One of the hardest things to find is a good eco-friendly tooth paste. Of course, that's no excuse to keep on buying plastic tubes packaged in boxes. I found a solution (a much cheaper one as well for that matter). I make my own, just what I like to do. The recipe I found is quite good and uses ingredients that you most likely have at home. If you don't like the salty taste from the baking soda, you could add a few drops of stevia to sweeten it up. But it works, it is healthy for your teeth and gums and it gives you a fresh breath. Here is the recipe:
Baking Soda Tooth Paste
4 tablespoon baking soda
4 tablespoon coconut oil
20 drops of peppermint essential oil, (can be replaced with any other essential oil for a different taste).
Mix all ingredients together. I made mine in a recycled glass jar.
This is why it works:
Coconut oil, which has natural antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. Coconut oil fights the fungal infection caused by Candida albicans. It also protects the teeth against cavities and is readily available. Coconut oil (76 oC) forms the base of many homemade toothpastes.
The alkaline nature of baking soda neutralizes the pH of the oral cavity. It also has mild abrasive properties to remove stains from teeth.
I was researching the topic of oral hygine and found an interesting fact that my kids will like. Cocoa powder contains antibacterial agents and can fight plaque. It can function as an abrasive and has been shown to remineralize teeth better than fluoride. I still didn't have a chance to try this but I will let you know how when I create a chocolate flavored tooth paste :-)
Another product we need for oral hygiene is a good mouth wash. This mouth wash will keep bacteria away, help fight cavities and give you fresh breath. Here is the recipe that I use.
Natural mouth wash
1 cup purified water
2 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
Add all of your ingredients to a glass bottle and give it a good shake. Use twice a day, in the morning and at night, after brushing your teeth. (Shake well before use) While the essential oils inhibit bacteria, it’s better to be safe than sorry and make a fresh batch every week.
It goes without saying that we switched to bamboo tooth brushes. I am still in search of a good eco-friendly tooth floss. I know they exist but I was hoping to find something in my area. Will update you all when I do. Enjoy trying these recipes and let me know what you think!