I make my homemade toothpaste to ditch the ingredients I do not like in commercial brand toothpaste. Not to mention it helps remineralize your teeth to rebuild cavities and soft spots, fights plaque, naturally whitens, and is great for treating sensitive teeth.
The ingredients I look out for and that are found in almost every store bought brand of toothpaste are:
o Listed as a toxic ingredient for ingestion and inhalation. It can affect the heart and circulatory systems in high doses. I know there is a lot of debate on the subject and whether or not it is beneficial for your oral health but I stay away from it if I can.
o Yes it is said to aid in the mineralization of your teeth, but I can do that with my toothpaste with natural, not chemical ingredients.
o There are many different types of glycerin. You may not know what kind is in your toothpaste, because the type is never stated, and some may be natural and same may be chemically created.
o I do use vegetable glycerin all the time in shampoos and soaps, but I don’t recommend for toothpaste.
o The debate on glycerin is that it prevents minerals from coming in contact with your teeth. Glycerin actually coats them with a thin layer that prevents minerals you put in your mouth throughout the day to interact with your teeth. It is extremely hard to rinse off.
o So if you want glycerin on your teeth or in your toothpaste, use it after you use this toothpaste
Also, I use coconut oil, xylitol, and bentonite clay in my homemade toothpaste recipe, so check out those blogs on why these are beneficial products that all help with certain areas of your oral health.
- Baking Soda 1.5 cups
- Coconut Oil 1 cup
- Distilled or Boiled Water 1/2 cup
- Xylitol 1/2 – 1 cup
- Salt – Sea Salt 3/4 tsp
- Essential Oils 25-40 drops
- Bentonite Clay 4 T.
Mix first six ingredients up until incorporated, then add in your bentonite clay at 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency you may end up using more or less depending on your preference. Store in a glass container for up to 6 months, DO NOT use metal containers they can corrode from the baking soda. To brush your teeth, just scoop out of container and brush as normal, use same amount you are accustomed to. Makes about 32 oz by volume of toothpaste.
If you are used to normal, commercial brand toothpastes, the taste and texture can be a little displeasing at first, but it is a taste that can be aquired after about a week or so.
Below is a MS Excel spreadsheet I created to show the cost savings of making your own toothpaste. I compared making the 32 oz batch recipe above to purchasing Colgate brand bulk pack I found cheapest at Sam’s Club. This shows that you can save minimally $1.17 per 8oz tube if you make your own. If you purchase a more expensive brand for sensitive teeth and whitening, this will save you a lot more per tube, upwards of $8.70 over Sensodyne.