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!