Confession time: Growing up, I was a gum addict. I could chew 2 packs of gum a day- and I would’ve if my parents let me.
Why do I mention this? Not only was I a gum addict, I was a cinnamon gum addict. I could never understand how some people preferred mint over cinnamon. The sweet and spicy mix made it delicious.
Of course it wasn’t until years later I realized how bad chewing sugary gum was for my teeth. One dentist trip and seven cavities later it was time to give up my addiction.
Those days are behind me but I still love anything cinnamon. I use cinnamon in recipes, drinks, and my diffuser. I even add cinnamon essential oil to spray bottles to clean the counter..
Given my natural draw to cinnamon, it was easy to decide on a flavor of toothpaste I wanted to try. My only regret is not thinking of it sooner!
Why You Should Consider Making Your Own Toothpaste
Before we get into the actual recipe, let’s talk about why you should consider making your own toothpaste.
- Conventional toothpastes often have toxic ingredients
- Homemade toothpastes can help rebuild your teeth
- It can be more cost effective than buying natural toothpastes which cost anywhere from $4 to $14 a tube.
Toxic Ingredients in Conventional Toothpastes
Conventional toothpastes contain many ingredients categorized as toxic . This means when you brush your teeth there is a good chance you are being exposed to:
- Artificial food coloring which has been linked to brain disorders and hyperactivity.
- Fluoride which is classified as a neurotoxin.
- Triclosan which is a pesticide banned in Europe and can affect the brain, reproductive system, and the immune system.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which can break down the lining of the mouth leading to irritation and canker sores.
You may be thinking “Why does it matter what’s in my toothpaste? It’s not like I’m eating it.” But the tissue in our mouths has tons of blood vessels so everything that goes into your mouth eventually enters your bloodstream.
Avoiding Essential Oils in Toothpaste
If you Google ‘homemade toothpaste” or ‘DIY toothpaste’ you will find a ton of recipes. Most include essential oils and are much better for you than conventional toothpastes.
That being said, one thing you will notice about this particular recipe is the lack of essential oils. I love essential oils and use them in many different ways throughout my day but not in my toothpaste.
If you are currently rebuilding a healthy microbiome (good bacteria), some believe essential oils could clean the mouth a little too well. Ingredients like cinnamon, tea tree oil, and lemon are so powerful they could leave your mouth lacking good bacteria. Good bacteria helps protect your mouth and starts the digestion process when you eat. Without good bacteria you are more susceptible to cavities, bad breath, and even gingivitis.
Why These Ingredients Rock
The ingredients of this toothpaste are amazing because every ingredient is good for your oral health.
Baking soda helps support a healthy pH. allowing good bacteria to thrive. Baking soda can also help remove stains from teeth.
Organic cinnamon kills bad bacteria in the mouth but allows good bacteria to thrive. It also helps prevent inflammation.
Organic coconut oil kills bad bacteria preventing tooth decay and yeast in the mouth.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol and helps to sweeten the toothpaste but it also eliminates bad bacteria in the mouth.
Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) contains trace minerals which can help strengthen and whiten teeth.
Optionally, you can use Bentonite Clay* (food grade) instead of Diatomaceous Earth. Bentonite Clay is great for remineralization. It’s also alkaline and helps maintain a healthy pH balance as well as remove heavy metals and toxins.
* Do not use Bentonite Clay in toothpaste if you have metal fillings- it can lead to mercury leaching.
Cinnamon Toothpaste Recipe
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Organic Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp Xylitol
- 3 tsp Filtered Water
- 2 Tbsp Diatomaceous Earth OR Bentonite Clay (food grade)
- Storage: Small mason jar or silicone tubes BPA free food grade
Combine all dry ingredients (baking soda, cinnamon, Diatomaceous Earth OR Bentonite clay, and Xylitol).
Place the coconut oil in a pan and melt on low (do not allow it to smoke)
Add coconut oil to the dry mix and stir. It will be clumpy.
Add 1 tsp of filtered water and stir, scraping the sides as you go. (Add slowly- stop when mixture looks like brownie mix)
If it’s still clumpy you can slowly add more water until the mix is smooth and the consistency of brownie mix before baking.
Place in tube(s) or glass storage container.
Store any leftovers in a glass storage container and refrigerate. Use toothpaste stored outside of the fridge within 10 days then wash and refill your tube.Feel free to double the batch next time you make your toothpaste. I always start small to limit wasting materials just in case a recipe isn’t to my taste.
*When applying to toothbrush, try and avoid touching the tip of the tube to your toothbrush to avoid contaminating your toothpaste.
Worth the Change
Admittedly, switching from a conventional toothpaste to a homemade one could seem over the top to some. However, the health benefits and cost savings make it worthwhile. Not only will you avoid exposing yourself (and your family) to toxic chemicals but you will be using ingredients to improve oral health.
So give this recipe a try- your teeth and gums will thank you.
Deja Cronley is a Registered Nurse turned Blogger. She fell in love with natural living four years ago and has dedicated herself to educating others about organics. She loves Crossfit, the beach, and playing with her kids. Read more about cleaner, natural living at DejaVuOrganics.com.
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