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Because my article about coconut oil as a toothpaste is one of the most popular on the blog since the day it was published and I see many people are interested in the subject, I’ve decided to share even more information after my now 3-year experience of brushing teeth only with coconut oil. Why and how to brush teeth with coconut oil, which oil is the best, can kids use coconut oil as a toothpaste.
Why can it be dangerous to use regular toothpaste?
In my opinion, there are three main problems with regular toothpaste:
1. Regular toothpaste just doesn’t prevent oral diseases.
Advertisement tells us that fluoride improves tooth health. But look at the people around you, look at you, sitting now and reading an article about alternative toothcare and answer yourself: did years of using regular toothpaste with fluoride made our teeth healthy?
2. Most of them contain fluoride which for our bodies is a toxin (taken in too big amounts).
You say: ok, maybe fluoride doesn’t improve tooth health, but maybe it’s neutral, not dangerous.
So now think about it: why don’t we swallow the toothpaste? We won’t eat the toothpaste but we’re ok with the fact that some of it remain in our mouth – and, yes, gets swallowed – 2-3 times a day every single day for years.
And how many tubes of toothpaste on the shelves in your drugstore do not contain the warning below?
Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.
If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Our bodies need fluoride. In a certain, very little amount, which the body gets when we drink a few cups of tea. Have in mind, that fluoride is present in beans, potatoes, carrot, spinach, cabbage, salad, and wheat. In many countries, including many of the US states, fluoride is added to tap water. And it is enough or even too much for us.
And human’s body eliminates the excess of fluoride only partially with body fluids and through sebaceous and sweat glands. The rest of the excess is kept in bones and skin. It affects enzymes, cellular respiration, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, hormones. Its result can be bone damage, thyroid damage, and pancreas damage.
Fluoride, when overdosed, displaces calcium, changing the structure of tissues, bones. As a consequence, calcium deficiency appears with osteoporosis, heart illnesses and muscle contractions. The overdose of fluoride causes also problems with the assimilation of magnesium and leads to chronic tiredness, muscle contractions, problems with concentration and more, and it leads to the tooth decay, too. The overdose of fluoride is linked to bones and joints cancer.
Ok, enough of the science and sad pictures. You plan to take care of yourself, so everything will be alright.
3. Toothpaste contains much more unnecessary and harmful chemicals as 99,99% of cosmetics on the market.
Popular ingredients of toothpaste that are toxic include:
triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, parabens, dethanolamine, aspartame, carrageenan, saccharin, propyle glycol (and it’s just the beginning of the list).
As a result, with the promise of having white and strong teeth thanks to a drugstore toothpaste, people can suffer from: immune system weakening, allergies, asthma, eczema, hormone disruptions, reduced fertility, skin’s and other irritations, breast, skin and other cancers, including leukemia (and it’s just the beginning of the list).
4. The waste.
And if you’ve got a bit conscious of environment protection issues and maybe heard of the zero waste idea (I prefer talking about less waste), you’ll appreciate toothcare product that can be bought in bulk, not in small, separate tubes made of thick plastic. In Europe, coconut oil is sold in glass jars with metal tops, so the packaging is reusable. Or when you collect too many jars, you can give them to recycling.
How to choose the oil?
Asking how to brush teeth with coconut oil, firstly you need to know which kind of coconut oil is good as a toothpaste.
There are two main pieces of information for which I look why choosing an oil for internal or skin use. It has to be unrefined and cold-pressed.
I use unrefined coconut oil because the refined oil can be made in two ways, one pure, mechanical, or the other one which uses chemicals, bleach or solvents. And you never know how the refined oil was made, without or with added chemicals.
And oil labeled as cold-pressed is the result of pressing raw (and not roasted) seeds in a low temperature without the use of chemicals. They keep most of the natural active ingredients, and the natural taste and fragrance of the fruit they were taken from.
How to brush teeth with coconut oil?
Just like with a regular toothpaste!
I put some coconut oil from the big jar in which I buy it to a smaller jar which I keep in the bathroom.
Brush your teeth with the same frequency as you used with your toothpaste. Start using it in an amount similar to the regular toothpaste and then decide whether you need more or less. Remember that coconut il is edible and even extremely healthy so it’s impossible to take too much on the toothbrush. Brush.
Spit out the oil directly to the sink drain. In this way, you avoid cleaning fat from the sink.
Oh, and don’t believe in myth saying that you should spit out the oil to the toilet (often heard when people talk about oil pulling). I use my sink for it for about three years and nothing bad happened to the pipes or whatever.
And floss as you’re used to, maybe once a day.
What about the kids?
Everything that you’ve read above means that coconut oil is a natural product, safe for kids, even if they swallow it, use too much of it, eat it or put it on their face. No problem!
Our two Boys, now aged 2 and 4, have been using only coconut oil for their toothcare. We go with them for regular dentist checks and we’ve never heard that something is wrong or unusual about their teeth cleanness, appearance or health.
One TIP from the Mom, using coconut oil as toothpaste for kids: if they can’t yet keep the oil in the mouth and spit it out , and some of the oil and saliva is coming from their mouth, use a bib to avoid oil stains on shirts (I just put a kitchen cloth around their neck instead of buying bibs).
Additional ways of using coconut oil as a toothpaste
On the Internet, you’ll find probably hundreds of fancy recipes for homemade toothpaste based on coconut oil. As a big fan of simple solutions, I didn’t bother to mix different ingredients to get what I already have: a healthy toothcare product.
coconut oil with baking soda
The only other solution I’ve tried is what you’ll find often in the Internet, a solution chosen among others by Bea Johnson, a minimalist and the zero waste movement guru. It is coconut oil + baking soda.
Readers keep asking me whether I use simply plain oil without mixing it with soda. The short answer is, yes, I use only plain coconut oil to brush teeth. The longer answer is here:
I, and my two Boys, we use only coconut oil instead of a toothpaste for years (Boys for whole their lives) and our dentists didn’t notice that something is unusual about out toothcare. So for us, the plain oil is enough.
From time to time I add soda but not more often than once a week. I’m afraid it could be too strong and harmful.
But I know that Bea Johnson with her family and one of my friends are using coconut oil + soda every day for years and their teeth are also ok.
Coconut oil is a popular oil for oil pulling. Oil pulling means keeping the oil in the mouth and moving it for about 10-20 minutes and is said to detoxify the body, including the mouth. Many people see positive effects of oil pulling in their general body condition and for teeth, including teeth whitening.
I personally do it sometimes but I’ve not yet had the time to practice it regularly for a long period. So if you’re interested in details and results, research the Internet or look for books about oil pulling.
My experiences and results after three years
For about three years now, I use only coconut oil as toothpaste. I used a regular toothpaste on a few weekend trips and for one week… when because of being the Mom I was too tired to refill my little jar with the coconut oil from the kitchen. And the normal toothpaste tastes too spicy for me now. I don’t know why people are doing this to themselves 2-3 times a day every day.
As for the teeth health, I surely can say that I get less or the same amount of new caries compared to the time when I practiced the normal toothcare. I have to say, I’m the type that gets cavities no matter what – more about it, my story and my why’s in my first article about coconut oil as a toothpaste.
I won’t lie to you that I have no new cavities now. I suppose that the reason may be diet. Avoiding grains, adding green leaves and dairy from grass-fed animals, taking supplements – I’m not doing it yet. If you’d like to research the subject of diet for teeth health and even for teeth remineralization, I recommend you to start with discoveries and advice of doctor Weston Price.
If you have any other questions about how to brush teeth with coconut oil, feel free to write.
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