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I did it.
I finally cracked the code.
I’ve tried so many different homemade toothpaste recipes, just to end up being the only one in our house willing to use it. Every concoction I’d come up with so far was too yucky or too gritty or too minty or too watery or too *something* for my kiddos to be willing to keep using it. So it’d fall to me to finish it up (I don’t like wasting) and head back to the drawing board.
FINALLY, with a little tweak here and a little tweak there, I’ve come up with a recipe that my kiddos LOVE.
Why did I work so hard at coming up with something that worked for us?
Well, did you know that even though most of Europe, China, and Japan have banned water fluoridation, here at home the majority of US city water supplies contain added fluoride? And it’s also in toothpastes, foods & drinks, baby formula, and teflon coated cookware — without any regard for its effects on our brains, endocrine systems, thyroids, reproductive systems, blood sugar levels, and immunity. I share more details about why we avoid it in my post “Dangers of Fluoride.”
Because I’m all about baby steps here, I’m going to first talk about the changes we made before we got to the point where we started making our own toothpaste.
This was a non-issue for our water at home because our fresh, crisp, fluoride-free, mineral-rich water comes from a private well right on our property that’s 660 feet underground. We also make sure to fill up our reusable water bottles before we head out the door. Kiddos and hubby use stainless steel water bottles. I prefer glass. Each of us has 1-2 personal water bottles and I use this water bottle organizer hack so there’s no confusion as to which is whose. Right before we bought this house, we were about to install this water filter at our old house. It removes not only fluoride, but also nitrates, pesticides, bacteria, herbicides, mercury, cysts, parasites, VOCs, and lead. It’s the only one I recommend to others.
Fluoride-free dental visits
We also stopped getting fluoride treatments at our semi-annual dental check-ups. Our family dentist was already used to my crunchy preferences since we’d stopped getting routine x-rays, so although he still administers fluoride treatments as standard practice, he’s totally cool with us opting out.
The last step we took before starting to make our own toothpaste was switching to fluoride-free store-bought toothpaste. My kiddos’ favorite is this one, which I subscribed to on Amazon for even greater savings. Hubby and I like this one, which also contains bee propolis (known to nourish gums) and myrrh (for its anti-microbial, anti-viral, astringent and antiseptic qualities).
NOTE: Always consult with your dentist before making any changes to your dental hygiene or oral health care routines.
And now for the big reveal!
DIY Whitening & Remineralizing Fluoride-Free Toothpaste Kids LOVE!
Ingredients (makes approx 3oz)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp bentonite clay — mildly abrasive to help polish teeth
- 1/4 tsp sea salt — an alkaline mineral
- 1/4 tsp ground organic turmeric — whitens teeth (counter-intuitive, I know!)
- 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil — naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial
- 1 1/2 Tbsp water — adjust as desired
- 1/2 tsp activated charcoal (or 2 the contents of two capsules) — detoxes, balances pH, and removes stains
- 10 drops total of essential oils — peppermint, orange, lavender, lemon, cardamom, or a combination for flavor (optional, for flavor; my kiddos like lemon-orange or lavender-mint combos — but only use essential oils if you can be confident that the toothpaste won’t be swallowed, especially if your child is under age ten years)
- 1/4 tsp total of ground organic spices — ginger, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, or a combination (optional, for more yummy flavor; my kiddos like ground cloves, which has been used in traditional cultures for dental concerns for many hundreds, if not thousands of years)
- 1 tsp alcohol-free liquid stevia — plain or flavored (optional, for sweetness)
Mix with a silicone or wooden spoon.
Store in a cool, dark place — like your bathroom cabinet!