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March 7, 2014 by APRIL McCARTHY
Stay Away From Conventional Toothpaste and Make Your Own With Your Choice of 3 Easy Recipes

Ingredients found in conventional toothpastes -- including sodium fluoride, synthetic dyes derived from petroleum or coal tar, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye or caustic soda), sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, artificial sweeteners, and triclosan -- might make us think twice about the products we employ for the sake of our teeth. Of course, we’re not actively swallowing the stuff, but it’s unavoidable that a bit will slink down the gullet from time to time. And given that most of us brush our teeth over 700 times a year, there’s no shortage of opportunity to ingest ingredients better left in the lab. It's time to get crafty and create your own toothpaste that will leave your breath minty clean.

The most controversial of all the ingredients is fluoride. Although fluoride has been proven to cause neurotoxicity, very little published research has elaborated on acute fluoride poisoning and neurotoxicity in adults and children.

A study published in Neurologia showed that the prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system.

A report in a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. The results confirmed toxicity to the brain.

Most people are quite shocked when they review the following info-graphic on fluoride levels in water and toohpaste:


Recipe #1

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
  • 1 dropĀ peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
  • few drops of water

Recipe #2

  • 6 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (must be liquid)
  • 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

Recipe #3

  • 5 parts Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 2 parts Baking Soda
  • 3 parts Xylitol Powder - This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.
  • 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
  • Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Myrrh and Trace Minerals

To keep things simple, just use a teaspoon or tablespoon, depending on the size batch you are making.

1. Mix all powdered ingredients well in a bowl. If you are starting with tablets, powder them in a food processor. If you are starting with capsules, dump them out into the bowl.

2. Add oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.

3. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor.

4. Store in small container like 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use Popsicle stick or spoon to put on toothbrush.


April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.

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