I ran out of my Tom’s toothpaste today and it’s always a pain to find it in fluoride free so I checked around some favorite blogs and luckily I had all the ingredients to make my own! I really liked Wellness Mama‘s basic recipe so I followed it for the most part. I must say though, you have to get over needing your toothpaste to taste good. Switching from Colgate to Tom’s was an adjustment, but I could never go back to Colgate now. This homemade toothpaste is also an adjustment mainly due to baking soda but the health benefits of a homemade toothpaste are many, not to mention the money you could save! Read on to find out why it’s so worth it!
So, what’s the point in making your own toothpaste? One big reason is FLUORIDE! Fluoride is thought to prevent cavities when in fact it does not. Recent studies have shown that it actually harms teeth! Ingesting it can cause dental fluorosis (browning of teeth) as well as long term serious health problems. Read my post about the dangers of fluoride HERE. For studies on the negative effects fluoride has on the body go to fluoridealert.org. Fluoride free toothpaste is hard to find, and expensive! Plus coconut oil and essential oils are SO BENEFICIAL to your gums and teeth. My x-husband had a tooth pulled last year. The pain was unbearable and the risk of infection was HIGH. He used Shield blend from Spark Naturals on his gums and said that the pain was greatly reduced. The dentist was very happy with the rate of healing and lack of infection. Oils are truly the only way to go.
Coconut oil is hugely affective in getting rid of bacteria and viruses in the mouth. It is proven to inhibit strep bacteria. It’s side effects include improved digestion and metabolism, good heart health, and a stronger immune system just to name a few!
Clove essential oil is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which had the cavity. They did this every day before going to sleep. The cavity would vanish in a few days.
Cinnamon essential oil helps with pain relief.
Lemon essential oil helps whiten teeth!
Wintergreen essential oil helps with tooth sensitivity.
So, the best oils to use in your new toothpaste would be Peppermint and Spark Natural’s Shield! You can also use Young Living’s Thieves or DoTerra’s OnGuard. These 3 oils are almost exactly the same and have every oil beneficial for healthy teeth and gums! This is another easy easy easy recipe but the benefits are huge!
2 packets of stevia
10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
15 drops of Shield, Thieves, or OnGuard essential oil (optional) Lemon, Clove, Rosemary and/or Cinnamon would all be great additions.
- Fill a medium pot 1/2 way full with water and place on medium heat on the stove top.
- Place a glass bowl in the water.
- Melt coconut oil in the glass bowl.
- Add to 4 ounce container
- Add baking soda, stevia and essential oils.
- Mix together.
**If coconut oil is completely liquid you can put your mixture in the fridge to thicken it up. Check it often, stirring each time. You’ll want to stir as it hardens so you can evenly distribute the baking soda. Once it is a thick paste you are finished! Enjoy fresh clean teeth and breath with extra benefits for your body! It’s a win win!