Using toothpaste is definitely a good idea when it comes to taking care of your teeth. Used together with a toothbrush and floss, toothpaste can help keep your whole mouth healthy and clean.
Commercial toothpaste, however, contains many ingredients that are difficult to pronounce, and it can also be expensive. Making your own organic toothpaste is a great way to save money and naturally take care of your teeth.
How Toothpaste Works
When we eat, food particles stick to our teeth and gums. Bacteria turn this leftover food into acid that forms plaque and creates holes in our teeth called cavities.
Toothpaste has four basic elements that help clean away plaque and keep cavities from forming.
- Abrasive – these help remove plaque, polish teeth and remove stains.
- Fluoride – toothpaste acts as a fluoride delivery system. Fluoride helps teeth become more resistant to plaque in the present and future.
- Soaping Agent – this provides the suds that form as you brush your teeth.
- Flavoring – peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla flavorings are often used to freshen breath and encourage the use of toothpaste.
Basic Elements of Organic Toothpaste
You probably have many of the ingredients you need to make your own all-natural, organic toothpaste. The basic elements include:
- Baking soda – cleans and polishes your teeth
- Salt – acts as a gentle abrasive
- Hydrogen peroxide – a natural teeth whitener, it’s important to make sure that the hydrogen peroxide you use is food-grade hydrogen peroxide with a concentration of 3 percent or weaker
Other materials that you may want to improve the taste of your toothpaste include xylitol, an all-natural sweetener used in sugar-free gums, and essential oil in your desired flavor, like peppermint, orange or cinnamon.
An Organic Toothpaste Recipe
This recipe is a basic one that generally lasts awhile if stored in a covered container in dry, cool place. You may want to start with a smaller batch in order to play with the ingredients and different flavors until you find one that’s right for you.
To begin your all-natural toothpaste:
- Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into a mixing bowl
- Add a dash of salt
- Add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
- Add 1 drop of peppermint oil – you may need to add more
- Add xylitol for a sweeter taste
Mix it all up until it becomes like a paste. If it’s too dry, add hydrogen peroxide a little at a time to get the right consistency. Use it every day – twice a day – for a bright, healthy smile!
About the Author
Kelly Wilson is a freelance writer and SEO consultant. For more information about keeping your teeth healthy, contact this dentist in Ridgefield, WA at We Love Smiles.
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