We all know that visiting our dentist at least once a year is important to our oral health, but have you ever thought of brushing your teeth with eggshells?… Probably not, and I wouldn’t blame you. The thought of it is kinda weird, and why would we want to use eggshells when there are plenty of commercial kinds of toothpaste available that claim to transform our teeth into perfect pearly whites?
Well, eggshells contain the perfect amount of the ideal substances for healing cavities (which regular toothpaste do not), and huge amounts of calcium and 27 other minerals. Pretty impressive huh? To think we throw out eggshells, thinking they are useless!
Furthermore, I’m talking about it based on the personal experience of my natural health enthusiast friend Anette. Anette has sensitive teeth and went through a phase of getting a lot of cavities.
She tried natural fluoride free toothpaste and commercial brands for sensitive teeth, and even plain baking soda.
However, none of that stuff was helping to stop her from getting cavities. So then she began researching more information about tooth remineralization and found that through this process, she can reverse tooth damage (also called decalcification or demineralization).
She found out that there is even a special diet for that. But with a family of fussy eaters, and a lack of time and money, she felt like that kind of diet wasn’t going to work for her. So, thank goodness she stumbled upon a recipe to make a remineralizing toothpaste at home, using eggshells!
She has been using her homemade eggshell toothpaste for nearly a year, and she has no more cavities developed since! She says her teeth also feel a lot cleaner, with much less plaque build up, and even her dentists were impressed.
They are also whiter. Her friends have all noticed and have been asking what toothpaste she used. You can imagine their shock when she said, eggshells! Her gums and mouth, in general, also feel a lot healthier. All in all, she feels much happier and more confident and finds herself smiling and laughing more.
The science behind the eggshells toothpaste
- Hungarian physician, Krompeher, along with a group of medics and biologists, first began studying the healthy properties of eggshells.
- Over 10 years of research have shown that eggshells are the perfect source of bio-available calcium (dense and easily absorbed).
- This whole revelation about eggshells is actually backed up by a dentistry school in the
- Philippines, where a study took place, comparing various commercial toothpaste brands along with their own compounded toothpaste from eggshells.
- They discovered that over time, the teeth cleaned with the eggshell toothpaste had less plaque build-up and stronger enamel.
- This is due to the fact that eggshells have calcium and other trace minerals which are essential for healthy enamel, thus preventing cavities.
- Amazing eggshells are not just great for our teeth either, studies also showed accelerated healing when eggshells were used for treating such orthopedic diseases as congenital dislocation of a hip or osteoporosis.
- Eggshells are especially beneficial for small children with the formation of their bone tissue, which requires calcium.
- Some people even add shells to baby food which can help prevent rickets and anemia, which normally occurs along with rickets.
- A recent research from 2015 published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research found that brushing your teeth with eggshell powder can help to reduce the number of cavities and white spots on teeth.
- For examples, the researchers found that the high pH content of eggshell powder helped to lower acidic content in the mouth.
- Also, the levels of calcium help to restore essential minerals to the teeth.
How to consume eggshells
- To get optimum nutrition from eggshells, it is best to use organic, free-range eggs.
- Simply boil eggs until hard and peel the shells off (the boiling will kill any pathogens).
- Allow the shells to dry naturally.
- You can grind them down into a fine powder and add them to your food or add them into your daily smoothies.
Homemade Eggshell Toothpaste
- The advantage of this toothpaste is that it contains natural ingredients, it’s cheap and effective.
- It also allows you to avoid commercial tubes of toothpaste that may cause cancer or embed plastic in your gums.
- You may have heard that baking soda is abrasive, and therefore eggshells may be the same.
- However, compared to commercial kinds of toothpaste, baking soda and eggshells are much less abrasive, and therefore healthier for your teeth.
- You can also use baking soda as a powerful kitchen medicine and a combination of baking soda with lemon is being researched to treat cancer.
- ¼ cup eggshells or calcium magnesium tablets (ground up)
- About 2 Tbs. or more coconut oil
- 1 Tbs. baking soda
Optional ingredients to add:
- 1 tsp. Castile soap (Castile soap is an olive oil-based soap and its name is originated from
- Castile, Spain, a region renowned for its olive oil.
- It gives the recipe a smoother consistency. Anette uses Dr. Bronners Castile soap).
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- A few drops peppermint essential oil (use food grade only).
- This essential oil is amazing and so versatile and gives a fresh feeling in the mouth.
- Give the eggshells a rinse and boil them for a few minutes to get rid of the pathogens.
- Then air dries them. Grind up the shells or tablets in a coffee grinder until they turn into a fine powder.
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl, adding coconut oil until it reaches a smooth consistency (you can adjust the amount of the coconut oil).
- Add the optional ingredients if you want. Store in a jar.
- You can use a spoon to put the mixture on your toothbrush.