I was on the coconut oil wagon way before there was a wagon, y’all.
Here’s an unconventional way that we’ve been using it for Klaire – as toddler toothpaste!!
Why a DIY toothpaste?
Is the stuff at the store not safe?
What about fluoride?
These are all questions that you might be asking yourself right now. Here’s my answer to all of the above – Klaire’s HEALTH!
First, DIY versions of just about anything seem to have a track record for saving money. That makes me a happy mama. DIY also allows me to know exactly what is going into her mouth. Although I can’t always keep her dirt laiden fingers out of her mouth, at least I can control what she’s cleaning her teeth with. 😉
Second, most toddler toothpastes are full of dyes, chemicals, artificial gunk, etc. I don’t know about you, but I want ALL of those ingredients as far away from Klaire as possible at all times. If I don’t want her eating food with toxic additives, then I surely don’t want her ingesting them via tooth brushing.
Last, but not least, did I mention WHY I choose to stay away from Fluoride? Let me give you my two cents on the matter. This tends to be the most controversial toothpaste ingredient out there. Our family hasn’t used fluoride toothpaste for a number of years now. When we began converting over to a healthier way of living, I came across these resources from Dr. Mercola (along with several others) that sealed the deal for us removing Fluoride from of our household.
Now, there is a ton of information out there on both sides of the Fluoride debate, so dig around when deciding what’s best for your family.
On a side note – we also choose to filter Fluoride out of our water with our beloved Berkey water filter system (aka Karl’s favorite birthday gift to date).
Want to know how to make this toothpaste for your little one?
Here’s my Natural Toddler Toothpaste recipe:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp aluminum free baking soda
1/8 tsp celtic sea salt
Optional 2-3 drops of cinnamon or citrus essential oil
- Warm coconut oil to room temperature or slightly warmer (just before melting stage).
- Mix all ingredients and stir well.
- Store mixture in small glass jar with lid (I love these cute little Mason jelly jars).
I place a small amount on Klaire’s toothbrush each morning and then again before bedtime. She loves to brush her teeth like mama. Even better, I don’t have to worry about her swallowing it or any of the yuck stuff that’s in your typical kiddo toothpaste.
Want to know Klaire’s recommendation for a toddler friendly toothbrush? CLICK HERE!
Till next time…