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  • Writer's picturePauline Susman

Make Your Own Refreshing Toothpaste

Updated: Apr 28

Check out the various benefits of making your own oral care products, recipes and all!

I seem to have found green substitutes for everything else in my household EXCEPT ONE!!!

So irritating…

Do you know that feeling?!?!

“You can only hold a smile so long, after that its just teeth.”

I’ve played with bicarb and vinegar to make all sorts of cleaning products, replaced my lightbulbs with LED lights, and stopped using plastic bags…. But an irritating facet of my life that is still not sorted is the daily routine of brushing my teeth. It would be so cool to use all-natural toothpaste 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-sized amount of toothpaste, the product label advises calling the poison control center. A good reason to look for some natural alternatives!!

Toxic Ingredients Commonly Found in Toothpaste