More than the toothbrush you use, your toothpaste is mainly responsible for your oral hygiene and health. Using toothpaste with harmful or toxic ingredients can result in bad breath and tooth decay, further affecting your jaws in the long run.
Toothpaste is what people use every day, but rarely pay any attention to. You would see many people using only organic skin products and food items, but they do not bare a second to think about what their toothpaste is made of.
You never know what your toothpaste is made of, because manufacturing companies at large use toxic elements and ingredients that can greatly harm you and your oral health. Fluoride is the most common ingredient in any toothpaste, which can be poisonous if used daily. Here, we will tell you about every harmful element your toothpaste contains, and why you should consider making your own DIY toothpaste with essential ingredients.
What Mainstream Brands Use in Toothpastes
Most mainstream brands use harmful and toxic ingredients in their toothpastes, including:
- Artificial coloring: increases hyperactivity and ADHD in children.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): causes canker sores in many people.
- Fluoride: it is toxic if swallowed, and not even needed in toothpaste.
- Triclosan: this is a hormone disruptor and commonly used in pesticide.
- Titanium dioxide: this element is made to make your toothpaste white and has no medical benefits.
- Highly abrasive features that make your teeth sensitive, damage your enamel, and accelerate cavities and gum recession.
What are the Best Ingredients You Should Use in Your DIY Toothpaste?
Making your DIY toothpaste is the best option as, firstly, you know the ingredients you are adding to your toothpaste. Secondly, you can add all the beneficial ingredients that are safe and secure to consume and even improve your oral health. Here are the ingredients you can use to make your DIY toothpaste:
Coconut oil helps prevent candidiasis in your mouth, and boosts microbiomes in your gut. There is little evidence that coconut oil can help reduce the bacteria that cause a cavity. It can help, but it is never a replacement for brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping.
Crushed Cacao Nibs
Cacao beans promote remineralization, which is a much better option than fluoride and much safer as well. As the cacao nibs are grain sized, they are a safe abrasive to break up the biofilm.
Trace Mineral Drops
These mineral drops are beneficial if you take them with reverse osmosis water. It helps remove awful water stuff and is a practical element.
This is a natural polisher and not abrasive. It is alkaline and reduces acidity in your mouth. We have constantly been brainwashed to keep our mouths sterilized. In actuality, we need to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your mouth which is there to protect us from diseases and infections.
Baking soda is alkaline and helps fight the acid in our mouths because of food items. Baking soda has a pH of 9 to 11, which helps neutralize acids, while not being abrasive for your teeth.
This element is a sweetener, but acts to reduce bacteria that cause a cavity in your mouth. Just remember not to add too much of it.
Making your DIY toothpaste is the best favor that you can do for your teeth and oral health. It will contain all the essential ingredients that are only beneficial to your teeth and not harmful. However, it is always best to consult with your dentist before making your own DIY toothpaste. The mouth is the one thing that works as an entrance to all of your body, so keeping it clean and secure should be anyone’s utmost priority.
If you want further experienced advice on oral healthy and DIY toothpaste, you can feel free to contact our experts at Gentle Dentistry now.