Natural and Organic Skin Care

The Natural Side of Oral Health

It amazes me just how many products are in the oral health care section of the grocery stores and pharmacies.  I often wonder how overwhelming it must be as a consumer to decide what products to use and why.

Personally, I stay clear from 99% of the products on the shelf, but then again I represent lines of natural and organic products that I have recommended as a hygienist for many years (call me lucky or cursed to be passionate about the dreaded taboo world of oral health).  The years I have spent seeing firsthand what mainstream products do to peoples mouths propelled me into making changes for the patients I serve, myself and the ones I love.  Still I am baffled at just WHAT is in these products but more importantly, WHY.

A big thanks goes out to Amy this week for uncovering some of the toxic chemicals in skincare, her posts are always packed with useful and informative information.  Instead of loading you down with more information about ingredients and their known effects (which I promise to do soon), I want to offer everyday items that you may have in your home already that do wonders at cleansing and balancing the mouth’s chemistry.  This easy to do DIY will give you the opportunity to break free from mainstream products without breaking the bank or leaving you with a drawer full of products that you simply don’t care for.

Oral health care products are in the works for 3Girls Holistic, until then we hope you enjoy concocting some on your own.  These are great to do with kids, and can really help in getting them involved with the health of their teeth and gums.

DIY Toothpaste recipe

  • ½ cup coconut oil softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Xylitol- powdered in a blender or food processor
  • 2-10 drops of essential oil* clove, lemon, lime, spearmint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, peppermint, licorice, rosemary, or orange
  • 10 drops myrrh extract (optional)
  • 10 drops grapefruit seed extract (optional)

Mix dry ingredients. Add coconut oil one teaspoon at a time, stirring as you go. Stop when desired consistency is reached. Add a few drops of oils to desired intensity of flavor, stir. Finish in a blender or food processor for a smoother texture. Store in a glass container, preferably amber or cobalt to block out the light.  Dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.  It is recommended that you have individual containers for each family member seeing as you are dipping your brush into the paste, it will help avoid cross contamination from family members and to avoid sickness.  Enjoy!!

* Pure essential oils can be the primary active ingredient in your homemade toothpaste. Essential oils are ideal for use in toothpaste because they are both antiseptic and nontoxic, a rare combination.

Carrie Ibbetson, RDH

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