How to Make Toothpaste with Coconut Oil


Why Make Your Own Toothpaste?

Toothpaste is probably not high on your alert list. However, that being said, if you are mega aware of the ingredients of things, or you do worry about the safety of the things we put in and on our body – then let me tell you about the downside to our store bought toothpaste.

If you’ve ever taken homeopathic medicines – you’ll know that the majority of them are to be placed in the mouth and they are absorbed through the lining of our mouths; this is because our mouths are highly absorbent.   

You’d be surprised to learn, that there are a few harsh chemicals stealthily hiding in our toothpaste!  Over the course of your life – you ingest quite a bit of toothpaste!  Even if most of it is spat out, those chemicals still get absorbed into our mouths and pass into our bloodstream.

So what exactly is in our toothpaste??

  • Fluoride. A controversial one! Fluoride has been under inspection in recent years, as scientists are now beginning to question if fluoride is all it’s cracked up to be. Studies are being done to determine if fluoride is a toxic chemical that can lead to neurological (brain) and endocrine (hormone) dysfunction. That sounds a bit scary, especially if your toddler swallows copious amounts of toothpaste while brushing!
  • Triclosan. An anti-bacterial chemical.  It helps prevent gum disease, but it is linked to causing disruptions to our hormonal system; this includes health problems relating to premature puberty in girls, undescended testes in boys, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian and breast cancer.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. (SLS) Makes toothpaste foam. According to some studies, SLS can lead to mouth sores and ulcers.
  • DEA. Diethanolamine. A known hormone disruptor. According to Dr. Mercola’s website, the Environmental Working Group rank DEA very highly on its cosmetic database.  In fact, it has the highest toxic score – a 10.
  • Toothpaste also often contains artificial sweeteners like Aspartame, artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.


Beneficial Homemade Coconut Toothpaste

If you would like to extend your coconut oils’ repertoire, why not try your hand at making your own toothpaste.

Research has found, that coconut oil that has been mixed with the digestive enzymes found in our saliva strongly inhibits the growth of a bacteria that cause tooth decay; this means that our good and trusty coconut oil can work very effectively as toothpaste!  

Here is a quote from chief researcher Dr. Damien Brady:

“Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection.”


How to make Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon stevia or xylitol (grind the xylitol first, into a fine powder)
  • 10-20 drops essential oil.  Tea tree oil is a wonderful anti-bacterial oil.  Other options could be peppermint, cinnamon or myrrh oil.

Method:

It might be easier to mix all the ingredients in a little blender; something like a nutribullet or any handheld blender will work well.  

Add all the ingredients into the blender and blitz for a few seconds until everything has mixed. Heat from the mixer will soften the coconut oil to toothpaste consistency if it isn’t soft already.  

Pour the mixture into a glass mason jar. You can also use any container, preferably glass and airtight.

How to use coconut oil as toothpaste:  

Dampen your toothbrush first and then dip it into the container and scrape off a bit of the mixture onto the bristles of your brush; this is why it’s probably wise to divide the mixture into a variety of containers so that everyone in the family has their own individual one.  Then brush your teeth as you usually would.

If you have some bentonite clay lying around, left over from some face mask recipe, why not try the following coconut oil toothpaste recipe:

Coconut and Peppermint Oil Toothpaste:

Ingredients:

  • 60ml bentonite clay
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 80ml water
  • 30ml coconut oil
  • 1-5 drops peppermint essential oil

Method:

Add all the ingredients together in your trusty little blender and mix until it forms a paste.  

Store it in a clean air tight container.  (Preferably glass).

Dip your toothbrush into the container scooping the mixture onto your brush.  Brush your teeth as often as you would with store-bought toothpaste.

Remember, your diet plays a significant role in reducing dental cavities and gum disease.  Eating a diet full of processed foods and sugar – never ends well for your teeth!  A lack of vitamin C can also lead to gum disease and sores in the mouth.  So no matter which toothpaste you prefer to use – try to remember the importance of a well-balanced diet, filled with bright colored veg and fruit and good quality whole grains.  

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References

1. Katie. Wellness Mama. [Online] 2017. https://wellnessmama.com/1772/natural-toothpaste/.

2. Mercola, Dr. Mercola. Toxic toothpaste ingredients

Coconut products are the perfect addition to a successful ketogenic diet.

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