We’ve gone fluoride-free for several years, but only recently did I learn about glycerine causing dental problems. Most toothpaste has glycerine in it for texture, so I never gave it a second thought when my super-spendy all-natural toothpaste had it at the top of the ingredients list. I should have, though. Glycerine, while a wonderful medium for making non-alcoholic herbal tinctures, is not something that we should be coating our teeth with twice a day. The problem is that glycerine creates a barrier on enamel, which is very difficult to rinse off (I’ve seen articles saying it takes over twenty thorough rinses to remove it!). This barrier prevents our saliva from remineralizing our teeth. Believe it or not, teeth can heal themselves, just like bone can. Remineralization is the method God intended for that self-healing, but our toothpaste is preventing it.
What now? I couldn’t find an all-natural toothpaste without glycerin in our local stores, and the stuff on-line was expensive. I decided to make my own, of course! 🙂 There is a “toothsoap” on-line that I would order, if I could afford to, but instead I am basing my own version on the ingredients list.
- 1/2 cup olive oil (as the base)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (anti-viral and anti-inflammatory)
- 2 tablespoons coral calcium (to remineralize)
- 1 tablespoon powdered magnesium (to remineralize)
- 2 teaspoons Himalayan sea salt (to remineralize and polish off stains)
- 3 tablespoons raw honey* (anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory)
- 20 drops cinnamon essential oil (flavor and anti-bacterial)
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil (flavor and anti-bacterial)
- Warm the oils and honey in a jar set in a bowl of warm water until coconut oil has melted.
- Add the minerals, salt and essential oils, then blend with an immersion blender until there are no lumps.
- Pour into a dark jar with a soap pump.
- Always shake well before using.
I made this particular recipe several days ago and we all love it! The soap pump keeps bacteria out (though the essential oils, raw honey, coconut oil and salt prevent bacterial growth, too!), and it isn’t at all messy… trust me, a dropper bottle and a three-year-old do not make a good combination for this! I’ve been perfecting this recipe for a couple of months, now, and we are thrilled with how clean and fresh our mouths are!
* I know that the raw honey sounds like a crazy thing to add to a toothpaste (doesn’t sugar cause cavities?!) but it is actually very beneficial. It can help heal gum infections and reduce inflammation from injuries. And, no, sugar on the teeth is not what causes cavities… it’s consuming excess sugar, which depletes minerals throughout the body, that causes cavities. If you’d like to learn more, I’d recommend learning about Dr. Weston A. Price’s travels and studies by visiting www.westonaprice.org and reading his book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”. He was able to heal cavities in poor children through diet alone!