Most of us brush our teeth at least two times a day. Unfortunately, commercial toothpaste contains many harmful toxins such as triclosan, fluoride, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
These toxins alter hormone regulation, are carcinogens, irritants, contribute to gum inflammation and affect the pineal gland, bones, and brain function. So why not stop exposing your body to these toxins and prepare a homemade natural toothpaste?
The ingredients your need are readily accessible at any store and they’re quite cheap. It will cost less than commercial toothpaste and it will be extremely beneficial for oral health. You will only need extra-virgin coconut oil, turmeric, baking soda, and peppermint extract.
- Peppermint Extract
Peppermint extract is mainly used to add flavor to the homemade toothpastes, but is also has properties that inhibit the formation of biofilm, which is linked to cavities.
- Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
Extra-virgin coconut oil contains lauric acid which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can prevent gum disease, bad breath, and toothaches and can reduce plaque on the teeth. Scientists believe that coconut oil, as well as olive oil and sesame oil, are preventive agents in improving and maintaining oral health.
Turmeric keeps dental problems at bay thanks to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-plaque properties. It can also whiten the teeth and prevent gingivitis and plaque.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda acts as an abrasive agent, brightening and whitening the teeth and reducing bad breath by neutralizing acids in the mouth. Baking soda powder or paste can also successfully remove plaque.
How to prepare your natural toothpaste
Mix two tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil, two tablespoons of baking soda, 10-15 drops of peppermint extract and half a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a bowl until you get a smooth paste.
You can store the toothpaste in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Whenever you want to brush your teeth, scoop out a small quantity with a spoon or spatula. Brush your teeth as usual, and rinse with lukewarm water. Do not dip the toothbrush directly into the paste.
If you want to improve this natural toothpaste, you can also add one teaspoon of stevia or mineral clays. Make sure you use peppermint extract and not oil, which should not be ingested. This toothpaste can last for several months, and if it gets dry, you can simply add some coconut oil. Use the toothpaste twice a day.
The toothpaste available on the market also contains glycerin, which weakens the tooth enamel by covering the teeth with a film which prevents minerals from food from interacting with the tooth enamel. By making this homemade toothpaste, you keep away from glycerin and fluoride, replacing them with minerals.
If you are still wondering why you should make your own toothpaste, think of the feeling of accomplishment you will have when you use something that you have made yourself, from natural ingredients alone. You will also save money and leave out all those harmful chemicals that can lead to serious health issues.