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You probably knew a homemade toothpaste was coming, didn't you? I mean, if I worry so much about my eyeliner and blush, of course I worry about the ingredients I put IN my mouth. And at least twice a day at that.
Toothpaste is definitely one of those products I am hyper vigilant about, especially ones that contain SLS. SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, has been tied to damage of the oral mucosa and skin amongst other things (like indirectly linked to cancer) and I'm certainly worried about long term exposure to it via beauty products, soap, and laundry detergent. I also stay FAR away from added fluoride since I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and fluoride actually used to be used as a drug to treat overactive thyroids! Excuse me if I stay away from something that will make my already sluggish thyroid work even worse. And I also believe that there is no real case behind why one would actually use fluoride, just a long list of why not. This article is pretty comprehensive should you want to read more (and go down that rabbit hole).
Anyway – so to take care of my need to still have some semblance of oral hygiene and remain an active and accepted member of normal society, I decided a toothpaste I can feel good about was in order.
This graphic pretty much spells it out:
The particular oils I used for this toothpaste are:
- Myrrh, which helps soothe gum tissue and supports blood flow to the tissue
- Peppermint, which has antibacterial properties and makes your mouth minty fresh, hence why I use more of it than any other oil (you could use more Cinnamon if you like that flavor better)
- Clove, helps painful teeth to feel better and has antibacterial properties
- Cinnamon, which has both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and fights the bacteria responsible for tooth decay!
- Melaleuca, which has both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
To make the toothpaste just mix all of the ingredients together until they make a gooey paste like toothpaste. If your coconut oil is rock hard you can soften it a bit first in the microwave or on the stove. I use just like regular toothpaste, but store it in a glass jar and just dip my toothbrush in. I do recommend spitting into a trash can instead of your sink however so you don't clog your plumbing with coconut oil.
*UPDATE* Some people don't like the salt taste so either cut it down or omit it completely. It is used in addition to everything else for its antibacterial and whitening properties but it is by no means essential.