I have switched out all my beauty products and make-up to natural, organic and homemade products. Toothpaste is the last thing I have still bought from store. I havent found the natural toothpaste we like, they are either really pricy, dont give the wanted result, or still contain some harmful ingridients. I have seen many different recipes and most of them include baking soda. Baking soda toothpastes are good at getting stains out because they are abrasive, but that also means they’re hard on enamel. If I feel a need to polish my teeth I’ll occasionally make a paste with coconut oil and baking soda, but it’s not something I would use every day. I am thrilled to have found a replacement that I actually enjoy using and have fun making. I like that I can tweak the recipe depending on my personal preference at the time (sweeter, minty, fruity, etc- it’s all about what essential oils I use). There’s no doubt these natural toothpastes give you an excellent clean and a fresh mouth feel (many people claim they’ve reduced the amount of plaque build-up on their teeth quite significantly), but be aware that they don’t foam up like conventional paste and if you use bicarb soda it will taste salty. It can take some getting used to. Just warning you!
The list of ingredients in commercial toothpastes is a little frightening, to say the least. On the labels of many mainstream brands, you’re likely to find one or more of the following ingredients:
Triclosan – This is an antibacterial agent and preservative used in some toothpastes.Triclosan has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor, a skin irritant, and can cause allergic reactions in some cases.
Aspartame, Sachharin – These are artificial sweeteners that often show up in toothpaste formulas. Each has been linked to some serious health problems and should be avoided altogether.
Sorbitol – A liquid that keeps toothpaste from drying out, sorbitol has laxative effects that can cause diarrhea if too much is swallowed.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – SLS is a foaming agent and detergent that is added to most commercial toothpastes. This ingredient is dangerous because the production of SLS results in contamination with a carcinogenic by-product. Studies on SLS have shown it can have many detrimental effects on the body. I like my suds, but not at the expense of my overall health.
FD&C Blue Dye No. 2 – That fun color stripe in your toothpaste is most likely from a synthetic dye. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends avoiding these artificial dyes in personal care products because of the adverse impact they can have, including hyperactivity in children, allergic reactions, and even cancer (in animal studies).
Fluoride – This ingredient in toothpaste deserves the attention of an entire article, but putting it simply, fluoride is toxic! It is considered a drug that is added to our toothpaste (and our municipal water supplies), and it alters the body when we use it . Too much fluoride can have some serious effects on the body including, but not limited to, fluorosis (spotting and discoloration on teeth). In fact, the FDA now requires all manufacturers to put a poison warning on all fluoride toothpaste. I’m serious, go look at your toothpaste label.
Search SkinDeep Database for toothpaste to find data about your current toothpaste for find a safest option if making your own toothpaste is not for you.
4 Tbs Coconut Oil
4 Tbs Bentonite Clay (Monromillonite clay or/and Kaolin clay)
2 – 3 Tbs filtered water
1/2 tsp Real sea salt
10 – 15 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops of liquid Stevia
1. Mix coconut oil, clay, and salt in a small bowl. Start with just one tablespoon of water. Working with the back of a spoon, “cream” the ingredients together and add more water until you like the consistency. (If you choose to add in a few drops of liquid stevia, this is the step to do it).
2. Add in the peppermint oil (or cinnamon or orange) and then mix until well combined. Store in air tight container.
Place a pea-size amount on your toothbrush and the brush. Not too hard. Not too long. Just enough to make your mouth happy. Rinse. (Although it’s safe to consume in case your kiddies don’t rinse very well.)
Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that help keep your mouth clean.
Mineral clay (Montromillonite and/or Kaolin) is a polishing cleanser with antibacterial properties that has been used for centuries to promote digestive health. It’s also been known to help remineralize the teeth.
Real sea salt helps to gently scrub teeth and also has some antibacterial properties.
Peppermint essential oil add that minty freshness that so many people have come to love about commercial toothpastes.
Stevia is a natural sweetner made from herb leaves and its extract is about 300 times stronger than sugar.