We understand that some patients want to make their own toothpaste, and often there are many good reasons for this. Some people have sensitivity or even an allergy to common ingredients in mainstream toothpastes. Even artificial coloring in toothpastes can cause problems for some! If you’re going down the DIY route, be sure to discuss the ingredients with someone on our dental team at Palos Heights Family Dental first to make sure you’re not inadvertently using something that can hurt your enamel or the microbiome in your mouth. Here are some of the ingredients we recommend using in homemade toothpaste.
Baking soda is completely safe to use in your DIY toothpaste. Plus, at less than a dollar a pound, it is also amazingly economical! Baking soda is non-toxic, and it will increase the alkalinity in your mouth. How does it do this? By neutralizing the acids that can lead to worn enamel and tooth decay.
At $10.99 a pound, bentonite clay is certainly pricier than baking soda, but you don’t need to use it all at once! In fact, you don’t need to just use it in your toothpaste either. Bentonite clay is a deep pore cleaning clay that can give you the world’s most powerful facial. For toothpaste, it’s alkaline, which helps reduce acidity. Bentonite clay is also a natural polisher that is rich in minerals, providing an added benefit for your pearly whites.
According to the Journal of Periodontology, a study that replaced essential oils with daily brushing found that essential oil “provides an additional benefit with regard to plaque and gingivitis reduction as compared to a placebo or control.” Wow! What this means is that as long as you are brushing and flossing, essential oils can provide an extra benefits – this is an added bonus for folks who want to use natural products. Essential oils can also be used in your DIY toothpaste to provide a nice scent and extra oral health benefit.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
We borrowed this recipe from Thankfully Thrifty.
- 2-3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 10-15 drops of essential oil, such as spearmint or peppermint
While the upfront cost of essential oils may be pricey, you will save a lot of money in the long run by making your own toothpaste over the natural toothpaste you can buy in the store. If you need something to sweeten up your DIY toothpaste, add a bit of Xylitol or Stevia.
Do you have your own DIY toothpaste recipes you’d like to share with us? Tell us about them in your next appointment! Call our friendly office today or schedule your appointment online.