There are several reasons you might want to make your own toothpaste.
Many commercial toothpastes have ingredients that can have some very scary side effects.You can research individual brands of toothpaste and ingredients on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
I won’t get too technical here because I don’t have the time or think it’s worth the effort to cite individual studies but there is enough information out there to elicit some concern as to what we are putting into our bodies. Why not avoid these additives if you can?
This recipe will also save you money every time you brush!
One other reason to make your own toothpaste is for the satisfaction that comes with making something yourself.
The actual brushing that occurs is what cleans your mouth so have no fear that you will be sacrificing anything by trying these recipes.
I have heard concerns being voiced about the abrasiveness of baking soda but several studies have shown that baking soda is less abrasive than many commercial toothpastes. Read a brief overview of toothpaste abrasivity here. Note that baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is the least abrasive product on this scale besides mouthwash.
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons baking soda
Optional: Stevia, cinnamon or peppermint extract (from the baking aisle of your local grocery store) to taste
1 container such as a mason jar, etc.
Mix and apply.
This toothpaste has a salty flavor. I have experimented with adding peppermint extract but it tastes fine without it so I stopped using it. I have also seen recipes that include stevia but I decided I draw the line at adding sweeteners to my toothpaste.
If you are traveling or want to try something different:
3 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 mason jar or repurposed container
optional- 6 drops peppermint extract (orange and lemon extracts are good too)
Mix and apply.
These recipes may taste or feel a bit different than what you are used to but with continued use you may find you like or prefer these versions of toothpaste.
Feel free to share any experiences, thoughts, or questions in the comments!