If you’re looking to contribute as much as possible to reducing your footprint on the environment, and want only the best products for your body and health, you may be interested in trying out some homemade, natural toothpaste! While you can go to the store to purchase all-natural toothpaste such as Tom’s of Maine, there are many benefits to making your own toothpaste, aside from the frugality and cost factor of it. Some of the reasons you may want to switch over to natural toothpaste rather than store-bought brands are:
- Artificial Sweeteners are constantly added to toothpaste to help improve the taste of it. Sorbitol, xylitol, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners are not beneficial to your teeth, and are actually harmful to your overall health. This is one of the main ingredients that making your own toothpaste will remove.
- Fluoride is a constantly argued about ingredient that has both positives and negatives going for it on both sides of the debate. Some individuals may want to avoid using fluoride, while others may want to include it. This is totally up to your personal opinion, but it’s important to do your proper research before you make your decision.
- Triclosan is a chemical that is constantly used in a variety of antibacterial products such as soaps and other washing products. It has been under scrutiny by the FDA recently and is currently being re-evaluated for its safety purposes.
- Glycerin and Surfactants are added to commercially made toothpaste to help with the flavor, consistency, and the coloring of the toothpaste. These are all under-researched chemicals that are constantly being debated and argued about from both sides.
There are many “natural” brands of toothpaste out there now, and more and more are starting to pop up as individuals are starting to realize the harmful effects of many over the counter beauty products such as shampoos, toothpastes, and deodorants.
On to the recipe! This was a recipe that I developed through a lot of trial and error with a variety of ingredients, as well as some guidance from my local dentist, http://www.totalsmilesrichmond.com/, who were extremely helpful throughout my research with the ingredients and overall process!
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda
- Stevia Powder
- Essential Oil (peppermint, cinnamon, etc.)
- Myrrh Extract (optional for use!)
– Melt the coconut oil.
– Mix in the other ingredients, and stir consistently until well blended and the mixture begins to cool.
– Put the mixture into your container of choice (I prefer using small glass mason jars)
– Let the toothpaste cool completely, to use, we take our toothbrush and scrape a small amount onto the bristles. You can also use a small spoon or something similar to scoop out toothpaste to use.
The only downside to creating and using your own toothpaste is the convenience factor – it’s not as simple as putting it into a tube and squeezing it out, but the health benefits that result from using your own natural toothpaste go far beyond convenience!
During my most recent dentist appointment, about 2 months ago, I spoke with them quite thoroughly on the constant debates about fluoride, over the counter toothpaste, and a variety of other dental hygiene related topics that I am consistently reading about.