Decades back, when there were no toothpastes, tooth-powders, mouth washes, etc., people resorted to using natural substances to maintain overall dental health. When there were no brushes available, people would use Neem/Meliaceae/Azedarach tree sticks to brush their teeth with. Wash the stick, chew on it till it becomes soft and stranded, and your natural-one-time-use toothbrush is ready. Chewing on a neem stick would cause beneficial nutrients to enter the digestive system, and brushing with it would whiten teeth and prevent/heal gum problems.
As kids, many of us hated brushing our teeth, only because we disliked its smell or taste. Though everyone's teeth texture is same, the problems faced by all are not. One person may have a tooth decay problem while someone else may face gum problems. Ready-made toothpastes that are available in the market claim to be effective for all dental problems; however, very few can find one that suits their dental needs. Isn't it better if we can prepare one at home that suits our personal needs to solve our dental problems? Given below are a few recipes to make one on your own.
This is the most common and easy way of making homemade mint toothpaste. Take 6 teaspoons of baking soda, add ⅓ teaspoon of salt, 4 teaspoons of glycerin, and 15 drops of peppermint extract. Mix it well to form a thick paste just like a toothpaste, and store it in a container.
This one is beneficial for sensitive teeth and gums. Take ½ cup white cosmetic clay (kaolin clay- it helps to whiten and polish teeth), and add ½ cup glycerin, 35 - 40 drops of myrrh, 7 - 8 drops of peppermint, and 7 - 8 drops of clove essential oil. Mix the contents well, and store it in a container.
Take 3 tablespoons of baking soda and ½ small packet of stevia powder in a bowl. (Stevia powder is sweet herb used as a replacement for sugar.) Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 20 - 25 drops of peppermint oil (start by adding half the amount, and gradually go on adding up the other half up to the point you find is suitable for you). Mix the ingredients well, and store in a container.
This recipe works well for curing periodontal diseases (a disease that affects tissues that surround and support the teeth). Take ¼ cup white cosmetic clay in a bowl, and add ¼ cup baking soda, ⅛ cup finely ground sea salt, 20 drops tincture of myrrh, 8 drops tea-tree essential oil, 8 drops thyme essential oil, and ½ cup vegetable glycerin. Mix it well, and store in a cool and dry place.
Take ½ cup of baking soda in a large bowl and mix ½ teaspoon of sea salt, 6 packets of stevia or xylitol sweetener, ½ teaspoon borax (20 Mule Team Brand), 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide 3%, 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 4 drops frankincense oil, 4 drops cinnamon cassia oil, 30 drops peppermint oil. Process all ingredients in a blender until the mixture appears slightly foamy. Store the paste in a clean container.
If you have noticed, the common ingredients in almost all recipes are baking soda, glycerin, and peppermint oil. Baking soda whitens teeth as well as forms the base of the recipe whereas the thickness can be altered by the use of glycerin, and peppermint oil adds flavor. Instead of using peppermint oil every time, you can also opt for spearmint oil, cinnamon oil, anise oil, wintergreen extract, and clove oil.
Another important benefit of making toothpaste on your own is that it saves a lot of money. It is inexpensive compared to factory-made ones that contain unnecessary chemicals, flavors, colors, etc., and are in no way useful to us. In fact homemade ones have proved to be more effective for proper dental care than the normal ones bought from stores.
So, go ahead and make your own toothpaste at home, and give your pearly whites the treatment they deserve.