Last week I dove into the topic of oral health. With a specific consideration for pregnancy due to the increase in bacteria and gum issues caused by ovarian hormones. This week, I am sharing with you a DIY toothpaste recipe that can elevate your dental routine. The original recipe is from my dentist at Contemporary Dentistry in Rochester, NY. (www.dentistrywithaheart.com) I try to use this toothpaste a minimum of once a day and the other times I brush I use Dr. Bronners peppermint toothpaste.
Not only is this recipe free of chemicals and processed flavors, but the ingredients are loaded with nutrients that protect your mouth from inflammation and cavities while adding minerals to heal and repair current concerns. Here is a break down:
Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that can help balance the gut microbiome--which are directly impacting the microbiome (balance of healthy bacteria) in our mouth.
Bentonite clay is rich in minerals needed to maintain the integrity of our teeth, it hels to alkalize the pH of our mouth, and it polishes without being too abrasive. (We will discuss tooth remineralization in an upcoming article.)
Baking soda is antimicrobial and helps to alkalize the pH of our mouth.
Neem oil is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, disrupts plaque production, and is found to be effective in addressing gingivitis.
Thieves essential oil blend is antimicrobial and immune boosting.
Bentonite Clay Toothpaste
½ Tbsp Bentonite Clay
2 Tbsp. Distilled Water
1 TBSP Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
2 tsp Baking Soda
5-10 Drops of Neem oil (you can also use Peppermint essential oil or Thieves essential oil blend.)
Organic Xylitol to taste
Mix water and clay to form a paste, then add all the other ingredients together. Mix and put into a small jar-do not let it contact metal. Coconut oil hardens at room temperature and melts to liquid at 76 degrees. You may have to play with the consistency to get a smooth paste.