The questions behind the ingredients that lie in our everyday toothpaste have recently become more controversial. Is Flouride really good or bad? What exactly are artificial sweeteners? Why can’t I ever read what’s in my food/toothpaste? What is Triclosan? I think many of us have asked ourselves these questions, especially parents just wanting what’s best for their children, as I myself am the same. But on this given subject, such as this; The best quote I have ever read is: “If you can’t read it, don’t eat it.”
Why Natural Toothpaste?
Although I am no professional dentist or Doctor, I have never been able to find a toothpaste, specifically in a grocery store, that doesn’t contain a questionable ingredient. Even the ones that may proclaim to be the most “organic” or “Flouride-chemical free” have been found to contain untrustworthy ingredients such as:
- Sweetners: Sorbitol, sodium, saccharin, artificial sweeteners, there is no evidence that these are beneficial, but rather used to improve taste.
- Flouride: The most controversial toothpaste ingredient. Fluoride comes with a warning to call the poison control center immediately if ingested. Workers who deal with fluoride everyday have to be completely covered from head to toe, in order to keep themselves out of harms way. And we’re putting this in our mouth’s everyday? Usage of fluoride has been linked to health problems such as: bone cancer, lower thyroid function, muscle disorder, brain damage, arthritis, and more. Found on Mercola.
- Triclosan: A chemical used in antibacterial soaps and products. Triclosan was recently found to affect proper heart function in a study from the University of California and the FDA is currently evaluating for safety in it’s use. Triclosan is also found to be a pesticide.
If that doesn’t say enough, I would encourage everyone to perform your own research and tell me what you think. I want your opinions too! But in the mean time, now it’s time for the fun part….
DIY HOMEMADE NATURAL TOOTHPASTE
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil peppermint, or cinnamon, the choices are endless
- Stevia (optional, for sugar-free sweetness)
- Mason jar
- Use 1/2 a cup of softened coconut oil into a jar.
- Mix in 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Add 15-20 drops of your essential oil into your mixture.
- Let cool completely.
- To use: dip your toothbrush in and scrape small amounts onto your bristles. You can even make a different jar for each family member (recommended).