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Fun without fluoride

We recently took our two boys to the dentist. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the dentist was very happy with their teeth and that they have no cavities. At 6 and 8 that’s pretty good in this day and age.

We let them have candy every now and then, they have what they want at parties and in the house we’ll give dessert as a reward for eating all the veggies on the plate. For the most part they eat enough fruit and veg to keep them on the right path.

Now we want to take the dental hygiene to the next level and eliminate the toxins, so the weekend’s project is homemade toothpaste.  This a great science project for the kids to do in the kitchen.

We’d love for you to try it too and see how it feels, let us know the results.

My version is the most basic and I’m sure some of the ingredients can be improved and replaced with more natural ingredients.

What you’ll need is:

A shot glass (Yeah I finally found another use for those)

A mixing bowl

A mixing spoon

A teaspoon

Baking Soda


Glycerin (to preserve)

Peppermint oil


You can also use Hydrogen Peroxide but if it’s not essential why use it. The water does the same job.

Put three shots of Baking soda to one shot of Salt into the mixing bowl and mix it well.

Three teaspoons of Glycerin into the mix

Add a shot of water to it and mix again. You can add more or less water to get the consistency you want.

Add peppermint oil to taste.

We used a better quality Baking soda, non-bleached salt, organic peppermint oil. Give it a try and let us know what else you changed or improved.

These measurements should make enough toothpaste for a family of four for a couple of weeks.

The main purpose of this is to get rid of fluoride which is put into toothpaste to “protect” teeth from cavities. However, many civilizations that ate a low sugar diet have had perfectly fine teeth without fancy electric toothbrushes and certainly no fluoride.

Fluoride is also added to our water so we recommend filtering your tap water to extract as much at that source too. Each City or district controls the amount of fluoride that is in that city’s water supply. Give them a call and ask about quantities are in your local water.

What’s the problem with fluoride? Fluoride holds lots of Aluminum which coincidentally is found in high concentrations of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

That’s enough reason for me to bother making my own

Take a look at the back of your regular toothpaste box. I normally use Colgate; mine has a warning on the back it reads.

“WARNING; Keep out of reach of children under age of 6 years old. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed get medical help or contact a poison control center right away”

So you consume a pea sized amount twice a day every day of your life and you’ll be fine, but if you swallow a little more than that at any given time you need to go to the doctor. Make your own assumption as to what that might mean. I’d prefer to avoid a slow death if possible.

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