Most of us rigorously brush our teeth, floss and go to the dentist at least once a year to keep our teeth and gums healthy. We try to eat healthy (preferably organic, of course) and generally watch what we put in (or on) our bodies. However, one item that we use every single day is oftentimes overlooked. Yet, it’s probably one of the most toxic items in your bathroom cabinet!
Before I introduce you to my three favorite natural toothpaste recipes, let me tell you why it’s so critical to make your own natural toothpaste.
Why Make Your Own Homemade Natural Toothpaste?
Let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients of conventional toothpaste:
Sodium Fluoride: Used in Toothpaste…as well as Rat Poison
“Fluoride is good for your teeth because it prevents cavities”. Or, so we have been told. Research shows that the benefit fluoride provides to teeth are in fact very insignificant (1). Not only that. Fluoride, when swallowed, is actually dangerous and is one of the main ingredients commonly used in rat poison!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Used in Industrial Cleaners…But Also Makes Your Toothpaste Foamy
The reason why toothpaste foams so nicely is because it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). However, SLS is also the reason why a lot of other things foam nicely. These are things that we would never put in our mouth, such as industrial cleaning agents or engine degreasers (2). On top of that SLS is known to cause skin irritations in even low concentrations.
There are many more harmful ingredients in toothpaste such as triclosan, for example. The ugly truth is conventional toothpaste is packed with a lot of things that we can easily avoid by using homemade natural toothpaste. So let’s get mixing!
1. Homemade Natural Toothpaste with Coconut Oil
By One Good Thing by Jillee
Coconut Oil is great for tooth health because it contains large amounts of lauric acid which kills the harmful bacteria in your mouth that are responsible for tooth decay and other dental problems (3). Coconut Oil is also great for oil pulling.
2. Natural Homemade Clay Toothpaste
Bentonite Clay is packed with minerals and thus great for remineralizing teeth. It might seem weird at first to brush your teeth with something that appears to be dirt, but the health benefits definitely outweigh the initial discomfort!
3. Homemade Natural Toothpaste with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a common ingredient used in most homemade natural toothpaste recipes as well as commercial toothpastes. Baking Soda is highly alkaline and thus helps balancing the acidity level in your mouth. On top of that it helps remove surface stains and thus whitens your teeth. Another plus: Most people already have it at home, and it’s inexpensive. While some people complain that baking soda is abrasive to teeth, it’s much less abrasive then commercial toothpaste. However, please make sure not to use baking powder as it is not the same as baking soda.
Are you already using homemade natural toothpaste? Let me know your take on the topic in the comment section below!