Discover our 5 DIY toothpaste recipes to naturally and ecologically preserve the beauty and health of your teeth.
Why Make Your Toothpaste?
Toothpaste that you make yourself at home allows you to move towards “zero waste” and fully align with the ecological movement. They make it possible to do away with conventional toothpaste tubes purchased commercially, which are most often made of plastic, a material that is neither recyclable or compostable. Solid, powder, or paste, homemade toothpaste can be stored in reusable containers such as glass jars.
The ingredients used to make them are generally available in packaging made of recyclable materials such as glass or cardboard. In addition, most traditional toothpaste found in supermarkets contains fluoride. If this trace element participates in maintaining good mineralization of our teeth and the fight against cavities, it is increasingly singled out by certain specialists. Indeed, fluoride – when consumed in excess – can make bones more fragile and cause yellowish or brown stains to form on the surface of tooth enamel.
The people most exposed to this excess of fluoride are people living in places where the concentration of fluoride in drinking water is high and children who ingest significant amounts of fluoridated toothpaste. Therefore, making your toothpaste possible to obtain toothpaste without fluoride, with natural active ingredients that allow you to maintain good oral health. They can thus be used in addition to or replace traditional toothpaste.
Green clay, just like white clay, makes it very easy to make your homemade toothpaste powder. It’s fine powder makes it possible to polish the teeth delicately by exerting a very gentle abrasive action during brushing. Its antibacterial properties also help maintain good oral hygiene. It can be used alone or in addition with calcium carbonate and essential oils. Calcium carbonate also is mildly abrasive, while crucial oils help freshen breath and exert antiseptic activity. To make your homemade clay toothpaste:
- Mix three tablespoons of green or white clay with one teaspoon of calcium carbonate. If you wish and their use is not discouraged, you can add one drop of essential oils of your choice.
- For a cooling effect, choose sweet mint or peppermint essential oil instead.
- If you are looking for more decisive action against cavities, bet on the essential oil of the tea tree/tea tree.
This basic recipe makes it possible to obtain natural powdered toothpaste. Wet your toothbrush before sprinkling your head with your mixture to use it.
Our grandmothers have been recommending cloves for a long time to relieve toothaches. And the fact is that cloves are rich in eugenol, an active natural component, which does help to reduce tooth sensitivity and fight against bacteria. If you are prone or prone to minor dental ailments and, in particular, to sensitivity to cold, homemade clove toothpaste, therefore, seems ideal for you. To prepare this toothpaste, powder seven cloves in a mortar, then mix the resulting powder with one teaspoon of calcium carbonate and two tablespoons of white clay. Add spring water to this mixture until you get a paste to brush your teeth.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, can be used on its own as homemade toothpaste or as a base for making other homemade toothpaste recipes. Used for brushing the teeth, coconut oil would whiten the teeth and capture the fat-soluble bacteria present in the oral cavity to eliminate them better. Thanks to its lauric acid content, it would also exert a bactericidal action and prevent the formation of dental plaque and cavities. Composed entirely of fatty substances, it also makes it possible to dissolve all the essential oils beneficial for oral health that could be added to it. To make coconut oil toothpaste, mix three tablespoons of this oil with:
- ½ tablespoon of white clay,
- One tablespoon baking soda,
- Ten drops of peppermint essential oil, three drops of tea tree essential oil, and two drops of clove essential oil (optional).
It may be helpful to heat the mixture very slightly before adding essential oils to liquefy the coconut oil and facilitate mixing. You can add five drops of grapefruit seed extract at the end of the preparation, which acts as a natural preservative.
Do you know Miswak? Also known as Araq or Miswak stick, Siwak is the root of the Salvadora persica plant growing in Asia and the deserts of the Middle East. Presented in the form of a small bar of about ten centimeters, the Miswak acts both as a natural toothbrush and toothpaste. It is also used for hundreds of years in Africa and India.
Brush your teeth by rubbing this little stick against your teeth and gums to get rid of plaque, whiten your teeth, boost healthy gums and fight bad breath. Miswak is also powder form and can be incorporated into homemade toothpaste or oral care recipes. It is then enough to add calcium carbonate and baking soda in equal proportions to obtain a homemade and 100% natural toothpaste powder.