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Brush and protect your teeth naturally with this homemade toothpaste recipe and tips for optimal hygiene.
Coconut oil (available in SHOP,) is a commonly chosen oil for oil-based toothpaste because it has great antibacterial and antifungal properties. The antimicrobial qualities of coconut oil aren’t enough to wreak havoc on the balance of bacteria in your mouth.
Because coconut oil is solid at colder room temperatures, you can use that to make a thicker, more consistent toothpaste. The disadvantage of relying on its solid consistency is that it is temperature-dependant. The texture of your recipe will change from season to season, giving you a thinner toothpaste in the summer, and possibly a hard-to-use, almost solid toothpaste in the winter.
I’ll be sharing an oil-based toothpaste recipe using coconut oil, but you can adjust the amount of oil used to adjust the consistency as needed.
This recipe can also be made with fractionated coconut oil (which doesn’t solidify at 76ºF), or a different liquid oil, if you find that it’s too hard to use it in winter. *Olive oil would be another good choice for making a homemade oil-based toothpaste as it also has anti-inflammatory properties and can benefit endothelial function.
Just as salt helps preserve foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, salt cured olives, and homemade anchovy fillets, adding salt to the toothpaste will help inhibit the formation of dangerous bacteria. It may have other beneficial properties.
If you are using a mineral-rich salt, like pink Himalayan salt, these minerals may aid in the remineralization of your teeth. Apart from that, salt can help stimulate saliva formation, which, in itself, can help keep cavities away. Saliva helps buffer the pH, so the acid from the bacteria in plaque doesn’t eat away at your tooth enamel. (That’s why having a dry mouth can be a major factor in cavity formation.)
Baking soda can be found in a lot of toothpastes. It’s a different sort of salt that helps raise the pH of your toothpaste. The alkalinity of the baking soda can help neutralize the acids in your mouth, which can help fight cavities. (Remember: it’s the acids from the bacteria that lead to cavities in the first place.)
The high pH of the baking soda (around pH=9) also helps preserve the toothpaste in a way. Most bacteria prefer a pH near neutral (pH=7). While there are some microbes, called alkaliphiles, that can survive in alkaline environments of 8.5-11, most won’t cause us issues at high pH’s for homemade cosmetics.
Mix together all of the dry ingredients.
Add coconut oil, little by little, until you reach the desired consistency. If using a silicone travel tube for storage, you may want to add a bit more to make it flow easily when dispensing. In the winter, you may use fractionated coconut oil or a different liquid oil to keep the toothpaste from solidifying.
Add your Essential Oil 10-20 drops for taste.
Fill your silicone tube or storage containers with the toothpaste. It’s now ready to use!