DIY toothpaste: Clean your teeth anywhere you go

 

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Brushing your teeth is crucial to your dental health, so you want to make sure you have easy access to your toothpaste at all times.  There are certain times in your life when you might not have access to a commercial tube of toothpaste (by your own choice, living in a very rural area of the world, middle of a zombie apocalypse) but don’t fear, there are a few different recipes you can make out of common household supplies.

Before we begin dishing out the goods, there are a few things you should know about your teeth and how certain substances affect them.  Your teeth have a hard enamel surface on the outside with a soft, pulpy interior filled with blood vessels and nerves.  Tooth enamel is hard, but it’s not invulnerable.  Acid and abrasion will wear down the enamel, which leads to tooth decay.  A lot of commercial toothpastes contain a re-mineralizing agent which helps repair weak areas in your teeth which helps reverse some tooth decay and most of the DIY toothpaste recipes out there don’t contain a re-mineralizer.  The object of the DIY toothpastes we’ll look at today is to get debris off of your teeth, not long term use. So let’s begin with a simple one.

1) Directions:

Put some baking soda in some water until you make a thick paste.  Boom, done.

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No really, that’s it.  Baking soda is used in tooth whitening toothpastes because it works as a micro abrasive which works to clear tartar build up on your teeth.  You should be careful around baking soda and other abrasives if you have dental implants or composite fillings, as the abrasion can seriously damage them.

2) Directions:

2 parts baking soda

1 part fine sea salt

A few drops of your favorite pure essential oil, such as peppermint, orange, or eucalyptus

Combine ingredients with a little bit of water until you have a paste, then start brushing away. 

3) Directions:

Put a few drops of Castile soap (like Dr. Bronners) on your toothbrush.  Brush.

It is a simple way to brush your teeth, but it tastes like you’re brushing your teeth with minty sandpaper.  Good if you have no other option.

4) Directions

6 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp hydrogen peroxide

2 tbsp. liquid coconut oil

10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix the hydrogen peroxide, the liquid coconut oil, and the pure essential oil together, add the baking soda and you’ll be good to go.  Store the paste in an opaque container so the hydrogen peroxide stays fresh.

Making your own toothpaste can give you a great sense of accomplishment as well as healthy teeth.  There are a few things to keep in mind before you start crafting your own toothpaste as there are a lot of different recipes out.  Many of them are debatable at best and could be harmful at the worst.  Enamel is a tough material, but it is susceptible to grinding, scratching, and acid.  Harsh abrasives, such as brushing with a very stiff bristle brush, will damage your teeth.  Citrus acid will wear away your tooth enamel, so be cautious about recipes that call for grinding up orange or lemon rind and putting it in your toothpaste.  While honey is an antibacterial substance, it is also a sugar so putting it in your toothpaste invites tooth decay.  Also remember that these are not meant as recommendations, especially for long term use. Please get the approval of your dentist if you plan to use these regularly.

These are just a few ideas to help get you started and help you safely make your own recipe for toothpaste.

 

Sources for recipes:

http://www.networx.com/article/homemade-toothpaste-recipes-put-to-the-test

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/natural-beauty-fashion/stories/3-simple-homemade-toothpaste-recipes#