I have spent years searching for a great toothpaste. One that tastes good, is effective, easy on sensitive teeh and affordable. Good luck, right? A simple baking soda mixture has always been too harsh and the taste left little to be desired. Most recipes I came across contained ingredients such as guar gum and salt, either I would have to buy it just for this experiment or the thought of it didn’t sound good for either taste or health reasons.
Coconut oil, once again, is the latest craze with health benefits for the mouth, spouted off frequently in the media. OK, so I’m a supporter, even have my favorite brand of coconut oil. I use it in all my DIY toiletries such as the deodorant you read about earlier, but in my toothpaste? Do I really want to deal with the consistency? Will it soften immediately when brushing my teeth? I decided the only way to find out was try it, it’s in the cabinet, so what the heck!
Verdict: I love it! The recipe works well and tastes great. The best part is that I have no more trouble with my sensitive teeth. I no longer take medicine for pain or have to use the bite guard I was prescribed for fractured teeth. Whether this is due to the coconut oil, lack of chemicals found in brand-name toothpastes or a combination of all, I will be sticking with this recipe. The best part is the recipe has an option to add peroxide for whitening, which hasn’t affected the sensitivity factor at all.
Yields approximately 6 ounces.
6 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
1/2 teaspoon xylitol (sweetener)
3 teaspoons glycerin (optional to ensure preservation)
1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (optional as a whitener)
Mash together the coconut oil and baking soda until the oil is softened and mixes well with the baking soda. Add remaining ingredients and store in a glass container.
Place a small amount of the paste on your toothbrush. I just dipped my brush into the jar and scooped out the desired amount. Now that my husband is using the toothpaste as well, I use an old antique baby spoon to keep the toothpaste fresh.
Stay with my blog as I add new DIY concoctions from my pantry. Next, a peppermint mouthwash with a healthy aloe vera foundation. Check out more about our subsistence life at Backwoods Homestead.