6 Reasons To Start Using Coconut Oil As Toothpaste
Coconut oil is one of those foods that seems to have endless uses. One use you may be unaware of is that it’s a fantastic base for toothpaste. Often, conventional toothpaste can be full of harmful chemicals and agents, but natural toothpastes can be pricey. So why not try making your own coconut oil toothpaste as a healthy, inexpensive alternative? Here are six reasons you should make the switch.
1. No harmful chemicals.
One of the biggest 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 swallow some. If it’s not safe enough to swallow, why would you be brushing your teeth with it?
The beautiful thing about coconut oil is that there are no harmful chemicals in it and since it’s incredibly healthy to eat, if you happen to swallow some it would actually be beneficial to your health.
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and has shown to be very effective at killing the bad bacteria in your mouth. Think of it as Mother Nature’s mouthwash! Swishing the coconut oil in your mouth after you brush will give you the same effect as a traditional mouthwash, minus the harsh ingredients and stinging mouth.
3. No foaming agents
A 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.
Using 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 it
Coconut oil is just as effective and safe for our pets teeth and health as it is for our own.
6. Easy to make
Aside 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, acts an abrasive to help clean your teeth
- Essential oils: will give 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)
Once we made the change to coconut oil as toothpaste, we quickly realized that we wouldn’t go back to regular toothpaste.
There’s nothing but positive benefits in making the switch, so why not give it a try? Just make sure you chose a raw organic coconut oil.