Many new years resolutions revolve around weight loss and health yet a vital key to health, mouth health, is often neglected. Ick Mouth can make your sick! And I'm determined to keep my teeth until I die- I love eating too much. This year I'm launching monthly experiments and my friend Jill had an interesting hypothesis on homemade toothpaste that I'm going to test. I made some changes to this recipe. I'll have to try their addition of Myrrh Gumm Powder to fight inflammation and liquid minerals for remineralization for the next batch I make.
Hypothesis: She theorized that the xylitol present even in the most natural factory made toothpastes could be fermenting in your mouth and contributing to bad breath. I theorize it could be feeding bacteria. Either way, I love the idea of forgoing all chemicals and experimenting with my own toothpaste. It's super easy, costs pennies, and feels squeaky clean without burning and foaming like conventional toothpaste.
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Sea Salt
3 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay*
3/4 Teaspoon Green Stevia Powder (optional for sweetness)
30-40 Drops Food Grade Peppermint Essential Oil
1 airtight jar to store it in to keep it safe
1 Popsicle stick or plastic applicator to apply the paste to your toothbrush if you don't want to dip your brush into a jar.
* Bentonite clay is said to absorb toxins, impurities, and heavy metals due to its magnetic charge. Great for the mouth! You can replace the bentonite clay with the same amount of baking soda.
Step 1 - Step 3: Pour your coconut oil, baking soda, bentonite clay, stevia powder, and essential oil into a mixing bowl or the small airtight jar of your choice. Step 4: Mix all your ingredients together well with a fork, I'd do this on top of a towel, it can make a huge mess!
Feel free to experiment with what works best for you with the recipe, you really can't go wrong as long as it has baking soda, coconut oil, and mint oil. It wasn't as gritty as I liked, I'm used to using straight baking soda, but less grit is better for our gums.
Making your own toothpaste isn't just insanely cheap, it's also a way to avoid sulfates, sugars, and other chemicals that are a detriment to your health. The natural organic ones are a better choice but many do contain sulfates and/or glycerin which may prevent teeth from remineralizing. Due to the nature of virgin oil, the toothpaste will be very solid if it's cold in your house or stored in your refrigerator and more pasty/liquid if it's warmer in your home. And don't forget to floss every day! Many holistic books and articles I read recommend water pics over flossing like ShowerFloss that I'll invest in soon. This year I resolve to brush after every meal, it's fun with this toothpaste.
Related: My DIY 100% Natural Organic Deodorant is the best. Ever.
Have you ever tried making your own toothpaste? Would love it if you had any natural toothpaste experiments to share in the comments. Let's talk teeth and going green for the new year.