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Quit throwing away your hard earned cash for name brand toothpaste like a sucker!   Get the cleanest feeling teeth of your life with this homemade toothpaste recipe that actually tastes good

Toothpaste is something you can make easily with stuff you have at home, and flavor however you like.  Your family could be brushing their teeth for a YEAR for how much you're currently spending on one tube!*  Now how does that sound?

But Scooch, you say, I've tried homemade toothpaste, and it's tastes like. . . well, like baking soda!  Now, now, I understand your concerns - I've tried them all too.  Yuck!**  So I've decided to put an end to nasty homemade toothpaste with my own recipe, designed to bring you a new level of taste and freshness from that I think you're going to love!

*not including price of toothbrushes

** not intended to offend lovers of baking soda taste

Step 1: Ingredients

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The basis of homemade toothpaste is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  Either one in huge doses can be dangerous, so DO NOT INGEST!

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a mild abrasive and has anti-bacterial properties. 

Hydrogen peroxide helps by break down bacterial films with its foaming action.  I used a 3% solution, but anything you can find at a local drug store should be ok.

Vegetable-base glycerin liquid lends a nice consistency and sweetness, but is completely optional.   You should be able to find this at a drug store, or specialty foods shop, but I got mine online from a soap-supply store.

I definitely recommend using some kind of flavoring.  It's totally optional, but adding a drop of peppermint oil will leave your mouth feeling super fresh.  Tea tree oil boosts the anti-bacterial properties and tastes good.  A few drops of cinnamon oil (my favorite!) will definitely spice things up.  Food-grade grape or bubble gum flavor oil may entice your kids to brush more regularly - just be sure to supervise them and make sure they're not ingesting it! 

Basic Ratio:

6 parts baking soda : 1 part vegetable based glycerin : 1 part hydrogen peroxide solution : flavor to taste

This makes a nice paste.  To make a smoother mix, reduce the soda.  To omit the glycerin, increase the peroxide.

Most over the counter hydrogen peroxide solutions are not suitable for ingestion.  Make sure to use supervision with children.
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Fluoride is highly toxic and has never been safe for human use even in small amounts. The science foundation says the ONLY safe amount is zero. Please take it from someone who lives with toxic fluoride poisoning. It is an incurable illness that causes extreme pain, fatigue and a number of other issues. Sound familiar? It should. Google "toxic fluoride poisoning" and research it before it's too late. I wish I had. On a positive note, I make very simple paste using baking soda, water and mint. I am going to be trying peppermint oil next time. For now, I'm using fresh peppermint. And really, since when did toothpaste taste good after you were too old for the kids stuff?
mbakken aerayne4 years ago
You could use coconut oil as a base, it makes a great one!
If you get enough fluoride in your meals, your teeth will get a share of the nutrients. Too much is damaging to brain matter!
Fluoride is _harmful_ for your teeth ;(
Fluoride is an important trace element that prevents caries (among other benefits). Granted, a significant overdose of fluoride is bad. It's the same as with many, many other substances -- too little is bad, too much is bad too. Take table salt, for instance, or even water, at that. You die if your intake is to low, but you can klill yourself also by overdosing the stuff. Ever heard of water poisoning? It exists. Does that make you say, "Water is harmful for your heatlth"?
No, I never heard of water overdose. But I know that nature and evolution designed things that way, that you can't overdose by things that exist in wild nature - take vitamins for example - you can't get hypervitaminosis unless you eat synthetic ones in large quantities, that can't be reached by eating fruit or whatever. Finally, your arguments don't prove anything, you can't just apply the same principles everywhere (read my other replies to Eirinn, please). We aren't just a bag with a mix of all the existing chemicals that must be kept within specific ranges - you must admit there are things that must stay out of us anyway.
I don't know where you are taking your wisdom from, but you should check your sources. There is an important difference between belief and scientifically solid knowledge. Water poisoning is a simple medical fact, and so is hypervitaminosis, which existed already a long time before the arrival of the first synthetic vitamins. Granted, you can't cause much damage by eating fruit, but that is simply because they contain very little fat-soluble vitamins, and that's the ones that can cause hypervitaminosis. On the other hand, negative effects of a lack of fluoride are a medical fact too, not only in the teeth but also in the bones and even in the nerve system. Of course, when just googling such terms, you'll find a huge lot of nonsense, conspiracy theories and all sorts of other weird things, and it's difficult to separate the chaff from the wheat, but there's very little doubt among real scientists.
That's right - you can't overdose on fruit or any other raw plant material, because it delivers vitamins in normal quantities and through a natural way. The same with water - if you're sane and healthy - you just won't drink too much, because you'll get a sign from your body to stop. And when you encounter something that didn't exist or was out of reach during the whole evolution - that's when the trouble begins - because you may not have the necessary mechanisms inside you.
Can you name cases/scenarios of hypervitaminosis that don't fall under the criteria "didn't exist" or "was out of reach"??

Lack of fluoride: please cite papers. I may have subscription to read at least some of them through my Alma Mater's network.

It's quite easy to separate the chaff from the wheat if you have some background and basically a head on your shoulders. You should be open to opinions though, and never discard anything, even if it seems absurd - I guess that's a motto of a real scientist.

ps: I hate Google with the uttermost intensity. And not only the search engine.
Please be careful. Of course you can overdose on many kinds of fruit and other raw plant material; you can easily kill yourself in various very "natural ways."

Hypervitaminosis: How about killing yourself by eating too much walrus, seal or polar bear liver, causing vitamin A poisoning? You mentioned that possibility already. That phenomenon was first documented more than 400 years ago. Even the Innuit, who have had many centuries to adapt their metabolism to the high vitamin A levels in the liver of polar animals, still have to be careful in that field.

As for papers covering the issue of fluoride deficiency (e.g. osteoporosis, although the evidence is far less clear than the anti-caries effect of correct fluoride dosage) -- I have lots of them from my former involvement in scientific projects (caries research team at the Dental School of the University of Zurich), but practically none of them are available on line and most of them are printed either in German, French or Greek. They are internal papers that were used for compiling the big publications, in which I was not involved.

A brief summary of them may look like this: If you eat a whole tube of fluoridated toothpaste a day, and that over years, you may be as much in troubles as if you eat a whole salami a day over an extended period of time. However, if you never eat salami, you won't have any problems because of that, but if you live with too little fuoride, your teeth are more likely to get carious, und you may have a slightly increased risk of brittle bones.

I very much appreciate your approach. At least you are not one of those lunatics who grab everything they find on the Internet, which is mostly nonsense. I understand you concerns, but please accept the fact that there have been 80 years of very thorough research around the globe to make sure that fuorides in toothpastes are not harmful if used properly.
Was all this because of someone saying something about the ingredients being bad or something???
Eirinn articice5 years ago
..lack of flouride? Who on earth cares, the problem here is if it's taken into the bioorganism and has harmful effects :) Also the science papers have to be related, you can't just cite a science paper where flourine has purposely been added to a rats bioorganism - that's like injecting milk into your bloodstream and stating it's bad for you. The point here is: is flourine taken into the bioorganism by normal use of toothpaste, is the flourine stored or excreted - and if it's stored does it have harmful effects - this is the problem and what should be researched, not random science papers on purposeful contamination of animals (they can be related though depending on the case in hand).
Yes, fluoride goes from toothpastes into the organisms. Some of it gets excreted while some is stored, depending on the dosis and other factors. And yes, it may be harmful if you swallow too much over a long time.
As I keep saying, it's the same as with so many other substances we ingest on a more or less daily basis, i.e. depending on the dosis it may be harmless, usefull or dangerous.
Eirinn Eirinn5 years ago
replied to the wrong comment, i of course meant the one above the replied comment.
I'm not a google. I'm a living, breathing person who has toxic fluoride poisoning. Here's the stickler. I NEVER used it. It came from my water intake. I did not OD on water (or toothpaste since mine has never contained fluoride). It was the city water. Do YOUR research and you will find out where it originated from. Contact the National Science Foundation. Not the ADA. The facts, not the money makers. There is a huge difference. If you still don't believe then it's on you. Sorry.
Your fluoride poisoning is more likely the result of poor liver function than an overdose of fluoride. I hope your doctor has discussed the connection of your liver function with your fluoride poisoning. It's very likely that IF your liver were functioning normally, you would not be suffering from the poisoning. Be sure the lab does not simply do the routine liver function test. There is a specific test that needs to be done but unfortunately I don't recall the name of it. I'm sure if you do some diligetn research, you will find it. I'm too tired to do it just now.

I had a similar problem and it was due to liver function. After a detoxification program set out by my doctor, the amounts of the "poisons" were decreased. However, I still have to watch what I ingest, inhale and absorb through my skin to prevent a reoccurence of poisoning.

Good luck in your discovery of the real culprit of your problem.
Just found another great example: wikipedia article on methoxyflurane, cite: "The clinical use of methoxyflurane in human medicine has largely been abandoned because of detrimental effects on the kidneys, due to fluoride ions being produced by its metabolism in the kidney, and detrimental effects on the liver..". (I told you fluoride kills flesh, atomic fluoride - even more!)

Now, let's see what you're trying to convince us here:
Fluoride or sodium fluoride are added to water, where it reacts with everything that's in that water, and there is no even slightest possibility that something from that huge collection may be metabolized by our complex body chemistry into atomic fluoride that will destroy our precious flesh instantly. Did anyone analyze the human genome and make a conclusion that anything else except methoxyflurane doesn't produce fluor ions inside our bodies?
Well, yes, maybe some fluoride-containing chemicals play some role in our body chemistry (though, I never heard of them), but it definitely shouldn't be just any fluoride-containing chemical, and it should be obtained in a clear (preferably natural) way, and should follow a path that doesn't involve conversion of this chemical inside our body into pure poison.
Now wait a minute... What does methoxyfluorane (a narcotic gas) have to do with fluorides in toothpaste? Answer: Zilch. The mere fact that it contains flourine atoms and was discontinued as a narcotic gas because of ill side effects doesn't mean anything in the context of this discussion. Physiological chemistry is a bit more complex than that. After all, every every atom of table salt is sodium, a metal that may explode in touch with water. Have you ever seen an exploding salt shaker or cured ham?

It looks like you think I wrote something about the dangers of water fluorination. I didn't. On the other hand, of course the body is able to metabolize fluorides. For instance, fluorapatite is an important part of the skeleton.

Genome research may be able to do the analysis you are asking for in ten or twenty years, but right now it's far from being able to go into such details of body chemistry. Please be patient.

You are absolutely right: fluoride intake "definitely shouldn't be just any fluoride-containing chemical." That's exactly the point. A substance entering the body may be very dangerous in one form but very helpful in another form. See my example of fluorine, of which you need several grams a day in the form of sodium chloride, but the same amount would kill you within minutes in the form of fluorine gas.

By the way, actually, this discussion is about toothpaste. Do we really have to annoy other readers with all these physiological details?
Sodium isn't like fluoride. It's ions are part of each cell mechanisms, which you can't really say about fluoride. Ok, fluorapatite is an important part of the skeleton - how does it get there?

> Please be patient. Maybe you should tell this to the guys who put fluoride into toothpaste (and water) fifty or so years ago. I bet they were thinking just the way you do now, but definitely not about genome, etc.
I guess, we won't have quantum computers (which are really best for the task I outlined) in ten or twenty years, so we should be patient a bit more.

>sodium chloride
My point is that sodium chloride isn't that safe. Of course it's safer than the gas, but not yet that safe you can put it in your mouth (especially if it's dissociated into ions in the toothpaste gel, your saliva, etc, and probably already reacted with all other contents - which may produce a diversity of fluorides and organofluorines comparable to a diversity of chemical elements coming out of a blown up nuclear reactor).

I guess we can conclude our discussion. We finally agreed on something, but it looks like you've been more involved and influenced by others in this field, so it may seem to you that you already know everything about fluoride. Of course, 80 years of research sounds solid, but if using old methods they all may be.. well, not accurate. Plus, if it's all dentistry-related there's a real strong bias towards using fluoride ..and not because of some crazy conspiracy, but just because this is how things generally emerge in the world :'( We should dig into this way more deeper, and maybe it's my lack of confidence in absolutely anything and the bad habit to question and deny everything, that may be really useful in this great dig.

Personally, I will continue not using fluoride toothpaste, not drinking fluorinated , chlorinated and bottled water but water from a spring, eating healthy food without monosodium glutamate & alluminium anywhere near it, preferring glass to polyethylene, not using a mobile phone or any weak microwave antenna anywhere near me, disrespecting institutionalized medicine/"healthcare" and education (and many other social institutions, including marriage), not using condoms or any other contraception, not believing in HIV, flu outbreaks, politics, terrorism propaganda and whatsoever. Like I said earlier - it's a choice everyone should make.

Please also note, biology is my minor (and a greatly unfinished one), actually I'm a physicist and an IT pro. Still, I can't agree blood is just a mix of ions - there's so much more in it, for example the albumin protein ;) And, I could read some German articles at pastime, perhaps it could increase my level at it to something decent :)

ps: I'm 22 years old.
Of course, the sixth sentence in the first paragraph should read, "After all, every other atom of table salt is sodium [...]." Sorry.
I mean, you shouldn't search much: just type "fluoride neurotransmitter" on sciencedirect.com ;) I got titles like: - Subchronic fluoride intake induces impairment in habituation and active avoidance tasks in rats - Selective decreases of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in PC12 cells exposed to fluoride - Decreased learning ability and low hippocampus glutamate in offspring rats exposed to fluoride and lead etc, etc.

Even what seems to be a pro-halogen :) article titled "Micronutrients in Parenteral Nutrition: Boron, Silicon, and Fluoride" says it right in the abstract "Fluoride is not an essential element but amounts provided by contamination may be beneficial for bone strength. Fluoride toxicity may be a concern in parenteral nutrition.". Don't know what they concluded, though - didn't yet get the password from library to this subscription. Note, this is a Nov 2009 article and it still says "maybe", and the amounts are questioned. Finally, scientific journals print mistakes too.
Do you know that a "subchronic dosis" (the term used in those articles) still means an overdosis? Subchronic means it's too high but still not high enough to cause very obvious symptoms of a chronic desease. In other words, those articles cover overdoses, not recommended doses.

And did you realize that "parenteral nutrition" means nutrition through hoses bypassing you gastro-intestinal tract, i.e. something totally unnatural, used only at hospitals and the like to keep somebody alive? It has nothing to do with normal nutrition, and it has even much less to do with fuorides in toothpastes.
Yes I realized all that.
You can quite easily overdose on most things produced in nature. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication and coffee and drugs etc...
I think you can overdose on vitamins from things found in nature. Polar bear liver has too much retinol, for our bodies to handle. Alcohol is also produced in nature, and isn't just man made, and you can overdose on that. I'm not sure if you can overdose on drugs found in nature, I'm too tired to look it up, and it's not that relevant. One thing that I don't understand is why you hate Google, but not Wikipedia?
Yes, that's right, but
1) I bet people that have lived on the north pole and have been eating polar bear livers may have developed (through natural selection) some tolerance to polar bear livers. But, if their culture was to discard the liver as poison - well, they they were right :)))))))
2) it's a clear case that wine-consuming nations like Italians have more of this enzyme.. don't remember the name.. in their stomach that disables alcohol, so their 24h dose of alcohol that won't do them any harm is way higher then of some other nations.
This same principle applies to seafood and volcanic soils Jackassofalltrades talks about below.

As for Wikipedia - yes, it's true that you can't edit it, like they say. But it's still a way better (encyclopedic) source of information, than Google, especially on math , physics or chemistry.
Not even a tiny amount is safe.
The "Good" Fluoride is the bigger medical lie: http://www.all-natural.com/fleffect.html
Eirinn articice5 years ago
And yet all dentists recommend the toothpaste with the most flouride in it - either they want people to get holes in their teeth or they have a point. Then again one is good for business the other isn't - what do i know O:
articice Eirinn5 years ago
Well, from your chemistry classes you should know that fluorine is one of the most chemically active substances that destroys flesh real quick. You can make a theory that it accumulates in bones, that's where it harms them. That's why fluorinated and chlorinated drinking water is a bad idea, but history tells us it wasn't really disputed - they just said it's good, and started doing it.
No dentist asks you to swallow pure fluorine. We are talking about very low concentrations. In many respects, fluorine is fairly similar to chlorine, being toxic enough to have been used as a weapon of mass destruction in WW I, yet you need about a thousand times as much as a lethal dose of it for mere survival, in the form of sodium chloride, a.k.a table salt. In the long term, you can't survive without chlorine, and the same, albeit to a lesser extent, applies to fluorides too. Fluorides, just like chlorides, have an optimal dosage. An overdose is bad, but so is an underdose. The ideal dosage of fluorides has been thoroughly researched for many decades.
I'm not sure table salt is required for survival too :% Chlorine and fluoride may be a part of our body, but they should get there in a normal natural way (see my reply to you about vitamins).
When I wrote "table salt" I meant sodium chloride, no matter if it comes inside an oyster or a salt shaker. Of course you can get enough from natural sources, but if that is not the case, you'll need the stuff out of the box, and it works the same. Same with fluoride. Those substances are so simple, the organism can't tell a difference. A fluoride ion is a fluoride ion, no matter where it comes from. You won't need substitutes if you eat lots of seafood and cereals from volcanic soils and drink water from springs with a sufficient fluoride content, but that applies only to a small minority of mankind.
> need the stuff out of the box, and it works the same
-- no it doesn't!
see, when you eat fluorine that is captured inside seafood or cereals from volcanic soils it is trapped into something (because it had to peacefully coexist with that organism too - the organism has wrapped it into proteins or whatever) that has a methabolic pathway developed over centuries, and possibly only in the people that lived on volcanic soils or near the sea (some other people never lived there and managed without fluorine from these sources just fine, didn't they?). Of course, all fluorine ions are the same and they don't really care if it's a growing sea product, a growing cereal or a growing you - if they get free they're gonna destroy either of the three. My point is that cereal or sea things have a way to wrap up fluorine, and this is the only way that fluorine would be wrapped up if you receive it the natural way.
If you add fluorine to water - you can get something that like methoxyfluorane in my earlier example will eventually get unleashed through some interactions with your body, that aren't even supposed to take place there.
You should take your time to get more insight into how nature works, and don't treat all elements like they can be mixed up with anything and anyhow. I can bet this is what the "crazy conspiracy theory guys" call allopathy.

I you still want to add fluorine to the water or toothpaste (because it benefits teeth, still I don't know how) - you should find a natural-derived (or synthetic, fine) compound with it (fluorine), that will work only in the teeth and will go through the rest of our body unchanged and only then add this compound to the water. I'm sure such a compound exists! How much is it gonna cost, huh?
Of course it's much easier to just dope everything and get ignorant. It's not like everybody's gonna die instantly from what we did :%
Although, as stated above, I appreciate your approach, I think science should not be replaced with mysticism. What the body absorbs is fuoride ions, and after their entry into the blood circulation the body won't care a bit about where they came from. Your wonderful proteins, enzymes etc. get cracked down to tiny fragments, mostly amino acids, in your intestines because they cannot be absorbed otherwise. They loose every information on their origin. The same applies to fluoride and chloride ions and the like.
When overdosing, say, sodium chloride, it does not matter at all whether it is pure table salt or "natural" food with a high sodium chloride content, and it's pretty much the same with fluoride in the forms that are used for toothpastes.

By the way, did I ever mention water fluoridation? I didn't. It's only you who is bringing that up again and again.
Without Chlorine you would have a very hard time making stomach acid which is most HCl. I have been on the receiving end of too little Sodium and Chlorine NaCl from sweating to by spending too many days on an open tractor at 110 f cultivating cotton. I had to take off nearly a week to get my electrolytes back in balance. I guess most of you haven't ever worked hard enough to leave salt stains all over your clothes. G.C.
You're wrong, I worked many times to get salty stains on my clothes. And I worked in the fields too (but not with cotton - we don't grow cotton here in Ukraine). I never drove a tractor, though, but I had done some soil cultivation using a horse. And a hand spade too :)
I also practice kendo and ride a skateboard with my friends over the neighborhood - so I get salt stains on my clothes at least 3 times a week. Or just sweat them totally wet - depending on how much electrolytes are inside my body. Btw, your body shouldn't discard salts just that easy - if it does, that most probably means they're in excess. So, maybe, the weird way you were feeling after all that salt loss was the feel of healthiness ;) or, maybe you just got overheated in the sun.

I bet you have this media-induced opinion towards scientists (rich people or whatever) that they're lazy and incompatible with hard work.

As for HCl - this still doesn't mean you need chlorinated water to get it there. I mean, come on, there was no such thing as modern "chlorinated water" for thousands or even millions of years. (see my other posts please)
Eirinn articice5 years ago
Active yes, of course - if it wasn't active it would have limited use. If you didn't chlorinate water you'd have a much more expeditious problem than traces of chlorine, namely bacteria and worm-caused infections and diseases. There is probably a better (more costly) solution - i wont contest that. About the flourine - dentists are professionals and the national dentist association where i come from, recommend the toothpaste with the highest amount of flourine. We're talking about a very old profession and i cannot believe they haven't tested the substances. They also stopped using quicksilver in fillings you know :) If it was so easy as to substitute with another compound i'm sure they would, i'm not sure flourine is especially cheap. (please note i'm not putting dentists and the makers of toothpaste in the same boat). Why i'm sceptical: Statistical evidence - theories are fine and great, but not cause for alarm or replacement. Once a theory becomes a fact there's cause for replacement of older evidence. It is however cause for concern - I know flour is bad, in any way it's taken into a bio-organism due to its reactivity. Swallowing toothpaste is bad, really bad. With that said i seem to have read that the mouth containts active enzymes that combat flesh deteriorating bacteria (so it doesn't start dissolving your stomach :) ). My guess is that the flourine, just like penicillin, kills all bacteria/enzymes in the mouth. Unless you swallow the actual flourine i can't see that the bioorganism should take in more than minimal traces of pure flourine (everything is bad in extreme amounts, even water). I have to admit i'm more with TheRevJester's comment further down in the thread. Don't get me wrong, flourine is not my "bestest" of friends and i do understand your arguments.
rush2ady Eirinn5 years ago
I am a biology major, w/lots of chemistry as well... I have been looking at this issue for over 20 years, before the internet was popular. I have yet to see a study genuinely supporting the health benefits of fluoride. In fact, I do know of dentists who refuse to use mercury amalgam and who use fluoride with caution for their patients. The biggest problem with fluoride, at least in the US, is the MANY communities who fluoridate their water supply. Even if you are on the bandwagon which says fluoride is safe with the proper dosage, the issue you should recognize is this: there is no way of controlling the dosage once you put something in the water supply. The ADA has even put out an advisory stating that fluoridated water should NOT be used for making infant formula. Obviously not every mother mixing formula is going to go through the trouble of using fluoride-free water (why women here don't breastfed is a whole other issue...!). Why contaminate the water supply in the first place?? Especially knowing that a segment of the population (babies) are at risk from overdose? For those who choose to use fluoride, do so at your own risk, it's available as toothpaste or from your dentist. But why force that decision on others, like me, by dumping it in the water? And seriously, some of the chemistry on this board is sadly lacking....NaCl, sodium chloride, is ENTIRELY different than the chlorine added to water to kill bacteria! Just coz they both have a chloride ion, does not mean they have similar properties or react the same way in our bodies.
Eirinn rush2ady5 years ago
No idea why that was a reply to my comment, i know full well that Cl attributes are different depending on the composition :) yum ions.
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