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I have a patient who prefers to use only natural products. What is the best natural toothpaste and oral health products to recommend?

I have a patient who prefers to use only natural products and she actually already makes her own soaps and shampoos. She wondered if she could make her own toothpaste. We also discussed other toothpastes such as Tom’s of Maine. She is willing to use fluoride. What is the best reference for finding good, effective natural oral care products or making your own?



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It is certainly possible to make your own toothpaste, with the complexity being how much effort your patient wants to put in. On the very simple end of the scale, you could recommend dry brushing to your patient. Along with flossing, dry brushing will do the job of removing biofilm from the teeth. The downside to this is there is no “clean mouth” feel afterwards. This can take awhile to get used to, so while it is the simplest way to avoid using a commercial toothpaste, your patient may be looking for a little more.

 

The next step on the scale could be to have your patient dip her toothbrush in baking soda and that can be a substitute for toothpaste. Adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil can help give the clean mouth feel afterwards.

 

If your patient is looking to make actual toothpaste that is similar to what can be bought in stores, I found this coconut-based toothpaste recipe that you might be able to recommend.

 

— 6 teaspoon baking soda
— 1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
— 2 tablespoons coconut oil (warm enough to be liquied)
— 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

 

First add the baking soda into a bowl and then mix in the other ingredients until a toothpaste texture is formed. If the mixture comes out a little runny you can always add a little more baking soda to thicken it up. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more coconut oil. It can seem a little odd to put in hydrogen peroxide into the mix, but the coconut oil and essential oils will mask any taste of that. Since hydrogen peroxide is in the mixture, it is important to store the toothpaste in an opaque (dark) container.

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I am a dental hygiene student about to graduate an love natural toothpastes. My parents have used essential oil products for years an this one is the best! Young Living Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste. It has been great for plaque removal as well as theraputic for ulcers etc. It is also sweetened with xylitol. I highly recommend as a natural toothpaste and is one that I use as well.

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I love Toms of Maine and Hello products! Both are natural, vegan and cruelty free!

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There is a great book about holistic dentistry written by a dental hygienist. Check out the book
Mouth Matters
at mouthmatters.com

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These are great suggestions! I was just looking at a chart of toothpaste abrasive scale, and feel I need to switch!

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I’ve had several patients use melaleuca toothpaste and they have great success with it.

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I think one of the safest, healthiest least expensive products is baking soda. Baking soda is very low abrasion and an excellent acid neutralizer. Our grandmothers used this and it works!

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