- 2Add three teaspoons (15g) of glycerine for every 1/4 cup (55g) of dry mixture. This is optional; it acts as a sweetener. An alternative is Xylitol. It is a natural, sugarless sweetener that actually promotes tooth and gum health!
- 5Store the toothpaste in a small plastic container where it won't dry out. You can also purchase a small, empty lotion bottle so that you can squeeze out the toothpaste onto the toothbrush more easily, rather than dip it.
- If the baking soda proves to be too abrasive for your teeth or gums, you can get similar effects by rinsing your mouth with a very light baking soda solution after you've brushed with a bare brush. A milder abrasive is salt.
- Kids might enjoy adding food coloring to the toothpaste to make it more personal. This might be a good time to teach them about how colors mix to make new ones. Try to avoid artificial colors derived from coal tar (e.g. FD&C Yellow #5 (E102), FD&C Red #40 (E129), etc.), which have been linked to negative health issues including ADHD in children if they ingest them. .