When you are going to the pharmacy/drug store with your favorite app on your phone in search for your new green products, you might have to realize that something is also wrong with the toothpaste you’ve been using until now, like Fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Tricolosan and more. If you can’t recall what are these nasties doing with your system, you can always go back to The Dirty Dozen.
If you think that the alternatives or homemade versions are not good enough than let me convince you about the opposite or give them a try and see it with your own eyes. First of all, your mouth is one of the most absorbent organ you have so I would consider not putting anything toxic even close to it (including mainstream lipstick/lip balm, but later about that) and also as I mentioned before, those toxins are really bad for you. Aren’t we all wanting to give the best for ourselves, nourish our temple and stay in good health? I think the answer is easy.
Let me share with you my favorite homemade toothpaste recipe, and I’m sure you already have all the ingredients in your pantry! Super easy, quick, cheap, non toxic and ecoconscious.
DIY toothpaste recipe:
Other than using baking soda on its own, just as it is, there are plenty of different ways to make your own toothpaste. I would like to motivate you to do your research, as always, and try to figure out which one works best for you. This one is my personal favorite:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 Tbsp bentonite clay
Direction: mix all the ingredients together in a glass jar.
During summer it becomes more liquidy (so just stir it again if needed) and it can harden during winter.
- Coconut oil, which can help boost the microbiome in your gut (remember, the gut begins in the mouth!) and naturally prevent candida in the mouth. There is limited evidence that coconut oil might help reduce cavity-causing bacteria — either way, it can only help, so long as it’s not used as a replacement for flossing, brushing, and tongue scraping.
- Trace minerals drops, especially if you drink reverse osmosis water, which removes bad stuff from the water, but also removes the good stuff too. I use Liqumins Trace Mineral Drops, which were recommended to me by integrative physician Elson Haas.
- Crushed cacao nibs: Believe it or not, the ideal toothpaste would be a chocolate toothpaste, since compounds beans promote remineralizationin cacao better than fluoride (and of course, much more safely). Depending on the grain size of the cacao nibs, it could be a safe abrasive to break up the biofilm — just like ground walnut shells are used to polish jewelry!
- Bentonite clay, which is a natural polisher rich in minerals that isn’t too abrasive. It’s also alkaline, so it helps reduce acidity in the mouth. Don’t be afraid of putting “dirt” in your mouth — we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that we need to sterilize our mouths with mouthwashes that remove “99% of germs” but vibrant dental health is actually about achieving a balanced ecosystem of bacteria in your mouth, which protects us from illness and promotes tooth remineralization. Clay is actually used to clean and polish exotic cars without damaging the finish.
- Xylitol for its abilities to reduce cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Just don’t add too much since it’s a sweetener — too much can reprogram your taste buds to crave too much sweetness.
- Baking soda, for its alkalinity. Our teeth and mouths are constantly under attack by acids thanks to the foods we eat. Neutralizing these acids with vegetables and water is essential to maintaining proper pH in the mouth to encourage the right bacteria as well as protect enamel from decay. Baking soda has a pH of 9 to 11 (alkaline), so it helps to neutralize acids while not being too abrasive to teeth.
If you don’t feel like creating your own, you can always find good ones here.
What is your favorite natural toothpaste brand? Let me know!