I’ve talked before about the link between nutrition and oral health and shared the recipe I was using to make homemade natural toothpaste. That toothpaste works great, and it certainly gets teeth clean, but as I’ve read more about oral health since then, I wondered if that recipe could be improved.
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 reminerlization and the dietary steps necessary also. (It also explains why ingredients in most toothpastes, even natural ones, can demineralize teeth and cause tooth decay!)
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 few months. My teeth are whiter than they’ve ever been and everyone who I’ve asked to try this 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 in to anything cold (or even thinking of it!) made me shutter 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! I have never been able to do this at any point I can remember!
I even emailed the recipe to a friend of mine who is a holistic dentist to get his opinion on it. He tried it and told me that not only should it get teeth clean, but it could very well also speed up the remineralizing process.
This 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 toothpaste!
- 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), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Myrrh and Trace Minerals
- Mix all powdered ingredients (calcium, Baking Soda, Xylitol) well in a bowl. If you are starting with calcium tablets, powder them in a food processor. If you are starting with capsules, dump them out into the bowl.
- Add Coconut Oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.
- Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor (my favorite is Peppermint Orange)
- 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.
If you don’t want to try making your own toothpaste, consider using one of these simple one-ingredient alternatives.
Do you already make your own toothpaste? Share your recipe and thoughts below!