Why do I need to make my own toothpaste?

how to make your own toothpaste

If your answer to getting the perfect dazzling white teeth involves a big labeled brand of toothpaste, then may be it’s time to re-read that label. Most toothpaste, (including some brands that claim to be natural) can include toxic chemicals that harm us when used regularly for an extended period of time. Besides, they aren’t the best for the planet either.

The common misconception with regards to toothpaste is that it’s not ingested/swallowed and therefore is not harmful. However, studies show that the membrane lining of the mouth has 90% absorption efficiency and that’s how the chemicals from the paste reach your blood stream.

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Some of the common ingredients you’d find in most toothpaste are:

  1. Triclosan: a chemical added to fight gingivitis, is known to be linked to health hazards like endocrine disruption and is also known to create antibacterial resistance.
  2. SLS: added for creating foam, is also linked to skin, eye irritation.
  3. Aspartame: it’s a common ingredient in artificial sweeteners and has been linked to health disorders like migraines, joint pains, memory loss, weight gain, and even cancer in extreme cases.
  4. Sorbitol: a sugar alcohol plays two roles. It acts as a humectant i.e. keeps the paste from drying, and as a sweetener. Is is known to be a laxative and linked to gastric issues.
  5. Flouride: a chemical that’s in the paste to keep your teeth from decaying, if swallowed (which happens a lot with kids) it is known to cause stomach ailments, rashes and toxicity even.
  6. Synthetic dyes and microbeads: artificial colours are often added to paste for visual appeal, and microbeads are used to scrub the dirt away.  

There are plenty more than can be added to the list.

So what’s the solution?

The solution is rather simple – whenever you opt for toothpaste, try and buy certified organic ones or even simpler make them yourself. Listed below is one such, simple, environment, and health friendly toothpaste recipe:

  • Baking soda – 2-3 tablespoon
  • Coconut oil – ½ cup
  • Stevia powder for flavouring – 2 sachets (optional)
  • 15-20 drops of essential oil – peppermint or cinnamon (optional)

Melt the coconut oil, if not already melted, and mix in the other ingredients well. Once all the ingredients have blended well, transfer and store in a glass jar container. To use, just dip your brush in and use, as you want a normal paste . That’s it. If scooping it out on your toothbrush seems difficult, you could even use a spoon for it.

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