Fluoride is an issue. Usually associated with a trip to the dentist’s office, the FDA actually requires a poison warning on every toothpaste tube that has fluoride in it. And guess what? Over 95% of commercial toothpastes contain fluoride.
Using fluoride toothpaste every day, especially during your children’s early childhood, presents health risks. The risks of ingesting fluoride toothpaste range from dental fluorosis (permanent tooth discoloration), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, perioral dermatitis (skin rashes), to impairment in glucose metabolism. It doesn’t stop the marketing tactics of toothpaste makers, however; they advertise fluoride as the ingredient behind “strength” in the mixture, even in young children’s toothpaste. Some even go so far as to say that the dental community’s failure to educate the public about the dangers of swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste has further exacerbated the problem.
To avoid this fearful fluoride fate, you can either buy natural toothpaste from the natural foods store (which can be expensive) or make your own that can actually remineralize your teeth for all kinds of healthy oral benefits. You don’t lose out on a single “benefit” of commercial toothpaste. This particular recipe not only helps whiten your teeth, but you can also help heal your cavities and decrease sensitivity with these power-packed natural ingredients you won’t find in a tube of Crest anywhere. One ingredient you may not recognize is bentonite, which is a special clay that absorbs poisons and hard metals in your body. This is great for your mouth, but do not mix with a metal spoon. You can also make this without the clay. Everyone’s teeth are different, so try it out for a month before deciding if it’s the remedy for you!
- 5 tablespoons calcium powder or calcium magnesium powder
- 3 tablespoons xylitol powder or stevia sweetener (for taste)
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay (optional; do not mix with a metal spoon)
- 2 tablespoons distilled water
- 40+ drops essential oils (for the flavor of the toothpaste; good selections are peppermint and cinnamon. Add whatever you want your breath to smell like!)
- 20-30 drops trace minerals (optional)
- Mix all powdered ingredients (calcium, baking soda, xylitol/stevia) well in a bowl.
- Add coconut oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.
- Add any optional ingredients, including essential oils for flavor.
- Once at desired texture, slowly mix in bentonite clay by hand with plastic utensil.
- Store in small container like 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use popsicle stick or spoon to scoop onto toothbrush. You can also store in an old, cleaned toothpaste tube (cut open in the back, place natural toothpaste in, and reseal), or in a travel-size shampoo container from the dollar section of your local retailer.