When you are used to toothpaste that tastes like an after-dinner mint, transitioning to a baking soda–based tooth cleanser can take a little getting used to. But, oh, how clean it leaves your teeth!
Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth eat sugar on your tooth surfaces and convert it to an acid (this is not unlike how yogurt and sauerkraut are made). This acid can slowly eat away at your alkaline tooth enamel. When the pH of the mouth returns to its healthy, alkaline state, mineral ions dissolved in the saliva help rebuild the damaged tooth enamel.
This recipe is distinctly alkaline, has a healthy dose of calcium to assist in the re-mineralization of your tooth enamel, and adds the dental-friendly sweetener called xylitol.
If you don’t want to invest in calcium carbonate or xylitol, you can get squeaky-clean teeth by brushing with pure baking soda. I brushed with plain baking soda for years and came to really like how fresh it left my mouth feeling, but the taste can be pretty off-putting at first.
Peppermint Tooth Powder
(Makes ½ cup)