If you’re reading this post you’re probably wondering if conventional toothpaste is the best option for you and your family. In short, I found that the answer is no. Before I go on, I want to clarify that I am not a specialist on this field and this is based on my own research, anecdotal evidence from friends and my own experience. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions.
Keeping your teeth clean is an important aspect of life and should be taken seriously. You can keep a clean mouth and teeth using toothpastes that have better ingredients or you can make your own.
I didn’t know think much about the toothpaste we were using until we started replacing the products we use at home for non-toxic alternatives (check out other recipes here). I started looking into toothpastes, teeth and overall how to keep your mouth healthy. I was surprised to find out that what we eat plays a HUGE role in the health of our teeth.
Yes, it’s important to brush your teeth after every meal but more important is what you are actually eating since those nutrients will go into your teeth and keep them strong or make them prone to cavities. This would explain why my grandma, who just brushed her teeth once at the end of the day, never had cavities. Well that and probably good genetics.
During my research I also learned about tooth remineralization, which means your teeth can remineralize, in other words your teeth can heal a cavity on their own. At first I thought that was nuts until I started meeting people who had gone through this. There’s lots of information on this and I urge you to look into this topics if it interests you. This is a good start and so is the book Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition (kindle version).
I also learned that there are holistic dentists, which have a different approach on your dental health as well as treatments and consider many aspects of your life when treating you. If you’re interested in finding one in your area, start here. I have a dentist I trust very much, back home in Costa Rica, and that’s where I still go yearly to get my teeth checked.
When my first daughter was born I discovered a small cavity and I debated wether I should find a dentist here in the US or wait until my next trip to Costa Rica. I decided this was a good time to try and test this whole remineralization theory so I made my own tooth paste and became my own guinea pig.
I was still nursing and wanted to avoid anesthesia so I knew going to my regular dentist back home was my best bet. While I waited to go there I decided to try and get this cavity healed, I figured worst case if it didn’t work my dentist would take care of it.
I started using this toothpaste recipe and although at first I felt odd (no minty flavor afterwards) I noticed my teeth were looking healthier and cleaner, I wasn’t having any build up anymore and when I finally went to the dentist she told me my cavity was gone. I couldn’t believe it! So we’ve been using our homemade toothpaste for close to 3 years now. It’s very easy and fast to make plus I feel much better brushing my daughter’s teeth with it because it’s all edible.
I have also converted my parents and they’ve been using this toothpaste for over 2 years now. Both loved it and told me they don’t have any build up on their teeth anymore. Their dentist even complemented them on their good oral hygiene (little did she know they started making their own toothpaste). So I’m sharing this recipe with you in case you want to give it a try.
DIY Toothpaste recipe
This recipe makes enough toothpaste to fill 2 4 ounce mason jars. I like to do one for myself and one for my husband since you have dip your toothpaste in it. This last us a little over a month.
- 1/2 cup of Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda
- 4-5 tablespoons of Calcium – Magnesium Citrate
- 2-3 tablespoons of non-GMO xylitol (this is not necessary but helps prevent cavities and gives the toothpaste a sweeter flavor)
- Peppermint oil (optional) – We don’t use this since I didn’t feel comfortable enough to put an essential oil in my mouth and we got used to the taste but if you want a minty flavor, this will do the trick.
Make sure the coconut oil is soft but not liquid. If your oil is rock hard, putting it in the microwave for about 10 seconds will soften it. Mix all ingredients together and it’s ready. It’s that easy!
Once it’s ready I just add half to each 4 ounce mason jar.
You can also make it when the coconut oil is liquid but you will have to mix the ingredients all together one last time before the coconut oil solidifies. Once you’ve made this mixture the mixture won’t get liquid again, even if it’s warm out.
The calcium/magnesium citrate makes it feel a little bubbly in your mouth so don’t be too surprised if you feel it. This is why my toddler loves this toothpaste.
Other health care items:
If you’d like to try out other brands, you can find a list of other non-toxic toothpastes for adults here and for kids here. These toothpastes are not easily found in every store so I always buy them before our trip and bring them with us.
Do you make your own toothpaste? Have you noticed an improvement in your oral health?
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