Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

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Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by brookline » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:13 pm

Hi,
I'm seeking alternatives to baking soda as a toothpaste. I'm not looking to switch to Crest or Tom's. Rather, I'm thinking of trying stuff like calcium carbonate or other out of the box options. Recommendations?

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:48 pm

Maybe ground eggshells and mint leaves?

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by mferson » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:31 am

How about the food-grade, activated charcoal?

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by Chris » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:51 am

The Dirt uses fine bentonite clay. If you'd consider a drier paste, maybe find a supply of the stuff and create your own mix, sans baking soda?

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by Jason » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:56 am

I'm genuinely curious as to why people look for alternatives to tooth paste. Is it just savings?

The maintenance of my teeth is high priority. If I don't treat them with great care, I will incur great cost down the line. So to me its a health issue and it seems that over time, mankind has improved its health care in certain areas, dental being one of them. The alternatives mentioned seem like things you'd find in a Medieval apothecary and my understanding is that people from that time weren't exactly Tom Cruise when they cracked a smile.

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by brookline » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:37 pm

Jason wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:56 am
I'm genuinely curious as to why people look for alternatives to tooth paste. Is it just savings?

The maintenance of my teeth is high priority. If I don't treat them with great care, I will incur great cost down the line. So to me its a health issue and it seems that over time, mankind has improved its health care in certain areas, dental being one of them. The alternatives mentioned seem like things you'd find in a Medieval apothecary and my understanding is that people from that time weren't exactly Tom Cruise when they cracked a smile.
I have allergies and/or sensitivities to the ingredients in Crest, Aim, etc. Baking soda has been great for me over the past couple years. However, it is starting to become an irritant (I think) to my cheek tissue and I want to try something else.

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by brookline » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:39 pm

mferson wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:31 am
How about the food-grade, activated charcoal?
Charcoal is interesting. However, might it stain my teeth?

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by brookline » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:40 pm

Chris wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:51 am
The Dirt uses fine bentonite clay. If you'd consider a drier paste, maybe find a supply of the stuff and create your own mix, sans baking soda?
Thanks, this looks like a possibility. Have you tried the "Dirt"? How well does it work?

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Post by Jason » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:45 pm

(@) Brookline

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Post by prognastat » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:10 pm

brookline wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:39 pm
mferson wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:31 am
How about the food-grade, activated charcoal?
Charcoal is interesting. However, might it stain my teeth?
I think activated charcoal is actually used to whiten teeth.

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Post by chicago81 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:23 pm

brookline wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:37 pm
I have allergies and/or sensitivities to the ingredients in Crest, Aim, etc. Baking soda has been great for me over the past couple years. However, it is starting to become an irritant (I think) to my cheek tissue and I want to try something else.
I have bad sensitivities to some toothpaste brands too. I have found that the "Pepsodent" brand doesn't bother me though. Most stores don't seem to sell it anymore. The only place I can find it is at Family Dollar.

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by EdithKeeler » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:22 pm

I have heard that toothpaste is not actually necessary for a healthy mouth. Apparently just the act of brushing for a sufficient length of time (2 minutes) is sufficient to disturb bacteria that cause tooth decay, etc.

https://www.dentalplans.com/dental-info ... e-my-teeth

https://michaelsinkindds.com/is-toothpaste-necessary/

https://www.dentalbuzz.com/2014/12/30/t ... than-good/

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by enigmaT120 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:12 pm

I don't use anything on my toothbrush. My hygienist once recommended what she called "dry brushing" but of course it doesn't stay dry for long.

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Re: Baking Soda Toothpaste Alternatives

Post by brookline » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:41 pm

Thanks everybody!

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