Well.... Guess what I'm making tonight?! I have added a few of my own notes to the bottom of this recipe. I will also add here that many homemade toothpaste recipes call for glycerine- which is not necessary and can inhibit re-enameling of the teeth by blocking the teeth "pores", if you will.
Did you know you can use chocolate to remineralize tooth enamel while discouraging cavities? Researchers from Tulane University in America have discovered that cocoa powder contains an extract which may be more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities. They compared side-by-side a cocoa extract versus fluoride on the enamel surface of teeth. The results concluded that people who brushed their teeth with the cacao-extract toothpaste twice a day for one week had “100 percent dental occlusion” with their teeth getting re-mineralized or repaired. According to a press release:
“The comparison to toothpastes containing fluoride – one as much as 5,000 ppm [parts per million] – validates what our research has shown all along: that Rennou [the cocoa extract] … is more effective and safer than fluoride, which can be toxic if ingested.”
Cocoa beans contain tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, each of which is a type of strong antioxidant that benefits your mouth and teeth. Theobromine helps harden tooth enamel, making teeth less susceptible to decay.
Chocolate Toothpaste is Better for Your Teeth Than Fluoride. Here is How to Make it!
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 6 drops clove essential oil (where to find)
- 2 teaspoons organic caca0 powder
Combine all ingredients and mix until you have the consistency you want. Scoop the paste onto brush. Store the paste in a container with a lid as baking soda can absorb smells. You can also make it squeezable by putting it into a empty toothpaste tube.
D's Notes: I would lessen the clove oil to 4 drops as clove is very strong tasting for children. I will also add a few drops of Stevia to sweeten the mix slightly - pure cocoa is actually quite bitter. As a substitution for clove oil, you could also use peppermint oil, or 1/2 clove 1/2 peppermint.