DIY: Simple Toothpaste
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Did you know that having good oral health is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy? It’s so important! Ever since I learned this bit of information, I’ve made it a priority.
I also have made it a priority to do my best to try and keep plastics out of the environment. Fun fact: a lot of the polishing ingredients in toothpastes are actually little plastic beads! When I learned this, I knew I needed to find a better solution. After a lot of research, I have found a solution that works perfectly for me. It’s simple, cost effective, and the best part: I can customize it to keep me from getting bored.
Have you ever wanted to find an effective solution for your oral healthcare? If so, keep reading to learn what I do to keep my teeth and gums healthy!
I’ve started using baking soda as a main part of my oral healthcare, and wish I had learned about it sooner! It’s so inexpensive! A 16oz. box at the grocery store can be purchased for less than a dollar. Besides being readily available, it also offers the following benefits:
Balances levels of acid to help treat and prevent halitosis
Discourages the formation of plaque to help prevent gum disease.
Promotes healing to soothe ulcers and sores
An effective whitening agent to help remove stains from the teeth
Adding essential oils to the mix not only livens up the flavor (let’s face it, baking soda by itself doesn’t taste all that great), they bring their set of benefits to the table:
Cinnamon essential oil is great helps to fight inflammation and is helpful at fighting off viruses.
Clove essential oil is antibacterial
Peppermint essential oil boosts energy, is also antibacterial, and is a flavor that is familiar to many used to using conventional toothpaste.
I will switch up the oil that I use depending on the season, or what I have on hand. Most often, I use peppermint, but during season changes I will switch it up and use cinnamon, or On Guard if I want to keep from catching a cold.
Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe
4 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp sea salt
*10-20 drops essential oil of choice
Small glass jar with lid (I like this one)
Add coconut oil to jar and place jar in hot water to liquify.
Add the rest of the ingredients to liquified coconut oil, blend well.
Seal jar with lid.
*Essential oils are potent. Play with what feels best for you. I typically use 10-15 drops in my own recipe, but know that some like a stronger toothpaste.
This recipe lasts me a week. If you are making this for your family, just double or triple the recipe. Or make a couple of different batches so that everyone can have their own.
I store my toothpaste in the refrigerator, as I live in a warmer climate, and after I mix it up, I prefer a more solid mixture. I just dip my toothbrush into the jar to use.
Would you make your own toothpaste? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment and share!