Make your own toothpaste. I’m going to be up front and say that I do not use this toothpaste. While I know that there are a lot of people out here that do make their own toothpaste, I personally choose not to, even though it’s cheaper because there isn’t information out there about the long term effect of baking soda upon tooth enamel. That being said, let’s move on to Today’s Experiment: Homemade Toothpaste.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
- A few drops of pure peppermint extract
Only one step for this one. Mix the ingredients together until you get a toothpaste texture.
Like I said, I haven’t made this. But I have read about it on several “natural” blogs that I follow and know that many others have success with it. I’m also a little skeptical about the peppermint extract since pure extracts are made using alcohol (a sugar). Maybe you could use a minty essential oil?
Another idea that I am starting today actually is to brush three times a day (after each meal) and also floss three times a day. The thought that bad breath and cavities are caused by food and sugars sitting on your teeth. Remove those, and you’ll get clean teeth and fresher breath.
Oops, I forgot to mention, you don’t use any toothpaste. Yes, no toothpaste, just water on your brush and plenty of flossing. I have not figured out yet if this saves money because of the increase in floss and decrease of toothpaste. I have a feeling it is going to even out though. We normally go through one tube of toothpaste a month and one box of floss (the cheapest store brand) every three months.
I can tell you already that my teeth feel cleaner and smoother than they have in months, which actually reveals a lot of my previous teeth cleaning habits.
If you are concerned about not using toothpaste (either none or the homemade kind) because they don’t have fluoride, check to see if you get fluoride in your tap water. That’ll help. If you don’t get city water or they don’t provide fluoride in the water and you’re still concerned, you can buy a cheap fluoride rinse at Wal-Mart. My dentist told me you can stretch the rinse by using half the recommended amount and only using it every other day. She said that’ll make it last longer and still give you the right amount of fluoride to strengthen your enamel.
So if you’re buying a fluoride rinse and extra floss instead of toothpaste, is it really cheaper? I don’t know! Anyone want to do the math for me? My husband and I already purchase floss and fluoride rinse, so it is cheaper for us to let go of the toothpaste.
What’s your teeth cleaning routine? Do you make your own toothpaste? Share your story with us.