I’ve mentioned before that we make our own toothpaste. What a foreign concept initially because as a modern society we are used to just buying it. However, I’m not a fan of fluoride because it’s a neurotoxin that also disrupts the thyroid and bone formation. Anything that disrupts the proper mineralizing of bones would ultimately lead to….well…cavities. Which is exactly the opposite of what you want with toothpaste.
We had been using a commercial all natural toothpaste for several years because my son would only accept that particular flavor paste. Some brushing was better than none. I ended up doing some research on home-made toothpaste because this is really what people did for many years before it was commercialized and I did not like the glycerin in the natural tooth paste he was using. It can block the mineralization of teeth.
I decided to make and try a remineralizing toothpaste. We already had the ingredients in the house and maybe it would help my son’s bad breath that wasn’t responsive to the all natural paste we were using.
I wanted a natural toothpaste we could make ourselves that helps promote strong healthy teeth and gums. We ditched fluoride toothpaste in 2006 anyway, and has been using natural since. I figured out that my gums bled if I used the store-bought fluoride tooth paste. I also learned about the hazards of fluoride and how counter productive they really are too stronger teeth.
I found several home-made tooth paste recipes and I went with this one which seems to cut down bacteria and reduced tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth are primarily sensitive because the enamel is thin which means they are de-mineralizing. This is why you could bite into cold foods as a child and it didn’t hurt like it does now.
Here is the recipe itself that I have been following:
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- 5 Tbsp of calcium citrate powder
- 1 Tbsp of liquid Castile soap
- 3 Tbsp of xylitol
- 3-5 Tbsp of melted coconut oil
- 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract
- 10+ drops of any edible essential oil or natural flavoring oil. (I use all natural peppermint)
Instructions: In a glass bowl: add the calcium powder, baking powder, and xylitol. Mix together. Then add the Castile soap. Don’t mix yet. Add the melted coconut oil. (if your coconut oil is solid, melt in a glass bowl over low heat on the stove) Mix everything together. Then add 10 drops of the grapefruit seed extract. Add in 10 drops of peppermint flavoring. Mix until it’s well combined without lumps. Add more coconut oil if needed to reach a smooth consistency. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid.
- Keep in mind when the coconut oil cools, the paste will be thick, almost solid if it’s cold in your home. You can adjust the flavor by adding more of the flavoring drops.
- You may want to use something like these tasting spoons to remove paste from the jar and apply it to the toothbrush. may also work. This prevents multiple users from putting their tooth-brush into the jar of paste and introducing germs.
- This paste is going to be different from what most people are used to with commercial toothpaste but you do get used to it.
- This recipe makes roughly half a pint mason jar of paste.
- Spread a small amount of paste on the tooth-brush, a little goes a long way. .
We noticed an immediate improvement our child’s bad breath problem. None of the all natural kids toothpaste from the store just wasn’t touching.