Why Make Your Own Toothpaste?
Many mainstream brands of toothpaste contain harmful or even toxic ingredients such as:
Triclosan, a pesticide and hormone disruptor.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which causes canker sores for many people.
Artificial colorings, which are linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children. Toothpaste does not need to be blue!
Fluoride, which can be toxic if swallowed and doesn’t even work in toothpaste.
Titanium dioxide, which is added to make a toothpaste white. Most of the data shows it’s safe and is not absorbed by the skin, but I have yet to find a study done to measure absorption by oral tissues. The EWG has a good list of safety concerns around titanium dioxide, but the take-home message: it’s just there to make toothpaste white, not improve your health. So why bother with it?
Glycerin, which isn’t toxic, but has no place in the mouth as it’s a soap that strips your body’s natural oral mucosa and leaves a film. This film could coat the teeth, messing with the structure of the biofilm which could alter the microbiome in the mouth and impact the natural remineralization process — your body’s natural cavity-fighting mechanism.
Highly abrasive ingredients, which damage enamel, making teeth sensitive and more prone to gum recession and cavities. Toothpaste should be only a little bit abrasive — this graininess aids the brushing motion to remove the biofilm of the tooth.
The Best Ingredients to Use in Homemade Toothpaste
Coconut oil, which can help boost the microbiome in your gut (remember, the gut begins in the mouth!) and naturally prevent candida in the mouth. There is limited evidence that coconut oil might help reduce cavity-causing bacteria — either way, it can only help, so long as it’s not used as a replacement for flossing, brushing, and tongue scraping.
Crushed cacao nibs. Believe it or not, the ideal toothpaste would be a chocolate toothpaste, since compounds in cacao beans promote remineralization better than fluoride (and of course, much more safely).
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