You can try salt. UGHHHH
Or bicarbonate of soda – this is pretty good for teeth and can be used neat.
“Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), a product used for many years by itself or in combination with other ingredients has several excellent properties. As a soft crystalline substance that dissolves readily, it has a mild abrasive potential. In solution it will kill on contact all of the motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections, e.g. spirochetes, motile rods, etc. It will also kill other disease related bacteria. It will also neutralize and detoxify the bacterial acids and toxins that form in plaques (bacterial biofilms). I would put this inexpensive, readily available, product at the very top of the list of potentially beneficial dentifrice-ingredients.
for more got to mizar
BUT for all its sterling qualities, I find it far too soapy tasting to use un-cut.
So I mix it with two other famous dentifrices known for their soft polishing action and Orris Root. Orris root is a natural preservative and helps the flavor along.
Home made Tooth Powder / Paste
1 part chalk
1 part kaolin
1 part Orris Root
1 part bicarb
Put in a jar and shake well – saved as tooth powder or mix to a stiff paste with water
You can buy the
chalk, kaolin and Orris Root from Aromantics – But if you do, the products come in a plastic bags which are plastic – booo… but polythene so easily recycled . I get huge amounts tooth powder out of one small bag of ingredients so I consider it a worthwhile compromise. Its less plastic than any other option…and it can be recycled.
You can buy plastic free bicarb here
For more on dentifrices and whats good for your teeth go to mizar
There are still some tooth pastes come in metal tubes BUT be aware that all metal tubed toothpastes I have come across have a plastic cap and as far as I know the tubes are lined with a plastic liner. That’s why I make my own tooth powder.
I have seen them for sale in health food shops and you can buy this from Twenga
Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste
Apparently ” What makes Marvis unique is the range of exotic flavours – enticing and addictive tastes that produce a whirlwind of sensations. Marvis search the world to bring you irresistible new and original flavours that turn the simple act of teeth brushing into a daily pleasure of discovery and taste.”