One of my favorite bloggers, Mommypotamus, has done the research for me about the harmful ingredients in most toothpastes. You can read about it here. I’m convinced that conventional toothpaste needs to be a thing of the past for my family.
Why use tooth soap? Tooth soap removes oils, residue and other contaminants from your teeth so that your healthy pH balanced saliva can help remineralize your teeth (source). Toothsoap.com has a tooth soap that deep cleans teeth and gums without fluoride. It’s naturally organic and comes in many flavors. So, if you don’t want to make your own, try that. However, making your own tooth soap is easy and inexpensive.
TOOTH SOAP INGREDIENTS: (original recipe from Mommypotamus)
1 tablespoon Dr. Bonner’s baby mild
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon water
20-40 drops essential oil (peppermint, sweet orange, whatever you like!)
1 – 1/2 tablespoons of raw honey or stevia (honey will settle to the bottom, so stir with the dropper before using).
In a bowl, mix water, olive oil and honey or stevia.
Add remaining ingredients and whisk thoroughly. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon honey if necessary.
Pour mixture into a bottle with a dropper or soap dispenser and use.
NOTE: I spit into a plastic bottle so as not to run any risk of clogging the drain with hardened coconut oil, even though there may be too little of it used here to cause any trouble. When the bottle is used a few times, I dump the contents into the trash.
BRIGHTENING TOOTH SCRUB (recipe from Mommypotamus reader)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt, medium or finely ground. Salt helps remove stains and contains minerals your teeth need for strong enamel.
1/2 teaspoon of filtered water
1 drop of essential oil
Combine all ingredients until mixed well.
Use as you would regular toothpaste.
Have you tried tooth soap? What did you think?