Friday, January 28, 2011

Homemade Toothpaste

A friend back in CO got me thinking about the use of fluoride in our water as well as toothpaste.  She was using tooth soap so I researched it and took the plunge!  David did not like the soapy taste and I honestly wasn't a big fan of the taste either but I bought it, so I used it.  Then, I started hearing more bad things about fluride, so I bought me some fluoride free toothpaste.  I ran out recently and decided to take the plunge and make my own!  It was even easier to make than the deodorant.

A few other fluoride facts...
*Countries that ban the use of fluoride in water: Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland.
*Fluoride can be a benefit for tooth decay (for topical use) but if ingested there are much worse side effects; such as: brain damage, thyroid functionality and can diminish bone strength and risk of bone cancer.
*A Weston Price Foundation article said: "Fluoride is any combination of elements containing the fluoride ion. In its elemental form, fluorine is a pale yellow, highly toxic and corrosive gas. In nature, fluorine is found combined with minerals as fluorides. It is the most chemically active nonmetallic element of all the elements and also has the most reactive electro-negative ion. Because of this extreme reactivity, fluorine is never found in nature as an uncombined element."
More facts and FAQ on fluoride found here.

On to the homemade toothpaste...
What you'll need:
A thoroughly washed soap dispenser or old toothpaste tube
1 Tablespoon of castile liquid soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Peppermint)
5 Tablespoons of coconut oil
1 Tablespoon of olive oil or water
A dash of Stevia (I used Truvia since we had it)
Essential oil if you are not using a flavored castile soap 
I found my recipe here!
 Mash and mix the ingredients until you have the consistency you like. If you want the paste more runny, add water or olive oil.
Add the toothpaste to your container!  Easy peasy right?  If you use an old toothpaste container just cut the end off and pour the toothpaste in and tape the end (I was scared it would leak).  Also remember that you do not use a lot, only a small amount of the paste goes a long way.

Again, David isn't a big fan of this and I'm still getting used to it.  It definitely makes my teeth feel clean! 


Ky said...

Holy crap! I'm never brushing my teeth or drinking water again! JK, but I will for sure be trying this! Thanks for the heads up on the dangers or fluoride Kel (my dad used to rant, when I was a kid, about fluoride causing cancer and I never listened).

Stephanie said...

interesting! do you have more info on why each of the ingredients is used...the olive oil is kind of throwing me off. and do you just have a giant tub of coconut oil? lol

Amy and Jonathan Hook said...

There is a part of me that thinks you're a little bit crazy. Just slightly ;). Only because I've never thought of making my own toothpaste. But it doesn't look that hard. I'll have to try it out at your house one of these days.

P.S. Did you know Spokane doesn't have fluoride in the water? And also - do you give Norah the fluoride drops the dentists recommend? I'm guessing not?

katie said...

we're friends so i'm not gonna lie - this sounds totally disgusting. but good for you! :)


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