Commercial toothpastes contain many harmful toxins. The most common ones are fluoride, triclosan and sodium lauryl sulfate. Triclosan is a well-known endocrine disruptor that alters hormone regulation. Sodium lauryl sulfate, used as a foaming agent, is a possible carcinogen. It is also a persistent irritant that can irritate your gums and contribute to gum inflammation.
Fluoride can affect your bones and pineal gland, even your brain function.
How to make your own natural toothpaste at home? Here is how!
- Extra-virgin coconut oil
- Baking soda
- Turmeric powder
- Peppermint extract (optional)
How to make
Put 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Optionally, add 10 to 15 drops of peppermint extract to the bowl. Last but not least, add ½ to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix the ingredients with a nonmetallic spatula or spoon until you get a smooth paste-like consistency.
How to use:
Store this toothpaste in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you need to use it, scoop out a small amount of the paste with a small spatula or spoon. If you have any small ice cream taster spoons, they can come handy here. Use the spoon to spread the paste on your toothbrush. Brush your teeth as usual, giving equal attention to the front as well as back teeth. Do not expect this homemade toothpaste to foam as it does not contain any soapy ingredient. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with lukewarm water. Wash your toothbrush as well as the spoon thoroughly to avoid turmeric stains. Note: Never dip your toothbrush directly in the toothpaste.
Benefits of the ingredients:
Turmeric: It helps keep dental problems, such as toothaches and gingivitis, at bay due to its anti-plaque, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It also helps whiten your teeth.
Peppermint Extract: It has therapeutic benefits that can inhibit the formation of biofilm that is linked to cavities.
Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil: High in lauric acid that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. It helps reduce the plaque on your teeth and prevent problems like toothaches, bad breath and gum disease.
Baking Soda: Acts as an abrasive agent and helps whiten and brighten your pearly whites. It neutralizes acids in the mouth, thereby reducing the chance of bad breath.