I am always up for a challenge when it comes to making my own remedies, beauty products, and cleaning supplies. So I was beyond excited to continue my journey towards a healthier lifestyle by eliminating my exposure to harmful ingredients found in a regular toothpaste.
What is wrong with my toothpaste?
To begin with, Fluoride is the main ingredient in toothpaste … and rat poison. It is categorized as a “toxic drug” by the FDA. Fluoride can cause side effects like damage to the brain, decreased IQ in children, damage to the pineal gland, thyroid gland, bones, gastrointestinal tract, and cancers. Since it is not only found in toothpastes, fluoride exposure adds up when you take into account the dental products, dental treatments, and water supply, all of which contain fluoride. So why would we want to scrub this toxic drug all around our mouth?
As someone who has thyroid disease, I worried about the fact that fluoride was once a medical treatment used to slow down the thyroid function in hyperthyroid patients. The dose needed then was in the same range of exposure estimated for people living in communities with fluoridated water supplies today.
Another controversial ingredient is Triclosan. Triclosan is a known hormone disruptor that impairs muscle function and skeletal muscle contractility. It is found in deodorants, toothpastes, antibacterial soaps, etc. Researchers at Virginia Tech have found that triclosan, when mixed with chlorine as found in tap water, forms chloroform. Every time you brush your teeth with toxic toothpaste and tap water, you are creating a highly toxic chemical reaction directly in your mouth. The same holds true when washing your hands with antibacterial soap.
But it doesn’t end there. Unfortunately many store bought natural toothpastes contain some harmful ingredients such as sulfites or sulfates, and/or glycerin, which can coat the teeth and keeps them from remineralizing.
What can be right in my toothpaste?
The base that keeps everything together in this homemade toothpaste is Coconut Oil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is a natural antibacterial. Calcium Powder is critical for bone and teeth health, and Magnesium helps our bodies to properly absorb calcium. Xylitol has been shown to stop the production of tooth-decay and prevent bacteria from creating the acids that damage the teeth. It also enhances the re-mineralization of teeth, decreases plaque, and hardens the lining of untreated cavities making them less sensitive. Baking Soda is alkaline, helps clean teeth and remove stains, and wards off bacteria. Essential Oils are good for preventing and treating gum disease. They help maintain healthy teeth and reduce cavities. And they can also reduce pain from toothaches.
- 5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 4 tbsp calcium magnesium powder
- 3 tbsp xylitol
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp liquid castile soap (optional)
- 1 tsp Peppermint Essential Oil (approximately 100 drops)
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor.
- To get your desired consistency adjust by using water to make it thinner or calcium magnesium powder to make it thicker.
- Let mixture chill for 5 minutes in the freezer.
- Pour toothpaste inside a glass container with lid.
- Use a cosmetic spatula, or small spoon, to scoop some toothpaste onto your toothbrush.
- I absolutely love the smell of this toothpaste and even more the feeling of the teeth after using it.
- The coconut oil melts quickly inside the mouth. Don’t be alarmed! It has a melting point of 76F.
- Do you like my toothbrushes? They are bamboo! They are biodegradable and won’t end up in landfills as opposed to the plastic ones. And … they are adorable!
Sources and Resources
Dental Products from Fluoride Action Network
50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation from Fluoride Action Network
How toxic is your toothpaste? from Dr. Leonard Coldwell
Fluoride and the Thyroid: The Controversy from About Health
Tooth Remineralization and Demineralization, Saliva and pH from Healing Teeth Naturally
Deliciously Pure and Natural Xylitol from Zellie’s
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