Toothpaste is an essential part of anyone’s day. You use it without really thinking about it – it’s a toothpaste, what’s there to think about?
But have you actually read through the ingredients on your toothpaste? Probably not.
If you did, you’d think again before using it. Commercial toothpaste is often full of harmful ingredients. However, you can also make your own.
Here is more on natural DIY toothpaste and how to make it.
Natural DIY toothpaste benefits
So, we’ve already covered the fact that toothpastes that you get from the store are full of harmful ingredients. Some of them are fluoride, sulfate and various other chemicals that really shouldn’t be placed in someone’s mouth.
But, fortunately, there’s also the option of making your own, natural toothpaste. Here are some of the benefits of it:
There are no harmful chemicals
The regular toothpaste often contains the antibacterial chemical which leads to resistance to antibiotics. They also disrupt the endocrine system and create a wide variety of health problems that go as far as getting cancer. Fluoride is toxic as well and there’s a lot of it in the toothpaste. But you wouldn’t put that in your own, natural toothpaste.
It’s good against cavities
Using coconut-based toothpastes can help you reduce the cavities because it reduces the amount of bacteria that causes it and it also removes plaque.
There’s no foaming
Toothpaste also contains sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate as well as sodium lauryl sulfate which are all chemicals that contribute to the foaming. Innocent enough, you may think. But in truth, these chemicals affect your taste buds. Know that terrible bitter taste you get after brushing? Well, these chemicals are to blame. But coconut based toothpaste brings none of these problems and it still has antibacterial properties.
Homemade toothpaste is cheaper
Small amounts of toothpaste made at home will keep your mouth clean and it can last for months. It’s also very cheap to make.
They are easy to make
Your own toothpaste recipes are easy to follow and you can make it with flavors you like. Add some mint essential oil for a classic toothpaste taste or pick other flavors. Peppermint is antibacterial and one of the best choices for your mouth but there is also cinnamon essential oil which has numerous medicinal properties and spearmint essential oil which is an antiseptic.
Is DIY toothpaste effective?
Toothpaste is not just something you regularly use, but also something that people have been making for centuries. The oldest recipe was found in ancient Egypt and it contained salt, mint, iris and pepper. This is a powder that then turns into a paste when it comes in touch with saliva.
Today, we have numerous toothpaste choices. Most of them are made of chemicals that are actually harmful and not so similar to the original recipe. However, you have the option to make your own. It’s a great alternative.
But you may be wondering if it’s effective.
DIY toothpaste usually contains baking soda, coconut oil, sea salt and essential oils. So, you know exactly what is going into your mouth. With commercial options, not so much.
Studies have shown that the homemade recipes can be just as effective as removing the plaque from teeth. They can also help your breath be fresher if you add essential oils.
But, they don’t contain fluoride. This ingredient reduces your chances of tooth decay. Then again, some people call fluor the industrial waste, which, you must admit, is not a good title. And even though all of the toothpastes you can buy have been approved by FDA, some people still opt for natural solutions.
DIY Toothpaste recipes
The world is turning organic on most things – food, beauty products, even linen. However, while we care a lot about what we put in our stomachs and on our skin, we often think nothing of the toothpaste. And the fact is, it’s one of the least organic ingredients in your routine.
However, making your own toothpaste can also damage your teeth. So, you need a good recipe for that – one that will help you but not deteriorate your teeth.
Let’s start with the ‘why’ of DIY toothpaste. Commercial brand toothpaste usually contains some of these harmful ingredients:
- Triclosan which is pesticide and it disrupts the hormones
- SLS which causes canker sores
- Artificial coloring linked to ADHD
- Fluoride which is toxic when swallowed and it doesn’t work in toothpaste
- Titanium dioxide which makes it white but serves no purpose and it’s not good for you
- Abrasive ingredients which make the teeth sensitive
- Glycerine which isn’t toxic but it’s a soap
So, what can you use in your DIY toothpaste?
- Coconut oil because it not only cleans your teeth but it also improves your gut health. It might also reduce bacteria that’s causing cavities. However, make sure that you do brush and floss.
- Trace mineral drops which are great in removing the bad stuff from water and your mouth. Not too much, though, since it removes the good things too.
- Crushed cacao nibs which promote remineralisation better than fluoride does, much more safely too.
- Bentonite clay because it has natural polishing abilities and it’s alkaline which reduces the acidity in your mouth, promotes remineralisation and balances the bacteria in your mouth.
- Xylitol is great for reducing the amount of bacteria that’s causing cavities, but not too much since it’s a sweetener.
- Baking soda, a famous ingredient because it restores alkalinity to your mouth and it’s not too abrasive.
These have been the best ingredients for your DIY toothpaste. But, there are also ingredients commonly found in DIY toothpaste recipes all over the web that should never be used. Here they are:
- Anything acidic because your mouth’s pH should be neutral. Get pH strips to test your toothpaste when you make it.
- Hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening ingredient but it’s not good for a toothpaste. For it to work, it needs to be on the teeth for a while and not just for that small duration of brushing. It should also not be on the gums, tongue or any other soft tissues because this can speed up ageing.
- Essential oils are a surprising ingredient but the best dentists say that because it kills bacteria, it shouldn’t be used in the mouth.
Baking soda, on its own, makes for a perfectly good toothpaste on its own and you don’t have to do anything else except brush with it. Of course, you can always add more of the good ingredients to this recipe.
Some people choose not to use toothpaste at all which is also perfectly fine.
Now that you know all about the good ingredients for a DIY toothpaste recipe, you can make your own. Here is the best recipes:
Recipe Cacao Nibs Toothpaste
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp bentonite clay – food grade
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp Xylitol
- 2 capsules probiotics FOS
- 2 capsules spore based probiotic
- ½ tsp cacao powder
- 1 ½ tsp ginger powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vitamin E
- 4 tbsp water
Here is what you will need to do:
- Melt coconut oil
- Put clay, baking soda, xylitol, FOS, cacao, probiotic, ginger, cinnamon in a food processor or blender until combined
- Put one tablespoon of coconut oil into the blender and mix again
- Add vitamin E oil, the rest of coconut oil and blend again
- The mixture should be mixed well and runny
- Add the water and blend again until mixed well
- Transfer to a glass container or a tube
Natural and Organic toothpaste
If you are not in a DIY mode or just think it’s too much work, you are in luck – there are plenty of natural toothpastes out there. Here are some of the best options:
Radius Organic Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Hello Sensitivity Relief Fluoride Toothpaste
Tom's of Maine Cavity Protection Natural Toothpaste
Jason Simply Coconut Strengthening Coconut Mint Toothpaste
Dr. Bronner's All One Toothpaste