On my road to simplicity, I am always looking for one more way to buy less and make more on my own. I recently started using the No Poo Method to cleanse and clarify my hair. That got me thinking that making my own toothpaste was within reason as well.
I went in search of the perfect toothpaste recipe. The recipe needed to be two-fold: leave our teeth clean and healthy and prevent dental abnormalities. If the toothpaste would curb bath breathe, all the better.
I modified several recipes to settle on the following.
Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons baking soda
20-30 drops peppermint oil
2 drops grape seed extract
2 tablespoons xylitol
Mix all ingredients.
Store in a mason jar.
*The use of a beauty spatula will help your little one apply a smaller amount of paste to his/her toothbrushes. It will also keep your toothpaste from becoming contaminated with germs.
Grape seed extract is know for its antioxidant properties. It also helps prevent tooth decay and bad breathe.
Xylitol prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay. Chewing xylitol gum or sucking xylitol candies after meals helps stops or reduces the acid that would otherwise attack your teeth. Xylitol has been found to aid in hardening softened enamel.
Please feel free to share your recipe for toothpaste below in the comments.
Dentist suggested the use of a flouride rinse or a flouride gel you brush on your teeth. Other than that I got the thumbs up on my toothpaste.