Okay, so the biggest question most people have is: WHY? Why make your own toothpaste? What’s the point? There are plenty of them out there.
True statement. On the other hand, how many of us know what’s actually IN the toothpaste? I’m not talking about the two MAIN ingredients that are listed but all components of it.
I’ve never been the type to totally take things for face value. I question things and I’m not convinced of something simply because the masses believe it.
Now let’s talk about the main ingredient in commercial toothpaste: FLOURIDE. I’m not a doctor and won’t pretend to be. However, by simply doing a little research on fluoride you can find that it may not be the healthiest choice for HUMANS. The question for the consumer then comes down to: Do you care? And whether through ignorance or simply apathy–we all make a choice. Some would flat out give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to the previous questions while others just don’t care to get into the behind the scenes of all the propaganda.
That’s not me.
We are all so quick to say the government is behind this or behind that (when it’s relevant to something we care about). But if it’s something as trivial as TOOTHPASTE—who cares, right?
Wrong. There are people who have done enough research to understand that while fluoride is helpful under certain circumstances, it can clearly be understood that it isn’t meant to go in our mouths. Fluoride is used to clean heavy metals, and my mouth is not a heavy metal. Some people feel like, “Well we’re not consuming it; we’re only brushing with it. Is that harmful too?”
Let’s get back to the basics: Was fluoride being used hundreds of years ago for what it’s being used for today? If they didn’t need fluoride back then to maintain oral health, why do we need it now?
Inquisitive as I am, I often wonder what people did years ago and before all the technology that’s so easily accessible today. Or what about other cultures that live on a much more basic level, many of them having the tendency to live longer than those of us so “blessed” to be in high-class societies, such as America. I try to minimize the unnecessary, and for me–switching to an all-natural toothpaste has not only given me peace of mind about how I take care of my mouth but I enjoy it so much more!
For about six months now, I have been experimenting with different homemade toothpaste recipes. Currently, I am happy with two variations that I will share below. My reason for transitioning over to all natural toothpastes is easy: it’s safer, healthier, and yields better results (IMHO).
I wish I could take credit for this, but for the first recipe I have—I just follow what I found from Ashley’s Green Life (on YouTube), who got her recipe from the Crunchy Catholic Momma blog. (Here’s the link to Ashley’s YouTube video: http://youtu.be/xzFuXFOqQBY)
I loveeee the recipe—it’s been working for me, so I’m sticking with it! And I get such a fulfillment out of creating this that I would recommend you do it at least once! (P.S. It only take 5 minutes!)
Here’s what it calls for:
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (I make sure it’s soft/room temperature; if not, I melt it over the stove ever-so-slightly)
- 5 Tbs. Xylitol (I purchase mine from the Vitamin Shoppe)
- 2 tsp. Pure Peppermint Oil (NOW brand from Whole Foods)
Now, the second recipe is just a spin off from the first and is actually my favorite of the two. It’s the same recipe with added ingredients, and therefore a few changes in how much of one specific ingredient you may use. The Bentonite Clay Homemade Toothpaste recipe is the exact same recipe with bentonite clay added along with a few drops of trace minerals. Some people add all sorts of other things, and one day I will experiment more–but I’m just satisfied with the outcome thus far.
I briefly want to go over why these ingredients are being used.
Baking Soda – this is the major cleansing agent
Coconut Oil – antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal! Studies have shown that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay; it also helps create the pasty consistency that would be lost if the baking soda stood alone
Xylitol – this is an all-natural sweetener that combats against the saltiness of the baking soda while also
Peppermint Oil – this adds flavor and gives that minty taste we’re used to
*I have a video that I plan to upload as soon as it gets edited to show the exact process of making the recipe