Homemade Toothpaste, Why?
About 8 years ago I started researching how to heal my teeth because I had cavities. I didn’t understand why I kept getting cavities. I used the toothpaste and mouth wash with fluoride ate a low sugar diet. I just seemed to have cavity prone teeth. In doing my research, I found that fluoride doesn’t protect your teeth from cavities. Further more, fluoride is a known neurotoxin. The National Research Council (NRC), in 2006 concluded that “fluorides have the ability to interfere with functions of the brain” and called fluoride an endocrine disruptor. (https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/environmental-toxins/water-fluoridation/) I decided to start making my own homemade toothpaste…I haven’t looked back!
The Ingredients & Why?
The ingredients I chose are pretty common in most natural toothpastes except I can make mine in about 5 minutes for pennies. When we first made the switch I called the toothpaste “pixie paste” for the kids.
Bentonite clay is mildly abrasive and beneficial for gums and teeth by removing plaque and remineralizing teeth. Kaolin clay is very high in calcium, zinc, and manganese and will help polish and whiten teeth. Salt helps to kill bacteria in the mouth. For flavoring, you can use spearmint, peppermint, or orange essential oil.
Easy, I’m going to give you my unscientific ratios. I use 2 scoops (I use a tablespoon) of bentonite clay, 1 scoop of Kaolin clay, 1 scoop of salt, and 6-10 drops of essential oil. If you need a little more antibacterial punch, dip your toothbrush in coconut oil before you dust the tooth powder on your brush. Or you can oil pull with coconut oil. Our dentist says he does it every day. 🙂
Am I going Rouge?
No, I am not refusing to see a dentist. My family and I go to the dentist for cleanings and checkups every 6 months. Yes, I have had a few cavities but I am working on nutrition from the inside out to make my teeth stronger…toothpaste was just the first step. Do your research, there are very good holistic & biological dentist out there. Our dentist, Dr Nunnally, is often involved in webinars involving dental health in regards to heart health too. A great resource for improving nutrition for healthy teeth is the Weston A Price Foundation.