I started making my own toothpaste because I got sick of my kids trying to eat the expensive sugar laden little tubes of the My Little Pony and Spiderman infant brand fluoride-free toothpaste. So, I researched a bunch of recipes, did a lot of experimenting, got some feedback from family and friends, and finally settled on this recipe. And let me tell you, this recipe is simply amazing! It cleans our teeth, keeps them white and stain free, prevents tartar build up, and is liked by everyone in the house. But most importantly, we can use it liberally without concern of ingesting any harmful ingredients found in commercial toothpastes. (*See more info on this at the end.)
This will make enough to fill one 4 oz. container. I actually like making mine in bulk, so instead of tablespooons, I’ll use cups for my measurements. 🙂 A good rule of thumb is: 4 parts coconut oil (with a splash of olive oil) and 4 parts diatomaceous earth, baking soda, and calcium carbonate. Then add stevia and peppermint extract to taste.
- 4 T. Coconut Oil (Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal)
- 1 t. Olive Oil (I only use this when making my squeeze tube version because it helps to keep it soft.)
- 1 T. Baking Soda (Slightly abrasive, gently cleanses, tastes salty)
- 1 T. Diatomaceous Earth (Slightly abrasive, gently cleanses, kills parasites, no flavor)
- 2 T. Calcium Carbonate (Remineralizes teeth)
- 1 T. Hot Water (This will help to melt the coconut oil and provide the perfect texture for squeezable toothpaste.)
- 5-10 drops Liquid Stevia (A sugar free sweetener)
- 5 drops Peppermint Extract (Adds flavor)
*Note: For the most basic tooth cleaner, you can just use baking soda, the next step up would be to use coconut oil and baking soda. The rest of the ingredients are really an added bonus depending on your taste, preference, and needs.
- Baking Soda: Not only does slightly abrasive powder help to eliminate plaque, it also whitens your teeth, helps eliminates harmful bacteria, and encourages a more alkaline (rather than acidic) environment in your mouth. (Read more here about the benefits of baking soda.)
- Diatomaceous Earth: This is slightly abrasive just like the baking soda, but without the salty taste and with the added benefit of killing parasites in the digestive tract by shredding and dehydrating them.
- Calcium Carbonate: If you have active decay, demineralization (indicated by white spots), or sensitive teeth, then this ingredient is for you! This alone will not remineralize your teeth as much as diet, however, so check out this amazing book by Ramiel Nagel called Cure Tooth Decay to learn how eating a healthy diet based on Weston Price principles (such as avoiding processed foods and adding nutrient dense foods to your diet like pastured meat and eggs as well as raw milk and properly prepared grains). Increased saliva also helps to keep teeth clean, and chewing this Trident Recaldent Sugar-Free Calcium Gum might help you to do that while getting some extra minerals.
- Coconut Oil: Ok, so the benefits of coconut oil are so vast, you’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard about them. (Check out this article if you want to learn more.) Basically, coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and gives the toothpaste a nice creamy consistency.
- Stevia: Stevia is derived from plant in South America called Stevia Rebaudiana. It is extremely sweet, so not much is needed and it’s calorie (and sugar) free. Some people like using xylitol, which extracted from fruits and vegetables and also calorie free, but it’s just a personal preference. (Read more about stevia versus xylitol here.)
- Peppermint Extract: This gives the toothpaste it’s nice minty flavor, but you could use cinnamon or orange depending on your taste preference. I used to use peppermint oil in my recipe, but I just don’t think it’s the best idea to ingest essential oils, so now I look in the baking aisle.
- Mix the coconut oil, olive oil, h0t water, baking soda, diatomaceous earth, and calcium carbonate until creamy. You can mix by hand, but I usually like using beaters, until it’s nice and creamy.
- Add the stevia and peppermint extract to taste.
- I like using this baby food making system to store my squeezable toothpaste. You could also use small glass canning jars or even a disposable storage container. I basically just scoop the toothpaste into the containers, remove as much air as I can, rinse under hot water, remove even more air, and dry.
- To use, add a pea sized amount to your toothbrush and use like you would any other toothpaste.
Tips and Tricks
- Even though I try to mask it as much as I can with the other ingredients, the baking soda has a salty taste to it that you may notice at first. If this bothers you, either start with a very small amount at first or mix with some other toothpaste that you have as you transition away from it. This might be really helpful for young children.
- This toothpaste doesn’t foam or lather, so you may want to dip a little more on your toothbrush before you finish brushing to get your teeth extra clean.
- For some reason, we all tend to drool a lot when using this, so you may want to make sure you’re standing over a sink.
- Although it’s a pretty hard habit to break, you don’t have to spit this toothpaste out. The diatomaceous earth kills parasites and the coconut oil is anti-fungal, so by swallowing this toothpaste on a regular basis, you can help to prevent and eliminate any candida or parasite issues.
The Most Important Reason to Avoid Commercial Toothpaste…Fluoride!
By making our own toothpaste, we can avoid the worst toxin of all – sodium flouride, which is a toxic chemical that has not even been proven to prevent tooth decay. If you look at your tube of Crest toothpaste, it actually says to contact poison control if more than the amount needed to brush your teeth is ingested. If a 2 year old were to ingest 42% of a tube of toothpaste, it would kill him.
Among other things, ingesting too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which can permanently discolor the teeth, (especially children who have yet to get their permanent teeth), cause damage to the brain and alter mental behavior, result in a lowered IQ, produce impairment of the pineal gland which is linked to early onset puberty, lowers thyroid function, causes arthritis, damages the bones, and causes reproductive failures.
Other Harmful Ingredients Found in Commercial Toothpaste
- Triclosan – An antibacterial compound found in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, deodorant, and many other household products that can lead to disruption of the thyroid hormone and endrocine system and creates a dangerous antibiotic and bacterial resistance. Many companies are banning its use.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A foaming agent that is present in nearly all shampoos, laundry detergents, and toothpastes that can lead to organ, reproductive, and neural toxicity, endrocine disruption, cellular mutations and changes, and even cancer.
- DEA (diethanolomine) – Formulated into soaps, detergents and surfactants, it has been linked with kidney, liver, and other organ damage according to several government-funded research studies, and has been proven to cause cancer in rats when applied to the skin.
- Propylene Glycol – A colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid used in anti-freeze solutions, in brake and hydraulic fluids, as a de-icer, and as a solvent. It’s even found in some pet foods, processed foods and cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, deodorants and lotions. It is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities. It can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests, can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, central nervous system depression and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage.
If you are considering making your own toothpaste, but you’d like to try some out first, or if you like the idea of homemade toothpaste, but you just don’t have the time to make it, check out my Etsy shop, and you can buy some of my squeezable remineralizing all natural toothpaste for $8 each!
- “Toothpaste Ingredients Your Dentist Will Not Warn You About” by Natural News
- “Best-Selling Toothpaste Contains Hazardous Endrocine-Disrupting Chemical” by Dr. Mercola (A great article about why we should stay away from commercial toothpaste, especially Colgate Total!)
- “Flouride: The Toxic Import from China Hidden in this Everyday Beverage” by Dr. Mercola (An interesting interview highlighting the negative effects of too much flouride.)
- “50 Reasons to Appose Flouridation” by Paul Connett, PhD (This is a very in depth article that argues strongly against flouridating our water supply by citing many studies showcasing the negative effects of flouride.)
- How to Make Natural Toothpaste by Wellness Mama (She adds a few more ingredients than me.)
- “Countless Coconut Oil Uses” by Dr. Mercola (From toothpaste, to deodorant, and more!)