I am happy to say I was able to make homemade toothpaste a few weeks ago. The ended up running out of regular toothpaste and I had all the ingredients on hand to make the homemade version. This recipe turned out great!
Why make homemade toothpaste?
My interest in making homemade toothpaste was more than just because it seemed like fun. While on this healthy living journey I have been discovering things about daily home body care products that are disturbing. One of the disturbing bits of information I have been learning about is fluoride. Up until this past year I was unaware that there was any question about fluoride.
My first clue into the idea of fluoride being unhealthy was when I saw Tom’s fluoride-free toothpaste on the shelves at Trader Joe’s. I thought to myself, “Isn’t fluoride up there with apple pie and the Bald Eagle?” It’s the American way. We brush with fluoride to prevent cavities, right? Well, fluoride may not be all I thought it was.
Did you know there is a poison warning on toothpaste? Stop reading this post right now and go look on your toothpaste tube. It says :
Warning : If more than used for brushing teeth is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact Poison Control right away.
There are warnings like this on many household products but on toothpaste???!!! The item we put in our mouths everyday at least twice a day and ingest small amounts at each brushing is actually poison? Could it be that ingesting small amounts of something that can be considered poison if ingested in large amounts could be slowly poisoning us? We have been blindly believing that the products in the supermarkets are safe for us. Who would have thought we would have to investigate a household staple like toothpaste? But it seems that we must.
According to the Fluoride Action Network and many other site, fluoride can actually cause health problems. Fluoride has been linked to many diseases and disorders. Here are a few links:
- Fluoride & Arthritis
- Fluoride & Bone Disease
- Fluoride & Dental Fluorosis
- Fluoride & the Thyroid
- Fluoride & the Gastrointestinal Tract
- Fluoride & the Brain
By the way, much of Europe has rejected the adding of fluoride to tap water and most of American cities have fluoridated tap water.
So, now are you ready for the toothpaste recipe? The great thing about homemade products is they usually are much less costly than store bought items. For a fraction of the cost of store bought toothpaste you can make a much healthier version and have the satisfaction of not being as dependent on your local drug store or supermarket.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
Update: I forgot to mention to add Stevia to sweeten. It really helps with the saltiness.
Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. For flavor you can add a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen. Store in a container. You’ll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels. This batch of toothpaste does not last very long with 4 people using it. I would suggest make two or three batches at a time.
I used a stainless steel bowl to store the toothpaste in and scooped it onto the brush with a somewhat flat 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon. I put the bowl and spoon in a plastic baggie to keep it fresh.
Do you use homemade toothpaste? Please share your recipe and your thoughts.