Most of us cannot even imagine what life would be like without brushing and flossing our teeth every day.
However, tooth brushing is relatively new since nylon bristle toothbrushes didn’t become part of our normal American experience until the late 1930s!
It’s important to remember that, in spite of the fact that most people in American today were all raised with toothbrushes in our mouths, our ancestors didn’t brush their teeth with toothpaste for thousands of years. And, as far as archeological evidence suggests, most people throughout history lived until a ripe old age with most of their teeth intact and in a strong, healthy state.
Why Didn’t Their Teeth Rot?
Well, first of all, they ate real food and didn’t consume processed sugars and grains filled with phytic acid, which destroy tooth enamel. Secondly, they took care of their teeth through natural means like chew sticks that they rubbed against the teeth as has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to 3000 B.C. Third, depending on the culture and region of the world, many people also oil pulled.
Did you know that if you are brushing your teeth every day with most name-brand toothpastes that you are exposing your body to several unwanted toxins?
But what about using coconut oil as a DIY whitening toothpaste instead?
Not only is our at-home recipe for toothpaste easy and cheap to make (you probably already have all the ingredients to hand) but it’s also chemical and additive free.
Better yet, since homemade coconut oil toothpaste contains no fluoride and can be adapted to suit even the trickiest of taste buds, your little ones will also be able to get involved.
Coconut Oil and Oral Health
We all know that the key to good teeth and a beaming smile is in keeping our mouths clean and fresh. By practicing good oral hygiene (such as flossing, brushing the teeth and using mouthwash, as well as regular trips to the dentist – sorry!), you’ll help to stop the build-up of plaque and tartar, which are the main causes of gum disease and tooth decay. Many health practitioners also believe that oral health is the foundation of our overall health and wellbeing.
So, why use coconut oil whitening toothpaste?
Coconut oil contains 50% Lauric Acid (which is also contained in a mother’s milk).
If you make a whitening toothpaste from raw and organic coconut oil, such as our Lucy Bee, then you’ll have a toothpaste that’s free from additives and nasties, containing only nature’s goodness.
Finally, baking soda is also a pretty nifty ingredient, since it neutralises the bacteria in your mouth which are responsible for causing cavities. It will also help to keep those teeth pearly white, as well as maintaining healthy gums.
How To Make Coconut Oil Whitening Toothpaste?
It’s easy! Just have a look and see. All you need is a bit of time, as well as the following ingredients:
- A Mixing bowl
- A Jar
- Coconut Oil (5 tbsp)
- Baking Soda (5 tbsp)
- Edible Essential Oil, to taste
(optional, but we love to add peppermint or citrus to ours for a fruit twist)
Simply mix each of the ingredients together, then tip into a jar or airtight container with a tight lid. If you want to make the toothpaste extra smooth, then feel free to blend it! Once you use up your first batch, have fun and experiment with different flavours and aromas. However, always remember to check that the essential oils you’re using are of a recognised food grade.
You Can Use Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling Too
What is Oil Pulling?
It is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!
The practice of oil pulling started in India thousands of years ago and was first introduced to the United States in the early 1990s by a medical doctor named Dr. F. Karach, who used it with success in his medical practice.
This oral detoxification procedure is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.
Oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.
Benefits of This Unbelievably Effective Procedure:
- Whitens Teeth
- Cures Tooth Decay
- Kills bad breath
- Heals bleeding gums
- Prevents heart disease
- Reduces inflammation
- Soothes throat dryness
- Prevents cavities
- Heals cracked lips
- Boosts Immune System
- Strengthens gums and jaw
The following video will show you a demonstration on how to do it:
So, how about a try? Or you already tried it?
We would really appreciate if you share your experience with us!