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1. MAKE YOUR OWN TOOTHPASTE [link]
2. TOOTHPASTE TURMOIL [link]
(from articles posted in Care2's healthy & greenliving by Mel, and comments)
You'll notice some discrepancies which you'll have to make decisions about yourself. Comments welcome.

1. MAKE YOUR OWN TOOTHPASTE [link]
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RECIPE 1 - Simple, inexpensive, odour-eliminating, tooth-whitening--from Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey, 2007) by Stephanie Tourles
INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange, clove, or cinnamon bark essential oil
A few drops tap water
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Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly until a smooth, thick paste forms. The paste shouldn’t be too runny. Use as you would regular commercial toothpaste
Notes:
(a) Avoid table salt as you'll end up with fluoride.
(b) One of the commenters (Beth H.) said she omits salt altogether but still finds the result effective.
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RECIPE 2 
from Care2 member Rhonda (All-Natural-Herbs)
Make Your Own Natural Herbal Toothpaste
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup bentonite clay powder
11/2 teaspoon Myrrh powder
1 teaspoon dried Raspberry Leaf powder
1 teaspoon dried White Oak Bark powder
1 teaspoon herbs of your choice (Fennel, Peppermint, Spearmint, in powder form)
Favourite glycerine tincture, Cinnamon (germicide) Fennel, Clove (kills germs & stops pain) Cayenne (prevent gum disease, very hot & spicy though).
Pour the Baking Soda and Bentonite clay powder into a medium-size mixing bowl. Add all the dry ingredients, including the Myrrh powder, to the Baking Soda/Clay mixture. Mix well with a wire whisk. Add favourite tinctures to a paste form, again mixing well. Place a clean cover over the bowl, covering it completely. Let sit overnight. The next morning, mix well again, add more glycerine tincture if necessary.
Yield: about 1 cup. Store in a wide-mouthed jar.
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2. TOOTHPASTE TURMOIL [link]
...what to make of that confusing toothpaste aisle
The following was taken from article by Nora Simmons in Natural Solutions magazine
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FOR SENSITIVE TEETH
Alkalizing agents (baking soda, Co-Q10aloe vera)
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FOR BRIGHTER TEETH
Natural abrasives (peelu or diatomaceous earth)
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EXTRA TARTAR CONTROL
Xylitol - Co-Q10 - aloe vera
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AVOID XXX
SLS, sugar (sucrose, glucose), alcohol, fluoride, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, harsh abrasives (sand, chalk, alumina)

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MORE NOTES
-from Care2 member
Rhonda (All-Natural-Herbs)
(a) "Sodium Hydroxide, mica are also also in some toothpastes. they can claim 'natural' because these are natural ingredients, however they are caustic... Do not swallow...contact physician immediately"
(b) Baking soda reduces the acid level in the mouth. (High acid creates tooth decay)
(c) Myrrh powder for prevention of periodontal disease
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Posted: Dec 14, 2009 1:55pm

 

 
 
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