Dental professionals agree that commercially prepared toothpaste removes plaque and protects your teeth from decay better than homemade toothpaste.
But many individuals who are concerned with the non-recyclable nature of toothpaste tube packaging, have begun making toothpaste at home to reduce package wastage.
- Common ingredients in homemade toothpaste like coconut oil, charcoal, ground cloves and cinnamon have no proven benefit for your teeth
- No evidence has been found that charcoal helps whiten teeth and may be toxic in large amounts
- Drinking fluoride in water is not enough to protect your teeth against dental decay
- It’s recommended that you use fluoride toothpaste twice a day to add that extra level of fluoride protection
- After brushing with fluoride toothpaste, avoid rinsing your mouth immediately
- TerraCycle has initiated a recycling program for private homes and schools, where used and cleaned dental product packaging is sent to TerraCycle to recycle
For additional information about homemade and commercial toothpaste, see the ABC’s website.
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