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This toothpaste is simple to make. All the ingredients are safe and will freshen breath as well as help to remineralize teeth naturally. This natural toothpaste recipe from a hygienist is a safe an inexpensive alternative that even your holistic dentist would approve of.
This recipe was inspired by a panic stricken mom who was out of her family’s favorite toothpaste. Yeah, seriously, the hubs was on melt down status because his thieves aromabright toothpaste had not arrived before the last tube was gone.
I had been planning on making toothpaste, but to be honest, I’m a DIY girl when I’m in a pinch (aka procrastinator!) It usually requires me running completely out of something and swear words, beads of sweat, tears and complete panic to get a DIY, like this natural toothpaste recipe from a hygienist made.
Needless to say, I whipped up a batch (#supermom moment), and my family loved it! It’s now our favorite toothpaste and my friends have been begging me to sell it on etsy, but I’d rather share the recipe with you!
I wanted to make this toothpaste, because there is a ton of misinformation out there when it comes to safe, natural and effective dental treatments (remember this post on dental myths?)
How toothpaste prevents decay?
It doesn’t. Our teeth require mechanical scrubbing (brushing) for plaque removal, which ultimately prevent cavities. Toothpaste is a breath freshener that at best can possibly help remineralize teeth and disinfect, if it has the appropriate ingredients. Eating a clean diet and staying away from refined sugar and sticky foods, like dried fruit, help too!
Are toothpaste ingredients harmful?
Sadly, they can be. A few of the tops ones to avoid include:
Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent use in toothpaste which may harm human reproductive systems. It was recently banned from being used in soap, but not toothpaste.
Fluoride is another dangerous ingredient found in many toothpaste brands. It may cause thyroid dysfunction, cancer, sexual development interference, central nervous system damage, fractures and more.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent linked to cancer, canker sores and impairing taste bud function.
Diethanolamine (DEA) is another foaming agent rated a 10 (the most toxic) by the environmental working group and labeled a cancer causing agent in California. It’s a hormone disruptor and toxic to our organs.
Which toothpaste is safe to use?
Safe toothpastes should be free of the above ingredients and you should recognize the ingredients on the label.
A few of my favorites include:
Now onto the recipe…..
Natural Toothpaste Recipe from a Hygienist
An easy natural toothpaste recipe from a dental hygienist. This recipe will freshen breath and leave teeth feeling clean and your mouth feeling healthy.
- 4 tbsp bentonite clay
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp trace minerals
- 1/2 tsp high quality salt
- 1-2 tbsp filtered water
- 10 drops peppermint or cinnamon essential oil
Mix clay, coconut oil and salt in a small bowl.
Add trace minerals, then water 1 tbsp at a time. Mix well until you have a creamy consistency. It's possible you may need to add more water. If so, add 1 tsp at a time.
Add desired essential oils and mix thoroughly.
Store in airtight glass jar with lid. No refrigeration required.
To Use: Add pea size amount to toothbrush and brush as normal. Rinse well.