Monday, October 28, 2013

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe (and Why I Think it Works Better)

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About 6 months ago I stopped using toothpaste.

Gross?  Right?  Can't get "crunchier" than that?

You know what though, I am not sure I will go back.  I have always had good teeth.  I have ALL of them and I only had one tiny cavity when I was about 3rd grade.  Never one since.

But in the last couple years my teeth have felt "gritty", especially on the back.  I tried brushing more, scraping it off, I asked the dentist, Googled it.. but nothing.

I was stuck with yucky, gritty teeth.  It was pretty awful.

My mom started brushing with a coconut oil/baking soda mix and she liked it a lot.  Since I like coconut oil, I thought I would give it a try.  And it is great.  Within a week the grit was almost gone and it has just gotten better.

And a few weeks ago I had a dental check up.  And although this is just anecdotal, I swear he did not scrape as much, the cleaning was done very quickly.  He even commented that my front gums where not sensitive anymore.  And he was right, it always hurt my front gums and this time it did not hurt at all. Coconut oil is antibacterial and may stop tooth decay and so all in all, I am happy with it.

I recently ran out of the coconut/baking soda mix and just started using a bit of coconut oil and to be honest, I may like that even better.  My teeth feel even cleaner.  I also like it because if you have been using a more "natural" commercial tooth paste this is a much less expensive option.

As a note: I am not a dentist or doctor so using this homemade toothpaste is just my own preference.  I personally like it very much and feel that my teeth are cleaner than with traditional toothpaste, but that is just me.

Homemade Toothpaste

Recipe 1
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons Baking soda
  • a Few drops of Peppermint Essential oil (or your favorite) {using Essential oils internally is controversial, I have done research and feel comfortable using it in these recipes, as I am not swallowing it, but you need to do your own research and decide if it is right for you} 
Stir together all ingredients in a bowl and store in a covered container.  Use as you would toothpaste. In hotter months coconut oil is liquid and cooler months it is solid. You may want to not spit in the sink as coconut oil can harden in your pipes.  Personally I have not had an issue as long as I run hot water down the drain.

Recipe 2
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut oil
  • a Few drops of Peppermint Essential oil (or your favorite) {using Essential oils internally is controversial, I have done research and feel comfortable using it in these recipes, as I am not swallowing it, but you need to do your own research and decide if it is right for you}
Stir together all ingredients in a bowl and store in a covered container.  Use as you would toothpaste. In hotter months coconut oil is liquid and cooler months it is solid. You may want to not spit in the sink as coconut oil can harden in your pipes.  Personally I have not had an issue as long as I run hot water down the drain.
Let me know your thoughts?  Would you ever give up regular toothpaste?

8 comments:

  1. I've recently began trying something called "oil letting" where you swish oil around in your mouth daily for 10 - 20 minutes. I do this with coconut oil and can't believe how much cleaner my teeth feel! They say if you do it daily, after a couple of months, you'll begin to notice a brighter, whiter smile. I've also tried occasionally brushing my teeth with activated charcoal for a whitening effect, and as scary as it is to see your teeth gray for a couple of minutes, once you rinse everything out, it does work for whitening! I need to make the plunge to go to coconut oil as a toothpaste. I've been wanting to do it for a while, but this post might just convince me!

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  2. Give it a try.. I think you may like it.

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  3. Great idea!! I will have to give it a try. :) Thanks.

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  4. if you use DoTerra Essential oils, you can swallow the toothpaste.you can take DoTerras oils internally because they are a very pure grade. i've been looking for an alternative to the over the counter toothpastes. thanks for the recipe! making this tomorrow!

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  5. I've been using a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride with a norwex toothbrush that has silver in the base. It goes to work after brushing to sterilize the brush from bacteria. Pretty awesome. I'm loving the combo. Might try your homemade recipe with it.
    thanks!

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  6. I noticed my teeth starting to turn yellow over the last year and decided something needed to change. I have been using a norwex toothbrush but just wasn't seeing the coloring results that I wanted. My dentist and hygienist both said my gums looked very healthy though. Over the last month I've been using just baking soda and peppermint oil with my norwex toothbrush and my teeth are getting whiter and feel so much cleaner!! I think I'm going to have to try adding coconut oil to the mix and see what that does. I do not miss toothpaste though and will never go back to it.

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  7. Hi there...just commenting because I am a dental hygienist...I'm glad this is working for you, but no homemade toothpaste, or commercial toothpaste will save your teeth...the universal mantra of hygienists is "ONLY FLOSS THE ONES YOU WANT TO KEEP"...that's because flossing is much more important for overall oral health. People ask me all the time "What kind of toothpaste should I use?" The answer I (and most other hygienists) give is "It doesn't matter...you can brush with NO toothpaste and you will get the same results (minus the fresh breath!!) if you are using a soft bristled brush for 2-3 mins, twice a day)." I don't see that this "recipe" would be much of a problem, especially with just coconut oil, but DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE use baking soda every day. It WILL wear your gums away and expose the root of the tooth, which is very sensitive for some people (think biting into a popsicle with your front teeth)...and you can't ever "regrow" that tissue. If your dentist told you that your gums are not sensitive anymore, that meant that you don't have gingivitis/bleeding gums anymore...otherwise, he wouldn't be able to tell if your TEETH were sensitive or not...but believe me, you'd jump straight out of that chair if your TEETH were sensitive!!! It makes sense that your gums look better because the baking soda is MUCH MUCH MUCH more abrasive than normal toothpaste (which is why it will quickly wear your gums away)...it is TOO ABRASIVE!!! Keep using coconut oil, with peppermint flavor, and add baking soda ONE TIME PER WEEK...and floss daily...and you will have all of your teeth, and no receding gums when you are 90 years old!!!!!

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