- Oral Health
Why and How to Make Homemade Toothpaste
Oral health is very important for our overall well being, more important than is generally known. Your mouth is a direct connection to the inside of your body and it's systems. It is also what you use to receive food and drink into your body, which give you energy, life. The quality or lack thereof of your oral health can either reveal or cause other dis-ease or problems with your overall health, or likewise the wellness level of your overall health. There are many bacteria in your mouth, but most are harmless. If however proper care and maintenance of the mouth is not undertaken, the bacteria can be out of control, and if not brushed and/or flossed away, will then enter the body's blood stream and therefore other systems as well. These and other reasons, are great motivation to keep our oral and overall health clean and in order.
Modern toothpaste has fallen so far from being helpful, even as far as being toxic, which is why there are warnings on every tube that if too much is ingested that poison control must be contacted. Some of the basic ingredients to most toothpastes on the market are fluoride, glycerin, saccharin, titanium dioxide, and sodium laurel sulfate. Fluoride is toxic and was a main ingredient in rat poison, hence the warning about poisoning on the the tube, and, has been shown to be ineffective in the prevention of tooth decay. Countries that put fluoride in their water and countries that don't, both have had decreasing tooth decay in the past few decades, therefore not due to fluoride, but due to overall better dental hygiene and practices. Glycerin actually leaves a film on the teeth, that some studies show takes twenty-seven rinses to get off. Saccharin is an artificial sweetener, which are mostly proven carcinogens and highly toxic. These ingredients along with titanium dioxide, sodium laurel sulfate and others have been shown to be both toxic and ineffective in toothpaste.
What is the real need? Tooth re-mineralization, and/or tooth re-enamelization. In modern day, dentists see a cavity, drill it and fill it, without thinking twice. But teeth are actually like bones, they can grow and heal. This happens through getting the right kinds and amounts of nutrients like vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, D, E and K, and calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Also cutting out processed foods, sweeteners, sugars, and more is a necessity. Along with nutrition through diet, is also good hygiene and maintenance of teeth, gums and mouth. This is where homemade toothpaste can be used instead to help aid the re-mineralization process of the teeth and cleanliness of the gums and mouth. Below is my personal and experiential recipe that I have found to be good and effective all around. Using this toothpaste, an actually effective one, has left my teeth feeling like they have been flossed, even though I hadn't yet. I can feel the space between my teeth that I had only previously been able to feel after I'd flossed, not brushed. What a difference this has made, and will continue to. I wish the same for you, a return to genuine goodness and wellness, in these and all things.
- 2 tbs. Baking Soda
- 2 tbs. Calcium & Magnesium powder and/or powdered Egg shells (this is a great enhancement but okay if you don't have it)
- 1 tsp. Mediterranean Sea Salt
- 2-4 tbs. Liquid Coconut Oil or to desired consistency (I have found about 3 tbs. to work well)
- 1/2 tsp. Filtered Water, or to desired consistency (this will cause it to fizz and bubble and become more grainy, which is good, but you may have to add more Coconut oil then which okay)
- 10-20 Drops Essential Oil (Cinnamon is great)
- 1 Container, preferably ceramic or glass instead of plastic
- 1 Small metal spoon
- 1 Soft tooth brush
- Combine Baking Soda, Calcium Magnesium/Egg Shell powder and Sea Salt together container and mix well with the spoon.
- Add Coconut Oil, mix well.
- Add filtered water, mix well.
- When desired consistency is reached, add Essential Oil to give better and balanced taste, remembering that as the paste sits it's consistency may change due to temperature, drying, etc. of the Coconut Oil, so give it time to set. Then after this is achieved, add Essential Oil to desired taste.
- Wet tooth brush with water slightly
- Use spoon to scoop and put toothpaste onto tooth brush
- Brush the paste onto all parts of teeth, letting your own saliva wet and smooth it out all around
- Proceed brushing teeth for about two minutes
- Spit remains out into sink
- After done brushing, as you are going, let your own saliva come into your mouth and swish around like a mouth rinse for a few minutes, then spit out. Do this as many times as you salivate
(this all helps aid tooth re-mineralization)
Baking Soda/Sodium Bicarbonate has been used as a toothpaste even in and of itself, for over a century. It is a mild abrasive, and has an RDA (abrasiveness) level of seven. It also acts as a natural teeth whitener. Though it is produced industrially, Sodium Bicarbonate is something that the human body produces naturally.
Calcium & Magnesium are minerals that the body's bones and teeth need to grow, sustain and heal. Putting this directly on your teeth and in your mouth will enhance the re-mineralization process. Egg Shells are a high source of Calcium and can be rinsed, kept in the carton, then steamed for ten minutes or so to sanitize, and then ground up in a food processor to make a Calcium powder.
Sea Salt, or natural Sodium is also a mineral nutrient that teeth need to re-mineralize. This is why it has been recommended to use salt water as a mouth rinse to remedy a tooth ache. Salt also causes you to salivate, causing your body's own nutrients to contact your teeth and replenish it's minerals and health.
Coconut Oil has also been used itself as a toothpaste, and is also anti-bacterial. It also has healing properties as well.
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