Coconut oil is one of those foods that seems to have endless uses. However, one use you may be unaware of is that it’s a fantastic base for coconut oil toothpaste. Often, conventional toothpaste can be full of harmful chemicals and agents, but natural toothpaste can be pricey. So, why not try making your coconut oil toothpaste as a healthy, inexpensive alternative? Here are six reasons why you should make the switch.
1. No Harmful Chemicals in Coconut Oil ToothpasteOne of the most significant downsides to traditional toothpaste is the harmful chemicals they contain … so much so that they have to put a warning on the label that tells you to call poison control if you swallow some. Why would you brush your teeth with it if it’s not safe enough to swallow? The beautiful thing about coconut oil is that it has no harmful chemicals. Since it’s incredibly healthy to eat, if you happen to swallow some accidentally, it would benefit your health.
2. AntibacterialCoconut oil is antibacterial and has shown to be very effective at killing the harmful bacteria in your mouth. Think of it as Mother Nature’s mouthwash! Swishing the coconut oil in your mouth after you brush via the ancient practice of oil pulling will give you the same effect as a traditional mouthwash, minus the harsh ingredients and piercing mouth.
3. No Foaming AgentsA common ingredient in toothpaste is a soap called sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS is used as a foaming agent because it gives people the illusion that the toothpaste is cleaning their teeth simply because it’s foaming up. But SLS has been linked to health issues.
4. InexpensiveUsing a few tablespoons of coconut oil is incredibly inexpensive and will last you months, making it the most inexpensive toothpaste you’ve ever used!
5. Your Dog Can Use ItCoconut oil is as effective and safe for our pet’s teeth and health as it is for our own.
6. Easy to MakeAside from all the health benefits, coconut oil toothpaste is incredibly easy to make. All you need is an empty jar and a few ingredients:
- Baking Soda: helps with whitening and acts as an abrasive to help clean your teeth
- Essential Oils: gives your toothpaste a distinct flavor. We like mint 🙂
- Erythritol, Xylitol, or Stevia: natural, tooth-friendly sweeteners that will enhance the flavor of your toothpaste (don’t use xylitol if you’re planning on using it for your pets — it’s toxic to them)