Homemade toothpaste can be safer, cheaper and more effective solution than regular toothpaste which you can buy in the store.
Regular tootpaste usually contains ingredients such as fluroide, triclosan, artificial sweeteners, sodium hydroxide and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which makes it foam.
Although these ingredients can be harmful, I won't talk about them here. You have google for that. Instead, let's focus on safe and effective ingredients which we can use to make our own homemade toothpaste.
Baking soda is the main and most effective ingredient, when it comes to killing unwanted bacterias. It is also highly effective for making the teeth white and shiny.
The best of all, it is very cheap. You can even use it to cleanse your gums from bacterias. However, don't go overboard.
Brushing your gums or teeth with baking soda, too often, can actually damage the enamel of the tooth and delicate tissue of the oral cavity.
Salt works in same way as baking soda. Since it is more abrasive than baking soda, it is even more effective for teeth whitening. However, this also makes it more likely to damage the enamel of the teeth.
This is why baking soda is the main ingredient in our homemade toothpaste, while salt is just an aditive. Also, make sure that you are using iodized salt. Bacterias don't like salt and iodine, especially when they come in combination.
When it comes to mouthwash, salt should be the main ingredient, not baking soda. Since you are only rinsing and not brushing your teeth with toothbrush, the salt won't damage them.
Peppermint is a herb with anti-bacterial properties. It is even used for soothing the digestive system and countering unfriendly flora. So, if you swallow some of it, no problem. However, make sure that you are using essential peppermint oil.
Since the herb has nice aroma, it is also used in dental care to treat bad breath. Ironically, bad breath is caused by bacterias which gives peppermint distinct advantage, thanks to its dual mode of action.
Combining eucalyptus and peppermint can be a powerful combination for treating gum disease as well as sinus and respiratory infections. Both herbs can be used to kill pathogens, microbes and treat bad breath.
Because of this, they can be found in many mouthwashes and chewing gums. However, essential eucalyptus oil can be toxic if consumed in higher quantities, especially for children. So, don't add more than few drops, while making your homemade toothpaste.
If you don't have eucalyptus and peppermint oil, you can still made toothpaste at home. It will still work just fine.
Hydrogen peroxide is well known natural anti-septic which kills unwanted germs with the help of oxygen. Dentists use oxygen to whiten teeth and destroy bacterias with the help of ozone therapy.
However, hydrogen peroxide is much cheaper than the ozone therapy. On the other hand, it also makes the toothpaste less dense, by giving it paste like consistency.
Although regular hydrogen peroxide bought in pharmacy will be just fine, it would be even better if you can get your hands on "food grade" hydrogen peroxide, in case you swallow some of it.
STEVIA POWDER OR XYLITOL
and xylitol are natural sweeteners which can be added to improve the
flavour of homemade toothpaste. While stevia is a herb, xylitol is natural
compound found in many fruits, herbs and vegetables. Xylitol may help with tooth remineralization, allegedly.
Since these two have negliable effect on blood sugar levels, they are classified as safe for diabetics.
However, what is even more important for us, is the fact that bacterias located in the oral cavity can't use these sweeteners as a fuel for their growth and reproduction. Because of it, they die of due to starvation which prevents cavities.
GLYCERIN, COCONUT OIL OR WATER
Glycerin, coconut oil and water are used to make paste-like mixture. This can also be achieved with hydrogen peroxide but you would have add a lot of it. Instead, you can choose among one of these three.
I personally just like to add water, while making my homemade toothpaste. However, you can add coconut oil, if you want. On the other hand, glycerin may stick to your teeth and prevent remineralization, by blocking absorption of minerals from the saliva.
HOW TO MIX ALL THE INGREDIENTS
You will need a small glass in which you will stir all the ingredients. First, add about two tablespoons of baking soda and then the other ingredients.
If you add too much water, coconut oil or glycerin, just add some baking soda to get paste like mixture. Since the mixture may harden over time, you will need to add a little bit of water to get desired consistency.
If you are looking for professional teeth whitening solution, then Xyli-White Gel can be slightly more effective option as opposed to homemade toothpaste.
I once ordered it via iherb just to try it, since it costs less then 4 dollars. The gel has so many positive reviews, while its main ingredient is xylitol which caught my attention.
Although the gel works, there wasn't much difference between Xyli-White Gel and my homemade toothpaste. Also, the gel doesn't contain potentialy harmful substances such as SLS, fluroide, paraben or gluten.
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