Homemade soap, homemade shampoo, homemade cleaners… making things yourself is definitely a current trend, but some things are best left to the professionals.
When it comes to toothpaste, yes, there are ways you can make homemade toothpaste. The question, though, is should you?
Homemade Toothpaste Simply Doesn't Do it All
When you buy toothpaste, you're purchasing a product that contains fluoride. This ingredient reduces cavities. Toothpaste also polishes and cleans your teeth, freshens your breath, and can reduce bacteria in the mouth if it includes triclosan.
Homemade toothpaste, however, can't do all of this. It doesn't include fluoride or triclosan, so all you're ready doing is making a paste to polish your teeth and make your breath smell better. This homemade toothpaste isn't doing anything to help reduce or prevent cavities, and isn't that one of the main reasons you buy toothpaste?
Is it Harmful? In most cases, using homemade toothpaste isn't harmful. Of course it does depend on what you make the toothpaste out of, but few of the recipes you'll find online contain anything that will actually damage your mouth or have any nasty side effects.
While it's not harmful in that way, it is harmful in that it leaves your teeth vulnerable to cavities. Why wouldn't you use something that's going to protect your teeth from bacteria?
If you leave your teeth open to attack from bacteria, isn't really not worth even using homemade toothpaste. In the end, you're just going to end up dealing with a lot of cavities, and no one wants that at all.
This is especially true if you consume a lot of sugary foods. The bacteria in your mouth will love this sugar, and without fluoride to help protect teeth, the acid created by these bacteria will eat up the enamel very quickly.
If you've noticed a few cavities, you need to come see us in addition to brushing regularly. We will help you take care of these cavities and protect the rest of your teeth.