One of the best natural toothpaste options is a combination of baking soda and coconut oil, as this can help lower acidity in the mouth, whiten teeth, eliminate bacteria and fungi, andÂ improve bad breath . Individually, coconut oil is popular in a practice called oil pulling, which involves swishing the oil in the mouth for 20-30 minutes in order to draw out toxins, thanks to the antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant qualities of the oil. This is particularly important for eliminating certain bacteria that release acidity and increase the rate of tooth decay.
Baking soda, on the other hand, is an amphoteric substance, meaning that it can react with both acidic and basic substances to bring pH balance back to a neutral level. In the mouth, this means creating a neutral environment, whereÂ bacteria find it hard to thrive, while also acting as a mildly abrasive substance that scrubs, cleanses and whitens the teeth.
To make your own coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste, simply combineÂ the two ingredients in an equal ratio (depending on the size of the batch you want to make), and mix thoroughly. You can even add anÂ essential oil (peppermint,Â spearmint, cinnamon etc.) to add a bit more flavor to the mixture. Once this toothpaste cools, it will harden slightly and be ready next time you want to give your teeth a thorough scrub.