Here is my recipe for some healthy homemade toothpaste. WARNING: You are advised to closely monitor any DIY toothpaste to make sure your teeth are going well and always consult a dentist. If you are already sugar-free and have a high nutrient diet enjoy watching your teeth improve in colour and health! (Slightly yellow is the strongest enamel). For more research you may want to study the work of Weston Price who combined nutrition and dentistry and even today, still has many advocates and opponents, so you can be sure of a balanced review.
I would also suggest you study the work of Dr Ralph Steinman on re-mineralization of teeth, Dr Melvin Page and George Heard as well as Dr’s Edward and May Mellanby.
1/2 Cup of organic virgin coconut oil (liquid form which occurs at about 24 degrees)
1.5 TBSP of sodium bicarbonate
0.5 tsp of Peppermint oil (my preferred sweetener)
Other sweetener options to use as you like:
- 1 small pinch of stevia powder
- 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
Mix coconut oil and sodium bicarb together in a room temperature above about 24 degrees where the oil is reasonably fluid. As temp drops the solution can get quite hard. Depending on your taste, add the sweetener and mix well. You will grow to enjoy the simplicity and light saltiness in the taste of the two active ingredients.
While manageable, place the solution in a jar or container. Keep in a cool cupboard and dip your toothbrush in each use. If it stays liquid the sodium will settle to the bottom of the oil so remix and cool again or simply stir with a spoon or your toothbrush each time you use it. In winter I just put it in a jar with a teaspoon and scoop it out as it remains quite solid. I would suggest using our natural tooth whitener as required (about every 3 – 6 months) as well to remove stains from your teeth. Now that you have not glycerine and other rubbish coating your teeth they will stain a little. Remember that a yellow enamel is a stronger enamel.
Important: You will also need to remember to run hot water down the sink occasionally to ensure that no oil waste (from rinsing) sets in the sink pipes.
Merits of the mix:
Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Baking soda helps whiten teeth by cleaning off stains and also provides a very light detergent feel while brushing. The optional peppermint oil (my preferred) and stevia is only for taste only and may help kids transition to the new taste.
Why use homemade toothpaste and not buy a healthy organic paste?
Natural toothpastes from the store can be expensive and contain glycerin. Glycerin is a chemical that sticks to your teeth forming a layer that takes about 15 washes to thoroughly remove. This glycerin coating acts as a barrier to nutrients and minerals being absorbed from the food you consume. Your teeth ‘potentially’ have the capacity to absorb minerals directly from the food you chew. This also allows them to strengthen and repair. Having glycerin block this process means the tooth relies solely on your body’s nutrients to heal or stay healthy.
You are advised to carry out your own research on this recipe as well as on all ingredients of conventional toothpaste. I personally consider it to be a poisonous product containing many agents which are cancer-causing, albeit likely in small doses.
The reasons for my formula are as follows:
- The area below the tongue and the gums are most sensitive to absorbing anything so I decided I could no longer put poison in my mouth – even if advised not to swallow!
- Coconut oil is really healthy and something we should ingest every day. In fighting bacteria and fungus in the teeth your breath smells better as well. That morning breath was only caused by the saccharin in your commercial paste and you will not experience morning breath again.
- Your toothbrush will never be cleaner! Tests have shown that hundreds of bacteria live in a toothbrush, but with coconut oil based paste, there are no bacteria on the toothbrush.
- Sodium bicarb is not just a great tooth whitener, but very healthy and has even been linked by ‘natural medicine’ to cancer prevention and reduced acidity of your system.
- All toothpaste appears to have glycerin which places a coating over the teeth. While experts are divided on this issue, it may be that teeth are capable of absorbing some minerals from food while you eat as well as work in partnership with saliva which is “balanced” by a healthy diet. There is certainly evidence that the saliva and blood stream can work together to help teeth grow in strength and even repair themselves.
- Try this product and notice the difference to your teeth.
There is also some interesting work from scientist Mike Foale which you should also research.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or dentist so please do your own research on your own health and make an informed decision about what you clean your teeth with, particularly if you still have sugar in your diet. Also remember that there is substantial evidence that the quality of your diet plays a huge role in repairing teeth as well as causing cavities. Also – check your dentist’s teeth – if they look terrible, go and find a new dentist!!!
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