The idea of making your own toothpaste might be a new idea for you but it is a great way to know EXACTLY what is in your toothpaste! Normally, I would buy Tom’s fluoride free toothpaste. I unfortunately don’t live anywhere near a place that sells this kind of toothpaste and I’m in a rut if I run out before I am in an area where I can buy some. That’s when I decided to make my own!
I won’t go into detail why I choose to use fluoride free toothpaste. Personally, I don’t think it is good to consume (and yes, your body takes in whatever goes in your mouth even if you don’t swallow it) fluoride especially since the process of fluoridation is already practiced with our cities’ water supply. This means that small amounts of fluoride are added to the water we drink, and it is not easy to remove.
In addition to this, I like to know everything that goes into my body and I try to not use any ingredients I have never heard of.
My toothpaste consists of two main ingredients; baking soda and coconut oil.
Baking soda is an abrasive that is not harsh on your teeth and can restore pH balance. Being a mild abrasive, it also helps whiten teeth. The baking soda scraps away at the particles on your teeth that can make them look yellow.
Coconut oil is actually a great germ fighter. It is antifungal, antibacterial, and studies have shown that it may even fight plaque causing bacteria on your teeth!
You also get to control how sweet and minty your toothpaste turns out. I like my toothpaste VERY minty. For some reason I correlate that the more minty my mouth feels after brushing, the cleaner it is!
Recipe (Makes about ½ cup)
Mix together in a container
- 4 tbsp baking soda
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 10-15 drops of peppermint extract (not flavor)
- 10 drops of liquid stevia (xylitol works too)
Store in an air-tight container.