Although my family eats a whole foods, low-sugar diet, we’ve had our share of dental challenges, particularly the kids. Ella had to have restorative work on several of her molars before the age of four, and Everett’s teeth have some degree of enamel decay on most surfaces.
My take on dental health is like my view of health in general – it matters what you put into your body and how you care for yourself, but also, sometimes things just happen. Our kids don’t drink sugary beverages, we don’t give them candy or an excess of dried fruits, we floss and brush, and yet…
When Ella’s dental problems first presented themselves, we went searching for information as to how to best approach dental health. There is a lot of conflicting information out there, and ultimately, you have to choose what feels best for your own family. We’ve settled on a combination of a whole foods diet, supplements, and preventative dental care that is working well to keep the kids’ teeth stable. In our diet, we emphasize lots of vegetables, pasture-raised meats, raw milk and butter, fruit, and some whole grains. As a family, we love dessert, and while we use cane sugar, we also try to make use of honey and sorghum.
I take high quality multivitamins and Green Pastures Fermented Fish Oil and Butter Oil supplements. The kids take cod liver oil and our entire family takes supplements from The Dental Essentials which comes in a tablet for the adults, and a liquid formula for the kids. Their supplements are specifically formulated to help reduce cavities, with vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorous, Vitamin D3 and K2. (The Dental Essentials offers Homestead Honey readers a 15% discount with the code “Homestead” if you want to try their product.)
I’ve gone back and forth between homemade and store-bought toothpaste, and recently resumed making my own. I’m really loving this recipe. It makes my teeth feel clean and fresh and it tastes amazing! I derived the recipe from a number of recipes that I found online, but particularly from this one from Wellness Mama.
1 tsp Calcium Carbonate powder
1 tsp Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
1 tsp Bentonite Clay
3 tsp Xylitol
3 – 5 tsp Unrefined Coconut Oil
20 drops Trace Minerals
1) Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. (Diatomaceous earth should not be inhaled, so stir slowly and carefully).
2) Add coconut oil until you’ve reached a desired consistency.
3) Stir in essential oils and trace minerals, and store in a container of choice. Keep in mind that coconut oil will liquify above room temperature, so be sure your container closes tightly.
Happy brushing! If you try the recipe, please let me know how you like it!