Julia Roberts Doesn’t Use Toothpaste for That Megawatt Smile

by Sarah Celebrity Health, Oral HealthComments: 197

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Don’t look for actress Julia Roberts to be pitching toothpaste on TV anytime soon.

In a surprising tidbit of information about her personal care routine, the Oscar winning actress revealed that she does not use toothpaste to maintain the beautiful smile that made her famous.

What’s more, she doesn’t use any of the natural brands of toothpaste that many consumers are switching to as they discover the many dangerous chemicals and other additives contained in conventional toothpastes.

In an interview with InStyle magazine, Ms. Roberts shocked the house by revealing that she uses a humble dollop of baking soda to brush her teeth.

Her reasons?

“I brush [my teeth] with baking soda. [My grandfather] would put a big heaping mound of it on his toothbrush. He had only one cavity in his entire life.”

What Ms. Roberts may not realize is that her grandfather was onto something.  Many top holistic dentists recommend baking soda mixed with a bit of sea salt as the best way to keep those pearly whites as well as the gums happy and healthy for life.

My own family uses a baking soda, sea salt, hydrogen peroxide mixture, called  “The Secret” recommended by a well known holistic dentist who discussed it at a seminar on nontoxic dentistry that I attended some years ago.

Natural toothpastes, while nontoxic, frequently contain glycerin which sticks to teeth and inhibits remineralization and therefore actually contributes to cavity formation!

Another option for those who don’t tolerate baking soda and want to avoid toothpaste is a nonglycerin, no flouride tooth gel complete with teeth and gum strengthening herbs.  This type of gel (find it here) is also safe for those with mercury based amalgam fillings.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source:  Guess Which Celeb Revealed “I Brush My Teeth with Baking Soda?

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Comments (197)

  • Teresa Kim

    I had no idea that I can use only baking soda in order to make my teeth white! It sounds amazing and easy! Thanks a lot for this article!

    March 4th, 2015 8:51 am Reply
    • Wayne

      I’ve known about this for several years but of course toothpaste manufacturers wouldn’t want it to be common knowledge. Many dentist, especially elderly ones, recommend against using toothpaste. Had I heeded that advice, perhaps my mouth wouldn’t be in its present state. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are actually beneficial for the body as a whole, not just your teeth.

      June 18th, 2015 5:26 am Reply
    • Rian

      It might start to hurt your teeth if they are sensitive and have had a lot of cavities like mine. So I wouldn’t suggest for all.

      February 13th, 2016 2:16 am Reply
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  • Donl

    Bentonite clay made my teeth even more sensitive, as does baking soda. I am SUPER sensitive, and allergic to many things, including sadly… glycerin. My lips peel like a snake if I use anything with glycerin in it, and I am relieved to read online about other people who also have the same issue. Surprisingly, I have found using low flavor mild organic olive oil as a base, and adding food grade essential oils of peppermint, wintergreen, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender (optional)….really works well to brush my teeth with, and helps my sensitivity. My teeth or shiny, and my gums soft and silky. I do rinse lightly. I then dissolve two cell salts on my tongue (for the calcium fluoride and other minerals), and swish this around with my saliva a bit. I avoid eating or drinking for about 1/2 hr. afterwards.
    I just ordered some gentle white kaolin clay to try and add in on my routine, and I also found if you add a bit of arrowroot powder you get that foaming action everyone loves. I will put about 5 drops of the oil serum I make on the brush, and then dip it into the kaolin-arrowroot powder mix. Kaolinn is high in calcium and silica and very very gentle. I might add a bit of extra calcium too, but I read calcium carbonate is abrasive (they use it because it is cheap in store toothpastes), and really it needs to be the right kind of calcium for it to even hope to remineralize you teeth. I think calcium phosphate in a very fine powder might work, and it is the form of calcium used in Recaldent, which has been proven to remineralize your teeth in scientific studies. I am amazed at how many people think you can just scrub you teeth with any old calcium. One blog owner suggested coral calcium in her toothpaste recipe! Eeeh gads, that is like rubbing sea shell particles on your enamel! Do be careful my friends with what you read online!! You want this natural stuff to work, not cause you even more problems. Extra soft toothbrushes are best too, and the water flossing is good as long as you don’t do it on the very high setting. If you have gum disease, adding 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide will be super beneficial, but not with every use as peroxide is a bit erosive too. Try added essential oils that kill bacteria instead if you want to use the water flosser daily. Happy oral health everyone!

    February 25th, 2014 4:55 pm Reply
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  • Hermione Hairpie

    Like Julia Roberts I too use baking soda to keep my cooter clean. Right now I’m going thru about a box a week, but that’s what happens to a stink box when you give it away on a daily basis. To apply I just lay back and up-end the box of Arm & Hammer right down my gaping gooch. Then I plunge myself with an old plastic dish brush for a few minutes. Then I hose my pooch out completely and I’m good to go. Easy peasy!

    As for toothpaste, well, ever since I got all my teeth knocked out in prison I find I no longer have a need for the stuff, go figure.

    February 9th, 2014 12:50 am Reply
  • Shower Pods

    gone through the articles within this site a lot, intending to take the leap before long and get a steam shower cabin,
    in all probability immediately following the holidays

    February 7th, 2014 9:33 am Reply
  • Daniela Popa via Facebook

    Neither do I. I use soap, Eco-dent, or ORA MD.

    January 24th, 2014 10:50 am Reply
  • Joseph Bianculli via Facebook

    I love hearing about rich celebrities who use super cheap but effective methods like this.

    January 23rd, 2014 12:05 pm Reply
  • Meg Stodghill via Facebook

    Just look up the pics of her mouthful of silver fillings

    January 23rd, 2014 11:46 am Reply
  • Devon Kirchwey Schiff via Facebook

    Sarah the HHE, I find your shaming and blaming comments about Julia Roberts’ fertility issues to be offensive, insensitive, and gratuitous. Those words just jumped off the page at me. Unnecessary. Mean. Not cool. I think you owe her an apology, not that she knows who you are. As for me, I think it may be time for me to unfollow you.

    January 23rd, 2014 2:30 am Reply
  • Tiffany Libbey via Facebook

    What a bummer about the glycerin.. I just saw my Jason toothpaste has it! I read about Earthpaste which has all natural ingredients and NO glycerin. Just ordered 3 tubes. Hope that is better!

    January 23rd, 2014 12:43 am Reply
  • Joanna Cicchiello via Facebook

    That’s horrendous, to suggest you have the answer to an individual’s fertility and to comment on it not only outside of your head, but in a public forum!
    Fertility is intensely complex.
    While hormone disrupters are certainly a massive issue for both male and female and especially the few fertile intersexed people, it is not a definitive answer for anyone . And as far as you, I and all of your potential readers (bar this famous person and maybe her fertility dr-if she’s ever seen one) copious amounts of soy milk might even help her as an individual with individual glands and hormone levels.
    Unless of course you are privy to the precise condition and its effects within an individual I suggest you reconsider such tasteless distractions from the actual point of your post, which I think was something about baking soda.

    January 22nd, 2014 10:03 pm Reply
  • Dani Cade via Facebook

    I would be careful using baking soda. Yes on occasion, but it could b harmful after an extended time period

    January 22nd, 2014 7:40 pm Reply
  • Natalie Arsenault via Facebook


    January 22nd, 2014 6:23 pm Reply
  • Natalie

    This is what I have been using and I love it!!
    I do not enjoy the taste or texture of straight baking soda, unfortunately.

    January 22nd, 2014 6:22 pm Reply
  • Julie Angelo via Facebook

    It was upsetting what happened on the Today Show regarding no poo. The low blow on the soy is no better than what Kathie Lee & Hoda did.

    January 22nd, 2014 6:22 pm Reply
  • Autumn Garris via Facebook

    last i heard she doesn’t use deodorant either. She said she uses baby wipes daily.

    January 22nd, 2014 6:17 pm Reply
  • Maureen Ainslie via Facebook

    Very old household tip! My aunt taught me when I was a little girl…over 50 years ago….should have believed her!

    January 22nd, 2014 5:40 pm Reply
  • Rhianna Brown via Facebook

    I just dip my wet toothbrush into baking soda

    January 22nd, 2014 5:19 pm Reply
  • François Tremblay via Facebook

    About glycerin http://myfamilydentist.ca/glycerin-and-remineralization-of-teeth/ The dentist is saying there is nothing that can prove that glycerin in toothpaste is bad

    January 22nd, 2014 3:36 pm Reply
  • Erlon Valadares Borges via Facebook

    E aí Marco A. Butignol? bju no coração!

    January 22nd, 2014 3:11 pm Reply
  • Louise Ashley Shull via Facebook

    I’ve been wanting a waterpik for so long, I’ll have to research comparisons between that & the hydrofloss before I make a purchase!

    January 22nd, 2014 2:58 pm Reply
  • Brigitte Bende via Facebook

    I mix baking soda with water and just dip the toothbrush in it….there recipes to make a paste like version too, but I am lazy, so for me the water-baking soda mix works the best…

    January 22nd, 2014 2:14 pm Reply
  • Brigitte Bende via Facebook

    When I started using baking soda and water for brushing my teeth, my hubby thought I was crazy!!! Now he is like “get me one if those jars, so I can mix up some for myself” hahahaha

    January 22nd, 2014 2:13 pm Reply
  • Teki Grahl via Facebook

    And how in the world am I supposed to get my kids to do it?!?

    January 22nd, 2014 1:45 pm Reply
  • Annabel Varda Mora via Facebook

    How do you use the baking soda? Do you prepare a paste in advance or do you just shake it out of the container every time you brush?

    January 22nd, 2014 1:06 pm Reply
  • RAGE Against The Vaccines via Facebook

    I seriously thought she had porcelain veneers!

    January 22nd, 2014 1:02 pm Reply
  • Rose Andrea West via Facebook

    I just had a checkup and my dentist and hygienist went on and on about how great my gums looked. I use baking soda and sea salt.

    January 22nd, 2014 12:59 pm Reply
  • Beth Reed Dalton via Facebook

    Her soy milk consumption has nothing to do with dental hygiene or baking soda… and its a low blow.. She also started a family in her late 30s.. I like you HHE, but you are making it harder and harder to share your stuff when it leans like this.. Come on!

    January 22nd, 2014 12:54 pm Reply
  • Beth Reed Dalton via Facebook

    Susan Sarandon sold out to Tylenol– I want to scream at the radio and TV!!

    January 22nd, 2014 12:50 pm Reply
  • Cassandra Brecht via Facebook

    Toothpaste has never been necessary. Brushing, yes. Toothpaste, no.

    January 22nd, 2014 12:40 pm Reply
  • Tonya Williams Sams via Facebook

    My great grandfather did the same thing. Only brushed with baking soda and usually rinsed with peroxide. He had all of his own teeth when he passed away in his 80s.

    January 22nd, 2014 12:36 pm Reply
  • Larissa Rash Weber via Facebook

    It’s very poor taste to speculate on her fertility issues in that fashion.

    January 22nd, 2014 12:31 pm Reply
  • Alexandros Agelastos via Facebook

    what if we use baking soda, salt and water ? Will that suffice?

    January 22nd, 2014 12:27 pm Reply
  • Helen Rosner McDonald via Facebook

    My grdma used baking soda , so I’ve been using that for a few yrs now….

    January 22nd, 2014 12:23 pm Reply
  • Francesca Sarsfield Cowper via Facebook

    So what if Julia Roberts uses soya milk. And mentioning infertility is in very poor taste. I am really not a fan of sneering at others because one feels more enlightened health-wise. We are each on our own health journey. Let us be supportive of one another. Now go and wash your mouth out with soap. Organic, of course.

    January 22nd, 2014 12:22 pm Reply
  • Sara Vandertil Karr via Facebook

    way to Go Julia another reason your my fav actor

    January 22nd, 2014 12:16 pm Reply
  • Lisa Bonin-Zimmer via Facebook

    i need an activated charcoal link to an amazon product:)

    January 22nd, 2014 12:12 pm Reply
  • Rani Lee Bivens via Facebook

    I have used natural non-fluoride toothpaste for about 10 years. I’m glad I read this. Will probably switch to baking soda now:)

    January 22nd, 2014 11:58 am Reply
  • T.a. Knight via Facebook

    I wonder what her deoderant secret is. Most of them give me a rash so a rarely wear it unless it’s 90 or above out. Yes I just took my hippiness to the next level!

    January 22nd, 2014 11:56 am Reply
  • Jennifer Wodrich via Facebook

    Completely felt the same way Stacy Layman – I struggled w infertility, went on to naturally have three healthy children, I too felt that low blow in the pit of my stomach!

    January 22nd, 2014 11:54 am Reply
  • Stacy Layman via Facebook

    Thanks for sharing, but why the dig on her at the end? That could have been phrased in such a better fashion. The criticism and comment on her fertility were totally unnecessary.

    January 22nd, 2014 11:51 am Reply
  • Cathy Lackey via Facebook

    Well, Julia Roberts and I have one thing in common….baking soda….

    January 22nd, 2014 11:50 am Reply
  • Jennifer Wodrich via Facebook

    I use toothpaste, but growing up we were real poor and frequently used baking soda, still at 37 I have never had a cavity.

    January 22nd, 2014 11:47 am Reply
  • Teresa Barfield via Facebook

    I use toothpaste but also baking soda. Grandmother taught me this lol

    January 22nd, 2014 11:38 am Reply
  • Lorna Lynn via Facebook

    Earth mama! Love it

    January 22nd, 2014 11:35 am Reply
  • Erna Williamson-Lake via Facebook

    She doesn’t use deodorant either

    January 22nd, 2014 11:34 am Reply
  • Sara Sirchia via Facebook

    I heard this a long time ago. Love it!

    January 22nd, 2014 11:21 am Reply
  • thought shared

    flouride makes you dumb it disables your pine cone. pope has it on his staffff. thats all i can share

    September 18th, 2013 10:23 am Reply
  • Austing

    What type of baking soda do you recommend? Is there an organic or natural brand?

    July 27th, 2013 3:20 pm Reply
  • Katherine

    My dentist told me that I could have sugar two times a day with meals and it wouldn’t damage my teeth? She said that snacking constantly on sugary treats, on the other hand, would. Is there any truth in the ‘sugar twice a day with meal is okay’? Opinions please.

    July 23rd, 2013 1:17 pm Reply
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  • anonymus

    No need to use these tips to have a healthy mouth, the daily consumption of green or white tea also help maintain healthy teeth. I took two cups a day and I’m very healthy. And not only that, also combat sexually transmitted diseases (apart from being an excellent antioxidant). You have to stay healthy but do crazy things to get there.

    April 22nd, 2013 4:09 pm Reply
  • Dentist in nagpur

    Hey!!! I cannot wait to read more of this. I mean, you just know so much about this. So much of it Ive never even thought of. You sure did put a new twist on something that Ive heard so much about. I dont believe Ive actually read anything that does this subject as good justice as you just did. :)

    March 21st, 2013 2:19 am Reply
  • Tina Paul

    I have gum recession–should I use Baking Soda on my teeth?

    January 29th, 2013 8:30 pm Reply
    • alan

      I had gum recession and bleeding gums for years.

      Finally I discovered Hexachloridine Gluconate (antiseptic mouthwash)

      That fixed the problem and the gums have now grown back to a large extent.
      No bleeding at all.

      But its not recommended to use regular so I suggest switching to sodium bicarbonate after a couple of weeks with the gluconate once a week or once a month.

      August 21st, 2014 11:18 am Reply
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  • Vikki

    Baking soda and salt is just what we used as kids and what I’ve used most of my life. Somewhere during my adulthood I decided the salt was just too abrasive and switched to just baking soda on a damp brush. When i felt the need for a little bleaching I’d dampen my toothbrush with peroxide and brush as normal. Then I read the Coconut Diet book, and I switched to coconut oil and just a tiny bit of baking soda. Sometimes just the coconut oil. However with out the abrasive grit of the soda, the oil didn’t remove stains and I’m a big tea drinker. I recently read an article about remineralization and they had a recipe for a homemade toothpaste(http://wellnessmama.com/2500/homemade-remineralizing-toothpaste-recipe/). It added xylitol, essential oils and Calcium Carbonate to my baking soda and salt. I’ve been using it a couple weeks now. I can’t say if they are stronger or not, but they are definitely whiter. I also started taking cod liver oil and butter oil at about the same time and cod liver oil is supposed to help strengthen teeth too, so I guess we will see.

    August 29th, 2012 9:31 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Check out Rami Nigel from Cure Tooth Decay. He cured his 2 year old daughter’s crumbling teeth using Weston A. Price’s diet. I have some bad, old molar cavities (one a cracked tooth that was drilled out and filled instead of crowned and another that is down to the nerve) and a couple other teeth that are bothering me. I have also suffered from sensitive teeth for many years and used all the sensitive teeth toothpaste. When I follow the diet, I don’t have any problems, but when I’m off (like a retreat I was on this weekend) my teeth really start hurting. The recipe for the tooth powder is 1 tsp of sea salt with 3 Tblsp of baking soda. You can add a few drops of essential oils for flavor. The other instructions he gives are taking fermented CLO with butter oil and drinking raw egg nog…YUM!

    August 27th, 2012 1:25 pm Reply
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  • Audrey

    My son & I have been using tooth soap for teeth from Rose of Sharon Acres.

    August 27th, 2012 2:12 am Reply
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    Now we know her secret!!!

    August 26th, 2012 11:17 am Reply
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  • Maggie Goodman Russell via Facebook

    we will be useing this information to teach the whole family a new concept for oral Hygeine…..thanks

    August 25th, 2012 5:49 pm Reply
  • Hilary Cassady via Facebook

    Agree with some of the other comments. I follow many blogs of which share information and opinions without being disrespectful and rude. The comments about her infertility were completely uncalled for. You do not know somebody else’s personal struggles.

    August 25th, 2012 3:00 pm Reply
  • Doris Rossman via Facebook

    I like your combination of baking soda added with coconut oil, and peppermint. I even use it for an invigorating facial scrub. Let’s make a batch when you come to visit soon.

    August 25th, 2012 2:43 pm Reply
  • Crystal

    Hi Sarah!

    Have you heard of Miessence? They make a toothpaste. The ingredients are: aloe vera leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate, non gmo xanthan gum, star anise essential oil, sea salt, fennel essential oil, and stevia rebaudiana extract. What do you think? Thanks
    By the way, I love your posts and help:)

    August 25th, 2012 12:35 am Reply
  • Lorna

    Hormone disrupting soy milk? Give me a break! People in Asian countries have been eating and drinking soy for centuries and haven’t had trouble getting pregnant. Would you rather we all drank cow’s milk and the hormones and antibiotics the cows are fed/injected?

    August 24th, 2012 9:54 pm Reply
  • marie

    Touchy, touchy aren’t we? I believe Sarah is sharing her opinion. Last I heard that was still legal. It’s ridiculous we have to analyze everything we say before we say it because someones feelings might get hurt. She didn’t ask you to read her blog you chose to. If your feelings get hurt don’t read it. As for me, I’m grateful Sarah is willing to spend so much time sharing what she knows with the rest of us. It makes my life so much easier! Thank you, Sarah, for taking time away from your family and other activities to educate the rest of us!!

    August 24th, 2012 7:19 pm Reply
    • oliver

      I agree sarah is just sharing her opinion – which she has the right to do. I wouldn’t go too crazy about the “sarah is willing to spend so much time…”. This is a business to some extent. There is some money coming in from the ads she posts etc – and it is linked to her greater cause – the Nourishing traditions link.
      Perhaps the proceeds are going to that cause or other great causes – or shoes, shoes are good. Whatever, either way there is no crime and none of this makes her a bad person. IMHO

      August 24th, 2012 7:28 pm Reply
  • Yelena Styopin via Facebook

    I brush with equal parts of baking soda, celtic sea salt and cayenne pepper mixed together works pretty well on my teeth and gums.

    August 24th, 2012 6:06 pm Reply
    • Maria

      Cayenne pepper? Wow, never heard of that one before. But it also makes sense :)

      August 27th, 2012 4:25 am Reply
  • Megan

    lots of people eat soy and get prego. me and hey how many people in china are there anyway…..

    August 24th, 2012 5:42 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    Hi Sarah,

    I just want to say I absolutely love your blog and find all the information very helpful. However I really don’t think that making your connection between julia’s soy milk drinking and her ‘hard time getting pregnant’ is valid. The body is an amazing thing, there are squillions of factors that can cause a woman not to get pregnant. While I do not advocate soy milk, and do not drink it, I don’t think that soy milk alone is the reason why women don”t get pregnant. I know plenty of women who drink soy lattes daily and have fallen pregnant at the drop of a hat. I’m sure there are other factors behind it. Not denying that there is a connection between hormones and soy milk, but I just think ever body is different. f soy was the reason behind infertility, then many of my friends wouldn’t have kids.

    August 24th, 2012 5:08 pm Reply
  • Sarah Nelson Miller via Facebook

    I doubt very much that she has baking soda to thank for her “megawatt” smile – clearly she has some pricey porcelain veneers, as do most movie stars. That’s the only way to get such shockingly white teeth.

    August 24th, 2012 4:36 pm Reply
  • Donna Duke Morrison via Facebook

    my dad did this as well. He had terrible gum problems from smoking and tried everything he could!

    August 24th, 2012 4:22 pm Reply
  • Ann Kurkowski Hauer via Facebook

    A free world is great~ another great thing that is free: respect & courtesy. Which from what I have seen across FB and internet pages, is disappearing when others have a different viewpoint. I found the post offensive at the end, which from my POV, took away from the original topic of the post. My other point was, if the site is to be ‘unbiased’, then personal feelings by the poster need to be left out – you don’t ‘justify’ why you did it if you claim your site is ‘unbiased’, and there is no justification for cheep shots when trying to share your experiences – whether there are credible reports to back it up or not.
    Considering how there is enough craziness in the world – I’d rather not support someone claiming to support healthy options when they are lacking compassion for those that have their own path in life. Health reaches body, mind and spirit – not just body.

    August 24th, 2012 4:21 pm Reply
  • Ann Kurkowski Hauer via Facebook

    A free world is great~ another great thing that is free: respect & courtesy. Which from what I have seen across FB and internet pages, is disappearing when others have a different viewpoint. I found the post offensive at the end, which from my POV, took away from the original topic of the post. My other point was, if the site is to be ‘unbiased’, then personal feelings by the poster need to be left out – you don’t ‘justify’ why you did it if you claim your site is ‘unbiased’, and there is no justification for cheep shots when trying to share your experiences – whether there are credible reports to back it up or not.
    Considering how there is enough craziness in the world – I’d rather not support someone claiming to support healthy options when they are lacking compassion for those that have their own path in life. Health reaches body, mind and spirit – not just body.

    August 24th, 2012 4:21 pm Reply
  • sandybt

    Several commentators seem to be of the opinion that the comment about soy milk and its link to infertility was inappropriate in this article. I disagree with them. In our celebrity obsessed culture, it’s important to be reminded that just because someone we admire reveals a detail about their personal life that we approve of, we don’t necessarily want to emulate them in all things. And although infertility is a sensitive issue on a personal level, that doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t tell it like it is in a public forum.

    August 24th, 2012 3:56 pm Reply
  • Julie

    Thanks for letting us in on the “secret”. I grew up on old fashioned pepsodent powder in the red and white can. I wonder if it was just peppermint flavored baking soda?
    As for the argument that baking soda is abrasive–aren’t all toothpastes abrasive to a degree in order to “polish” the teeth?
    The info on glycerin is valuable and I appreciate it.

    August 24th, 2012 3:28 pm Reply
    • Melinda

      Yes toothpastes you buy in the store are all abrasive. It takes many years to wear the enamel and even eating does that also. Probably, if eating CLO and butter oil would help prevent some wearing of the enamel. I like a bit of abrasive but I love coconut oil. I use a variety of toothpastes even my own recipe. And one does have baking soda in it. I just don’t use it daily. A cavity or area of the tooth that has been remineralized will be much harder than enamel and will not wear. It is more like glass whereas enamel is more like bone when compared.

      August 24th, 2012 5:38 pm Reply
  • Megan Loukota via Facebook

    Susan Olvera – my son also has ECD, we use fermented cod liver oil and large doses of high vitamin butter oil. Dr. Christopher’s Tooth Powder and Tooth Soaps Tooth Swish in peppermint (ess. peppermint oil kills bacteria) We also use lots of bone broth and homeopathic cell salts and cal phos.

    August 24th, 2012 3:14 pm Reply
  • Leanne Henwood-Adam via Facebook

    The great thing is we live in a free world – free to express our opinions and free to disagree with others. The thing with opinions is that they are yours – no one else has to agree with them and they are not wrong if they don’t agree. The other thing about living in a free world is that we can choose to read blogs or not. If I read something that I disagree with, I will perhaps choose to not read it again. Or maybe I will realize that is one opinion and the world won’t end if I disagree with it. Why are we all getting worked up about this silly stuff? There are way more important things to get riled up about. SMILE and have a great day!

    August 24th, 2012 2:43 pm Reply
  • Melinda

    As a dental hygienist (and nutritional therapist), I like baking soda but it is very abrasive and should be used maybe weekly if that. I believe swishing with coconut oil cleans and whitens the teeth better than anything. Eating more good fat should keep the mouth cleaner and plaque free.

    August 24th, 2012 2:16 pm Reply
  • Susan Olvera via Facebook

    Would baking soda be appropriate for someone with dental work, say acrylic work? It’s used as polisher on silver, which is why I ask.

    August 24th, 2012 2:14 pm Reply
  • Susan Olvera via Facebook

    I’ve heard baking soda can be abrasive on weak enamel or teeth that have decalcification. My understanding is animal glycerin is bad, but vegetable is not. Unfortunately, I can’t remember my source. Our two year old has early childhood decay and if I could find information siting that baking soda is not abrasive on teeth such as his, I would use it. Currently trying to find a birch xylitol source without glycerin, but to no avail.

    August 24th, 2012 2:09 pm Reply
  • Amelia Sherry

    I remember interviewing a dentist for an article once and she told me that toothpaste was NOT necessary. She recommended baking soda with water or nothing at all (i.e. just a naked toothbrush, softened with tap water which contains fluoride). She said that most people don’t want to give up toothpaste because they don’t feel like their teeth are clean without that zesty ‘fresh’ feeling. The friction from the brush is enough to remove bacteria, which you then can swish away with water. If you really crave that refreshing feeling, you can swish with a mouthwash.

    August 24th, 2012 1:39 pm Reply
  • Dina

    Wow. I cannot believe that you made the comment about her dealing with infertility because of drinking soy milk. As someone who has experienced the horrible struggles of this awful disease, no one EVER causes infertility by doing one thing. Yes, diet sometimes *CAN* play role in it but oftentimes nothing you do will make it go away and get pregnant easily. You should be ashamed of yourself for making that low blow comment. While I have learned much from your blog and appreciated all your knowledge, i will no longer be reading because I refuse to give any kind of support to someone who is as insensitive as you about a topic that is so painful in so many people (did you know 1 in 8 couples struggle with this now?) and causes so much heartache. What I find even more ridiculous is that you made this comment in an article about toothpaste.

    August 24th, 2012 1:36 pm Reply
    • Lisa

      While what we put into our bodies does play a far larger role than any medical professional will ever tell you, I also found the comment to be callous, unnecessary and unfeeling.

      August 24th, 2012 2:14 pm Reply
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  • jessy

    Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate, not to be confused with Washing Soda (Soda Ash) which is Sodium Carbonate which is more caustic and non edible.

    August 24th, 2012 1:18 pm Reply
  • Bethany Sheridan Ficks via Facebook

    I got my first cavity ever using natural flouride free toothpaste. I learned the glycerine in it prevents teeth from remineralizing. Since then I switched to plain baking soda (now I am going to add some salt too) and at my last dental visit she barely had to scrape anything off my teeth and back to no cavities!

    August 24th, 2012 1:16 pm Reply
  • Ann Kurkowski Hauer via Facebook

    If you are going to claim this thing about soy, then reference it with a few credible sources. I personally avoid it as it is a GMO. But as a CMT, I am well-aware of how stress affects fertility as well as those that can let the idea consume them. I’ve had clients finally conceive after they relaxed and just put it ‘out there’ that it will happen. I know it doesn’t work for everyone as there is more going on medically.

    Genetics also play a big part in oral care but again, what may be ‘truth’ for you – or anyone else – may not be ‘truth’ for others. That is the beauty of doing your own research for yourself and not to rely on others as ‘face value’.
    I beat my Rheumatoid Arthritis into submission with massage & reflexology, but just because I did it, doesn’t mean someone else can because there is always something more to the equation. So that is why I don’t take comments like that at face value -there is SO much more to add into the mix.

    August 24th, 2012 1:16 pm Reply
    • Oliver Leslie

      “There is so much more to the equation” is at the heart of most medical studies, articles on food and diet, medicine practises, what is bad for you – and so on and so forth. For one to put all of their proverbial eggs into one basket – one opinion or viewpoint, and then act on it, is derilect and dangerous.
      We have evolved, as a species, to the point where we no longer really know what is good for humans. Every other species stayed on the straight and narrow path of their respective diets and habits. We humans have veered so far, with processing, and cooking, and blending, and a host of other things, that our modern blueprint, our genetic makeup is vastly different from early man – and we lost that original blueprint, and now everyone is scrambling to come up with what we think is the right way to eat and live etc.
      Sorry for the rant. What was the question? :)

      August 24th, 2012 2:17 pm Reply
  • Ann Kurkowski Hauer via Facebook

    Meechie – I think those of us finding the comment is poor taste understand that there is much heartache for women dealing with fertility issues. And while I agree diet can influence to a degree, there is much more to the issue. There was no point to even bring up her diet when the article was on dental care. 😉

    August 24th, 2012 12:55 pm Reply
  • Kristy

    This is great timing! I just bought some items to make my own toothpaste with, after I discovered the ‘natural’ toothpaste I bought did indeed contain glycerin. :(

    Does anyone know how to get rid of white spots on teeth? I read something about a cal/mag supplement, but need more help with that. They sure can ruin a smile. Hate fluoride! Thanks so much.

    August 24th, 2012 12:43 pm Reply
  • Gabs Narazo

    so it’s baking soda with sea salt… got to try that.

    August 24th, 2012 12:42 pm Reply
  • cindy lu

    Sara, perhaps a better or equivalent alternative to baking soda is bar soap. Dr. Judd is a good source. http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/dr-gerard-f-judd-dental-researcher.html

    We have been using it for years and my dental hygenist noticed a considerable improvement after we first began. WE use Dr. Bonner’s bar soap. Any type will do.

    Life is good!!

    August 24th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
  • Ann Kurkowski Hauer via Facebook

    Meechie … as you point out, we are all different and have our own experiences. However I don’t put all faith in any one source, doctor or blogger. And I’m sorry but when did become ‘ok’ to put others down because of sharing your experience? Basically, it’s one thing to share and shed insight – it’s another to take cheep shots because your experience is that: yours.

    I’m passionate about alternative means vs. modern medicine, but I’m not tossing cheep, disrespectful shots to those around me that don’t understand alternative healing or simply prefer modern medicine.

    And to the author of this blog~ those type of cheep shots you deem as your own personal insight/ feelings will not win your audience to see your side only. I follow this page because there has been some good info, but I loose respect on articles such as this. And as I’m in a different area, much of what is posted doesn’t serve me or what I have available.

    I’ll point out – your ‘about page’ states: “Unbiased Health Info you can rely on”
    It becomes BIASED when you inject your personal views on the topics.

    August 24th, 2012 12:39 pm Reply
  • Earth Friendly Goodies via Facebook

    I remember my Grandpa doing this too.

    August 24th, 2012 12:38 pm Reply
  • Jessica Talstein via Facebook

    I wouldn’t use A&H or store brand baking soda for anything other than cleaning, because it’s processed. I buy Bob’s Red Mill. Baking soda does *not* have aluminum. A helpful post about everything you wanted to know about baking soda. http://www.crunchybetty.com/the-great-baking-soda-anti-hoax

    August 24th, 2012 12:34 pm Reply
  • Heather Rogero via Facebook

    I use peppermint oil and a tad of peroxide.

    August 24th, 2012 12:29 pm Reply
  • Natalia

    My whole family and I have switched our toothbrushes to Norwex toothbrushes and now use only water to brush our teeth. Our teeth are cleaner than ever and my daughter who have had issues with plaque built up for years… her plaque was gone the day she switched to a Norwex toothbrush.

    The toothbrush has silver on the head and the silver ions cleanse the toothbrush between uses so that whenever you reach for your toothbrush, it’s like using a brand new one.
    I sell Norwex now and one of my client’s dentist was begging her to share what she had been doing differently (And it only had been a few weeks that she had switched toothbrushes!)
    They work so well in my opinion and I love not having to buy or make toothpaste. My kids love just using water too! ;P

    August 24th, 2012 12:22 pm Reply
  • Chris Sarah Smith via Facebook

    Hmmm….. I always thought it was Baking Powder that had aluminum, not baking soda. There is a big difference. I *think* that Arm and Hammer baking soda is just as good as any other brand. It’s the baking POWDER that you have to watch out for.

    August 24th, 2012 12:04 pm Reply
  • Michelle Barnes via Facebook

    I use baking soda daily. We actually get InStyle @ my work and I read the article. She goes on to say that she uses Arm and Hammer toothpaste – she is happy somebody put baking soda in toothpastem and also states she has also gone gluten free. I must have missed the soy milk part.

    August 24th, 2012 12:03 pm Reply
  • Delina Pryce McPhaull via Facebook

    the soy comment was a cheap shot. I wish you had been more sensitive about such a sensitive subject. Many women drink soy milk and don’t have fertility issues. Many don’t and do. There’s no direct cause and effect and for you to imply that there was, was irresponsible, judgmental, mean and in bad taste. You certainly had a right to do that, it’s your blog. But your readers expect more… I wanted to share your blog, but I won’t because of this…and because even when someone called you on it, you continue to defend a poor decision. It’s not forever memorialized in print…you can still delete it. Think about it.

    August 24th, 2012 12:02 pm Reply
    • Oliver

      Sensitivity is hard to come by on a public forum – there are so many issues that need to be addressed that one is bound to insult or upset or offend someone – you can’t believe it was the host’s intent to malign anyone. You should share the blog because that person you share it with may see it differently and then the info could be useful.

      August 24th, 2012 1:30 pm Reply
    • Dina

      I couldn’t agree more with what you said. While I respect her decision to make her own claims, the fact that she is making these outrageous statements is hurtful. I have never drank soy milk in my life, so why do I have so much trouble getting pregnant?? I think the fact that is that she is incredibly insensitive to this topic and perhaps even thinks that she is being funny by making a “joke” about it.

      August 24th, 2012 1:38 pm Reply
  • Erika Lantry via Facebook

    My dentist recommends baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide for daily use. Works for me. I have not had a canker sore in years.

    August 24th, 2012 12:02 pm Reply
  • Play Legaspi via Facebook

    I’m skeptical about this due to some of the comments here, but I’m willing to give it a try. So, what brand of baking soda do you recommend? Also, should I use it alone or should I add salt or bentonite clay? What is the ratio? Is it safe to use it 3x a day? Sorry for asking too many questions. I just want to make sure I’m doing it right.

    August 24th, 2012 11:59 am Reply
  • Melinda

    Thanks, Sarah, for the post and the link. Very useful information!

    August 24th, 2012 11:56 am Reply
  • Ann Kurkowski Hauer via Facebook

    I agree with Judith… The blog post was regarding baking soda as a tooth cleaner – bringing up and slamming her use of soy-milk was uncalled for. (as well as the fertility comment)
    And sure ~ write what you want, but be prepared that you will loose respect if you feel the need to put others down because they don’t agree with your ideas – whether you are certified on the topic or not. Readers are allowed their opinion, too.

    August 24th, 2012 11:53 am Reply
    • Elizabeth K

      Oh come on, there was no slamming here. It’s OK for Julia to promote something unhealthy like processed soy milk, but it’s not OK for Sarah to make a simple statement about that? You’re accusing Sarah of “putting others down” – I don’t think so. I think a few people expressing a similar opinion about this are overreacting. Good grief.

      August 24th, 2012 3:24 pm Reply
  • Michele Fendler via Facebook

    Meechie – they are taught things a certain way but, there are a lot of them out there that still have a brain and can think for themselves. My Dr is a research Dr. he doesn’t always follow conventional and often thinks outside the box. I’ve seen A LOT of Drs and let me tell you, its RARE to find a Dr. who is like mine. If I had not found him, I would’ve died. Why, because the old Dr was a conventional sheep. I even asked him to do things for me and he said he didn’t because I didn’t have health insurance. So, not ALL mainstream Dr’s are bad, the good ones like mine are just hard to find and I think my Dr fights often with a lot of Dr’s because of this issue. He wont do things unless they really work. Not ALL Dr’s are the same, it’s not fair to assume that. Just like ONE bad cop doesn’t mean the entire police force are bad cops. Just a Dr who considers holistic approach, is like finding a needle in a haystack. Like, for example, I have a bacteria in my lungs that drugs can manage but, not kill, I’ve tried every holistic thing out there and nothing works to get rid of it, I’ve had it for 7 years, yet some Cystic Fibrosis people are trying to inhale carvacol – I don’t have the guts to try it because it’s from Oregano oil – oil and the lungs = bad idea. BUT, the ones who have tried it think it works. So, my Dr looks into it and more than likely is going to try to test it not blow it off or laugh in my face. I also never said baking soda period was bad, I should’ve said by it’s self I don’t think it’s good for your teeth but, if you mix it with something NON acidic or abrasive I’m sure it’s ok. I’m still not 100% sure it’s okay to use alone daily and not everyones teeth are exactly the same – what might be okay for you, might not be okay for me. You might be able to use daily where as for others, it’s bad to use daily.

    August 24th, 2012 11:40 am Reply
    • Oliver

      Conventional medicine used to be holistic – in that it was new and the masses at large weren’t familiar with it. One day, what we now refer to has holisitic may be the norm – and it too will be scorned perhaps.
      At the end of the day, drugs at your drugs store or ingested treatments at a holistic center are the same things; Chemical elements. All the things in your holisitic tincture are made from the same things in a pill from CVS – chemical elements. All those chemical elements that we saw in the Periodic Table of elements back in school is what both groups of practitioners use.
      It is just a matter one, of combinations of those elements and two, the individuals body. We think holisitic is different because it connotes whole organic entities, but we forget there are many of those “entities” that can do harm and cause sudden death as well as “drugs”. Even a peanut can fell a person – and so many other “natural” things.
      One holistic treatment might be good for some but the chemicals in it will cause a negative reaction to someone else.
      Oliver Leslie

      August 24th, 2012 1:40 pm Reply
  • Victoria Kotler via Facebook

    I’m guessing as an ignorant consumer here that any brand of baking soda should be ok. Yes?

    August 24th, 2012 11:38 am Reply
  • Judith Scott via Facebook

    i do understand what you’re trying to say. i get it. but know that i make my living doing what she does. its an easy reach for people outside the industry to take sideswipes at someone because they ‘know’ a little something about them. i drank soy milk for 10 years until my hair began to fall out and discovered i was very sick. i stopped. cold. i’m certain every single one of us here who read your blog have a story like that. you do what you do until you know better. the blog is about toothpaste vs baking soda,right? a little sensitivity towards one another,especially women in this time,is not a bad place to come from. i read plenty of blogs and don’t know the personal opinions of the bloggers. lots of excellent information,which keeps me coming back.

    August 24th, 2012 11:36 am Reply
    • Elizabeth K

      I didn’t read Sarah’s statement about Julia’s fertility issue and soy milk consumption as a swipe or negative comment about her, I saw it as a statement about soy milk – nothing snarky. As Sarah said, she writes and offers her opinions – it is after all her blog. I find Sarah tells it like it is – we need that. Everything is offensive to somebody these days. We seem to be heading to a place where a lot of sensitive people want to stop others from freely speaking. And that, my friend, is more dangerous to all people than a statement about fertility issues and soy milk. These statements are not meant as an attack against you or anyone else, or to be snarky, just giving my two shekels.

      August 24th, 2012 3:08 pm Reply
  • Kristie Longan via Facebook

    Genetics play a huge role in oral health.

    August 24th, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    @Judith if you write for everyone, you write for no one. A blog that is just information without some of the personal views and observations would be pretty boring. I certainly wouldn’t read a blog like that.

    August 24th, 2012 11:31 am Reply
  • Michele Fendler via Facebook

    When I say that above by the way – my Dr isn’t the normal Jerk Dr that prefers to be a pharmaceutical company sheep. He truly wants to help people and would tell me things like “I don’t see the harm, if you want to try it go head”. I actually had one Dr laugh in my face for wanting to try holistic things on my lungs. I was pretty ticked off to say the least, even if it wasn’t that, it’s more so the point that that jerk doesn’t have good bedside manor. So, I’m not trying to be mean or turn my nose up at holistic things. I’ve just tried a lot of stuff that never worked. I don’t think it helps everything. Sometimes, in my case you just need medications and other times holistic stuff works. I don’t see anything wrong with a balance of both.

    August 24th, 2012 11:28 am Reply
  • Jill Nienhiser

    One tip with baking soda and sea salt is to brush gently, not saw back and forth vigorously on the gums. It’s great stuff, but more abrasive than toothpaste. My holistic dentist showed me how to brush very gently by putting the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline, and gently sweeping down only from the gumline. You can vigorously brush the top surfaces, but the sides should be done very gently to avoid eroding the gum tissue. Best to brush gently with any toothpaste, but particularly with baking soda/salt! :)

    August 24th, 2012 11:25 am Reply
  • Michele Fendler via Facebook

    of as someone mentioned above – if it’s not used alone, I’m sure it would be fine. I have wanted to try peroxide but, I’m not sure that’s a good idea either. I don’t want to make my teeth worse. I think your diet has a lot to do with cavities also. Plus, I am big on the Vitamin D3 thing. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in my lung disease since using it. My levels were at 9 when they should be above 30!

    August 24th, 2012 11:24 am Reply
  • Judith Scott via Facebook

    personal attacks and opinions,respectfully are two different things. but you go ahead,if thats what works for you. kind of gets in the way of your good information.

    August 24th, 2012 11:24 am Reply
  • tiki

    This was interesting, but I have to mention that the snarky little comment about struggles with infertility added absolutely nothing to the information and was incredibly insensitive to those who struggle with fertility issues. Blaming the victim of health issues is never an effective way to bring about solutions and blaming a woman for her fertility, or lack there of, is very ugly.

    August 24th, 2012 11:23 am Reply
  • Rachel B.

    I dry brush my teeth and rinse with Eco-Dent Ultimate Daily Rinse. Glycerin is not on the ingredient list on the bottle I use.

    August 24th, 2012 11:23 am Reply
  • Michele Fendler via Facebook

    IF my father in law thought it would be helpful trust me, he would tell me. Just like IF my Dr thought doing something “holistically” would help, he would tell me. I’m sure it’s fine to use just not daily.

    August 24th, 2012 11:22 am Reply
  • An Organic Wife via Facebook

    Baking soda is too abrasive to use alone. I use baking soda mixed with bentonite clay. The recipe is here: http://www.anorganicwife.com/2012/05/go-green-homemade-tooth-powder.html

    August 24th, 2012 11:19 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    @Judith blogs are about opinion. I write what I feel needs to be said regardless of whether some folks don’t like it and that will never change. Or should I say the day that changes is the day I stop blogging.

    August 24th, 2012 11:18 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the baking soda thing is a rumor put forth by toothpaste companies who don’t want you using such a cheap and effective way to clean your teeth.

    August 24th, 2012 11:16 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Not according to my holistic dentist who is well known around the world and other holistic dentists fly in to work with him. I’ve been using baking soda for 7+ years with no problem.

    August 24th, 2012 11:15 am Reply
  • Maria

    Sarah I have another question. What would your recommendation be for cleaning the baby teeth of my baby (when her teeth do erupt)? Even with this recipe I am a bit uneasy and worried that she might swallow a bit…
    By the way!, I started feeling pain in one of my upper teeth and tried what you recommeded in your posts (plus Ramiel Nagel’s book). I went off grains + had more egg yolks + raw avocado + raw garlic + unrefined coconut oil + raw liver (it’s a bit hard but I don’t want to loose my teeth) + FCLO (2 TB/day) + BO and butter… at night I brush my teeth with Welleda toothpaste (I’ll do this recipe!) and do some oil pulling afterwards (a bit of olive oil + 2 drops of clove essential oil). The pain is *almost* gone (and I write almost because I stopped eating raw liver for 2 days or so but will start again). Two days after I did this and the pain was gone, yes!
    So, thank you for your insights on this! Sure they helped me and my husband too!

    August 24th, 2012 11:13 am Reply
    • Oliver leslie

      Most gum disease, gingivitus etc starts from within the body. It is not a topical dynamic. A cavaity can be a topical issue but most times dental matters are due to malnutrition. You are spot on to now include in your diet the raw elements you mentioned – some may find the liver thing questionable, but it is how the other species eats their liver as well.
      The raw nutrients will help to provide the body with the real ammo you need. Also you should use the softesrt old brush you can find, so as not to aggravate the wound so to speak. Then just maintain a steady easy cleansing as you do.

      August 24th, 2012 11:29 am Reply
    • Sarah DJ

      Not sure what Sarah will recommend, but I just used water for the first 2 years of brushing my daughter’s teeth because I didn’t know what else to do – then started using Earthpaste for myself and realized since it could be swallowed, it would be perfect to use for her teeth!

      August 24th, 2012 3:58 pm Reply
      • Melinda

        I love the Earthpaste, but have made my own since we don’t go to Utah anymore.

        August 24th, 2012 5:27 pm Reply
    • CP

      Just use water and a washcloth or toothbrush… that’s what the conventional wisdom says even. Toothpaste is not recommended until 2 or 3 when they can keep themselves from swallowing it. A touch of coconut oil would probably not hurt too… coconut oil contains antibacterial agents in it which are good for oral health! Makes a great diaper rash cream too…

      November 12th, 2012 4:36 am Reply
      • Maria

        Thank you CP. I only use coconut oil as a diaper rash cream or simply to moisturize her skin. Works wonderfully well. I think that coconut oil is one of Nature’s best inventions!, works for nearly everything.
        I will try that on her baby teeth when they erupt :)

        November 14th, 2012 1:53 am Reply
  • Evelin Saxinger via Facebook

    Right on about not using commercial toothpastes. I use coconut soap.

    August 24th, 2012 11:13 am Reply
  • Judith Scott via Facebook

    i use one part baking soda and 2 parts tumeric with a coconut oil swish to follow. done with tampons,deoderant and now toothpaste.

    August 24th, 2012 11:09 am Reply
  • Kevin Bullard via Facebook

    That horseface eats raw oats right out of the feedbag and neighbor children stop by and hand feed her carrots and apples thru the fence.

    August 24th, 2012 11:09 am Reply
  • Michele Fendler via Facebook

    Just like people who go on pinterest and say to use baking soda mixed with say a lemon – acidic & abrasive = can erode your teeth, not something to use daily.

    August 24th, 2012 11:08 am Reply
    • rosanne

      I have to wonder how people can brush with this stuff?! I was concerned about using toothpaste on my baby (before all this toothpaste and glycerin talk was going on and wanted to avoid the fluoride, sls, etc. So, I tried baking soda and within 6 mos. of this he had patches on his 2 front teeth that looked like the enamel was wearing off…I quit the baking soda. He is now 5 and we use bentonite toothpaste and his teeth look so much better :)

      March 23rd, 2014 1:58 am Reply
  • Linda

    That is awesome to hear! I use that too ….rinse with Peppemint oil and water…. Maybe more will listen up as stars reveal what they do …..don’t like that she endorses soy though :(

    August 24th, 2012 11:08 am Reply
    • Oliver Leslie

      Soy should be completely taken off of anyones food group list. They have to steam heat the soy beans to do away with the toxic elements, but this does away with the good elements, and still renders toxic trace remnants. Most people think soy milk is some pure, raw liquid with all manner of nutrients – this just isn’t so.
      Sorry if I have abandoned the thread again :( 😀

      August 24th, 2012 11:59 am Reply
  • Judith Scott via Facebook

    i’m going to suggest that her diet has changed over the years as her acting abilities and her comfort in the public eye. it would be lovely if you could pull back the opinionator from time to time. we need to applaud one another a little more often. especially woman to woman.

    August 24th, 2012 11:08 am Reply
  • Michele Fendler via Facebook

    I’m sorry but, regular toothpaste does not contribute to cavities. (My father in law is a dentist). You have acids and base and baking soda is a base. It still can erode tooth enamel. I’m sure it’s not as bad for your teeth as say something acidic like soda but, it can still be a negative thing on your teeth, think about it, it’s very abrasive. One reason they clean things like kitchen / bathroom sinks with it.

    August 24th, 2012 11:06 am Reply
    • Kay

      We’ve been making our own toothpaste lately with Baking Soda, Real Salt, Coconut Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil (going to try some additional EO’s next time). I also found a recipe that adds in Calcium Carbonate that is supposed to help remineralize the teeth too.

      Here is an article that lists the abrasiveness of common toothpastes. You’ll notice that Baking Soda is very low on the list: http://www.epinions.com/content_3128664196

      Thanks Sarah!

      August 25th, 2012 1:16 pm Reply
  • Ann Kurkowski Hauer via Facebook

    I enjoyed the article up until the point Julie was slammed for her diet preferences. And while diet can play a role in fertility, it is not the only key factor.
    It is not up to anyone to pass judgement upon others~ are there not enough issues in the world? (Considering the recent up-rise in mass shootings lately (Another big one today in New York), I think some focus on acceptance is overdue instead of putting them down for what you don’t agree with.)

    August 24th, 2012 11:02 am Reply
  • Rafael Aspiazu via Facebook

    I use tooth soap (without glycerin) and am very happy with it. Baking soda can be hard on the dental enamel.

    August 24th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
  • Tina

    Sarah, I have been using the “remineralizing” toothpaste recipe posted at Everyday Paleo (no glycerin) for about a year. The last time I went in to get my teeth cleaned, my dentist was amazed! Said there was absolutely no plaque or tartar to scrape off and after 7 months since my last cleaning, not one single stain. And I am a huge kobumbucha and tea drinker! No cavities, no issues, nothing! He even had to show all his staff and tell them I was making my own toothpaste. He asked for the recipe.

    August 24th, 2012 10:55 am Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    We have begun using Earthpaste, made of bentonite clay, which does not contain any glycerin.

    August 24th, 2012 10:54 am Reply
    • Oliver

      I recently read somewhere that people, all around the world eat clay (GEOPHAGY) – so there may be something to it!

      August 24th, 2012 11:13 am Reply
      • Ryan

        Consuming clay is making a resurgence. I’ve been hearing more and more about it lately as an effective detox practice, and there are many good clays to choose from. I like to take a tablespoon first thing in the morning with my water.

        There are also clay toothpastes designed to be swallowed, such as this one from Ascended Health. I have tried it yet, but probably will when my current tube is up.


        August 24th, 2012 12:15 pm Reply
        • Joyce

          Wow–it is really expensive! I also don’t understand why you would swallow it with all that gunk from your teeth in it–doesn’t make any sense. I sometimes brush my teeth with Calcium Bentonite (food grade), but would never consider swallowing it.


          August 30th, 2012 9:29 pm Reply
          • rosanne

            Joyce, LOL! I had the same thought initially…I think that’s a fairly common reaction. I can’t explain it all scientific like, but the thing about clay is it somehow binds to the bacteria/absorbs them, so you will simply pass them through your digestive tract and out; just as would happen if you ate or drank clay :) Charcoal does the same thing (I believe). If you search places like Azure, Amazon, or others, you can find deals, even your local health-food store maybe?…Earthpaste is not always that much $. I sure didn’t pay that much (I don’t blame you for not wanting to!). I found this testimony about one mom, her toddler and using a homemade bentonite-based toothpaste for them both (he had a cavity) http://www.aboutclay.com/info/Uses/toothpaste.htm

            Thanks Sarah, for hosting the great conversation :)

            March 23rd, 2014 1:06 am
    • Lynne

      That’s it! That’s the paste I was just talking about…

      August 24th, 2012 12:42 pm Reply
  • Oliver Leslie

    Growing up there was always that toothpaste commercial that said 4 out of 5 dentists recommends _____ over _____ (not trying to get sued here).
    It’s been said I am a cynic. Or was it a sceptic? I simply have a healthy dose of skepticism. Perhaps I’m a pessimistic optimist. I have a raised eyebrow when my TV preaches that four out of five dentists choose a certain tooth paste. 4 out of five says to me that twenty percent of American dentists (which could be tens of thousands of dentists) don’t like or agree with a product. I would like to know why. Is there something we should know that they’re not telling us?
    Is there some truth to the sugar ingredient or other ingredients that are damaging? Did those 20 percent figure out the truth behind fluoride vs non fluoride? Are those twenty percent involved with mal practice? Is it the case that the fifth dentist doesn’t recommend brushing teeth at all, that it’s not natural and enamel can’t be replaced like skin or hair, and wearing down on it twice a day does more harm than good?
    This is what I want to know as a consumer. That is how my skepticism helps me. I don’t want to have to be a super sleuth when it comes to products that go in my body. Full disclosure makes my choices simpler, makes my life simpler.
    Personally, all that fluoride confusion has enabled a simpler way of brushing — not using any toothpaste at all. I still brush, which is really the bulk of the cleansing process anyway, along with flossing, but no products — and it saves on money. Try it for yourself. Get a soft bristled brush (or a medium one and use it forever). After a good flossing with a wax free and artificial mint free type floss, then brush your teeth just as you would with paste. A little weird at first but you’ll get used to it quickly. After brushing, bite into a little lemon slice or make a natural mint or cinnamon leaves solution and rinse your mouth with it.
    Your teeth and mouth will feel positively clean and fresh — when you run your tongue over them they will feel just as smooth if not more so than with paste. With those popular tooth pastes you might need a fire hose to rinse the product off. If your breath smells like spearmint or any other “flavor” after brushing, then you really didn’t thouroughly rinse – there are still particles of the toothpaste sitting on your gums and teeth. You don’t want to sleep with those “ingredients” hovering around your teeth and gums overnight — that’s what the fifth dentist may know but she or he is outnumbered so you can’t get all the info.
    Some contend the high acidic level from the lemon can wear on the tooth enamel – I recommend that you then dilute the lemon juice. The acidity in citrus can help to kill bacteria that cause bad breath so a quick and thorough water rinse after the lemon treatment will prevent erosion. Something less acidic, like oranges can be a good substitute as well. Any flavor you like from the garden of life’s herbs and spices will be better than toothpaste which is not natural. Floss — brush with no paste – then rinse with solution and then rinse with water.

    August 24th, 2012 10:54 am Reply
    • D.

      @ Oliver Leslie: I like your summation of that “fifth dentist”! I feel the same way about why doctors are surveyed about something, but chiropractors are not. It’s because chiropractors believe in a totally natural lifestyle, whereas a doctor believes in a pill for every ill. And yet the chiropractors (or anyone opposing the allopathic paradigm) is considered a quack. Go figure.

      August 24th, 2012 11:11 am Reply
      • Oliver leslie

        It’s funny (not really), but we gone from “an apple a day” to “an aspirin a day”

        August 24th, 2012 11:22 am Reply
        • Maria

          Thank you, Oliver, a lot for your thoughts!
          I have never thought it that way but it makes a lot of sense.

          August 27th, 2012 4:21 am Reply
    • Lynne

      My dental hygenist told me a couple of years ago that, no, we don’t *have* to use toothpaste to brush. She also told me that I “don’t NEED fluoride!” I am almost 60 years old and have no cavities or fillings. I *do* battle peridontal issues and have lost two molars to that. My dad and his side of the family are the same – beautiful teeth with no cavities but struggle peridontal bacteria. I want to know how that bacteria gets in my body to begin with – the dentist hasn’t been able to give me an answer (and he’s an old friend, too, not just our dentist). I’m putting real salt on my brush and then a little bit of an herbal paste that the dentist sells. But today I found a new paste at the Real Salt website – four ingredients – clay, Real Salt, zylitol (however you spell that) and essential oils. They told me on the phone that it will remineralize my teeth due to the clay. And it’s only $8 a tube compared to $12 from the dentist. No glycerin in this paste that I know of – I can ask if you’d like. I used baking soda for years and I *do* have enamel loss so I’m leary of using it again. ?? I have to say that flossing seems to have more effect on keeping down the bacteria working in my mouth than even brushing does. We also have an irrigator but I don’t find it user friendly and rarely use it even though I know I probably should be.

      August 24th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
      • oliver

        Lynne – bacteria will always be in your body. Without it you die. There is both good and bad bacteria – the battle for every species is to minimize the bad stuff. Our colons have both good and bad – and colonic practitioners try to cleanse the area of the bad – but so goes the good stuff as well.
        In your mouth, it is the ideal spot for bacteria to grow and thrive. Steady rinsing is always best. Flossing as you said, is awesome and the most effective (with soft gentle brushing). The other issue is the foods you eat. I am not a raw foodist, but raw natural products breakdown much easier and faster than processed or cooked foods. Cooked, processed food will definitely hang around your teeth and gums more. Oliver

        August 24th, 2012 1:05 pm Reply
      • Sally

        Have you tried oil pulling?
        Coconut oil works well for that. Get organic virgin oil, I use Tropical Traditions. it is naturally anti bacterial and gets everything in your mouth and teeth really well. You can google it and find a you tube with instructions.

        August 24th, 2012 1:09 pm Reply
        • Lynne

          Yes, I tried oil pulling several years ago after reading up on it but couldn’t tell any difference. I didn’t use coconut oil though. We just started buying coconut oil late last year and yes, we get it from Tropical Traditions. I do know that eating anything with sugar in it makes the bugs in my mouth go nuts. The dentist put some scrapings from my mouth under the microscope and added a little bit of sugar water and you should have seen the bacteria feeding frenzy. Sugar definately helps them proliferate big time. I try to keep sugar intake down in my diet, using raw honey and/or real maple syrup for sweetening if necessary but they are so expensive it’s not hard to leave them alone a lot. My husband gets more of those than I do as he wants his green tea and breakfast oatmeal sweet. I don’t. In fact, I don’t eat near as much oatmeal as he does, either – I like our fresh free range eggs better with real butter. We want to know why this peridontal stuff seems to be genetic – as I said, my father’s side of the family are all like this – dad is almost 92 and still has most of his own teeth (no fillings) but has lots a few molars to gum disease. His father lost all of his perfect teeth in his 40’s, and Dad’s sister lost all of her perfect teeth at a young age, too. My kids have wonderful teeth – no fillings or cavities. Some of our grandkids are doing the same thing while one of them has cavities all the time. He also wants to eat sweet stuff all of the time (he also has been diagnosed with asperbergers – or however you spell that). We had the laser treatments done two and a half years ago and that set the bacteria back hard for almost a year but it came back. I want to know if it’s getting in my mouth from my bloodstream?

          August 25th, 2012 4:38 pm Reply
          • Oliver leslie

            Genetics is tricky – and can sometimes be misleading. “Genetics”, the trait in genes the predisposes one to something or another, can happen at any time. Right now, you, can do something, eat something, be in a radiation shower, hit by gamma rays, anything, and it could send your genetic makeup down a whole new path – this is why we are all so vastly different – even though we all came from the tinyest of gene pools millions of years ago in africa.
            When we do hear that diabetes or some condition runs in someone’s family, this is slightly misleading. It’s not always “genetic”. I don’t mean to disregard genetics wholesale, but many folk use the idea of genetics to rationalize favorably for or against many health issues; If Grandma Phillips drank and smoke well into her late nineties, when she died, it should not be the go ahead signal, the safe sign, for her children and grandchildren to follow suit without concern, as if the bloodline is somehow equally resistant to lung disease or liver malfunction or any of the dozens of health issues related to smoking and drinking. There are way too many factors that each individual has in addition to genes that contribute to one’s condition. It could also be argued that had Grandma Phillips not drank and smoked, she could have lived to 120.
            If there is a history” of heart disease in your family it’s not necessarily the genes but probably more the case of simply that they all ate plenty of fatty, fried, cholesterol rich foods and didn’t exercise much. If one traces their family back two hundred years and finds they all had suffered from diabetes, instead of genetics, it could have been the case that they simply ate a lot of starches and refined and unrefined sugars — and didn’t exercise much. Some will argue that the doughnut they ate triggered the diabetes gene in them… While I do believe in the “trigger” dynamic, it’s important to realize that each person can develop their own condition of diabetes from scratch or any disease from scratch, and the hereditary issue would begin at that point, with you. Each person is capable at any point in time of having a cell mutated and rendering that cell a cancerous one or some other type of disease. As well, each person is capable of creating and generating an entirely new disease. That’s why we have so many.
            On the plus side of “genetic history”, if one wants to say that there is a history of this or that in their family, and they need/want to stay away from certain types of foods or cellphones, that is a good thing. In addition, the nature of genetics and dna is that genes can evolve gradually and without incident over time, or can be altered, mutated, suddenly and radically with great consequence. Of equal importance is that at what point a gene has become “modified”, mutated, morphed, isn’t always clearly determined.

            August 25th, 2012 4:56 pm
      • Wife21Mom24

        Hi Lynne,

        I’m not an expert, but after reading up & trying a few things on my own, I’m thinking maybe sloshing a teaspoon of colloidal silver after brushing & before you go to bed might help with the bacteria causing the gum disease.

        *All y’all are welcome to chime in if I’m accidentally sending Lynne on a rabbit trail! Just a thought. God bless :)

        December 12th, 2012 2:08 am Reply
    • Kelsey

      I’ve been brushing without toothpaste for quite a while now – I’ll sometimes use a dab of baking soda but usually I’m too lazy. My teeth feel every bit as clean as it did when I used yucky toothpaste!

      August 24th, 2012 5:30 pm Reply
  • Karin Araneta via Facebook

    neither does Oprah

    August 24th, 2012 10:52 am Reply
  • Onika Hardy Nugent via Facebook

    I read that baking soda can erode tooth enamel if used more than once a month. Have you heard this?

    August 24th, 2012 10:50 am Reply
    • Jessie

      I had a lot of allergic reactions to toothpaste & my dentist was OK w/me going to baking soda. And she is not a holistic dentist.

      August 24th, 2012 12:50 pm Reply
    • Vikki

      I’ve been using baking soda as tooth paste for more than 40 years, No eroding that I know or my dentist know of…lol

      September 2nd, 2012 2:17 am Reply
      • Hazel

        Hi, I want to use baking soda too, can you teach me how? Is there any mixture, amount of ingredients and how many times a day I should use it? Please? I really need to whithen my teeth but my family can’t afford bleaching. Thank you..

        July 27th, 2013 12:42 am Reply
  • padmaja

    can this ‘baking soda+salt’ be used if there are bridges already?

    August 24th, 2012 10:46 am Reply
  • DaNelle

    Interesting. I wonder if I could get my kids to do this too.

    DaNelle recently posted…Why I changed my mind about Homeschooling

    August 24th, 2012 10:27 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      My kids use baking soda mixed with very fine sea salt (3:1 ratio)

      August 24th, 2012 10:44 am Reply
  • Maria

    Thank you also for that precious tip (glycerin)!

    August 24th, 2012 10:07 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, most folks don’t realize that the toothpaste you choose can actually cause more problems than it solves! Glycerin is just terrible for teeth!

      August 24th, 2012 10:43 am Reply
      • D.

        @ Sarah: I wonder if this includes pure vegetable glycerine? I use this on a q-tip with a drop of lemon essential oil several times/day to swab my tongue, because I have severe dry mouth due to Sjogren’s Syndrome.

        I use a mixture of dolomite or calcium carbonate, coconut oil, baking soda and sea salt mixed up in a baby food jar for my toothpaste of choice. Sometimes I add a drop of spearmint essential oil or something, but not always. I mix a new batch every week. Daily I soak my toothbrush in a mixture of 1/2 H2O2 and 1/2 water to “sterilize” it, especially if I have a cold or something. Then I replace my toothbrush about every 2 months or so.

        I have a denture on top (due to a car accident) and instead of buying the pre-made denture soaks, I use baking soda and a drop of peppermint oil, then I brush the denture with a special denture brush. I also soak that brush in an H2O2/water solution daily.

        August 24th, 2012 11:04 am Reply
  • Maria

    Hi Sarah
    I have a question.
    I read (cannot remember where) that the frequent use of baking soda destroys enamel with time. Is this true? Thank you :)

    August 24th, 2012 10:06 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Not according to my holistic dentist. I’ve been using for 7+ years with no problem.

      August 24th, 2012 10:42 am Reply
  • Tawanda

    Thanks Sarah, I just checked my baking soda/salt toothpaste and yep it has glycerin. Checking out the secret now.

    August 24th, 2012 10:05 am Reply
    • Oliver Leslie

      Animals in the wild don’t use toothpaste or brush their teeth (obviously), but they don’t suffer from tooth decay or gingivitis or cavities etc..
      Baking soda does seem harmles compared to the other things we use.

      August 24th, 2012 11:00 am Reply
      • Cassandra

        The bit about wild animals not getting tooth decay is actually not true. http://www.westonaprice.org/notes-from-yesteryear/understanding-weston-price-on-primitive-wisdom

        August 24th, 2012 12:12 pm Reply
        • oliver

          I should rephrase the statement to further articulate the term “wild”. Initially I meant wild animals because they eat raw food whichs greatly helps prevent malnutrition – which your link referenced.
          Today sadly, few animals can be considered wild in that they are impacted every day by mans doings. Our oceans are now beyond polluted, so in fact there will be signs of disease among those other species, the likes of which they have never experienced before.
          I used to say that no wild animals have cancer, but in 2012, every stream, river, lake and ocean is filled with tons of man made toxic elements. Our earth has been contaminated and it’s soil has been denatured and our rains more acidic – nothing is as it used to be, so every “wild” species from the ant (roaming in the toxic soil) to the eagle (soaring in the toxic skies), to the shark (swimming in the toxic waters) is not spared this dynamic of modern history.
          But still, your pet dog and cat will have far worse gum issues than any wolf or lion – because those wild creatures still don’t eat processed, nutrient void foods. 3 out of every 4 cats and dogs suffer from gum diseases in 4 years. Not to mention obesity, which no wild animal experiences.

          August 24th, 2012 12:27 pm Reply
      • Dallas M.

        All animals, wild and tamed, suffer from periodontal diseases. Especially highly bred varieties because most breeds snouts are shortened and narrowed during ‘the chosen one’ breeding process used for asthetic purposes and obviously only admired by very particular humans.
        Dogs and cats don’t care what they look like!

        April 8th, 2014 4:13 pm Reply

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