I’m going to come right out and say it, my teeth are something I’m proud of. Maybe it’s because I suffered enough for them as a kid with years of braces and teeth extractions. Maybe it’s because my teeth are one physical trait that people compliment me on. Whatever the case, I’m a bit obsessed with my teeth and thus I like to take care of them.
When it comes to teeth, keeping them clean is rule number one.
This rule is important enough that they even teach it in kindergarten classes. Do you remember that? You’d go to class and they would give you a toothbrush and toothpaste and you’d learn about brushing your teeth. Of course, the lessons in tooth care doesn’t stop when you become an adult. Now, you go to the dentist and they lecture you on the importance of brushing. It’s not surprising that we all know that we should brush our teeth. However, what can come as a surprise is what we can brush our teeth with!
Most of us buy commercial toothpaste thinking it’s the best product for the job. However, you can easily make your own minty fresh toothpaste at home and it is just as effective as commercial toothpaste. In fact, I’m daring enough to say that homemade toothpaste is a better choice than commercial toothpaste. Why?
Commercial toothpastes can contain many not natural and not very nice ingredients. Ingredients like artificial coloring, sulfates, fluoride, and glycerin all are either toxic or some like glycerin are not toxic but actually can harm the remineralization process of teeth. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have non-toxic ingredients in my mouth and I definitely do nor want to use ingredients that can actually harm my teeth!
What ingredients are in natural toothpastes?
There are many recipes out there for homemade toothpastes, each recipe with it’s own set of ingredients. Since I am sharing how to make your own minty fresh toothpaste recipe, I’ll talk a bit about what ingredients are used in this recipe. I like to keep things simple when I can so there are just a few ingredients in this recipe. In fact, this minty fresh toothpaste uses only three simple and easy to find ingredients!
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is a favorite ingredient in toothpastes because it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal. There is also evidence to suggest that it’s a great cavity fighter! Here is where we source our hand-pressed, organic coconut oil.
Xylitol – Xylitol is in many toothpastes including commercial ones and for good reason! Xylitol helps prevent cavities and can even help in the remineralization of teeth. A great added bonus is that xylitol is also a sweetener so homemade toothpastes can still taste yummy!
NOTE: Make sure you are sourcing a quality xylitol. We recommend this xylitol, which is non-GMO and sourced from birch trees (not corn cobs or any other potentially unsavory source).
Peppermint Essential Oil – Many of us associate toothpaste with mint so adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil helps recreate that store-bought minty fresh toothpaste. We always suggest using quality, organic, fair-trade, sustainably-harvested essential oils, like this organic peppermint essential oil.
- Slightly warm coconut oil.
- Place all three ingredients into a jar or bowl and mix until fully combined.
- Transfer toothpaste to a small jar and cover tightly with lid.
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