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 are pricey. So why not try making your own coconut oil toothpaste as a healthy and 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, including flouride, which is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. There are even mandatory warning labels to seek medical care if swallowed. So, if it’s not safe enough to swallow, why would you be brushing your teeth with it?
The beautiful thing about coconut oil as toothpaste is that it’s 100% natural (if you chose the right one) and there are no harmful chemicals in it. 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. Think of it as Mother Nature’s mouth wash! Swishing the coconut oil in your mouth after you brush will give you the same effect as traditional mouth wash….minus the chemicals.
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.
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 isn’t just for humans; it’s incredibly healthy for pets.
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. Our favorites are peppermint, lemon, and orange.
Erythritol, xylitol or stevia: They sound funny, but they are all natural, tooth friendly sweeteners that will enhance the flavor of your toothpaste *don’t use xylitol if you’re planning on using it for you pets — it’s safe for humans but toxic to animals.
Once I made the change from regular toothpaste to making my own, I realized I’d never go back. There’s nothing but positive benefits in making the switch, so why not give it a try?