Going Zero Waste? Consider the Dangers of Home-Made Toothpaste First

Going zero waste is a lifestyle choice that many people are looking to begin to improve the environment, the planet, and to stay healthy. Lowering your carbon footprint and reusing plastic products are just some of the ways that people are being more conscious of how we affect the planet through copious amounts of waste. It’s also an ethical standpoint, for a lot of people, on how we should be treating our environment.

It really is a commendable change to your lifestyle, and more people should consider making more conscious changes like these to improve the wellbeing of the planet, environment, and the quality of life of everyone around us. But, what does this mean for our dental health?


Zero waste and our teeth

When it comes to our teeth, there are of becoming more independently sustainable and, as such, avoid plastic packaging that often comes with commercially sold tubes of toothpaste. One way of doing this is by making your own toothpaste. This is fast coming a more natural and resourceful alternative in the public eye.


Toothpaste tubes made from commercial plastic are notorious for being difficult to recycle

There are plenty of recipes including different ingredients. For example, baking soda is a widely used ingredient is commercially-made toothpaste in any case. It is considered very safe, effective at neutralising germs, and it’s not too abrasive in small quantities (too much can wear away the enamel – be careful!)

Other options include a sage toothpaste or mouth rinse; a possible preventer of gingivitis and mouth ulcers, or even coconut oil pulling; this is the act of swishing oil around the mouth to promote positive health benefits. There is limit research available to prove oil pulling can actually do anything for your oral health, though, so be aware of this before using it.

There are advantages to making your own toothpaste. If you, for whatever reason, needed to closely monitor the ingredients in your toothpaste, for example. More in-fitting with the current topic, you will be reducing your consumption of plastic packaging considerably by switching up to resourceful methods like those mentioned above. It will also cut down the financial implications of purchasing new tubes of toothpaste.


But is it recommended?

The simple answer is – no. Home remedies like DIY toothpaste, oil pulling, and other varieties are not clinically advised, and there are a number of reasons why they aren’t. The most important thing is to ensure is that your oral health is at the correct standard. This way, you are avoiding the risks of serious oral complications. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like DIY toothpaste does this job very well, and there can be certain dangers associated with these kinds of toothpaste.

Because of the demineralisation process, fluoride is one of the most important minerals used to reinforced strength in enamel when it becomes weak and susceptible to damage. Many at-home kinds of toothpaste will not contain this key ingredient. Without fluoride, your teeth may lack the ability to remineralise and protect against future attacks.


Watch the clip for more details on why fluoride is essential to keeping our teeth healthy (ADA)

Although there isn’t anything stopping you from using at-home kinds of toothpaste and oil pulling methods, you should still consider that these actions could be doing more harm than good. This is particularly true with some recipes circulating online. As a general rule of thumb, AVOID any recipes containing hydrogen peroxide or vinegar. Always do your research before blindly following online recipes.

In general, if you are keen on-going environment-friendly, there are ways that your dentist could help you. Discussing certain recipes with your dentist and ensure they aren’t harmful is a must, and you can always discuss other efficient and recommended ways of supplementing fluoride content.


Unsure about your dental health? Call your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to help.