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 toothpastes! 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 toothpastes??
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:
Coconut Oil Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe
It might be easier to mix all the ingredients in a little blender; something like a nutribullet, or any hand held blender.
Add all the ingredients into the blender and blitz for a few seconds until everything has mixed. Heat from the blender will actually 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 air tight.
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 just brush your teeth as you normally 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:
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.
Just remember: your diet plays a major 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 remember the importance of a well-balanced diet, filled with bright coloured veg and fruit and good quality whole grains.
Other pages in the cocopalmtree in connection with this page
1. Katie. Wellness Mama. [Online] 2017. https://wellnessmama.com/1772/natural-toothpaste/.
2. Mercola, Dr. Mercola. Toxic toothpaste ingredients
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