Tooth decay, demineralization and remineralization found on Wikipedia
Tooth decay is an infectious disease, the key feature of which is an increase within dental plaque of bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus. These produce organic acids when carbohydrates, especially sugar, are eaten. When enough acid is produced so that the pH goes below 5.5 the acid dissolves carbonated hydroxyapatite, the main component of tooth enamel, in a process known as demineralisation. After the sugar is gone, the mineral loss can be recovered,or remineralised, from ions dissolved in the saliva. Cavities result when the rate of demineralisation exceeds the rate of remineralisation and the latticework is destroyed,typically in a process that requires many months or years.
I recently decided to try my best to go chemical free. I stopped using shampoo (I only wash my hair with water), got rid of all my hair products, body lotions, store bought facial cleaners, toothpaste, makeup and soap. I am now making many of these at home with simple safe ingredients. It is actually way easier than I thought it would be 🙂
Here is the recipe for my remineralizing tooth powder that I found on wellnessmama.com
Remineralizing Tooth Powder
- 4 Parts Bentonite Clay
- 3 Parts Calcium Magnesium Citrate Powder
- 1 Part Baking Soda
- 2 Parts Powdered Mint Leaf*
- 1 Part Cinnamon Powder**
- 1 Part Clove Powder**
* I ground up some dried mint leaves that are used for mint tea.
** Just used cooking spices
I dip my wet tooth brush into to powder and brush as I normally would. I have been using this for about a month and I really think my teeth are whiter. I also scrub my tongue with it, and I feel like I have a happy mouth 🙂