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This article brough to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal of Dental Care of Canby, Canby Herald Insider Family Dentisitry Expert

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

People have been brushing their teeth for centuries. And using toothpaste. The oldest known toothpaste was made from a recipe found on papyrus that dates from Egypt 3000-5000 B.C. made from ashes or eggshells. No minty fresh breath but those teeth were scrubbed clean.

Toothpaste does two things, cleans your teeth and prevents tooth decay. ADA approved toothpaste contains fluoride and other active ingredients which whiten teeth, remove plaque prevent bad breath and tooth erosion. Many consumers are turning to toothpaste prepared at home, and especially now in this time of shortages, it would be good to have a recipe. And toothpaste made at home has no unsafe chemicals and still helps maintain good oral health. Here are three recipes for you to try at home.

1. Toothpaste with baking soda and water

Take one teaspoon baking soda

Add one drop of an essential oil(s)

Add a few drops of water

2. Toothpaste with baking soda, salt and water

Take one tablespoon baking soda

Add a tablespoon of natural salt

Add three drops of an essential oil

Add a few drops of water

3. Toothpaste with baking soda and coconut oil

Add two tablespoons baking soda

Add two tablespoons of coconut oil

Add ten drops of essential oil

Mix all the ingredients well to get a smooth texture. This preparation forms basic toothpaste, but to make whitening toothpaste, add turmeric in minute proportions. Also, the proportion of baking soda or diatomaceous earth should be kept low to prevent tooth enamel damage.

If you have questions about your toothpaste or other oral health issues call Dr. Neal at Dental Care of Canby.

Dental Care of Canby

333 NW 3rd Avenue

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.DentalCareofCaby.com

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