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Most people don't give a second thought about the toothpaste they use in the morning. It's just a substance bought and used, and likely even forgotten while you are brushing and pondering the day's schedule ahead.
But what if you couldn't get toothpaste? What other alternatives could you use?
What if you don't want to load your mouth up with tons of chemicals? You don't have to think Fluoride is the terrible and prevents the absorption of minerals by your teeth, to want a simple homemade toothpaste recipe. (Medical News Today: Why do we have Fluoride in our water?)
I have used this for many years, and my teeth are just as clean as with commercial toothpastes.
2 parts baking soda
3-5 parts coconut oil
5 parts calcium powder (optional bone builder)
essential oils for flavor (optional flavor)
xylitol (optional sweetener)
- Mix all powders in a bowl.
- Add coconut oil until the toothpaste is to your desire consistency.
- Optional: Mix in essential oils for flavor.
Homemade Toothpaste: Ingredients Revealed
Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
This is the cleaning agent. It is either naturally mined or created from sodium carbonate. It is a mild alkali, which causes dirt and other particles to dis-attach from their surface and enter the water. The dirt, food particles, etc can then be removed easily with water. Baking soda is only mildly abrasive, so it can remove stuck-on particles without damage to your teeth.
Consistency and anti-bacterial. Coconut oil is often used by itself (calling oil pulling), without anything else as tooth cleaners. Coconut oil is amazing versatile but here we are using it for it's anti-bacterial properties. It also creates a good consistency to hold the powders together into a paste-like substance.
Bone builder. Your teeth can absorb the calcium to make itself stronger right from your saliva. You don't need to wait for the calcium to hit your stomach, then be absorbed in your digestive track and passed to your teeth. I listed this powdered calcium as optional because it doesn't clean your teeth, and it can be a little more difficult to find. You of course can order it on amazon (Powdered Calcium), or you can ground up natural sources of calcium like eggshells.
Flavor. I don't use essential oils in my toothpaste, but one could add mint. I don't mind the subtle coconut flavor, so I choose not to add any addition flavorings. Some essential oils have other properties that should be considered before using orally.
Sweetener. You may find other homemade toothpaste recipes that include Xylitol as a sweetener to counteract the potentially bitter taste of the baking soda. I don't find this to be an issue, as it only tastes mildly of coconut. So I leave the sweetener out, but that is personal preference. Some may take beef at using xylitol at all, but I just mean to list it as an option.
We hope we have equipped you to consider other alternatives to commercial toothpaste. Or just know what other options may be available if standard toothpaste is now. Mix and change ingredients to fit your preferences; it may take a few times to completely switch from "real" toothpaste.
Would you consider creating your own homemade toothpaste? Let us know below.
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