Making Healthy Lifelong Choices
I want to share this recipe with you in the hopes that you will start making your own healthy toothpaste at home. It’s easy, cost effective and so beneficial. Please note that I am not a Medical doctor or Dentist, you can find my full medical disclaimer on my policies page. This is a very personal experience that I’m sharing with you.
I’ve had some very traumatic dental experiences in my life starting with band braces at the age of 8 that resulted in countless cavities in all my molars before I was even a teenager. Since then I’ve had many root canals and rebuilds of teeth. Including a dental implant and several dental surgeries. I’ve had root canal failures and ended up losing important molar teeth. I’ve spent more time in the dental chair than anyone I know and more money than I care to acknowledge. I even contracted C. difficile (an extremely antibiotic resistant strain of intestinal bacteria) from a root canal procedure where the equipment was not cleaned thoroughly. After all these traumas I had had enough and decided to take a more holistic approach to oral health. I’ve never looked back. I’ve been making my own toothpaste for several years now and my teeth have never been healthier. My teeth are a bright white and they are pain free. Discolorations and stains from tobacco, wine and coffee are fading or gone. My gums are pink and healthy, have stopped receding and no longer bleed when flossing. Spots where I had decay or cavities are shrinking, becoming reminerlized and are no longer sensitive. I’m getting all these results just from using this toothpaste for a couple of years!
For my family’s future I try to make healthy lifelong choices so I limit refined sweeteners to very little or almost none (pretty hard to do these days), I try to keep nasty chemicals out of our home and bodies and I will never allow a dentist to talk me into putting braces on my daughter’s teeth before her mouth has fully developed.
I started using this recipe with my daughter when she was old enough to understand not to swallow toothpaste.
Baking Soda and Himalayan Salt are both safe and gentle abrasives to help clean away stains on your teeth.
Adding Calcium Carbonate and the natural minerals in Himalayan Salt to your toothpaste helps your teeth heal and build back structural loss by providing the building blocks to healthy teeth right in your mouth where your teeth can capture and use these minerals.
Coconut oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. You may have read about oil pulling (swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes to remove impurities) and the use of coconut oil for this purpose. I think of this toothpaste as a mini oil pull twice a day, everyday! You can even swish this toothpaste for several minutes before spitting to increase the benefits.
A note on oral detoxing:
If you find you have a mild sore throat or you feel like you get a full-blown cold after using this toothpaste for a few days then you know your mouth is in detox mode. When I switched over to coconut oil toothpaste I had a sore throat and other cold symptoms for several months. This is because my body was reacting to the removal of harmful toxins that had built up in my mouth over many years. The symptoms did eventually go away and I’m so happy I stuck with my new toothpaste routine because I have a truly healthy mouth now. Not everyone experiences the same type of detox reaction also called a “healing crisis”. Your symptoms might be completely different than mine. Just know that they will dissipate over time as your body becomes adjusted to a new clean normal.
Recipe yields 8 ounces of toothpaste
1/2 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Himalayan Pink Salt
2 Tablespoons Calcium Carbonate
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Organic Liquid Stevia
1 Tablespoon Organic Peppermint Flavor
Why do I use peppermint flavor instead of essential oils?
Peppermint essential oil is very strong and there is some argument on its safety around small children. I dislike the flavor of the peppermint EO I’ve tried in this recipe and have found that the peppermint flavor used for cooking and baking is much more pleasant and safe. If you are going to use EO please be aware that not all brands are food safe so please do your own research before using anything in your mouth or directly on your skin.
Healthy Organic Toothpaste In 3 Easy Steps
- With a mortar and pestle or using a spice grinder process the salt into a fine powder. Do not skip this step. If the salt is too large it can cut your gums and cause pain and discomfort.
- Mix the salt and remaining ingredients in a bowl until the consistency is light and fluffy.
- Add the toothpaste to a 8 ounce jar with fitted lid for storage. Or try one of these reusable food grade tubes or pouches for storage and travel.
Why you should try a Waterpik Water Flosser.
If you are like me then you have some nooks and crannies in your teeth where food loves to hide out. You are probably sick of struggling to get into all those tight spaces with regular floss. And the little plastic handled flosser are terrible for the environment. So here is the solution. Get a water flosser! I’ve owned a Waterpik Water Flosser for about ten years. They are a wonderful tool for keeping your mouth healthy. You fill the reservoir with water and turn it on. Then use the easy handle to navigate a fine stream of water between, around and behind all of your teeth. The water stream blasts any food particles right out of your mouth. It can also be used to irrigate around crowns and implants. The set comes with three water flossing tips, and a whole set of different brushes for plaque, pockets, braces and brushing. Trust me, you will love it!