A New Way to Brush
Several months ago, Cody came home with an idea: a new way to brush. For several reasons, I wasn’t sold. For one, this new concoction isn’t easy to hide for someone like me who prefers a clean bathroom where everything has a “home”. It was messy and weird and I didn’t want the clutter. I also knew it wouldn’t foam like the toothpaste I was used to, and I didn’t like that idea because to me…foam=clean.
When the mess didn’t go away, and I knew he wasn’t going to change this newly-formed habit, I decided to give it a try. My initial thought, I was a new Spice Girl… “Salty Spice”…yuck. But, after only a couple brushes I adapted the texture and taste, and now I’ll never go back. It helps that we’ve cleaned up the mess and figured out a system, but in all honesty, the reason I’ll never go back is that my mouth has never felt so clean!
So what’s the deal? 4 simple ingredients and a toothbrush (manual or electric, you choose).
First: Everyone wants a bright smile, hydrogen peroxide (3%) can help. The bleaching agent and can actually change the color of the enamel on your teeth. But that isn’t the main reason for its use in this concoction. Hydrogen peroxide is oxidizing, and it creates a very oxygen-rich environment, which is something the “bad guys” (aka the bad bacteria in your mouth) don’t like and have a hard time surviving in. Think of when you put hydrogen peroxide on a scraped knee, how it bubbles and gets rid of the bacteria. Plus if you look at the side of the bottle, you’ll notice many of them say “oral debriding agent.”
Second: Baking soda is the main ingredient in a lot of things, but did you know it is a great acid neutralizer? We can thank the acids in the food we eat and the liquids we drink that attack our teeth and mouths, causing our teeth to constantly bathe in an acidic environment…and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that’s not good for us! It’s important to try to maintain a proper pH in our mouths to encourage the good bacteria to grow and thrive and prevent the bad bacteria from doing the same. Baking soda has a pH of 9 to 11, which neutralizes those nasty acids without being too hard on your pearly whites. Don’t believe anyone that says it is abrasive, because that isn’t true in the slightest. But…many of the over-the-counter toothpastes are abrasive, and, in fact, some of them actually help wear away tooth structure!
Third: Sea salt is next, but not too much! A little goes a long way here. Salt is a natural disinfectant and also works as a gentle abrasive, helping to remove stains from the teeth. We tend to use Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, mostly because it adds some color to our routine.
Fourth: Homemade toothpastes are effective, but let’s be honest…is it even brushing your teeth if a minty clean feeling isn’t left lingering in your mouth? Absolutely not. Which is why we use Young Living’s Vitality Peppermint essential oil. One drop is plenty, trust me we learned that the hard way! Bonus: peppermint boosts energy, the perfect way to start your morning!
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 capful 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1 drop Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil
Wet your toothbrush with the peroxide/water mix, then add a bit of the powder/salt mixture and a drop of the oil if desired. Brush for AT LEAST two minutes (pretty typical, right), making sure to clean and disinfect all surfaces of every tooth. Do this 2-3 times per day, or replace it with one of your regular brushing sessions!