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Forget Fluoride! Make Your Own Toothpaste with These 3 Easy Recipes

Conventional toothpastes are abundant in ingredients such as sodium fluoride, sodium hydroxide (also known as caustic soda or lye), titanium dioxide, synthetic dyes derived from petroleum or coal tar, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial sweeteners and triclosan which should make us weigh up products we buy for the sake of our teeth.

Although we don’t actually swallow the toothpaste but the gums absorb it, it’s inevitable that some of it will go down your throat every now and then. The chances to consume ingredients that are harmful to your health are high adding the fact that most of us clean our teeth more than 700 times a year. Put your skills into practice and make your own toothpaste that will give you a mint-fresh breath.

Being the most notorious of all ingredients, fluoride has been confirmed to cause neurotoxicity. Despite this fact, very few studies have gone into detail about acute fluoride poisoning and neurotoxicity in adults and children.

Continued fluoride intake can lead to serious deterioration of your health especially of the nervous system according to a study published in Neurologia. Furthermore, The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences published the results of a systematic research and meta-analysis of published studies which examined the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. These findings revealed brain toxicity.

The following info-graphic on fluoride levels in water and toothpaste is rather shocking to most people:

Fluoride Dangers

Luckily you can make your own toothpaste which is both natural and beneficial and thus remove fluoride from your dental hygiene.

Make Your Own Toothpaste

Recipe 1 –

  • 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of finely ground sea salt
  • 10 drops of peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
  • A few drops of water

Recipe 2 –

  • 6 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid coconut oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

Recipe 3 –

  • 5 parts of calcium magnesium powder
  • 2 parts of baking soda
  • 3-5 parts of coconut oil for desired texture

Optional ingredients: essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), grapefruit seed extract, myrrh and trace minerals.

3 parts of xylitol powder (alcohol sugar) – this ingredient is not really necessary, but it prevents the bitter taste.

Instructions:

It’s recommended to use a teaspoon or tablespoon to keep things simple, depending on how much you want to make.

  1. Stir all powdered ingredients well in a bowl. In case you are using tablets, powder them in a food processor first. If you are using capsules, spill them out into the bowl.
  2. Add oil one part at a time until you get preferred density.
  3. For flavor add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils.
  4. Store the paste in a small container such as a 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, either dip a clean toothbrush into it, or use a popsicle stick or spoon to put the paste on your toothbrush.