Delano Dentist on How to Make Your Own Vegan Toothpaste
Many people are completely unaware of the ingredients contained within their toothpaste. Most of us look for cues such as “Contains Fluoride!” or “Whiten Teeths!”, etc. when we shop for toothpaste. However, there are many ingredients that consumers may not be fond of & show concern for, fluoride being one of the controversial ingredients.
Other questionable ingredients often found in commercial toothpastes are sodium hydroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial sweeteners/dyes, titanium dioxide, and triclosan, among others. Just reading these ingredients out loud may make you question why it is you purchased the product in the first place.
If putting these chemicals in your mouth is a concern, you can make your own natural vegan toothpaste, omitting anything you find questionable – a recipe by Delano dentist, Dr. Paul Mallouk.
How to Make Your Own Vegan Toothpaste Recipe
For vegan toothpaste, the main ingredient is vegetable glycerin instead. Glycerin is used in many commercial toothpastes to maintain the texture.
● 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
● 4 tablespoons baking soda
● 8 tablespoons of water
● ½ teaspoon guar gum
● 5 drops clove, peppermint, or citrus pure essential oil
1. Cook all the ingredients (except essential oil) in a pot on low heat for five minutes
2. Stir frequently until you achieve a paste-like texture
3. Cool and add essential oil to taste
4. Store in a sterile jar at room temperature
Do Homemade Toothpaste Recipes Work?
Many people who have used natural, vegan toothpastes for a considerable amount of time claim that they work great, resulting in less plaque, smoother teeth, and less of a “chemical feel” or taste in the mouth.