Happy Teeth, Happy Life

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Happy Teeth, Happy Life

Alan Wright (12) shows his pearly whites after a week of using the toothpaste recipes. However, he was not too happy with the taste.

Alan Wright (12) shows his pearly whites after a week of using the toothpaste recipes. However, he was not too happy with the taste.

Alan Wright (12) shows his pearly whites after a week of using the toothpaste recipes. However, he was not too happy with the taste.

Alan Wright (12) shows his pearly whites after a week of using the toothpaste recipes. However, he was not too happy with the taste.

Allyssa Maloney, Staff Reporter

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Toothpaste seems like one thing that no one should make at home. However, the toothpaste that is found on grocery store shelves contains an unbelieveable amount of chemicals that are not good for our teeth or our general health. Most toothpastes contain fluoride and another ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate. Prior to 1938, fluoride was sold as rat poison. And, according to the Natural Health Information Center, “the sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.” The use of certain toothpastes can even cause cavities and other harms to your teeth. Being the tree-hugging-hippie I am, natural, homemade toothpaste seems like the way to go. Here’s the recipe I used to make my natural toothpaste.

Materials needed:

  1. 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
  2. 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  3. ½ of an individual packet of stevia
  4. 20-25 drops of peppermint, lemon, or citrus essential oil (add more if needed)

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl and store it in an airtight container. Each ingredient has specific benefits for teeth. Coconut oil is known to clean and whiten your teeth, prevent tooth decay, and prevent gingivitis. Baking soda helps strengthen your teeth and it prevents cavities better than any store-bought toothpaste. Stevia is a natural sweetener that will make you want to use the toothpaste more than twice a day. It’s almost like the sugars that are put in kids toothpaste, except much healthier.

People usually steer away from natural toothpaste because they think it might not fix bad breath, or that it might cause breath to smell bad. However, this is not necessarily the case, because most natural toothpaste recipes call for peppermint oil. The essential oil is the ingredient that will make your breath smell good. Mainly because people that come up with natural toothpaste recipes have already thought about their breath smelling like they ate garbage for breakfast.

If you want to eliminate additional chemicals in your body, first start with changing your toothpaste. Teeth are the only thing that can not heal, so if they rot and fall out your head, you will not be getting another set (dentures do not count).