Tooth Soap - or perhaps I just need a vacation
|And did I mention that I love old tools? They just don't make|
them like they used to. Those toothbrushes have real boar
bristles, but they are way too big and scratchy to be used for
anything other than cleaning. And, yes, I use them for that.
My interest in tooth soap started a few years ago when I started to look at toothpaste in the "natural" section of the grocery store. I had tried Tom's and found that to be quite nice, but then I tried Weleda toothpaste and that had no fluoride. Now I'm not going to say anything to discourage anyone from using toothpaste with fluoride, but I decided for myself that the health of my gums was a higher priority than cavities. So I used the red Weleda toothpaste for a while and liked it a lot. But it started me wondering what toothpaste was anyway. And after reading labels and researching I discovered that people have used a lot of different stuff to clean their teeth and soap is certainly one of them and modern day toothpaste contains SLS.
Now, I need to say that my dentist hasn't noticed any change in my oral health since I gave up commercial toothpaste, but I would not want to interfere with anyones use of the commercial stuff. I just gag if I use it after all this time. Nuclear waste springs to mind.
But I am very interested to hear if anyone has done experiments with tooth soap. The soap that I have used for the last few months is very simple and I have to admit that it has a horrible taste. But only in the beginning, you get used to it. It's a basic 70% olive and 30% coconut. To that I added calcium and magnesium tablets that I crushed and some bicarbonate as well. The bicarb is what gives it an unpleasant taste. In an effort to counteract that I added some Xylitol, but I cant's say that I taste any sweetness.
If I were to do another one (which I will eventually although tooth soap seems to lasts forever) I would probably try to dig up the recipe for the green paste and use some parts of that and use 100% olive oil. Suds really are unnecessary. But I have to say that my favorite recipe is the one that I read that Benjamin Franklin used. It was honey and charcoal. My son-in-law agreed to try it out with me and I think I have to hold him to it.
But, having confessed to this strangeness, I also have to admit that I just really need a vacation. I think I have mentioned once or twice that I don't like cold weather at all. So even if we have had a fairly mild winter so far I am jumping ship and heading for the southern seas to bask in sunshine for two weeks.