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Make Your Own Toothpaste

Make Your Own Toothpaste

Dirty vs clean teethSmile and the world smiles with you. And when you have clean teeth, it is so easy to smile. But when your teeth are dirty or when you think they are dirty, you hide them. While brushing alone can clear the obvious problems, to really clean teeth, toothpaste is necessary to clean out the bacteria and sugars and keep them from breeding.

Since we like to take charge of our own health and beauty care  let’s make our own products to keep our teeth clean so we can smile with ease. Here we go.

Good habits

  • Don’t smoke. Just don’t. Not only is it bad for you, the smoke turns your teeth yellow and they look awful.
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush. Hard bristle brushes push your gums back and can cause gum disease.
  • Hold your toothbrush lightly. If you grip it too tightly, you tend to overscrub.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. The sugar sits in your mouth and on your teeth and cause more damage. Same thing with candy, especially sticky candy.
  • Woman with appleBrush your teeth for 2 minutes. Use circular motions to move the bacteria out.
  • And of course, watch your diet. Snack on apples, carrots, pears, or celery regularly. These help clean your teeth naturally. Cheese and yogurt contain vitamins and minerals that help strengthen your teeth and keep them healthy from within.
  • Use the right essential oils to not just give you the right scent but also to help kill off bacteria.

Best oils

Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Myrrh, Anise Seed, Orange, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano

Tips

  • Ready for something interesting? Strawberries have a slight bleaching action to them so you can cut the top off of a ripe strawberry, mash it up and then use like toothpaste to brush your teeth. It’s also a good idea to eat ripe strawberries daily when you can.  (4)
  • Clove Bud and Cinnamon Bark are hot oils so if you have sensitive gums, be careful about using. However, because of the nature of the oils, they make great antibacterial agents.
  • Baking soda is a great natural tooth powder because it is mildly abrasive. It is good for helping whiten your teeth as well.
  • 421810_xxlFloss every day! Yes I know. I sound like your dentist but flossing every day helps keep your teeth clean and healthy and it helps keep your breath fresh.
  • Keep your toothbrush rinsed off well. Some people like to put a drop of an essential oil like Tea Tree, Cinnamon Bark, or Clove Bud on the bristles after washing to kill off any bacteria. The only problem is the oil can break down the bristles and glue too quickly so if you do want to do that, be sure to rinse it off well afterwards. A better alternative is to rinse well after brushing, flick the bristles to get as much water off as possible, pour a little hydrogen peroxide onto the bristles, and stand it up to dry. You can also blow it dry with your hair dryer.
  • Mix dried sage leaves in with baking soda and use as a tooth powder.
  • If you have gum problems, add 1 drop Myrrh to your recipe. It is one of the better oils to help clear up gum diseases.

Recipes

These are a few basic ones I found in various books and they give you really good ideas on how you can make this work for yourself. You can also substitute different oils if you want to, if there are oils you  prefer to the ones in the recipes. Just keep the drop amounts the same. And be sure to check out the books they came from. These authors deserve the credit for these.

 Always test on a small part of your mouth before using all over. Just make sure you can handle the recipe before going to town with it. 😀

Soda and Salt Toothpaste

  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, finely ground
  • 1 drop Peppermint, Spearmint, Orange, Clove Bud or Cinnamon Bark oil
  • A few drops water

Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly until a smooth, thick paste forms. Dip toothpaste into paste and brush your teeth. (4)

Whitening Peppermint Toothpaste

  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin
  • 2 teaspoons Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 6 drops Peppermint or Spearmint
  • 1 tiny pinch Stevia

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Spoon into a 1 ounce, dark colored glass jar. Discard after 1 month. (5)

Woman brushing her teethToothpaste

  • 1/4 cup Hot Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 drop essential oil of choice

Mix water, almond oil, and corn starch together until well mixed. Add essential oil and mix until smooth then spoon into a small, clean container with a tight fitting lid. (6)

Tooth Powder

  • 4 teaspoons Clay, green or white clay
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Lemon

Mix together really well. A fork works great. Make sure the essential oils are distributed throughout the powder. You can also put all the ingredients into a ziploc bag, close tightly, and massage bag until essential oils are fully distributed. Keep in a box. Dip toothbrush into the powder and wet with a tiny bit of water before brushing teeth as normal. (3)

Brushing teethSwiss “Snow Caps” Tooth Powder

  • 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Sage
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 1 drop Peppermint

Mix together really well. A fork works great. Make sure the essential oils are distributed throughout the powder. You can also put all the ingredients into a ziploc bag, close tightly, and massage bag until essential oils are fully distributed. Keep in a box. Dip toothbrush into the powder and wet with a tiny bit of water before brushing teeth as normal. (3)

Lemon Clove Tooth Cleanser

  • Small amount of Sage, finely powdered
  • 1 ounce Myrrh, finely powdered
  • 1 pound Arrowroot, powdered
  • 3 ounces Orrisroot powder
  • 20 drops Lemon oil
  • 10 drops Clove Bud oil
  • 12 drops Bergamot oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl, add essential oils and blend. (Can add all to a ziploc bag, close tightly, and massage bag until oils are thoroughly blended in.) Store in a tightly sealed jar. Dip toothbrush into mixture and brush as usual. (8)

A last thought

It’s nice to take charge of your own oral care.  Be sure to also check out the article on making your own mouthwash to deal with bad breath. Also check out the video from Amber Hardcore about making your own zeolite toothpaste. Lots of great information! Have some fun and smile! 😀

beautiful smile

References

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism, by Julia Lawless
  2. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair, by Janice Cox
  3. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  4. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  5. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  6. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends, by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox
  7. The Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body, by Colleen K. Dodt
  8. Organic Beauty with Essential Oil: For Natural Skin Care, Hair Care and Bath & Body Products, by Rebecca Park Totilo
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