Natural Homemade Toothpaste
What’s The Best Toothpaste? The Safest One, Surely
A single exposure to a toxin is a really bad idea, but some people are exposing themselves to multiple toxins every day, all because they haven’t spent much time thinking about what’s the best toothpaste choice for them.
One choice is a homemade toothpaste that’s also free from a long list of chemicals that are either proven unsafe or are questionable. While additional research may prove some of the questionable chemicals are okay, why take chances when there are safe brands available?
Or better yet, have 100 percent confident in the quality by making your own homemade toothpaste with our simple recipe that uses ingredients you can easily get near you.
The Best Commercial Toothpaste
We can’t confidently recommend any one brand because formulas change all the time — and so do companies’ commitments to doing what’s right. Some of the brands we suggest you consider include Tom’s of Maine, Jason, Nature’s Gate, Spry and The Natural Dentist. But again, read the labels before you choose any product from these companies.
We strongly recommend that when looking for the best toothpaste available commercially, you avoid:
- Triclosan, which may contain dioxin, a pesticide
- Butylated hydroxytoluene or BHT, which may have reproductive toxicity and is an allergen
- FD&C Blue, a toxic material that accumulates in your body
- PEG-12, which may be contaminated with ethylene oxide
- Propylene gylcol, the primary ingredient in antifreeze.
You should also avoid sodium saccharin, sodium lauryl sulfate and sorbitol, among other things.
In fact, the list is so long that it makes more sense to make your own toothpaste.
The Best Toothpaste Is Homemade
The best toothpaste you can use is a fluoride-free version you can make yourself from a few simple ingredients. Want to know the instructions? It couldn’t be simpler.
Melt over gentle heat:
- ½ cup of coconut oil, virgin quality and non-hydrogenised
When melted, add:
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda or 1 tablespoon of powdered pumice
- 15 to 20 drops of an essential oil, perhaps peppermint or cinnamon
- Enough Xylitol, a sweetener, to get the taste you desire
Mix well, then cool before use. Store in a glass jar in your bathroom. It will keep until it runs out if used twice a day as recommended. Remember to floss as well.
If you’re considering leaving out the Xylitol since it’s just for taste, don’t. This sweeteners is also shown to have antibacterial properties, so including it improves the effectiveness of the toothpaste at killing bacteria in the mouth than can cause gum disease and other issues.
Eliminating gum disease eliminates bacteria from your mouth that has been shown to cause heart disease and other organ issues. That means choosing the best toothpaste for you and your family could do more than just reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and improve your oral health. It could play an important role in increasing your overall health and longevity — and that’s worth taking a few minutes to melt some coconut oil and mix in a few things, wouldn’t you say?