Toothpaste is one of the easiest cosmetics to make yourself! No fancy chemical reactions and no complicated instructions, you just mix all the ingredients together and you're set. Some people have more sensitive teeth and gums than others so be mindful of the effects that you feel when you make the switch. I love the clean and smooth feeling I get after using this toothpaste!
Most conventional toothpastes are full of toxic chemicals. While some of these chemicals seem necessary because they are believed to make our teeth stronger, it is important to recognize their negative side effects. We do not use large amounts of toothpaste, but we do use it every single day! There is not enough research to say that conventional toothpaste has the quantities necessary to create negative side effects, but I believe that safe natural alternatives are always the better option!
Common Ingredients in Conventional Toothpaste
Triclosan: A pesticide linked to antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, cancer, hormonal problems, allergies, and environmental pollution
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A registered insecticide linked to skin irritation, mouth ulcers, allergies, enamel breakdown, canker sores, dry mouth, and releasing carcinogens into the environment
Fluoride: Linked to dental fluorosis, enzyme disruption, neurological dysfunction, endocrine dysfunction, weakened immune system, and gastrointestinal problems
Propylene Glycol: Used in antifreeze and paints and is linked with skin, eye, and lung irritation and brain, liver, and kidney dysfunction
Diethanolamine: Linked with hormone disruption, cancer-causing nitrates, organ system toxicity, and liver and kidney cancer
Natural Ingredients and Teeth Health
Coconut Oil: Kills harmful bacteria, fights gum disease, reduces plaque, prevents cavities, whitens teeth, fights bad breath
Green/Bentonite Clay: Teeth remineralization, fights bad breath, cleanses gums, kills harmful bacteria
Sodium Bicarbonate: Fights bad breath, reduces plaque, prevents mouth ulcers, whitens teeth, fights tooth aches
Clove Oil: Fights against tooth ache, weak gums, mouth ulcers, bad breath, and cavities
Sage Oil: Antiseptic, antiviral, improves blood circulation to gums, decreases plaque buildup, whitens teeth, and fights cavities
Peppermint Oil: Antiseptic, combats bad breath, treats tooth aches, fights gum disease
Cinnamon Oil: Antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, fights tooth decay and gum disease
3 Tbsp green or bentonite clay
1 1/2 Tbsp sodium bicarbonate
2 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
2-3 Tbsp glycerin
3 Tbsp distilled or hydrosolic water
5-6 drops essential oils (mint, sage, cinnamon and/or clove)
*Do not use metal bowls or spoons. Use glass, ceramic or plastic. When the clay comes in contact with metal it loses some of its effectiveness.
Melt coconut oil over a double broiler
Mix glycerin with melted coconut oil
Mix clay and baking soda in a separate bowl
Combine and mix together. Slowly add water and whisk until combined
Add essential oils and mix. Store in an air tight container and brush away!