The Daily Habit
Toothpaste - something that's rarely given much thought. According to Delta Dental, 7 in 10 Americans brush their teeth at least twice a day. Most of us brush our teeth on auto-pilot.
Currently, I work in advertising and my client is one of the top toothpaste brands. So I think about toothpaste a lot. A lot, a lot. In my case, this might be 'sacrilege' but I'm going to test out homemade toothpaste for a while. There are a few reasons I've been interested in this: a.) the ingredients in commercial pastes seem a little too synthetic for my taste, b.) making your own is way cheaper than buying store-bought, and c.) there's already a lot of fluoride in our water anyway, right?
Here's My How-To:
Just mix together the following ingredients into a paste:
- 4 tbsp Baking Soda
- 2(1/2) tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Optional: add 1/2 tsp or peppermint extract or a few drops of an essential oil for flavoring. I actually love the taste of baking soda - so I didn't find the essential oil necessary. Plus, I've read a few articles noting that it might not be great to ingest. You could also cut out the salt if you find it too salty (I might do this next go around).
I put mine in a mini jar and use a mini spoon to apply it to my toothbrush. There's no foaming, which is different, but otherwise it's okay to me. I'll keep you posted how the next dental screening goes!