Making your own mouth care products is healthy and economical. The toothpaste I made today is not a neon blue, green, or pink. It’s gray- not the prettiest color- but oh so much better your teeth! I used bentonite clay, which is why it’s gray, but there are other kinds of clay you can use if you can’t handle the gray- white kaolin clay, for example. What’s wrong with commercial toothpaste? Flouride. Research it. It’s gross. And also, of course, artificial flavors and colorings (ew!), and chemicals that strip your teeth in ways that may claim to whiten but are truly unhealthy for them in the long run. I’ll give you my recipe for natural tooth-and-mouth loving paste below, but as long as you understand the basics of what’s important to include, you have a lot of flexibility in making your own.
Clove Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Optional ideas to add:
Calcium Carbonate (can be used instead of clay; so can charcoal)
Other food-grade essential oils of your choosing
First of all, I suggest starting out by making a small batch, like maybe in a 4 oz jar. Halfway fill the jar with xylitol. Dissolve the xylitol crystals in a little (just enough to cover) boiling water. Xylitol has been shown to have numerous dental benefits for humans! It is a sugar alcohol (but doesn’t act like a normal sugar) found in the fibrous parts of some plants- mine came from birch trees. It helps keep a neutral ph in your mouth and keeps bacteria from growing. Then you need some sort of clay. It acts as a gentle abrasive and contains calcium and other minerals that are good for your teeth. I used bentonite, but there are many types of beneficial clay you could use. Mix the clay with a little bit of baking soda. Don’t use too much BS in the ratio, or your toothpaste will taste yucky! Baking soda helps clean, polish, and whiten the teeth without scratching off the healthy layer of enamel. Slowly add the clay-soda mix while stirring, until it is pretty thick and paste-like. I add peppermint and clove essential oil, for the antimicrobial properties, and you could also add fennel or a tiny drop of cinnamon, depending on the flavor you’d like. Scoop it into a jar and voila! Teeth are very happy, healthy and clean when you brush!
There are so many possible variations on this recipe! I’d love to hear about it if you give it a try, if you have any questions, and what your teeth think!