If you thought that dental hygiene is something that can be attained only from the tubes of toothpastes whose companies are constantly at war as to who is better, think again. Just as how you can make your own cleanser, toner or moisturizer, you can also make your own toothpaste at home, to suit your taste and purpose. By making it at home, you are sure that your toothpaste doesn’t contain all of those chemicals that you can find on the ingredient list of store bought toothpaste that you put into your mouth everyday. Want to know how to make your own toothpaste at home? Read on!
Our teeth are made of phosphates and calcium. Your saliva is constantly helping fight against the germs that build up in your teeth. When you rinse your mouth after eating anything, it helps prevent food particles from sticking onto your teeth that can go on to cause decay. Staining foods can be less harmful if you rinse your teeth after consuming them. Drinking a lot of water through the day will help your body generate a healthy amount of saliva which is sufficient to protect your teeth. So you see, a toothpaste is more so needed for the “supposed” cleaning and freshness that it offers. All you need to find to make your own toothpaste is for a creaming substance that will form the body of the toothpaste, a cleaning and bleaching agent to get rid of any deposits on the teeth and something to make your mouth smell fresh. That is all you will need in your toothpaste! You can use natural and organic products from your kitchen, the kind that you can even swallow safely, and make your own toothpaste.
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Since these do not contain any additives or preservatives, it is recommended that it is made in small batches which will be used up in a week. That way, you can be sure you are getting a really fresh toothpaste to freshen your mouth.
What you will need:
- 4 tbsp of virgin coconut oil
- rind of 1 lemon, finely grated
- 2 tbsp of baking soda
- 1 tbsp of table salt
- 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil or peppermint oil
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon-clove powder
So here you have coconut oil that will form the body of the paste, salt and baking soda that will provide the abrasion, baking soda and lemon which will whiten the teeth and lemon, cinnamon and clove which will strengthen the teeth and freshen your breath. That’s all of the necessary items on the dental hygiene checklist taken care of. All you need to do is to pour all the ingredients together in a bowl. It is better to refrigerate the coconut oil before that so that it will solidify. Mix together the ingredients to make a thick paste. Store this paste in an air tight container in a cool place so that it will not change state. In order to use, simply scoop out a bit on your toothbrush, rinse your mouth and get started with brushing using your home made toothpaste. It will not froth up like your store bought tube, but it will certainly take care of your teeth better.
You can tweak the recipe by using peppermint, mint or any other essential oil as per your preference.
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