Homemade Toothpaste: Are They Dangerous?

April 10, 2024

Are you looking for information on homemade toothpaste for children? In this article we look at what to do when you don’t have toothpaste, what natural toothpastes are, how to make mint toothpaste, what to use instead of toothpaste, and how to brush your teeth without a toothbrush and toothpaste.

What to do when you don’t have toothpaste?

In a world increasingly focused on green and healthy choices, especially with children attached, interest in homemade toothpastes can grow in families.

Not only can they be a sustainable choice, eliminating plastic and chemical compounds, but they can also be a practical solution in emergencies or for those who want to return to the essentials.

When you find yourself without toothpaste, your first reaction might be to run to the nearest supermarket.

In this article, we want to give you effective and natural alternatives that can be prepared in minutes with ingredients readily available at home.

These solutions not only clean teeth but can also have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and whitening properties.

If we find ourselves without toothpaste, a quick solution might be simply to use fine salt or baking soda, one among the homemade toothpaste solutions.

Simply moistening your toothbrush and dipping it in one of these substances will provide a cleaning and mildly abrasive action to help remove plaque.

Of course, let’s remember that these are salts and still have chemical properties that should not be underestimated.

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What Are Natural Toothpastes?

Natural toothpastes are a viable alternative to commercial toothpastes and can be composed of simple ingredients such as coconut oil, baking soda, clay, herbs, and essential oils. These components are chosen for their antibacterial properties and ability to effectively clean teeth and freshen breath.

For example, coconut oil is known for its antibacterial action and can be used as a base for toothpaste. Baking soda, on the other hand, helps neutralize acidity in the mouth and clean teeth. Combined with ingredients such as peppermint, it makes a natural toothpaste that leaves a fresh feeling.

Here’s a table with some alternatives:

Type of ToothpasteIngredientsInstructions
Coconut ToothpasteBaking soda, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil1. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 4 tablespoons of coconut oil until a paste forms.
2. Add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix well.
3. Store in an airtight jar.
Strawberry ToothpasteRipe strawberries, baking soda, coconut oil1. Mash 2 ripe strawberries in a bowl.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
3. Mix well until a smooth paste forms.
4. Store in the refrigerator and use within a week.
Banana ToothpasteRipe banana, baking soda, coconut oil1. Mash 1 ripe banana in a bowl.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
3. Mix until a uniform paste is formed.
4. Store in the refrigerator and use within a week.
Xylitol ToothpasteXylitol powder, baking soda, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil1. Mix 4 tablespoons of xylitol powder with 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil.
3. Mix until a homogeneous paste is formed.
4. Store in an airtight jar.

Make sure to consult a dentist before using any toothpaste, even homemade ones, especially for children. Ensure there are no allergies or sensitivities to the various ingredients listed.

How Is Mint Toothpaste Made?

To make homemade mint toothpaste, simply mix some common ingredients.

An example recipe includes 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

Mix until a smooth paste is obtained and store in a container with a lid.

The baking soda acts as a cleaning and whitening agent, the coconut oil contributes a creamy texture and fights bacteria, and the peppermint essential oil provides that touch of freshness essential for a good toothpaste.

This combination not only cleans effectively but also contributes to the well-being of the gums.

Make sure there are no allergy problems and that it is not ingested.

How to Make Toothpaste with White Clay?

Toothpaste made from white clay, also known as kaolin, is ideal for those seeking a gentle but effective cleaning.

To prepare it, you need 2 tablespoons of white clay, 1 tablespoon of purified water or herbal decoction, and a few drops of essential oil of your choice for flavor.

Mix the clay with the water to a consistency similar to that of commercial toothpaste.

Add the essential oil and mix again.

White clay is gentle on teeth and gums, and is known for its purifying and mineralizing properties, which help strengthen tooth enamel.

Homemade toothpaste or mild commercial toothpaste?

Remember that there are commercially available toothpastes formulated specifically for our children.

Those are often the safest and least harmful solutions, if used properly.

Our advice is, whenever possible, to use something certified and baby-friendly before venturing into homemade products.

In conclusion, homemade toothpaste is still a viable alternative to commercial products, with the advantage of being customizable, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.

It is important, however, to consult your dentist before making significant changes in your oral hygiene routine.

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About the Author

Severino Cirillo

Health, Wellness and Education Expert. With a degree in Community Health, he is the CEO of Informed Parent and is responsible for validating the blog's scientific information and coordinating the editorial team of experts, consisting of gynecologists, midwives, psychotherapists, and others in pregnancy, perinatal, and parenting wellness and health.