Toothpaste is the most basic and essential hygienic product. Egyptians around 5000 B.C. are generally known to be the first ones to use toothpaste. Although they may not be similar to what we use today, the primary purpose was, all the same, to clean the teeth. The modern day’s toothpaste works in multiple ways to clean the teeth. They are as listed below:
- Abrasiveness – To scrub and clean the strains or plaque on teeth.
- Foam – To remove or dislodge debris, bacteria, and plaque from teeth.
- Additives – To maintain the freshness and prevent germ buildup in the mouth.
There are a lot of commercial toothpaste products that serve a variety of purposes to clean and maintain healthy teeth. However, chemicals used in them may not be suitable for everyone, which may harm the teeth. In such cases, natural DIY toothpaste can be useful. Here, we can choose or even restrain from using certain compounds or ingredients which may not be suitable for our teeth.
To give you a better understanding of DIY natural toothpaste, below are some of the key ingredients. You can make homemade natural toothpaste using any of these ingredients.
Ingredients for DIY toothpaste:
1. Baking soda
Most of the toothpaste brands use baking soda as one of the primary ingredients. The gritty and abrasiveness of it helps in removing stains or plaque buildup on & in-between teeth and whiten them. The alkaline nature of baking soda can neutralize the pH level, which can, in turn, reduce the risk of germs and cavities.
Salt in toothpaste can reduce inflammation, disinfect the mouth, and keeps the teeth white. It can stimulate saliva production, promote enamel, and also remineralize the teeth.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil can boost the microbiome, reduce cavity, and prevent candida. It is one of the best natural sources for moisturizing the mouth. Besides, it can also prevent plaque buildup in the mouth. (1)
4. Oregano oil
It is one of the best antiseptics that gets rid of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Oregano oil also helps in getting into small cracks or gaps in gums & teeth, which may be the breeding ground for harmful microorganisms. These properties of the oil can help in preventing tooth decay.
5. Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is most commonly and widely used for oil pulling. It reduces plaque and cleans gums & teeth. The oil can also help reduce bad breath or taste in the mouth and replace it with a refreshing smell.(2)
It is one of the best sweeteners which is not associated with any significant health risks, unlike the other sweeteners or sugars. It can help in reducing cavities, plaque, and also enrich the friendly gut-microbe.
DIY Natural Toothpaste Recipes
1. Coconut Oil and Cacao Powder Toothpaste
- Coconut oil – 4 tbsp
- Cacao powder – 1/t tsp
- Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
- Xylitol – 2 tbsp
- Ginger powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
- Vitamin E oil – 1/2 tsp
- Water – 4 tbsp
How to make it?
- Take a saucepan and melt coconut oil in it over low heat for 1 -2 minutes.
- Add baking soda, xylitol, cacao, cinnamon, and ginger to a grinder or blender. Blend it for 15 to 20 seconds until the mixture of the ingredients become a proper powder.
- Once done, take one tablespoon of coconut oil and add it to the blender with powder. Blend it for 15 – 20 more seconds.
- Now, add the remaining coconut oil to it and blend it again until it forms a smooth and creamy texture.
Your coconut oil and cacao toothpaste is now ready to use. Transfer it to a glass jar and store it in a cool place.
Coconut Oil & Baking Soda Toothpaste
- Coconut oil – 6 tbsp
- Baking soda – 4 tbsp
- Oregano oil – 20 drops
- Peppermint oil – 20 drops
How to make it?
- Warm the coconut oil until it becomes soft.
- Now, mix it with baking soda till they mix well and become smooth.
- Now, add the oils and mix again.
Your paste is now ready to use. Store them in a small jar or bottle.
Other Simple DIY Toothpaste Recipes
Baking soda: Add one teaspoon of baking soda, a few drops of water, and one drop of essential oil.
Baking soda and salt: Add one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of natural salt, three drops of essential oil, and a few drops of water.
How to make it?
Mix all the ingredients mentioned in the above recipes until you get a smooth texture or in the form of shape.
You can also add turmeric, which further whitens the teeth and also remove germs in the mouth.
Your paste is now ready to use. These toothpastes are often used in a day or two, so you do not have to worry much about the storage. However, if you make it in large batches, you can store it in a glass jar.
You can also add grapefruit oil, tea tree oil, orange oil, or lemongrass oil, which can exhibit excellent antibacterial properties and give a refreshing feeling.
Note: Make sure to limit or do not use the ingredients which may be allergic or cause further damage to the teeth. Especially keep a check on baking soda or abrasives used if you have weak enamel.
The ingredients may or may not be safe for everyone to use. Hence, make sure to check for any allergens or consult your doctor before using them.
We all know that toothpaste is the most common and basic hygienic product. While some of the ingredients in commercial toothpaste may not be suitable for everyone, natural DIY toothpaste can be the best choice. Besides, we can choose our own ingredients which best suits us.
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