You use natural cosmetics in order to avoid getting unnecessary chemicals absorbed into your skin, but what if you swallowed them? Today we will show you, that even making your own toothpaste isn’t anything difficult.
I heard about great effects of coconut oil, which is suitable even for brushing your teeth. It should have whitening properties and fight against tooth decay as well as ease a gum bleed.
I personally wasn’t too happy with brushing my teeth with the coconut oil only. So I was looking for other options. In this article I will show you, what I chose instead.
I kept the coconut oil as the foundation and added several other ingredients to it.
The second most important ingredient after coconut oil is baking soda. It works as a fine abrasive, kills bacteria, cleans teeth and protects them from tooth decay. It also neutralizes acids in the mouth, and which cause bad breath and tooth decay.
The recipes often give a 2:1 ratio of the coconut oil to, however, I use even less soda. My teeth are sensitive and the soda can be irritating, which is why I use it only as a complementary ingredient in smaller amount.
You can also exchange baking soda with xylitol, which is a natural sugar.
Adding other ingredients depends on your own preferences. You can add finely chopped leaves of fresh mint to refresh your breath or add a drop of mint essential oil or tea tree oil. Cloves ground into dust work well against periodontitis. I added a little bit of cinnamon for its flavour and antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
So what is my final recipe?
You will need:
- A glass jar from baby food or a little jam jar
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix all ingredients and keep in fridge in closed glass jar. Always use clean spoon to put the tooth paste on the toothbrush. Never put the toothbrush into the jar, to keep the effects and cleanness of the toothpaste.
GS tip: The toothpaste can also be made with 2 times as many ingredients (same ratio). It was a small amount, but some people may like it and make it more often and fresh. For whitening effects, a pinch/small teaspoon of turmeric or cloves can be added, which are disinfectant, antibacterial and soothe sore gums.