Remineralizing DIY Toothpaste
DISCLAIMER! I do not claim to be on expert on your teeth. This recipe does NOT contain fluoride. Please talk to your dentist and do your OWN research to determine if this paste is best for you.
INSTRUCTIONS: You will actually only brush 10-20 seconds but then you keep the paste (which becomes liquid very quickly) in your mouth and then SWISH for a couple of minutes or continue to brush as long as the liquid will stay in your mouth. When you keep it in your mouth, you are using a technique called OIL PULLING. Oil pulling DOES clean your teeth and it excellent for oral health, but you should discuss this with your dentist with any questions or concerns you have. Especially if you have any added health concerns such as you are pregnant or nursing. I would suggest going to a HOLISTIC DENTIST in your area at least once in your life to get the added benefits of a view from "the other side". This will help you make the best, most informed decisions when it comes to the health of your teeth. NOTE: Adjust oils and stevia to your preference. Less, more, etc. You can "customize" to your preference. 4 tbsp of coconut oil (we buy our unrefined oil at Costco) 4 tbsp of bentonite clay (purchased at our local health foods store) 4 tbsp of xylitol (purchased at our local health foods store) 1 tbsp baking soda 2 tsp of sea salt 20 drops of peppermint oil 20 drops of Thieves oil or On Guard or something similar (this is a synergistic blend of oils: cinnamon, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, and clove. You can also use all peppermint. 25 drops of stevia liquid flavored with peppermint (or just plain stevia) 1. Mix all together in glass mason jar or glass bowl.
Depending on the time of year, it may end up clumpy (due to coconut oil being very hard in colder months) or very smooth (if you are mixing it up in the summer months).
Regardless of consistency, make sure you really incorporate your essential oils and break up any clumps as much as you can.
2. I do NOT add water to my large batch but rather store in my pantry. I then put 2 heaping tablespoons in a SMALL glass mason jar or bowl WITH LID and that is what I keep in my bathroom. I also have a little popsicle stick which is what I use to "dip" in bowl and put the paste on my brush. (rather than dipping my brush in the bowl and contaminating it) I wash my popsicle stick every night w/ a little water and organic soap. I set it right on top of the SEALED bowl or jar.
This is what I store in my bathroom along w/ a popsicle stick (picture of lid not shown)
TO USE: If the mixture is really clumpy and dry, I add a few drops of water to my SMALL bowl/jar and mix until desired consistency. Then I take my popsicle stick and smear desired amount of paste onto my brush. Remember, I put about 2 tbsp into my small jar and after adding water, this is about 1 weeks worth of paste. The rest is being stored in my pantry.
Still kind of clumpy, don't expect the store-bought version
3. After brushing 10-20 seconds the paste will completely dissolve to a liquid in your mouth but DON'T spit it out right away! This is a great opportunity to "Oil Pull". Don't know what that means? Click HERE to read up on the benefits of doing so. Swish for at least a couple minutes.. the longer the better, up to 20 minutes! 4. Spit out and feel the great results!
Studies About Oil Pulling
S Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar
TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria (PDF). African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. (PDF Link)
HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis. Journal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007; 1(1):Pages 12-18
S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin, B Thaweboon. Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models. Asia Journal of Public Health: 2011 May-Aug. (PDF)