An Aversion to Store Bought Toothpaste
I never liked the sudsy feeling of brushing my teeth. I wondered what caused that soapy sensation in my mouth. I looked up the ingredients on my tube of toothpaste, to find out exactly what was in it.
The ingredients in most commercial toothpaste are questionable at best. As it turns out, the foaming agent in my former toothpaste is called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. When I read about it, I decided is not necessary and has no real benefit to oral health. In fact, many studies have proven SLS to be dangerous to my health.
I was also concerned about fluoride. I've always been told it is good for my teeth, but many people believe it is toxic. This notion can be supported by many scientific studies, and I have decided that fluoride is poisonous.
Healthy and Safe Ingredients
A Search for Healthier (and Cheaper!) Ingredients
I learned that baking soda is very effective at cleansing teeth. Baking soda has a very mild abrasive quality, which scrubs the plaque and germs off of teeth. It is also far less harsh on teeth than most commercial toothpastes. I also read that coconut oil is very health for teeth, and is an ingredient in many homemade toothpaste recipes. These two products are staples in my home. They can be purchased at most grocery stores.
I also figured out that by making my own toothpaste, I'd be saving myself some money. So, I ditched my tube and whipped up my own batch.
How I Make My Own Toothpaste
This recipe is so simple that it takes about five minutes to make.
- 5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 5 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 20 drops Pure Peppermint Oil
4. 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
That's right! I figured out that adding the vanilla extract gave the toothpaste a touch of sweetness, cutting out the bitter taste of the baking soda.
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mash them up, until it becomes pasty. This came in handy-a bowl and masher set that I use for making baby food. Once I mash the paste, I transfer it to a sealed container.
Mix and Mash
A Simple and Safe Alternative
I now have peace of mind, because I'm not allowing unnecessary toxins into my body. Coconut oil has been shown to strengthen teeth. Since I've been using this toothpaste, I have had no dental problems. I like the taste better, too.
This toothpaste can be kept at room temperature, unless your house gets hotter than about 75 degrees. If it gets hot, it will melt, so refrigerating it will be best.
I recently read that commercial toothpastes contain plastic. Polyethylene particles has been shown to become embedded in the gums. I feel confident that baking soda is far safer and less abrasive than the name brand toothpaste. Here is an informative article about the plastic in commercial toothpaste: http://www.dentalbuzz.com/2014/03/04/crest-imbeds-plastic-in-our-gums/
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Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on March 08, 2017:
Great hub. Wonderful advice I might add.
I have not, being honest, used your recipe, but in my younger years, I have used the baking soda by itself with cold water and brushed my teeth.
It did not hurt me in the least.
Nice writing style too.
Keep up the great work.
Ann810 from Sunny Cali on June 14, 2016:
Thanks, this information is very useful. I'm just now finding out that fluoride is harmful for teeth and gums, because I recently watched a YouTube video about it. At the moment my new homemade toothpaste is mixed: baking soda, coconut oil, cinnamon, and pure 100% raw honey.
The homemade paste makes my teeth feel fresh and stronger, fluoride toothpaste makes my teeth feel sensitive and gums were throbbing after eating or drinking citrus foods. Also just sent this article-link to my daughters email.
bizg from USA on May 22, 2014:
Amazing! I use Tom's toothpaste( fluoride free) just because that exact reason that some ingredients I felt were not safe. This one seems awesome.Thanks for sharing it.