Thursday, October 10, 2013

Not So Dirty Hippie~Homemade Toothpaste

I love the feeling of a clean mouth and the look of white teeth, doesn't everyone? But I hated the harshness of my regular toothpaste. Sometimes the inside of my mouth would shred after brushing. Have you ever had that happen to you? It was like the top layers of my cheeks would pill up and exfoliate. It was so gross. I also started getting some dental sensitivity from the whitening toothpaste I had been using for years. So when I started transitioning to chemical free products, toothpaste was the one of the first things I tackled.

I did some research on homemade toothpaste and read lots of recipes. Here's a good article about homemade toothpaste and three simple recipes. I decided to go with a mixture of 100% Pure Bentonite Fine Powder (for the mineral content and detoxifying qualities) and baking soda, coconut oil, a few packets of stevia and a dilution of filtered water, hydrogen peroxide, salt, and peppermint essential oil.  I mix equal parts clay and baking soda and then stir in the coconut oil to make a paste. Then I slowly stir in a small amount the minted salt peroxide water, a little at a time until it's just the right texture to spread on my toothbrush.  

I used it for a couple of months and then had my scheduled dental cleaning. After the cleaning my hygienist and my dentist stated that my mouth was in good health, then I told them that I had been using homemade toothpaste. I got the green light on ingredients and the go ahead to keep doing what I'm doing!   

I just made up a fresh batch, it's easy and I love that my mouth feels clean and my teeth look shiny and white with no sensitivity or shredding.




3 comments:

  1. This is great Andra, i too keep looking for ways to de-chemicalize my products where i can. My girlfriend was born and raised in India and I have found that many Indians have great, very white teeth and have never had a cavity. Yet, they don't use toothpaste or toothbrushes. Instead, they use their fingers and rub an ayurvedic powder containing things like cinnamon, cloves, etc...on their teeth. The powder is messy because it's reddish in color, and i still use a toothbrush with it, but i have found it does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth, much more so than regular toothpaste and for a few bucks, the bottle lasts forever! I think it could be made at home too, though might be more costly that way. Anyway, just thought i'd share. I may try your version too - would be nice to have less mess!

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  2. I'd have to ask my dentist in North St Paul if this would do the trick. I would like to make my own, but only if it does the trick.

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  3. Hi Andra. Thanks for your interesting blog.

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