There are so many good reasons to make your own toothpaste. In this publication you will find information on the best ingredients to use in a homemade toothpaste recipe as well as those that should be avoided.
Subsequently, you will discover 5 organic home toothpaste recipe ideas, quick and easy to make.
In the following, we will show you everything you need to know about making your own homemade toothpaste, as well as how to choose the ingredients that will have the most benefit for your dental health.
But before we begin we will like to address the question: Why make your own toothpaste?
Indeed, many traditional brands of toothpaste contain harmful or even toxic ingredients such as: sodium lauryl sulphate, fluoride, triclosan, glycerin, artificial dyes, titanium dioxide and others.
Why are its ingredients to be avoided?
Sodium lauryl sulphate causes canker sores in many people. For their part, artificial colors often cause hyperactivity in children. The toothpaste does not have to be blue or pink! Titanium dioxide is only added to make white toothpaste and it has no property made on our oral health. Some studies show that it is not absorbed by the skin. In short, there are many other ingredients added to toothpaste sold in stores that are either bad for health or completely useless. By making your own homemade toothpaste, you are absolutely sure that you are using a natural toothpaste without toxic or coloring ingredients. In this way, you ensure better dental health for the whole family and you enjoy a 100% natural product.
What are the best ingredients to use in a homemade toothpaste recipe?
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil can help stimulate microbiome in your gut (remember that it starts in the mouth) and therefore can improve digestion. It can also naturally prevent candida in the mouth. But still, coconut oil reduces bacteria. In short, it has only benefits! Coconut oil is universal. It is used for cooking, but also for making a wide variety of cosmetics. In addition, children love their taste, adults too!
2. Baking soda
Our teeth and our mouth are constantly attacked by acids because of the food we eat. Neutralizing these acids with vegetables and water is essential to maintain proper pH in the mouth, to encourage good bacteria and protect the enamel. Baking soda has a pH of 9 to 11 (alkaline). It helps to neutralize these acids while not being too abrasive for the teeth. Often, it is used for its whitening effect, but be careful not to use it every day.
Xylitol is the miracle ingredient for any homemade toothpaste recipe. It is recommended because it reduces the bacteria that cause cavities in the mouth. Xylitol prevents bacteria from sticking to the surface of the teeth and, as a result, the amount of plaque decreases. It is also very beneficial for saliva. Saliva that contains xylitol is more alkaline than saliva stimulated by other sweet products.
4. Bentonite clay
Bentonite clay is a form of volcanic ash. When dissolved in water, it becomes like a big sponge that can absorb huge amounts of toxins and neutralizes bad bacteria. Bentonite clay is also a natural mineral-rich polisher that is not too abrasive. It is also alkaline, so it helps to reduce acidity in the mouth.
5. Cocoa seeds
Believe it or not, the ideal toothpaste would be a chocolate toothpaste. Indeed, cocoa seeds promote remineralization better than fluoride. It is very effective against cavities, plaque and tooth decay in the mouth. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth turn sugar into acids, which eat away at the surface of the tooth and cause cavities. Cocoa seed compounds have an anti-bacterial effect and also fight against plaque. Depending on the size of the cocoa beans, it can be an ideal launderer.
What are the ingredients in a homemade toothpaste recipe to avoid?
1. Essential oils
You may be surprised, but it's true: avoid essential oils in homemade toothpaste recipes! We tend to think that when an ingredient comes from a natural source, it is always good for your health. But even natural ingredients must be used intelligently.
Essential oils kill beneficial bacteria in the mouth
It is true that essential oils have antibacterial properties. But do not kill absolutely all bacteria in the mouth, but balance them. There are good and bad bacteria. Killing the maids can open the door to poor oral health, bad breath and other balances. Present in large quantities, essential oils can damage gum tissue, such as chlorhexidine. It is also important to note that certain essential oils should be avoided when being fried such as anise, basil, mugwort, tarragon, parsley and others.
In short, it should be noted that peppermint oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Plus, it gives you that minty taste we've come to love in toothpastes sold at the store.
2. Hydrogen peroxide
Yes, it's the same ingredient used in bleaching products. It works very well, but not in the form of toothpaste. In order for the hydrogen peroxide to whiten the teeth, it must have contact with the teeth for a prolonged period of time, for example by using bleaching strips. You can not just brush hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes because it is not long enough to have an effect. Hydrogen peroxide should also never come into contact with the gums, tongue and soft tissues of the mouth as it creates free radicals and accelerates aging.
And now our homemade toothpaste recipe proposals are easy to make...
1. Homemade toothpaste recipe at the base of baking soda: simple and effective
We all know how to whiten teeth. Baking soda is nontoxic and increases the alkalinity in the mouth by neutralizing the acids. But beware, do not use it every day!
Here is a simple and easy homemade toothpaste recipe:
- 2/3 cup of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt (optional, sea salt is great for the teeth, but some people do not like having salty toothpaste)
- 1-2 teaspoon of peppermint extract or 10 to 15 drops of peppermint essential oil (or your favorite flavor: spearmint, orange, etc.)
- filtered water (according to the desired consistency)
- Mix together baking soda, salt and peppermint. Add a little water, stirring with each addition, until the dough reaches the desired consistency.
- And that's all! Your homemade toothpaste is ready to use and you can put an end to bad breath.
2. Homemade toothpaste recipe with cocoa seeds perfect for those who love chocolate
This homemade toothpaste recipe is easy to prepare and truly delicious. As previously mentioned, cocoa beans contain compounds that promote the natural healing of oral cavities. To make this recipe, you will need:
- 4 tablespoons of cold pressed organic coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 4 tablespoons bentonite food clay
- 2 tablespoons xylitol
- 2 capsules FOS Probiotics + 2 probiotic capsules with spores (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of ginger powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 4 tablespoons distilled or filtered water
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
This quantity is sufficient for 5-7 days for a family of 4 (used twice a day).
- In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil over low heat until melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Then, in a food processor mix bentonite clay, baking soda, xylitol, FOS, probiotics, cocoa, ginger and cinnamon. Mix for 10 to 15 seconds until the mixture is well mixed.
- Wait a few minutes before opening it, then open and pour a tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix again for 10 to 15 seconds. With a wooden spoon, mix the powder well with the oil.
- Add remaining vitamin E and coconut oil and mix again for 10 to 15 seconds. At this point, the mixture must be liquid. Again, using a wooden spoon, make sure all the powder is incorporated into the mixture. If necessary, mix again to obtain a smooth and creamy texture.
- When the robot is running, slowly add water and mix for at least 30 seconds or until well blended.
- Then transfer the mixture into a glass container with a lid.
- Keep the toothpaste in your fridge and use it within 7-10 days.
3. Child's toothpaste recipe idea
It is important for adults to avoid toothpaste with artificial coloring purchased at stores, but it is even more important for children. Children's dental products are often designed to attract and sell. It is therefore important to give your children an organic and healthy toothpaste.
4 tablespoons calcium carbonate
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cold pressed organic coconut oil
2.5 teaspoons of distilled water
1-2 drops of anise essential oil
1 capsule Probiotic Plus FOS (optional)
xylitol (2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon)
- In a bowl mix the calcium carbonate, xylitol, baking soda and probiotic (if you have decided to add) with a fork until everything is well mixed.
- Then add water to form a paste, incorporating all the liquid.
- Add the coconut oil little by little while vigorously mixing the dough.
- Add the essential anise oil and mix until the consistency becomes smooth and lump-free
- The dough should be smooth, creamy and closely resemble the consistency of commercial toothpaste. Do not hesitate to use a food processor to obtain the desired consistency.
- Keep for 7-10 days in the fridge.
4. hippie homemade toothpaste recipe
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 2-4 scoops of xylitol
- essential oils to aromatize your toothpaste (put only a few tastes if you want)
- Mix the coconut oil and the baking soda. Keep in mind that the dough will be softer in the summer and harder in the winter. When it is cold, it must be melted and in summer, you can leave it at room temperature.
- Add the essential oil (and the essential oil if desired) plus xylitol to taste.
- Keep in a jar or glass jar with lid. Keep 7 to 10 days in the fridge.
5. Homemade toothpaste recipe with Stevia
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/8 Stevia spoon
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mix everything in a bowl until you have a homogeneous texture.
- If you want, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil or other flavors to your taste.
- Store in a glass jar with lid in the fridge and use within 7-10 days.
And now some ideas of adult toothpaste recipe flavors:
- Pepper mint
- Green mint
- Fresh mint
And the aromas for children:
It's important to do an acidity test of your homemade toothpaste
Online, you can buy pH paper strips that will allow you to test the acidity of your homemade toothpaste. To be sure that your homemade toothpaste is effective, it must have a pH of 7 or higher.