Everyone is familiar with toothpaste. While nearly all of us are cognizant of the healthy, or not-so-healthy, elements of foods and meals, not everyone is aware of potentially detrimental impacts of toothpaste. We do after all consume toothpaste whether we like it or not. While brushing your teeth, what you don’t accidentally swallow can be absorbed through the tongue and gums.
Traditional toothpaste often contains ingredients that can be harmful if ingested in large quantities. Some, like sodium fluoride and triclosan, are included in pesticides – or are even classified as a pesticide. Some ingredients such as diethanolamine, known as DEA, is used to make toothpaste foam – but have been linked to cancer. Is a foaming toothpaste that important to you?
Does this mean we should stop cleaning our teeth? What can you do? Simple: make your own toothpaste, of course! You may be surprised how easily you can take care of your own teeth health needs.
Here is a recipe for a homemade toothpaste, using ingredients you can find in your kitchen cabinet. Feel free to adjust the oil/baking soda ratio to meet your preferences. Using this toothpaste in addition to oil pulling (which we can talk about in another post) helps my teeth stay white and feel smooth and clean!
- 3 Tbs coconut oil
- 2 Tbs baking soda
- 1/2 Tsp sea salt
- 20 drops peppermint oil (feel free to use any flavor oil you prefer)
- 10 drops lemon oil
- 1 Tbs. xylitol, optional
If you try this, please let us know what you think. Also, if you discover a great flavor you made and wish to share with others, please leave your comment here!