Commercial toothpaste contains
detergent for foam,
peppermint flavouring to disguise the taste of the detergent,
titanium to coat your teeth with white for a few hours until you swallow it -- (same thing that makes paint white)
glycerin to coat your teeth and make them feel smoother, it prevents the natural healing of cavities,
formaldehyde, to kill germs (its a poison and a known carcinogen) that you introduce with your toothbrush,
fluoride another poison,
Plus water to hold it all together.
The only essential ingredient in this mix is the water.
The price of toothpaste has risen a lot in the last year. From under a dollar a tube to $5 a tube at my local store.
With just 4 simple ingredients you can make your own toothpaste -- without the poison. Its better for you. Its better for the environment. Effective dental hygiene adds 7 years to your life span. (Don't forget to floss)
Homemade tooth powder:
1 cup natural sea salt (contains sodium chloride, a natural disinfectant, plus, depending on source, iodine, magnesium and phosphorous -- the minerals that help your body to rebuild tooth enamel)
1 cup baking soda -- refreshes your breath, changes the pH of your mouth (cavities and cancers thrive in an acid environment) and removes stains.
1/4 tsp peppermint essential oil (for fresh breath, kills bacteria, helps digestion)
1/4 tsp. tea tree essential oil (antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral)
Mix it all together and store in a jar with a lid.
To use dampen your toothbrush with water and dip the moistened brush into the tooth powder. Brush as usual. Rinse your mouth with clean water and spit. Remember to floss daily.
You can also use this as a disinfectant gargle when you have a sore throat. (1/2 tsp. plus 1/2 c. warm filtered water)
Other things you can do to encourage your body to heal existing cavities:
Cook soup bones for broth and drink the soup. Bones contain the magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, that your teeth need to rebuild themselves. Your teeth have a limited blood supply and so need to take in minerals from the food that you put in your mouth.
Drink raw, unpasteurized milk, from healthy goats. Raise your own if you can.
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth once a day.
When you wean yourself from commercial tooth paste you will notice within a week that your teeth are cleaner and you have less plaque build up.