Making a natural toothpaste is easy, but we must carefully choose which ingredients we are going to use. Don’t worry as we tell you everything you need to know!
You already know that toothpaste is very important for our health and there are some healthier alternatives than a traditional toothpaste. One of the healthiest alternatives is to make a homemade toothpaste.
But beware, making a homemade or more natural toothpaste does not mean that it will not damage our teeth and gums, we must take great care in the ingredients we choose. A homemade toothpaste could also damage the enamel and alter the pH of the mouth. It is very important to know what kind of natural ingredients are most suitable.
How to make a homemade toothpaste
Here are some 100% natural ingredients to make a refreshing homemade toothpaste that does not damage our teeth.
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil helps improve the intestinal flora from your oral cavity and prevents oral candidiasis.
2. Mineralized water
It is recommended especially if you usually drink desalinated water. This type of water helps to remove heavy metals from our body, but also wears down the mineralization of the teeth.
3. Ground cocoa hull
Although it seems hard to believe, the best toothpaste would be a paste of cocoa, which its components help to mineralize the teeth. In addition we have to take into account that its effect is a non-aggressive abrasion effect and therefore a good ally to break the bacterial plaque.
4. White clay or kaolin
You probably already know the benefits and uses of kaolin, so this ingredient should not surprise you.
The white clay is a natural polish rich in minerals and is not very aggressive. It is also alkaline, so it reduces the acidity in the mouth, making it an excellent ingredient for a homemade toothpaste.
We are used to hearing that we must sterilize our mouths with powerful toothpastes and rinses that eliminate all germs and bacteria. Because of this, it may sound strange to us to put “clays” in our mouths, but we should not be afraid to do so. The true dental health is to achieve a balance and an ecosystem between the germs and the natural bacteria of our mouth, since these protect us from diseases and promote the mineralization of our teeth.
5. Sodium bicarbonate
The different foods we eat and their level of acidity constantly alter the natural and optimal pH of our mouth and can unbalance it.
To counteract this effect we can use sodium bicarbonate in our toothpaste, which has a pH between 9 and 11. This means that it is a very alkaline ingredient, which will help us neutralize the acidity of what we eat and regulate the pH of our mouth naturally.
6. Essential oils suitable for consumption
Essential oils such as peppermint or lavender help fight plaque and gingivitis, as long as they are used with brushing and flossing. If you do not know what essential oils are suitable for consumption it is important that you consult them with a professional.
Don’t be afraid to prepare toothpaste at home, as long as you know what ingredients are going to be used and the quality of those ingredients.
Do not forget that using a good brush and a good dental floss are key factors to maintaining oral health. With a balanced pH, a natural alkalinity and a balance in the bacterial flora of our body we can be sure that our mouth is clean and healthy.
And of course, we’ll leave you with a recipe for homemade alkaline toothpaste that regulates the pH of our mouth. It is a very simple recipe and easy to prepare. You have the right amount for a single use, so you can try it.
Homemade Toothpaste of Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Caolin and Mint Essential Oil
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- ¼ tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon white clay
- 2 drops of mint essential oil
- A pinch of sea salt
Mix everything in a bowl, put it on your toothbrush and… brush! As easy as pie.
What do you think about this recipe? Let us know in the comments!