The debate continues to rage on about whether or not there are any risks to humans from consuming fluoride. Governments have been putting it in drinking water for over 65 years now and studies still seem to be inconclusive as to whether fluoride contributes to cancer and other health defects. The American Cancer Society is a great resource about Water Fluoridation.
Brushing our teeth is another time in our day when we consume fluoride. If there is no risk, why does every tube of toothpaste in America have a poison warning on it? It seems like if we are putting it in our mouths everyday, we should be able to eat as much of it as we like. Fluoridealert.org is the leader of the movement to get rid of fluoride in our drinking water and in toothpaste. Their research mostly revolves around the ill-effects of fluoride on children. Worth taking a look at especially if you have kids.
The best way to not even have to worry about this issue is to purchase a filtration system for your tap water and make your own toothpaste!
Here’s the recipe:
3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp baking soda
25 drops peppermint essential oil
1 packet stevia
Make sure the coconut oil and baking soda are thoroughly mixed before you add the peppermint and stevia. Just keep a small container of your homemade toothpaste next to your toothbrush. A small mason jar works great. Each batch should create roughly 5 oz. of toothpaste which is significantly more than a regular sized tube. After crunching the numbers, homemade toothpaste ends up being only slightly more expensive than your cheapest toothpaste brands, but significantly cheaper than organic/natural brands at a Whole Foods or other organic supermarket.
To add icing to the cake, you also won’t have to deal with all those wasteful toothpaste tubes if you replace them with this homemade recipe.
If you aren’t in love with this recipe, don’t worry, there are others. Another interesting homemade toothpaste was written about here: