Link to a debate between two dentists.
Link to Dr. Josh Axe's discussion of the health risks.
Link to discussion of fluoride's role as a neurotoxin.
In the end, each person has to make their own decision. I decided that I wanted to try to make my own toothpaste, not only because of the fluoride, but also because of the artificial sweeteners and other toxic chemicals they put in toothpaste. Of course, you could buy a more natural toothpaste like Tom's of Maine, but even those contain a lot of chemicals. So, if you want to try an experiment, here is my super simple recipe for making your own toothpaste.
Recipe for Homemade Toothpaste
With 3 or 4 simple ingredients, you can have healthy teeth and gums. Note that the measures are approximate, as I rarely measure things out when I am making my "creations." You may have to adjust the ratios to your own taste.
1/3 cup of extra virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons of baking soda
Oil of peppermint
Oil of spearmint (optional)
- Warm the coconut oil slightly until it gets soft, but not completely liquid.
- Stir in the baking soda until it is mixed thorough.
- Add several drops of peppermint oil and, if you like, spearmint oil.
- Mix thoroughly and let it return to room temperature
I prefer mine "minty," so I use about 10 drops of peppermint oil and 8 drops of spearmint oil. You can adjust according to your taste.
Directions for Use
I use the back of toothbrush to scrape up a "ball" of toothpaste about the size of a half of a teaspoon. Then, I scoop it up with the bristle side of the toothbrush and brush as usual.
It will not foam because it has no added 'foaming agents." This is normal.
Because it is mostly coconut oil, your toothbrush will get a little bit oily. I wash the handle with a little bit of soap and warm water when I am finished.
My Observations Using Natural Toothpaste
After using my natural toothpaste for about one month, here are some of my observations.
- I don't have that "dry mouth" feeling after brushing that I have always had after brushing.
- My tongue has lost the white film that was always on it. I used to think that was due to the dairy products. But then I went vegan. So I thought maybe it was the almond milk I use in my coffee. Or something else. I could never get it to go away. Now, it is gone. I truly believe it was the toothpaste. And I have always scraped my tongue after brushing for years.
- My teeth are getting whiter. I drink coffee almost everyday. However, I always tried to avoid "whitening" toothpastes, because my dentist said that they can damage your enamel. While it has only been a month, the difference in my teeth in noticeable.
If you try my recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments.