Let’s talk about ingredients found in these toothpastes: (Sugar Alcohols)
1. Xylitol — “natural Sweetener” — it ferments the Gut –Yuck! There is enough xylitol in two pieces of gum to kill a 100 gram rodent. According to lab tests, a 100 gram rodent can be killed by approximately 1.65 grams of xylitol about half of the time. There is no long-term safety data.
2. Erythritol (Truvia) — poison for fruit flies — another sugar alcohol that is produced by the industrialized process of sugar hydrogenation with a heavy metal catalyst. Erythritol is exclusively derived from corn and much if it is GMO corn.
Note: While xylitol is poorly absorbed in the gut, erythritol is well absorbed but is poorly metabolized.
Metabolic acidosis can lead to acid reflux and an increased risk or danger to the larynx. It also promotes dehydration and loss of electrolytes which increases a feeling of thirst. Erythritol is a commonly used food additive approved by the Food & Drug Administration. Oh My!
3. Tee Tree Oil — a volatile oil from the native Australian evergreen, Melaleuca alternifolia. This oil has active components like terpenes which make it a powerful antimicrobial capable of destroying bacteria on contact. It can be toxic to pets and may cause toxic and allergic reactions in humans, especially if swallowed. Contact to the eyes, nose and mouth should be avoided. Serious side effects include confusion, inability to walk, unsteadiness, rash, and hormonal imbalances.
In conclusion, I have found a recipe on Pinterest for homemade toothpaste on Crunchy Betty.
The ingredients are:
6 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons baking soda
25 drops essential oils (I used Wild Orange by doTerra
1 teaspoon Natural Stevia (about 5 droppers full) for sweetening — Ingredients in it include: Purified/Active Water, Organic Stevia (Leaf) extract
1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I used my electric hand mixer on low first, then turned it up to get a light, creamy texture.
2. Pour into small jars and put lid on until ready to use.
Getting out the toothpaste can be a little tricky, but you can use your toothbrush and dip into it; or you can use a clean popsicle stick. Also a hair dye bottle with pointed tip can be used to store the toothpaste in.
We love how it makes our teeth and mouth feel after brushing gently. You don’t want to brush so vigorously that you wear away your gums. The brushing of teeth is to gently sweep out any and all food particles. Then flossing in between each tooth and the ends is important for healthy teeth and gums.
Enjoy brushing your teeth with peace of mind and without damaging the good bacteria in your mouth!