Dental Care

Homemade Toothpaste


People make their homemade toothpaste for a variety of reasons. 

Some people believe that commercial toothpaste includes a few undesirable artificial ingredients, and for these people, self made toothpaste offers a healthier, more natural path toward oral health. 

After all, when you make your own toothpaste you can decide for yourself which ingredients to include and which ingredients to omit. 

Other people make their own toothpaste because it's far less expensive than buying commercial toothpaste.  In fact, some people claim they can make a year's supply of homemade toothpaste for less than the cost of one tube of name-brand commercial toothpaste. 

Some environmentalists believe in "going green" wherever possible, including the toothpaste they use.  They make their own toothpaste to reduce the number of non-biodegradable, empty toothpaste tubes being disposed of in landfills. 

Still others make toothpaste because it's easy and they believe their kids might be more motivated to brush their teeth regularly if they've been involved in making the toothpaste. 

Finally, some people believe homemade toothpaste works better than store-bought toothpaste and gives them healthier teeth and gums.

Why Homemade?

Naturally, the toothpaste manufacturers want us to believe we can only achieve proper oral hygiene by using their expensive toothpastes. 

Unfortunately, most commercial toothpastes are overly flavored, contain an assortment of questionable artificial ingredients, and only come in disposable, non-biodegradable plastic tubes and other containers.

Whatever is motivating you to make your own toothpaste, it's fun and easy to do.  Self made toothpaste does not include many of the artificial ingredients used in commercial toothpaste. 

It will help you reduce your expenses, and it provides an effective way to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.  You also have the ability to choose your favorite flavor instead of being limited to the choices available in commercial toothpaste.

Ingredients

Almost all self made toothpaste uses baking soda as its main ingredient. 

Several recipes for toothpaste are available online.  All of them are easy and the ingredients can be adjusted until you find the flavor and texture your family likes best. 

If you have children, you can invite them to play "scientist" by letting them mix the ingredients themselves. 

All the ingredients are safe, and they'll only need minimal adult supervision.

Here's a simple recipe for making homemade toothpaste:

Start by gathering 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/2 small packet of Stevia, 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil (you might add more later, so have some extra), a small mixing bowl and a fork. 

Put all the ingredients into the bowl and mix them with the fork until you've created a paste.  Test the flavor.  If it "needs something" you can add a little spearmint oil or some additional peppermint oil.  You can also add some additional Stevia if you think your toothpaste should be sweeter.

A popular variation on this toothpaste recipe substitutes cinnamon for the peppermint oil.  Simply add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a few drops of clove oil instead of the peppermint.  Children might like cinnamon oil better than ground cinnamon, because ground cinnamon is "hotter" than cinnamon oil.

Sweetening

Most commercial toothpaste is fairly sweet, and the Stevia you include will give your toothpaste the sweet taste you're probably used to. 

You won't be overwhelmed by the baking soda flavor, although you will notice it.  This toothpaste won't foam while you're brushing, but some people actually prefer it that way. 

Best of all, your homemade toothpaste isn't just inexpensive; it cleanses your teeth and gums effectively.

Brushing

The coconut oil in your homemade toothpaste becomes liquid at 76 degrees Fahrenheit.  This property allows the toothpaste to coat your teeth completely as you're brushing.  It contains a fair bit of oil, but homemade toothpaste won't leave your mouth feeling even the slightest bit greasy. 

Keep in mind, however, that you'll want to use warm water when you're brushing your teeth with this toothpaste.  If you rinse your mouth with cold water, the toothpaste will solidify and adhere to your bathroom sink.  It's easily removed with hot water, but rinsing with warm water avoids the issue altogether.

You can play with the recipe and adjust the ingredients and proportions to suit your individual taste.  Once you find the "right" combination, you can make larger quantities of your own homemade toothpaste. 

Store it in a reusable air-tight container.  You'll soon have the cleanest-feeling teeth you've ever had, and you'll save plenty of money.

 

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