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Are you thinking of making your own toothpaste? If you love to DIY, you might want to be careful with making home toothpaste alternatives. Here, we’ll explain why it might be better to use commercial toothpaste instead.

What Is in Commercial Toothpaste?

Toothpastes that you can buy at the drugstore have a number of different ingredients based on what brand they are. However, there are a number of common ingredients that can typically be found in most toothpastes that you can buy. For example, most contain fluoride, the very important mineral that helps to naturally strengthen teeth and remineralize teeth. Toothpastes that are commercially made also often include gentle abrasives that will remove food debris and surface stains from your teeth. They are usually dehydrated silica gels or hydrated aluminum oxides that are specifically designed to remove things from your teeth without scratching your enamel. There are also detergents that create that foam you are used to when you brush your teeth so that the toothpaste reaches all of the different surfaces of your teeth. Finally, humectants keep toothpaste from drying out and staying soft and smooth.

What Is in Most Home Toothpaste Alternatives?

The typical ingredients that are found in home toothpaste are very different from commercial toothpaste. For example, common ingredients in DIY toothpaste are ingredients that you probably have in your house right now. For example, lemon juice, baking soda, and coconut oil. These are thought to remove surface stains from your teeth though there is not a lot of research that proves this is so. Other more obscure ingredients include clay and charcoal, which are also supposed to have teeth whitening properties.

What Are the Benefits of Home Toothpaste Alternatives?

Home toothpaste alternatives are often better for the planet because they reduce plastic waste that comes with the packaged tubes of toothpaste that you buy. Additionally, people who make home toothpaste alternatives have more control over what goes into their toothpastes.

What Are the Negatives of Home Toothpaste Alternatives?

When you make toothpaste at home, you are leaving fluoride out of your toothpaste. The American Dental Association considers fluoride a vital part of any oral health care routine and if you make it yourself you are not benefitting from nature’s cavity reducer. Additionally, because you are using homemade ingredients to make home toothpaste alternatives, they may have a much shorter shelf life and can be difficult to keep sanitary. Finally, just because the ingredients in most home toothpaste alternatives are more natural, there hasn’t been any scientific evidence that they are good for your teeth and in some ways may actually do your teeth harm if they are too acidic or abrasive.

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.