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Try This: Natural Dentrifice

Try a natural dentrifice for clean teeth, healthy gums and delicious breath.
By Susan Wasinger
July/August 2004
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Sprinkle some of the dentifrice in your palm and pick it up with the moistened toothbrush. Brush as usual.
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Even dentists recommend baking soda and salt as a great way to clean teeth. In addition to whitening teeth and deodorizing the mouth, baking soda helps neutralize acids from plaque to fight gum disease. Salt has been used for centuries to reduce tartar build-up and soothe gums. This dentifrice is simple, cheap, and free from the usual detergents, bleaches, and chemical preserving agents used in commercial toothpastes. Baking soda and salt don’t taste very good, so liven them up with subtle flavor by adding natural aromatic ingredients to the mix.

Materials

Mix together:

3 parts baking soda
1 part sea salt

Add the aromatic ingredients of your choice:

Cinnamon sticks
Fennel seeds
Cloves
Citrus Peels (the colored part or zest only)
Whole vanilla bean
Dried whole mint leaves

Keep the mixture in a large, tightly covered jar for a day or two before using so the aromatics can impart their magic. Then transfer the dentifrice to a shaker. Be sure to include some of the herbs or spices in your shaker to continue to impart flavor. The dentifrice should keep safely for a month or more if kept dry.








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