03 Jan A Guide To DIY Toothpaste
For those of you who have a hard time deciding in the toothpaste aisle, or hate most of the ingredients present in most toothpaste’s, did you know that you can effectively make your own toothpaste? Even if you are tight with money and can’t afford that tube of toothpaste, there’s a good chance you can make a good replacement right in your kitchen with ingredients that may already be present! Here are some commonly used ingredients:
- The addition of coconut oil is highly beneficial, adds good consistency, and offers much benefit to your mouth as it is a great anti-fungal and anti-bacterial; coconut oil was mentioned in a previous article about the benefits of oil pulling.
- Baking soda aids in whiting the teeth as well as prevents tooth decay and gum disease.
- Sea salt is a gentle abrasive, fights against tooth decay and gum disease as it neutralized the acids in your mouth. Himalayan Pink salt is a great choice and is pretty looking too!
- Hydrogen peroxide is excellent at killing bad bacteria, but if using hydrogen peroxide do not swallow the toothpaste; to make a version that is safe to swallow you can use food-grade hydrogen peroxide.
- Peppermint (or any other mint) food-grade oil is a good way to make your toothpaste taste great!
- Stevia helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay by inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
- Cinnamon is a strong antibacterial, and offers pain relief to sensitive teeth!
- Xylitol is known to be excellent for teeth, as it helps re-mineralize your tooth enamel, keeps the PH balance neutral, and prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth, preventing gum disease and tooth decay. (Warning Xylitol is harmful to animals)
- Bentonite Clay can be added to be used a gentle abrasive.
- Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (any flavor) can be used, as it is a multipurpose cleaner that is safe to brush your teeth with!
Lastly, you can add or remove any ingredient that you like; there is no wrong way to do this, so get creative! To start, mix all ingredients into a small bowl, combining thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Adjust to desired texture and taste, then scoop it onto your toothbrush and brush as usual! If using hydrogen peroxide, make sure to store toothpaste in an opaque container.
|Coconut Oil/Sea Salt/Baking Soda Toothpaste
Baking soda/Bentonite Clay/Coconut Oil Toothpaste
|Castile Soap/Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Bentonite Clay/Sea Salt/Coconut Oil Toothpaste