If you eat a predominantly plant-based diet, two things are likely to happen.
1) You will be eating smaller meals more frequently.
As this food is typically lower in calories (per gram) than animal-based foods, you will, most likely, be eating a higher volume of food on a fruits and vegetable based diet, therefore regular brushing is even more necessary.
Your teeth will not be getting as long a break to repair between meals, so it is important to have good dental hygiene to avoid the wearing away of enamel or gums.
2) You will likely naturally become averse to the taste and feel of harsh chemicals in your mouth, or, more sensitive to them.
Therefore I have been making my own toothpaste for a while now and following a diligent dental routine (with regular dentist check-ups to confirm to me I am doing the right things).
I am 30 years old and have never yet had a cavity. I eat a lot of fruit and veg (you can see my fridge there) so I think I must be doing OK.
I was buying natural toothpastes (fluoride and SLS-free mainly). Although I know it appears fluoride does benefit dental health, I feel there are potentially less damaging ingredients that alternative toothpastes offer, without the possible side effects.
Most toothpastes contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which is what make the toothpaste foam. After a while I really didn’t like the foaming toothpastes. Like with hair shampoo, something you grow to expect from commercial products feels strange after a while without it.
After further research I found that even ‘natural’, vegan or ‘organic’ toothpastes contained some ingredients I did not want in my mouth, such as vegetable glycerin.
Glycerin coats the teeth and so essential minerals cannot enter the teeth from food as they should. It takes about 20-30 brushings of teeth to remove this glycerin coating. Therefore I avoid toothpastes with this in (it bonds the toothpaste into gel, which is why it is used) and I seek out toothpastes with Xylitol in.
Xylitol is a sweetner, so it makes the toothpaste taste more attractive, especially to children. However, this ingredient has as well been crediting with repairing and preventing cavities.
I love to brush my teeth with plain bicarbonate of soda, or bicarbonate of soda with peppermint essential oil for fresh breath, it makes my mouth feel really clean, but I now try to do this only 3 x a week as it is abrasive to enamel.
Therefore in place of bicarbonate of soda in this recipe I have used:
- Fine Himalayan pink salt.
- Coconut oil
- and peppermint essential oil, for the fresh taste.*
*Potent peppermint is not recommended if you are under the care of some homeopathic doctors,
I mix them altogether. The mixture will be liquid in warm climates and solid in cooler ones.
Enjoy and let me know how you get on please