DIY Mouthwash, and this week we’re talking about DIY toothpaste! (Looking for the recipes? Scroll to the bottom of this post).
Toothpaste is a crucial element to cleaning your teeth. You might have seen a few DIY toothpaste recipes float by on the internet recently and you may have thought to yourself, “Maybe I’ll try that.” But should you? Is a DIY recipe really better than a store bought tube of toothpaste? It all depends on what goes into the toothpaste and why.
Not all recipes are created equally.
There are plenty of them out there, but there are a few elements you should be on the lookout for. Good toothpaste will gently clean your teeth, a better one will give you fresh breath, and a great one will re-mineralize your teeth. Ideally, it will perform all three! Gently cleaning your teeth requires some sort of abrasive material. Baking soda is the go-to abrasive for DIY toothpastes, but you should be careful as too much baking soda can start wearing away the enamel on your teeth. Fresh breath can mean the difference between a great tooth brushing experience or a horrible test of taste bud endurance. Essential oils help take the bad taste out of your mouth. Adding minerals to your teeth helps fight off cavities by building up weak areas of your enamel. Calcium carbonate is a great addition to any DIY toothpaste, although it does taste like chalk (because it is chalk). That’s why you should use some essential oils to cover up the flavor.
Making your own DIY toothpaste that is as effective as commercial toothpaste can be done, but it does take a lot of effort to buy all the ingredients mix them, and store your DIY toothpaste. If you can keep up the effort to make your own toothpaste and make sure each batch will keep your teeth strong and healthy, then go for it. There are plenty of websites out there with helpful hints and recipes, like this one, to help you get started. If you decide to stick with store bought toothpaste, here are your Greensboro dentists’ toothpaste recommendations.