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This all natural homemade toothpaste has been requested by several people for quite some time. And in all honesty I’ve been putting it off for months because tooth health is tricky. Let me rephrase that. Having healthy teeth isn’t really tricky (hint: eat nourishing real food), but sifting through all the contradicting data can be.

Just like any aspect of healthy living, you can find information to support just about anything. And this is definitely the case with tooth care.

  • Is flouride essential for good teeth or is it poison?
  • Is glycerin an okay ingredient or one that should be avoided?
  • Is baking soda the perfect natural cleanser or is it too abrasive?

I mean, you even have dentists saying that toothpaste of any kind is hurting our enamel.

That’s why I always get leery of using “science” to prove why I do or do not do something. It’s not that I think science is bad. In fact, I like science. It’s just that it is really hard to decipher what’s really true from the countless studies and statistics that prove everything and nothing at the same time.

That’s why I trust history

I know that even history isn’t perfect, because so much of what we learn is based on who’s telling the story… but even so, I do know that there are plenty of cultures who had vibrant healthy smiles and teeth without using our new fancy-schmancy chemical toothpastes. It’s another instance where I feel blessed to have access to real food as my main foundation of good oral health.

What you will NOT find in my homemade toothpaste:

Glycerin

Most regular and natural brands of toothpaste contain glycerin. Once again the information isn’t crystal clear, but I tend to believe the data that describes how glycerin leaves a coating on your teeth which prevents them from being remineralized.

Flouride

My sister-in-law who’s an awesome dental hygienist agree to disagree on the issue of fluoride.  And if you are a huge proponent of fluoride I hope we can do the same. I’m not going to talk much about the dangers of fluoride here, but here are a few articles if you’re interested in learning why I avoid fluoride at all costs:

The Case Against Water Fluoridation

ADA study confirms dangers of fluoridated water, especially for babies

Other not-for-me ingredients

Sodium Lareth Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent and known skin irritant and pesticide. Avoid. Artificial colors and flavors. Avoid. GMO ingredients. Avoid.

You’ll also notice that I don’t put any sweetener in my recipe. Of course, if you really need that in your toothpaste you can add a few drop of liquid stevia, but I just don’t see a need.

And I’ve skipped out on one of the most popular ingredients in homemade toothpaste: Baking Soda. Baking soda toothpastes are good at getting stains out because they are abrasive — but that also means they’re hard on enamel. To me it’s a trade-off that might not be worth it. If I feel a need to polish my teeth I’ll occasionally make a paste with coconut oil and baking soda. But it’s not something I use every day (and it’s also at the recommendation of my awesome holistic dentist who had no issue that I make my own toothpaste!)

So what is IN my homemade toothpaste?

Coconut oil which has antibacterial properties that help keep your mouth clean.

Bentonite clay which is a polishing cleanser with antibacterial properties that has been used for centuries to promote digestive health. It’s also been known to help remineralize the teeth. (Like this.)

Real sea salt which helps to gently scrub teeth and also has some antibacterial properties. (Like this)

Peppermint essential oil which add that minty freshness that so many people have come to love about commercial toothpastes.  (Learn how to get my favorite essential oils at wholesale prices here.)

And just a little filtered water to make it a texture that you like. That’s it! I’ve been using it for well over a year and my teeth are great.

There you go! That’s how I keep mine and my family’s teeth healthy and strong. No cavities for many years for any of us thankyouverymuch.

…and if you’re looking for more inspiration, I really like these other natural toothpaste alternatives.

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Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzette-standring/too-much-toothpaste-damag_b_110419.htmlhttp://endthelie.com/2011/06/08/why-even-most-natural-toothpastes-are-bad-for-your-teeth-and-how-to-make-your-own/#axzz2PLQV09vahttp://www.natural-health-restored.com/reverse-tooth-decay.htmlhttp://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/8-bad-brushing-habits-that-harm-your-teeth

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