Homemade Toothpaste

I am sure your were lead to believe, just as I was, that fluoride was good for you and that it was a necessary ingredient in your toothpaste and drinking water, if it was missing you would surely have rotten teeth. But did you know that fluoride is actually bad for you and Studies have been done showing that there is little to no benefit to consuming it!

Not only is it a toxic chemical that can damage your brain, bones, kidneys and thyroid gland but also it can cause damage to your intestinal track. Since we (my son and I) are doing the GAPS diet to heal our guts we need to avoid fluoride at all costs, I don’t want anything to hinder our healing.

Some things that we have done to eliminate fluoride from our lives:

  • We now drink and use only filtered water for cooking, etc.
  • We changed our toothpaste, mouthwash and even dental floss to fluoride free brands and even some easy to make homemade versions. (see recipe below)
  • We no longer eat processed cereals. For some reason they are extremely high in fluoride. (Not to mention the high sugar content in cereal is just plain a bad idea anyway!)
  • We do not consume bottled juices, soda or alcohol which are also high in fluoride. (And again, high in sugar!!)
  • And we no longer use Teflon pans for many reasons, but fluoride is one.

I have been playing around with different homemade “toothpastes” for a while now and have finally found one that I love!

This recipe is from The Thrifty Soaper:

Erins Yummy Toothpaste
baking soda appx 1/4 cup
xylitol appx 1+ Tbs
salt appx 1/2 tsp
liquid glycerine appx less than 1/4 cup
essential oil 1-2 ml (maybe 1/4 tsp?)

I just combined all of the ingredients in a small glass bowl and keep it in the bathroom.

My teeth feel clean, the taste is nice and the texture is very similar to conventional toothpaste but without all the other crap like fluoride and artificial sweeteners. I like the addition of xylitol, it makes it paste a little sweeter and xylitol has been shown to reduce cavities!

If you are interested in reading more about the dangers of fluoride you can read more at The Fluoride Action Network.

This post is part of Full Plate Thursday, Creative Juices, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Keep It Real Thursdays, TGIF, GAPS Friendly Fridays, Fight Back Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, Foodie Friday, Simple Lives Thursday

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5 Responses to Homemade Toothpaste

  1. Delainie says:

    The only thing I learned when I had my farm, is that baking soda is also highly abrasive. We used it to clean the stains and even out the eggshells of our Goose, duck, and chicken eggs… it also removed enough of the bloom and first layer of eggshell on the turkey eggs to remove the spots. I also use it as an abrasive to clean baked on gook in the stovetop overspill trays, and clean my stainless steel sinks. I’ll never use baking soda on my teeth, especially after seeing how abrasive it really is… Just sayin’

    • Linnae says:

      That’s a very good point. We’ll have to see how it goes and if we develop any sensitivies. There isn’t much baking soda in the recipe but it could easily be eliminated too!

  2. christyisrc says:

    Do you know why you add the glycerine?? And where did you get that? A health food store?

    • Linnae says:

      The glycerine is a sweetner and it also gives the toothpaste a nice consistency. I purchased my little bottle at the health food store but it was kind of spendy. Next time I will purchase on amazon. 🙂

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Linnae,
    This is a great toothpaste, can’t wait to try it. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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