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Homemade Toothpaste: Should it be used?

Posted by AESTHETIC DENTISTRY on Jul 13 2016, 11:12 AM

Homemade Toothpaste: Should it be used?

As we discover more and more negative consequences of chemicals and processed foods, many people are looking for more natural alternatives for hygiene and personal care.  Essential oils have become an important component of homeopathic medicine and can be combined with baking soda or “carrier” oils to create a chemical free alternative to traditional toothpaste or mouthwash. Dr. Martin Abelar encourages patients to keep in mind while trying these out, the American Dental Association has stated that while these treatments are harmless, more research is needed to understand their efficacy.

For those interested in DIY homeopathic toothpaste, here are some of the more popular essential oils that proponents are using:

Lemon:  When combined with baking soda, lemon essential oil can help whiten teeth while killing bacteria. A popular addition as a carrier oil is coconut oil, which has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Spearmint or Peppermint:  Commonly the flavors of traditional toothpaste, spearmint and peppermint essential oils are both prized for their antimicrobial properties and their ability to eliminate bad breath.

Clove:  When used without diluting, clove oil has been known to be a powerful numbing agent to sooth tooth aches and mouth sores. When combined with a carrier oil and baking soda, it can effectively kill bacteria in the mouth as well.

Tea tree or Eucalyptus Oil:  Tea tree oil and Eucalyptus Oil have been found to be powerful germicides.

Cinnamon Oil:  Like Clove, Cinnamon oil has been found to have pain killing properties and fights bad breath.

Regardless of whether you are using your own creation of essential oils and baking soda or traditional toothpaste, Dr. Abelar says that patients should continue to brush and floss twice a day and get a professional cleaning every six months.

To schedule your six month cleaning, contact our office at 858-866-9692.

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