It’s been a few years since I switched to using natural toothpaste.
I try to avoid fluoride and other synthetic ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate and triclosan as much as I can, so I started experimenting with different kinds of natural toothpaste.
While most toothpaste brands still use these questionable ingedients, fortunately there are also more and more natural brands that have created chemical-free options.
It’s also very easy to make your own toothpaste with just a few ingredients. I like this homemade peppermint clove coconut oil toothpaste a lot and am going to explain a bit about why these ingredients are beneficial for oral health:
→ Coconut oil contains powerful anti-microbial properties; antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic properties which help keep your mouth clean and support healthy gums.
It’s great for oil pulling which I do every morning when I wake up.
→ Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate also has antimicrobial properties and supports a healthy pH level. The higher the pH level, the more alkaline and less acidic it is. Harmful bacteria need a low pH level to flourish, this is why tooth decay is closely related to a low pH level of the mouth.
While baking soda offers a lot of benefits for oral health, I find that many homemade toothpaste recipes are too heavy on baking soda. It makes the toothpaste taste too salty and feels too harsh on the gums, especially if yours are a bit sensitive like mine.
This recipe contains less baking soda, but enough to keep your mouth clean.
→ The essential oils – peppermint and clove essential oils are known for their favorable properties when it comes to oral health. They helps kill harmful bacteria, while respecting the good and needed bacteria in our mouth.
Clove is especially good to help ease tooth pain, fights infections and soothes sensitive gums.
Peppermint helps prevent cavities and leaves your breath smelling fresh.
I use a bit of organic stevia liquid to improve the taste of this homemade peppermint clove coconut oil toothpaste.
It’s a natural sweetener, but you don’t have to worry; stevia doesn’t increase the risk of cavities.
If you are using coconut oil in a solid consistency, melt it au bain marie in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water.
Remove the bowl from the heat and mix in the baking soda.
Stir well and go adding the essential oils and the organic stevia liquid.
Keep stirring until you get an equally mixed paste.
Pour the mixture in a container and let it cool off.
Use a teaspoon to get a bit of your homemade peppermint clove coconut oil toothpaste out each time you brush your teeth.
Note: some natural ingredients such as coconut oil melt at higher temperatures.
Their properties stay the same and you can put your DIY product in the fridge for an hour to solidify again.
Just make sure to use a container that protects the content from leaking, especially if you’re carrying it with you in your bag etc.