Recently I went to the dentist where I had a rather unpleasant experience. I was told I had the first stages of gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth decay. For someone like myself who brushes my teeth everyday and is fairly good at flossing (lets face it, flossing is hard to remember daily), this was highly discouraging. What could I possibility be doing wrong? My toothpaste of choice has always been Crest, which says “#1 Dentists’ Choice” and lists a vast array of dental benefits.
Well this really got to my head and I began to do some research.
As it turns out, all commercial toothpaste contain harmful and toxic ingredients, such as; titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue Dye # 1 & 2, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium fluoride. These ingredients may also be found in toothpaste that is identified as “all natural”, specifically sodium fluoride. Not only are these chemicals harmful to your delicate tooth enamel; they also affect your overall health. Glycerin is another ingredient to be aware of as it can hinder remineralization of your teeth. It is often an ingredient in fluoride-free toothpaste as well.
When the dentist informed me that I would need three root canals (yes you heard right, THREE), I knew that something needed to change with my oral hygiene.
Upon further research and combining my previous experiences with natural healing, I decided that I would no longer use commercial toothpaste and start whipping together my own natural formulas.
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup Organic extra virgin coconut oil
2 tsp. Peppermint extract (You can use any other form of essential oil such as clove, melaleuca, etc. for taste and added benefits for your teeth)
5 Tbs. xylitol (optional)
You can adjust ingredients relative to each other for larger or smaller batches.
Combine ingredients, and mix thoroughly. It may seem like you need to add water, but once the oils set in it will create a paste-like texture. Once completely mixed store in a jar or container until ready to use!
In conclusion, the reason I chose to go with this natural toothpaste is because Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal. Studies have shown that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. Also, when baking soda is put into the mouth, the free radicals from the mixture interact with the stain molecules on the teeth enamel and oxidize the yellow and brown stains on the teeth, removing plaque and whitening your smile. It also neutralizes the acidic bacterial waste. The higher pH level of your mouth the better, as decay causing bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline environment.
While I have only recently transitioned to making my own natural toothpaste, I have already seen incredible results! Within two days of brushing my teeth whitened a significant amount, and the toothache that sent me into the dentist completely disappeared.
Let me know what you think after trying out your homemade toothpaste. I hope you enjoy!