This is a guide to making your own toothpaste. There are some good fluoride-free toothpastes on the market but there are definite benefits to making your own toothpaste.
Saving money in the long run.
You can vary the methods in how you make it to suit the tastes of children or individuals in your family.
You know exactly what is in it.
Apart from not containing any fluoride, your homemade toothpaste won’t contain any:
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) - a chemical foaming agent which can cause skin irritation.
Glycerin - there have been studies that Glycerin leaves a coating on the teeth which leads to the teeth not being able to re-mineralise naturally, causing tooth decay.
And above all else, it won’t contain any fluoride. There are plenty of sources and research explaining why fluoride is bad for you. Below are a few links about the issue, although there are many sources on the internet:
However, this article isn’t about convincing anyone that fluoride is bad. That is for you to find out for yourself if you wish ☺ Continue reading for my preferred variation of your own all-natural toothpaste.
4 tbs coconut oil (anti-microbial, among other boundless health benefits)
3 tbs Bentonite clay (extremely good for you, no need to worry about swallowing it. Helps re-mineralise the teeth and heal tooth decay)
3 tbs filtered water
˝ tsp Himalayan sea salt (good for scrubbing off any plaque)
3 tbs pure baking soda
10 drops 100% pure peppermint essential oil (tastes beautiful)
Method Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Keep adding the water slowly until you get to the desired texture that you want in your toothpaste. Vary the amounts equally depending on how much toothpaste you want to make. Spoon the mixture into an airtight container.
You can purchase all of these items at the health store 'Mrs Flannery's' in Australia and most likely any other health store. Bentonite Clay is also known as 'Green Clay' and is a very affordable price. It is best if you can get these items certified organic.
If you live in Australia, you can buy a reverse osmosis filter that filters out all heavy metals and fluoride.
In regards to the essential oil, you can vary what oil you use such as citrus oils, cinnamon etc depending on the taste you are after.
If you're unsure or concerned about the safety of ingesting essential oils, there are other alternatives you can use. Especially if you are worried about your children swallowing excessive amounts of the toothpaste when they brush.
Good alternatives are:
xylitol (there have been studies that xylitol can help heal cavities)
If you prefer not to use baking soda in this recipe it will still work fine without it.
Remember not to dip the toothbrush into the container when brushing. Use a clean finger or butter knife to put it onto your toothbrush each time, to avoid bacteria getting into the toothpaste.
It is worth a mention that it is important to clean your toothbrush regularly. A toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria. A good way to clean it is to add some diluted tea tree oil to a glass and leave the toothbrush to soak in it overnight. This will get rid of a lot of the bacteria.
It may be a good idea to prepare the toothpaste outside, as the clay can make the process quite messy.