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The food choices modern people make directly affect their oral health. Unfortunately, most of them make poor choices and this is the reason why there are so many cases of tooth decay today.
Dr. Weston Price, a respected dentist, says that tooth decay begins inside our body. Beans, seeds, nuts and grains contain phytic acid and this acid has proven to be problematic. Namely, phytic acid is a phosphorus form found in plants. It is very common in grains and some seeds.
Obviously, this acid is packed with phosphorus, a mineral that has a molecule similar to a snowflake. In one-stomached animals and humans this mineral is not bio-available right away. Besides stopping the immediate availability of phosphorus, the specific form of the molecule of phytic acid allows it to attach to some other important minerals like zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron, preventing their use. When the phytic acid binds to these elements it turns into a phytate.
This acid is not focused only on binding to essential minerals. In addition, it blocks the enzymes needed for proper digestion of the food we consume, like pepsin for example, which is required for dissolution of proteins found in the stomach and amylase, requires for the dissolution of starch and converting it into sugar. Phytates also bock trypsin, an enzyme required in the process of digesting protein found in the small intestine.
Many scientists have observed the reactions of the body in people who follow nutrition packed with grains packed with phytates and noticed that this diet has strong anti-nutritional effects and leads to various health issues like tooth decay.
This is the reason why more and more individuals turn to natural, homemade toothpastes to remove the negative effects of phytates. The only disadvantage of these toothpastes is that they leave stains on sinks so you will have to clean the sinks regularly.
Additionally, people also like to experiment with healing clays, but once again when this clay is mixed with coconut oil it gets a specific texture that is hard to use and clean after use.
Finally, some people recommend a specially designed tooth powder because it provides excellent results. Preparing this powder is better than preparing toothpaste and instead of relying on essential oils, which can be quite costly; you will use spices and herbs.
The Benefits of Using Tooth Powder
Bentonite clay is the basic ingredient in this natural tooth powder and people have started using this clay in different remedies due to its efficiency. Bentonite clay has the ability to attach to toxins and heavy metals and remove them from the body. On top of that, this clay is very alkaline and packed with different minerals.
Bentonite is perfectly safe to keep it in your mouth and get rid of the toxins in the oral cavity. It is loaded with magnesium, calcium and silica and as we all know, these minerals are great for the health of our teeth.
According to many experts, bentonite is an extraordinary compound because when it gets hydrated, the molecular and electrical parts of this clay quickly alter and create a small electrical charge. The best part about bentonite clay is that it can soak up impurities, toxins, heavy metals and similar pollutants found in the bodies of modern men and women. The structure of this clay aids its efforts to attract and absorb toxic elements right on its outer wall and slowly pull them in its center.
In other words, bentonite acts as swelling clay. Once we mix this clay with water, it will swell right away. The reaction is similar like the one triggered by sponges. After that, the toxic elements are soaked in the sponge via electrical attraction and bound.
Bentonite clay is soft and even children can use it. People use this clay for preventing discoloration of hair, remedies for inflammation and facial masks.
Of course, the powder contains few more ingredients and they all bring positive effects to the oral health:
- Calcium powder brings more magnesium and calcium to whiten the teeth
- Baking soda is very alkaline and is packed with minerals. In addition, it eliminates stains.
- Cinnamon has powerful antibacterial properties, has an excellent taste and prevents the growth of bacteria in the oral cavity
- Cloves powder has strong antibacterial properties and makes the taste better
- Mint has a great taste and calms the gums
- In addition, you can use xylitol to get more sweetness
- Three tablespoons of calcium powder
- Four tablespoon of Bentonite clay
- Two tablespoons of powdered mint leaf (you can replace with any essential oil). Use a food processor, blender or coffee grinder to powder mint leaves.
- One tablespoon of baking soda
- Between one teaspoon and one tablespoon of cloves powder
- One tablespoon of cinnamon powder
- One tablespoon of xylitol powder (to taste)
- Essential oils are optional. You can use spearmint, peppermint or cinnamon essential oils.
Take all the ingredients, put them in a bowl and mix them well. You can use a mason jar too (pint size). Store the mixture in a clean glass jar with a good lid. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients and get a mixture with even texture. The recipe will get you a ¾ cup of special tooth powder and it will last for many months. The reason why this powder has long shelf life is simple – it doesn’t contain any liquid ingredients and the ingredients are antibacterial. Keep in mind that the herbal components are optional and you can replace them with other herbs.
Both baking soda and bentonite clay can work together or alone for this purpose. Feel free to add larger amounts of mint, cloves and cinnamon to get a powder that is more concentrated.
Using Tooth Powder
Take the toothbrush, make it a little bit wet and put it in the powder. Brush slowly and gently for 2-3 minutes. Use cold water to rinse the powder. You can use it once or twice a day. This powder is perfectly safe and it can be used by kids, adults and seniors.
Developing an Oral Health Routine
If you want to have healthy and white teeth, then you must come up with a good oral health routine. This routine must include proper diet that is good for the oral health and a special brushing routine. Here’s what you can do to improve the health of your teeth:
- Brush your teeth with tooth powder. Or you can use re-mineralizing toothpaste.
- Use charcoal powder (activated) to brush your teeth and eliminate bacteria, get rid of toxins and make your teeth whiter. This procedure should be performed 3 times a week.
- Rinse your mouth carefully.
Via The Hearty Soul | Wellness Mama