Updated: Sep 6, 2019
With the intention of lessening our waste and upping our oral health game, I recently dove headfirst into making my own toothpaste. I am so happy I did! It is quick, easy, and effective. After 6 months of use, the dentist had nothing but sideways glances (at my "witchcraft" natural tooth care, I'm sure hehe) and “Wows!” for me! This will be the first post in a little series of quick and easy DIY tooth/gum/mouth care recipes! Now we will cover a little bit about what we do and don't want in our mouths and why.
Skip to the end for my tooth polish recipe, if you're not into all the what and why stuffs!
I did so much research on this topic and decided I would hunt for a toothpaste that did not contain foaming agents/SLS/glycerine/ fluoride.
Why no SLS/foaming agents?
Studies have shown they can dry out the mouth and cause an imbalance and higher levels of mouth acidity and membrane disruption.
Why no Glycerine?
While glycerine is fine and dandy for the skin, in the mouth it leaves a film that cannot be rinsed away, thus preventing the teeth from re-mineralization and weakening them.
Why no fluoride?
>>> There is an abundance of information available on the devastating health effects of fluoride, including damage to soft tissues (brain, kidneys, and endocrine system), as well as teeth (dental fluorosis) and bones (skeletal fluorosis)
>>>Systemic fluoride has not been shown-let alone clinically proven-to reduce cavities or tooth decay to any significant degree.
>>> "In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children." (https://www.globalresearch.ca/harvard-study-fluoride-lowers-childrens-intelligence-by-7-iq-points/5368216)
>>>"Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” Grandjean says. “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.” (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/)
Why such few ingredients?
Because there is POWER in nature, and in the simplicity of maintaining the body's natural equilibrium.
What we’ve tried and loved:
Earthpaste and Uncle Harry’s are my favorite picks so far! Both can be purchased on Amazon and are largely available at health food stores!
Link to Uncle Harry's: https://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Harrys-Fluoride-Free-Toothpaste/dp/B00CP3KWH6/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2EPC5W2V01L6I&keywords=uncle%2Bharrys%2Btoothpaste&qid=1561072248&s=gateway&sprefix=uncle%2Bharrys%2Caps%2C205&sr=8-4&th=1
Tooth Polish Recipe
YOU WILL NEED:
2 oz amber glass jar (Amazon!)
Fine sea or Himalayan salt
Food grade diatomaceous earth
Stevia drops/powder (Trader Joe's!)
Peppermint essential oil-Cooling/refreshing, treats halitosis, anti-bacterial
Clove essential oil-Pain relief, fights bacteria, fights inflammation, helps to heal cavities
Myrrh essential oil-Treats inflammation, bad breath, pain relief, treats infection
Whisk roughly 3 Tbsp of coconut oil into 1 Tbsp sea salt and 1 Tbsp diatomaceous earth until well incorporated (nothing will dissolve). Whisk in stevia drops (to taste), and essential oils to taste. For a 1% dilution ratio you will use approximately 10 drops cumulatively! For a kid friendly version omit the clove as this can cause early sensitization in young children. And for all of us, any time ingesting essential oils: A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. This is potent stuff, guys.
*If coconut oil is too liquid, the salt and diatomaceous earth will settle! If the oil is runny put it in the fridge for a few minutes before mixing for a more cohesive paste.
HOW TO USE:
Keep your toothbrush dry! Avoid getting moisture into the tooth polish jar. Using the hard back of your toothbrush, scoop a little out and start brushing your teeth! Get your brush wet after a second or two if you need extra moisture. Brush as normal!
I am not a doctor and I don't have all the answers, just a lot of research and a lot of trial and error under my belt! This is what has worked for us, and my hope is only that this information opens the door for you to play and experiment and find your own way <3