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How do we avoid fluoride in our toothpaste? Is there an alternative that may help your teeth to be healthier or even re-mineralized?

Many are currently making their own toothpaste in order to a.) know  where the ingredients came from b.) provide their household with a low cost healthy alternative to big brands and c.)  add properties to the paste that is not included in store bought brands.

Stay Away From Conventional Toothpaste and Make Your Own With Your Choice of 3 Easy Recipes

If you're going to make your own toothpaste, coconut oil is the perfect place to start. Coconut oil is a key ingredient in homemade toothpastes because it's a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal - so it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth while you brush. Coconut oil is excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding, sore gums. The oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis - and if you have gingivitis, you might want to massage some coconut oil into your gums regularly, in addition to using it in your toothpaste.

Clinical Study: Restorative treatments by the remineralizing and conventional toothpastes significantly increased the hardness of the acid soft drink-weakened enamel by 12.1% and 7.3%, respectively. Both toothpastes were effective in inhibiting damage due to acid soft drink exposure, but the remineralizing toothpaste was more effective in hardening intact and decalcified enamel than the conventional toothpaste (p < 0.05).

The most surprising change in my teeth, however, was that they are no longer sensitive to cold! For as long as I can remember, biting in to anything cold (or even thinking of it!) made me shutter and hurt my front teeth. A few weeks ago when we made homemade ice cream, I noticed that I could eat it without my teeth hurting at all! I have never been able to do this at any point I can remember!

Before you go jump off a bridge, realize that these ingredients would be enough to make toothpaste for the entire family for years on end (with the possible exception of the calcium carbonate). Now, considering that we spend several dollars per tube of toothpaste for the “natural” stuff, I was willing to give this a shot, especially since we already had a few of the ingredients at home.

Clinical Study: Toothpaste also contains a significant quantity of Al (Aluminum).

Clinical Study: Some herbal toothpaste formulations studied in our experiments, appear to be equally effective as the fluoride dental formulations and it can be used as an alternative to conventional formulations for individuals who have an interest in naturally-based products.

It is often recommended that you mix 1:1 baking soda and salt in a small container and dip your wet toothbrush in that and brush. Then just rinse with water. OR, you can create a little rinse of ½ t. of baking soda and ½ t. of salt in water, dip your brush in that as a less abrasive concoction and also rinse your mouth with it.

2 thoughts on “Toothpaste”

  1. I went to the dental hygenist the other day. When the time came to recieve the fluoride paste, I politely declined. The look of surprise on the face of the hygenist, feigned or not, was rather pronounced…

    “Oh? Are you sure? But it’ll reduce feelings of sensitivity after the clean.”

    No mention of preventing tooth decay, not one.

    1. But it’ll reduce feelings of sensitivity after the clean.

      I hear ya’ Yowie. Sort of like TV and processed foods – it helps make you numb. “Move along… nothing to see here.”

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