I just made a fresh pot of my homemade toothpaste last night, so it’s only appropriate that this should be my first post 🙂
I have been using ‘natural toothpaste’ for more than 10 years now, however, I was always flicking around to different brands and never really satisfied with one or the other. One thing that I truly missed from the regular (not natural) product ranges was one that desensitised my teeth so I could enjoy the occasional ice cream or iceblock. I have had sensitive for as long as I have had adult teeth in my mouth and making a pucker face while eating ice cream should only be reserved for the elderly. So for the sake of my own social etiquette, I have been searching for a solution. Now I have found the answer, tried and tested.
It has been about 6 months using my homemade toothpaste and I’m not looking back. So simple to make and great results. As this recipe has coconut oil in it, during the winter months its good to make the mix a bit like sand rather than a paste to make it easier to get out of the pot – personal preference of course. Once it hits your mouth it will work the same either way. Just like regular toothpaste, spit it out after you finish brushing.
- Whiter teeth
- Completely natural
- Only a few ingredients and
- You can choose your flavour (important if you are taking homoeopathic remedies)
- 5 Parts Calcium Carbonate Powder
- 2 Parts Bicarb soda
- 1-3 Parts Coconut oil
- 0.5 Bentonite Clay
- 20 drops essential oil – eg. peppermint, orange, cinnamon (if you can eat it, its ok to use as an oil in the toothpaste).
- Optional – xylitol ground finely for taste
Calcium is what your teeth are made out of, it helps with the remineralising, along with the bentonite clay which is full of trace minerals. This remineralisation fills in all the small little holes that are the cause of sensitive teeth. The trace minerals and calcium hold hands with each other to create better absorption into the enamel. Bentonite clay also aids in absorbing the nasties so when you spit it out they go with it. Coconut oil whitens teeth and contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Bicarb assists with cleaning off the furry bits and leftover food so it gives you a clean mouthfeel. Essential oil adds flavour. Xylitol adds the sweet flavour and is PH neutral in your mouth so its good for teeth. I don’t mind a slightly salty toothpaste so I leave the xylitol out.
Some examples of essential oils NOT to use would be eucalyptus and tea tree in large doses as they can be toxic. If you are aware how far you can push this envelope, then do so at your own risk. If you’re not sure, pick a different essential oil.
It’s also a good idea to put in a container that doesn’t leach any toxins, you are putting this stuff in your mouth remember? I use glass, but you could use stainless steel or tin, BPA free plastic is ok too – however, I have my doubts about it (an article for another day).
Don’t like this recipe? tweak it to suit your own preferences, that’s the beauty of it. Write your recipe tweaks below 🙂