For over a year now I’ve been using a homemade fluoride-free toothpaste I make with bentonite clay, purified water, baking soda, finely ground sea salt, cinnamon, and clove. Simple ingredients, easy ot make, and it lasts a long time!
Is homemade toothpaste safe or healthy? What about cavities?
We are told over and over as kids about how important fluoride was in preventing cavities, but there are also more and more studies questioning it’s use in our public water as well as toothpastes. Not only is fluoride a toxin, but there are all kind of other nasty ingredients in conventional toothpaste, and even some green brands that may be trying to pull the wool over your eyes by including questionable ingredients too. One definite ingredient to be sure to avoid is Triclosan, which is a known carcinogen and also harms our fishy friends downstream. Want to know what else might lurk in your toothpaste that you should avoid? Check out the guide by the David Suzuki Foundation: How to avoid toxic chemicals in your toothpaste. If you have some toothpaste and you want to see how it ranks against other brands on the market, or find a healthier toothpaste, you can check out The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database (EWG) to see what’s in your toothpaste tube. You might be surprised! Also, if you have little kids, you might be surprised to learn that the Fluoride Action Network reports that “One strip of fluoridated toothpaste on a child-sized toothbrush contains between 0.75 and 1.5 mg of fluoride, which is more fluoride than is found in many prescription fluoride supplements (0.25 to 1.0 mg per tablet). Since young children are known to swallow a large amount of the toothpaste they place in their mouth, use of fluoride toothpaste–particularly when done without the supervision of a parent–can result in dangerous levels of fluoride exposure. Ingestion of excessive fluoride toothpaste is a major risk factor for dental fluorosis“. So, another important reason to make sure what goes on that brush is edible and safe!
After visiting the dentist a couple of times for regular check-ups since using only my homemade toothpaste, I can report that I have no new cavities and the dentist even commented a few months ago at my last check up that he was impressed with my teeth and gums. He said “Whatever you are doing Amy, keep it up“. Getting the thumbs up from the dentist was exciting! I took the leap and decided to tell him that I was using a homemade clay toothpaste, he didn’t bat an eye and said “well that’s how they used to make toothpaste years ago, you know”. I felt like I’d been given a pat on the back. I had been slightly worried about whether my teeth would show wear or if I would have more cavities, or whether the dentist would be able to tell that I wasn’t using a fluoride toothpaste anymore.
I have been working hard behind the scenes to create a new product for my shop and wanted to make it as healthful, natural, and tasty as possible! My research & product development has paid off! I have created an AMAZING new recipe that is a toothpaste powder and one that you can easily turn into a toothpaste too. It smells like cinnamon hearts with a hint of mint and it feels divine! I actually look forward to brushing my teeth now! What is even more exciting is how local the toothpaste powder is. Turns out I needed a lot of mint to make this new product than I had growing in my front garden, so I reached out to friends in Edmonton and got many requests to come and rescue some mint! All this harvested mint will be going into my toothpaste powder thanks to some wonderful gardener friends!
Where can you find my new toothpaste?
New this fall, you will see a remineralizing toothpaste powder with DIY instructions to make your own powder and paste at home if you wish! My next show coming up is On the Spot Pop Up @ Latitude 53, October 25th, 10am-4pm. After that, it will be available for purchase on my etsy site.