2 weeks ago, I was dealing with intense pain from a cavity. For the past few months, I was jumping to various toothpaste brands because I was dealing with the bad breath from that cavity, as well as the pain. I usually brush my teeth 2 times in a row, 3 times/day. Haven’t been able to afford the dentist trip, but a question I saw on Facebook about homemade toothpastes made me curious. After about an hour on Pinterest getting ideas for recipes, I compiled my own recipe to try. All were flouride-free, which is good because flouride makes me very ill.
Why Coconut Oil?
Coconut Oil serves as a base for the toothpaste, and aids in allowing minerals to be absorbed into teeth. It also is reported to fight cavities.
Why Bentonite Clay and Sea Salt?
Both are high in mineral content that can reverse cavities. Bentonite is a very special clay. Not only does it bind to and draw out heavy metals and toxins, but it is alkaline and full of minerals. It can be taken internally to help with toxin removal so it is safe for use in the mouth and it contains calcium, magnesium and silica which are nourishing for the teeth! According to Mountain Rose Herbs: “Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an “electrical charge”. Its highest power lies in the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay’s structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly drawing them into the interior center of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository.”
Why Essential Oils of Clove and Peppermint?
These oils are antibacterial, taste great, and I believe clove oil has amazing healing abilities for the mouth – hence its use in oral products for centuries.
Why Baking Soda?
Baking soda boosts the cleaning power, odor cleansing, and removes stains.
Sure, it looks pretty gross, not going to lie – it downright looks like cat litter to me. BUT (and this is a big but), my teeth felt cleaner with one use of that toothpaste than my regular “2 times is the charm” method. I also noticed that my breath stays fresher for a lot longer than with regular toothpastes. After a couple of days, my cavity wasn’t hurting as badly as before. After 4 days, my front teeth were spotty but a lot whiter than previously. I also love the ease of use of getting the toothpaste out of a jar vs a tube. I love the clove/peppermint flavor and I think the salt makes the clove sweeter and yummier. A bit like clove chewing gum. My mom also mentioned that my breath wasn’t as stinky as normal, and it had been a few hours since I brushed my teeth when she said that.
So, it has been 1 week since I started using it and this is what I have learned from experience and with the help of the internet:
-My tooth sensitivity to hot and cold is completely gone.
-My cavity pain is barely noticeable (I think this is partially due to the numbing effects of clove oil).
-My teeth are whiter, shiner, and feel cleaner with only one use vs brushing my teeth with a normal toothpaste.
-My breath is fresher for much longer.
-Teeth don’t necessarily need flouride to feel clean or fight cavities.
-Toothpaste does not need to bubble up to clean your teeth.
-Coconut oil used to treat cavities is very effective.
-Clove oil used to treat tooth pain is also very effective.
-Remineralizing your teeth quickly helps restore enamel on teeth.
-Dentists report that most toothpastes strip enamel from teeth, so there’s little risk of damaging teeth with a homemade toothpaste when you already take that risk from using a big brand.
-It tastes yummy!!
-It’s my preference that my toothpaste comes in a jar rather than a tube.
My goals for my future toothpaste experiments:
-Make a clay-free option and see if it works the same for me.
-Make a tooth powder (I may like it better).
-Use ground or dried cloves and see if it tastes or works better than just with clove oil.
-Put it in a tube and see if I still prefer the jar.
-Use Himalayan pink salt–it is higher in mineral content.
-Make a charcoal toothpaste and see if it whitens teeth.
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