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Did you know that it is incredibly easy to make diy toothpaste? For my entire life, up until recently, I have been using store bought toothpaste because that is what I’ve always done and it’s what I was taught to do. But in my quest to heal my body from the bad stuff (toxins, poisons, chemicals) that I can’t even pronounce, I decided it was time to try it. I made diy toothpaste.
Now, mind you, the toothpaste I’ve bought over time has changed as I became more in-tune with how bad certain chemicals can be for the body. In my post about non-toxic dental care for endometriosis I cover fluoride in pretty heavy detail. Fluoride is just one chemical found in most mainstream toothpaste brands that can be very toxic for your body. Over time, I wanted a toothpaste that didn’t have fluoride but that also didn’t have any questionable additives.
What is my favorite diy tooth paste?
What are the FOUR Main Ingredients?
(1) French Clay
Have you ever used green clay for a quick and easy facial? Well, there’s more to this substance than just purifying facial masks. The same function that helps green clay gently remove toxins from your face are the same ones that help it remove toxins and grime from your teeth and gums. This makes it my number one ingredient for my favorite diy toothpaste.
French clay is green and can be found all over the world. It is especially known for being pure in France and India. This clay is made from decomposed plants and is rich in many minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silica and copper. It is known as an antiseptic and can help speed up healing and oxygenate tissues. A study of French clay found that it contains antibacterial properties.
- High in minerals
- Speeds up healing
French clay is a wonderful natural substance that is safe enough for your face and to cleanse your teeth and gums. (Some people use it even as a detox for the entire body by ingesting it, though I wouldn’t recommend that without doing your own research). It is my go to for my diy toothpaste as well as homemade facial masks.
(2) Essential Oils (Clove is my favorite)
Essential oils are a wonderful aromatic and medicinal component of plants. I go into some of my favorite essential oils for endometriosis specifically in a post. For oral health and diy toothpaste, I cannot recommend clove oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil and orange oil enough.
There are many wonderful essential oils that can enhance your oral care routine. One of those is especially good for your teeth, and that is clove essential oil. (The other ones that I listed also have wonderful properties for oral health, but clove is just magic). Many research studies have found clove to be superior for teeth, gums, dental pain, sensitivity. It is an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal natural treatment.
Highlights of clove oil
- Clove oil is wonderful for dental pain and cavities
- High in antioxidants
Adding an essential oil into your diy toothpaste is a great enhancement for oral health and fresh smelling breath. Plus, the oils make the paste taste better and smells wonderful when opening your jar.
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(3) Coconut MCT Oil
Coconut oil has so many benefits for health, including oral health. It is a common food product that is imported from more tropical areas or wherever coconuts are produced. I cover more about coconut mct oil in my post about the best non-toxic dental health for endometriosis. If you haven’t seen that post, it is a great summary about why you should care about going non-toxic.
Why use MTC coconut oil? Because these medium chain triglycerides are easily absorbed and stored by the body and contain caprylic acid and capric acid as opposed to lauric acid which isn’t as effective. You want a steam distilled or cold-pressed oil that is organic and contains the highest levels of C8 and C10 MCTs. You want a nutraceutical grade that is safe for internal and external use. This Garden of Life brand hits those notes. I use Garden of Life because my natural care practitioners recommend it and the reviews are great.
- Pulls toxins out of the oral cavity gently
Organic coconut oil is the recommended product because of it’s antibacterial and antiviral pulling properties from the oral cavity. It acts as an antiseptic and antifungal treatment.
(4) Baking Soda
Baking soda is a wonderful antibacterial cleaning solution. It is used in house cleaning products and in small amount is gentle enough to clean your teeth. You might be surprised to learn that baking soda helps inhibit the Strep bacteria, too.
Yep, plain ol water is used in this recipe as well. Make sure to use filtered water if you can.
DIY Toothpaste Recipe
DIY toothpaste is nothing fancy – it’s basically just something simple you might have found in your great grandma’s medicine cabinet back in the day. Many people are also concerned with naturally remineralizing toothpaste diy because of weakened enamel or tooth decay. Remineralizing can occur but it takes consistent effort overtime. In any case, this simple homemade toothpaste recipe is great for sensitive teeth.
How to make homemade toothpaste for sensitive teeth? Read ahead.
- 1 glass mixing bowl (don't let metal touch the green clay)
- 1 pretty jar (I use small mason jars for storage)
- 3 Tbsp. French green clay regular coconut oil is also ok
- 15-20 drops clove organic essential oil kaolin clay will also work
- 2 Tbsp. mct coconut oil or any essential oil suitable for oral health
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- Mix all of the ingredients together and whisk using a small plastic whisk or spatula. Scrap the contents into a pretty little jar. Contents should last several months. Simply dip your wet brush into the jar and brush your teeth for an incredibly clean and non-toxic diy toothpaste! Enjoy.
How can I thicken DIY toothpaste?
This toothpaste will be a pretty thick consistency. If you want to thicken it further, you can add some organic arrowroot powder which is an all natural thickening agent commonly used in baking. Overtime, it will continue to thicken as the water evaporates.
Is it safe for kids to use homemade toothpaste?
Check with your doctor if your child has allergies to any of the ingredients. Overall, this diy recipe should be more tolerant for those with chemical sensitivity but like any product, use supervision with children.
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If you made it to the end then the chances are high you will enjoy making this simple little recipe for yourself. Let me know how it goes in the comments section below!
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