There are many reasons as to why you should make your own toothpaste but the biggest of all is that many brands of toothpaste contain harmful, and sometimes even toxic ingredients such as:
- Triclosan – a pesticide and hormone disruptor
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – causes canker sores for many people
- Propylene Glycol – used as an emulsifier. Known skin, eye, and lung irritant that may lead to toxicity issues in organs. Industrial grade versions of this mineral oil are used in antifreeze, paint, industrial enamel, and airplane de-icer
- Artificial Colorings – linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children
- Saccharin and other artificial sweeteners – linked to all sorts of health issues including diabetes, obesity, cancer, and even the death of brain cells
- Fluoride – can be toxic if swallowed and doesn’t actually even work in toothpaste
- Highly Abrasive Ingredients – damage enamel, making teeth sensitive and more prone to gum recession and cavities.
- Glycerin – not toxic but shouldn’t be in the mouth as it’s a soap that strips your body’s natural oral mucosa and leaves a film.
When you make your toothpaste yourself, you know exactly what you’re exposing yourself (and/or your family) to and can avoid anything harmful or toxic.
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2 Recipes for Homemade Toothpaste
1. Homemade Probiotic Toothpaste
If you like chocolate then you will love this recipe made with cacao nibs. Cacao are the raw seeds from which chocolate is made. They contain compounds that help to naturally heal cavities.
- 4 tablespoons Cold-pressed Organic Coconut Oil
- 4 tablespoons Food Grade Bentonite Clay
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 2 tablespoons Xylitol
- 2 capsules FOS Probiotics (Fructooligosaccharides)
- 2 capsules Spore Based Probiotic (Megaspore or Prescript Assist)
- 1/2 teaspoons Cacao Powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 4 tablespoons distilled or filtered water (divided)
- heat the coconut oil over low heat until melted for about 1 – 2 minutes in a small saucepan.
- Add the bentonite clay, baking soda, xylitol, FOS, probiotic, cacao, ginger and cinnamon to a high speed blender for around 10-15 seconds or until all powders are evenly combined.
- Pour one tablespoon of the coconut oil into the blender and blend for 10-15 seconds or until the mixture becomes crumbly. Make sure that all the powder and oil are mixed in and not sticking to the sides of the blender.
- Add the vitamin E and the rest of the coconut oil, and blend for another 10 – 15 seconds. At this point, the mixture will be runny. Blend again if necessary to create a smooth and creamy texture.
- With the blender running, slowly add the water and blend for at least 30 seconds, or until it is thoroughly mixed.
- Transfer to a glass container with a plastic lid or a nontoxic refillable squeeze tube.
Usage and Storage
Dip a clean spoon into the toothpaste and apply it to your toothbrush. Don’t dip the toothbrush directly into the toothpaste. Store half of the toothpaste at room temperature and use it within 7-10 days. Store the other half in the refrigerator for later use.
You don’t really even need toothpaste—especially not every time you brush. Brushing is the number one way to protect your teeth from decay. That is true, even without toothpaste.
2. Homemade Kids’ Toothpaste
The toothpaste that is marketed to children is often designed for entertainment and not necessarily for the best dental care. Luckily you can make your own homemade kids’ toothpaste rather easily.
- 4 tablespoons Calcium Carbonate
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Cold-pressed Organic Coconut Oil (melted)
- 2.5 teaspoon Distilled Water
- 1-2 drops Anise Essential Oil
- 1 capsule Probiotic Plus FOS (optional)
- Xylitol (2 tablespoons plus 1 additional teaspoon)
- Mix the calcium carbonate, the xylitol, the baking soda and the optional probiotic with a fork until they are thoroughly combined in a bowl.
- Add water to form a paste, incorporating all the liquid.
- Slowly add the coconut oil in while mixing the paste vigorously.
- Add the anise essential oil and mix until smooth and no lumps remain.
- Paste should be smooth, creamy and closely resemble the consistency of commercial toothpaste.
Usage and Storage
Store the toothpaste in a glass jar or a refillable squeeze tube. Keep out only what you’ll use within 5-7 days and store the rest in the fridge. Add a small amount of the homemade toothpaste to their brush along with the toothpaste they are used to if needed. Gradually increase the amount of the homemade toothpaste while decreasing the amount of the commercial toothpaste.
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If your and your family’s health are of great importance to you, making your own toothpaste is one of the best ways to start pushing towards an overall healthier lifestyle.