I remember reading some research and a mention in there that a toothpaste doesn’t have to foam in order to clean our teeth properly. However most people have some expectations as of how certain products should look and behave if you will. And most people expect toothpaste to foam. That’s why companies making most brands currently available add chemicals to it to satisfy those expectations. It has been a longer while ago and I can’t remember where I read it but today I will share a simple DIY toothpaste recipe that requires only four ingredients.
I am quite funny when it comes to things I eat or go into my mouth. I won’t eat anything I don’t like the look of (especially if it has tiny eyes looking at me, like prawns!) or or I don’t like the texture of. I tried oil pulling twice so far and I’m not sure I will try it again. So I was a bit sceptical when it came to making my own toothpaste the first time. I think I expected it to taste horrible but decided to give it a go. It was a very good decision as it tasted of peppermint (hello! I added peppermint oil to it) and my teeth haven’t felt this clean for ages. You know that feeling when you run your tongue on your teeth to check if they’re clean? Well, mine felt perfectly clean.
As I said you only need four ingredients:
- 20g kaolin clay
- 10g powdered chalk
- 30 ml vegetable glycerine
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil (feel free to substitue the oil for tea tree or clary sage or anything else with antibacterial properties)
You will also need a glass bowl, a digital scale, measuring spoons, a spatula and a clean, glass pot with a lid.
Start by measuring all the ingredients and putting them into the bowl.
And then start stirring until it is all combined to look like this:
It will take a while so be patient. Once it’s all mixed place it in a pot and it’s ready to use. Now, as this recipe doesn’t contain water there is no need for a preservative but make sure not to get any water into it while using it or it won’t last as long, not to mention might become dangerous as bacteria love water. I usually just dip my dry toothbrush in the pot first and then wet the brush. Use as if you would a regular toothpaste.
Now, why bother making your own if the shop bought ones come in such a variety and are fairly cheap? As I mentioned before this toothpaste cleans your teeth really well. It also doesn’t contain any unnecessary ingredients just for the sake of it. And it is FLUORIDE-free.
You might ask why fluoride-free when all you’ve probably been hearing since you were a child is that you need fluoride to keep your teeth healthy? For years fluoride was being added to our water and toothpaste so what happened? Based on this article majority of the Western European countries don’t add fluoride to their water anymore and this had no negative impact on tooth decay. It was noticed that the tooth decay rates actually lowered. Strange, right? Also too high doses of fluoride may cause fluorosis, a condition leading to permanently brown-stained teeth. Too much exposure to fluoride may also be linked to osteoporosis, thyroid problems and cancers, according to this article. My personal opinion is that the use of fluoride in water and oral hygiene products was simply overdone as it happens in a lot of cases. It’s a bit like with all the harmful additives in our food for example. They don’t cause any problems straight away so people continue using them. I am going to stick with my DIY toothpaste for the time being. What is your choice?
P.S. This post contains some associate links which means I am earning a small commision on the products you buy through my links however, these are products I use myself and I would never recommend anything I don’t find of good quality.