Have you seen the latest commercials from the national brand toothpaste manufacturers that tout that their toothpastes can rebuild tooth enamel? I was appalled and shocked that anyone would declare that in advertising, or that anyone would actually buy it because they believe it. The fact is that there is no way to “restore” tooth enamel, and there is no way for tooth enamel to repair itself. Once it is gone – it is gone for good.
A few of the reasons for eroding tooth enamel include a poor diet (high in sugar and acidic foods particularly), and some medical conditions.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU MAKE HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE
This toothpaste is a far cry from what you are probably used to, as it does not foam on your teeth or taste like anything that you are likely used to with traditional store-bought toothpaste. When I was growing up, my mother insisted that we brush with Baking Soda, so coming from that background I knew what to expect when I started experimenting with homemade toothpaste. I will admit however, that using any less traditional, homemade version of any products can be startling at first, but over time you will not miss traditional toothpaste and your teeth and body will thank you for the switch, as you are not adding chemicals or harmful additives to your mouth or body, like Triclosan, which is linked to antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), which is linked to skin irritation, painful canker sores and may have toxic effects on marine life, and the all-mighty Fluoride, which is really a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissue over time and can produce a variety of adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction. Click HERE to read more.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 5 Tbsp of Calcium Carbonate Power or Eggshell Powder (see below for method), or half of each.
- 1 Tbsp of Diatomaceous Earth
- 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 3-5 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbsp Xylitol Powder
- Filtered Water
- Organic, food-grade essential oils for flavor
TO MAKE EGGSHELL POWDER
Whenever you use eggs, rinse the shells well and collect them in a bowl or container with an airtight lid. When you have enough, drop the egg shells into boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove from the boiling water and air dry, or lay them out on a tray in the sun outside until they are dry. When the eggshells are thoroughly dry, grind them into a fine powder with a blender, food processor or mortar and pestle and store in an airtight glass jar.
- Mix all of the powdered ingredients in a bowl. I run the Xylitol through a blender or small food processor when I buy it, as it is pretty coarse and hard on the teeth for the first few days until it dissolves over time in the toothpaste mixture. (You will thank me – I promise).
- Add the Coconut Oil a bit at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Add a bit of water (this will make the mixture foam due to the Baking Soda, but that is normal – don’t worry.
- Add the essential oils to taste (see below for my favorites), and Trace Minerals, which help restore and rematerialize teeth.
- Store in a small glass jar with a tight fitting lid, and dip your toothbrush in to use, or you can use a reusable BPA Free container. I have tried these, but find them time-consuming to fill and to clean, so I prefer the glass jar.
MY FAVORITE FLAVOR COMBINATIONS
- Orange, Lime and Grapefruit (A delightful citrus burst)
- Clove and Sweet Orange (Clove is an antibacterial and helps with tooth pain)
- Cinnamon, Clove and Spearmint (this promotes clean and crisp breath)
- Ginger and Peppermint
- Tea Tree Oil and Fennel (Tea Tree is an antibacterial, antiviral and an antifungal)
You can also add a few drops of Myrrh, which is an antimicrobial, antifungal immune booster with anti-inflammatory properties.