Why Even Most Natural Toothpastes Are Bad For Your Teeth and How to Make Your Own

By Teresa Workman Noble

Writer for End the Lie

PLEASE NOTE: I do not recommend self diagnosis or self medication. The information contained in this web site is from my studies and research. Some of the information contained herein is hearsay and may not be correct. Use the information from this page only at your own risk! If in doubt consult a naturopathic doctor.

I wanted to share with everyone my toothpaste recipe. I have been making my own toothpaste for over a year now and I will never go back to buying commercial brands again. I personally hadn’t used fluoride toothpastes in many years after learning of the dangers. Before making my own I used Toms of Maine the ones without fluoride. Toms now uses fluoride in many of their toothpastes. While investigating into making my own I came across some very interesting facts. Glycerin is used in most brands of toothpaste (natural and otherwise) and leaves a coating on your teeth. The problem with this is that the teeth are meant to absorb calcium and other essential minerals. This cannot happen as long as the teeth are coated with glycerine. According to Dr. Gerard F. Judd, PhD your teeth have the ability to remineralize and regenerate.

It can take up to 30 brushings to clear the teeth of glycerin residue. I would suggest making your own. Start with the base ingredients and add from there.

Toothpaste Base:
1 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
1 teaspoon horsetail powder
liquid of choice: water, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) aluminum free: As a soft crystalline substance that dissolves readily, it has a mild abrasive potential. In solution it will kill on contact all of the motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections.

Horsetail: Rich in silica and has a high mineral content. The body converts the silica to calcium VERY effectively…so yes, this aids in remineralization. It is also an astringent/tightener.

Vinegar: A half strength solution of vinegar will freeze all bacteria, and it will help to dissolve deposits of hardened plaque. Brushing several times a week with a vinegar solution can help to prevent this hardened plaque formation.

Hydrogen Peroxide (3 % solution) Food grade: When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with bacterial plaques, it breaks down very rapidly into oxygen and water. This helps to break up and destroy the thin bacterial layer on tooth surfaces, and it shows the places where bacteria is located.

Stevia: Provides sweetness without the sugar or negative effects of glycerin.

Clove: Great for gum health because it is naturally antibacterial and astringent. This is a must for anyone with sensitive gums, toothache, or gum disease.

Peppermint: Is an antiseptic pain reliever; it stimulates circulation throughout the gums…as well as freshening the mouth and breath

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3 Responses to Why Even Most Natural Toothpastes Are Bad For Your Teeth and How to Make Your Own

  1. DanJesse April 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Thank you. I had switch to a tea tree oil natural toothpaste that’s fluoride free and like it alot, but now I am going to have to go back and review its ingredients. Making my own will be my next step and will definitely be alot cheaper and healthier!

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  2. myself August 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    First, you may want to add some xylitol to that toothpaste! I make a mouthwash with a teaspoon of xylitol and a teaspoon of coral calcium powder. If you don’t want to make your own tooth past, you should get your self a tube of “earthpaste”. it is the only one I have found that is free of :
    -SLS
    -Hydrated silica
    -glycerin
    -artificial colors and flavors
    -pretty much any other offender to your oral health.
    I suggest doing a google search for Earthpaste, unless you have it in your local health food store. I can only find it online.

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  3. Amanda December 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I am not a doctor and dont diagnose anything and any other such legal jargon.

    Fluoride – Fluoride destroys the brain (accumulates in the pineal gland), the bones, the organs and causes cancer. It is used in rat and cockroach poisoning. Most popular toothpastes contain enough fluoride in four ounces to kill a small child within 2 to 4 hours (From “Fluoride Retained From Mouth Rinses and Dentifrices in Preschool Children.”). It is also a known fact that fluoride compounds were added to the drinking water of prisoners to keep them quiet and to hamper noncompliance with authority, both in Nazi prison camps during World War II and in the Soviet gulags in Siberia. (From The Cold War and the University)

    Surprisingly, fluoride has never been approved by the FDA and is in most public tap water. A 1990 study stated that fluoride has been shown to NOT reduce cavities and scientists are now linking fluoride to dental deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions and about 10,000 unnecessary deaths each year from cancer. (From “Fluoride an equivocal carcinogen. National Cancer Institute)

    FD&C Blue Dye # 1 & 2 – Food coloring is neurotoxic. They are made of petroleum, acetone and coal tars that are synthetically engineered. Ironically, food coloring was approved by the FDA. In studies in which rats were given doses of artificial food coloring versus a placebo and then placed in a maze, it was found that the rats were hyperactive and had difficulty staying on task and retaining attention (From “Potential Health Hazard”, 2011 Kamel & El-lethey). This is interesting because, as a lot of brightly colored snacks have lots of sugar as well as artificial color, so people blame the sugar for hyperactivity. However, the coloring itself may have something to do with this, as well. Some parents have concluded this on their own from observations at home, too. It has even been linked with rashes, asthma and tumors. If your child has problems with phenol foods, it would be wise to steer clear of these ingredients. There are many other food coloring ingredients that are not found in toothpaste, but are harmful, as well.

    Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) – One of THE most dangerous ingredients used in personal care products. It’s added to toothpaste as a foaming agent. It is used around the world for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate the skin on test animals and humans so that they can then test healing agents to see how effective they are on irritated skin. Remember that once this chemical enters the bloodstream, it travels throughout the body. A study at the University of Georgia Medical College indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes, as well as the brain, heart, liver, etc. and showed long-term retention in the tissues. This study also proved that it penetrated the eyes of young children and prevented them from developing properly as well as causing cataracts to develop as adults.

    Triclosan – Pesticide. It also has antibacterial qualities. With the sheer number of natural antibacterial herbs, foods and oils, available why is this chemical even being used? In my opinion, it is a waste biproduct and in efforts to dispose of “legally” it is marketed as a “good for you” and “necessary”( i.e. fluoride). It’s seen increasingly in many other children’s products as well, in an attempt to reduce the spread of germs. Triclosan, while the companies claim it’s safe, the EPA has it registered as a dangerous pesticide. In fact, they give Triclosan high scores both as a human health risk and as an environmental risk.

    Hydrated silica – A whitener that damages tooth enamel. Hydrated silica is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint. (From “The Safe Shopper’s Bible”)

    RECIPE

    5 Tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
    3 – 4 Tbsp Xylitol, depending on taste
    2 Tbsp Baking Soda
    1/2 Tbsp Sea Salt
    1 tsp Organic Edible Aloe Vera Gel
    1/2 tsp or less of Hydrogen Peroxide ,optional.
    Organic Essential Oils, for flavor and antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities
    Combine the first four ingredients in a small pot. Cook on low heat until it becomes a thick liquid. Any higher temperature will cause it to overcook and it will not blend properly in the next step. When thickened, take off heat and allow to cool*.
    Add the remaining ingredients directly to the blender
    When your heated mixture is cooled to room temperature, add to blender. Blend for approximately 30 seconds to emulsify the mixture. Immediately, pour into a zip lock bag and stand it up so that it stays in the bottom of the bag while you cool it in the fridge. Be careful not to leave it too long or the mixture will separate and harden. Massage it a few times to keep it blended and lump free.

    When you take it out of the refrigerator, it should be firm or at least thick with no liquid. Allowing it to cool to room temprature will turn it into a squeezable paste. Cut the corner of the bag and squeeze toothpaste into a mason jar, cover with lid. Store in a cool place. Because this toothpaste is made of coconut oil, it will liquify at 78 degrees. Just refrigerate your toothpaste if this happens. When solid again, set back out to soften for use.
    * Heat will damage the last three ingredients, also heat causes plastic to leech out toxins if you are using a blender with a plastic pitcher.

    Ingredients and Why
    Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – coconut oil is antimicrobial and it solidifies at room temprature. I use Dr. Bronners Coconut Oil, it is organic and fair trade. Also a coconut oil base is best for a homemade toothpaste, a baking soda base is too abrasive, and a vegetable glycerin base coats the teeth preventing remineralization.
    Xylitol – balances the PH in the mouth, preventing the growth of bad bacteria and because it’s also a sweetener, it naturally sweetens the toothpaste. Be sure it’s made from wood, not from corn to avoid gmo’s. I use Xyla, it is derived from 100% North American Hardwoods.
    Baking soda – increases and balances the PH level in your mouth, and body. Plus it’s slightly abrasive naturally, and will scrub the teeth. I use Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda, it is cruelty free.
    Sea salt – in addition to being an abrasive that suits cleaning the teeth, it will re-mineralize the teeth with the trace minerals found in natural unrefined sea salt. I use Real Salt, because it is the least heavy metal ridden sea salt.
    Organic Edible Aloe Vera Gel – aloe is a natural antimicrobial, it cures gum disease. It is also soothing and reduces inflammation.
    Hydrogen peroxide – whitening agent. It also fights microbes and fungus, but use very little, because it can be harsh in high amounts. Also, some people don’t do well with H2O2, because it is a strong oxidizer, so if you have oxidative stress, consider avoiding this ingredient.
    Organic Essential Oils – consider oils that will fight bacteria, neutralize toxins and satisfy your taste, like cloves, lemon, cinnamon, mint, etc. My combination consists of Tea Tree Oil for its antibacterial qualities, Peppermint for taste, and Sweet Orange for taste.

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