For quite a while now I have been experimenting with finding a perfect toothpaste. I made one that made me gag, found one I loved but can’t afford, Tom’s has sodium lauryl sulfate and other evil ingredients, and so on.
My dear friend told me that her son’s oral problem was helped in an amazing way by applying charcoal topically. That’s great news because teeth/gum problems are no fun at all.
I have two teeth specifically that hate me. One that I lovingly refer to as my vampire tooth, and the other that is my middle bottom tooth.
For the most part my oral health is pretty good except for these two troublemakers. I had x-rays taken of these teeth and found out that these two teeth are the only teeth in my mouth that have stunted growth. I’m not drawing any definite conclusions but it could possibly be from wearing braces twice while my mouth and teeth were growing. In any case, I’ve gotta do something about it.
Yes, I could get my gums grafted. And it’s probably a naive, immature decision not to. However, going under anesthesia and cutting gum from the roof of my mouth to sew on to these teeth just sounds like plain ol’ something I do NOT want to do!
I’m no dentist mind you, but how is putting some flesh over my tooth really going to solve the problem anyway?
That is not a rhetorical question, by the way. If you are a dentist of in the field of dentistry, I urge you to convince me.
Here’s some pictures so you can know what we’re dealing with here
Special bottom tooth.
Is it weird that I just showed you pictures of my teeth?
Consider them ‘before’ pictures!
Now, I’m not expecting my gum to magically re-grow over my teeth. All I want is for the gum on the bottom tooth to re-attach itself. And I want my teeth not to crumble and fall out.
Enter, my non-irritating, homemade charcoal toothpaste for sensitive teeth!
You will need:
- 840 mg Activated Charcoal. I used 3) 280 mg capsules and dumped out the contents.
- 1 tsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 T Baking soda
- 40 drops peppermint essential oil
1. Mix together the activated charcoal and baking soda.
2. Add the 40 drops of peppermint essential oil.
3. Pour in the melted coconut oil.
4. Mix well. It should be a thick paste.
This recipe is really all inclusive! Nothing here is irritating to the gums, charcoal has been used to remineralize teeth, pull toxins out, and WHITEN them (bonus!!) as it is very abrasive on particles and cleans well. Plus it leaves your mouth minty fresh! What more could you ask for?
Fair warning #1) This toothpaste will make your bathroom sink a bit charcoal-ey so be prepared to have to clean up a bit after brushing.
Fair warning #2) This recipe only made a few ounces of paste. For a larger amount, double or triple the recipe.
Have you had success healing receeding gums or other oral health problems? What helped you? Tell me below!
This post is part of Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways!