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 toothpaste.
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.
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. We’ve used it for years with wonderful results!
Natural toothpaste, 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 no glycerin, no fluoride 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.
(1) How Baking Soda Fits into Julia Roberts Beauty Routine
How much baking soda, sea salt, and peroxide do you use to make the toothpaste ? And I do not need to use anything else daily to clean my teeth?
Just fill small container with 1/3 sea salt (finely ground) and 2/3 baking soda. Mix well. When you brush, you put about a tsp of the baking soda/sea salt mixture in the palm of your hand and a few drops of H2O2 to make a paste and then brush.
Not true. Glycerin is water soluble thus your own saliva will eliminate any trace left behind after brushing. This “dr Judd” person actually didn’t do any studies on whole teeth on fragments and pieces. Nothing has ever been scientifically proven.
Can you please tell me if the remineralisation problem with glycerin also applies if the glycerin is vegetable glycerin rather than a petroleum based product?
Yes, vegetable glycerin would present the same problem.
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!
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.
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.