One of the first changes I was excited to complete was making my own recipes. I have always been a health nut scientist who enjoys creating their own skin and body care! When I found out how simple it is to make natural toothpaste, I was very excited!
Disclaimer: I understand that many dentist believe that fluoride is an essential part of ones tooth regime as it helps prevent plaque buildup and cavities. I have used fluoride free toothpaste for years, I don't believe it's an issue.
This recipe is loosely inspired by Going Zero Waste's recipe. It only containers three ingredients! Coconut oil, Baking Soda, and Bentonite Clay. Coconut oil is a natural antiseptic, and has recently become trendy with oil pulling. This is when you take a teaspoon of coconut oil, swish it in your mouth, and spit it out. It helps get rid of many of the bad germs into your mouth while still keeping the good healthy germs in there. Instead of adding it as an extra step to my daily routine, I decided to add it to my toothpaste. Baking soda is the only essential when it comes to toothpaste because it helps scrub all the plaque and build up on your teeth. The Bentonite Clay, like the baking soda, helps get rid of the plaque build up, but also pulls the toxins out of your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. Many also add essential oils, like peppermint, to their toothpaste. However I don't mind the taste, so I prefer to not include it.
1 Cup of Coconut oil
1 Tablespoon of baking soda
1 Tablespoon of Bentonite Clay
8-10 drops of peppermint oil (optional)
I have used this recipe for several months know, and I can honestly say it really works. I would be careful of the amount of baking soda you use, as it caused some major sensitivity in my mouth. I have also began to use compostable floss, made out of silk warms, which are always on sale for 2 packs for 6 dollars at my local health foods store, and it lasts just as long as regular floss, as long as you cut each strand in half.
I have also used a toothbrush in the past by the brand Preserve. However, I have officially caught on the bandwagon of bamboo toothbrushes and finally understand the hype! They are effective, soft, and better yet compostable! I am still using up an old bottle of mouth wash, but I can't wait to make my own!