My eldest two children are like opposite sides of the same coin. The one is hesitant, shy, reluctant, and the other is rarin’ to go. The one we must always coax and push, and the other feels like we’re holding her back.
Which is all to say, Delaney got her driver’s license yesterday. And today? She’s filling out job applications.
The years go by so fast, my friends. I know. I have their baby pictures hanging on my wall, and it seems like they were just that small last week. I think a mother’s heart has no concept of time.
So how about a toothpaste recipe?
There was a bit of interest in a facebook post the other day:
I made a fresh batch of toothpaste last night, with lemon flavoring instead of mint. It tastes just like lemonade and we’re inventing excuses to go brush again.
One friend remarked that I had not shared this yet! And another wondered what my recipe might be, since her kids do not particularly care for her version. So, toothpaste recipe. 🙂
This is actually an amalgam of two different recipes. One is just a basic baking soda paste, and the other is a remineralizing paste. This is just our personal experience, but Rosie, poor thing, had a cavity at every single dentist visit, until we started using this formula. She made it through her last two cleanings cavity free! I don’t know for sure that the toothpaste had anything to do with it, but I don’t know that it didn’t, either. Also, I didn’t tell the dentist I was making our toothpaste, but I did ask him about baking soda and whether he thought it was damaging to enamel. He had no problem with baking soda, per se, but he did say that most people brush too hard. So, be gentle with the brush. I think this formula is a lot less abrasive than straight baking soda anyway.
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp calcium carbonate
2 tsp vegetable glycerine
1 packet (or tsp) stevia (I find this at my grocery)
25-30 drops of essential oils for flavor
enough liquid coconut oil to make a paste when it cools back to room temperature, which, in our house, means to make it a little on the runny side so it won’t be too stiff or crumbly when the oil solidifies again. You’ll have to experiment with your own environment.
Mix all together and you’re done!
We usually use a combination of peppermint and spearmint oils, but this time, we used straight lemon oil. I also think orange and clove would be nice for sensitive teeth. I use the NOW brand because the quality seems good and the price is reasonable, and they also almost say that the oils are food-safe on their website. That almost means a lot to me.
I did make one substitution in this batch: I had a bottle of this liquid stevia in glycerin, so I used it instead of both the stevia and glycerin. It’s very sweet. I will definitely reduce that next time! But in the meantime, our lemonade toothpaste pleases us. 🙂
If you have any questions, just ask in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer as well as I can!
Oh, yes. One caveat about using lemon oil. You know how lemon kind of makes your mouth water? The little ones might be a little extra drooly.