I recommend using plain old baking soda. You can also mix it with coconut oil and peppermint essential oil, but just plain old baking soda works. It's actually not abrasive on the teeth: look up “relative dentin abrasivity” (RDA)1. It is a bit abrasive on the gums, however, so having it premixed in oil helps. “Oil Pulling” is it's own thing, although I don't know if there is science behind it.
Baking soda is basic on the PH scale, and will neutralize the acidic plaque. The acid created by plaque removes minerals in your tooth's hard, outer enamel, and the PH of baking soda counteracts this. It also acts as an antibacterial, because certain bacteria cannot tolerate the high PH. 12
I'm glad there are some dentists that agree:
“ …the timing of when it is used in relation to a dietary sugar exposure is critical in that the sooner its used the greater the benefit in preventing a sustained biofilm pH decrease and subsequent demineralization. “
” Although promising, there is the need for more evidence that strategies that modify the oral ecology, such as baking soda, can alter the cariogenic (acidogenic and aciduric) properties of biofilm microorganisms. ” source
I've been trying to find a reason, backed by research, why baking soda might be bad. For example, how high of a PH could be bad? However, maybe the reason I can't find anything, is because baking soda is not harmful.
Commercial toothpaste is bad news. Just look up each ingredient on its own. There are some nicer alternatives without SLS, but I prefer to keep it simple and use baking soda. I use Bob Red Mill's brand because they advertise that theirs isn't contaminated with chemicals. Flouride is bad for you (see www.flouridealert.org). If you have some other toothpaste you use that doesn't suck, get in touch.
Something I'm going to read later: