By Leah Marie, Unpunctuated on September 14, 2012
Leah claims to make her own toothpaste because she's "super cheap", but her frugal efforts also cuts down on packaging waste, not to mention additional unwanted chemicals in the body or bodies. I believe this is what they call a win-win:
"I kept seeing toothpaste recipes with xylitol as the sweetener and didn’t think much of it. But then a dentist friend told us about how studies have been done on xylitol and dental care, and it is actually really effective against cavities. They use it much more commonly in Europe and are seeing great results there. They actually make little candies with it, like chiclets, to give to children for dental care purposes, and those kids get fewer cavities. Neat. It is also found in gum brands like Orbit, which is what allows them to claim it is good for your teeth. Anyway, it’s worth getting your hands on for the toothpaste because of that. It needs a sweetener to help with the flavor anyway."
Image credit: crimfants via Flickr, Creative Commons.
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