One of my personal goals for my thirtieth year, was a heightened focus on my own dental health. Now that I have a child’s dental health to consider as well, the pressure it really on!
Disenchanted with conventional toothpastes and what they don’t have to offer, I have been cruising the natural toothpaste circuit for years. I have been happy with a number of brands over the years, but what I am not happy with is the price! As always, in an effort to be more frugal, I set out to make my own toothpaste.
The first one was a dud.
The second try is brilliant!
Dear Husband and my Mom both liked it, and they are my super-duper-recipe-tester-critics who will always tell the truth, so, to get the seal of approval from them meant a lot to me. What is even better is that is my homemade toothpaste uses few ingredients, is very easy and inexpensive to make, stores well in a re-used toothpaste tube, and has unsurpassed dental health benefits. It helps remineralize your teeth, instead of stripping them with harsh abrasives.
Let us first celebrate what this toothpaste does not have in it!
It does not have:
- sodium lauryl sulphate
- foaming agents
- artificial colors or flavors
- chemical preservatives
If you agree that these things do not belong in your mouth, then this recipe is for you
The star of this show is an unsung hero of the health world and is highly effective in healing dental ailments and maintaining excellent dental health. (It also has numerous other internal and external applications and can be used to make many body care products).
Enter, Bentonite Clay!
An earthen wonder, bentonite clay is like a sponge, binding and absorbing heavy metals and toxins and leaving behind minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium in their place. A huge benefit for the mouth. It is alkaline, and a naturally occurring volcanic ash, that has velvety texture with a hint of coarseness. Perfect for a good tooth scrub-down. A good quality clay should be a gray/cream color; never pure white.
That being said, this is not your average toothpaste. It is a gray/brown color; meaning when you spit, you spit gray/brown. It takes some getting used to, but should less uncomfortable than spitting something blue, green, pink or sparkly, right? It cleanses gently, leaving teeth feeling clean and polished, and can be flavored any way you’d like. By adding xylitol, you can add a hint of sweetness if you so desire. Xylitol, derived from birch trees and the fibrous portions of many fruits and veggies, has been proven to help keep a neutral pH in the mouth, preventing bacteria and plaque. Like bentonite clay, xylitol has many great benefits for dental health, and many consume it in the morning and at night as part of their oral health regimen. In reusing an old toothpaste tube, you get the convenience of commercial toothpaste, but the benefits of a healing tooth powder. I just do not have the patience for tooth powders so I simplified the matter.
Homemade Toothpaste (In A Tube!)
- 1/4 C Bentonite Clay
- 1T Baking Soda
- 6 T hot water
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 15 drops peppermint oil (or your essential oil of choice)
- Pinch of Xylitol (to taste)
Combine bentonite clay, baking soda and xylitol (if using) in a glass jar and stir with a chopstick or small spatula. (At the time of writing, I substituted stevia for the xylitol because I was fresh out).
Note: It is important not to use metals when making this recipe, because the bentonite clay can absorb the metals.
Add hot water and stir. Add essential oils and stir.
As for the toothpaste tube, I re-used my old Tom’s of Maine tube, and since they have switched to the plastic tubes, it has made reuse possible. I cut the crimped end off of the tube, washed thoroughly, and filled the tube with my homemade toothpaste by way of chopstick, small spatula, and my fingers. It was a bit of a dirty job, but not bad. I sealed up the cut end with packing tape, and though it may not be glamorous, it makes up for it in “awesome!”
I was afraid the clay might harden over time, but we have been using this for about a month, and have seen nothing of the sort. We have been more vigilant about putting the cap back on the toothpaste, which is great in it’s own right… (don’t even get me started… :))
I love the way my mouth feels when I use this toothpaste. I love knowing exactly what is in it and how it was made. I love knowing I can care for mine and my family’s mouths in a holistic, frugal and practical way, while not sacrificing taste or texture. I love the healing benefits of bentonite clay and all of it’s numerous healing benefits.
Do you use bentonite clay, xylitol, or homemade toothpaste or tooth powder? What does your oral care routine look like?
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**Remember, I am not a doctor or an expert. Nor am I a butcher, or baker, or candlestick maker, and I thoughtfully encourage you to do your own research on topics of interest to you. The remedies suggested are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
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