Oral health is something that should be nurtured daily, and unfortunately, people nowadays don’t really pay too much attention to what they put in their mouths. Toothpaste seems to be the biggest issue. Commercial toothpaste is full of unhealthy ingredients that people don’t know about it, and they should be strongly avoided.
Fortunately, you can make your own homemade baking soda toothpaste that’s both cheap and easy to make, and it’s way healthier than almost any toothpaste you will find in the store. In this article, we are going to show you the exact step-by-step method you can use to create this toothpaste. Also, you probably already have all the ingredients somewhere in your home so you won’t have to shop around for them.
The best part is you will spend less money on making your homemade baking soda toothpaste than you would on buying one in the nearest health food store.
Questionable Ingredients in Commercial Toothpastes
If you are still not convinced about making your homemade baking soda toothpaste, then take a look at some of the questionable ingredients included in commercial toothpaste.
This ingredient is one of the biggest problems. Artificial colorings and food dyes are believed to cause cancer, skin rash, and behavioral problems. And by the way, why does the color of your toothpaste even matter?
The ADA often reports how this ingredient stops cavities. However, recent studies have shown that this isn’t the case. They believe that it actually accelerates cavities. Also, it has numerous risks and side-effects.
Hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient known to be helpful with whitening teeth. However, it only has that effect after a really long time and after numerous brushing sessions. Also, it can very crude on the soft tissue of your mouth, that’s why it might be best to leave it out.
Why a Homemade Baking Soda Toothpaste?
After reviewing some of the questionable ingredients found in commercial toothpaste, let’s take a look at why baking soda toothpaste is considered to be so healthy.
The basis of brushing teeth is removing any acidic or sugary food particles left on your teeth in order to prevent tooth decay.
Brushing is the best possible way you can prevent teeth decay. Simple brushing does a whole lot more than any toothpaste or mouthwash ever could. Brushing your teeth can be beneficial even if you don’t use any kind of toothpaste. That’s called a “dry brushing” method and it’s great to use if you are somewhere far from home and you forgot your toothpaste.
However, adding healthy baking soda toothpaste can bring extra benefits to the whole process.
Baking soda is considered to be one of the most efficient mild abrasives and plus it’s extremely cheap. Applying plain and dry baking soda to your toothbrush is a fast, simple, and efficient way to clean your teeth. However, the salty and sandy flavor you will experience by brushing with plain baking soda isn’t very enjoyable. That’s why baking soda is usually mixed with a couple more ingredients, to get a better taste.
Making homemade baking soda toothpaste has numerous benefits. It helps you remove plaque very gently, it lingers onto the brush easier, and it tasted pretty good for a toothbrush. Mixing baking soda with only some water can lead to a healthy paste. But adding a few more ingredients to the mix leads to a much better paste with a polished taste and better flavor to disguise the salty aftertaste.
Keep in mind that adding something that is mildly gritty and abrasive makes getting rid of the tooth plaque much easier. However, if the abrasive is too strong that’s not a good thing because more than just plaque and food particles will start to get removed.
Homemade Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe
Time needed: 2-3 minutes
Serves: 30-35 uses
4 teaspoons of coconut oil
4 teaspoons of baking soda (a combination of baking soda and sea salt is also acceptable)
1 tablespoon of xylitol powder
15-20 drops of cinnamon essential oil
15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil
1 glass jar
The essential oils are optional, but we recommend that you include them for the best taste and efficiency.
Homemade Baking Soda Toothpaste – The recipe
Place the coconut oil container in the bowl so it can get liquefied.
Prepare the base
Firstly, take a bowl and fill it up with hot water.
Place the coconut oil container in the bowl so it can get liquefied. This process usually takes about 15 minutes depending on the room temperature.
Mix the Ingredients
Follow the ingredient measurements, and place them into a bowl.
Stir the ingredients until they are completely mixed and blended.
After the mix is done, place the finished paste in a clean container. You can usually use it right away but it might be best to let it rest for a couple of minutes.
After the mix is done, place the finished paste in a clean container.
Why are the Ingredients in This Homemade Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe Considered Healthy?
You might be wondering what makes the ingredients in this recipe so healthy, so let’s find out.
Baking soda is used for many purposes. Baking soda is a great mild abrasive that leaves zero grit behind, and this is why it’s used in toothpaste. Also, since it is alkaline, it can help neutralize excess acid.
Coconut oil is one the best and most versatile food aids due to the health benefits it has. It is used in toothpaste because it leaves a nice mouthfeel and is great in getting rid of the disgusting microorganisms left in our mouth. It can also get rid of candida and tooth decay bacteria. The best part is while killing harmful bacteria it also supports healthy ones.
Essential oils are mainly used to disguise the flavor. But it does have a few other benefits. Clove oil is antibacterial; peppermint is a great source of energy and it’s the most common toothpaste flavor; cinnamon oil is great for avoiding inflammation.
Homemade Baking Soda Toothpaste Benefits
We are aware of hard it can be to find healthy toothpaste and how expensive they might be once you do. That’s why we have created this homemade baking soda toothpaste recipe. It’s easy to follow, you probably have all the ingredients at home, it’s much cheaper, and it’s healthier than 99% of toothpaste in the stores.