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Dental healthcare is a very important hygiene matter and something I became far more interested in when I began learning of all of the toxic chemicals that are in the toothpaste we use to clean out our mouths. Many toothpaste brands on the market, including many of the natural ones, are filled with sulfates, parabens, and even fluoride (all highly toxic chemicals). Wanting to find the most natural solution for our dental care, I took a stab at making my own toothpaste a few years back. It turns out, years later, we still use this same recipe for our toothpaste AND it works just fine! In fact, my teeth have become whiter, stronger, and less sensitive than they used to be when I was brushing them with store bought brands.
Dental health comes down to what you are eating
While brushing and flossing are definitely good for your teeth, it's not what truly dictates your dental health. In the end, it comes down to what you eat and drink, that can make the difference in healing and remineralizing cavities in your teeth. In 1935, a Dr. Price noticed when studying natives in Africa, that they had impeccable teeth with no cavities, even though they were not practicing the strict dental hygiene regimen as Westerners were. After studying further, he came to realize that it had come down to diet for these smiley natives. They were eating whole foods from the land, rather than processed foods containing high amounts of sugar, processed wheat, and milk! These natives were also eating all of what they killed, getting the vital minerals and nutrients from the animal bones, including magnesium, calcium, and the much-needed collagen. These minerals are very helpful in remineralizing your teeth!
Xylitol is good for your teeth and sweetens your paste
I like my toothpaste to be sweet. I grew up using all the grocery store toothpaste brands that most Americans have used, and was used to having a certain amount of sweetness in my paste. Trying to be healthy about the sweetener in my toothpaste, I originally used stevia to make this sweet, but after learning more about Xylitol and its dental health benefits, I decided to make the switch. According to xylitol.org:
"research done in widely different conditions confirms that xylitol use significantly reduces tooth decay rates both in high-risk groups (high caries prevalence, poor nutrition, and poor oral hygiene) and in low-risk groups (low caries incidence using all current prevention recommendations)."
Making toothpaste for your pets
Your pet needs a frequent toothbrushing to keep their teeth in great condition too! For pets, it's safest to avoid the use of essential oils, as most of the toothpaste will get swallowed. For pet's toothpaste, DO NOT USE XYLITOL, IT'S A KNOWN POISON FOR BOTH CATS AND DOGS.
Hippy Homemade Toothpaste
For a child under the age of 6, I use my kid's toothpaste, as they tend to swallow their toothpaste more than spit it out! It's not safe to use essential oils for dogs and children in such sensitive areas of the body, such as the mucous membranes in your mouth!
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 Tbsp. bentonite clay (optional - helps add remineralizing properties to the toothpaste!)
- essential oils or flavor extracts to flavor your toothpaste (see below, omit for pet toothpaste)
- 2-4 Tbsp. xylitol (sweeten to taste. NOTE: OMIT XYLITOL IF THIS IS BEING MADE FOR YOUR ANIMALS. XYLITOL IS EXTREMELY TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS!)
- Combine coconut oil and baking soda (keep in mind this will be a softer paste in the summer and a harder paste in the winter, if you melt the coconut oil before you make this, keep in mind you will have to blend/stir the entire thing completely once it has cooled completely and come to room temperature.) until blended together.
- Add essential oil/flavor oil and Xylitol to taste. Keep in a mason jar with a lid, and dip toothbrush into toothpaste BEFORE wetting with water. (If water gets into the toothpaste it may inevitably bring bacteria with it!)
Toothpaste flavors (for humans)
The best part of brushing your teeth is getting to choose your toothpaste flavor (and cleaning your teeth lol)! These are my favorite flavors to use in toothpaste! Keep in mind that small children do not tend to spit out their toothpaste so I use Medicine Flower Flavor Extracts to flavor my kid's toothpaste instead!
ADULT TOOTHPASTE FLAVORS
- Peppermint (the classic) - 40 drops peppermint essential oil
- Cinnamint - 30 drops peppermint essential oil, 10 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- Spearmint - 40 drops spearmint essential oil
- Sweet oranges - 25 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Grapefruit - 25 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Citrus whitening - 10 drops lemon essential oil, 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Fresh Mint- 20 drops peppermint essential oil, 20 drops spearmint essential oil