Well, we all want to have those shiny white teeth that dazzle the crowd, right? A toothpaste-commercial-worthy smile that you can be proud of wherever whenever. So we do everything to protect our teeth from cavities, preserve their beauty, and repair the damages they have incurred over the years.
Brushing our teeth regularly, at least three times a day as toothpaste commercials would always say, is our daily defense to prevent food from building up in our teeth. We rely heavily on toothpastes to do this job for us. Most of us have the idea that when it comes to toothpastes, the mintier, the better. But if we want to be more careful in taking care of the health of our teeth, it’s about time we learn about the all-natural toothpaste recipes that will not pose any kind of harm to our health.
I’ve decided to switch to DIY toothpastes since last year when I read about the different harmful ingredients that are found in commercialized toothpaste brands such as triclosan, among others. Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent that has been under review by the Food and Drug Administration in 2016. It is originally a pesticide but was allowed to be an ingredient in toothpastes because of it’s ability to prevent gingivitis. However, the authorities just recently classified it as an endocrine-disrupting chemical that might result to ovarian and prostate cancer.
Today, I am sharing with you two of my favorite recipes for all-natural, homemade toothpastes.
Peppermint Baking Soda
You’ll just need 2/3 cup of baking soda, 15 drops of peppermint oil, water, and 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt for this formula. Just mix all the ingredients together and you’re done! You can add as much peppermint oil as you want, depending on the intensity that’s right for you.
This mixture is one of the healthiest because baking soda is naturally salt so it has anti-microbial properties. Baking soda is known for its many benefits to our oral health. Once of which is it removes stains, thus, whitening our teeth. The peppermint oil, on the other hand, promotes freshness for longer hours.
As to the cost, baking soda is a commodity that’s always present in every household, while a small bottle of peppermint essential oil usually costs less than $15. Not too bad at all.
Coconut and Clay
This toothpaste recipe is a bit tastier that even kids will surely enjoy it. The substitute base for the flour is the bentonite clay that you can easily buy from shops selling natural ingredients. Bentonite clay come in packs so you can keep what’s left for your next batch. A pack usually costs 14-19 dollars. You’ll also need 4 tablespoon of warm coconut oil, natural sweetener xylitol, and 3 tablespoon of water.
Just mix all of these ingredients in a food processor. Adjust the taste as you wish and store the mixture in a sealed jar. Make sure no air will enter the container because it will dry the toothpaste up.
If you’re wondering how much you can save from DIYing your toothpaste, well, I can proudly say the cost of the ingredients added together are 300% cheaper compared to the price of the same amount of commercialized brands. Plus, you can be sure that you’re safe fro harmful ingredients.