Coconut oil is one of those foods that seems to have endless uses. One use you may be unaware of is that it’s a fantastic base for toothpaste. Often, conventional toothpaste can be full of harmful chemicals and agents, but the alternative natural toothpastes are pricey. So why not try making your own coconut oil toothpaste as a health, inexpensive alternative? Here are six reasons you should make the switch.
1. No harmful chemicals
One of the biggest downsides to traditional toothpastes is the harmful chemicals they contain … so much so that they have to put a warning on the label that tells you to call poison control if swallow some. If it’s not safe enough to swallow, why would you be brushing your teeth with it?
The beautiful thing about coconut oil is that there are no harmful chemicals in it and since it’s incredibly health to eat, if you happen to swallow some it would actually be beneficial to your health.
2. Contains no foaming agents
Commercial toothpastes foam because one of the ingredient they contain is a soap called sodium lauryl sulfate. This kind of toothpaste also causes canker sores in the mouth which are very painful and inconvenient. Another proof of the safety of using coconut oil is that it does not foam.
3. Has antibacterial properties
Due to its antibacterial properties, coconut oil will eliminate the bad bacteria in your mouth. It is as effective as toothpaste and mouthwash except that it doesn’t have harmful chemicals.
4. It is Affordable
What’s so great about coconut oil is that it is inexpensive and will last for months.
5. You Can Use It on Your Dog’s Teeth Too
Coconut oil is effective and safe for dogs and humans alike while you wouldn’t want to brush your pets’ teeth with ordinary “human” toothpaste. Applying it with a toothbrush would be best, but your pet may even get some oral health benefits just from licking a small amount of oil.
6. It is Easily Prepared
The coconut oil toothpaste is extremely easy to prepare. It isn’t time-consuming and it is a great DIY project. Here’s how to prepare it in the convenience of your home:
– about ½ cup coconut oil
– 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
– 15-20 drops of essential oils
– 2 small packets of stevia
Take a jar and add the semi-hard coconut oil and add all the other ingredients. Mix well using a fork. In order to use the paste, you should dip your toothbrush in and scrape a small amount onto bristles. Brush your teeth as you would normally do.