but then I would never use it dry.

Some people like to use virgin organic coconut oil to make the paste but I find coconut oil such a precious resource, I would rather eat it than spit it out!

The whole process of making this toothpaste is contained within the film but for more information on remineralisation, the importance of maintaining a neutral or alkaline oral pH and an in depth break-down of all the ingredients used, please visit Simply Organic Recipes

All the very best and thanks for watching,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

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    Nice to see so much dialogue about ingredients happening here! I have a question: What is the purpose of the sea salt in the recipe? I used to buy a lovely peppermint tooth powder, using himalyan salt, from someone on Etsy, but after I had to get some bonding done on my teeth I noticed that the salt crystals may have been contributing to pre-mature chipping of the work. I stopped using the powder and went back to normal paste for fear of having to to get all that expensive work done over again. Is the salt a vital part of the recipe? Are there alternatives that might be easier on dental bonding?

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    Hi ashleyjlong, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to add to the 'conversation'! If you go onto my blog post you will see I write in detail about each of the individual ingredients. This instructable was getting quite wordy so I just left the link so people could consult it if they wanted additional information. Essentially though the salt and Himalayan salt is a great choice, has functions which are mostly duplicated by the other ingredients - apart from the fact that it contains around 100 beneficial minerals and trace elements but you could just sprinkle it on your food for those! So leaving it out altogether is an option. That is really what this recipe is about, making it suit you as an individual. I do not get any 'scratchy' feel from raw sea salt but I do wet my toothbrush well before I use it, so maybe you needed to re-mill your powder? What you could also do, is use the salt to make a simple mouth wash with warm water, that way there would be no action against your teeth but you would still be getting the benefits. Hope this helps and all the best, Sue

    I like the idea of adding sage and orange peel. I have been making my own paste for a while now, same idea as yours, just simpler: virgin olive oil, baking soda, mix of essential oils that strike my fancy. I find clove oil is nice, but it really is quite fun to play around and make a new flavour every time. I just mix up a paste and leave it in a covered cup. Seems to work well. My mouth feels fresher for longer, but it is a bit rough. I haven't been able to convert my partner. :(

    Good to see so many people questioning dental education ad products.

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    Hi prickly vegan. It's all about experimentation and what suits you best. I know sage can be an acquired taste, we find it very refreshing. I think some people can take time to get out of the toothpaste-from-a-tube idea or is it just the flavours of the paste, (clove is pretty strong !) maybe you should get your partner to mix up a personal recipe batch.

    Yes, I love getting input from people who have taken their dental health into their own control - long may it continue!

    All the best Pavlovafowl aka Sue

    I usually make a standard mint flavour, but it doesn't matter much to my partner. He finds the paste too abrasive. I'll give the peel and sage a go, might make it softer and less harsh. Thanks for sharing!

    Well what do you expect from a mainstream dental student?? >__<

    Anyway, thanks for the recipe, I want to try adding some of your ingredients. Right now I use sea salt (the dirty kind), xylitol (kills bacteria and prevents biofilms) and a little cinnamon, buzzed real good in the coffee grinder. I love it and will never g back to toothpaste, which always made me a little gaggy anyway, from all the foam.

    I would like to encourage the use of xylitol, not only for your tooth powder and oral rinse, but also when you have a sinus infection, ear infection, sore throat, etc. It's the bomb. Do some research on it. (I don't sell it, but wish I did.)

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    Hi harmonious1, thanks for your input. Maybe I was just hoping things had moved on, obviously not! I will take a look at xylitol.

    All the very best,

    Pavlovafowl aka Sue

    @oxyvbverkle fluoride is a poison. It lowers the communications channels in the brain. I'm not trying to bust your chops but here is some food for thought...The FDA warning is necessary because relatively small doses of fluoride can induce symptoms of acute fluoride toxicity (i.e., poisoning). Early symptoms of fluoride poisoning include gastrointestinal pain, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. The minimum dose that can produce these symptoms is estimated to be 0.1 to 0.3 mg/kg of fluoride (i.e., 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams of fluoride for every kilogram of bodyweight). A child weighing 10 kilograms, therefore, can suffer symptoms of acute toxicity by ingesting just 1 to 3 milligrams of fluoride in a single sitting.

    As demonstrated in the table, 1 to 3 mgs of fluoride is found in just 1 to 3 grams of toothpaste (less than 3% of the tube) — including toothpaste that is marketed specifically to children with bubble-gum and fruit flavors.

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    Not a propaganda campaign, I just want everyone who reads this article to be able to make an informed decision with some science behind it. @beegnicoll You are right. Fluoride is a poison at certain doses. That is why we tell parents to use a non-fluoridated toothpaste until their kids learn to SPIT out the tooth paste. Then we tell them to only use a smear, which has a very low amount of fluoride. In a pea sized helping of toothpaste(what we recommend for adults), there is about 0.3mg. (http://www.oralanswers.com/is-there-more-fluoride-... Again, if you spit it out and don't swallow it, you are ingesting very very low amounts of Fluoride.

    The recommended level in your water is ~0.7ppm(PartsPerMillion) The Harvard study, alluded to in many anti-fluoride campaigns, looked at places in China where water naturally contains high levels of Fluoride. Here is an excerpt from their systematic review,"Multiple epidemiological studies of developmental fluoride neurotoxicity were conducted in China because of the high fluoride concentrations that are SUBSTANTIALLY above 1 mg/L in well water in many rural communities..." and another "The exposed groups had access to drinking water with fluoride concentrations up to 11.5 mg/L..."

    You can read the whole Harvard article about HIGH levels of Fl- here: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC349193...)

    Systematic review (highest level) of evidence citing 77 articles on the SAFETY and EFFECTIVENESS of Fluoride:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18584000

    More can be found at Pubmed.gov. The gold standard search engine for research articles.

    Side note, mg/L is roughly equivalent to ppm.

    Hi beegnicoll,

    Thanks for the great reply. Fluoride is a toxic industrial by-product which was polluting watercourses until someone hit on the great idea of adding it to the drinking water supply and suggesting it was good for dental health. There is a film on Youtube Fluoridegate An American Tragedy if you are interested and haven't seen it.

    Funny old world isn't it?

    Hope you enjoy making and using the toothpaste,

    All the very best

    Pavlovafowl aka Sue

    Thanks for putting this recipe out there. I found out a while ago that the ingredients in many toothpastes could be making it harder for me to clean my teeth as well as hinder any possible remineralization. There are toothpastes out there that have no glycerine and no foaming agents. I still want to have a good recipe for homemade toothpaste in case I run out.

    That said people argue for fluoride but the arguments seems hollow when you look at how many mitigating factors may make fluoride more of a toxin now than when it was first introduced as a way to help us keep our teeth healthy. For one research has moved on. We know a lot more about the harm that dental protocols in particular have done to us. Many of us are finding that out now as we deal with poor bites, mercury, narrow jaws, weakened tooth structured due to over drilling etc. Fluoride is a hold over and fluoride treatments are mostly a money maker for dentists instead of a necessary treatment. Also in our food, air and water supply there are many more chemicals so our load of toxins is increasing not decreasing, which, imo, make fluoride both unnecessary and dangerous. The dose does make the poison but many small doses of poison is also bad. In addition, the good nutrients/minerals we used to get more of in our diets are in less quantity due to poor soil management in conventional farming and poor animal husbandry in CAFO feedlot meat. Not to mention all the processed foods we now regularly consume. Our teeth are likely suffering unless we make heroic attempts to reduce toxins and increase nutrition. Fluoride will likely not help and may make our toxic load high enough to be dangerous. I think in this day and age fluoride should be a choice and not a mandatory additive to our water.

    If folks want to do more research on what nutrients are good for teeth be sure to look up Vitamin K2 which can be found in abundance in fermented foods. K2 helps calcium get into your bones and teeth and not into your arteries. I've personally found that K2 has helped inhibit hard calcified plaque from developing on my teeth. Taking K2 was an experiment that I started after improving my dental hygiene for 2 years with quarterly cleanings, a waterpik, interdental brushes, and flossing after every meal, which helped, but still I had this terrible plaque to get rid of every cleaning.

    Finally, there are many factors that lead to dental problems. It's complicated. If you have problems you will likely have to try multiple protocols. It starts with finding a good biologic dentist to help keep your teeth in shape without introducing harm. Then you can do our own research and make your own informed decisions about what you personally need to do to keep yourself and your teeth healthy.

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    Hi puggirl1415

    Thank-you for your excellent comments and for sharing your experiments and research.

    Your mention of diet is most important and one that is often ignored. The importance of K2, phosphorous, D3, magnesium and Vitamin C in driving calcium to the bones/teeth and not into the soft tissue is also something one becomes very aware of through keeping chickens, who were sensible enough to avoid teeth but need to create shell.

    With regards to toxic overload of fluoride, any one who drinks non-organic tea and eats non-organic meat is getting a hefty amount already in pesticide residues. Tea is particularly bad, as the tea plant is a hyper accumulator absorbing many toxins and so efficiently, that it is used for the phytoremediation of soil.

    I absolutely agree that a good biological or holistic dentist is a must. and In particular, as part of the process leading to dental problems is often of a physical nature, for example the shape of the individual skull. A good dentist understands and can help with the ultimate goal, which is your own research and taking control of your own teeth and making informed choices. This also with regards to the materials used to create amalgams and crowns and the chemicals or otherwise used in dental anaesthesia. For example, my sister's holistic dentist in Scotland does not have electronic dental anaesthesia so has been able to communicate with mine in France, who does.

    Never before has there been such free access and to such a volume of information. What at one time needed multiple and not always successful trips to a university library, can now be done from a computer at home.

    All the best and thanks again for your input,

    Pavlovafowl aka Sue

    I'm just glad you brought this instructable here:)
    My teeth seemed perfect until my late 40's. It was hard for me to understand that good hygiene wasn't enough to keep me from having a cascade of serious expensive dental problems. Mostly because my dentists over the years weakened my teeth and caused more problems with their treatments. Of course they missed the treatments that could have really helped me have great teeth forever:( It's infuriating to see dentists still touting fluoride, retractive orthodontia, removal of healthy teeth, and amalgam fillings. They say all these things are safe and effective. Of course they'd be out of a job if they recommended nutritional protocols for remineralization instead of fillings, oral myofunctional therapy instead of braces and tooth removal, and minimal fillings instead of overdrilling teeth for amalgam which leads to cracks, crowns and root canals.
    Dental health is a process and although we are living in a time when there is great access to information. It is still really hard to connect the dots when it comes to relating healthy teeth to one's nutrition and then to understand the harm that dentists can do to their patients with their outmoded and dangerous protocols.

    Hi puggirl1415,

    You are welcome, I am so happy to find ever more people who are questioning what has been done to their teeth over the years. For me In essence it is about commerce and nothing else and dovetails neatly into the fable of the high grain low fat diet. That myth which enabled huge profits from poor quality nutrition, derived from heavily subsidised crops and equally detrimental to dental health.

    In reference to why nothing moves on, my sister's holistic dentist informed her that if the populace of the UK who have mercury amalgams in their mouth realised the true impact on their health and thus wanted them correctly removed it would bankrupt the National Health Service within the week. What also amazes me is that mercury extraction is still performed without following the correct protocols by dentists, who are thus putting their own health at risk.

    I think my general feeling about it all is anger because the 'drill and fill' mercury programme was targeted at children in the UK, under government policy which paid school dentists to do this and nothing else. Here is just a short introduction to that hideous past http://www.dentistforum.co.uk/dental-treatment/excessive-dental-treatment/ Unlike your case, our teeth were ruined in childhood and so many people I meet have spent their lives and salaries trying to remedy just that and with no recourse to any help whatsoever.

    Thankfully there has been, over the past decade or so, a growing number of holistic/biological dentists, who can and do help.

    All the very best,

    Pavlovafowl aka Sue

    I have been using coconut oil as a teeth maintenance regimen . Brush with salt and the swish a teaspoonful of coconut oil around for a few minutes and then spit it out . Certainly feels like a protective layer over teeth and amazingly a brown spot which was the start of a cavity has virtually disappeared . The person who recommended coconut oil claimed it stopped decay and re mineralized teeth in her boyfriend .

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    hi taur561,

    Raw organic coconut oil is a fantastically versatile ingredient for both internal and external use. It has great antiseptic and detox properties and is a good immune system support - apart from being really good in cookery! in fact it has a whole host of uses. I started using it in home-made shampoo after I used it to treat a neighbour's duckling, when it got caught in a fence and rubbed the feathers off its back. I was amazed after several treatments how quickly the feathers started growing back. Since then I have definitely seen an improvement in my hair, which is really fine and breaks easily. So a great all round ingredient. I use it on my teeth too but I hate spitting it out - it's too good!

    All the very best and thanks for your input,

    Pavlovafowl aka Sue

    I love all of your inputs. Very interesting. I just want to say that I've been using fluoridated toothpaste all my life and I have no enamel left on the tops of my teeth. The fluoride didn't prevent anything (well, maybe some cavities. I've gotten "micro cavities that my dentist used as an excuse to drill into my teeth and ruin them more). I am quite devastated, actually since I'm still pretty young for having flat teeth. I've used coconut oil and have loved the results. But, I'm not a scientist nor a dentist so I don't know the long terms affects of that. I've heard of the Westin Price foundation and am super sad that I didn't hear about his research sooner.

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    Hi triciab1212,

    Thanks for your comments, do not despair there is plenty you can do and just with diet. Organic raw virgin coconut oil is a wonderful food. I use it all the time in cooking and for the skin and teeth and use it to treat my chickens if they ever, need a little pick-me-up. If you are uncertain how to proceed yourself then you need to find a biological or holistic dentist.

    Just to give you an idea of what can be done, this is just a link to one blog, it's about a small child's teeth problems and how they were remineralised.

    http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2013/01/a-success-story-remineralizing-teeth-after-bottle-rot.html

    Hope this helps, there is a lot of support and information out there on the web, good luck!

    All the very best,

    Pavlovafowl aka Sue