Sunday, October 13, 2013

Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste

If I tell you that there's a possibility that a combination of the right nutrition and the right remineralizing toothpaste can cure your tooth decay by initiating a self-repair process for your teeth, would you believe it?

I was skeptical at first. I already have a couple of pasta-filled teeth, so in my mind I was thinking, well, how controversial is that! A tooth-cavity-busting-teeth-healing toothpaste for real? 

I mean, if you have a tooth cavity already, some dentists would immediately recommend pasta-filling. Drill the tooth, fill it with pasta, and there you have it, a repaired tooth that would need refilling every now and then. 

That's how it's done. That's how people usually fix decaying teeth. That's how I knew it could only be done.

Apparently, I was so wrong. It is possible for our teeth to repair itself.

For the past fifteen years, studies, such as from Kaufman et al. (1999), Munoz et al. (1999), Zhang et al. (2007) and Fowler et al. (2006), are showing positive benefits from using remineralizing toothpaste. These benefits include rehardening broken or damaged enamel and decreasing tooth sensitivity to acidic products. 

If you want to read more on the process of remineralizing teeth, continue with this article, or you can go ahead to the Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste recipe below because you already believe that we can self-heal many of our illnesses through a healthy diet and using natural products. 

Also, to read more about homemade toothpaste's benefits, and why commercial toothpaste may actually be bad for you, you can read "Commercial Toothpaste's Ingredients: Are They Safe?" from my post "Three Easy Steps for Baking Soda Toothpaste (Safe for Kids)"

Remineralizing: Activating the Ability of Your Teeth to Self-Heal Tooth Decay


Remineralizing our teeth is the process of delivering calcium and phosphate ions to the teeth, where these ions, in turn, can rebuild enamel through remineralizing the teeth. 

Remineralizing, with its ability to deliver natural tooth-building ingredients to our teeth, can activate their natural self-repair process. 

Sounds freaky? It's not if you think that it's possible for our bodies to self-heal with the right mindset, diet, lifestyle, and natural products.

For me, remineralizing offers a natural way of curing dental cavities. It's our teeth rebuilding itself with the right tools.

Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste

I used the recipe for our homemade remineralizing toothpaste from Wellness Mama, being a fan of Katie and all that, and because I find her recipe very easy to make. 


Ingredients for homemade remineralizing toothpaste
Ingredients for homemade remineralizing toothpaste

Ingredients

  • 5 parts Calcium powder or Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 2 parts Baking Soda
  • 3-5 parts virgin coconut oil to achieved the desired consistency and texture
Note: By 5 parts, you can refer to it as 5 tablespoons or teaspoons as you wish. You can try coconut oil (the one used for cooking), though I've personally used only virgin coconut oil. You can also just make fresh small batches to use for the day and combine the mentioned ingredients according to the consistency you want. 

Optional Ingredients

  • 3 parts Xylitol Powder (Note: You may want to include this though because the study of Sano et al. in 2007 showed that xylitol helped enhance the remineralizing process).
  • Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Myrrh and Trace Minerals (Note: I used 5 drops of Peppermint oil. Be careful of using essential oils when nursing and when pregnant though. You have to do research/consult health professionals on these essential oils that may not be good for nursing/pregnant mommies).

How to Make Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste

1. Mix all calcium powder, baking soda, and xylitol (if using) well in a bowl. I crushed the calcium tablets we have. I did not use xylitol because I don't have it on my end.

2. Add coconut oil slowly so that you can easily manage the process of getting the right consistency.

3. Include any optional ingredients, such as essential oils.

4. Keep your homemade remineralizing toothpaste in a small container. You can use a clean spoon to scoop it out, especially when the oil has hardened.

Eight Exciting Benefits Of Making Your Own Remineralizing Toothpaste

Eight Exciting Benefits Of Making Your Own Remineralizing Toothpaste

These are the benefits of remineralizing toothpaste according to my experience and some anecdotal and scientific studies:

1) Cleans and whitens teeth better than commercial toothpaste brands.
2) Freshens breath.
3) Decreases teeth sensitivity to coldness.
4) Protects our teeth from acidic products like soft drinks.
5) Reduces plaque.
6) Cures toothache. In my case, I have this tooth ache from tooth decay, but since I've been using my homemade remineralizing toothpaste, the pain is gone.
7) Heals tooth decay.
8) Gives an opportunity for great family bonding time. If you make your homemade remineralizing toothpaste with your kids, they'll have fun making it (at least in my case) and they'll have fun in actually using it too, even if baking soda tastes salty. Let's call that pride in DIY.

My daughter prefers our homemade toothpaste because she dislikes the strong mint taste of commercial toothpaste.

I also made this with my sis-in-law +Hennidyn Portem and it was so much fun pounding and mixing stuff :D


children helping parents in preparing ingredients for homemade toothpaste
My five-year-old helping mama make our homemade remineralizing toothpaste

The Downsides and Limitations of Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste

1) It does not have the smooth, foamy feeling like other toothpastes do. If you want some bubble action, you can add one part of natural castile soap to it, which Wellness Mama used in her previous toothpaste recipe.

2) It does not automatically cure tooth decay if you don't change your eating and dental hygiene habits. It means that it won't work if you don't brush at least twice a day and you eat too many sweet/acidic food products daily.

Why Baking Soda?
Contrary to (somewhat) popular (mis)belief, baking soda does not erode tooth enamel, according to the study of Menezes et al. (2004). 

Baking soda can also be used to effectively deliver calcium and phosphate ions to our teeth, which is what remineralizing toothpaste exactly aims to do. 

Furthermore, baking soda, based on my experience and anecdotal evidence, can clean teeth better and freshen breath than commercial toothpaste brands and can result to strong, white, healthy teeth and gums because it can effectively remove plaque.

Finally, baking soda has no fluoride, so it's safe for babies and young kids. Although  for my toddler, I just use virgin coconut oil as his toothpaste (it has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties) because he does not like baking soda's salty taste.

Expiration Date

Based on users' comments from Wellness Mama, our homemade remineralizing toothpaste can last for six months, although it will be consumed much faster for large households. Probably because of the heat in the Philippines, I noticed that mine lasted for two months only. So if it's pretty hot in your area, I think it's best to make small batches. 

Where's the Fluoride?


Well, I am sure my dentist will hate me for saying this, but fluoride is not exactly needed to have clean and healthy teeth and gums. I will make a separate blog entry for that. Also, we can regularly eat food with fluoride, so that we won't need it in our toothpaste. 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these are several fruits that have some fluoride in them: 


  • Apple 
  • Avocado 
  • Banana 
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Cherries 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Peaches 
  • Pears 
  • Plums 
  • Strawberries 
  • Watermelon

Bananas are mainstays in our diet, while we also eat avocados, watermelon, and strawberries, when they are in season and less expensive. 

Practical Solutions to Dental Frustrations
Remineralize your teeth in the most natural and practical way by making your own remineralizing toothpaste. Free yourself from the expenses of tooth extraction, pasta filling, or worse, root canal because of cavities!

The solution to some of your dental frustrations is waiting to be made.

Add that frugal homemade toothpaste that heals teeth cavities in your life. And let's face the world with less chipped smiles. 


Have you tried making your own remineralizing toothpaste? How was the experience? How long did it take to cure your dental cavity?