Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe

How to make your own remineralizing toothpaste with natural ingredients

I’ve talked before about the link between nutrition and oral health and the ability of teeth to remineralize and regenerate and shared my own experience with reversing a cavity. The approach I used was two-part: addressing mineral levels in the body/saliva and using a natural remineralizing toothpaste that provided minerals to the surface of the teeth.

A Remineralizing Toothpaste

There is a lot of emerging information about tooth remineralization, a process that many dentists previously thought was impossible. This article goes into detail about the science behind tooth remineralization and the dietary steps necessary. (It also explains why ingredients in most toothpastes, even natural ones, can demineralize teeth and cause tooth decay!) I also did a podcast interview with a dentist who explains the science of remineralization (listen here).

The information I found in researching this was mirrored by my own experience over the last few months with natural toothpastes and a remineralizing diet.

I’ve noticed definite changes in my teeth over the last several months. My teeth are whiter than they’ve ever been and everyone who I’ve asked to try this remineralizing toothpaste has remarked that it makes their teeth feel very clean.

The most surprising change in my teeth, however, was that they are no longer sensitive to cold! For as long as I can remember, biting into anything cold (or even thinking of it!) made me shudder and hurt my front teeth. A few weeks ago when we made homemade ice cream, I noticed that I could eat it without my teeth hurting at all, and I have never been able to do that before!

This toothpaste recipe is kid-approved, and since it has no fluoride, its safe on babies, toddlers, and those with thyroid problems. If you want to whiten teeth, improve an oral health problem, or just try a natural alternative to commercial toothpastes that contain harmful ingredients, definitely try making this remineralizing toothpaste!

Remineralizing Toothpaste Ingredients

  • 5 parts Calcium powder
  • 1 part Diatomaceous Earth (optional- contains trace minerals and silica. UPDATE: A reader noted that DE can be abrasive and is not needed with the baking soda, so if you don’t have DE… no worries!)
  • 2 parts Baking Soda
  • 3 parts Xylitol Powder– This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.
  • 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
  • Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Myrrh and Trace Minerals

Remineralizing Toothpaste Instructions

  1. Mix all powdered ingredients (calcium, Baking Soda, Xylitol) well in a bowl.
  2. Add Coconut Oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.
  3. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor (my favorite is Peppermint Orange)
  4. Store in small container like ½ pint glass jar. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use Popsicle stick or spoon to put on toothbrush. I’ve also thought of storing in a plastic bag with a corner cut off to be able to squeeze like toothpaste, but haven’t tried it yet.

Notes

natural homemade remineralizing toothpaste ingredients 300x225For this recipe, “part” denotes whatever unit of measurement you are using. For instance, if part=tablespoon, you would need 5 tablespoons calcium powder, 1 tablespoon diatomaceous earth, etc.

The Internal Side of Remineralization

It is really important to note that remineralization is not a process that happens only in the mouth and that simply using a toothpaste (like the one above) with a higher concentration of minerals will not likely be enough to help teeth. Remineralization is a whole-body process and in order for it to happen, the body must have adequate levels of certain nutrients, especially fat soluble vitamins and certain minerals.

When I was actively working on remineralizing my teeth, I focused on consuming a very specific nutrient-rich diet, reducing mineral binders like phytic acid in the foods I ate, and adding other lifestyle factors that boosted nutrient levels.

You can read the full protocol I used here and see my daily oral health routine in this post.

These additional factors like consuming enough minerals and fat soluble vitamins are important because they support the body as a whole but also because they create more mineral-rich saliva, which is the body’s delivery system for necessary nutrients to the teeth.

How Saliva Benefits Oral Health

In short: Saliva is the way teeth remineralize!

On a practical level, teeth are remineralized through the saliva being washed over the teeth. Without proper nutrient levels in the body, saliva will also be deficient in the minerals teeth need for optimal strength. Clearly, we must have sufficient nutrition in our diet in order to have the necessary minerals present in the saliva to support remineralization.

The importance of enough saliva for the prevention of tooth decay is well established. There are multiple theories about the origin of tooth decay:

  1. That decay occurs due to acids from bacteria in the mouth digesting sugars; or
  2. That tooth decay occurs when there is an imbalance between the demineralization of the enamel surface and remineralization produced by the return of mineral ions into enamel (as explained by Rami Nagel in his book, Cure Tooth Decay)

Whichever theory is correct, saliva is important, as the frequent stimulation of saliva, especially after the intake of sugars, will help to dilute and buffer plaque acid, bring extra mineral ions into the plaque fluid and thereby promote remineralization.

Saliva Reduces Bacteria that Cause Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Research shows a clear relationship between declining saliva production with age and the increased risk of gum disease with age. Saliva contains a whole host of vital substances for our immune system.

For example, lactoferrin is one compound naturally found in saliva. Lactoferrin is part of our innate immune system and is one of our key front lines of defense. Lactoferrin binds iron in the mouth and thereby deprives the bacteria that cause the damage of gum disease of the iron necessary for them to flourish.

Saliva is also a rich source of necessary enzymes. Of the salivary enzymes involved in maintaining the ecology of the mouth, one of the first to be recognized was the enzyme lysozyme, which appears to work by destabilizing the cell wall of bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Saliva Reestablishes Healthy PH in the Mouth

The mouth has its own complex ecology that must be kept in balance for optimal oral health. This includes a bacterial aspect, the presence of enough minerals and maintaining the proper pH. While we can most effectively address optimizing the pH of the mouth through immune supporting protocols like a nutrient dense diet, restful sleep, and healthy coping tools for stress, saliva clearly plays a key role in the actual mechanism of establishing what the pH of our mouth is going to be at any given time.

How to Increase Saliva Production

The principle “Use it or Lose it” applies when discussing saliva production. We must exercise our ability to produce saliva or deal with a dry mouth and all the ails that come with decreased saliva production.

While we naturally produce additional saliva when eating, the extra benefits to our health of the increased saliva are offset by the main job of saliva during eating, to begin the digestion process. Therefore, it can be helpful to increase saliva production through other methods, like this:

Step 1: Gather any saliva in your mouth into a pool on your tongue. Now using the musculature of the throat, draw the saliva back and forth from the back of the tongue to just behind the front teeth then back again several times (we recommend 30-50 repetitions). With practice, this action will increase the amount of saliva present in the mouth.

Step 2: Once you have a large pool of saliva on your tongue, give your teeth and gums a bath with your increased saliva! We call swishing with saliva “swashing” because it’s like you are swishing and washing at the same time. Swash with the increased saliva for a minute or two then swallow it down and let the saliva now support greater digestion in the stomach!

This is such a simple technique even young children can do it. This video explains more:

Using a natural toothpaste can also help increase saliva production. I’ve noticed a saliva increase with this remineralizing toothpaste, and also with the OraWellness Brushing Blend.

Sources:

J Dent. 2005 Mar;33(3):223-33. Epub 2004 Dec 19.
Health benefits of saliva: a review. Dodds MW, Johnson DA, Yeh CK.

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  1. The baking soda and DE aren’t too abrasive?

    • Nope. I’ve emailed this question to several dentists, and they aren’t
      the DE is certainly optional, but everyone I’ve talked to agreed that
      in those amounts, they wouldn’t be abrasive. In fact, my natural
      dentist actually recommended just brushing with baking soda (i just
      hate the taste!)

      • I used to brush with just baking soda and I did find it much too abrasive. I’d be willing to try this recipe but I won’t go back to exlusive use of just baking soda.

        • Baking soda is not abrasive at all if you dissolve it in water first.  I keep my mix dry and don’t make it into paste, so no coconut oil or liquid ingredients except essential oils are in my mix.  I just take about a about a quarter teaspoon of powder in a shot glass and mix with water.  I dip my toothbrush in the liquid and brush.  The leftover is used as a mouthwash.  It works really well.  Stores forever.  The dentist has had several watch spots in my mouth for the last three years.  He says I’ve been doing really well.  I know why they stopped decaying.  I quit using commercial toothpaste. 

          A pinch of this powder is awesome anytime of the day to freshen the mouth and neutralize mouth ph.

          • So, Jen, you don’t follow the recipe above using coconut oil or castile soap? A little confused…

          • The problem with baking soda comes over time: when combined with water, free radicals are released (they can cause cancer) that are able to penetrate the enamel, breaking a certain type of chemical bond in the stains that lets the stains break up and lighten in color as they dissipate. Well, it turns out that it can actually wear away your tooth enamel permanently, and in addition to never being able to get it back, it’ll be more prone to sensitivity and cavities. 

          • maybe the type of baking soda is the problem, commercial supermarket stuff has an aluminium content, try organic.

          • Common confusion:

            Baking SODA does not have aluminum in it.

            It’s baking POWDER that the store-bought variety has aluminum. (at home it is easily made with baking soda and cream of tartar)

          • my dad has used salt and soda for over 70 years, his dentist has always remarked at the lack of tartar build up and general health of his mouth so…….

          • Great input.

          • Thanks for sharing your method.I have been driving myself crazy as I transition to baking soda trying to shake it on toothbrush unsuccessfully. I don’t want to contaminate the jar with my nasty toothbrush. Also I want to start using a baking soda rinse after I eat acidic foods/beverages. So simple, so brilliant!

          • Rebecca, Dr. Tullio Simoncini is a medical doctor in Italy who has done more than anyone to explore the uses of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as an alkaline therapy against cancer. It is known that cancer creates and favors an acid environment and because of this, Dr. Simoncini and others have used baking soda as an alkaline therapeutic agent.

          • Hi
            I have just found out the amazing benefits of xylitol for gum protection and healing. You have noted that it is only for taste- NO!

        • To keep it cheap but safe and effective can you use just use baking soda and coconut oil? And if so how would this recipe be mixed.

          • I use Dr. Bronner’s organic bar soap for brushing. Is this good?

      • I’m enjoying this discussion, too.  I’ve been using sea salt when I brush, which is less often than I used to.  Since plaque tends to push plaque under the gums, it can actually cause more problems.  I’m using a blotting brush on the gumline, though, which I found on http://www.curetoothdecay.com.  The sea salt works well for that, too.  That’s because I have a lot of recession in my gums and don’t want to make it worse.  I also do some swishing with sea salt and some oil pulling.  I want to get some dental tape, which is supposed to be better than floss.  

        • I’m intrigued with the idea of subbing Celtic sea salt for the baking soda in this recipe. Thoughts?

          • it should work as long as it is finely powdered enough…

          • I just made up a small batch to try, and I didn’t actually follow the above ratios, I just kinda threw it all together to see whether it would be palatable. First, since my Celtic is coarse ground, I mostly dissolved it in water (b/c I was too impatient to wait for full dissolution, lol). My cal-mag powder is gritty, plus I added DE, so I figured that covered my abrasives. Then coconut oil, stevia, and clove essential oil. The water used to dissolve the salt, mixed in well, and kept it from being too coconut oily. I will have to use less salt, though, as it is overpowering. I mostly wanted it for the added minerals.

            I’m interested in adding myrrh, at a later time, as I’ve been reading about its great properties.

            It tastes similar to my tooth cleanser from Tropical Traditions.

          • Natural sea Salt is good……….. but try the King of Salts….Himilayan pink rock salt….its even got extra minerals for re-mineralisation!

        • I mixed a basic one and I’m almost positive it was half and half and I used only a drop or two of peppermint essential oil (therapeutic, and a little goes a long way!). I actually use a baby spoon to get some out and put it on my toothbrush. It lasts a really long time!

          Side note: I do NOT spit my toothpaste made with coconut oil down the drain! I use a small bowl or spit it into some toilet paper and throw it away. Yes, it is a liquid in warm weather, but you really do NOT want it gathering with other things at any point in your drainage system, especially once it starts getting colder. That is a recipe for disaster. I actually run hot water while I’m brushing to get the pipes further down warm. I have been trying DIY face and hair and body cleansers in the shower, but still worry about the pipes. We live in the country and they are our own problem if they bust. 🙁

        • My dentist, who was amazing and just retired (I have fibro and all of the horrible teeth problems that come with it and the meds) and he insisted that I stop using anything but a water pic on the low setting. My gums are also receding and my bruxism is so bad that I’ve broken my own teeth too many times for me to remember. He said that only the water pic would effectively help remove the food that was getting pushed and packed between my teeth and under my gums without further harming them. He said it didn’t need to be anything fancy or expensive, just a basic water pic. It has definitely helped!!! It feels weird at first and it was hard for me to remember to lab over the sink with my mouth only barely open to let the water come out and not choke me, but not quite enough to spray water around the bathroom. 🙂

          • I can totally relate to what you are saying. I have started to use re-mineralizing homemade tooth paste with an electric tooth brush and after 3 uses I see a difference already. I do not use the water pic anymore. Heck there is fluoride in our drinking water…it is going on my teeth and harming them. The pic really did not help that much. I also got rid of all the grains from my diet ( a big adjustment but worth it) and that is reattaching my teeth and helping my bleeding gums. I expect to rebuild my gums and teeth with my good diet and re-mineralizing…

      • Two years ago I suddenly started having a bizarre dryness reaction in my mouth. It was so bad that my mouth completely dried out and the lips, cheeks & soft tissues would adhere to my teeth. It was horribly uncomfortable. Not knowing what to do, I stopped using any and all mouth products and began brushing with just plain baking soda. Unlike others, I find the taste to be sweet and not bitter. Within a short time the condition disappeared. And as an extra bonus, happily, when I had my teeth cleaned professionally after 2 years there was little plaque build up! I now still use only the baking soda but add a drop of an immune building essential oil called Spice-C to the brush. I may try to combine it with coconut oil which is strangely the same mixture I mix up for natural deodorizer!! Who knew I could make the same recipe for armpits AND teeth!! lol

        • I, too, had that dry mouth problem and when I ceased using Dessert Essence treat oil toothpaste with wintergreen, and substituted another Perhaps you did too?

          By the way, tea tree oil toothpaste is said to prevent gum disease, and so far so good!

          • just be careful with tea tree oil products-they can dissolve the glue in your crowns

          • And be careful if you have cats. Tea Tree Oil is deadly to cats

        • My mum used salt rinse and bi carb rinses when going through radiation therapy and Chemo, because of dry mouth and it really did help. It also helped with the excess mucus from her nasal passages that dripped into her throat, as she had a nasopharyngeal carcinoma. I was wondering if you could use Bentonite clay instead of DE?

        • Do you wonder if this is due to toxins coming out? I and my partner both had this painful dry mouth canker sore condition and we wonder if the solution is too basic in pH.

        • Hahaha. I know! Thanks for sharing!

        • Interesting. I’ve just started using my deodorant for toothpaste, too! 🙂

      • My holistic Dentist, recommends baking soda mixed with salt and to finish up with aloe gel 🙂

        • What do you do with the aloe gel? Brush it on?

      • I’ve used DE on my teeth and it was great at removing stains but I am concerned about every day use. I keep hearing that DE will wear away the enamel because it is like broken glass. Do you still feel the DE is not too abrasive in this amount? Do you use DE in your own toothpaste recipe and how is your enamel? Sorry for so many questions.

        • teeth were designed to eat/chew abraisive things, have faith in your body. 3 min of brushing on healthy teeth………no problem-:)

          • OK but what about 1000 minutes a year?

        • DE IS NOT broken glass. You are hearing completely incorrect information and this is a pretty big fallacy that I see going around. DE and glass are both made from the mostly the same substance (amorphous silica), but then again Humans and the Ocean are also made from mostly the same substance (water) so that must mean we are the same right?

          Diatomecous Earth is mined from large chunks of rock that are made from millions of years of fossilized phyto-plankton called Diatoms and then ground down into a fine powder. It is not made by grinding down glass. Glass is made by superheating Silica (generally from sand) along with Calcium Carbonate and Sodium Carbonate to temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius (and as high as 1700 Celsius or 3000 Fahrenheit).

          Diatomecous earth is only about as abrasive as light sand paper. The reason it “cuts” parasites up in the digestion tract is because of how sensitive parasites and worms bodies are and not because of how sharp D.E. is.

          • I wouldn’t use it powdered in a toothpaste though, as it contains a small amount of crystalline silica. When inhaled, it can cause silicosis in your lungs which can kill you. Doesn’t seem like a good risk to take in my opinion.

      • Hi wellnessmama i made this toothpaste and really like how it works. But is it suppose to get hard after i make it.? Its really hard to get out when it hardens. What am i doing wrong. Thanks.

        • Coconut oil hardens in a low room temperature, in summer or a more heated room it will stay pretty liquid. I cook with it all the time and it’s so much easier in the summer! You could microwave it a few seconds or put the container in a dish of hot water to soften it up.

          • I keep my coconut oil in the cupboard with the water heater. it melts only a couple of tablespoons

          • Definitely don’t microwave things you want to keep healthy?

          • Microwaves aren’t “unhealthy” they occur naturally all around us all the time, nor do the microwave ovens make foods or other things inside them unhealthy. Take a science class or research microwaves on science websites. Don’t trust me or especially someone called Ingrid who isn’t even explaining why they have come to believe microwaves are somehow unhealthy. Even a quick look on wiki will provide some explanations and more importantly links to scientific articles. People just don’t understand things but they feel obligated to warn people?!? How does the saying go? The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…using a microwave oven to cook with is not only the safest way to cook but for most(not all!) food it will keep/enhance the nutrients and won’t creat any carcinogens like cooking in a toaster/over electric/ over fire all does. Yes the burnt charred ness of food that’s been cooked(even toast in a toaster) has undergone a chemical reaction and now has minute amounts of carcinogens!! Don’t just believe me google chose a high school girl for one of the winners of its science fair and she did her project on this topic because she learned about it from an article she read in her doctors offices waiting room about people suing the fast food industry over the carcinogen. There is other research about it too. Js.

          • What about using fractionated coconut oil?

        • Hi Jaime and Wellness Mama,

          I use baking soda, coconut oi, grapefruit essential oil and peppermint extract. It’s been working amazingly. I’ve also quit eating sugars, starches, and high phytic acid foods. I’ve noticed a huge difference. Cavities I’ve had in impacted teeth, are literally disappearing. I make my own garlic salve. I us organic olive oil with coconut oil, which really helps to make the coconut oil more pliable. i’ve read that olive oil can stain teeth, so I wouldn’t recommend using it on teeth. I have read other articles that recommend unrefined, untoasted pure organic sesame seed oil, grapeseed oil or walnut oil. I haven’t tried it yet, but I would image it would work the same as my garlic salve does to make the coconut oil more oily. Any thoughts?

        • I use baking soda, coconut oi, grapefruit essential oil and peppermint extract. It’s been working amazingly. I’ve also quit eating sugars, starches, and high phytic acid foods. I’ve noticed a huge difference. Cavities I’ve had in impacted teeth, are literally disappearing. I make my own garlic salve. I us organic olive oil with coconut oil, which really helps to make the coconut oil more pliable. i’ve read that olive oil can stain teeth, so I wouldn’t recommend using it on teeth. I have read other articles that recommend unrefined, untoasted pure organic sesame seed oil, grapeseed oil or walnut oil. I haven’t tried it yet, but I would image it would work the same as my garlic salve does to make the coconut oil more oily. Any thoughts?

        • if you use MTC oil it doesn’t harden

          • I know what your on about in terms of “MCT Oil” but Coconut oil is an MCT oil too (Medium Chain Triglyceride).

      • I made the recipe exactly as it is in the article (minus the DE) last night, and the coconut oil hardened over night. How do I keep the paste pastey?

        And thank you so much for your website. I just found it and have already implemented several new things into my life (remineralization, oil pulling, increased use of coconut oil, leveling my Leptin, etc) and have noticed quite a difference so far. It is so easy as long as you are willing to put in an extra step to see it through.

        • Thanks so much for reading. Unfortunately, since this recipe is natural, the coconut oil will harden or soften with temperature changes. I use a small spoon or popsicle stick to get on a toothbrush and it melts quickly in the mouth.

          • I make my toothpaste on the brush itself. Start with a little coconut oil dripped or pasted on, then add a good sprinkle of Bi-carb Of Soda. I keep containers of both ingredients with mini plastic spoons in them, near the bathroom sink. Tastes fine.

          • Would the same benefits and results if fractionated coconut oil was used?

          • Why don’t you make the tooth paste yourself? I will buy 12 tubes myself
            Seniors would love it as they Spend a Lot of money on Dental care

            Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Hi Katie my names Alisha I’m from the UK. I really need some advice, 4 of my daughters adult teeth have grown through however I noticed chalky white stains on the front and slightly at the tips of her teeth. I took her to the dentist who advised me that she has dental fluorosis which he explained is not treatable but when she’s older she could get dental bleaching to lighten the stains. I am desperate to find an alternative solution so I’m hoping your home made toothpaste recipe will work, if you have any other suggestions that would be highly appreciated.

            King regards

            Alisha

          • In the winter months I put my jar of coconut oil in warm water for a few minuets and then I have enough to then swish/oil pull with. Perhaps put the toothpaste in a small glass jar with an airtight lid and running warm water over it. Alternatively, you could leave the coconut oil out of the recipe & substitute with another good unrefined oil; maybe sesame seed oil.

            Alisha: I have been brushing and “pulling” with activated charcoal to remove the fluorosis in my teeth for a month (now 24 Nov. ’15). It is removing the yellowing. I theorize that somehow the activated charcoal is chemically bonding with calcium fluoride in the enamel and removing it. That would explain why some people get sensitive teeth from using it. Some say that activated charcoal is too abrasive, but that doesn’t make sense because on the mohs hardness scale, it is softer than fingernails. So if you and/or your children use activated charcoal, use this remineralizing toothpaste also. Get your kids off all fluoride. See FAN; fluoride action network, for a list of things that contain fluoride, how to detox from it, and why it’s bad for humans & the environment. I must also reiterate that the book, “Cure Tooth Decay” is a must-have.

            You can add activated charcoal into the recipe, but I don’t know how much to use. I brush with one capsule each time (which looks to be about 250 mg or about the same amount of one capsule of extra strength Tylenol). Therefore, if the recipe makes 30 uses, you can try 30 capsules or 7.5 g. Personally, I am going to keep these separate as the activated charcoal may affect the other ingredients.

          • Katie – Love the recipe. It has worked out great so far. The only thing it seems to be missing in my opinion is a good binding agent to hold it all together so it doesn’t melt away in your mouth. Any suggestions?

          • Do you melt it to mix with the powders, or do you mash together when it’s solid? Thanks,

          • What consistency should it be when mixed? I mixed coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint oil and it ios liquidy.

        • You could sub in a bit of glycerin (veg) or a liquid oil (grapeseed) in the place of coconut oil- that would keep it softer.

          • I would NOT recommend using glycerin. That is in regular toothpaste and it sort of seals the tooth, so it can’t get absorb the minerals. At any rate that is the main thing, next to fluoride, that I definitely want to avoid. Maybe try a little sesame oil mixed with the coconut oil – I have a jug in the fridge and it never gets hard!

      • God bless you, Katie. I am so grateful for your diligence and work in coming up with this recipe. I was having severe tooth sensitivity and the commercial sensitive toothpastes were so harsh I developed mouth ulcers. After I started using your toothpaste, I noticed an improvement after a few days and then after 3 weeks of using your recipe, the tooth sensitivity was completely gone. I love the feel of it and look forward to brushing my teeth!

        I ordered the tubes you recommended and filling them is fairly easy and one tube lasts about a month.

        For what it’s worth, I used a simplified combination of your 2 recipes and here is what I now use.

        7 Tablespoons Now Brand Powdered Calcium Carbonate (make sure it is not citrate form–this will erode tooth enamel)
        4-5 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
        1 Tablespoon baking soda
        1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
        1/8 teaspoon liquid trace minerals (I use ConcenTrace Liquid Mineral drops)
        3-6 drops Stevia

        I find I do not need a blender. I simply mix with a spoon and a paste will form.
        Put in the squeezable tube on the link you provided below.

        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HH8YCO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003HH8YCO&linkCode=as2&tag=herbkati-20

        • How do you know if the calcium is concentrate?

          • ooops. I meant citrate form.

          • The ingredients panel of the Calcium will identify it as either Calcium Carbonate or Calcium Citrate.

        • Could you share where to get these ‘tubes’ to fill up with the natural concoction? Thanks

          • I have found them in travel packs at Dollar Tree, individual tubes at Christmas Tree Shop .99 and other stores where they have travel sized products.

          • amazon do them too, ive just been looking at ‘airless pupm bottles’. seem like they could be useable? xbet

        • I am so glad I looked through all the comments to find something on calcium, because as I was making it realized I had the citrate and was wondering if it mattered. Ugh!! I guess I will use everything minus the calcium until I get some next week.

        • Hi
          I have just found out the amazing benefits of xylitol for gum protection and healing. You have removed it and used stevia!!

          • xylitol is generally made from GMO corn…not a good thing to put into your alimentary canal.

            You can also get calcium carbonate when one would buy pottery clay.

          • Yes, unfortunately, a lot of Xytlitol is now being made from corn, and it’s GMO corn at that. But there’s still plenty of sources that still make it from birch trees. Just make sure that either on the label or the companies’ website it states that it is made from “hard woods” or birch trees.

        • Can this be spit into the sink? I’m concerned because I have heard not to out coconut oil down the drain. I don’t like the idea of NOT spitting into the sink.

          • NNNNNNOOOOOO do not spit it in the sink! In my house we either spit into a piece of toilet paper or napkin, I have to admit sometimes in a moment of panic due to not having a napkin (and since the water is always fairly cold ) I have spit it in the loo… But never ever spit it onto the sink!!!! All bad. !!

          • You are not spitting enough oil down the drain when you brush to do any harm.
            I work with plumbing enough to know.
            Soap scum build up mix with hair is usually what clogs drains anyway.
            How old is you plumbing?

      • I made mine without the baking soda and just used the DE. Is that okay?

      • Hello! My family and I love the toothpaste and I know this is a bit gross but I have noticed that after using the toothpaste it doesn’t do much for our breath. Is there anything you recommend that could help with that?

        Thank you!
        Brittney

        • Have you tried it with the essential oils? We like mint orange, and it is good for both flavor and freshness.

          • How many drops of each oil do you use in this recipe? I’ve been experimenting trying to get it right and my kids are HATING that I haven’t gotten it down pat yet. I’m trying to peppermint-wild orange combo – just need to know how may of each to use. Thanks!

          • Where do I get essential oils and how do I know which ones are ok for my mouth? I have used the NOW brand in diffusers but the label warns against using on the skin.

          • Sara, there are lots of essential oils that are ok to use internally as well as on the skin. Check out doTerra brand. I love mine and take them internally on a regular basis.

        • Bad breath is more often than not from your gut not your mouth. You need to take care of the health of you digestive system.

        • I use a tongue scraper after every brush to remove tongue plaque that is causing the bad breath!

      • I have veneers on 4 of my teeth, so I’m leery of using DE in the recipe.

      • Hello there, I was wondering if the calcium carbonate isn’t to abrassive for your enamel. I have sensitive enamel and I want to be sure. Excelent recipes by the way

        • I, too, wondered if the Calcium Carbonate would be too abrasive, but I bought the NOW Calcium Carbonate powder, and it’s as fine, in consistency, as talcum powder or powdered sugar. It has worked really well, much better than had I tried to crush tablets or something similar. Hope this helps.

        • I use the NOW one too and haven’t had a problem with it…since I stopped using citrus oils in it. It seemed like the orange and tangerine EO gave me more sensitivity. Now I’m using peppermint and it seems fine. I don’t know if everyone would experience that or just me though.

      • how much trace minerals to I need? I was going to add that and not DE.

      • Just baking soda, or baking soda added to my normal toothpaste makes me get mouth sores. ?

      • Tried this tonight. Loved the taste. Love the smooth, very clean feeling. Love that its not toxic like fluoride. Xylitol powder not grainy feeling at all. It does take away tooth sensitivity. Towards the end of my brushing, my teeth didnt feel sensitive in the spot where it normally gets sensitive. One negative, i put OnGuard essential oil and my teeth don’t look as white as yesterday…maybe i will put lemon instead. I dont have orange oil. Any other essential oil suggestions? But you don’t need the oil because the xylitol makes it nice and sweet.

        • Please don’t use lemon,,, Its way to acidic! I made that mistake and my teeth started hurting… because I had also used on guard and noticed the yellowing and then tried lemon because It was my favorite… but now what I do is one drop of Myrrh or Frank and a drop of clove for the cleaning and I use peppermint or wintergreen for the taste…

          • I am going to try this but will also add in some powdered food grade charcoal for its whitening power. Anyone else done this for regular brushing? Thanks for all the amazing information on your site. Best, jj

          • Lemon essential oil is NOT acidic & will not wear away tooth enamel bc of the fact that the oil is not extracted from lemon juice. The volatile oils in the lemon PEEL are expressed or distilled, as are all citrus *peel* oils I’m aware of such as lime, orange, grapefruit, pink grapefruit etc.

            Please educate yourself on a topic before making comments such as this & unnecessarily scaremongering.

            I also wanted to say that my lips used to become so chapped from regular toothpastes on the market, probably due to the SLS in them. It was so bad that the corners of my mouth especially were splitting & bleeding any time I needed to open my mouth widely, such as when eating a larger sandwich etc. I only discovered what the culprit was when I decided to try a natural toothpaste on a whim. My lips healed completely. When I ran out one day, I used the horrid stuff my husband likes – Crest – and noticed my lips were immediately sore & began to chap/bleed again. That’s when it clicked for me. I haven’t used mass-market toothpaste since then & have noticed an overall improvement in my dental health. I also do a final rinse with distilled aloe, which is amazing for the mouth.

            I’ve found that bentonite clay works great in my own natural toothpaste blends when I run out of DE, as does kaolin, so go ahead & experiment.

            Anyways, go ahead & use citrus peel oils without any fear for your home made toothpaste people. You’re not going to do anything but improve your mouth health by doing so.

      • Can you subsitute coconut butter for the coconut oil?

      • Made my first batch without De and half the baking soda. I doubled the oil. Just brushed and my gums feel scratched. It’s odd. Normal brushing is just coconut oil and essential oil mixed in. I’m afraid this is going to scratch my enamel! Help! I have horrible weak teeth!

      • My granddad lived to be 92 (had a heat stroke mowing lawn – at his age UGH) anyway, he only used baking soda and water his entire life to brush his teeth. When he passed, his teeth were still beautiful (NO FALSIES) and only his very back teeth were missing.

      • Hello,

        I want to make your homemade remineralizing toothpaste and was wondering if its safe to use Nature;s Bounty Calcium (Carbonate) 600 other ingredients are: Vegetable Cellulose + Magnesium Stearate. Do you think it is safe to use on teeth ?

        I switched to natural toothpaste a few weeks ago to desert essence wintergreen. But found out about the Glycerin in your post and researched it further and figured its best to avoid it.
        Thank you for your post on the dental health, it has been very helpful!

        • Those ingredients are absolutely safe. You can easily check the origins of any additional ingredients by simply Googling them.

      • I just made the remineralizing toothpaste with coconut oil. Won’t this clog my drains if I spit it down the sink? Where do you spit the toothpaste to dispose of it after brushing?

      • PLEASE tell your reader’s that a tiny amount of Zylitol kills dogs who ingest it. Please call your local veterinarian if you don’t already know this to be true. 2 sugar free mints nearly cost my small dog her life – cost me $2,500 in vet bills. The vet told me that just a few pieces of Zylitol sweetened gum kills large dogs. Tragic. It needs to be banned.

        • Hi Jan… sorry to hear about your dog’s struggles and I’m glad she was able to recover. I actually have written about xylitol in depth, including the risks to pets, in this post: http://wellnessmama.com/12614/is-xylitol-healthy/
          I agree that pet owners need to exercise caution if they choose to use xylitol and to make sure it is kept away from pets, but I have to disagree that it should be banned, as it does have some potential to help humans in a dental capacity. Certainly, being a pet owner (or parent of a child) comes with increased responsibility to keep our child (or pet) safe, but that isn’t a responsibility we can expect a regulatory agency to assume by banning any substance that could be harmful. By that logic, we’d have to ban antifreeze, which is quite helpful for cars. We’d have to ban salts used to de-ice sidewalks, as they can be harmful to pets. We’d have to ban most types of garden mulch, most household plants, almost all pharmaceuticals that could be accidentally ingested, batteries (responsible for many child and pet deaths), magnets, small toys, chocolate and many other common substances. Again, I’m glad your dog is ok, but I just don’t agree that we should start banning substances that could ever be potentially dangerous.

      • Food Grade Diatomatious Earth pleeeease!

        • Food Grade DE is available.

      • Can my 3 year old use these with the DE in it ?

    • Hi I just made your toothpaste. But I think the calcium tablets did not grind up well enough. I used my food processor. The paste doesnt feel smooth its really grindy. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Or do I need to start over?

      • I just made the toothpaste also. I put the calcium tablets in a wooden bowl and ground them by hand, then added it through a metal strainer to avoid the big pieces. Although it was a little lumpy, I found it was less abrasive than the Tom’s brand baking soda toothpaste I had been using previously. Did you use 4 or 5 parts pure coconut oil? Try adding more oil if not. I think the oil softens it.

      • I use calcium powder so that saves a step and it’s very fine like baby powder so it mixes smoothly in the paste. If you like it smoother/thinner just add more coconut oil.

    • I love this toothpaste, but still find I have sensitive teeth. I am only half way through my first batch though so maybe I should be patient! What’s your view on adding prickly ash bark essence? I’ve read this is what they use in South America for pain and healthy gums.

      • Give it more time. I am prone to sensitivity along the gum line and the homemade toothpaste stops it.

      • Try adding about 5 drops of Melaleuca (tea tree oil) it really helps gum sensitivity.

    • According to the Health Ranger’s report on a previous article of Xylitol…

      Xylitol is a processed sugar. After being hydrogenated and having toxic chemicals added to xylan from corn or other plant material, and then removed, you get xylitol. For anyone who wants to be healthy, the first thing that is pretty much unanimous about any diet or protocol to restore your health, is that you need to avoid processed sugars. While there is a variety of opinions on what foods to eat in replacement of processed sugar, it is blatantly clear that processed sugars, like xylitol, are extremely harmful to humans. Perhaps, xylitol has special uses in special cases; as a regular part of your diet, it is clearly a poor idea.

      • Actually there are two different sources of Xylitol. The first comes from corn, which is not a good source. The second comes from a larch tree. That form is harder to come by but it is what you are looking for, for this recipe. Xylitol is now being used in all sorts of things to control bacteria. it is in children’s products for ear health (take by mouth), for bacterial infections in the urinary tract as well as other types of bacterial problems. It is also used by some dentists to help the pH balance in your mouth as well as to help your mouth not be so dry. I would not use ANY toothpaste without xylitol in it because of its great bacterial properties. Xylitol is also now used in a lot of nasal sprays for people with chronic sinus problems.

        • Unfortunately as someone who is highly sensitive to artificial sweeteners, even xylatol in toothpaste is triggering. Thankfully my dad had a tube I could try before wasting money on my own, I definitely would not want a migraine every day after brushing my teeth!

      • Xylitol is named after the greek term for Xyl(on) meaning “wood” and itol to describe a sugar alchohol.

        So if Xylitol comes from any other source, it is not Xylitol per se. Original Xylitol comes from the Birch tree family and sometimes Larch, but over industrialised Xylitol comes from a variety of fruit and veg sources, so are cheaper to produce, but inherit the problems associated with an augmented natural product.

        If you can get the real stuff, then it may have some side affects but that is outweighed by its benefits.

        As for enamel reduction, teeth re-mineralise themselves regularly, and normal sugar inhibit this regeneration, Xylitol encourages regeneration of the enamel by neutralising the harmful bacteria that slow this process down.

        Xylitol does not impact gut candida build up, because yeast cells do not use it in the fermentation process. There are many other benefits to this product, especially to diabetics.

        • Xylitol is actually anti fungal and won’t contribute to candida growth. Check out http://www.knowthecause.com. They also have a tv program and it is all about how fungus affects our health.

    • Hi there, thanks for all your input everyone. The baking soda use is a big surprise. i used to brush my teeth with baking soda, it sure whitened my teeth right up, then i realized it really was too abrasive. this is the stuff i scrub my difficult pots and pans or grout or anything like that with. i don’t even use it on my porcelain bathtub or sink as it is too abrasive for those porcelains as well.
      see salt seems to work for me, and i’m certainly going to try the coconut oil. love that stuff. thanks…
      meanwhile, i have an fracture in an old root canal in my last molar on left bottom. i don’t have the 5K for an implant right now and need that tooth. the endo doc says he can amputate the fractured canal and hope the remaining canal can hold up the crown, but will seal with glass ionomer that releases fluoride for 6 months……any ideas anyone?!!

      • Fluoride is highly toxic to us! Please read up on it before you allow your dentist to poison you

      • Carole, get rid of the root canal treated tooth as soon as possible and do not attempt to get it fixed! Root canal treated tooth over time becomes a breeding haven for bad germs that moves through the blood cells and colonises in other parts of the body in the soft tissue (lungs, breast, brain etc) and cause cancer. Root canal treatment is really bad for you please research it for yourself.

        • Are dental implants similarly bad? I had a root canal tooth that was complete agony, but I had it removed. At the same time that I had it removed, I gave up gluten and changed thyroid medications, so it is hard to tell which factor is responsible, but my health improved dramatically upon the removal of the tooth. I have been trying to get an implant to replace the tooth, but my bones are too soft.

    • Can you use calcium citrate v. Calcium carbonate? Also can you use bentonite clay? What is the purpose of the coconut oil? I accidentally bought the tooth powder ingredients when I really wanted to follow the remineralizing toothpaste. Oops

      • What about dolomite powder? Is that ok?

    • Take a look here for an abrasiveness index of common toothpastes compared to baking soda. You will find that regular toothpaste is way more abrasive.

    • Could you use crushed eggshells instead of calcium powder?? They are known to contain a lot of calcium.

      • @Jaime — crushed eggshells would work great!! Just be sure you prepare them properly before using. Most people suggest boiling the eggshells for 5-10 minutes then baking them for about 20-30 minutes in an oven at 200 degrees. I usually have to bake mine a little longer. After that, they should be COMPLETELY dry…if not, let them bake a little longer. Then, grind them up to a fine powder (I use a coffee grinder) before using. If you aren’t going to use the eggshell powder right away, store them in an airtight container AFTER they’ve cooled off from baking. I like to toss in a silica packet to help with any potential moisture control.

        • Is the cooking process to help break down & make the calcium more easily available to your teeth? I was wondering because I love the idea of using eggshells but I wasn’t sure wether to cook them first or not. Could I use the shells that I peel off hard boiled eggs?

          • From what I’ve read, the boiling is to help kill any pathogens and the baking is to help dry them quicker before grinding them. Some people say they don’t bother to boil AND bake, they just do one or the other. Then there are other people who don’t do any of that prep work…they just crack open the egg when cooking…set the shell aside to dry…then grind it into a powder once it’s completely dried. Right now, I boil and bake mine just to play it safe.

      • Using egg shells, for your calcium source. That is a pretty awesome idea. But if you want to ‘re-mineralize’ your teeth, you have to have some minerals in your toothpaste. Otherwise, you would be re-mineralizeing your toothpaste. By taking the minerals out of your teeth. And that is what over the counter toothpaste does. That is the main reason I stopped using retail toothpaste. I found this powder that has all the magnesium, calcium, and other trace minerals already in the powder. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019LT7D0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0019LT7D0&linkCode=as2&tag=wellnessmama-20&linkId=D5LPZHNQNWIAG7JR

        • How much would you use? That powder is no longer available. If I got capsules how many would I use?

          • I just did a google search on the Mezotrace Cal/Mag product. Not available on Amazon, but still available on the Web, just do a search for it.

    • On the abrasion scale, baking soda is the lowest, next to the tooth brush itself. In other words the only thing that is less abrasive than baking soda is the tooth brush. Commercial tooth paste is more abrasive. Google the tooth paste abrasion scale.

    • You have,(after thousands of dollars spent on people who do not know what they are talking about) have addressed the cause of my health, teeth, and gum issues that have plagued me. Thank you for your great article on eliminating grains from your diet. I am sure you have a cook book for sale that give an insurmountable amount of alternatives ….I look forward to purchasing it. I am now grain free for three days and already see an improvement in my teeth gums and energy level. Thank you again for your great work.

    • I found the DE to be too abrasive for my teeth. I just skip that part.

    • I have grown up using baking soda and salt to brush with. Most mainstream dentists say it is too abrasive and told my daughter that as well but they also comment on the excellent health of my gums, teeth lack of heavy staining. For many years I was a smoker , red wine drinker and coffee lover. Still love my coffee but you would think that with all those negative components my teeth and gums would be a mess but they are very healthy , knock on wood. I think you can do more damage with these ingredients by brushing too hard,I love my electric toothbrush The Dm earth isalready an ingredient in most toothpaste. I use it with my pets as well for cruet tier control and in the garden. There are some good articles, studies done , on the positive effects of baking soda.. Oil pulling is great also, just recommended this to a friend who has braces.

      I also gargle and sinus rinse with NON IODINE sea salt this is the best thing by far I have found to really attack , ward off, and lessen the effects of a cold, you just have to start at the first sign that something is cooking in your throat/ or nose and gaggle at least a couple times of day really getting to the back of your throat. Non iodine salt because it will really burn your sinuses when you do a sinus rinse . Iodized salt is fine otherwise and is an essential dietary element. You can effectively and economically use any sea salt for your rinse and any squeeze bottle, you don’t have to buy the little rinse packets and netty pot , I like the squeeze bottle much better actually.

    • DE can be abrasive due to its silica content. Baking soda is fine, it scores really low on the RDA scale, although I wouldn’t brush with it exclusively. I recommend using white kaolin clay instead of the DE, since it also scores really low on the RDA scale, and cleans very efficiently. You could also add some drops of liquid trace minerals, for extra remineralizing power.

  2. Not that I plan on eating it, but how does it taste? I have a sensitive gag reflex!

    • Me too right now, lol!

    • It isn’t bad at all. The xylitol/stevia counteracts any bitterness
      from the baking soda, and the calcium is pretty tasteless. The
      toughest part to get used to is the mild coconut texture/flavor.
      Also, adding the essential oils helps a lot with the taste.

      • 40+ years ago we had friends that made their own toothpaste with a shot of creme de menthe mixed with as much baking soda as it took to make it thick and paste-y. The mom mixed it up every day, and all 6 of her kids brushed their teeth with it plus the mom and dad (I think she did one batch in the morning and one in the evening. Not real sure. I only got to taste it once.) Really interesting flavor, for sure! I guess it was one way to mellow out the kids before bed, but I guess this day and age, everyone would be screeching child abuse. But the family is doing well (except for a few that died already due to non-toothpaste related issues!!).

        I never got around to buying my own Creme de Menthe (and I have a bottle of Kahlua sitting around unused, wonder if that would work?? hahaha!), but it just never did bother me to scrub with a bit of olive oil and baking soda. The baking soda seems more salty to me than bitter, so I kinda like it. Guess I’m just strange that way. I can’t stand tasting “too sweet” products containing fluoride, and I totally disagree with the use of chemical forms of fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, or other dental products, so I’m really diggin’ this alternative toothpaste recipe and variations that everyone else is discussing.
         
        Another thing that has worked well for me is these toothpastes that I find in Asian/Indian/ etc grocery stores in my area…NONE of them contain fluoride!! Most contain some variation of the mint or clove or cinnamon (all 3 essential oils have very good anti-bacterial properties etc for dealing with the “flora and fauna” of the mouth) along with baking soda, and some use other traditional herbs for their regions. Usually it’s much cheaper than the brands found in American stores… again, simple is cheaper. Go figure! 😉

        • Death “due to non-toothpaste related issues”? I literally lol’d on that! I agree, I think that recipe would ensure the kiddos wouldn’t b waking up asking for a cup of water every 10 mins, haha!

      • Am I doing something wrong? I am following the recipe and the taste of the toothpaste is shocking. That’s the only way I can describe it. There is no way my kids are going to put this in their mouths more than once.

        • I’m interested if you got any response to this. I made this and it is positively gross. The saltiness from the baking soda and the sweetness from the xylitol is intolerable. I am so bummed. What is the problem?

        • Try adding miracle fruit powder

      • The recipe says xylitol powder. The xylitol I got is granulated. Do I need to grind it to powder or will the granulated sugar melt?

        • I made two batches of this during the week. I ended up making the second batch because the granules didn’t dissolve. I liked it much better after I used a grinder on the xylitol.

  3. Do the other ingredients eliminate the flavor of the castile soap?  I tried a mix between unflavored/unscented castile soap and baking soda recently, and they soap flavor that lingered in my mouth afterwards was too much.  I had to brush with conventional toothpaste to get rid of it.  🙁

    • Yeah, they mask it well. I’ve tried different mixes of just the soap
      and baking soda, and I agree… its bad! Even my one year old doesn’t
      mind the taste of this one, and it is a HUGE improvement over the
      soap/baking soda mix!

      • What am I missing? I don’t see castille soap in the recipe? Been a long week… maybe my eyes are just too tired 🙂

          • Is there some way to see the original recipe that contained the castle soap? I’ve been searching all over your site for it & was beginning to think I’d gone crazy & that it was never here to begin with, lol!

    • Kuwanna, I use the baby castile bar soap.  What makes it very doable is that I use 1/4 tsp xylitol with it.  I put the xylitol in my mouth first, run my toothbrush over the bar soap, and then brush – you’ll get lots of foam.  Sometimes, I’ll add a few drops of peppermint oil, but it’s really nice with just the soap and xylitol.  For the xylitol to be effective, it’s recommended that we leave it on our teeth 5 minutes at least 3 times per day so I try to do that. 

      • I agree with JM that Xylitol is not a healthy option

    • Rather than using the Castile soap , if you want the foamy feature try putting a few drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide on your brush before adding your toothpaste. I soak my tooth brushes in H P to sanitize them and even after rinsing before using, it will foam up. Has a whitening affect as well. You could just dip your brush in diluted H P and water before adding your paste. I ran this by my Dentist and he said as long as it is diluted it will harm the teeth.

      • Correction

        Sorry, I meant to say that my dentist said that diluted Hydrogen peroxide will not harm the teeth

    • why in the world would you brush with castille soap?

  4. That seems like a great recipe too. I tried a few versions like that,
    and just had trouble getting past the color… but they do work well.
    The difference would be the addition of the calcium/minerals in this
    recipe, especially if decay/cavities/sensitivity are a problem for you.

  5. Where do you get the castille soap and diatomaceous earth?

    • You can find liquid castille soap in most grocery stores now, or
      order online. Dr. Bronners is a popular brand. Diatomaceous Earth
      can be a little harder to find, but it is even available on Amazon
      now. Just make sure the DE is food grade and it should be fine.

      • Go to a pet store that sells lizards, they have the best DE.

        • the only problem i see with that, is it’s for animals not humans.

  6. Instead of purchasing calcuim and diatomaceous earth, try grinding organic egg shells.  They have a large mineral content, along with 26 other trace minerals that our bodies need. 

    • That should have read large calcium content 😉  Also, I have to ask…why the soap?

      • The soap just helps break down the oil and makes it “foam” a little
        like “regular” toothpaste.

    • Thats another great idea. I can also vouch for the other methods I’ve
      tried: ground up chalk, calcium tablets or Tums.

      • I’d think that Tums would NOT be a good addition to anything. I just found this online:

        Active Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate USP (500 mg) (Antacid)
        Inactive Ingredients: Sucrose, Calcium Carbonate, Corn Starch, Talc, Mineral Oil, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Adipic Acid, Sodium Polyphosphate, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, FD&C Yellow 5 Lake (Tartrazine), Blue 1 Lake.

        • Oh yah, no. Tums are very unhealthy. Good call 7LibertyForAll.

    • or coral calcium!!!

      • dolomite powder

  7. Do you mind if I re-post your article om my facebook?

  8. As a dental hygienist and orofacial myofunctional therapist, I say that there is alot of very abrasive ingredients. I would put a caution on using the antacids as they are bad if you swallow and you will swallow some. I would not use the DE if using Baking soda. Use the DE separate internally for removing the mercury from your body and other minerals but take organic minerals in the morning. Chalk is not good these days. But I do think you can make your own calcium from egg shells if you have well grown eggs. So use that. I love the coconut oil and just spit all out as it draws out toxins. Xylitol is good and will sweeten so no need for stevia. Castille soap ok or use the Master Miracle II soap. We want white teeth along with good oral hygiene so the oil will whiten and you can use some food grade peroxide along with grapefruit seed extract just a tad will whiten and clean. We do not want to remove the enzymes in the mouth for digestion, however, so eat later is you use the peroxide. 

    • Melinda, what do you use to brush with?

    • Hi, I’m having a little trouble following your train of thought – first you said “We want white teeth along with good oral hygiene so the oil will whiten
      and you can use some food grade peroxide along with grapefruit seed
      extract just a tad will whiten and clean” – are you saying that the coconut oil referred to in the recipe will whiten? Not sure what other oil you are referring to.
       
      And the part about “just a tad will whiten and clean” – is that a tad of the coconut oil? or a tad of the grapefruit seed extract?

      I’m just curious because I drink coconut oil mixed in with my coffee or tea, and it’s a great detoxifier, but there’s no need to spit it out. That’s what is confusing in your earlier statement “I love the coconut oil and just spit all out as it draws out toxins.”.

      • I don’t know about the rest of your questions (I was a bit confused by the comment as well) but as far as spitting out the coconut oil – I think she just means that when you’re brushing your teeth with coconut oil, the oil is drawing out toxins from your body, so you don’t want to swallow that oil when it has been swishing around in your mouth for a couple of minutes. But certainly coconut oil is fine to ingest normally!

        • Agreed… basically she’s referring to almost a quicker type of “oil pulling.” You don’t want to swallow the oil that has been swishing around in your mouth for several minutes, as that has pulled out toxins from your gums/body.

          However, when not using it for brushing or oil pulling, coconut oil is great to take internally.

      • Oil Pulling with coconut oil swished in your mouth for a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes must be then spit out along with all the toxins pulled. As someone who salivates a lot there is not way I an do even the 5 minute pulling. Other than for oil pulling yes, you can ingest, put on skin and hair, cook with and pour over salads.

        • You don’t want to oil pull if you have any amalgam fillings, as it can release the mercury.

          • Could you give me evidence for this statement? I would like to know for sure whether swishing with coconut oil is a problem due to amalgam fillings.

    • I was just about to ask if using powdered eggs shells will work. I raise ducks and always have a bucket of egg shells that I feed back to the ducks or use in the garden. I thought using the leftover shells from hardboiling might work.

    • How much food grade hydrogen peroxide would you add?

  9. Thanks for this recipe I will definitely be making this…may I add that the diatomaceous earth should be FOOD grade…and I love the info in the comments too. Cheers!!

  10. Wow, great recipe – thanks for sharing! I have been using natural toothpastes for about a year now, and I notice my teeth are much less sensitive to cold than when I was using sensodyne. The other day I ran out of toothpaste, so I mixed up some baking soda, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. Tasted absolutely horrible but seemed to clean my teeth well – so it worked in a pinch. But it sounds like your recipe is much better, and I can’t wait to try it. 

  11. Hi, this is great! I love the idea of grinding eggshells, since I pay $3/doz to get good pastured eggs, it’s one more way to make them worthwhile! 😉 dunno how one would grind them fine enough though…?

    I decorate cakes (yeah, not very healthy, lol!) and I was thinking that for storage it would be really simple to keep it in an icing bag with a small round tip. They even make “lids” for icing bags to keep the tips from drying out. That might simplify storage and travel, etc.

    • Oh, I didn’t know they had lids!  That is a great idea to keep it more sanitary. 

    • You’re so lucky to find pastured eggs for $3 a dozen. The cheapest you can get in Los Angeles is $5 and up to $9.

      • You are right about that, I spend $8 a dozen here in the Inland Empire!

    • I use the coffee grinder to grind eggshells. Just keep grinding until it’s as fine as you want. Wait a minute after grinding and before lifting the lid. There’s a fine dust that will rise up if you open it too soon. It will smell the same as when the dentist is grinding your teeth.. so eew, but it’s all ok.
      I put it in the home made dog food to add calcium for them.

    • Mortar and pestle, maybe? It would have to be a good one with grooves in it.

  12. I’d suggest adding a calcium bentonite clay, like Pascalite, in place of the DE. Great recipe, thanks!!

    • Just be aware that it will yellow the teeth. It did for mine anyway.

      • That doesn’t seem right—bentonite yellowing teeth. Doesn’t make sense
        since there are toothpastes that actually have
        bentonite as an ingred. “ClayBrite” Natural Toothpaste and “Earthpaste
        Amazingly Natural Toothpaste” to name a couple. My guess is that it was
        something else that caused your teeth to turn yellow. Bummer.

      • Hi, just wanted to ask you if the yellowing got away, because I had the same problem.

        My teeth are/feel cleaner but they are yellowing & I’m sure it’s because of this toothpaste.
        As soon as I switch to an organic toothpaste the yellowing thing got a bit away.

        Still I want to be able to make my own toothpaste but I think no one on this earth chooses to have yellow teeth.

        I tried this recipe with lemongrass essential oil (just 2 drops)
        But this time I tried with orange essential oil (2 drops) & cinnamon essential oil (3 drops), I must say it smells heavenly!!

        I don’t know what is wrong, I wonder if the essential oils are yellowing my teeth or maybe the calcium carbonate (my calcium carbonate is a bit light greyish).
        Pls let me know how’s it going with you.

    • I’m very familiar with bentonite (montmorillonite clay). I LOVE bentonite and ingest it on a regular basis. Great idea!

    • this is what i have been using for two years now and works great

  13. The RDA is a measure of abrasivity and you can find RDA rankings for lots of toothpastes. This list includes plain water and baking soda as well.

    • Thanks for sharing that! Definitely not worried about baking soda
      now! Great info.

      • Hello! Great information, thank you. I actually was looking for ‘restore tooth enamel naturally’ and found your site as a first hit, because…. I have been using baking soda for a couple of months, twice a day, but suddenly looked in the mirror and realised that my enamel was almost completely gone. I know all the theory, but definitely too abrasive for me!! Now looking at the posts, I’m thinking that dissolving the baking soda in water is much saer. I also wonder if this could have been caused because I dip my toothbrush first in a natural mouth water (essential oils and alcohol), then in baking soda. I am wondering if the combination was bad (alcohol?? it is used normally diluted). In any case: it seems that some warnings should apply, first, and second, thank you so much, I have gotten hope to restore the enamel pronto….

  14. I’ve been using just coconut oil lately on my teeth. I try to let the coconut oil sit on my teeth for a few minutes, then brush it off. It’s a little weird texture and taste-wise, but I like how my teeth feel! I’ve also used just plain baking soda (although it’s hard to get over that taste) and I’ve used just peroxide (but after reading how it draws out mercury from amalgam fillings, I won’t be doing that anymore!).

    • You might enjoy swishing the oil around your mouth for a few minutes rather than just letting it sit on your teeth. This is known as ‘oil pulling’ and there is a lot of information about it on the net.  The oil will draw toxins out of your mouth even more if you swish it around.  Be sure to spit it out since it is drawing the toxins out, you wouldn’t want to swallow that oil. 

  15. I wonder if adding a few high dose capsules of vit. D and some K2 would be good, and maybe some magnesium.  I haven’t had a single cavity since I started using Vit. K and D, and supplementing with magnesium, and the xylitol mints I use have magnesium and D in them.

    • I have been looking for the Xylitol mints with Vitamin D.  What is the brand that you use?

    • I have been using Spry Xilitol Mints & Gum throughout the day for tooth protection. But would be interested in the mints with magnesium and D. What brand is it and where can I find them? Thanks.

  16. Does it make a difference what kind of toothbrush one uses?  I’ve never seen anyone discuss where or whether to get a “natural” toothbrush, but the picture for this post made me think of the question.  I suppose anytime we can use less plastic is good, right?

    • yeah, natural would be better. I haven’t seen too many good sources
      of natural toothbrushes though… ideas anyone??

      • When making this toothpaste do you have to melt the coconut oil or keep it in soils form? Thanks

      • Cost plus World Market has a lovely natural toothbrush. It’s a large store with many places to hide tiny brushes, so you’ll have to ask for it. I love mine!

    • yeah, natural would be better. I haven’t seen too many good sources
      of natural toothbrushes though… ideas anyone??

      • Although not “natural” the Bass toothbrush is specifically designed to get into crevices and go between the teeth and gums to disrupt bacterial colonies.  The bristles are more spaced out and each one has a rounded tip.  We use them and think they’re great.

      • not a brush, but i used to scrub my teeth and gums with a stick of cinnamon. It’s kind of gross since i reused it and would get sort of brush like on the end….

  17. I found your blog through the comments in the Mark’s Daily Apple tooth health article! I just happened to have a pound of xylitol in my cupboard and was running out of toothpaste so I whipped up a batch. I’ve been brushing with Dr. Bronner’s bar soap, but my teeth feel so much cleaner with your recipe. Also, I used lemon extract for flavoring since I didn’t have any mint.
    BTW, I put mine in a small humangear GoToob. Those things are great: easy to clean and never leak (just squeeze *gently*)

    • Great idea on the GoToop… I’m going to try that one too! Glad you
      like the recipe!

  18. Thank you for this recipe!  I tried it and love it.  I added one part pure water to keep it smoother and from drying out.

  19. Do you have any concerns about spitting the oil down the drain?  I live in the country with a septic system and DH is always insisitng wiping fatty oils off of dishes with paper towels/napkins as best we can before washing them since the fat can be bad for the septic bugs.  Obviously, there’s not a lot of fat in each use of the toothpaste, but if the whole family uses it multiple times through the day, it can add up.  I could of course spit in the trash can or something, but I just wondered if anyone else had any thoughts on this.

    • Good question. We are on a septic system too and haven’t had trouble
      with it, but if there is a concern, spitting in the trash can might
      not be a bad idea…

      • I have read that you should never spit the oil from oil pulling down the drain or in the toilet for it is not good for the plumbing. Always spit in the trash . Also use a separate toothbrush just for oil pulling. You do not want to contaminate your regular toothpaste. I love oil pulling and am so happy to find this recipe for brushing teeth. I am anxious to try it. I get fresh pastured eggs from a friend ( free mind you)—blessed. I am going to utilize the egg shells. I love all of these suggestions.

    • Wouldn’t the soap in the mixture break up the fats enough that they shouldn’t be an issue?

    • I always spit the oil from oil pulling in the garbage for this reason.  That would really clog it up over time.  The use in toothpaste like this would be much less, but still might be a good idea to spit in the garbage.  (I just make sure I have a liner in there all the time now, and try to change it often.)

    • You should NEVER, NEVER, spit coconut oil down the drain. Coconut oil is an oil that hardens when cool and over time even small amounts will clog up your plumbing and septic system very badly. The best thing is to spit the oil into a ziplock back and dispose of along with your garbage. If you have a compost, I understand small amounts of oil in your compost is fine. Apparently it’s the large of amounts of oil, such as you might use in frying, that is a problem for composts.

    • You should NEVER, NEVER, spit coconut oil down the drain. Coconut oil is an oil that hardens when cool and over time even small amounts will clog up your plumbing and septic system very badly. The best thing is to spit the oil into a ziplock bag or something and dispose of along with your garbage. If you have a compost, I understand small amounts of oil in your compost is fine. Apparently it’s the large of amounts of oil, such as you might use in frying, that is a problem for composts.

  20. Hello, I am soaking up many of the wonderful recipes you have been listing on your website. Thank you for all your help in responding my questions! I have been hesitant to make toothpaste because I keep reading information about baking soda being too abrasive. My dentist had also told me to stop using it on my teeth when I used to brush with it. What is your take on the need of abrasives in toothpaste? Some people say all we need is a toothbrush and water. Thank You!

    • I’ve heard of the toothbrush and water technique too, though never
      tried it. I do know that if you are eating a healthy diet, you are
      less likely to get cavities, all other things being equal. as for
      baking soda being abrasive… I had a regular dentist tell me that
      also, and asked a natural dentist about it. The natural dentist told
      me that it is actually not abrasive at all, especially compared to
      most other toothpastes. This site seems to back that up, with plain
      baking soda being really low on the list of abrasiveness, and many
      normal toothpastes being quite abrasive. http://www99.epinions.com/
      content_3128664196
      If you make this, especially with the calcium powder included, it
      should not be abrasive at all and should help provide the minerals
      need your teeth need to strengthen.

      • You could also just swish with baking soda or sea salt to get rid of bacteria, and then brush before or after.

        • I meant sea salt or baking soda in a little water. 🙂

  21. Regarding the comments on oils and septic systems, dish washing detergents will break up the oils.  Regular soaps do not, necessarily.  I have always been more concerned about the salt and baking soda going down the drain, since they are anti-microbial and the septic relies on bacterial activity to break down waste.  Get Rid-X and use it per the instructions and keep the system pumped when you are supposed to and it should be fine.

    Regarding DE, I would think it would be abrasive, unlike salt or baking soda which will dissolve when wet.  But being somewhat abrasive would not necessarily be bad if one desires to remove food stains from the teeth.  One thing to keep in mind about salt – if it isn’t ‘refined’ such as many popular sea salts, it may contain many trace minerals which will not dissolve and therefore add to the abrasive-ness. 

    In any event, the true benefit of brushing will come from the mechanics of brushing.  While different formulations of tooth powders and pastes may enhance the process to one degree or another, the idea is to cleanse the teeth of food debris, sugars and to disrupt the formation of plaque or bio-film – and so hopefully preventing the colonization of pathogens responsible, in large part, to tooth decay and gum disease.  To me, brushing several times per day (2+ minutes) with nothing more than a toothbrush would be more advantageous than brushing twice a day with the best dentifrice formulation.  Put the two together, though, and I think one would not have to worry a whole lot about losing one’s teeth due to decay.

  22. About using organic eggshells – how would you go about this?  Do you need to wash, bake, or dry the eggshells first?  What if you’ve hardboiled eggs – can you use those shells, or should you avoid heating them?  Thanks for your help! 

    I’ve been using baking soda/mint extract toothpaste for a couple months now, but I really like the idea of adding minerals and other healthy ingredients.

    • I’ve used egg shells that have been washed well and just air dried. I
      don’t see any reason why heating would necessarily be bad, but I also
      don’t think it would be necessary.

  23. Just a warning to those who want to put this in an icing bag or zip lock, the consistency can change based upon temperature! While it may be pasty or almost dry when you mix it up, if it gets very warm or if you take it camping, the coconut oil will become a liquid at temperatures above 76 degrees.

  24. just wondering if you can use calcium citrate instead of calcium carbonate

    • From what I understand, both would work, you just want to make sure
      whatever form of calcium has an “ate” ending.

    • Thank you I’m looking forward to trying this new toothpaste.  I have never made my own before!

  25. Are there any substitutes for the Castille soap? I can’t find any “pure” castille soap; they all have other ingredients added, like hemp.
    Thanks!
    Sara

    • A lot of the ones with hemp should be fine… any of the Dr.
      Bronner’s (except Sal Suds) are ok (mint is great for toothpaste)

      • Thank you! I have seen Dr. Bronner’s with the mint at my local health food store. Looking forward to trying this!

  26. I was going to mix up a batch and got the peppermint Dr. Bronners, but right on the label it says it turns into glycerin when they are making it….so isn’t that bad? I thought glycerin was bad for mineral absorption into our teeth? On the main part of the label, under the certified fair trade line, “**None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin” and then on the left side of the label in vertical type – “One of humanity’s oldest….All glycerin is retained….” Is this referring to the liquid soap or maybe just the bar soap? Please help, I really want to try this! Can I just leave out the soap? 

    • You can definitely leave out the soap without a problem, though the glycerin should just be retained in the bar soap, as far as I know. I’ll look into it more though.

  27. I’ve been using this recipe for three days now (minus the DE). I’m definitely feeling some tingling in my gums, did I use too much of any of the ingredients? Also, since it tends to get dry, should I add more coconut oil or 1 part water?

    • Did you use any essential oils? The tingling might be from that. if not, it could be your body adjusting to the higher pH in the baking soda. If it continues after a few more days, I’d try using baking
      soda alone and coconut oil alone and see if the reaction occurs with either of those. If the mixture is dry… just add more coconut oil.

  28. Just jumping in here…made some just this morning and was kinda worried about the wretched taste of the castille soap and I am happy to say that there is no lingering soapy taste with this.  I added orange and peppermint essential oils and that, along with the xylitol, makes the taste rather innocuous.  I like the coconut oil in it as I used to brush some over my teeth after I would brush anyway.  Teeth certainly feel clean afterwards!

  29. I just started making my own simple Toothpaste; baking soda, coconut oil (trop trad.) and peppermint oil. I love it – my mouth feels great and its Sweet even without the xylitol (i couldn’t justify spending $$ for a big container when i don’t use it for anything else, if it was avail in bulk and i could buy any amount i wanted then great, but it’s not) 🙂 I don’t like sweet anyhow 🙂

  30. Why don’t you just store the toothpaste into one of those squeezable 1-3 oz. shampoo/lotion containers that you can buy at the grocery store meant for traveling purposes? It seems just a tiny pea size squeeze onto your toothbrush and away you go to brighter, whiter, clean teeth!!! =)

    • Great idea but that little bottle, I’m sure, is not BPA free. I know, we’ve got to watch for everything!

      • The GoToobs by human gear are silicon, therefore BPA-free. You can buy them on Amazon.

    • That is such a smart idea!

  31. I’ve used a tooth powder from the Edgar Cayce readings that’s called Ipsab Powder. It’s made by Heritage products and has salt, baking soda, prickly ash bark (used by Native Americans for teeth cleaning) and mint in it.  If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making up your own, this is a great substitute.

  32. Sounds fantastic! I will give it a try. I followed you over here from Betty Beguiles. 

  33. My calcium carb also has a small amount of vit C,D,E ect.is that ok to use?

  34. I just mixed up a batch and tried liquid calcium. Is it okay, I noticed the baking soda caused it to bubble up and foam, then it settled back down again. How much stevia do you put? the parts thing meant I put 2-3 tsp, which it a little sweet even for me. wish me luck!

  35. I had 3 cavities and was scheduled to get them filled.  I immediately started using Xylitol in my tea after reading about it being good for teeth.  When I went to get my fillings, the cavities were gone!  It happened again last week.  I had a small cavity and scheduled it to be filled, started using the Xylitol daily, went back to dentist, no cavity.  I need to make sure I used Xylitol daily or at least use this toothpaste recipe!

  36. Seems like you could make it a bit thinner and put it in a squeeze bottle or dropper bottle.I like this. I use a liquid product myself, but it is rather expensive – especially if you are supplying a houseful of kids 🙂

  37. I’m excited to give this recipe a try!  I haven’t used fluoride toothpaste for years but am unhappy with most natural toothpastes.  I don’t care for coconut or almond flavors.  Do any of you have another suggestion to take the place of either of those oils?

    • Coconut oil tastes nothing like coconuts actually, if that is what you meant..

  38. You could probably sprinkle some cinnamon into it to make it taste good.

    • Thank you, Vex…I am also looking for a replacement for the oil.

  39. I made the paste yesterday. Didn’t have the GSE drops, so I opened a capsule of GSE and added the powder. The paste looks kinda purplish, is that okay? and by the way, it makes my teeth feel SO clean! Husband likes it too.

  40. I recently made this recipe and cannot get my kids to use it! How much essential oil do you use in each batch and what flavors do your kids like? I really love the recipe and want to get he whole family on board. Thanks!

    • I usually use orange and peppermint with the kids and sometimes add more xylitol to make it sweeter for them.

  41. Why is castille soap needed? I wonder if my kids would use it…

    • It just helps with the consistency and to change the composition of the oil so it is more beneficial for the teeth. Not absolutely needed, as baking soda or coconut oil alone would suffice as a toothpaste…

  42. What I’ve read about remineralizing toothpastes is that they need some form of amorphous calcium phosphate. I see the calcium in this recipe but where does the phosphorus come from?

    • Zachrey, Phosphate is phosphorus in the form a salt (PO4-3)

    • A Few thoughts on Citizen Scientists:
      Nature has seen fit to create the internet, in order to expand the development of human understanding beyond the tenacious purview of formal academics with their BA’s, MA’s and PhD’s. While these folk serve us in wonderful ways, often, their narrow focused belief in the supremacy of their knowledge and method is inclined to restrict the Natural Given enquiring minds of the ordinary Citizen-Scientist.
      No one has a right superior to mine in deciding on matters about my health. This is a Natural Given right, regardless of how I chose to exercise this right; provided I harm no one else in this exercise. Too many of us rely on doctors who are mere technicians following the dogma of their guild and too few of us find real scientists who are doctors. Let us learn again to doctor ourselves.

      A Few thoughts on tooth remineralization:
      – wonderful bulletproof interview with Nadine Artemis – https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=134&v=2PRvFluEG0I
      – instead of coconut oil, I use mastic gum as the gelatinous base for my toothpaste. Mastic gum is sometimes used to fight H-Pylori gut infection. I open a capsule of the powder and mix with a tspn of lukewarm distilled water, adding more gum and water for the amount of gel that I want. 1 gram gum to 2 tbsp water gives 1 gram of good gel
      – I prefer adding my oils to the gum base before adding the diatomaceous earth which I think absorbs the oils and steals their potency in its tight recesses. The gel will dry out, so keep it moist. I use MCT oil as well.
      – my understanding is that calcium in the mouth mixes with exhaled carbon dioxide forming carbonic acid which frees calcium ions (CA2+) to find their way to empty spaces in the crystal lattice of tooth enamel
      – Calcium is soluble in the water of the mouth so that calcium carbonate should work. There are some Dicalcium Phosphate products but is this formula soluble in the mouth?
      – I remember when they used to call soft drinks Phosphates. This was because they contained phosphate (PO43- ) and carbon dioxide. I wonder if they still do contain phosphate?

      A few thoughts on mouth health leading to whole-body health
      – I am very excited about this. Here is the trajectory I have been on in the past few days. I often listen to the Dave Asprey podcasts (https://www.bulletproofexec.com/nadine-artemis-holistic-dentistry-root-canal-dangers-living-libations-248/ ). This one in particular because Ihave been fighting for 4 years to save the second to last molar on the lower left jaw. For some reason I just have not wanted to have this fifth molar pulled. Nadine Artemis on the podcast spoke of her ozonated gel/ oil. This led me to research ozonated oils wherein I learned about their microbe killing and tissue rejuvenating properties. Here is a research paper I found. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/mi/2010/610418/ . A great resource for the citizen scientist.
      Seems there are lots of different brands of ozonated oils. I am going to test some on my painful molar which I am learning is likely sitting on a bed of bad bacteria which oozes in small amounts when pressed upon by upper teeth or food or brushing. As a tissue regenerator, Ozone is supposedly beneficial to all tissues except eyes and lungs.
      Next, I learned that ozone will destroy both good and bad bacteria. This led me to look for something that would reestablish a positive bacteria culture in my mouth between and after my ozone treatments. This led me to Dr. Mercolas ideas about the power of fermented foods for fortifying the gut biome. I am definitely going to start following his suggestion (http://products.mercola.com/kinetic-culture/ ) I am still looking for some product that specifically deals with my mouth biome.
      Look at this page I found when I googled the term “mouth biome culture cheat”: https://www.google.com/search?q=kinetic+culture&oq=kinetic+culture&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.10536j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=mouth+biome+culture+cheat
      I Am Very Excited Right Now!

  43. I’ve made this and really like it at first… my teeth feel so clean! And my kids like it!
    My only problem is now that it’s colder, it”s rather hard, and hard to get on the toothbrush. Swiping the brush in the jar only smears it around and flattens the bristles. I’ve had the kids try to dig it out with a spoon, but this mostly results in bits of paste being flipped out onto the mirror or floor 🙂 I tried ‘watering it down’ with more castile soap and putting it in one of those squishy, rubbery squeeze bottles from the health food shop, but it’s still too firm to come out.
    Any ideas?

    • Use the back of the head of the toothbrush to loosen a little and then pick it up with the bristles. I’ve had to figure this out too as its gotten cooler, but that should help. If not, a popsicle stick works pretty good, or you could just scrape a lot off with a spoon, and then if it were loose in the jar, it would stick to the brush better… Hope that helps!

    • Use the back of the head of the toothbrush to loosen a little and then pick it up with the bristles. I’ve had to figure this out too as its gotten cooler, but that should help. If not, a popsicle stick works pretty good, or you could just scrape a lot off with a spoon, and then if it were loose in the jar, it would stick to the brush better… Hope that helps!

    • I just wanted to chime in…I have been having the same issue and tried scraping with the back of the toothbrush as well, which worked fine for the toothpaste I have in a little jar, but I also have some in one of those squeezy GoTubes & it didn’t work well for that. So I started leaving the GoTube on the heater vent in our bathroom so when the heat kicks on it keeps the toothpaste melted. The vent is behind the door and a bit out of the way (far from the toilet lol!) so it works well enough for me! =)

  44. Good idea! I’ll try that. Yes, ‘Go-Tube’ is what I have 🙂 Thanks for both of your responses!

  45. I added more coconut oil after a couple weeks when it got crumbly and that helped alot!!!!

  46. I have been using Bone Meal instead of the Calcium Powder.  Is that a similar product or is it too abrasive?

    • How fine of a powder is it? It should be ok if it is a fine powder and doesn’t feel abrasive.

  47. My son has enamel dysplasia (spelling?) on his front permanent teeth and also on the back 2 molars.  One of the molars has been capped as it was too soft.  would this toothpaste have any positive affects on this dental issue? The discoloration is very bad.  He is 9.

    • It will, but he will need to take supplements to help the process as well. Fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter oil, vitamin D, magnesium and probiotics will help. The brands I use are in my “Store” tab.

      • My 7-year-old has a few hypoplasia spots on her front permanent teeth as well, which is what brought me to your site. I’m trying your toothpaste recipe this week, but I have a question about your above reply to Lana. Please forgive my ignorance in advance. 😉

        We drink water kefir every day, that covers us in the probiotics department. But do you suggest adding fermented cod liver oil *and* high vitamin butter oil? Or one or the other? Are they the same thing? Also, do I add vitamin D (we already have drops) and magnesium to her diet in addition to what will already be in the toothpaste?

        I appreciate your time. I’ve read many pages of comments on this post, you’re very gracious and helpful. Thank you so much!

  48. Are the abrasion ratings listed with this link accurate? It shows baking soda having lower abrasion. I mix with water in my mouth before brushing. 

    • From what I’ve seen, those abrasion ratings are pretty accurate… Baking soda is definitely not the abrasive menace its made out to be

  49. At 40 years old, I have braces.  My teeth were stong, only 2 cavities in my life (although my teeth were beige).  I thought it better to get braces than veneers and face problems down the road.  But moving adult teeth is a lot harder than moving kids teeth and a few weeks ago I developed some nerve damage under a front tooth and it was excruciatingly painful.  I thought it was a cavity so I went to see the dentist but he said no, its infection under the tooth hitting the nerve and he gave me a round of antibiotics that did nothing to heal the pain.  So he said root canal.  But the tooth was perfectly healthy!  It was the nerves under it!  So I said no way.  I will try to heal this on my own.  The orthodontist said to let it heal, too.  So I read and read and came onto your blogs about natural tooth care and thought, why not?  Drugs didn’t fix it.  So I made this homemade toothpaste, starting oil pulling every morning, and started taking vitamin D since I’m in canada and therefore probably deficient anyways since its winter.  Not only is the nerve slowly healing, but my teeth are looking great.  An added bonus–I have glass braces so they’re see-through, so they use clear elastics around them but they can’t seem to invent an elastic that doesn’t turn orange from coffee, tee and stomach acid, in about five days after getting fresh elastics–those elastics, 3 weeks in, are still almost clear, 90% better than with normal toothpaste and mouthwash.  I also tried the activated charcoal, and it’s a little weird with the braces because the black doesn’t come off them cpmpletely for a couple of days, but my teeth like it, so once the braces are off I will continue with that, too once a week!  thank You!

    • Cindi,hi,my name is Dora. Can you please tell me what braces you are using or used & how it has worked out for you? I have crooked teeth & I am in the process of making decisions. Also,your panel comment was a while back so I am wondering what techniques & products you are using now to further along the healing & health of your teeth while wearing the braces? Thank you so much for your time & advice.

  50. Hi! Just discovered your site, looks great. Rami Nagel (author of tooth decay) actually discourages the use of xylitol…its either in his book or in his faq on website. I had tried some christophers herbal tooth powder, however my teeth are very prone to staining and were turning brown! So i have ordered some toothsoap, and in the meantime am just using baking soda, also oil pulling and salt water rinsing. I will look into adding some of this mineral supplementation. I have 3 cavities and a lifetime of bad teeth. Trying to turn it around now!

    Why do you recommend vitamin d supplementation on top of clo? My understanding was that the clo (esp the green pastures mix) supplied the correct amount in the correct proportion to vitamin a?

    • My teeth also turned brown with Dr. Christoper’s formula that i made myself. recently I removed the stains by sprinkling a little diatomaceous earth on my toothbrush after brushing. This took maybe a week. Now it is much nicer.

      I am also concerned about the xylitol. I did a search and found that it is not a natural product and not very good for you. http://www.crunchybetty.com/xylitol-should-we-stop-calling-it-natural . Xylitol is highly refined… and with chemicals, and is brought to you by the same people who bring you high fructose corn syrup.

      • There are two different types of Xylitol. You have to use all natural BIRCH Xylitol. Not the chemically processed stuff you find in the grocery store. I would think that CrunchyBetty would have made note that there is a healthy, all natural version. You get it from your local health food store or it can be purchased on Amazon and at one time (no longer sure) on MtHerbRose.

  51. I just made my own and tried it..i actually feel cleaner teeth!!! My 11 year is having a fit over it, she will get over it

  52. Ok, I am working on getting everything to make this and this will be my first time working with essential oils.  I am assuming it needs to be food grade, correct?  And can I use the same essential oils in the laundry soap recipe you posted?  Thank you!

  53. I didn’t add any essential oils–but the liquid castille was peppermint flavour already.  I did try,, many days later, to add peppermint extract because I knew it was safe to eat, but that only flavoured it for a day, then the taste just disappeared.  So its not very minty at all, but not offensive, either.  And man, does it do a good job!  My teeth and braces look good!

  54. Oh Katie … what a great topic to post!  Last time I saw my dentist he said I had a couple of little cavities and as my insurance ended with him before I could have them filled (and it won’t be another 6 mos. before I can see a new dentist) this topic is much appreciated.  I’m also getting the butter oil/cod liver oil blend along with other suggestions you have posted.  So we will definately see if I can repair these two cavities I have.  LOL

  55. Hi, I just wanted you to know that I’ve been using your tooth paste recipe for about a half year now. When I went to the dentist the one who cleans my teeth ask me if I had been using a whitening tray because my teeth were whiter. I couldn’t believe that she could even tell that. My husband was leary at first, but after the remarks I got from dentist he started using also. He was afraid it would cause his teeth to be sensitive since he had that problem with Toms toothpaste in past. He hasn’t had any trouble with sensitivety with this recipe and I just wanted to thank you for sharing. God Bless you.

  56. i made this a while ago for my family, mostly because my little boy (18 mo) has “hypoplaysia” where he is missing the enamel on his 4 front teeth. i made it with out the soap as i didnt think it was necessary and he doesnt know how to spit yet. i used the coconut oil and added a smidge extra to make up for the soap. at my whole foods, i couldnt find just calcium powder so i bought what was called “bone meal powder with vit b-12” it is calcium, b-12, and phosphorus. is this still good to use? my biggest question is if it is safe to use with a little guy of that age? would you still add the soap? if i did, it would be dr bronners since thats all we have here. i added all of the other ingredients since i had them on hand anyway. also, how often do you use the charcoal and could it be used on kids? all the dentist will tell me is “FLOURIDE FLOURIDE FLOURIDE!!!” and that is not going to happen. haha.  i am trying to figure all of the best things i can do to care for his teeth until he gets his big boy ones (adult teeth are not affected by this). any feed back at all would be greatly appreciated!
    thanks!!!
    christine (:

    • I would like to know if the bone meal with the b12 would work too?
      Thanks!

        • Where do you buy your calcium carbonate powder? I had to get the tablets and grind them in a coffee grinder. It is really messy. I’ve went to several Health Food stores here and they don’t carry it in the powder.  I also wanted to let you know that I love your web site! Thanks for all this usefully information!

  57. Hello again, Just wanted to add another comment about the tooth paste. I told you what the dentist said about my teeth; my husband went today to dentist and they said his teeth had a very nice texture, no plaque and wanted to know what he was doing different. He told them his wife (me) was maing our tooth now. She said, Oh, I know who that is now.  She also said I needed to go into the toothpaste making business. So again we, thank you for the recipe. God Bless~

  58. I have a quick question. I have calcium, magnesium and zinc pills in my home on a constant basis. Can that be crushed into a powder and used instead of just calcium powder? I would love to try this for myself and for my son who is on the verge of having his braces removed due to his gums always being irritated from various toothpastes.

      • Fantastic. Thank you!

  59. Can someone list the recipe and yield for me please.
    Math is not my strong point, and I am almost out of toothpaste!
    Also, has anyone been able to make a creamier version of this recipe?
    I hate scraping it out of the jar!

  60. Hi. I would really like for you to record this on video and post it on youtube.  Looks interesting. What was the total cost for the ingredients?

  61. I just tried the simplified version (the one minus all fo the optional ingredients) with Dr. Bronners castille soap and my tongue tingled!  So wierd!  But it felt like it was working already!

  62. Can you please tell me a little bit more about castille soap – which ones are safe to use and the purpose?  I have not been able to find it in any stores around me and was going to order through iherb but the ones I looked at said “external use only.”

  63. This doesn’t exactly seem septic safe because of the coconut oil…but maybe I’m wrong? hahah I’ve actually been brushing my teeth outside since I realized this because I fear the affects of the oil in my septic system…. any suggestions on an alternative for the coconut oil??

    • Can’t really sub it out, since it is part of the naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal part. I usually spit mine in the trash can or outside just in case. I’ve also read that liquid castille soap will break down the oil some, so you could add this to help also.

  64. Peace! Some good ideas here for sure, but it’s important to note that glycerin actually prevents the teeth from re-mineralizing & therefore should not be used. Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap contains glycerin so just a warning for those who are using this as part of their toothpaste.  I personally have had great results with just baking soda & coconut oil (50:50) with the occasional addition of peppermint oil.

  65. I can’t wait to try this!

  66. I don’t know why I couldn’t find any information like this years ago, I had several teeth that went from bad to worse and disabled with no health insurance for several years. I used to search incessantly for some natural way to treat those cavities, then about 6 months after I finally had to have most of my bottom teeth pulled I finally start to see information like this! Now can you tell me how to grow them back?? lol Just one question… why soap? 

  67. I wouldn’t use the Xylitol as there are concerns it may cause tumours.

    • Discussion of that here and in the comments. Not sure it’s an active concern.

  68. Just FYI, Xylitol is extremely poisonous to dogs, so just be careful.  If ingested by dogs it causes an extremely rapid release of insulin that drops dogs’ blood sugar levels fatally low.  Sugarless gum often has it & as little as one stick of gum can kill a dog.  Toothpaste is less likely to be left where a dog can get into it, but the liquid is sweet, so just be careful.  

  69. hello! perhaps it ought to be obvious but i’m just wondering what is the purpose of  the addition of the calcium powder? and thanks so much for sharing your recipe it’s very generous of you, can’t wait to give it a try!

    • It alkalizes the mouth and is one of the minerals needed for remineralizing.

      • thank you!!

      • I’m finding different types of calcium. Why did you prefer the calcium cabonite to the calcium citrate. And I think I saw a calcium phosphate.
        Which would be the best one.
        And being a few years later, how is this working out for everyone?
        Thanks

  70. What is that contraption on the jar???
     – Heather

  71. hey does anyone know if Walmart has any castile liquid soap. the reason why im asking this is because when i tried looking for it on there website they just gave me different brand name soaps, so im hoping someone can help clear up this confusion. I’d really appreciate.

    • Walgreens definitely does, but I’m not sure about  Walgreens.  The only brand of liquid castile soap that I see at stores like that is Dr Bronner’s, which is a tall clear bottle with a colored label that has a lot of text on it.  

  72. xylitol is very toxic to dogs, not sure about other pets

  73. I stopped using toothpaste one year ago, because I dont want all the bad things in it like flouride and glycerin. I tried using a toothsoap but after a couple of months my teeth got discolourated, and I have never had that problem before using the normal toothpastes. Now I use an all natural toothpaste which consists of fermented grains and a little salt. But I still have the discolourations. I dont want to use the normal toothpastes again. Do you think this will help on the discolourations? Do you think I can use himalayan salt instead of calcium carbonate?

    I dont understand why I get the discolourations. I brush for a very long time, and I dont drink cofee or tea and I dont smoke, and I eat healthy food. People always say that you must not use any abrasives, but my teeth certainly dont get clean if I dont use any.

  74. What about using liquid Trace Minerals?  Would you still use baking soda or not?  Thanks for all your awesome recipes!!!!  I use alot of them! 🙂

    Scheleta

    • I’d still use the baking soda for the cleaning and alkalizing, but some liquid trace minerals would be great to add!

  75. The benefits of xylitol are amazing for your teeth!  I am a RDA and have been preaching about it  for about 4-5 years now.  It basically tricks bacteria that causes cavities into not sticking to the teeth. When buying gum you should look for it to be the first ingredient. 

  76. I love your toothpaste! My 3 yr old says Yuck! every time, but she’s already getting used to it! My 2 yr old doesnt mind at all 🙂 Thank you so much!

    • The cod liver oil might, but I’m not sure I could handle the taste!

  77. I just made this toothpaste with very few variations.  It doesn’t taste too good – I think I added way too many awful tasting ingredients ;p but my teeth look and feel super clean!!! – thank you 😀

    5 tbs calcium powder
    1 tbs French clay (might reduce to 1 teaspoon next time or less, it might be contributing to the yucky taste ;p)
    3 tbs xylitol
    2 tbs baking soda
    1 tbs Castile soap (hmmm, it does taste like soap… maybe use less)
    5 tbs coconut oil (very soft, not entirely melted)
    1 tbs vegetable glycerin
    1 capsule GSE 125mg (this might not make it taste too good…)
    10 drops tea tree oil (gosh… just tasted this alone YUCK!)
    13 drops liquid stevia
    might want to add mint oil next time… taste is not too good but teeth are super clean 😀

    • Next time, I’d suggest not adding the glycerine as it can discolor the teeth..

      • yes, I just read some more comments after I added the glycerin and learned that it is not good for your teeth ????. thank you, you are nice and take the time to respond and help so many people, such an inspiration!
        thanks again and many blessings ????

  78. This might be really dumb, but I thought that essential oils shouldn’t be ingested.  Are they okay since you are spitting it out?  Thanks!

    • There are some that actually can be but since these are used in the mouth and spit out, they are fine. YOu could also use mint extract if you were worried about it.

  79. What brand of castille soap do you use. I found Dr . Bronner’s but can’t find it just plain?

      • How much do you suggest to putting in your recipe above? It’s not included. Thanks….excited to try this and give feedback in the future 🙂

        • Cancel that question, I found the answer below! Thanks

  80. I bought Calcium Citrate powder instead of Calcium carbonate. Is that okay to use or do I have to go and by the Carbonate instead? 

      • Someone in the comments said not to use the calcium citrate.
        This can get confusing with all of the different opinion.

  81.  Also, when I made this I used Tablespoons and it came out gritty. Not like the nice paste shown in the picture. Anyone else have the same results?

      • Sounds like a plan to me! And I now know to use flavored Castile soap. My second batch tasted a lot better with the mint haha!

  82. Note that Xylitol in any amount, even a tiny bit, is very toxic to dogs! I tried it as an alternative to sugars in my baking but since I like to feed my dogs leftovers or treats I got the Xylitol out of my house as soon as I learned this. Be very careful with it around animals!

    • Almost lost a pup to xylitol poisoning. She ate a pack of sugar free gum. We don’t allow xylitol in the house. PLEASE warn people of this danger in your recipe.

  83. I did try one of those snack size ziploc plastic bags as a dispenser.  I put in the paste, squeezed out the air, and zip sealed.  I cut a very small corner off.  If children squeeze it too hard, the ziploc part may pop open, so there might be a way to tape it to make it more sturdy?  Also, in between use,  I needed to bend over the cut off corner and pinch with a clothespin to keep it from leaking out.  I’ll keep working on this.  Has anyone tried?

  84. I have been making my own toothpaste with DE/baking soda- equal , peroxide to liquefy and make the paste and oil of oregano from Healthy Health . I am really surprised that almost nobody knows the benefits of this oregano oil . Please check it out for yourself . 
    Kurt

  85. i often wondered if toothpaste was why mine and my kids teeth are so bad! we brush twice a day. my husband on the other hand really only brushes once a day and he has no issues at all! i have been wanting to try making my own im just nervous its not going to work or that its going to make our teeth worse

  86. I just started using the homemade remineralizing toothpaste on Saturday and now it is Wednesday.  My teeth feel really clean- but hurt like hell.  I also at that time started using the Bass method to brush.  What is causing this pain?  My mouth is  for the most part healthy

    • Your teeth hurt or your gums? There is a possibility you could be having a reaction to one of the ingredients, or it could be a temporary thing while the pH in your mouth changes. Did you use the ingredients as listed or did you add/omit any?

      • My first batch of toothpaste made with Calcium Carbonate with magnesium was great. Second batch, I didn’t have the magnesium added. Just used Calcium Carbonate. Teeth ached terribly and felt sensitive. Any ideas?

  87. Hi Katie,
       I have some leftover capsules of Calcium (and in them are magnesium, vit. D, small amount of zinc, Copper, Maganese, and Boron), that I’m not taking anymore. Could I open the capsules and add that powder to the toothpaste, along with the other ingredients, or perhaps instead of the calcium powder? 

    Thanks!! 

  88. How come it says in the directions to use castille soap but not in the ingredients?

    • Oops… forgot to take that out. You can use it, but I’ve found over time that it really isn’t needed and some people are sensitive to it…

      • I was wondering the same thing… until I hit the “newest comments first” button and saw the questions and answers about castille soap. Phew, for a while I was very confused about that. I’m guessing you may continue to get that question as long as instruction #2 is there.

        Thanks for all you do! The information you give us is great, and we (your regular readers) appreciate it!

  89. How much Liquid Castille Soap is used in the recipe above?  Thanks!

    • I actually took it out in the updated recipe, but 1 teaspoon can be added, though not needed. Sorry for the confusion!

  90. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now, and so far it is working great!  Quick questions:  1)  do you use the xylitol in granular form, or do you grind it up finer? and 2)  where can you get a Bass toothbrush other than their website?  Any other carriers?  Thanks!

    • I don’t know of any other place… Maybe amazon? I use it in granular form but it could be ground up into finer particles

  91. The castile soap is not listed in the recipe ingredients, but then below that it says you’re supposed to add it. How much?

    • I removed it in the updated recipe. It isn’t needed but you can add 1 teaspoon if you want to.

  92. Help!! I don’t see the liquid Castille soap in your ingredient list. How much do you need and is it necessary ??

    • Not necessary but you can add a teaspoon if you want to. I removed it from the revised recipe and forgot to change the instructions too…

  93. This sounds awesome. I’m a student of Oriental Medicine and am thinking about experimenting with adding some herbs that are known to “Strengthen the Bones,” and “Strengthen the Teeth,” via concentrated decoction.

    How many parts Castille Soap are you supposed to use???

    oops… just saw a whole bunch of comments about the soap (kicks self…)

    • I use 1 teaspoon when using 1 tablespoon as the “part” for everything else…

  94. Can I also use the tablets that contain calcium, magnesium & vitaminD?

  95. Why am i not seeing how much Castile soap to add? :/

      • Thank you, I’ve been wondering that same thing.

    • I didn’t even see it mentioned above. Have I missed something?

  96. I’m confused… the directions say to add the liquid castille soap in step 2, but I don’t see that in the ingredients list.  Is that just a mix-up?? 

  97. Maybe you can try to store it in a squeeze bottle, like the ones they use at some fast food places to put the mustard or ketchup.   

  98. Could you use Redmonds Clay instead of the Calcium Powder? 

  99. I used that recipe as a reference to make my own toothpaste which has worked really well! Instead of calcium tablets, I used calcium carbonate USP and added a tablespoon of powdered lemongrass to minimize the taste of the calcium carbonate and the baking soda, and to prevent bacterial growth in both the paste and in the mouth.

  100. Hi! So I’ve been making your toothpaste for a while now and I really like it. I have noticed a difference in the quality of essential oils, meaning the higher the quality of essential oils, the longer it lasts and better it tastes. Two questions though: Your recipe has changed. It used to include 1 part castille soap and this ingredient has disappeared from the recipe. Just wondering why? Also, how do you store this? My only complaint about this recipe is that it dries out a little more everyday until its mostly just a powder and I do store it in a plastic container with a lid, sealed tight! Thank you for this recipe!!! Even my 2yr old uses it 🙂 

    • How did you manage that? I added an extra part of Xylitol and no diatamaceous earth (didn’t have it) but my two year old and four year old didn’t like it because it wasn’t sweet. Should I have run the Xylitol in the blender to make it finer? I had some XyloSweet which is pretty gritty. Didn’t add any essential oils but was thinking of Sweet Orange or Lime. My 4-year-old had a tiny cavity so he will have to use it, but I’d love to make it more pleasant. 10-year-old hasn’t tried it, but I’m expecting her to hate it like she hates everything else right now.

  101. The xylitol IS necessary! It has been proven to alkalize the mouth and they do reccommend that we get 4-5 decent exposures to it each day. If you can find xylitol gum that is free of glycerin you should chew several pieces through out the day.

  102. I have had a toothache for about two weeks now – not bad enough to make me go to the dentist, but getting worse, so I decided to give this a try – didn’t have any baking soda, so I made it without, and will add that when I remember to pick some up. Anyway, after using it IIMMEDIATELY had relief! I kept waiting for the pain to come back, but it hasn’t. I am so amazed, I never expected it to take the pain away, I was just hoping it would stop if from getting worse and eventually repair what I assume is a cavity.  So now you can add toothache reliever to the list of things this works on. Thank you sooooo much!!!!!

  103. I have someone in my house allergic to all things coconut. Any suggestions for a substitute oil?

    • You could use almond oil, just use less of it and experiment to get the right consistency.

  104. we have been using this for a while. last time i made it, i replaced the coconut oil for aloe juice. didnt want to continue using oil cause it clogged up my pipes and made it harder and such and didnt want to use water cause i was afraid of it going bad. anyway, my teeth have gotten really sensitive the last few weeks. anyone have any ideas why this might be?

  105. I would definitely recommend including the xylitol – not just for taste, but it is definitely an anti-cavity ingredient (chewing gum with xylitol has been shown to reduce decay, for example). Thanks for the recipe!

    • it also helps reverse it as well

  106. Hi, would liquid calcium work? I find it’s too arudous to squeeze out the calcium gels. Thanks!

    • I’ve never tried it with calcium liquid. In the recipe, I actually use calcium powder in the recipe and it seems to work great!

  107. I don’t understand why people are asking about castille soap….I don’t see it on the recipe. Am I missing something? Also, I was getting ready to make this when I read something about people who have metal fillings shouldn’t use coconut oil to brush their teeth. Is this true? Now I’m freaking out that I can’t use it, or that I shouldn’t.

  108. Why do I not see anything about castille soap in the recipe? I saw a few people asking about it, but didn’t see it on the recipe. ALSO, I was getting ready to make this when I happened upon an article about not needing to use coconut oil to brush if you have metal fillings. I have a few that I have had since I was a kid. Should I not use this toothpaste? I’m kinda freaking out about not using it now.

    • It was in the original recipe but is not needed, so I removed it. If you want a little bit smoother texture, you can add 1 teaspoon of liquid castle soap…

  109. Calcium Citrate is that the same thing as the calcium powder?

  110. I feel a little odd taking advice from this website, which you linked to:

    “. . . This beautiful daughter of a practicing naturopath had received what, at the time, I considered virtually perfect nutrition. She suckled hugely at her mother’s abundant breast until age two. During this time her mother ate a natural foods diet. After weaning my daughter got only whole grains, a little fresh goat’s milk from my goat, fruits and lots of Organic vegetables. I started my spa when my daughter was about five years old and from that point she was, like it or not, a raw fooder. And all that raw food was Organic and much of it from Great Oaks School’s huge vegetable garden. …
    … my perfectly nourished daughter couldn’t have developed cavities! But she did. And if she cheated on her perfect diet, bad food could not have amounted to more than two percent of her total caloric intake from birth to age ten. I was a responsible mom and I made sure she ate right! Now my daughter was demanding to know why she had tooth decay….”

    The folks who write over there don’t seem to share (y)our appreciation for fats and nutrient-dense foods.

    -Nancy

    • YOu’re right… I don’t remember off hand the specific point I was linking to on that site, but that paragraph to me illustrates the impact nutrition has on oral health even more. While she thought it was a “perfect diet” it makes sense that her daughter got tooth decay from the lack of fat soluble vitamins, especially after weaning.

  111. I am going to make this toothpaste today and was reading your comments below and discovered one that says you should not use if you have metal fillings. But there was not a comment by you on the subject, so what is your opinion on the metal fillings?

    • The theory is that it could potentially leach some of the chemicals from the fillings. I’ve seen conflicting information, but personally I don’t think the risk is that great and I’d still use it as I think I’d avoid more toxins by not using conventional toothpaste than I would ever get from any leeching from fillings.

  112. For those of you asking about breaking down the egg shells, I bet if you were to put it in a high powered blender, like a vita mix, along with the coconut oil and other ingredients, it would become a very nice consistency.

  113. I made the toothpaste and it is great! I do have one question…I store it in a canning jar with a lid, but it starting to dry out and be brittle…any suggestions? Thank you!

  114. You might use a cake decorating small tip to put into a empty toothpaste tube , a bit of work but would keep bacteria down if dipping toothbrush in batch. , just an idea

  115. Thank you for the recipe Wellness Mama! I have been having dental issues recently and I am afraid I will need root canal (i hope not i already have one!) so I am stepping up my game with my dental hygiene/ nutriton. I ordered cod liver oil/butter oil blend and black walnut tincture which I hope will help! This is a recipe that I want to make based on your original recipe: Pascalite clay (I read it has calcium bentonite and alotta good stuff in it), baking soda?(hope it isn’t too abrasive), xylitol, coconut oil?, and some peppermint oil for flavor. Does this seem like a good idea? and i have no clue about the amounts of each ingredient I will use for my first batch….any suggestions? 🙂

    • Start with equal parts of everything except the baking soda and peppermint (I’d do 1 tablespoon of baking soda per 3 tablespoons of everything else) and peppermint oil to taste…

  116. Hi, I don’t see any mention of soap in this post, but I’m almost sure it was in there early. I’ve used ctrl+f and find it in the comments but not the post. Did you change the recipe? Should we not be using soap? Thanks!

    • It can still be used (about 1 teaspoon). It was liquid castille soap. Some people didn’t like it, and it isn’t actually needed, so I removed it from the updated recipe. You can definitely add it back in though 🙂

      • I thought the liquid castille soap helped make it more alkaline, which is important for remineralizing. Is the mixture basic enough without the soap?

        • The calcium and baking soda are both very alkalizing, so it will still accomplish this.

  117. I had to grind up the xylitol in our blender to get the kids to tolerate the paste better. Ours was gritty and thus the paste was gritty. Now they can taste it better and the texture is smoother. Just FYI if your kids are resisting.

    I’ll have to try the tooth powder next. Thanks again for the recipe. My teeth are brighter and even my stained tooth (assuming its from smoking in college) has lightened up.

  118. I’m a Dental Hygienist so this is very interesting to me. A note on xylitol that I noticed you did not remark on is that it actually helps inhibit bacterial growth. So not only is it making the final product taste better, it also helps fight cavity causing bacteria!

  119. So I made this and of course its too cold where i live and the coconut oil has hardened. Any suggestions for remedying this? Also this formula is kinda “fizzy” for lack of a better word. Is this normal? My teeth are definitely whiter though.

    • Fizzy is pretty normal. Ours gets hard in the winter here, I just scratch some off with the back part of the toothbrush and then blow hot air on it with my mouth until it softens… not very fancy, I know, but it works 🙂

    • I put mine in a flat container and it hardened into a large wafer. I just pick it up and bite off a piece, chew it a second and then brush!

  120. I made this recipe several months ago using calcium carbonate with magnesium. Love it. When we ran out, I made it again, this time using just calcium carbonate – no magnesium. Two of my grown children couldn’t use it because their teeth became so sensitive. Could the magnesium in the first batch be what help stop the sensitivity?

    • Magnesium is an extra mineral and for some people it will reduce sensitivity..

    • The body doesn’t naturally absorb CalcuimVitamin D very well. A catalyst is needed. Magnesium is the most effective. This is why many manufacturers incorporate the magnesium in their products such as Caltrate I believe. This is also the case with Iron. For the body to absorb the iron (rather than it pass through the body with minimal absorbtion) it must be accompanied with Vitamin C, as simple as a glass of Orange Juice. Anyway, It would seem they are naturally not getting the calcium needed and that along with the magnesium deterred the sensitivity probably from the other added ingredients in the toothpaste.

      • My understanding is that the form of iron in PLANTS (“non-heme” iron found in veggies, nuts,beans, breads, cereals, etc.) is harder for the body to absorb, and particularly for vegetarians, since plants contain less iron than meats, poultry and fish, the use of Vit. C foods and drinks when eating non-heme iron foods can increase absorption.

        Also, coffee, tea, soda, red wine, bran, antacids (foods & drinks with tannins) inhibit iron absorption.

        Meats and seafood are naturally iron-rich (heme iron) foods, and other dietary elements do not much inhibit heme-iron absorption.

        Still, extra doses of Vit. C, although not needed for heme-iron, can’t hurt in general. You can’t O.D. on it; excesses just pass through via urine.

    • I saw this bit here on another blog I love, The Mommypotamus, in her post entitled “I Kissed Toothpaste Goodbye” and thought I’d share it. This might explain your childrens’ onset of sensitivity?

      >>>Because baking soda is very alkaline and your mouth needs a certain
      level of acid to kill bacteria, it is best not to use baking soda every
      day. If you begin to experience gum sensitivity or bleeding it may mean
      your mouth is too alkaline and is not killing bacteria properly.<<<

      Thank you for the toothpaste recipe, I plan on gathering the supplies this week. 🙂

    • Hi, I found a study about calcium carbote which suggested that it has
      a slight remineralization effect due to its abrasivenes. However it was
      in vitro. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15349669
      See also
      http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2001/cc052n03/p00163-p00167.pdf about
      abrasivenes of calcium carbonate in dental products and how the amount
      of it change the total RDA of toothpaste.

      Maybe it could be the
      cause of their sensitivenes – slightly erode enamel perhaps? I have no
      personal experience neither the professional knowledge but considering
      the study and the childrens experience I would recommend omitt this
      ingredient from toothpaste or give only a very small amount of it..

      Also
      it is important to consume enough natural D (cod oil (but be aware of
      safety amount – overdosing!)or be on sun a lot at least – provitamin D,
      no overdosing) and K2 (this is a very lacking vitamin – google it – you
      can have it from natto and some milk product if they are from pasture
      milk, so I would recommend organic butter) if you want to restore their
      teeths.

  121. OMG I just made this!! I used a teaspoon for the parts measure. I added 1
    tsp Himalayan salt (fine-ground) to the recipe, and used 1 packet of
    Stevia (don’t have Xylitol) and 15 or so drops of Now peppermint oil.
    Calcium/magnesium powder was from eggshells ground to almost dust in a
    coffee grinder. Instead of DE, I used Bentonite Clay.

    I heated the coconut oil to liquid to help with mixing, and it came
    together in a beautiful consistency in my mortar. It made about 1/3 cup,
    and I put it in a little quilted 4 oz jelly jar!!! Thank you SO much
    for your guidance. It tastes and feels GREAT in my mouth too!! Now on to
    recipe for mouthwash??? Or maybe not needed after this toothpaste!!!

  122. Am wondering if you have every heard of Oil- pulling. Google it..if not .. Have been using Coconut oil for oil pulling every morning for about 9 months. Am please with the results..teeth whiter, mouth feels very clean..Dentist thought my gums had improved after 3 months of use…(I think he thought I was crazy…)so now we’ll see what the dentist thinks after 9 months. I have read that the oil removes bacteria from your mouth…so you atleast start each day with a totally clean bacteria free mouth.. There have been medical studies which support these findings…

    I am also curious about annual blood work coming up in December. I have added Coconut oil to my cooking …make a plantain lotion out of it which I use on my face twice daily and it has totally cured adult acne which I have struggled with for years…and make a body lotion/butter which I use on feet…arms, hands and lips….I personally can not say enough about the benefits I have experienced with adding coconut oil to my life…I will try the tea…and smoothie tricks… …Oh…I almost forgot…I make kefir out of coconut milk…

    Love your Blog…Plan to visit often..There is a lot to learn here…as well as a lot of things that I already do…

    Thanks, Jan

    • Jan, how exactly do you make your lotion? I’ve just been putting straight unrefined coconut oil on my skin but wanted to experiment with adding other oils to it to make it smell different.

      • Jennifer,

        Here’s the salve recipes..I followed up the lotion recipe.

        I melt the coconut oil over a double boiler. I use small crock pots to keep the water hot with a small double boiler pan which fits in the cock pot. I keep adding water to the crock pot all day to keep the oil stewing. If I am adding other oils I add them at that time too. Stir oils enough to mix but not spill. After it is all mixed then I add a couple of tbs of bees wax. Pour into small jelly jars and let it harden…

        When I am making lotion with herbs(Specifically Plantain)…I add 10 or 15 fresh leaves or a 1/4 of a cup if already dried in a tea/spice bag or tea infuser …to 1 cup Coconut oils. Cook over the double boiler until oil is bright green. I usually let it stew for several hours. I fish out the leaves with a fork or removed the infuser…Then add bees wax… pour into jars..

        I have a few other recipes that I have made. Sometimes I add Aloe Gel..especially in the winter…add equal parts of oil mixture and Aloe together in the blender and mix at high speed for a couple of minutes.

        Pour into jars.

        My most recent Lotion recipe is :

        ¼ cup Coconut Oil
        3 T bees wax
        3T Jojoba Oil
        3 T Grape seed Oil
        1 T Apricot Kernal Oil
        1 T Kukui Nut Oil
        ½ cup Hot water – not quite to a boil…If it boils let it
        cool for a minute or two
        8 drop Frankincense
        10 Drops Neroli
        10 drops Roman Camomile

        For lotion , after melting and mixing the oils you want in your recipe. (Coconut Oil, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Vitamin E, Almond…Can use any kinds of oil but need about a cup of oil) pour hot oil in a blender and mix on high. Add a few drops of essential oil, let it mix. Then SLOWLY add hot water through the hole of the blender with it running. You will hear it as it become a lotion. You may be mixing for several minutes….Pour it into jars and it will become more solid…It is a little of an experiment every time I make it but…I feel like at least I know all the ingredients that are in it…

        Did not mean to write book but I guess I did.

        Thanks, Jan

  123. How do you keep this from solidifying when the coconut oil hardens?

    • It does harden in the winter somewhat… haven’t found a way to avoid that completely

      • Maybe try using fractionated coconut oil. It keeps it from turning into a solid.

  124. I read through your remineralizing tooth powder recipe and then how you were looking to perfect it through the remineralizing tooth paste….can these two recipes be combined? Or is there a reason the powder calls for the clay and the paste only the coconut oil? I have read about the oil pulling which I am guessing is what the clay was for in pulling out toxins etc. I’m just not clear on whether the clay would be beneficial in the paste or if it isn’t needed. Personally, I am more inclined to believe the clay would pull out toxins better than an oil would. I just don’t want to include the clay in the paste recipe and have it counteract with the oil. Also, concerning storage would it be ok to maybe run the jar under warm water (before opening) to melt just enough for brushing when the mixture solidifies? I’m also thinking that dipping the toothbrush into the mixture daily would introduce germs into the mix that could cause bacteria to grow and or oil to become rancid…..any troubles with this?? I’m thinking if the mix was melted a bit would an eye dropper work to extract the paste and apply to the brush?? Sorry for all the questions I just want to be clear before starting in order to maximize results.

    • i was also concerned about germs and dipping the brush, so i just use a small spoon to scoop it out of a jar. i wash the spoon each time and keep it in my toothbrush cup. since it’s pretty thick, i found the warmth of my (clean) finger pressing it into the bristles helped soften and distribute it nicely. Before that, i was unhappy with the big clump I was trying to brush around in my mouth evenly. 🙂

  125. I forgot…..lol the egg shells….any special prep to them prior to grinding??? clearly there is egg residue left after cracking the egg. Am I to let this just dry in there or rinse it out? If I am to let it say wouldn’t that potentially grow bateria the longer they sit out?? Are the shells comparable in calcium content or just cheaper considering they are already in the household?

    • I’d wash and rinse well and let dry. They have a high calcium content but they are just cheaper…

      • I am really enjoying this post and everyone’s feedback. Thank you! I plan to make some soon. Just wanted to interject here that in some traditional cultures ground up egg shells are consumed with food which leads me to believe that there must be some assimilable calcium in there and depending on the brand of otc calcium your getting, that calcium may not be very assimilable. Of course the teeth are different than the digestive tract, but for remineralization the absorbability of the calcium source should be considered.

  126. I didn’t have calcium powder so I replaced it w/Bentonite clay. I am wondering for the next batch, which is better calcium (am thinking to make it myself w/egg shells) or Bentonite clay?

    • Either one will work great, or a mix is good too. I’ve recently been using a mix of a cal/mag powder and bentonite and it is working really well..

  127. I have been using homemade toothpaste for about two months now. I had a dentist appointment about a month after I started making my own TP and it was the shortest dental visit I’ve had. Both the hygienist and the dentist told me my teeth looked really good. Although the hygienist about threw a fit when i told her i had been making my own TP and had not been using fluoride. First time I haven’t had to schedule for a follow up visit to take care of something! Received my first bottle of brushing blend shortly thereafter and am putting my faith in its use. Plan to make some of your remineralizing TP too! So far, so good – thanks for all the research and sharing of great ideas that you are doing!!

  128. Hi, I went on amazon to purchase the calcium magnesium powder and read in the reviews that this is product was not GMO free. Do u recommend any other brands? Thanks

  129. Someone advised me to use tumeric powder to whiten teeth. I used coconut oil and banking soda as toothpaste.

    • I wouldn’t… unless you’re wanting your wanting your teeth to be more yellow??? Fresh turmeric may be another story.
      Being Indian & I use powdered turmeric in most my cooking for health benefits & for color purposes. However, powdered turmeric mixed in w/grated Indian brown sugar (gourd) is & can used for coughing; acts like a lozenges & yes, your mouth will turn yellow 🙂 lol

    • I wouldn’t… unless you’re wanting your teeth to be more yellow??? Fresh turmeric may be another story.

      Being Indian, I use powdered turmeric in most my cooking for
      health benefits & of course for color.
      Turmeric is very good for you. I remember my mom mixing it up w/some grated Indian brown sugar (gourd) & forming it into small balls & placing them under our tongue. We were instructed to suck on it & not chew or shallow it up 🙂 lol My mom knew me too well… lol
      I still love the taste of it!!! Btw, turmeric is an acquired taste 🙂

      • I have been brushing with it for a few days. It does not turn your teeth yellow but it does your toothbrush (lol). I think it couldn’t be bad, because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting agent.

        • thank you Susan for letting me/us know. Few days after I posted, I
          figured that if eating turmeric doesn’t turn my teeth yellow, then
          neither would brushing… Anyhow, it’s good to hear from a first-hand
          experience 🙂
          Btw, did it whiten your teeth???

          • No, but I heard activated charcoal does.

  130. Can you please address the safety issue regarding metal braces. How safe is it??? If not, what should I substitute for what & how much… I’ve read about the metal fillings which I presume is different & glass braces on your post buuuut No Braces. Would really appreciate you prompt response. Thank You & God Bless!!!

    • I’m curious too about braces & toothpastes as the orthodontist cautioned against whitening toothpaste, but this is different…

      • All of the ingredients in this should be fine with braces…

        • I’m also curious about using colloidal silver in the formula… thoughts?

          • I’ve seen conflicting evidence on this, but haven’t seen a good enough reason to include it…

          • Thanks for quick feedback!

  131. How much Grapefruit Seed Extract should you add to this recipe?

  132. I have read this half a dozen times now and cannot find the castille soap any more. Have you taken that out of your recipe? I’ve been using this recipe for close to a year now and always look up the recipe. This time I’m writing it down but I can’t find the measurement for the soap. Please help?

    • I took it out in the updated version, but it was 1 teaspoon and you can definitely still add it. Warmly
      Katie

      • Thank you, Katie. I had skimmed through the comments before posting and didn’t see anything about the soap. Then as I was searching for my comment this evening, I saw a brazillion or so questions about the soap and now I feel a bit silly 🙂 I had wondered about the glycerin as well so I am just as happy not to use it. Thanks for your prompt reply and excellent website 🙂

  133. I have made this toothpaste twice now, and it works great! Thank you. I have a question though. When I mix up the ingredients, it causes a chemical reaction. I’m thinking it must be between the baking soda and something else. Is this normal? Thank you!

  134. on storing the tooth paste..lets just say I was cleaning out the fridge throwing away condiment bottles when..bam idea!!

  135. For the tooth paste I make I us equal parts calcium bentonite clay, xylitol, and water then add essential oil of choice (clove for tooth and gum problems or lemon because the kids love it). I think I may modify my next batch and replace the water with coconut oil!

  136. Does the coconut oil have to be melted? Please give me details on the coconut oil. Thanks

  137. I made this toothpaste and it is already working great and we have seen great results! With other’s I’ve made, my son will brush but hates it. He actually likes brushing with this one! I was wondering if I did something wrong though because the coconut oil hardens back up, so I set the jar in hot water for a bit. Is there something you do to prevent this from happening? Thanks in advance!

    • Unfortunately this tends to happen, especially in cooler weather. We actually just leave a popsicle stick near the jar to use for scooping it out without needing to melt it…

      • Okay, that’s the answer I was hoping for. Thanks so much! We really love this paste! It’s great! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  138. We make our own natural toothpaste from bentonite clay, salt, baking soda, orange peel, peppermint and a few other ingredients. It rocks!

  139. For anyone worried about the hardening, I put mine in a flat container and it hardened to a flat cookie. I just take a bite, chew, then brush! Before using this, I could not swish with peroxide — painful! Now it doesn’t bother me. Last week a big chunk of “cement” fell out from between my bottom teeth!

  140. What about Azomite to replace the DE?

  141. This recipe look fantastic, thanks so much for sharing. I’ve got receding gums on both my lower canines and my teeth are generally quite sensitive at the moment- would you recommend using the bicarb of soda?- i ask as i see some say it’s quite abrasive and can cause sensitivity? Also if you use ground up egg shell do you think using the calc/mag powder or the calc/bantonite clay? ( I’m also currently oil puling with coconut oil 2/3 times a week).

    • I’d use the cal/mag powder personally but you might also consider adding in OraWellness products as they are great for gums…

      • Thank you….is that using the cal/mag powder instead of the bicarb of soda or as well as?
        Subject: [wellnessmama] Re: Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe

        • That’s what I’d to to make sure it is as gentle as possible…

  142. First let me say how wonderful today’s Heal Thy Mouth Summit interview with you was! You were such a wealth of knowledge and so effortlessly conveyed it. Everything you said resonated with me and my own experience, and it certainly got me to visit your web site. For the Remineralizing Toothpaste recipe, can you clarify why the calcium powder is needed? I’m having trouble understanding how it is little more than a scrubbing agent (in which case, the baking soda alone would suffice). Is calcium powder – somehow – absorbed into the enamel of the tooth?

  143. Hi there,

    I’ve just made this toothpaste but no matter how much I mush it all up, it still seems to have a grainy texture. I’m worried it will be abrasive to my teeth. I should say that I used Truvia (Stevia) which has a granulated sugar type consistency. I note you used Xylitol. What can you suggest?

    • I haven’t tried Truvia so I’m not sure on that, but the xylitol does dissolve in over the course of a couple of days and get smoother…

      • Hi there,

        Thanks for your reply. I can get some Xylitol powder so I’m going to try this instead. My Dentist has recommended a high fluoride toothpaste for me (5000 ppm) due to my thinning enamel. But I want to try this home made toothpaste in addition to your other suggested vitamin supplements and foods. I really hope it works, I’ve had thinning enamel for as long as I can remember, despite trying to keep good oral hygene. If it does work I’ll be telling everyone I know lol 🙂

  144. Just made and love this toothpaste, however, I’m wondering if it’s okay to use it on my toddler even if she doesn’t spit or rinse out her mouth. I left out the DE powder. Thanks!

    • It would be fine to use for your daughter. Just make sure the EO is food grade. And DE would not hurt her either if you decide to add it later. DE is totally safe and I use it around the house all the time (I even found my son playing in the stuff one day and was covered head to toe!). But just like with most powders, don’t breathe it in.

  145. Just made this today! Initially, my toothpaste was a great consistency, but when I went to use it later it was hardened. I did melt the coconut oil before adding it to the dry ingredients. Is this where I messed up? Should I not have done that?

    • Coconut oil is very temperamental. Slightly warm and it’s liquid. Cold and it’s a rock. Just warm it up a tad and you’ll be fine :).

  146. I made this over the weekend and it turned into a brick. I had warmed the coconut oil so it wouldn’t be a solid for mixing, and hoped the other ingredients would keep it pliable somehow. Nope. Also, it feels very chemically active in the mouth, like it is fizzing or something. Any suggestions?

    • i also tried that, but realized that all the powders sunk to the bottom, leaving mostly oil at the top after cooling. i now mash it all together in a bowl. the coconut oil mashed pretty easily. then i spoon it into a jar to use. i use a small spoon for dipping out of jar, then push the paste into the bristles with my fingertip to help it soften and make it easier to distribute throughout my mouth while brushing.

  147. Ok, making peace with the solid toothpaste. I piped the soft paste into serving sized dots….Tooth Chips! Probably will keep in fridge.

    • haha tooth chips! love it

    • just add a little more coconut oil for a less brick like consistency.

  148. Hello, I was wondering if it okay to use Coral Calcium? I had all the engredients except for the Calcium Carbinate. I ordered the Calcium Carbinate but I heard somebody say it wasn’t non GMO. Any ideas?

  149. I like brushing my teeth with baking soda and a drop of oil of oregano!

  150. I just ordered the NOW calcium & magnesium that you linked to and received it today and see that it contains soy. Do you know of any other brands that don’t contain soy for my future purchases by any chance?

    • Hmmm… I didn’t think that this one did. I wonder if it has changed. I’ll do some research and let you know…

  151. Have you thought of getting one of those wilson cake decorating bags for this? They are washable & reuseable & you can TOTALLY get interesting tips for them (i.e. amuse your kids while toothbrushing).

  152. This article (download the .pdf for full transcript of the video) has a lot of interesting information regarding minimally invasive dentistry and the basic ingredients needed to keep teeth and gums healthy. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/03/minimally-invasive-dentistry.aspx

    I am very interested in making my own toothpaste, but including calcium phosphate salts as indicated as necessary in this article. I’ve done a quick look, and it looks like the only form of calcium phosphate found to purchase online is tablets, with other ingredients in them.

    Any clues on how to make a good paste with calcium phosphate?

    • Just sub the calcium phosphate for the calcium powder in the recipe 🙂

      • Hi,

        Thanks for the recipe! Like some other commenters, I wanted to use this recipe but use calcium phosphate and magnesium. Only problem is while magnesium tablets, or calcium-magnesium tablets are easy to find, I’m having trouble finding appropriate calcium phosphate tablets or powder…Does anyone have recommendations?

        I found many different diy tooth paste and powder recipes online and all of them suggested calcium and/or magnesium but none of them included any type of phosphate. I wonder why since they all mentioned that calcium phosphate is component of teeth.

        Thanks in advance

  153. I made a batch of this toothpaste and absolutely love it (I use it in conjunction with the Brushing Blend from Ora Wellness that you recommended). When I first mixed up my batch it was nice and creamy. However, when I went to use it the next day it was like concrete. I’m wondering if this is just due to the fact that it’s winter and we heat our house at a cooler temperature. Or is there something I can add to help it keep a more paste-like consistency?

    • We have the same problem in winter… we just scoop out with a popsicle stick or small spoon and use as is, but other readers have mentioned heating on a coffee mug warmer (in the jar) to keep softer…

  154. I was wondering if there was another oil that’s liquid at cooler temperatures that would work well added to this recipe? If not, that’s fine, but I live in a cold climate and I dislike having to heat up my toothpaste all the time is all. 🙂

    • Almond oil will work, and technically olive would too, but I don’t think the taste would be good…

  155. I decided to give this a try. I don’t have calcium or xylitol (replaced with organic pure agave). Mixed 3 TB Extra virgin coconut oil, 2 TB baking soda, 2 tsp agave nectar and a few drops of organic peppermint essential oil. Mixture is cooling now. Will try this out before bed. Thanks for sharing!!

  156. Thank you for your recipe! Our health food store did not have a calcium magnesium powder. So, we purchased both the calcium powder and a magnesium powder. What ratio of calcium powder to magnesium powder do you recommend?

    Thank you for your time. 🙂

  157. I purchased “Calcium and Magnesium” powder by NOW it has “Citrate Powder with Vitamin D3” at the bottom. Is this the right kind? Also my toothpaste was effervescent after all the ingredients combined. The bubbling has since stopped but was suprising when I first tried it. Is this OK? I’m not sure what combination caused this result (maybe the calcium citrate and baking soda?) Anybody else notice this?

    • That one is fine and as long as the bubbling has stopped, it should be good…

  158. Thank you for this recipe! I just have one question…I followed the link you have for calcium magnesium and it lead me to calcium & magnesium citrate. Are these both the same thing or do I need to find calcium magnesium minus the citrate? I greatly appreciate your help.

  159. Could you do this w/o the “calcium powder”? Would it work if I just mixed coconut oil and baking soda?

  160. I read on another website that your teeth need silica to regrow maybe you can tell me if it’s accurate? this is what it says:

    “The next important thing is the nutrition for your teeth so they have
    enough nutrients to grow. You don’t expect your house plant to grow
    without water, do you? And now you are probably thinking that I’m going
    to talk about calcium and such, and you can’t be more wrong. Of course,
    calcium is important for your bone growth and formation but even more
    important for your hair, nails and teeth is the mineral called Silica (Silicon).
    You don’t have enough of this mineral in your diet and you can take a
    ton of calcium and brush your teeth 5 times a day and still will be
    loosing your teeth just like your hair in the shower as you get older.

    There is a formula that is known to provide a sufficient nutritional
    support for your tooth repair/growth. It will improve your teeth, bones
    and connective tissue, and will also help calcium metabolize in your
    body (without it most of your calcium will go right through you,
    especially if you take it as a part of a common multi-vitamin formula).

    1 part Kelp seaweed, 1 part Oatstraw, 1 part Horsetail.
    Get 1 ounce of the formula in 1 pint of filtered water to a boiling
    temperature and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Drink half a cap in the
    morning and evening every day until you see the improvement.

    If you don’t want to bother with herbs, there is another cool product
    called G5 Organic Silica and among my friends it’s their favorite
    supplement for bone support. This product is coming from Spain so it
    takes about a month to get it.

    From all the products that you don’t have to make yourself or import overseas, only one I would recommend: Biosil by Natrol.

    In addition to silica, a good trace multi-mineral formula is in
    order. Body is a complex working machine and if it’s deficient of
    something, it will take it away from your organs/bones in order to
    function properly. It is a well known fact that our diet is deficient of
    most trace minerals – we simply don’t eat enough of fruits/vegetables.
    Even if we did, some dietitians now say the current agricultural produce
    is not what it used to be. So the obvious answer is to find a good
    supplement who would provide us with all the trace minerals we need. The
    best variety of choices for 72 colloidal mineral supplements is Ebay. And very cheap, I would say, comparing to your local vitamin shop.

    Another major problem you should address is your tooth care. No
    matter how much effort you put in taking supplements and the ultrasound
    stimulation, if you don’t care for your teeth properly, it’s all in
    vain. All popular toothpastes on the market that you see being sold are
    worthless when it comes to teeth regrowth. Why is that, you ask? Well,
    ALL of them (including Organic healthy brands like “Tom’s of Maine”)
    contain glycerin which covers your teeth every time you brush them and
    prevents re-enamelization. Based on studies, it takes up to 20 washes to
    remove glycerin off your teeth, so you may guess for most people having
    healthy teeth is almost an impossible task. No matter how many times
    you brush them, because of glycerin, fluoride and other additives in
    your common toothpaste, your teeth can’t rebuild enamel nor get healthy
    mineral support. Just ask yourself: Why do most people have cavities by
    the age of 20 even though they brush their teeth twice a day? Sure,
    proper diet is important but it’s just a part of a bigger problem.

    The solution: Make your own tooth paste. Here is the recipe:

    Extra virgin olive oil 2 part

    Unprocessed Coconut oil 1 part

    Baking soda 1/10 part

    Tea tree oil 1/10 part

    Spearmint or Peppermint oil 1/10 part

    Unprocessed Sea salt 1/50 part

    Eucalyptus oil 1/10 part

    Food grade Hydrogen peroxide 1/100 part

    You
    can remove one or two ingredients from #3-8 and it will still work. I
    used to do it until I became too lazy and found a product on a market
    called Dr. Bronner bar soap – so I buy that instead of making my own.

    Use either Dr. Bronner soap or the above formula every day and you
    will feel the difference right away. A couple of my friends experienced
    their fillings falling out of their teeth because the tooth would grow
    back to normal. One girl had to go to the dentist for a root canal and
    they had to postpone the procedure because the dentist couldn’t find a
    problem.

    Update: Atom Bergstrom, the author of “Yes, No, Maybe Chronobiotic
    Nutrition” recommended eating onions, garlic and cheese from 6:15 to
    6:30 PM (kidney meridian is the most active during those hours). He
    actually suggests chewing it to liquid and hold it in your mouth for 15
    minutes so the minerals in the food nourish your teeth and help them
    rebuild. The idea is very interesting, but I would take it a bit in a
    different direction and use trace mineral/vitamin formula and hold it in
    my mouth instead. It would be more absorbent, at least. Or try Hyland’s
    Bioplasma Cell Salts. Experiment with this a let me know. I will do the same.”

  161. I’ve tried reading through all the comments for an answer, but there are just too many. The toothpaste tasted bitter/burning on our tongues. It is the calcium citrate powder (mine has magnesium and D3). It was also extremely hard. I added 1 part, maybe 2 water to loosen it up and the burning disappeared (it bubbled for a minute or 2). 2 questions – did I render the calcium inactive or make it so it won’t do its function? Did anyone else have the biting sensation?

    Thanks.

    • It shouldn’t have made the calcium inactive… and I would guess the burning is just from the citrate, but it should be fine…

  162. Is this toothpaste ok for children? Or what do you suggest brushing children’s teeth with?

  163. Just a question – I made this according to your recipe and when I tried it out, it fizzed and foamed on contact with (presumably) saliva. It was actually an unpleasant sensation, almost a burning feeling. I would compare it to putting too many pop rocks in your mouth as a kid. Is this an expected outcome, or does it sound like something was off with my toothpaste?

    • Which form of calcium did you use? It could be a citrate form and if so, that should fade…

      • I used a calcium citrate/magnesium citrate blend. I did use the toothpaste right after making it, so I will try it again tonight and see if it’s less fizzy. Thanks!

        • I also experienced the same problem… I almost cried thinking I made it wrong… how long does it take for the fizzy nasty taste to “fade” one day, two days, or a few hours? Thank you for posting this recipe I”m excited for it to taste less nasty =] One thing to consider maybe you could add in the recipe to try to avoid buying the citrate calcium b/c I simply tasted a tiny bit as a sample and almost gagged lol. Thanks again!

  164. This is fabulous. Just made my own. Brushed my teeth and they feel great. I eliminated the Earth and the xylitol and added peppermint essential oil and it tasted just fine. Thanks. I can’t wait to see the difference.

  165. Do I have to use baking soda? It irritates my mouth.

  166. There are small pores in your teeth that made them sensitive to cold, right to the inner layer. The oil is blocking them

  167. hello!

    i really want to try your toothpaste recipe but new foods products are virtually non-existant in my country. can you please recommend some other brands with good quality calcium/magnesium?

    • Just look for one that has calcium and magnesium and as few other added ingredients as possible…

  168. Hello. Love your website! I recently went to the dentist and he said though I take good care of my teeth, don’t drink pop, and floss etc.. that I have 5 different cavities forming! 🙁 I have since been reading up on remineralizing my teeth. I have come across several different recipes, but it seems like they all contain different ingredients. Can you tell me which ingredients are essential to remineralization? The first one I made had Dr. Bronner’s, coconut oil, olive oil, raw honey (said to reverse decay amazingly), and peppermint essential oil. The second had bentonite clay, but no oil, stevia, salt, water and clove and cinnamon essential oils. Now yours has calcium, DE and xylitol! I am getting a bit confused… Can someone help me out? Thanks a million! 🙂

  169. I tried thos recipe, but didn’t realize until I was making it that I had gotten pepperment EXTRACT, rather than plain essential oil. Is that going to cause any sort of problem?

  170. Woot! Can’t wait to try this when my current toothpaste runs out!

  171. Could you use calcium ascorbate powder instead of carbonate to help with healing gums as well? I need to heal my gums post pregnancy and I have read about using calcium ascorbate and comfrey together. Anyone have any insight?

  172. Is there anything that can replace the baking soda as a cleaning agent? I doubled up on the xylitol but my kids still screech about the “salty” burn of the baking soda.

  173. Hi , i was just wondering , about the cal powder / cal-mag powder isit possible to use something else ? im not from US and to ship that over would be overly expensive ! was wondering if i could grind tablets/pills and if so is there ingredients to watchout ?

    • You can do that, just look for ones with as few ingredients as possible. one reader even had success grinding egg shells from pastured chickens…

      • okay if i do make it i will do just that and look for the main ingredients… wow egg shells from pastured chickens ?! that works eh ?

  174. Not sure about the remineralizing aspect but one thing I do know is since I’ve been using this the plaque that always forms around certain teeth has not don so and this is certainly a reason for me to continue using it.

  175. Hi,
    Love your website!!!
    Can I use sodiumbicarbonate in place of the baking soda??

  176. I just made this today and use lemon grass essential oil and it came out great. Had a little trouble with the amounts of essential oils, trace minerals and GSE. Any suggestions?

    Also I used the citrate powder and it tasted pretty tart. I added more Xilitol and oils but is still tart and it fizzes. What do you think about that?

  177. Where on earth do you get these ingredients? I’m in a mid-sized town in Canada and I’ve never seen xylitol powder…?!

    • I order online, but some grocery stores carry in the organic section…

  178. HELP! Calcium powder was next to impossible for me to find – is Crystal Cal-Mag+ made by Kal alright? It’s flavored. Thoughts? You can see it on the vitaminshoppe site. There was also liquid calcium… is that better?

    • I don’t know that I’d use a flavored one as it will have added ingredients. now foods makes a powdered one…

  179. I can’t wait to make this recipe! I’ve always had very bad luck with cavities. But you said activated charcoal powder was also good for teeth. Can I put some activated charcoal powder in this mix? If so, how much?
    Thank you!

    • I do the activated charcoal separate. Usually I brush with charcoal, rinse, and then brush with this toothpaste.

  180. This is probably a silly question, but where do you usually buy the ingredients (including the essential oils) and how long does it usually take for the effects to show. Thanks!

    • Some local health food stores might carry the ingredients, or I often order from Amazon…

      • I’ve seen that a lot of people use several different variations, what are the benefits of leaving out the DE or such? Thanks!

  181. Has anyone had this recipe be fizzy? I had been making if for a while, didn’t change a thing, and all the sudden, it is fizzy! Weird stuff!

  182. I’ve been using this recipe for a few months, my whole family loves it, and our teeth look great! I like to put it in an old tube by cutting the top off, spooning the toothpaste in, and then resealing the top with a flat iron. BUT, no matter how much coconut oil I add, it refuses to be squeezable. Is there a reason NOT to add a little water? Or maybe a little grapeseed oil? Thanks!!

    • You could add a liquid oil like grape seed. Water won’t mix in but you could thin with grape seed…

      • Oh good, I’m going to try that. Thanks!

  183. Hi Wellness Mama,

    I made your toothpaste a few weeks back and started using it with my husband. At the beginning all was going well however after a few weeks I noticed a rough build up occuring behind my two front teeth and some of the surrounding teeth, my husband does not have the same problem. I don’t think I brush any differently to him. I then used a fluoride free toothpaste by “Toms” and my problem has cleared up. I don’t really want to keep using this toothpaste because it has glycerin and I have read that that’s not good for teeth when you’re trying to absorb minerals such as calcium. What is your opinion?

    Thanks.

    • I haven’t heard of that happening.. did you use all of the ingredients or did you make any substitutions?

      • Hi,

        Thanks for answering. I used all of the correct ingredients and have not substituted anything at all. I have bought a new toothbrush by ‘Nano Silver’ which has outer bristles that are soft and thin so it’s meant to feel a bit like floss. Apparently these brushes are pick up plaque rather than spread it around like normal brushes (just something I read). I have a feeling it’s probably plaque build up that just isn’t being cleaned up properly for whatever reason. I don’t know really but I’ll give it a go.
        Again thanks for your response.

  184. How much stevia should I use if I don’t have the Xylitol. Thanks!

  185. I just tried this out today and I found it to be really grainy. Could anyone tell me what I should expect it to be like? My Xylitol was like sugar, not powder, so should I crush that up first, perhaps? It also didn’t froth like toothpaste, but I assumed that was because it’s not toothpaste, per say.

  186. Mine solidified. Did I not use enough oil or does just need to be warmed?

    • It just needs to be warmed or scooped out with a popsicle stick and your mouth will warm it…

  187. Instead of add essential oils to the toothpaste. Can brushing blend be added directly to the toothpaste? Would make it taste flavorful yet or would you have to add more of it?

    • You could do that too, but I’d suggest adding it right before brushing for the most concentrated taste…

      • I added 40 drops of brushing blend to the toothpaste and works really well and tastes great. I use this instead of add essential oils for flavor.

  188. Can extracts be used instead or are they bad for your teeth!

  189. has anyone tried using Calcium Phosphate instead of regular Calcium?
    Calcium Phosphate is the exact mineral that is in teeth.

  190. I’ve been using this every day for a week now and I love how clean my mouth feels!

  191. Is this safe to use for young children?

    • I use it with mine as soon as they are brushing their teeth…

  192. Camping stores often have refillable tubes. They look like empty toothpaste tubes and have a winder that slots on to the base, and you just wind it up to seal it and push the contents up to the cap end.

  193. I am not sure if this has been addressed in the comments, as there are numerous to go through, but my concern is the coconut oil. I understand the ‘why’ to using it. I am looking forward to making some soon, and want my family to use as well. My issue is with spitting it out into my sink, as coconut oil solidifies, which can cause my drains to clog, and my husband will definitely not like. Obviously my husband and myself can remember to spit into garbage, but my children are another story.

    Your thoughts greatly appreciated.

    • It is great for the mouth and gums but you can leave it out. We spit in the trash can…

  194. Thanks for the recipe! I have made a small batch and I am curious about the shelf life of it. I’ve noticed a slight yellowing of the mix, I have it stored in a small glass jar, and i added 2 drops of vitamin e oil.

  195. Has anyone used ONLY this toothpaste and had their cavities remineralize? I don’t want to try all the things mentioned (charcoal, peroxide, diet), I want to try one thing at a time. If this toothpaste is enough, then I don’t feel the need to do all the other things as well.

  196. Hi there! Thanks for this great recipe! I made it yesterday and it turned out well, however, I am curious to know how you managed to get your toothpaste to turn out like a paste?.. I added 3 tablespoons of unmelted coconut oil before I realised I would have to melt it to get a more runnier consistency. So I melted the last 2 tablespoons and it turned into a nice blended paste, however, now the coconut oil has hardened and it’s turned into a very hard powder-like consistency. Any suggestions? Thanks again for the recipe, it tastes great! Lovely change from the bar of soap I was using 🙂 🙂 🙂

  197. Using activated charcoal is a great alternative too, as it whitens and deodorizes. And, I use half coconut and half neem (a natural antimicrobial).

  198. My 8 month old just started sprouting teeth.. What would be a safe option to effectively clean her teeth?

  199. I think I read someplace down below that I can sub stevia for Xylitol?

  200. I have been using this recipe minus the DE for a couple weeks now with Calcium Magnesium Powder, Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Stevia, and Sweet Orange Essential Oil. Every time we brush with it, it foams in our mouths. Did I buy the wrong Calcium Magnesium? What would cause this? Your thoughts?

    • Hi Kele,
      Mine foams too. I don’t think anything’s wrong with your toothpaste. I kinda like the way it foams.

  201. i made my own recently which was winner apart from the taste – i used orange oil as i’m not a massive fan of mint but it wasn’t astringent enough. When this batch is finished I’ll try fennel oil and see how that goes!

  202. I tried this recipe and my toothpaste quickly hardened up- so I have to scrape up flakes to be able to use it. What did I do wrong?

    • Perhaps not enough coconut oil? That has happened to me when the weather is cold or when i didn’t add enough coconut oil.

  203. Hey Katie! I’ve been using this recipe for toothpaste for a few months now and I love it! My teeth are less sensitive to cold and I have less plaque. I heard the other day that neem oil is really good for your oral health as well. Would neem oil be a beneficial addition to this recipe? If so, how much would be a good ammount?

  204. Is there something else that you would recommend as a flavor enhancer other than the xylitol? I have dogs and we don’t buy anything with this ingredient as it is toxic and means certain death. If it states sugar free on the label I usually don’t buy it anyway, but if I need to I make sure this is not the sweetener. Unfortunately – dogs love it.

  205. I made this toothpaste and love it! I used peppermint oil in it. My two year old likes it too. I put it in a reusable lotion bottle I found in the travel section at Walmart.

  206. Make sure its food grade Diatomaceous Earth and you can grind it to make it less abrasive.

  207. It’s kind of difficult to get xylitol in my country, any alternatives?

  208. I am eager to try this. But I accidentally bought calcium CITRATE powder. Will it work like calcium carbonate?

  209. Okay, thanks. I’m having a bit of trouble finding the right calcium. :-/ I didn’t want to take the time to order online, but I may have to.

  210. Essential oils should never be taken internally. Be careful on that advice.

  211. I got the calcium & magnesium powder from amazon. It also has citrate powder and VItamin D3 in it. I just want to make sure that it is going to be safe for my 2 and 4 year old who aren’t great about spitting it all out. Thanks!

  212. I have heard that you can grind up eggshells and that is the same as calcium carbonate. Have you heard that too? Do you know if it is true? Do you think it would be ok to use the eggshells instead of the calcium powder?

    • I have heard that too… haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work…

  213. I tried this recipe with coconut oil, calcium powder, xylitol, baking soda, and some peppermint extract. I put all my dry ingredients in a blender first to mix (plus the xylitol was granulated not powdered). After adding the coconut oil, it is still pretty gritty. Is that the right consistency? My teeth are getting insanely clean, but I am worried it may be abrasive.

  214. I was wondering where you buy your baking soda or what brand you buy (I looked at “Resources” and “Store” and didn’t see any there). I’ve only seen Arm & Hammer at our grocery store, but I have heard some say they do testing on animals, and I’ve also seen some say that with the deodorant mix, Arm & Hammer caused irritation, whereas another brand did not. Do you have a specific brand you use?

  215. I have made this recipe a few times and LOVE it. I don’t use the diatomaceous earth (DE) but I DO add a few drops of Red Raspberry Seed Oil for its antiseptic properties. Thank you.

  216. I’ve made similar recipes in combination with a pinch of salt or a dollop of Bronner’s castile soap. My variety seems to fluff up a lot and can be difficult to store. Does anyone else have this problem?

  217. Can extracts be used instead or are they bad for your teeth? Anyone have any advice on using food grade extracts for flavoring? Is it bad for you teeth or is it a weaker version of oils?

  218. How long does this recipe last (if you use TBSP for each “part”) for one person?

  219. Is the xyiltol just for sweetness? Could I use Stevia instead?

  220. I followed the recipe as listed on the everyday paleo site. It didn’t mention that the xylitol should be a powder. I just mixed up a batch and the xylitol is not dissolving into the mix. Should I ditch this batch and start over or do you think it’s okay to use even with the xylitol still somewhat crystally? Maybe it will dissolve in time? Suggestions appreciated.

  221. I’ve made another version of homemade toothpaste, but am excited to try this one! A tip for storage: We HAPPEN to have five children, so we use a one week vitamin sorter and each person gets a slot with their own toothpaste in it. That way, I don’t have to even THINK about all those double dipping germs from my kids. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your info!

    • We use those little round hard plastic tubs with the screw lids in the travel section at Walmart. They come in different colors so each girl can have her own color and each boy can have his. We have separate bathrooms for the boys and girls at our house since we have 7 children. I agree that having personal toothpaste containers is best. We have also used those clear plastic containers with the snap on lid for taking individual dressing or condiments in lunches. You find those in the paper product section. I just let them write their names or initials on the top. Very cheap so if they crack you don’t worry about just throwing them away and getting another one. My boys can be a bit rough on things.

  222. Is it my impression or this recipe changed? I bought GSE and Castille Soap. NOw that I came back to make it, don’t see those ingredients anymore. Please let me know. Thanks. Also how many drops of essential oil?

    • I did update it. You can add 10 drops of the GSE and 1/2 tsp of the soap if you’d like. 🙂

      • Are they needed? If not I’d like to keep it simple. What exactly is their purpose on the toothpaste? thank you

        • They mainly help it foam a little like “regular” toothpaste but you can leave them out…

          • Will this toothpaste go bad at some point? I mean sort of expire so to speak. For how long should I use a batch? thank you

  223. Are those two ingredients needed? What exactly is the purpose of them? If not necessary, I’d like to keep it simple. thank you

  224. I just made this and tried it, is it supposed to fizz? As soon as I dip my wet toothbrush into the mixture, it fizzes.

    • Mine still fizzes every time it hits my tongue…in a loveable sort of way. I use a plastic knife.

  225. Hi, what age is it safe to start using this toothpaste? Right now my 2 year old isn’t quite getting the idea of spitting out toothpaste. Is it safe for her to use this? Especially if she is swallowing some? I am looking for something safe for her as the store bought ones I have seen have undesirable ingredients. TIA

  226. Could I use stevia powder instead of the xylitol?

  227. How many drops of oil do you use in this recipe?

    • your squeezable toothpaste recipe says 40 drops of oil and 20 drops of minerals… maybe i will just try adding ten drops at a time to this recipe so it isn’t too oily?

  228. I just made the toothpaste and it tingles when it hits my mouth, almost like a pop rock effect….is this normal?

    • Hi Heather,
      That happened to me when I first started using the toothpaste. It went away after a few days or so. I think its all that glorious magnesium hitting your mucous membranes.

  229. I have made this recipe a few times and I love it! I have a question though; I make my own calcium powder out of eggshells, but I read somewhere that in order for calcium to work it needs to be combined with Magnesium. Would the remineralizing process still work with just the eggshells or do I need to add magnesium as well?

  230. I’m having trouble with the consistency of my paste. This is the second time making it. This time around it has little grits to it thy get stuck under my lips and on my tongue. Can someone who has this down pat let me know what to do?

  231. How long can you keep it before it goes bad?

    • I’ve had mine last up to six months but always run out by then so I don’t know beyond that…

  232. I’m wondering what brands of essential oils to use for this. I was told it should be food grade and I’m having a hard time finding one in amazon. Could you post a referral link with the oil you recommend for this?

      • Unfortunately most of their oils say not for internal use! I bought a bunch just for that and was upset.

  233. I made the tooth past. Is it suppose to sort of sizzle on your teeth?

  234. The only powdered calcium I could find is a calcium, magnesium, vitamin c & zinc complex powder (made by viridian) – would it still work?

  235. I’ve made this toothpaste twice now because I thought I did something wrong the first time. The problem is that when it touches my tongue it’s almost like I’m getting zapped. I guess the best way to describe it is to compare it to Pop Rocks, but worse. What could be causing this?

    • The same thing happened to me the third time I made this. I had been using stevia to sweeten it and calcium powder. Then the last time I made it I used xylitol, added mint EO and used calcium magnesium powder. And ZAP! Just like you said, it felt kind of like super strong pop rocks. My kids don’t like it anymore but we used it anyway and now that I need to make more I am afraid to because I don’t know which of those ingredients reacted like that. I really don’t want to experiment and waste ingredients if anyone already knows what to change…or I could go back to the old way I made it I suppose.

      • Maybe it’s the xylitol since you used that the first two times you made it. That’s also what I used, but I didn’t use the full amount. I’ve been using the toothpaste anyway and once it mixes in with some saliva it doesn’t seem to be as bad. I think I’ll use Stevia next time I make it and see if that helps.

        • I had this exact same thing happen to me, I suspect either xylitol, or the calcium mag powder or the EO oil. What form of calcium did you use the first 2 times, Ali? And did you use mint EO the first 2 times?

  236. I’ve made this toothpaste twice now because I thought I did something wrong the first time. The problem is that when it touches my tongue it’s almost like I’m getting zapped. I guess the best way to describe it is to compare it to Pop Rocks, but worse. What could be causing this?

  237. I’ve made this toothpaste twice now because I thought I did something wrong the first time. The problem is that when it touches my tongue it’s almost like I’m getting zapped. I guess the best way to describe it is to compare it to Pop Rocks, but worse. What could be causing this?

  238. how much food grade peroxide would you add to this? and would you dilute the peroxide first? i have vitality plus food grade hydrogen peroxide. 35% strength.

  239. Hello! I really liked reading the numerous articles on your site! They’re very insightful and informative! I have one question about this toothpaste. You say that it healed a cavity ( which is pretty amazing!) So do you know if it helps with chipped or jagged teeth? I figured if it helps with cavities, it might also help with that!!

    Thanks so much and keep up what you’re doing!

  240. Can I add turemic to the home made toothpaste for whitening

    • Never thought of that. No reason not to because it does promote whiting of the teeth. I am going to try it too.

      • That’s a great idea! How much turmeric should you put in though?

  241. can you add aloe to this?

  242. and what about tea tree oil?

  243. I have your tooth powder recipe too. Is this one now your preference and how do you dispose of it given that this paste contains coconut oil ( I have read not to put it down the sink).
    Thanks!

    • I like both, but we just spit in the trash when we use this one…

  244. Do you have a recipe for a homemade tooth oil similar to orawellness? I like the idea of it but it seems expensive for almond oil and essential oils.

  245. Is this one safe for kids as young as two? Or I guess maybe they wouldn’t need to remineralize their teeth at that young an age …

  246. I live in New England and the Fall weather has arrived with cooler temperatures. In making your recipe the coconut oil is solid so I softened with a little heat to mix together the ingredients. Of course in the morning it hardened and isn’t readily usable. Any suggestions?

    • I keep mine in the shower so the steam heats it up in the winter and then I just brush after showering…

  247. I recently found this awesome recipe! I love it. I add Melaleuca to mine. I do have a question tho. I made mine about a week ago and now it is getting orangey/brown spots in it. Is that just from the Melaleuca not being mixed completely or should I be worried? Any thoughts?

  248. Is this safe if kids sallow this? I have a 1 year old and 3 year old and they aren’t good at spitting it out. I was thinking it’s all natural, so it should be ok, right?

  249. How long does it generally take to remineralize teeth? My three year old has 2 or 3 cavity and also a dark colored tooth in the back and I started this hoping this would help heal his teeth. We have been on it for almost 2 months now and haven’t really seen any changes yet, in his teeth or mine.

  250. So, I recently switched to making my own toothpaste (coconut oil, baking soda, stevia, and peppermint oil). All of a sudden, my teeth hurt and my gums bleed while I’m brushing. Do you know if it is related? Also, with this natural homemade toothpaste, it doesn’t feel like I am getting all of the plaque off my teeth. Are these ingredients truly getting the plaque off?

  251. I have a bottle of Natural Calm Raspberry Lemon that I bought through your store. Can that be used instead of Cal/Mag Powder? Just trying to avoid buying something if I can, bc I have everything else. 🙂

  252. I just made my own remineralizing toothpaste using your recipe. I hope you don’t mind if I share it with my friends through my blog. I have made several of your products and I always mention they came from you and I put a link on it (for proper citation haha). For the toothpaste, I didn’t add xylitol, stevia, and castile soap, but I did put a few drops of peppermint. I love it! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Much love from the Philippines!

  253. I couldn’t find Calcium carbonate powder but found calcium citrate. Is this an ok powder to use in the toothpaste recipe? Also, can I use bentonite clay instead of DE? Thanks!

  254. the xylitol is necessary, it inhibits tooth decay!

  255. Hi, I have started making and using this toothpaste for a few months now and really liking it especially for my kids. The only problem I’m having right now is the clogging of my sink from it. Does anyone have a solution for this? Any suggestions/advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Have you tried pouring some Dawn dish soap and boiling water or using baking soda and vinegar?

      • No, haven’t tried any of that. I do use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning my sinks but never have poured down the drain. I will give those a try. Thank you.

        • I clean my coffeepot with vinegar, pour baking soda into the drain and then slowly pour in the hot vinegar, adding more soda as needed.

      • I try to avoid letting it go down my sink. Instead I use a Dixie cup that I change out every couple of days. Kind of gross, but the coconut oil makes it harden, and I just set it out of sight.

  256. Would adding Himalian Pink Salt (for the trace minerals) work?

  257. Which is better,calcium or calcium Magnesium powder?

  258. Does it have to be Calcium Carbonate Powder? Can it be Coral Calcium Powder or Calcium Citrate Powder? (Both offered from NOW brand).

    • i wondered the same thing, that or egg shell calcium?

  259. how much GSE or trace minerals do you typically add to something like this?

  260. Hello! I have calcium/magnesium powder, would that work?

  261. Can I use Redmonds clay instead of the DE?

  262. What if you accidentally buy calcium gel tablets instead of powder, could I still cut these open and use the liquid?

  263. So, I just freaked out ( : Since I don’t mind giving up grains but….. nuts? I live on nuts. Apologies to my raw friends, but it seems that roasting nuts may also reduce phytic acid, and make them more digestible! Yay! And I know there are other issues in roasting nuts; but this is my baby step for the moment… ( :

  264. I tried melting the coconut oil first so it would blend easier and now it is hard as a rock! Does melting it change it somehow and could I still melt my toothpaste and add water to make it softer?

  265. Hi, I’m wondering why you’ve chosen to use calcium carbonate?? From my understanding, it’s a pretty useless form of calcium in the body.
    Just curious. 🙂 Thanks

  266. I thought that I saw something about how sodium lauryl sulfate was actually abrasive or a surfactant. I can’t seem to find my way back to it. Must have missed it. Can anyone help?

  267. Hi there I’ve been reading that baking soda/bicarbonate of soda is too abrasive to use daily on teeth. I love this recipe and have been using it for me and my kids for about six months, but now I’m worried that I’m abrading my (and more importantly their) teeth.
    Do you have any references to reassure me on the safety of long term using BS on teeth, particularly children’s teeth?
    Ugh no worries. Should have checked the previous comments.

  268. I realize this is a really old post but I had a question. I read this a little while back, I mostly found your site looking for recipes for personal care items. The other day on a site I came across something talking about using eggshells for remineralizing teeth, and it reminded me of this post. When I went to their source though the article was actually about ingesting eggshells to remineralize teeth. I’m not interested in doing that. But I was wondering what you thought about maybe using powdered egg shells (pulverized in a coffee grinder, I currently do that and use the powder for the dogs and cats) in place of the calcium powder in your toothpaste recipe?

  269. IDEA: Try a non-BPA plastic bottle to store and dispense from. The kind with the flip up nozzle.

  270. Where do you buy grapefruit seed extract?

  271. I just made this recipe last night and have a question about it. Is it supposed to become solid at room temperature? Because mine became as hard as a rock. Also, is the toothpaste supposed to be chunky I believe due to the Xylitol? Thanks!

  272. We use about 1 1/2 parts baking soda, 3 parts bentonite clay, and 2 parts cal/mag powder.

  273. I did have a dentist point out that using orange oil (or any citrus) is acidic. that is true. is it bad? I don’t know. I typically do the opposite of what dentists and doctors like, but I thought I would throw that out there and see what you guys think. I really love how smooth and soothing the coconut oil is.

  274. How long is the mixture good until?

  275. I use DE as a filter element in swimming pools. On our labeling it says that DE is a known carcinogen. Has anyone responded with this to you?

  276. Xylitol may be the most important ingredient in this! Forgive me if this has been mentioned ( I spent 45 mins on comments and didn’t see this), but if you read up on Xylitol, it has been shown in many studies to actually heal cavities (I’d presume smaller ones). Studies have also shown that if used regularly for a long period of time, say a couple of years, even in gum form or just alone and held in the mouth for 6 minutes, the stronger enamel and cavity protection lasted for many more years, after usage stopped. It’s good for the gums, as well, and for combatting candida. I brush and swish with it alone frequently, as do my grandchildren, who I am raising. We’re all having great results. Words of caution – XylitoI is poisonous to dogs and one needs to be careful of sourcing. XyloSweet by Xlear is made from non-GMO corn, so is both safe and easily sustainable. I do occasionally pull coconut oil, which has similar benefits, but only when I need to whiten my teeth or feel I might be getting sick, as it is a little too time consuming and gaggy for me.

  277. This recipe will not remineralize teeth for a couple simple reasons. You have to have the presence of Calcium, Phoshate , and Fluoride in a correct ratio and also in a bioavailable form to replicate the fluorohydroxyappetite. It must be able to be localized for an extended period of time in order to be effective as well. Ideally also in a neutral pH. Your recipe contains calcium, which is good, but lacks the other key ingredients. Xylitol is an anti-carious sweetener and a good addition but has no effect on remineralizing either. Baking soda is also abrasive. Don’t know why a dentist would not tell you this. It is precisely why toothpaste companies add it to their whitening toothpastes because it helps to remove some of the surface staining and allows the fluoride to be more effective. However, the limitations of fluoride alone are also many. The dental community has embraced fluoride for so long but they fail to mention that it is an acidic compound that basically works only on the surface of the enamel only penetrating a few microns into the surface (similar to a veneer on a piece of wood furniture).

    • Do you realize that Flouride started as a main ingredient in rat poison? There is more and more evidence regarding the toxicity and lack of benefits of it. The benefits (if any) do not even come close enough to outweigh the harm. Plus, it really strips the enamel over time and ends up causing sensitivity. Even my local dentist has started warning people away from fluoridated toothpaste.

      Additionally, over 50% of our water is fluoridated. We ingest this chemical in nearly everything. If it can be avoided in my toothpaste, then I’ll do it. I’ve only been using this recipe for a short while and it has worked much better than a commercial product. My teeth are whiter, gums less sensitive, and plaque virtually non-existent.

      Baking soda is not overly abrasive and if it was good enough for my grandparents, it’s good enough for me.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/warning-this-daily-habit-_b_741635.html

  278. I bought xylitol and opened the bottle, inside were small crystals – not really what I would call powder. The bottle said that it was quick dissolving so I figured it might dissolve once I add the coconut oil but it didn’t. Is this how it normally comes? I’m wondering if this is too abrasive and/or will it dissolve once I add water when I’m brushing my teeth?

  279. I have a question. I have chickens and have found many useful things to do with their egg shells. If I sanitize the shells and grind them to a powder can I use it in place of calcium?

  280. I’m very intrigued with trying this…but I’m allergic to coconut. What other oil can I use in its place?

  281. Does this need to be refrigerated? I’m assuming not but just want to make sure.

  282. Can someone say if the cal-mag is more beneficial than just calcium? Any reason I wouldn’t want the additional minerals and Vit D in my toothpaste? Wondering if it in any way interrupts remineralization over using just pure calcium.

  283. Just curious if you could use only baking soda and coconut oil? I have been only using baking soda with no problems (only the past few days) and now I am kind of scared because some people say it cant damage your teeth. Any information would be appreicated. also have any ideas on shampoo?

    Thanks!

  284. I love your toothpaste recipes and have made a few batches now. Today’s
    batch fizzed crazily though! Is it just that my baking soda is brand
    new? So the old baking soda I used for the last batches was probably
    expired? Just making sure: is this fizzing safe for the metal &
    plastic/rubber parts of my blender? Also, the fizzing is a little
    uncomfortable when I use just the tooth powder form & a wet
    toothbrush; but is it safe for enamel and gum health? Thanks!

  285. I’m a teen with braces, and I have some Qs…

    I just made the original recipe before this was updated–last night–and tried it out (the look on my mom’s face when she tried it was hilarious:). And it seems to be working alright, but I just read about how baking soda can cause gums to recede, and am concerned. Because of my braces, I really need to get my gums.

    For those of you who say that brushing with just coconut oil/sea salt, just how does that work? How would brushing w./ oil clean your teeth? I was thinking maybe using the orig. rec. on tops of my teeth, and just coco. oil on my gums. Would that work? My teeth are sensitive too, and my front teeth (upper jaw) feel…well, like my gums are pulling back. That might’ve been me pushing too hard w./ brush, though…maybe not?

    Is there a way to make the paste more…substantial? I was expecting more resistance (you know, like store-bought), and accidentally cut that thing that attaches the lip to the gums. The oil ran down my toothbrush; is this supposed to happen? Also, I noticed that after I was done brushing, and took a sip of water, there was this really weird taste in my mouth. Got to go now, but I’ll probably think of more questions that I forgot…
    Please advise!!! If anything sounded weird, I’m sorry! 🙂

  286. Hi Wellness Mama, I have been following you for quite some time now and am a big fan of your site. I tried the remineralizing toothpaste today but to my dismay it burned my and my son’s mouth! Here is what I tried:

    5 teaspoons of Calcium Magnisium citrate powder from Now foods,
    2 teaspoons of baking soda,
    3 teaspoons of xylitol granules,
    1 teaspoon of trace minerals liquid (Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops) and
    a few drops of organic peppermint essential oil.
    liquid organic coconut oil to dissolve all of the above.

    It not only burned the inside of the mouth, I also felt it probably dissolved some enamel! when we spit it out, it felt as if reacting with either the wash basin or the water on it! I hope my kid’s teeth are fine. Unfortunately I tried it on him first in my over-excitement!

    What would have went wrong? I closely followed your recipe. Is the calcium-magnicium in the citrate form too acidic for a toothpaste? Or is it the essential oil or the trace minerals? Appreciate your kind response! Thanks!

    • I am having a similar experience but I think it may be the baking soda as I had the same problem when I tried straight baking soda. Hoping it will ease up over time.

  287. Katie! Help! My toothpaste separates. I live in AZ and the coconut oil is not solid and it always separates from the rest of the ingredients. Can I use something else instead of coconut oil? Or what can I do? Thank you

  288. It looks like I accidentally purchased calcium tablets with magnesium AND vitamin D. Do you think that would be or should I go back to the grocery store and switch it out?

  289. do you need to add anything to help preserve this toothpaste??

  290. About to make our second batch of this toothpaste. We love it! Even my husband uses it, and he usually isn’t interested in my “natural” stuff! 🙂 Thank you so much for all your work in getting this together!!

  291. is there anything that needs to be added in order to preserve the toothpaste???

  292. I was just wondering if there was anything I could use in place of the coconut oil? My mom really wants to try this but she’s on a diet that has her avoiding all oils and she can’t even use toothpaste with it in it! I didn’t know if I could just add little bits of water until it’s thick or if that would mess anything up.

  293. Can’t I use just the plain baking powder, the taste doesn’t bother me and I’m not good with sweeteners?

  294. I have so many questions about natural oral/tooth care… Do your kids use this toothpaste? And how long do you do oil pulling for? So many more questions but these are the biggest. I’ve had trouble with my teeth since the day I was barn, had fillings by age 4, braces for 6 years of my life and now have 4 roots canals from old fillings coming unsealed!!! And I keep thinking there has to be a better way, there must be a batter way… Here it is

  295. Hi Katie, I’m about to make your recipe, which is pretty much the same as the last recipe I used, and I have to say, my teeth have been becoming more yellow, not whiter, since I started using home-made / natural toothpaste. So, curious why you think yours are becoming whiter, and what other peoples’ experiences with this might be.

  296. My toothpaste is not white! It’s an off white. Makes me nervous to use. I don’t want to discolor my teeth. Seems my calcium powder is not a snowy white. This happen with anyone else…any suggestions?

  297. Hi
    I am used to brushing with just Dr Bronner’s peppermint soap, but I really wanted to see the original recipe here that contained the soap. Is it still available anywhere?
    Thanks!

  298. Why not store it in a travel size squeeze bottle?