Your teeth are an important part of your life that often get overlooked. They are one of the first things people see when they meet you, they are used to chew the food you enjoy, and they are used for spreading positivity in the world. That’s why when I heard that conventional toothpastes were filled with chemicals that could potentially HARM my teeth in the long run, I was not a happy camper. For instance, Colgate uses Triclosan, the same antibacterial that the FDA recently banned from use in hand and body soaps. You shouldn’t be washing your hands with it, but please continue brushing your teeth with it… Something is wrong here. We brush our teeth with toothpaste to try and prevent cavities, plaque, and diseases of the mouth, yet we are introducing harmful chemicals into our mouths in the process.
I’ve tried a lot of natural toothpastes in the past, and to be honest, all of them left me unsatisfied and longing for more. They would make my mouth feel clean initially, only to feel gritty or just plain dirty within a few hours of brushing.
So I started reading up on a few ingredients that are used in natural toothpaste recipes, and I put my own concoction together. When I first tried it out, my mouth felt like I had just left the dentist. No lie! And the results lasted until I ate again! I also noticed that my teeth seemed a bit whiter than normal, but who knows… my eyes could have just been playing tricks on me. I was a little skeptical about it being in powder form, but I quickly got used to it. Just make sure not to inhale as you are putting the powder up to your mouth… It’s meant to clean your teeth, not your lungs. 😉
Homemade toothpaste powder:
1/3 cup baking soda
1/4 cup calcium carbonate
3 tablespoons finely ground himalayan sea salt
2 tablespoons bentonite clay
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
1 tsp peppermint essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil
10 drops myrrh essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil
Mix all dry ingredients first in your container of choice, then add in the essential oils. Mix everything together as best as possible. When using, wet your toothbrush and use a spoon to sprinkle powder onto the brush. Try to avoid dipping your toothbrush into the powder, as this can contaminate the powder. Just remember that a little goes a long way; you only need a light coating of powder on your brush for an effective cleaning.
For an extra health whammy in your mouth, follow brushing by swishing a dollop of coconut oil in your mouth. Swish for 5 minutes and spit oil into the trash instead of the sink since coconut oil can harden and clog pipes. Coconut oil helps eliminate the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth, and one of the fatty acids in coconut oil, Lauric acid, is a proven antimicrobial that can combat fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
I chose the ingredients for this toothpaste because they have been shown to clean the teeth and remove surface stains while helping to remineralize and brighten your smile. Read about the benefits of the ingredients below!
If you look at the animal kingdom, a lot of animals, for example – crustaceans, use calcium carbonate for skeletal reinforcement because it provides numerous minerals. Often people include this ingredient in natural toothpastes for a remineralizing component. Calcium carbonate also acts as a mild abrasive to help loosen food debris and plaque.
Bentonite clay is a wonderful additive to toothpastes because it can bind to unhealthy toxins and substances in the mouth. When swished in the mouth, it collects these substances, allowing you to then spit them out. The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy found that bentonite clay also has effective anti-bacterial properties, which makes it a great benefit to have in toothpaste seeing as your mouth encounters numerous bacterial invaders each day.
This is another abrasive that helps remove surface stains. If you are worried about using abrasives on your teeth, you can always leave this out.
This salt is a pure, unprocessed salt that contains numerous vitamins and minerals that our teeth need for regeneration. It also helps balance the pH of the mouth, making it a more neutral environment. This is beneficial because a lot of food and soft drinks today can lead to acidic conditions in the mouth, inevitably eating away at tooth enamel.
Cinnamon is a staple in the kitchen, known for its nostalgic taste and ability to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is also a wonderful ingredient to use in your toothpaste believe it or not because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties. In clinical tests it has shown to be effective against streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus plantarum, the bacteria linked to tooth decay and gum disease.
Clove essential oil:
If you ask your grandmother what she used to relieve tooth pain, she will say one word: CLOVES. Why is this? Just nibble on a clove for a few seconds, and you will soon see why. Cloves provide a numbing sensation in the mouth that can desensitize aching teeth or gums. Aside from that, cloves have powerful antibacterial and germicide properties that will leave your mouth feeling squeaky clean and protected longer than most toothpastes.
Myrrh essential oil:
Myrrh has potent antifungal and antibacterial benefits that not only work for conditions of the skin, but also for disinfecting the teeth.
Tea tree oil:
Tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial on the skin and in your mouth as well. In lab tests it showed strong adhesive ability to grab onto harmful mouth bacteria, where you can then spit it out. Even though this is a potent oil, it has proved to be non-irritating against the sensitive tissues of the mouth.
Peppermint essential oil:
What is toothpaste without the refreshing taste of peppermint?! Aside from being a great breath freshener, peppermint essential oils provide a cooling sensation to the mouth and may even provide slight antibacterial properties as well. But I mostly add it because I just love the smell and taste of peppermint!
Ultimately, a healthy mouth begins with you. There are multiple factors that play into a healthy mouth. For instance, a nutritious diet is said to not only prevent dental cavitites and other conditions of the mouth, but it may also have the ability to cure these conditions. It’s difficult to get all of the proper nutrients into your diet every day, and no one is perfect; however, if you can protect your mouth through a powerful, natural, and HOMEMADE toothpaste? Well, that’s at least one step in the right direction!