Cacao Toothpaste

There are so many things you can make with cacao! Aside from the obvious…chocolate and cocoa butter…you can implement cacao into many of your homestead products. Soap, lotion, chapstick, and candles are a few. This time around, I tried my hand at creating a homemade toothpaste using cacao. I love shopping for unique toothpastes at the harvest market, but have never come across one that is chocolate flavored. It is usually mint this and mint that, with the occasional boring baking soda options. My boyfriend hates anything mint, so I figured chocolate toothpaste may serve as a tasty alternative. Now I know what you’re thinking. How can chocolate be good for your teeth? Well, when you strip away the additives, such as sugar and more sugar, chocolate is fundamentally healthy for you.
“Researchers from Tulane University in America have discovered that cocoa powder contains an extract which may be more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities. They compared side-by-side a cocoa extract versus fluoride on the enamel surface of teeth. The results concluded that people who brushed their teeth with the cacao-extract toothpaste twice a day for one week had “100 percent dental occlusion” with their teeth getting re-mineralized or repaired. According to a press release:Cocoa beans contain tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, each of which is a type of strong antioxidant that benefits your mouth and teeth. Theobromine helps harden tooth enamel, making teeth less susceptible to decay.”
So one day I bought a bag of cacao nibbs from Willi, pulverized them into little pieces, and set off making toothpaste. Just like other homestead products, there are tons of how-to websites for making toothpaste. There are even how-to guides for making chocolate toothpaste! After choosing a recipe, making it was quite simple. The ingredients involved are: 2 teaspooons crushed cacao, 2 tb baking soda, and 4 tb coconut oil. Mix them together in a sealed jar and store in a cool place. If you find your chocolate toothpaste too salty for your liking, add more cacao than baking soda. Be careful not to overdo the baking soda as that can be rough on your teeth in the long-run.
I am excited to share this recipe with my community members. Often, people do not brush their teeth due to a) lack of dental hygiene education and b) lack of funds for purchasing toothpaste for a household of ten. By making toothpaste from accessible materials (they make cacao and coconut oil! 2/3 ingredients), hopefully people will be more incentivized to brush their teeth. Until then, I will continue to put on a show for the children who pass by as I brush my teeth! Let’s try to make dental hygiene fun!

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