I used to have sensitive teeth. I used to use a maximum strength sensitive toothpaste. I used to use a numbing gel I got from my dentist everyday. And I STILL had sensitive teeth & gums. And then I started making DIY, nontoxic, homemade toothpaste. My sensitive teeth are a thing of the past. Bye bye, Sensodyne!
The Problem With Toothpastes For Sensitive Teeth (well, with most commercial toothpastes actually....)
Here are some ingredients in the sensitive toothpaste I used:
- Sodium Fluoride: Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), & Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). A toxic score of 5.
- Flavor: Flavor is a term used by cosmetic manufacturers for substances or combination of substances added to a cosmetic product to produce or to mask a particular flavor. A toxic score of 4.
- Cocamidoprophyl Betaine: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine. A toxic score of 4.
And the MAIN problem with my sensitive toothpaste was that it DID NOT CURE anything for me.
I still had sensitive teeth & gums. Everyday. I used that toothpaste for several years and my sensitivity never decreased and actually got worse. It got so bad that my dentist then gave me a numbing gel with fluoride that I applied to my gums everyday.
I was brushing my teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and then rubbing a fluoride gel on my gums. Fluoride has been linked to acne, rashes, arthritis, and thyroid problems.
My dental history is far from flawless. I had periodontal disease and a root canal at the age of 20. I was blessed with an impressive overbite and had some sort of metal in my mouth for 13 years (an appliance as a kid, braces for middle & high school, upper removable retainer, & lower permanent retainer for early adulthood). I believe this was one of the factors that caused my gum problems. It is difficult to clean behind all that metal & wires!
I have not had a single problem or sensitivity since ditching commercial toothpaste!
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe:
- 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- 3 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
- 1 Teaspoon Xylitol
- 1 Teaspoon filtered water without fluoride (I use a Berkey Filter)
- 30 drop of Essential Oils:
- 10 dropsMineral Essence Minerals
- Mix all ingredients together. Heat the coconut oil on the stove on low if it needs to be melted a little.
- Store in a cute jar.
- This is shelf stable so store in your bathroom and use every time you brush your teeth.
Why It Works
All of these ingredients are safe, natural, and nontoxic. It's not a problem if it's swallowed so your kids can safely use it.
- Coconut oil is anti-fungal and gets rid of bacteria.
- Natural baking soda disinfects and whitens. Use a natural, good quality baking soda. Find out if your baking soda is natural here.
- Bentonite clay pulls toxins out of your body. It is volcanic ash with an electric charge. Bentonite clay also happens to be my favorite face mask.
- Xylitol decreases bacteria and remineralizes teeth.
- This concentrated trace mineral liquid contains ionic minerals that your body can quickly and fully absorb along with Peppermint, Lemon, & Cinnamon essential oils.
Homemade Toothpaste Q&A
- Will my teeth turn the color of the clay?
- NO! It will not. My teeth are whiter than ever. And I am a coffee and red wine drinker.
- Is the clay safe with metal fillings?
- Yep! From the clay manufacturer: "We have found that a short period of time with metal is not enough to cause a reaction, such as brushing your teeth, or mixing the clay with a spoon. You would not want to leave a spoon in clay for a long period of time, or leave clay packed on a tooth with a filling, but for brushing you are perfectly safe."
- Can I use something other than xylitol?
- Yes. You can use stevia, honey, or no sweetner at all.
- Is it safe for kids?
- Yes. Everything is natural. My son used it when he was little.
Update & Bonus Hack!
Bonus Tip: Oil Pulling
- Oil pulling is a magical detox that is great for oral health. Read more about it here.
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