DIY: Toothpaste

FullSizeRenderHello, again! I was recently whipping up another batch of my toothpaste to cover me for my travel abroad and thought you may like to try this one for yourself. It is quite an easy recipe, and with it, you will no longer have to wonder what those long, hard-to-pronounce words are on the toothpaste label that have nothing to do with oral health or throw out your tube after just one use. This recipe is healthy for you, your smile and our shared Earth.

Essential Oils: Besides adding great flavor, and depending on the essential oil you choose to use, many have antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties to name a few.

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Baking Soda: If used with light pressure, as is recommended whenever brushing your teeth, baking soda is gentle and effective at removing stains and plaque and is a natural breath freshener. Baking soda is not nearly as abrasive as most people realize, myself included. Its RDA rating, which measures how abrasive a given substance is, is a 7. This rating is drastically lower than the majority of toothpastes on the market natural or otherwise.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Used primarily in toothpastes and mouth rinses for its whitening capability, hydrogen peroxide is also a disinfectant that prevents plaque formation leading to gum inflammation. It should be used in low quantities so as not to cause irritation of the oral cavity or increase the porosity of the teeth.

Vegetable Glycerin: This ingredient provides a protective coating on the teeth that keeps the surface slippery, thus preventing bacteria from being able to hang out on our teeth and cause decay. It is a great solvent and humectant that helps blend your toothpaste ingredients as well as preventing the paste from drying out. Vegetable glycerin also has a sweet taste which adds to the overall flavor of the toothpaste. There is much debate out there regarding using vegetable glycerin in toothpaste. However, after researching this ingredient myself, I chose to continue using it. If it is an ingredient you would like to avoid, you can substitute coconut oil.

Xylitol: Aside from adding natural, plant-based sweetness to your toothpaste, xylitol touts a number of benefits based on the fact that it is a sugar alcohol. This means that the bacteria that normally sit on our teeth and cause tooth decay actually starve since they aren’t able to metabolize xylitol. Similarly, our bodies do not metabolize sugar alcohol as sugar and thus xylitol does not affect insulin. Xylitol also increases the mineral absorption of our teeth, making them stronger. Just make sure the xylitol you are purchasing is non-gmo, as it is primarily a corn-derived product.

I have been making and using this recipe for 4 years, 2 dentists, and multiple dental hygienists. Upon telling them that I make my own toothpaste and asking them for their professional opinion on the ingredients, many have wanted the recipe and all have found that my teeth are in perfect health. Additionally, I have experienced no more tooth sensitivity since making my own paste, which is the original reason for this recipe’s creation.

Homemade Toothpaste

Makes approximately 3/4c

Ingredients:

1/2c baking soda, packed

2T xylitol

1T + 1t vegetable glycerin

1/2t essential oil of your choice (I have tried and like peppermint, wintergreen and spearmint)

1T hydrogen peroxide

Directions:

Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer. Let sit, covered, on the counter for 10 minutes. Check consistency, and make adjustments as needed. Let sit, lightly covered, for a few hours or overnight to allow for bubbles to settle out. Funnel into a glass jar or squeeze tube for easy use. If using a tube, make sure the lining will not be reactive with the ingredients in the recipe. Also, there may be some separation that occurs between brushings, so be sure to stir or shake before using.

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