Back in the day people would have brushed their teeth with Baking Soda. The funny thing is that Baking Soda still has terrific cleaning power and benefits for your oral health care. So why did that change? Mostly because big companies found a way to put it in a tube, make it minty and sweet, and sell millions on the advantages of fluoride. As it often happens, the original intent of improved care has been proven to be detrimental to our bodies (how about mercury fillings…yeah, that was a big mistake!!)

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Dental hygiene products that you and your family use every day may contain toxins that have been linked to cancer, blindness, and even death. Have you checked out the ingredients in your toothpaste or mouthwash lately? If not, go get your toothpaste right now and see if any of these ingredients are in your toothpaste.  Many name-brand toothpastes and mouthwashes contain potentially harmful ingredients, which are made up of very small molecules that may penetrate through the tissue of your mouth, enter the blood stream, and build up in the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, and tissues.

If that is NOT what you really want, then you might want to think about natural toothpaste. I have tried a few. Tom’s of Maine makes a couple of good options that are fluoride free. So does Kiss My Face.

Still, I decided to try making toothpaste myself. I mean, really , how difficult can it be if just using baking soda alone is a good choice.

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So, what ingredients would I need? I did a little research, and found that the important ingredients are Coconut oil, baking soda, and real salt or sea salt. read more here.  A properly made toothpaste can even heal cavities (here is a good story about that too)

I started by wetting my toothbrush and dipping it in baking soda. The first day it was a little…what’s the word…pungent? By day 2 or 3, didn’t give it a second thought. I read a little more and decided to step up the game!

There are lots of recipes to choose from. I looked them over and decided to try out my own version. First, I did coconut oil, baking soda and Real Salt. Equal parts…I am not a salt person and this was very salty, but honestly after a couple of days, it was doable. But I wanted to like it! So, I made a new version with more coconut oil (softer to be able to squeeze through a tube), less salt, and more baking soda. I also added essential oil (peppermint and Thieves) and one version had bentonite clay.  Lots of the recipes wanted you to add water to the mix, but i found that it separated back out. I would suggest fractionated coconut oil if you feed the need for more liquid. Fractionated coconut oil stays in a liquid form while the regular kind solidifies at around 72 degrees.

Read why to use Baking soda here. If you want a smile like Julia Roberts, read how here and why it isn’t too abrasive. Good for Halitosis, gum disease, and whitening (see more)!

Coconut oil has been getting so many raves these lasts few years. I have been using it for cooking for years (great at high temps where others break down and turn toxic), then started using it as a skin moisturizer. now it is in my deodorant and toothpaste! Benefits

Salt in toothpaste you ask? Yep. If you use the right kind (NOT bleached and processed table salt) you get all kinds of minerals. read more

Bentonite clay (like this oneread benefits here

Xylitol: used as a healthy sweetener that doesn’t cause dental destruction. Here are some more facts and a little something for those who love  science!

My Heavenly Homemade Toothpaste:

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  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp real Salt
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil (in one version I added Theives too)
  • 10 drops Myrrh (The Heavenly part because if it is good enough for baby Jesus, it is good enough for me!)

optional: bentonite clay (i used the liquid kind instead of the powder)

optional: Xylitol. This will sweeten it up in a healthy for your teeth way. This is a great addition if  you have kids and want them to like this toothpaste as much as the store bought C#%P!

mix all together with a fork (use a PLASTIC one if adding clay!!). Then adjust to the consistency that you want by adding  more baking soda if it is too runny, or coconut oil if it is too dry. you could also add clove or cinnamon oil as an option. I once bought a natural mint and orange toothpaste, it was really good, so orange might be a good choice.

I found that these GoTubes like those Pictured above are easy to fill and work terrific! they aren’t cheap, but they are great. I broke down and bought them for travel. I think that they will last forever!

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other recipes:

option 1, option 2, add probiotics,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, moving on…here is what your typical commercial toothpaste contains: (You’ll see they are loaded with dangerous toxins and chemicals such as sodium fluoride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and hydrated silica.)

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Sodium Fluoride: The main ingredient in toothpaste and rat poison. Many people are probably aware that most toothpaste and many mouth rinses contain fluoride because that’s what dentists have recommended for years to prevent cavities. But did you know that most popular toothpastes contain enough fluoride to kill a small child within 2 to 4 hours? on top of that, fluoride is also added to our drinking water! (WARNING: Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help right away. In children and youth, minimal ingestion of sodium fluoride causes salivation, nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, and diarrhea. Large doses of the carcinogen may cause paralysis, muscular weakness and clonic convulsions, followed by respiratory and cardiac failure.)

It’s no wonder that fluoride can cause death in humans! In addition to being one of the main ingredients in toothpaste as well as rat and cockroach poisons, sodium fluoride is also a key component in anesthetic, hypnotic, and psychiatric drugs and SARIN NERVE GAS!

Fluorides have been used throughout history to alter the behavior and mood of human beings. It is a little known fact that fluoride compounds were added to the drinking water of prisoners to keep them quiet and to hamper non-compliance with authority, both in Nazi prison camps during World War II and in the Soviet gulags in Siberia. And they add this to our drinking water??

Surprisingly, fluoride has NEVER been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA. Additionally, a 1990 study stated that fluoride has been shown to NOT reduce cavities and scientists are now linking fluoride to dental deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions and about 10,000 unnecessary deaths each year from cancer.

Want just a little more? here you go….. you will certainly want to say goodbye to fluoride after all this.

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Dyes/Colorings:  Are you eating crude oil for breakfast? There are artificial dyes/colorings often found in familiar toothpaste brands and a wide variety of other products. Recent studies indicate that FD & C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 can trigger a wide number of behavioral, learning, and health problems.

FD&C color dyes may also cause potentially severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness, lack of concentration, and cancer. Yuck! All this from brushing your teeth with pretty colors?

Using FD & C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 is just like ingesting crude oil as it too, is synthesized from petroleum. These dyes were originally made from coal tar oil, which is a black, sticky tar by-product of steel making and petroleum distillation, and is a source of numerous complex chemicals. Through repeated human exposure, some of these isolated coal tar components were classified as active carcinogens, ultimately leading to US government regulations and restrictions. Nowadays, coal tar dyes are synthetically engineered rather than extracted from actual coal tar, thereby greatly reducing the possibility of being contaminated with carcinogenic residuals from the coal itself. However, the dyes still contain carcinogenic properties. Over several decades of use, some of these synthetic dyes have come under greater scientific and government scrutiny due to their carcinogenic and mutagenic activity. Because of this, they are still referred to in the industry as – coal tar dyes – according to the US FDA.

Even if toothpaste is never swallowed, these dyes can be absorbed within seconds through the skin on the lips, or through the mucous membrane in the mouth. According to the Physician’s Desk Reference, the mucosal lining inside of the mouth has an absorption efficiency of over 90 percent. Because of this, these carcinogens get into your blood, your brain, and your cells in no time at all – especially when you consider most people use dental care products 2 to 3 times a day.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): The most dangerous ingredient

Perhaps the most dangerous ingredient in personal-care products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Because SLS has a foaming property, it is added to toothpastes in order to generate foam and give the impression that the toothpaste is working. However, SLS has been found to be quite corrosive and harmful to skin tissue says a report by the American College of Toxicity.

In the cleaning industry, SLS is used in products such as garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash soaps. Elsewhere, SLS is used for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin.

The journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that SLS can penetrate and be retained in the eye, brain, heart, and liver with potentially harmful longterm effects. Also found in most shampoos including “no tears” baby shampoos, SLS can keep children’s eyes from developing properly, can cause cataracts in adults, can retard healing, and can impair hair growth.

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Another thought to keep in mind is how much you use. If you are using as much as they show on TV then you are adding even MORE poison into your system.

If you have a mouth full of foam that you can hardly keep in your built in water well (you know, that well under your tongue) then this is probably you!

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Consider using a smaller amount. If you have the Oral B type of toothbrush then you are using the right amount. about the size of a pea.  oral b

Triclosan: A pesticide found in many types of toothpaste

Triclosan, a chemical used for its antibacterial properties, is an ingredient found in many detergents and toothpastes. However, the formulation and structure of this ingredient are similar to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth. Because of this fact, triclosan has been scrutinized in regards to human health and safety, according to Tufts University School of Medicine.

While the companies that manufacture products containing triclosan claim that it is safe, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered it as a dangerous pesticide. The EPA gives triclosan high scores both as a human health risk and as an environmental risk.

Triclosan is a chlorophenol, which is a class of chemicals that is suspected of causing cancer in humans. Externally, phenol can cause a variety of skin irritations, but since it can temporarily deactivate sensory nerve endings, contact with it may cause little or no pain. Taken internally, even in small amounts, phenol can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma, and death. Additionally, chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides can be stored in body fat, sometimes accumulating to toxic levels. Long term exposure to repeated use of many pesticide products can damage the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs, suppress the immune system, and cause hormonal disruption, paralysis, sterility and brain hemorrhages.

Hydrated Silica: A whitener that damages tooth enamel

Hydrated silica, which is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint. Tooth enamel re-mineralizes daily from the supply of ionic calcium and phosphorus in the saliva. Scratching the surface of the tooth with an abrasive such as hydrated silica harms the enamel and prevents re-mineralization, much like using sand to clean glass. Severe wear could eventually occur.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, who is Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and recipient of The Alternative Nobel Prize in 1998, states in his book – The amount of irritation caused by toothpaste is minimal but can include sore mouth and gums, wearing away of tooth enamel, sore tongue, and sloughing of mucous membrane. The public is cautioned against excessive use of products containing ‘dioforms,’ which are abrasive substances that can cause the breakdown of tooth enamel.

Products containing the ingredients silica and cellulose, in particular, should be avoided when gum disease, tooth decay, sensitivity and receding gums are present. While these ingredients can remove tartar and make teeth whiter in appearance, they also may do harm to dental health by altering the acidic balance of the mouth, gums and tongue, said Dr. Warren Scherer, New York University College of Dentistry, as reported by The Naples Daily News.

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One even has plastic. We all know that the BPA in plastics can be hazardous to our health, and yet it has been put into our toothpaste! see video

I hope that you have found this helpful!  Give it a try and let me know what you think . I’l also be posting more about Oil Pulling later.

Cheers to your good health,

Stephanie

Remember to subscribe! and let me know if you need to order any oils for your toothpaste adventure! I place an order at least once a month. You will want to be sure to use the best kind of oils, because those are the ones with real medicinal value. the off the shelf ones that are inexpensive have lots of filler and little distilled oil. In this case, you get what you pay for.

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