Your teeth say a lot about your overall health. Gum disease and poor oral health is associated with heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis.
Commercial toothpastes contain many controversial ingredients that can contribute to poor health. Critics argue that glycerin weakens our teeth’s protective enamel and fluoride inhibits thyroid gland function. Current research further questions fluoride’s ability to fight tooth decay. Finally, various additives are known to contribute to temperature sensitive teeth, canker sores, peri-oral dermatitis, and other local inflammatory conditions, in some people.
Creating your own toothpaste and mouthwash is incredibly easy, effective, environmentally responsible, and inexpensive! With the additional health controversies surrounding commercial products, there’s no reason not to give this a try!
|Toothpaste & Mouthwash Recipe
· 2 tbsp baking soda. This alkaline substance also removes stains.
· 3 tbsp coconut oil. This anti-microbial oil has been used effectively for hundreds of years in other cultures.
· 5 to 10 drops Thieves essential oil blend OR neem oil plus lemon essential oil. You can also experiment with your own blend. (This anti-microbial component is quite essential to the overall toothpaste formula.)
· Optional: For some protection against mercury amalgams, add 2 tbsp bentonite clay. This is also a good recipe emulsifier.
· Optional: For added sweetness and antimicrobial protection, add a few drops of liquid stevia, to taste.
Store in a glass container and apply to your toothbrush with a popsicle stick.
For a mouthwash, combine 1 cup filtered water, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp of an astringent alcohol herbal tincture (such as witch hazel or calendula) and 5 drops of anti-microbial essential oils.