Since it is so easy to just buy a tube, you may wonder why you should bother to make your own toothpaste. I certainly was curious why anyone would make their own toothpaste when I started to see a lot of bloggers writing about making toothpaste and providing recipes. I started to do a little research, and even tried making my own toothpaste. It turns out there are plenty of reasons to make your own toothpaste.
1. Fun Project
One of the reasons to make your own toothpaste is it is a fun and easy project. It takes just a few minutes to make your own toothpaste, but it is fun to add and mix the ingredients together. It is especially fun for children to make toothpaste. They can measure the ingredients and stir them together, which kids always like doing. Having your kids make toothpaste just might persuade them to brush their teeth more often!
2. No Glycerin
Glycerin is a common ingredient in toothpaste because it gives it a creamy texture. The problem with glycerin is it coats your teeth and prevents your saliva from remineralizing them. As a result, your teeth can become weaker and more prone to cavities. It is very hard to avoid glycerin in toothpaste unless you make your own. Fortunately, it is easy to make.
3. No Fluoride
Fluoride is often added to toothpaste because it can harden teeth and help prevent cavities. While this may seem like a good thing, fluoride is actually very toxic and has negative health consequences. Just a small amount of fluoride can lead to gastrointestinal pain, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and thyroid problems. Since fluoride is absorbed by your gums and it is possible to ingest small amounts when you brush your teeth, it is best to avoid fluoride. You can easily stay away from fluoride if you make your own toothpaste.
4. Tastes Better
Let’s face it, the taste of toothpaste matters. No one wants to brush their teeth with something that tastes bad, and the taste of some store bought toothpaste isn’t very good. However, homemade toothpaste actually tastes pretty good. I put peppermint oil drops in mine, and it tastes similar to a candy cane, which is much better than anything you can buy.
5. Saves Money
The ingredients you need to make toothpaste are very inexpensive. The basic recipe for homemade toothpaste is baking soda and coconut oil. While this may not taste very good, it is very inexpensive. It is still inexpensive if you want to add essential oil to make it taste good. Peppermint oil is always a good choice, but there are other options as well.
6. Another Way to Use Coconut Oil
Have you ever bought a giant tub of coconut oil and wondered what you were going to do with it all? One way to use coconut oil is to make toothpaste. It makes an excellent base. It becomes thick and solid at room temperature and has a nice texture in toothpaste.
7. You Control the Ingredients
When you make your own toothpaste, you get to control what ingredients you use. If you want a sweeter toothpaste, you can add xylitol, which also has antibacterial properties. You can make your toothpaste any flavor you desire, and you can even add calcium powder to help remineralize and strengthen your enamel. Being able to decide what goes in your toothpaste is one of the best things about making it yourself.
If you are interested in making your own toothpaste, search the internet for recipes. There are many to choose from, and you can use the one that appeals to you. Have you ever made your own toothpaste?