Using baking soda as a cleaning product may seem a little odd, but it's actually a common ingredient in many brands of toothpaste. It's made of sodium bicarbonate that is an alkaline, which is also mildly abrasive; however, don't confuse it with baking powder which has had other ingrediants added to assist with baking. It works in the mouth along with the saliva to create a paste that scrubs away stains and reacts with the acids of food to create small bubbles of carbon dioxide that lift stains and wash them away. There will always be some dental services that require professional help, like a root canal or a filling; but if you wish to reduce the number of chemicals you expose your family to, homemade toothpaste is a great start and is easy to make. If you have children you can even adapt the flavours to help turn this daily activity into something they will enjoy.
According to Ask the Dentist there are a few basic essential items that should be used to create homemade toothpaste; these include baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils. Applying baking soda directly to the teeth is actually quite effective; however, being a powder it can be quite messy and certainly unappealing for children. Combining it with coconut oil not only creates a paste that can easily be applied; it also has unique health properties. Candida is a yeast infection that can cause thrush, however the medium-chain fatty acids within the coconut oil itself are known to combat bacterial, yeast and fungal infections.
Essential oils are also known to have anti-bacterial properties that can help conditions such as gingivitis, which is caused by plaque and eats away at the gums. These oils can also provide unique flavours to your toothpaste; try peppermint for fresh breath or cinnamon for cold winter nights. You could even try combining flavours and get the kids to help. This will help them to take ownership over their own oral health and make them more willing to brush regularly.
To store your toothpaste you can put it into a mason jar, or something that has an airtight seal for freshness. Simply dip your toothbrush in or apply with a teaspoon if sharing with other people. Alternatively you could use a variety of different jam jars and alternative between flavours both morning and night. This will keep the task of brushing your teeth a little bit more interesting and encourage you to do it more regularly. For more information, contact a dental service, like Dental Smile Clinic.