Every person obviously needs toothpaste. We brush our teeth to make sure that they are safe from plaque – the very thing that causes gum diseases and cavities. It’s very convenient to grab some toothpaste from the shelf, but do you have any idea how many harmful ingredients they can add to that chemically-made toothpaste? How can you be sure that what you buy won’t kill off the good bacteria which are essential to fight off the bad ones? In that case, you can make your own probiotic toothpaste which you’ll know for sure will keep the good bacteria safe.
The Benefits of Probiotic Toothpaste
Health-conscious people all know that probiotics are necessary for your gut. This is exactly why experts recommend that we eat yogurt, sauerkraut or kimchi on a daily basis. These good bacteria keep the bad ones from multiplying, literally putting a leash on them so that they ‘behave.’
Probiotics are also very good to keep your breath fresh. Usually, once bad bacteria starts gathering in your mouth, you end up with a foul smell multiplied by uncontrolled bacteria. Plaque starts forming, cavities start creeping out and people will start inching away from you slowly but surely. You can obviously consume foods with probiotics regularly, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make your own probiotic toothpaste either.
The Scientific Proof
We already figured that some probiotic toothpaste was exactly what we needed for a healthy mouth. However, scientists from the Swedish Dental Journal decided they wanted to put it to a test as well. Therefore, they took a group of patients with moderate to severe gingivitis and put the probiotic toothpaste to the test. The result was that the gums were less inflamed, reducing the severity of the symptoms. Another similar study from Caries Research says that using probiotic toothpaste in favor of the regular kind can reduce plaque formation by as much as 20%.
Making It Yourself
Can’t find your probiotic toothpaste of choice at your local pharmacy? Fret not, because it’s easy to make your own version from scratch. You will just have to get your hands on the ingredients which can be easily be purchased from a health food store.
What you’ll need:
- Live probiotics: 2 capsules.
- Bentonite clay: 3 tablespoons.
- Virgin coconut oil: ¼ cup.
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops.
The procedure is also very simple. All you will have to do is grab a small bowl and add the ingredients in. Once they’re all together, mix it all evenly with a spoon until it starts looking like an actual paste. After that, all you’ll have to do is transfer it into a clean jar which can be covered and kept in the refrigerator.
See how simple it is to make your own probiotic toothpaste? Be careful to always stash it back in the fridge after you use it because high temperatures can kill the good bacteria that you’re struggling so hard to keep onto.