Homemade toothpaste wasn't something I ever thought I'd be whipping up on my weekend. But, my 5-year-old got some bad news at the dentist last week. She has a tiny cavity on one of her molars.
I was super bummed because we'd been loosely following the Cure Tooth Decay protocol. To be honest, with one kid still struggling with potty training, it was REALLY loosely. I couldn't fathom how to get her a non-candy treat for the potty.
Alas, I probably should've figured something else out.
So, now we're hitting the protocol hard. We've been taking our fermented cod liver oil daily.
Yes, it tastes terrible and yes, the kids hate it. But I've explained why they're taking it and it seems to work for them. They follow it with a glass of milk or water to wash the taste out.
Making our own toothpaste
I'm hoping to craft one the kids will love. Because I wasn't able to say "no" to the dentist. I made the appointment, which I really hope I'll be able to cancel.
I don't want my daughter to have to get a filling. I know there are all kinds of reasons in favor, but there are also many reasons kids should avoid fillings.
I REALLY want to heal Bug's cavity. But then I worry. In Georgia, your child's dentist has to sign off for them to enter school. So, what do I do? Explain I want to try healing the cavity first? Will he still sign?
So, for now I think I'll delay. Try my best to heal her cavity and hope I don't have to worry about begging a signature out of her very kind and understanding dentist.
If I just TALK to him, I could probably assuage all these fears. But there's a little part of me that worries he'll think I'm crazy for wanting to heal a cavity.
I'm asking you all to send me some strength vibes to get through this, I know this is a first-world problem, but it's a struggle for me.
Now on to the good part. The homemade toothpaste recipe!
Kid-Friendly Squeezable Homemade Toothpaste
3 tablespoons coconut oil, solid form (where to buy)
3 tablespoons boiling water to thin, more as needed
¾ teaspoon unrefined high mineral salt (you can buy it at some wholesale clubs)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Thieves (vitality) essential oil
1/4 teaspoon Peppermint (vitality) essential oil (where to buy)
ground stevia (optional)
Blend together the coconut oil and water.
Let cool slightly. Add salt, baking soda, and essential oil.
Mix in the bentonite clay and then slowly add more water, if needed, a tablespoon at a time.
Once it's smooth, you're ready to fill your 3-ounce tube.
Once you scoop the toothpaste into the tube, you're good to go. Use it to brush just like you normally would.
We don't use stevia, but our kids aren't big sugar people. Add about 1 teaspoon at the same time as the salt if your child needs it.
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