This is a simple, homemade toothpaste that you can make in about 5 minutes. It is a cheaper and healthier alternative to traditional store bought toothpastes. There are not any preservatives, artificial colorings or harmful chemicals such as fluoride or SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) among others things in it.
The salt, baking soda, and peppermint oil keep your teeth clean, white, healthy and your breath fresh for hours. The abrasive nature of the salt and baking soda makes your teeth feel like you just got a cleaning at the dentist (again without the harmful chemicals that they use).
2 Tablespoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (adjust to get the paste consistency you like)
10-12 drops of pure peppermint oil (or oil of your choice, see below for ideas)
Mix the ingredients together adding more flavoring or glycerin to your tastes and constancy liking. Store in a wide mouth container with a lid. Stir every couple of days to remix. It is best to make individual containers for each family member to avoid spreading germs.
Homemade toothpaste does not foam up like regular toothpaste but that is good because a chemical is what causes that foaming! It tastes best after sitting for about 6 hours to let the flavors mix well but still can be used right away. If using right away it will taste a bit more salty than it will once it sits. You can adjust the salt down a little if you want to.
Additional flavoring ideas;
If you need it to be a little sweet for the kids (or yourself) use a few sprinkles of stevia (makes a huge difference in the taste for sure).
You could make a cinnamon flavored toothpaste by adding a little fresh cinnamon along with some stevia.
Oil flavorings: clove, spearmint, wintergreen, lemon, vanilla. Get creative once you get the hang of it to find what you and your family like.