Homemade Natural Toothpaste: Should You Trust Them?
Should you trust homemade natural toothpaste? It’s important to note that natural doesn’t always mean safe, gentle, and non-toxic. Especially if we’re talking about oral health care. You don’t need an experienced dentist to tell you that there are a bunch of potentially harmful ingredients in both natural toothpaste and over the counter toothpaste.
The biggest advantage of homemade toothpaste is that you get to choose what to include as your ingredient. Take away one ingredient and substitute another one and it still works.
With drug store toothpaste, some ingredients can harm you if you are allergic to them. Some elements can even cause bleeding gums and mouth sores aside from cavities. When making homemade toothpaste, you can change the ingredients at will. You can eliminate the components that might harm the natural ecosystem of your mouth.
Here are some toothpaste ingredients that might harm your teeth and gums.
Triclosan is an antibacterial and anti-fungal chemical. Which makes it essentially an antibiotic. This agent has already been banned in 2016 from the types of products that people can buy over the counter. The main reason is the fact that if not used properly it can cause all sorts of germs to gain immunity from all antibacterial agents including antibiotics. It’s easy to avoid Triclosan in toothpaste since the usage of this chemical is not that widespread.
Triclosan is complicated when it comes to toothpaste use. It was shown in a study that Triclosan accumulates on the toothbrush and can linger until the person changes the toothpaste brand. There are potentially serious health risks with that.
Surfactants are great at breaking down water surface tension to help clean both clothes and teeth better. That sounds horrible when talking about cleaning teeth, but it’s not something that will poison you, don’t worry.
The most popular surfactant is SLS and even that wouldn’t kill people. It will, however, have an effect once the body builds up this chemical over time. SLS can also cause irritation if used for an extended period of time. You need to stop using chemical toothpaste if you experience irritation because you might be allergic or sensitive to SLS.
Artificial color/flavoring and sweetener
Artificial coloring and flavors are known to be carcinogens if people are exposed to them on a regular basis. Artificial chemicals like this also cause irritation in the mouth that can lead to infections even if you brush on a regular basis.
While fluoride is said to strengthen teeth and gums, its benefits may reduce if people have enough of it in their bodies. In fact, if people have too much fluoride, they tend to develop fluorosis in their teeth. This means that even if you brush your teeth 3-times a day you’d end up with brittle, ugly, white looking splotches on your teeth.
Being a fairly unsupervised child back then, I tended to use too many kinds of fluoride toothpaste. Sadly, that resulted in a small, ugly white patch on my right teeth which is still visible to this day.
How to Make Homemade Natural Toothpaste
Consulting with your dentist is the best and fastest way to know if you have allergies to some toothpaste ingredients. If you can’t see the dentist, but suspect having some allergy, then making your own toothpaste is the best way to temporarily fix the problem.
If you still notice a problem, then at least you are in control of the ingredients of your toothpaste.
Here’s what you need to do if you suspect you have an allergy from toothpaste ingredients:
First, you need to avoid using strong chemicals that prone to hurt you. Ingredients like fluoride, surfactants, alcohol, propylene glycol, Triclosan, etc… Instead here is what you can use:
1. Baking soda (use as little as you can because this can wear down teeth)
2. Sea salt (optional)
3. Coconut oil (optional)
Warning: Don’t swallow this homemade toothpaste.
Baking soda is known to have antibacterial properties, as well as cleaning and whitening properties, and deodorizing properties.
Step 1: Make a paste using one tablespoon of baking soda with some water
Step 2: Put some paste on your toothbrush
Option 1: Put sea salt on your paste by dissolving it in the water. Sea salt is alkaline and can help maintain the pH balance of your mouth.
Option 2: Put coconut oil in your paste to help deep clean your teeth and gums.
Step 3: Brush with gentle, circular strokes and up and down motion, knowing that baking soda is a little bit abrasive.
Step 4: Rinse with water or with water and baking soda solution (liquid not paste)
Optional: You can use coconut oil as a mouthwash as this will act also as a floss. This is called oil pulling.
Fresh Aid Oral Care Natural Toothpaste
If you need a natural toothpaste without worrying about measurements then you can use Fresh Aid natural toothpaste. It has the effective natural ingredients you need.
- Baking soda – for whitening and bad breath prevention
- Aloe Vera juice extracts – to prevent dry mouth
- Natural flavor – spearmint and mojito to cleanse your palate
- Guar gum – fights tooth decay
- Sunflower seed oil extract – contains amino acids and arginine that’s also good for cavity protection
- Ginger root extract – cleans and soothes the teeth and gums
- Peppermint oil extract – great natural flavor in spearmint
- Citrus limon peel extract – great natural flavor in mojito toothpaste
- Xylitol – sugarless and helps prevent bad breath
Get the best natural oral care without spending time to source ingredients and make your own toothpaste. Click here to see all the natural products that Fresh Aid offer.