I seem to have found green substitutes for everything else in my household EXCEPT ONE!!!
You know that feeling?!?!
I’ve played with bicarb and vinegar to make all sorts of cleaning products, I’ve replaced my lightbulbs with LED lights, I’ve stopped using plastic bags…. But the irritating facet of my life that is still not sorted is the daily routine of brushing teeth. It would be so cool to use an all natural toothpaste that I created myself! I’ve been doubting the goodness of store bought toothpaste for some time now. Surely that artificial fluoride laden toothpaste can’t be that great for you?!
What's the scoop on toothpaste?
First thing in the morning and last thing at night, we squeeze some toothpaste onto our toothbrush. Then we get down to the business of cleaning our teeth. Day after day from the time our teeth come in, we brush our teeth with toothpaste. No question, brushing our teeth frequently is something we should all be doing. But when you look at some of the common ingredients found in conventional toothpaste, it might make you think twice about what you are putting in your mouth.
Toxins in your toothpaste
Fluoride appears to be a staple in the list of toothpaste ingredients, but why?
Back in the 1900’s research proved that adding this mineral to toothpaste, would greatly reduce gum disease and cavities. Many cities started adding fluoride to their water as a way to improve oral health.
However, thoughts on this have changed a lot over the years. More current research shows Fluoride is actually a neuro-toxin that can have detrimental effects when swallowed. Furthermore, fluoride causes cancer, brittle bones, dental fluorosis (white spots on the teeth), and neurological impairment. If a child swallows more than a pea-size amount of toothpaste, the product label advises calling the poison control center. A good reason to look for some natural alternatives!!
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
- Propylene Glycol.
But enough about all the bad things that we can find in toothpaste. Let’s move on to the wonderful alternatives we can create in our very own kitchen!!
Delicious natural toothpaste!
I’ve recently made the switch to a tooth powder I make up in my kitchen. I’ve tried two different kinds now and am quite enjoying the healthy feeling it gives my teeth and gums.
- 4 tsp bentonite clay
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp-1 tbsp clove powder (to taste)
- 1 tbsp Xylitol
- 3 tbsp calcium and magnesium tablets crushed into powder
Mix all ingredients together and use! You can adjust how much xylitol and clove/cinnamon to add to your taste. Tastes really yummy.
This is my favourite way to make toothpaste so far! My family used this toothpowder for a year now and we love it.
Mint Toothpaste Recipe
- 6 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons glycerine
- 15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract
Directions: Another useful and effective recipe to make your own toothpaste! Mix thoroughly. Should be a toothpaste consistency. Store in a container. You will be surprised at how fresh your mouth feels.
Lemon Mouthwash Recipe
3/4 cup vodka
20 drops lemon essential oil
1 1/4 cup distilled water
30 drops bergamot essential oil
Directions: Combine the vodka with the essential oils in a bottle, shake well then allow to sit for 1 week. Shake once a day. When ready to use it, dilute the mix with 3 parts water/ 1 part mixture. Use it as a gargle or mouth rinse. Do Not Drink.
- Hydrogen peroxide (a few drops)
- Baking soda
Directions: Make a paste by combining the two ingredients. Use this paste on your teeth and also gently rub along your gums two times a week.
Rinse your mouth with cooled tea (mint is a perfect choice.)
So there you have it, some novel ways to clean your mouth using natural ingredients! Let me know how you get on and how your teeth are loving the new, natural oral care regime!