Baking soda :: Helps to remove plaque + reduces acidity. This is the main ingredient in most tooth powder/paste recipes. Though there are those who say it is too abrasive for everyday use, its abrasiveness is less than many commercial pastes. via
Aloe Vera :: Controls cavity causing organisms :: via :: choose dietary aloe vera, not topical
Bentonite Clay :: Antibacterial, absorbs toxins, + reduces acidity. via + via :: choose food grade (here or here)
Xylitol :: I chose xylitol instead of stevia, because xylitol reduces tooth decay + plaque and promotes the remineralization of teeth :: via + via :: choose xylitol from birch wood, so it's non GMO
Peppermint Oil :: antimicrobial properties, reduces cavities + freshens bad breath :: via
I found lots of information stating that fluoride is an essential toothpaste ingredient...and lots stating that it is a dangerous ingredient. I felt that this article struck a trustworthy balance.
Here are the adjustments I made for our recipe:
4 Tbsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. bentonite clay
1 tsp. xylitol
2 Tbsp. aloe vera
12 drops peppermint oil
Mix with non-metal utensil in non-metal bowl + put into non-metal containers. I split ours into individual containers (no germ sharing). :) We just swipe a little out on our toothbrushes, wet, brush, + rinse well.
Allowing a little time to adjust to the taste + mouth feel is beneficial. Mr. Tribe says that he feels like his teeth are whiter. Jo + Julia agree. Jo says she can't express how much she was dragging her feet about this change, but that now it's one of her favorite things! All in all, I'm hopeful that this is the toothpaste recipe will help us to keep our teeth clean + healthy. In combination with dental lace (now coated in a natural wax instead of a petroleum product!) + bamboo toothbrushes...I feel good about our waste reduction in this department. No more toothpaste tubes! (Thank you so much, Lily!)
Do you have a toothpaste recipe that you love? Please share!! :)