By Guest Blogger Sahari McCormick 

Ever read the label on your toothpaste? I did, and it scared me. A visit to my dental hygienist a couple of weeks ago validated my decision to give up commercial toothpaste….not only was I the first patient in her chair that didn’t have microbeads stuck in her teeth, but she was impressed as to how healthy my gums and teeth were. She did a little happy dance when I told her about my homemade toothpaste too.

Microbeads are one worry, toxic chemicals are another. Have you ever noticed the warning label on many tubes of toothpaste? Do not swallow? Call poison control? What?!?

Luckily there are simple, non-toxic ways to brush your teeth and freshen your mouth.

The simplest, and least expensive, is to brush with plain old baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

If you like a creamier texture, mix the baking soda with a dab of coconut oil.

Or go all out and in a small jar melt 2 Tbsp coconut oil, and add in 2 Tbsp baking soda, 11 packets of xylitol, 22 calcium magnesium capsules (powder only), and 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt, and stir together. Add 20 drops pure peppermint essential oil (do not use flavored extract, or perfume oil. Label should read 100% pure essential oil and not be diluted with anything), 5 drops pure tea tree (Melaleuca) essential oil (optional ) and12 drops of trace minerals and stir again. Separate into smaller containers for each family member.Dip toothbrush into paste and brush!

For a super clean mouth feel, try oil pulling. Take 1 teaspoon coconut oil and ‘pull’ the oil through your teeth in a sucking motion for about 10 minutes, then spit into the trash (not down the drain!). Follow your oil pulling or brushing with 2-4 drops of tea tree oil in 4 oz of water, or 1 tsp pink salt in 4 oz of water, and swish or gargle.

I bet you have more than one of these ingredients in your kitchen already. Ditch the ingredients you can’t pronounce, forget the warning labels and get those microbeads out of your teeth once and for all!

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