Why should I make my own toothpaste/powder?

Its a bright sunny morning, birds are chirping. You wake up happily in the morning dreaming of eating say hot pongal vada for breakfast. Right at that moment if I ask you to take a spoonful of floor cleaner, car degreaser, a few drops of rat poison and crude oil to brush your pearly whites with them, how would you feel? You would straightaway want to break my head, won’t you ?



Sadly, that is close to what most of us have been or still doing every morning  and night. These toothpastes that boast of  IDA’s and FDA’s approval are behind so many diseases and health issues including cancers and infertility 🙁

Recently TOI had an article “Toothpaste, sunscreen and soap: The everyday products behind rise in male infertility”

Why should I slow poison myself and my family, this way? That is exactly why I started making our own toothpaste and tooth powders.

My maternal great grandma lived till her 80s with all her teeth intact no dental decays, no filling, no root canals or in other words NO CRAPPY DENTAL ISSUES. She could eat hard fried pattani(dried peas) for snack even in her 80s. My grandma had no dental issues either. On the other hand my mom would have spent a great part of her earnings to fill her teeth and extract a few others. I have had 3 teeth filled too. My moms generation switched to modern dental toothpastes… so do u see a connection?

Still not convinced then go get your toothpaste right now and see the ingredients.

Many name-brand toothpastes and mouthwashes contain potentially harmful ingredients, which are made up of very small molecules that may penetrate through the tissue of your mouth, enter the blood stream, and build up in the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, and tissues.

Just read the label on any major brand toothpaste or mouthwash. You’ll see they are loaded with dangerous toxins and chemicals such as

Triclosan – This is an antibacterial agent and preservative used in some toothpastes. According to the Environment Work Group, Triclosan has been proved to be an endocrine disruptor, a skin irritant, and can cause allergic reactions too.

Aspartame, Sachharin – These are artificial sweeteners that are often found in toothpaste formulas. They cause a bunch of health issues and should be avoided altogether.

Sorbitol – A liquid that keeps toothpaste from drying out, it has laxative effects that can cause diarrhea if too much is swallowed.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – SLS is a foaming agent and detergent that is added to most commercial toothpastes. Perhaps the most dangerous ingredient in personal-care products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Because SLS has a foaming property, it is added to toothpastes in order to generate foam to make you and I believe that the toothpaste is working. However, SLS has been found to be quite corrosive and harmful to skin tissue says a report by the American College of Toxicity.In the cleaning industry, SLS is used in products such as garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash soaps. Elsewhere, SLS is used for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin.

FD&C Blue Dye No. 2 – That fun color stripe in your toothpaste or the red in the CLose up toothpaste is most likely from a synthetic dye. Its best to avoid these artificial dyes in personal care products because of the adverse impact they can have, including hyperactivity in children, allergic reactions, and even cancer (in animal studies).

Fluoride – Fluoride is toxic! It is considered a drug that is added to our toothpaste and it alters the body when we use it . Too much fluoride can have some serious effects on the body including, but not limited to, fluorosis (spotting and discoloration on teeth). In fact, the FDA now requires all manufacturers to put a poison warning on all fluoride toothpaste. label. We see it added to even toddler toothpastes Sigh !!

Hydrated silica, which is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint. Tooth enamel re-mineralizes daily from the supply of ionic calcium and phosphorus in the saliva. Scratching the surface of the tooth with an abrasive such as hydrated silica harms the enamel and prevents re-mineralization,.

Couple of years back a study in India found Nicotine in branded herbal tooth powders and toothpastes. Wow brushing your teeth with this toothpaste is equal to smoking 9 cigarettes how shocking is that !! Here is the link for detailed report 

Pretty scary huh? Anyway the only solution I could think of was to research and find some really good Do-it yourself toothpowder/paste recipes and try them. I will be more than happy to share them with all of you. I will post it as a separate post considering that this post is quite long already.

One comment

  • Excellent write-up. I have been neglecting making my own toothpowder for some time, but will make it today. Thanks for the much needed push.

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