Tooth Polish is a great way to bring a healthy shine to your smile. It only takes a few minutes to make with herbs that are easy to grow in the garden or buy in your friendly neighborhood health food store. Baking soda is the cleanser and sea salt provides the abrasive. Adding the antimicrobial actions of Calendula flower and Wild Strawberry leaf gives your tooth polish an extra zing. I stir in a dose of Stevia leaf to cut the salty taste.

You can use this tooth polish as a substitute for store-bought toothpastes, but be aware it does not contain fluoride.

For extra polishing power, you can add 1/4 to 3/4 tsp. Kaolin clay powder, sometimes labeled white clay, which is the polishing agent used in many dentist office tooth polishes.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Wild Strawberry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Calendula petals
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Stevia leaves

Equipment

  • 1 blender
  • 1 set of measuring spoons
  • 1 resealable container
  • 1 label

Procedure

  1. Measure the ingredients into the blender.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are powdered.
  3. Pour the mixture into a resealable jar and label it for storage.

Storage and Use

Keep your Tooth Polish sealed and away from sunlight until you are ready to use it.

Be sure that you choose a container that is big enough to comfortably dip your toothbrush in. This recipe may be used to make tooth polish for other people but give them their own jar so that you do not share germs.

If you are sharing your Tooth Polish, sprinkle a little Tooth Polish onto your dampened toothbrush and scrub your teeth vigorously. If you have the Tooth Polish to yourself, you may dip your damp toothbrush into the storage jar to get the amount you need. Keep scrubbing your teeth until your spit is clear and all the herb has been brushed out, or for about two minutes as you would with store-bought toothpastes. Rinse your mouth with warm water and spit into the sink. If you choose, you can follow by brushing your teeth with your regular toothpaste and/or flossing. This Tooth Polish may be used twice daily for best results.

To add extra cavity fighting power to your tooth polish, add one to three drops of the following essential oils before you blend it:

  • Sage
  • Spearmint
  • Lemon Balm

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