Mission Toothpaste is a longer one. This is Part 1 of we will see how many.
Till 2 months ago or so, I used any regular, not too expensive toothbrush and Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. This company seems to care about environment and you get the choice between paste with or without fluoride, depending on which side of the fluoride debate you’re standing.
How to get rid of the need to constantly buy plastic toothbrush and plastic tubes of tooth paste?
I want my teeth to be clean, healthy and shiny. But on the other hand, I don’t want to keep polluting the environment with plastic stuff. The toothbrush I’ve replaced with a bamboo toothbrush from Brush with Bamboo.
For the toothpaste, you can google homemade stuff and get tons of recipes. Toothpaste solutions from grandma’s good old days. As my teeth are very important to me, I’ll try those recipes but will keep a good mixture of different pastes to hopefully minimize the risk.
My first toothpaste option: Coconut-oil-baking-soda mix
My first homemade toothpaste was a mixture of coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint essential oil. It tasted fantastic! Very salty because of the baking soda. It always reminded me of our overnight parking next to the ocean somewhere an the US East Coast with bathing and teeth brushing in the ocean the next morning. Good old camping nights.
The salty taste and the wooden brush are my new addiction. The wooden brush feels so much nicer than the plastic. Tongue and cheeks approved!
In the meantime, I researched some more recipes and found that Xylitol is recommended for homemade toothpaste as it helps repairing damaged enamel. It’s a sweetener made from birch. I was hesitant to follow those recipes, because it feels almost like adding sugar to toothpaste. But, well, I had to try it after I read about Xylitol’s dental benefits.
The second toothpaste I made had the following ingredients:
- 1 Tablespoon of Xylitol (dissolved in a spritz of filtered water)
- 2 Tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 large scoops of coconut oil
- Peppermint oil
In order to get the coconut oil to melt without using the stove, I prepared everything sitting in our sunny patio. Coconut oil just needs some warmth to get from solid to its oily state.
While this mixture didn’t turn out sweet at all, it also didn’t taste as salty as the first batch. It had more coconut taste. So far I can say, taste is great and teeth look all good.
I’ve talked to the dental hygienist here at the dental office this week. She asked about which toothbrush and paste I use and commented with ‘How cool!’ when I told her about the homemade toothpaste. She said, baking soda is fine, xylitol and peppermint oil are fine but with coconut oil, she wasn’t sure. She thought coconuts may have a natural sugar content. It turns out, coconuts contain sugar, coconut doesn’t.
I plan to make clay toothpaste and aloe vera tooth paste as well. If that’s taste wise a good thing, I’ll use those options alternating.
Do you have any experience with homemade toothpaste? Which one, what’s the good and the bad about it and long term effects? Any alternatives to the recipes that I mentioned above? Let me know!