Monday, August 8, 2011

Flouride-Free?!?

It all began innocenly enough. The other day, one of my college roommates Lucy posted this picture on FB:

Then the questions began, first about the flavor. I have also never seen this particular one before, but Lucy announced that she had to order it off Amazon because she couldn't find any fluoride-free toothpaste locally (she lives in a really small town in Louisiana). Then came a "Why flouride-free?" The answer was one that I wasn't very familiar:

"It softens your teeth, which is why it "cleans" them. But it's not cleaning them, it's removing a very thin outer layer of enamel which, yes, makes your teeth look cleaner. But they won't last as long."



The reasons I try to consciously not ingest or use as little fluoride as possible is based more on what I have learned about he history of fluoride and it's use with subduing populations of people and causing thyroid problems. I believe fluoride is the reason I had a goiter and had to have half my thyroid removed when I was only 16 years old!

Since I haven't read up on the subject in a while, this site pretty much covers most of the highlights in the fluoride controversy: http://www.fluoridealert.org/

After a bit of back and forth conversation Lucy finally asked me: What do you use for toothpaste now? I told her I just make my own, and was due to make some NOW so I would write it down and tell her, but I've been asked this many times so I figured I may as well share it with everyone!

HomeMade Toothpaste Fluoride-FREE

1/2 C Baking Soda
1/4 C Coconut Oil
2 t Spearmint Essential Oil
1 t liquid Stevia






Start by mixing the 1/2 C of baking soda & 1/4 C of Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has great anti-bacterial properties and doesn't taste too bad either. The 2 t of spearmint oil, & 1 t stevia in a bowl, if your coconut oil is liquid! If not or if you are just lazy, use a mini or regular food processor! ;)




This was enough to loosen us the Coconut oil so I transferred it to a bowl for a bit more mixing and to make sure the flavor was good!




I tend to like mine a more minty and sweet in the summer, more refreshing! If you have been using regular minty toothpaste definitely add more spearmint and stevia, if you have been using plain baking soda, don't!


I use a wide mouth 1C mason jar, it has been my favorite toothpaste container! :)




This is more gritty that commercial toothpaste and much better for you since it only has four ingredients!!! It may take some getting accustomed to, but it's well worth it!