Did you know that your store bought toothpastes are highly toxic? Most commercial brands contain harmful chemicals such as Fluoride, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triclosan. Fluoride is a by product of aluminum manufacturing. It can also be found in rat poisoning and industrial pesticide. Scary! And yet it is added to the majority of US water supplies using the rationale that it helps prevent dental cavities. Colgate Total, has recently been linked to cancer and many other health risks.
Fortunately, you can make your own toothpaste at home with just a few easy ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen. This homemade toothpaste can help heal cavities, gum disease, and whiten teeth.
Peppermint essential oil can help reduce anaerobic bacteria, which, if they proliferate, can cause gum disease.
Baking soda is beneficial especially if you have stains on your teeth. It helps remove discoloration since it can “release free radicals that attack teeth stains,” and “has a bleach-like action.”
Coconut oil: The beneficial antimicrobial properties of coconut oil are not new. A study published in 1972 found that lauric acid was one of the most effective fatty acids at stopping bacterial growth. Additionally, research have demonstrated that oil pulling, swishing coconut oil in the mouth, can reduce the accumulation of plaque, reducing your risk of gum disease.
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WHAT TO DO:
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. You can use a whisker to make it nice and creamy.
Pour into a mason jar and then seal it until you are ready to use.