If you’re sick of fluoride based toothpaste, who can blame you?
Fluoride is common in rat poison and the Nazis used to put it in the prisoners’ water – because it’s known to placate people and make them easier to control.
Knowing this – if you haven’t already done so – it’s probably time to dump your fluoride toothpaste. There are certainly many brands of fluoride-free toothpaste available at your local health food store or almost as easy, and likely better for you, you can just make your own.
If you’re going to make your own toothpaste, coconut oil is the perfect place to start. Coconut oil is a key ingredient in homemade toothpastes because it’s a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal – so it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth while you brush.
Coconut oil is excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding, sore gums. The oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis – and if you have gingivitis, you might want to massage some coconut oil into your gums regularly, in addition to using it in your toothpaste.
Brushing your tongue with the oil helps with thrush, a fungal problem localized in the mouth, and to boot, coconut oil has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.
Another key ingredient in homemade toothpastes is baking soda. Baking soda is used for two reasons.
First, it’s a mild abrasive that provides a gentle cleansing.
Second, it’s alkaline. Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralize acids in your mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay. Baking soda also absorbs odors and helps produce sweet breath.
To make your own toothpaste, just use a fifty/fifty ratio of coconut oil to baking soda.
Start with a small batch and use a few tablespoons of each. If you like, add a few drops of an essential oil, like peppermint or spearmint, for flavor and a bit of stevia for sugar-free sweetness.
After mixing your toothpaste, keep it in a glass container with a lid. Then, just spoon some out for use or just dip your dry toothbrush into it.
The mixture doesn’t need to be refrigerated and because coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, it’ll help keep your toothbrush clean and sanitary too.
Coconut oil is liquid above 76 degrees and solid below, so the mixture can change consistency with the weather.
You’ll also want to rinse with warm water to prevent the oil from hardening in your sink or drain.