Is it true that fluoride can damage the thyroid? It’s according to who you talk to, right? There’s a lot to be said for either side of the argument, and all I know for sure is that even with medication (which has its own set of problems), my thyroid barely functions, and I have to watch every single thing that goes into my mouth if I don’t want to gain weight.
Since I am a chronic teeth brusher, probably at least 10 times per day, my nutritionist makes a very good case for the fact that he believes I am getting way too much fluoride in my diet, especially when you figure in how many water sources add fluoride to the mix.
With all of this in mind, I recently began using a fluoride free toothpaste, but after some research, I wasn’t any happier with those ingredients (minus the fluoride) than I was with my usual brand. The answer I came up with was to simply make my own toothpaste. The recipe that I prefer so far comes from Daniel Vinograd, D.D.S. And since I am a HUGE believer in the benefits of organic coconut oil, it wasn’t hard to convince me that this one is good.
Ingredients (You will find your own amounts as you experiment.)*
1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil (I like Spectrum, but today am using one with a Central Market label.)
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Xylitol
12 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
*I would be careful with some of these at first. Baking soda adds a bit of a salty taste that you may not be used to in a paste. I use 1-2 teaspoons of Xylitol, but it really doesn’t add a lot of sweet, in my opinion. Also, I would start small with the cinnamon oil and then add more. If you get too much it can burn although I can’t imagine 12 drops being too much. Click on the link above to see what Dr. Vinograd suggests.
I am very excited about this one because for some reason I am brushing less!
1. Soften Coconut Oil until no lumps remain (not liquid, just soft).
2. Add other ingredients and mix very well.
3. Seal in container.* Because of my horrible experience with what had to be aspartame poisoning from my chewing gum, I only chew gums such as Spry. That container works great for my toothpaste.
Obviously, as often as I brush, I use a lot more of this toothpaste than most will. Just remember that coconut oil is a true food, and eventually it will go rancid. However, I can’t imagine that happening if you are using daily. I think what might just happen is that you will find your teeth staying much whiter!
*You won’t want to dip your used toothbrush into the paste. Find something, even a clean spoon or a disposable spoon to dip into the paste.