Squeezable Homemade Toothpaste

Squeezable Homemade Remineralizing Toothpate

I’ve posted my recipe for remineralizing homemade toothpaste before, and a reader recently shared her adaption that allows it to be squeezable (many thanks to Melina!) It also combines the bentonite clay of the toothpowder recipe with the remineralizing recipe for a double dose of minerals.

The addition of water to this recipe makes it squeezable, but also shortens the shelf life. I haven’t been able to test it past a few weeks because we use it so quickly, but it has lasted at least that long at our house. A reader suggested adding vodka in place of the water.

The squeezable tube also offers the advantage of making a toothpaste that is easier to share without having to dip multiple toothbrushes in to the same container.

If you’d rather use a water free homemade toothpaste recipe with an indefinite shelf life or a toothpowder recipe, my entire list of oral health recipes is on my Oral Health Resource Page.

Homemade Toothpaste Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons calcium powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Xylitol Powder– This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter. We don’t cook or consumer Xylitol, but there is evidence that it is beneficial orally)
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay or you could use additional Calcium powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Distilled Water or slightly more to thin
  • 30+ drops of essential oils of choice: Peppermint, Cinnamon, etc or Brushing Blend
    optional: 20-30 drops of trace minerals

Homemade Toothpaste Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except clay in a mini-food processor and mix well to incorporate. Once smooth, slowly add in the bentonite clay and mix by hand with a plastic utensil (bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal). If you don’t have a food processor, you can use an immersion blender or even a whisk/fork in a bowl. Do not use an air-tight blender like a magic bullet as this create too much pressure
  2. Store in a small jar or a squeezable tube like this BPA free GoTube.
  3. Due to the nature of the coconut oil, this homemade toothpaste will be thicker when cooler and thinner when heated but should be a squeezable consistency at normal room temp (70-75 degrees). If it is too runny or too thick, try adding more water or calcium to get desired thickness. Use essential oils to taste.
  4. Use as you would regular toothpaste.

Homemade Toothpaste FAQs

Q. What is the best type of calcium/calcium magnesium to use?

After trying a lot of different types of calcium and calcium magnesium powders and getting reader feedback from dozens of readers… the consensus is that Calcium Carbonate is the best option and that certain types of calcium magnesium can cause reactions.  (I use this brand)

Q. I had an explosive reaction while making this… what happened?

Likely, you used calcium magnesium in a closed container, which apparently can cause a pressure reaction in certain situations. I recommend mixing my hand or in a container that is not airtight. Magic bullets seems to be the culprit in most cases.

Q. Is this okay for sensitive teeth/fillings/veneers/children/etc?

Always check with a dentist before changing a dental routine especially if you have any dental conditions. I personally use this on my kids and on my own teeth with a couple non-amalgam fillings (before I knew about remineralization). Again, check with a dentist, but since all ingredients are generally considered safe for consumption, I feel comfortable using it.

Q. What are some common reactions in the first few weeks (heightened sensitivity for some)?

I personally didn’t have any reactions, but it seems that some people do experience sensitivity for the first couple of weeks of using homemade toothpaste, especially if they’ve been using commercial products for a long time or have had recent fluoride treatments as the clay can bind and pull out toxins.  This seems to be less of an issue with calcium powder and seems to resolve itself within a few weeks, but again check with a dentist.

Q. Xylitol vs. stevia, which is better?

This is largely a matter of opinion. Some studies show that xylitol is good for the teeth, while others show it can be dangerous. It is dangerous to animals, so be very careful to keep it out of the reach of any pets! We use this brand which is not derived from corn and which is not GMO.

Q. Vodka vs. Water?

This recipe works just fine with water, but many people have successfully used vodka in its place to extend the shelf life (it lasts pretty long either way.

Q. Why NO Glycerin?

There is some evidence that glycerin can coat teeth and prevent them from absorbing minerals. The research definitely seems mixed on this one, but there is no evidence that glycerin is needed or beneficial to the teeth, so it is best avoided. On a personal level, I’ve seen relatives teeth turn brown after using glycerin based toothpaste and return to normal once switching to a different brands.

Q. Other than yourself and your family, has any one else used this for a while?

I have received dozens of emails from people who have used this toothpaste or my regular remineralizing toothpaste and had good results. One reader, Jennifer, backed the idea of using calcium and not calcium magnesium:

I’ve always made it with calcium powder and love it. We bought the calcium magnesium powder this time and it tastes and feels like tingly, bitter metal – and not tingly in a good way. We will stick with the regular calcium carbonate powder.

Tina offered these changes:

I started adding a bit of hydrogen peroxide to mine. That made it squeezable. I do not use the bentonite clay. Instead I use baking soda. I also add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to mine.There is still the fact that coconut oil is more firm in cooler temps. Thanks for sharing the container information! I have tried using pastry tips with disposable plastic bags.

Melinda adds:

I love this toothpaste recipe and have been using the original but my paste always dries up. I’ll have to play with it more.  This recipe really does make my teeth look and feel fantastic. I love it! May have to get a squeezable tube and see how that goes.

Q. I had bleeding gums the first few times I used this, is this normal?

I didn’t experience this personally, but have heard from many readers that they had this for the first few days and up to two weeks but from their experience, it seemed to resolve itself. If in doubt, ask a dentist!

Q. What type of container is best for this?

I personally use goToobs which are medical grade silicon and great for re-using, traveling and squeezing without worry of plastic leaching in to the toothpaste or metal deactivating the bentonite clay. I’ve had one of these and it has lasted a year and is still going strong. I also use them for my oil cleansing blend when traveling since they don’t leak.

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  1. This is so cool! I’m wondering, if the water shortens the shelf life, what if, instead of water, we used a liquid oil, like almond or avocado? What would your educated guess be on that substitution?

    Thanks for this, it’s great and I will try it using the Brushing Blend (which I adore)!

    • I really like the convenience of using tooth paste out of a tube. I tried adding extra almond oil to this recipe without the clay but the consistency just didn’t work out for me. I hardened at night and melted during the day and separated so I would get only oil sometimes. The clay and water made the consistency just right to be squeezable. And it doesnt change much with the changes in temperature. I don’t worry to much about the shell life. This recipe made the two tubes in the picture above. There’s only two people in my home and the tooth paste has lasted fine for a couple of weeks. Just started the second tube and it looks fine. I did, however, add grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E to preserve it some. I’m not too worried about the clay extracting toxins out the plastic tube. for me the convenience of having a tube is more important. but if you are concern, using a glass container may be better.

      • Thanks, great answer! Very helpful about the almond oil. And actually, that is a great shelf life, so I won’t be concerned about the water! 🙂

      • I’m wondering about using witch hazel instead of water. Might give it a try. 🙂

        • That would help a lot with the gums since witch hazel has very helpful anti-inflammatory properties! I get gingivitis even with regular brushing and flossing…

          • I used to have gingivitis. I love this remineralizing toothpaste – has really made my teeth and gums even healthier. But fight gingivitis also with xylitol (1 tsp. a day – after some loading) and Water Pik.

      • Remember if you use an IONIC calcium montmorillonite clay like Terramin (find on Amazon), you have to be careful to not use metal objects or that deionizes the clay.

      • What are the quantities of Vitamin E and grape seed extract you put in with this recipe? I’m thinking of doing the same

        • Grape Seed Extract is great for killing pathogens. It is one of the great anti-fungal agents for fighting systemic Candida as well. Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative. Hope this helps.

    • there is nothing in the ingredients to spoil so the water is not an issue

      • water allows for bacterial growth.

        • water does allow for bacterial growth, but if you were to add sea salt to the recipe that problem would be removed. As a bonus, the salt adds extra minerals that are really good for your oral hygiene. I add Himalayan pink sea salt to mine. The taste is a bit different, but it is well worth it.

          • Salt also helps with getting rid of oral thrush as well.

    • anything made with water is good for 14 days. maybe you can make enough for two weeks at a time.

      • If you add the right ingredients you can extend the life of water. For example, she suggests oregano. That is a powerful antibacterial/antifungal. Let’s say you add a bit of this, and a bit of tea tree, and a bit of Vit E. That combo will inhibit bacterial growth in the water for much longer than 14 days.

        • Try distilled water to lessen instance of bacteria, as tap water, spring water, ect do already contain bacterias & distilled water is accumulated from steam purified water.
          Also if I recall correctly, Xylitol does turn into alcohol at temperatures lower than human body temperature, and these alcohols are just not good for the body. I’d stick with Stevia.

          • I’ve read that xylitol has been picked up on the dental hygiene bandwagon because it changes (lowers?) the pH of the mouth in order to inhibit plaque growth, cavities, etc. Something else to consider is that Xylitol is a sugar alcohol already…my understanding is not that it turns into an alcohol, but rather that it IS an alcohol (the clue is the last “ol” in the name) derived from sugar, so you’d have to decide for yourself whether the pro’s outweigh the con’s.

    • What about a vegetable based glycerin instead of the water?

      • No! glycerine coats the teeth and keeps them from remineralizing… never use on teeth 🙂

        • I am so glad you are pointing out to not use glycerin! It is a form of SUGAR. Albeit it is derived from plants, but sugar is sugar. Toothpaste companies use it and saccharin in their products to make them sweet and taste better. Scary!
          As for Xylitol, it is actually pretty safe for human consumption and is quite beneficial for those with blood sugar issues. The key is knowing, that, as with everything else, if you ingest too much, then it can be a bit iffy. In large doses Xylitol can cause intestinal distress and loose bowels, but so can too much Magnesium. Moderation is always wise.

          On a side note, LOVE your site!! I was looking for two very specific recipes and you have them! Thank you! I am now going to go sign up for your updates/newsletter!

          Ciao and have a blessed day!

        • xylitol coats the teeth also. I’m pretty sure stevia would be a better suggestion for sweetness.

        • I had lost a lot of enamel from drinking those small energy drinks each morning. They have malic acid in them. I learned about how glycerin coats the teeth and keeps anything from being absorbed. I think this is a primary reason why we think we cannot heal our teeth. All toothpaste I found had glycerin. Even the so called healthy stuff. I started making my own toothpaste and now all the enamel has grown back! And it only took about 3 months. It takes about a month for all of the glycerin to get off the teeth.

    • I was wondering if my children should do a fluoride rinse once a week through their school is beneficial, or harmful. Another note, we have well water. Thank you!

      • Absolutely no, it’s very toxic

      • Hydroxyapatite (what tooth enamel is made of) is replaced by Fluoroapatite (a fluoride induced coating that is more resistant to decay). The reason they use fluoride is because they say, “Wow, look, the teeth don’t decay as easily! But they fail to tell anyone that it’s highly toxic! It would be like me using radioactive metal in surgery because it reduces infection! Hydrofluorosilicic acid is the main kind of fluoride that is added to water, due to it’s cost, and is actually a waste byproduct of chemical fertilizer production. It will literally eat through metal and almost anything it comes in contact with. But don’t worry! In small doses you won’t realize that it’s slowly killing you…

        • Fluoride will fill the receptor sites for iodine on a cellular level so that your cells will be denied the iodine they need to function fully. We need very little fluoride in our systems and get far too much of this toxic element.

        • Where can you get Nano-hydroxyapatite for my homemade toothpaste?

    • Have you used calcium citrate? Use this and magnesium citrate as a supplement for muscle cramping which I have delt with sense childhood. It would be easy to use something I already have in the house. ????

    • I’ve made this a few times but never have distilled water around so I’ve used tap. This time I used 3 T of 100% aloe vera which the label says is “fractionally distilled,” whatever that means, instead of the water. This aloe is almost as liquid as water, not a thick gel. I used 3 T for this recipe and the consistency turned out really nice. I haven’t tried it yet for brushing but it seems just as good if not better than all my other batches of this, and a short non-scientific google search reassured me that there doesn’t appear to be any down side to using Aloe Vera in oral care products, and it may be beneficial. I have never had any problems with the product going bad, though I always do add a tsp of Real Salt or Celtic Sea Salt because I omit the Baking Soda, and I store the tubes I am not currently using in the fridge.

      • Hi Ginger, how come you omit the baking soda? Just curious.

        • Baking soda irritates my gums, which I found out trying a couple of homemade toothpastes before this.

      • Aloe is great for teeth (I use a aloe toothpaste myself) ! Good to know there are others who are finding alternative to fluoride toothpaste.

      • Aloe Vera is a bit more acidic so adding even a very small amount of baking soda to increase the pH could be helpful. Baking soda has a really powerful effect on pH in liquids so you can probably keep it low enough to not cause gum irritation.

        • Thanks, Erik! I’ll try adding a tsp of baking soda to my next batch. I like making my own products, but the Ph thing confuses me and I’m never sure how to tell if it’s “off” or what impact that may have if it is. I suppose it’s more important with toothpaste than something like hand soap. But how would we know if commercial products have the proper Ph either? I think I need a detailed primer on Ph-balance and when it’s important in personal-care products.

    • I would add a preservative if you are using water. It only takes a little. I did some research and while so many of these recipes for tooth paste do not list a preservative it is recommended. Sea salt appears to work from the research I have done

    • When you say •40+ drops of essential oils of choice: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Oregano, Lemon/Lemongrass do you mean in full strength form because i have undulated Oregano

    • MTC oil doesn’t harden.

      • Bravo! That’s what I use in my homemade toothpaste and also in my sugar scrub for my face. It is costly here but with the scrub I never need to use a face cream anymore.

  2. You should never put bentonite clay or EOs in any plastic container ( no metal for the bentonite) they draw toxins and EO acts as a solvent and eats away at the plastic. Use glass and forget the “convenience” squeezable toxic plastic…just because it is BPA free does not mean it does not have other toxins. Great recipe by the way!!

    • In small quantities, EO’s are fine in plastic. It doesn’t appear to me, that 40 drops is going to be enough to break down the plastic in this amount of toothpaste. It should be fine.

      • If IONIC minerals like Terramin (find on Amazon) do not use a metal lid if using glass jar. Metal deionizes the minerals.

    • She specifically says she uses silicon tubes for that very reason…maybe someone didn’t read that part?

  3. If bentonite clay should never come into contact with metal, what about metal fillings. It seems most people have at least one 🙁 (I’ve actually been using the tooth powder for months with my fillings…should I stop?)

    • I too am asking this question. 🙂

    • Interesting question that I didn’t know the answer to, so I did a bit of reading. From what I found, first off using stainless steel (which is most of what we have in our kitchens) is apparently fine. Secondly, the reason to avoid it coming in contact with metals is that the primary benefit of it is that it absorbs various toxins and heavy metals into itself – so you want to avoid letting it absorb them before putting it in your mouth. The fillings are already in your mouth and probably have been for a long time. So in short, unless you’re letting the toothpaste sit in your mouth for long periods of time and then swallowing it instead of spitting it out, no, don’t worry about this toothpaste having a problem with your fillings.

  4. Don’t forget: never spit this ‘toothpaste’ into the sink! The coconut oil will harden and plug your drains. Or keep the water running hot for a long time, which is wasteful.

    • I have been using a similar recipe to this with coconut oil for about a year now, and my sink only clogged up one time, and all I did was boil a small pot of water and washed it down the drain. It worked like a charm and haven’t had any other issues! I am sure its probably not a great idea, but the small amount I use everyday doesn’t seem to affect it. I probably wouldn’t want to use this if I had to spit somewhere else, so don’t want people to get deterred from using this wonderful stuff because of that. I think everyone needs to just try it out themselves and see what happens, because this can happen, or you can get lucky like myself and have it only happen one time in a year! : )

      • If putting hot water down a sink, make sure it is a bit less than boiling if you do not have metal pipes the whole way down. Boiling water can melt PVC.

        • LOL – Have YOU personally known anyone that has had PVC melted from boiling water ??

    • I always think it’s funny how people talk about not spitting the oil down the sink when oil pulling and such. This really baffles me. Because by the time the small amount of oil is mixed with your saliva, there is actually very little oil to saliva ratio. Let alone enough to clog a sink. If in doubt, just boil a small amount of water to pour down it every now and then. I usually have a tad bit left over after boiling water for coffee or tea anyway. Might as well put it to good use. 🙂

      • I don’t think with oil pulling they are telling u to not spit in sink because of clogging issues. Its because with oil pulling you are pulling tons of toxins out of ur body through your mouth and spitting those harmful toxins/bacteria in ur sink where u wash ur hands, touch the surface, etc is not such a good idea….they say spit in toilet so u can flush it down like we do all our other wastes.

  5. I started adding a bit of hydrogen peroxide to mine. That made it squeezable. I do not use the bentonite clay. Instead I use baking soda. I also add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to mine.There is still the fact that coconut oil is more firm in cooler temps. Thanks for sharing the container information! I have tried using pastry tips with disposable plastic bags. This works okay and is inexpensive. I like the looks of these squeezable containers much more!

    • that’s a great idea and very creative. I think im gonna give it a try

    • Just be careful – I have read on numerous occasions that hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is not a good mixture to use on your teeth too often, as it basically removes the top-most part of the layers on your teeth (which causes the whitening). Using it once or twice a week should be enough to whiten your teeth without damaging it.

    • If you have amalgam fillings you should not use hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide will cause the fillings to leach mercury.

  6. Putting beauty/health/food products in plastic containers may lead the products to become contaminated by the toxins in the plastic. A safer suggestion could be to get a glass “soap” or “lotion” dispenser and squirt the toothpaste onto the toothbrushes. This is also a nice option for those who will be sharing toothpaste with others in the home! 🙂

    • The lotion dispenser wouldn’t solve the issue of plastic toxicity, since the “tube” inside the container that allows the liquid to go up, as well as the actual ump mechanism and nozzle ARE ALL MADE OUT OF PLASTIC. After squirting, liquid stays inside the tube for the next serving.
      Might as well use a plastic tube.
      Or have a totally different approach on the matter.

      • Agreed, and the one I linked to is actually silicon so it won’t leech…

        • The pumps also usually have a metal spring inside. so this isnt a great option.

    • Great idea!!! Thanks !

  7. Thanks Katie for posting this. I’m glad to contribute to your project!

  8. I noticed that this new recipe doesn’t contain Baking Soda like the original recipe. Is the Baking Soda not necessary or was it forgotten? I’m assuming the Baking Soda is for pH.

    Also, if the clay is to pull the toxins, can it be omitted from the recipe if I use activated charcoal (separately)? Thanks!

    • I think It was forgotten. I put baking soda in mine, it’s basically the original recipe plus bentonite clay and water. The bentonite clay and water addition are mostly to get the right consistency to make squeezable.

  9. I would like to try this. I think I’ll use vodka instead of water though, so that it will stay good longer.

      • Would the alcohol make this unsafe for children who still swallow their toothpaste? What about the bentonite clay? They all say for external use only. I can skip the bentonite and use other suggestions on here, but I’m very curious about the vodka because I like the idea of using this for a preservative.

        • I would be concerned about using alcohol as it is very acidic and will likely alter the ph of the other combined ingredients. I have read that we need our mouth in a neutral state before attempting to clean our teeth as we run risk of damaging enamel. check out dr Ellie regimen for tooth care. not all natural but some good info.

    • That’s an interesting solution 😀

      • I have a book of recipes for health and beauty products and it suggests to use 50% alcohol to water ratio as a natural preservative. Particularly vodka being a good cheap alcohol at 80 proof, 40% alcohol by volume. Vodka is commonly used to make tinctures and extracts as well. So I can’t take credit for the idea, apparently it’s a common preservative and why you may find alcohol in a lot of products, even things like shampoos and lotions at the store.

        • would you post the name & author of the book you spoke about, please

  10. I love this toothpaste recipe and have been using the original but my paste always dries up. I’ll have to play with it more. 40 drops of essential oils is a LOT. I only used a few of peppermint and it was plenty, I can’t imagine 40. This recipe really does make my teeth look and feel fantastic. I love it! May have to get a squeezable tube and see how that goes. Is it hard to get the paste into it?

    • Not really… the cap unscrews and it is a pretty big opening…

  11. Why can’t bentonite clay come into contact with metal?

    • I wonder why no answer to this question? I have a permanent retainer in my mouth, so I guess I cannot use this recipe.

      • It just activates when it does so you don’t want it to do that before you use it. I’d check with a dentist, but I don’t think there is a reason you couldn’t use this…

        • Thanks!

        • When the companies dig for the clay they use metal, when crash it and dry it also. Tha only way to have metal untouched healing clay is to go and dig it yourself with wooden tools. Just my two cents….

      • found this on a site that sells the clay.

        Braces/retainers?
        by PJ on May 13, 2013

        I would like to know if it is okay to use bentonite clay to brush your teeth if you have braces or a permanent retainer? What about fillings?

        Re: Braces/retainers?
        by Bulk Herb Store on May 14, 2013

        Yes it is safe to use with any fillings and or retainers.

        • Where can you buy the calcium powder and the bentonite clay?

          • I hope you found them, but if not, you could look for your local pottery supplies company. They will usually have raw materials that potters use for glaze formulation, and this includes Bentonite Clay and Calcium Carbonate (also known as Whiting). Hope this helps. 🙂

    • The metal deionizes the clay, however apparently stainless steel is fine.

  12. Would this work in a pump?

    • I don’t think so because it is still thick.

  13. Instead of calcium powder could I use ground up eggshells? Or even calcium plus vitamin D tablets, I’ve got some left over I need to use 🙂

      • How about maybe eggshell water as taught on the Bulk Herb Store website under “How to”? Although now that I am thinking about it I wonder if the eggshell water might go bad too quickly? Maybe the ground up eggshells might be a better solution. :0)

  14. ConcenTrace Minerals contain mercury and arsenic.

    • Organic trace minerals are esssential to good health!

      “An apple contains 3-5 mg of aluminum and trace amounts of lead, arsenic and mercury? Micro or trace minerals are essential for good health if they come from an organic or plant source. In contrast, if they come from an inorganic or metallic source, such as heavy metals, they are toxic. For example, iodine in an organic form is necessary for health. Non-organic or metallic iodine in the same amount can kill you.” -Dr. William J. Saccoman

  15. What do you think about using BS in place of the “additional 2 tbsp of Calcium Magnesium Powder” and Peroxide in place of the “distilled water for thinning”? And also, would this combination be kid-friendly? Thanks SO much for posting this! I’m so excited to finally have an idea of something else to use besides a Tupperware container 🙂

    • It should be kid friendly. The hydrogen peroxide would lose effectiveness over time but you could definitely use it…

      • Thank you 🙂

        • Just a word of caution, clay can be explosive when combined with hydrogen peroxide. Nearly had my eye out this evening with a ballistic lid. After a bit of research I discovered this was the case. I used Rhassoul clay instead of Bentonite. They are both volcanic ash clays so thought it would be ok. Maybe Bentonite is more reactive. That aside I love this toothpaste many thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • I tried this recipe substituting the water with hydrogen peroxide to make it last longer. I DO NOT ADVISE anyone to do that. It is a huge quantity for the amount of the other elements and it really burned my mouth, I had serious injuries of gums and under tongue.

  16. Do you think it would make it unsqueezable to add baking soda? Would the clay be swallowable? (Sharing toothpaste with a toddler.)

    • Clay is ok to swallow, but better to spit if possible. You could add baking soda and just up the water if needed to make it squeezable.

      • I followed the link to the clay and in the description it says ” For external use only.” I am assuming by this statement it should not be swallowed?

        • I’ve actually used their clay internally before but i wouldn’t swallow the toothpaste because it could contain toxins that have been pulled from the mouth…

  17. Hi can I replace the trace minerals with Celtic sea salt?

  18. Could I use more bentonite clay in place of the calcium/calcium magnesium? Would the effect be similar, or would I be missing one of the most important components to remineralize my post-pregnancy, not-so-healthy teeth? (I can’t ship the calcium/calcium magnesium to where I live in Europe, and I can’t find it here. I do have a big jar of bentonite clay, though!)

    • It might not work exactly the same ratio wise with the liquid but it is good for teeth so it shouldn’t hurt…

  19. I tried this but when I added water it got fizzy and puffy. And idea why? I didn’t see that listed as something the should happen.

    • I had the same problem! I followed the recipe exactly, except that I put fewer drops of EO in. After water — fizzy and puffy. Then after bentonite clay — this weird fluffy airy grit mixture. I can’t even really stir it, it fluffs up too much. It doesn’t taste awful, but the texture is something like wet concrete in zero gravity. What am I doing wrong 🙂

      • It’s undoubtably because the calcium and magnesium combo is a citrate, which is effervescent, so it foams and bubbles when combined with water, kind of like combining baking soda and vinegar. That being said, this is why you should be careful if you’re mixing this in a food processor or blender with a lid on it. Sounds like it was an explosive experience for some people. I forgot to add the water the first time I made this in my food processor and added the water after the fact and just blended it with a fork before adding the clay, didn’t use metal after adding the clay. My second batch I just mixed in a bowl and it all blended well, so I think a food processor is unnecessary. The foam calmed down a lot after continued stirring and then letting it rest a while before pouring into the silicone tubes. Love the tubes, love the recipe. I might just get calcium carbonate next time. That won’t foam because its not a citrate. I don’t know if there’s an issue with ph if you use a citrate, which I’m guessing off the top of my head is somewhat acidic. Correct me if I’m wrong please!
        Anyways, after using this toothpaste, my teeth feel like I just came from the dental hygienist! I see one in a couple of months, so we’ll see how my teeth are then. I was being pushed to buy the super fluoridated toothpaste, so i did ($25/tube!), but I’ve done my research into flouride since then and don’t want anything more to do with it!!
        Oh, I personally added a bit of peppermint e.o. and also lemon e.o., which are good antibacterial and antifungal e.o.’s. be careful with peppermint e.o. A little goes a very long way!! I’ve also made the tooth powder from this website with some modifications from a couple of different recipes I found-mainly for the whitening effects. I still use this paste but then I dip the brush into the powder too. But I only do that maybe 5 times a week. There is activated charcoal in my concoction, and I need to do a bit more research on how often that should be used. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and your awesome website, Wellness Mama. I have recommended your website to many of my friends!

    • If you use cold water you shouldn’t have a problem with fizzing. It is usually activated with warm or hot water.

  20. Lovin’ this recipe, can’t wait to try it. Has anyone done a cost saving analysis? We currently buy sensodyne which is a ridiculous $4.59 per 4.5 ounce tube. Surely the homemade has to be cheaper and from reading this post will be much healthier. BTW I love your website!

    • It works out to between $1.50 to $2 a tube depending on the size of the tube and how big of quantities of the ingredients I get (bulk is cheaper)

  21. Just quick question – I made this one (squeezable) and the other one also. Loved them both. But I notice that the original has baking soda and this one does not. Is one ‘better’ for your teeth than the other, do you know?

    Thank you for the recipes!

    • You can add a teaspoon of baking soda to this one if you like 🙂

  22. do you happen to know about how many oz this makes?

    • Roughly 5oz. I filled three 1.25oz. go tubes & probably could have done a fourth if I’d had one. I liked doing the smaller ones so everyone could have their own tube & I could experiment with the EO mix & have different “flavors”.

  23. Could you put clove oil drops in it to help with sensitivty?

  24. I have always water separating from it. I was wondering if this is normal or if there is something I can do to prevent it?

    • That is pretty normal with the blending of oils and waters…

      • it wont separate if you put it all in a food processor.

        • clay is always going to separate from water a little, its non permeable so it globs together & squeezes out the water.

  25. Ok so I have all my ingrediants (no bentonite clay but extra cal/mag powder) in glass bowl stirring with fork. Added the distilled water and it fizzed up as if vinegar was added. Anyone had this happen? I’m assuming it will still be ok…..

    • It is probably just the form of calcium but it should be fine…

  26. I just wanted to say thank you a lot for the recipe. I’ve read all the questions and your responses and I think it’s wonderful that you take the time to answer effectively. You’re doing a great job at running the blog and I use your recipes all the time. I’ve tried a toothpaste recipe with coconut oil, baking soda, xylitol, sea salt, and peppermint/spearmint oils. It took me a week to force myself using it twice a day to notice a drastic difference in my mouth and to get used to the taste- but I’m eager to try this in hopes it will taste differently. We don’t have a lot of money but I’m going to order the tube and the healthy mouth brush blend you’ve recommended in hopes I can continue to make my own for the whole family. My boyfriend won’t use it unless it’s in a tube (the one I tried I scooped out of a canning jar) so I’ve been buying him fluoride free $5 tube kind- would love a healthy homemade alternative that he would use……. or I could make him use, LOL! Any ways- thank you for doing a great job! I’ll report back with a review soon!

  27. Do these ratios have a big effect on effectiveness or are they just for consistency?

    I just switched to natural toothpaste but the recipe I use is simply baking soda and coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio. I don’t mind the taste at all so I do not add Xylitol or anything else. However, for my next batch, I would like to incorporate the Bentonite Clay and calcium but will that negate the shelf life? My current recipe has an almost indefinite shelf life. I mix about a quarter pint at a time and it is just me using it so it lasts a few weeks. I don’t care about it being squeezable at all. Thank you! =D

    • Just for texture… feel free to play with the ratios

  28. Could raw, organic honey be used instead of xylitol powder?

    • Haven’t tried it, even though honey is antibacterial, I”m not sure it would be good to leave on teeth…

    • I was wondering the same about adding honey. I have been aware of the reported benefits of Xylitol (USA birch, non GMO), but with the recent debate about it, I thought maybe honey may be a good option. I found this article which may help: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3220139/
      ,
      Apparently a study was perfomed on the benefits of Xylitol, Chlorhexidine gluconate, and Manuka honey on oral health benefits. Manuka honey was chosen because of its low peroxide content. According to the report, Manuka honey seemed to come out on top for treating gingivitis and periodontal disease. Sort of goes against common sense about putting something so sticky and sweet on your teeth, but very interesting.

      Not sure how I would substitute the quantity of Manuka with the quantity of Xylitol. The Manuka would also alter the consistency. I thought that I may substitute cold expelled fractionated coconut oil to help with the consistency issue that some have reported from the regular recipe and adding the Manuka honey. I have been trying to research the fractionated coconut oil vs. the virgin coconut oil. There seems to be conflicting reports about whether or not the key benefits of coconut oil are lost in fractionated coconut oil. I thought it may also eliminate the need for water, which would increase shelf-life. I am new to this so what are your thoughts?

  29. Oh, I’m going to try this. last time I made tooth ‘soap’, which had a tsp of liquid castille soap in it, and the kids hated it. I haven’t made any more since, but I’ve been meaning to look into other recipes.

    I’m interested that you don’t ‘cook or consume’ xylitol – this was a question I’d been thinking of asking (or searching your site for). Why don’t you?

    • BTW, I meant to say, I used an old tomato sauce squeeze bottle for my last batch. It was a little runny (it was summer), but it did work.

    • Interesting about the castile soap. After reading some comments of it separating I was thinking of adding it to act as an emulsifier but quickly decided against it until I read your comment. I just may have to experiment!

    • Here’s what I’ve learned about xylitol, it’s a sugar alcohol like sorbitol which is what’s in most sugar free products because it’s cheaper to make. If you know anyone that’s diabetic, ask them what happens when you eat too much sugar free candy. Essentially, small amounts are fine, but large amounts can have a strong laxative effect. Also, the sugar alcohols may be bad on your liver in high doses too. However, it is really great in place of sugar because it doesn’t break down into the acids that erode your teeth, which makes it perfect in toothpaste. I’ve also learned it does not taste good in coffee, and you’re way better off with agave nectar or coconut sugar if you are in need of a sugar alternative for consumption and both work really well in baking. Hope that helps!

      • What about using erythratol or stevia?

  30. I made this recipe and it was the perfect consistency at first but I quickly ran across 2 problems:

    1. In 2 days the paste has turned nearly solid. I have to use something metal or plastic to get it out and try to put it on top of the toothbrush with my fingers…this doesn’t result in a very good brushing if you can imagine.
    also…..
    2. The first 4 or 5 days of using it, it made my teeth more sensitive. I haven’t felt this very much after a week or more, but it still concerned me.

    Can anyone explain these things, especially help with the solidity of the toothpaste now?
    Thanks!

    • It is probably the coconut oil hardening, and this depends a lot on the temp at your house. Next time, you can add more water or less coconut oil… The sensitivity might have been the teeth detoxing if it went away…

      • See it can’t be the coconut oil because coconut oil in my house is constantly fully liquid because we don’t keep it very cool. So I still don’t know why it’s a brick. I’ll have to saw open the squeeze tube to get it out.

        • Wow, I know it’s been a while and it’s probably too late but maybe try putting the tube in hot water or something to see if that loosens it up before cutting the tube open. I hate to see you ruin the tube if you don’t have to.

    • I had a similar experience. I made 1/2 the recipe with the following variations: omitted the xylitol, added a small amount of powdered stevia, replaced the baking soda with Celtic sea salt, and the water with vodka. I didn’t use a food processor. It stirred up pretty smooth with a fork, but after the clay and vodka were incorporated, it started seizing up and became the consistency of wet sand. I tried adding some water to the tube and stirring/squeezing with a wooden stick to try to smooth it back out but it’s not working. I think I’ll have to de-tube the rest and see if I can mash it smooth somehow. It’s definitely not solidified coconut oil because it’s been very warm in the apartment, so I think it’s the clay. The good news is that when I manage to get a pebble of this into my mouth it smooths out after a few seconds of brushing and it makes my mouth & teeth feel great. So I’ll keep trying variations in hopes I can work it out.

      • I made my second batch and the consistency is much better so far. I think the problem with my first batch is that I didn’t follow the recipe properly and mixed the clay with the water (vodka) separately, then added to the other ingredients. This time I mixed the water in with the other ingredients first, then slowly added the clay as instructed. It started to separate a bit as I added the last of the clay, so I added a little more calcium powder. So far, so good. The last batch was so thick it didn’t squeeze at all, this one is definitely squeezable. We’ll see how it holds up in the hot weather. I really like how this toothpaste feels, and I’ve started oil pulling as well.

        • Another update: I have to leave my tubes in the fridge because the oil completely melts and separates if I leave it out, as it stays well above 75 degrees on average in my apartment during summer. If I forget to take it out 20-30 minutes before I brush, or I’m in a hurry, I just remove the top of the tube and dig it out with the toothbrush. Even when cold it’s not completely solid.

  31. What about using liquid aloe in place of the water? Anything wrong with that?

    • Did you ever get an answer to this? I’d like to know also!! Something other than Hydrogen Peroxide, Vodka or water.

      • I just made a batch with Aloe (100% “fractionally distilled”) instead of the water and the texture is perfect. I haven’t tried brushing with this batch yet but I looked online and couldn’t find any reason why the Aloe would be harmful. The aloe I used is very thin, a liquid not a gel.

  32. One comment and one question.

    Comment: The GoToobs are wonderful and if you have a problem, the company is really good about standing behind them. I have changed all of my travel bottles to them. (linked silicone tube)

    Question: I’m allergic to coconut in general. Is there something I can replace the coconut with successfully?

      • Eo link that you provide, it says do not put eo in you mouth or any other body openings. How do we figure its ok to use for flavoring?

  33. I’m so glad I found your website! I love all of the projects and articles profiling herbs and other healthy lifestyle topics. I am going to make this toothpaste today!

  34. I have really sensitive teeth if I don’t use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth (specifically sensodyne because nothing else works). Will this toothpaste work for me? I’m scared to try it because my teeth hurt for days and I can barely eat if I don’t use my usual toothpaste.

    • It should be fine, but I’d also look at diet as this can often be related to sensitive teeth….

    • Using a high quality clove EO might help with the sensitivity I have the same problem and have been using a natural toothpaste with clove or thieves oil for a while now and both have worked just as well as the Sensodyne used to for the sensitivity.

  35. what about colloidal silver in place of distilled water or vodka?

    • You could, but I am hesitant to use any kind of heavy metal regularly…

    • I was thinking about alcohol too. Has anyone tried putting organic flavor extracts like vanilla, orange, or peppermint in the toothpaste? theyre usually made with alcohol & i was thinking it would increase shelf life.

  36. It is next to impossible to overdose or cause any health harm with colloidal silver using it in your tooth paste, especially, when you are not taking it internally. It will be less harmful than 40 drops of essential oils of any kind. It is equally harmful to any other ingredient used in the toothpaste, long term, which is next to zero. You eat breath and drink, (or medicate yourself) with more harmful substances on a daily bases.

    • What is the advantage of using colloidal silver for brushing your teeth? Or are you thinking in place of Vodka for storage purposes? I’m not sure why you would say using essential oils would be harmful in any way, providing of course they are high quality of course and I would think they will probably take care of killing any bacteria for storage purposes as well as flavoring and whatever else the ones you chose provide.

  37. I have been making the earlier version of this recipe, but I added vegetable glycerine to thin the paste and make it easier to spread. I saw the use of glycerine in other toothpaste recipes, so it seemed like a good way to go. Seems to work great! I forget if it has any effect on shelf-life.

    • I wouldn’t use it… glycerine is ok in body/bath products but it coats the teeth and prevents them from remineralizing…

  38. I love this recipe. I just noticed the bottle of essential oils states it is not for internal use. Is this safe to have in your mouth? My son has not yet mastered “spitting” out after he brushes so I have been letting him just swallow his toothpaste. Now I am a little freaked out! I just mixed up a new batch too!

    • It has been a long time, but in case you or anyone else needs to know… I know that some essential oils have that disclaimer on there because they have to. I have used Young Living lemon, peppermint, etc that all say external use only. I would just maybe ask the person you bought them from. I am not oil savvy so I would not know which ones are not safe, but I think you are fine with peppermint and lemon.

  39. I made this today and I am having the same problem with this recipe as I have had with others….the liquid separates from the clay and calcium carbonate. Therefore the essential oils don’t stay blended. What am I doing wrong or do you have any suggestions?

    • i put all the ingredients in a food processor and the consistency is perfect and doesn’t separate.

  40. It might be a good idea to add some diatomaceous earth to the recipe for the silica as that is something teeth need too.

  41. You should add something with phorphorous in there, the teeth need it along with calcium to remineralize.

  42. Hi Katie! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for DIY/homemade toothpaste for folks with sensitive teeth. Are their any good essential oils, etc. to use?

  43. I am wondering if colloidal trace minerals are good to use?

  44. WOW! Love this recipe! I have HATED brushing my teeth all my life because of the taste (and aftertaste)of toothpaste. Even stuff like Toms of Maine. But with this stuff, I WANT to brush my teeth. No more gagging for this girl! Also Get that fresh from the dentist feel everytime! Thank You!

  45. I was wondering if liquid bentonite clay would work as well as the actual clay in this recipe. I just happened to have some liquid clay already and would like to put it to use before buying more clay. Thanks!

    • I haven’t tried but I would think so…

  46. Mine is grey not pink! I have put it in a wide neck squeezy ketchup bottle. used first time and teeth felt amazing! Definately worth making at home.

  47. Can anyone provide any tips for the best way to transfer this paste into the squeeze container? I’m thinking of filling a plastic baggie and cutting a hole in the corner to squeeze it in. Anyone tried this?

    • I used the GO TOOBs she linked to under the recipe, just squeezed as much air out of the tube as i could & sucked it up into the bottle – kinda like a syrynge-had to do it a couple times but it was fun.

  48. My toothpaste started out as a squeezable paste, but after a few hours, it morphed into a glob surrounded by water in the tube. I didn’t add the 2Tbs of bentonite clay, but I also didn’t add 2Tbs additional cal/mag to replace. Could this be the reason my paste seperated? Should I add more cal/mag and blend it again?

    • Probably why… the bentonite is a binding agent in this recipe

  49. Just wanted to give a WARNING regarding the prep of the toothpaste – DON’T use a magic bullit type blender when mixing the first ingredients. I didn’t want to pull out my food processor so I used my small counter blender (the one I use for shakes) which doesn’t leave room for the ingredients to expand. There was a chemical reaction that occurred and the whole thing exploded e-v-e-r-y-where! I’m sure I’ll be finding toothpaste for some time to come.:-) It is a wonderful recipe and I managed to salvage some of the toothpaste to use – next time I’ll mix it differently.

  50. I tried this recipe to the letter and as soon as I added the water to ‘thin it out’ it immediately hardened and the mixture completely seized up and seperated from the water…
    I then tried the exact recipe w/out the water and it is fine, not squeezable (which is what i wanted) but a paste none the less.
    Did anyone else have any problems with it? Am I the only one? Any suggestions on what I might have done wrong? 🙁

    • I had a similar experience, except I used vodka instead of water. The clay doesn’t seem to stay blended with the water/oil. I now have a tube full of something like soft gravel surrounded by thin liquid. I have to dig out a pebble-size glob from the tube and smoosh it on to the toothbrush to use it. But once I get it there, it’s great. I don’t have a mini food processor (I didn’t think it was enough volume for my 11-cup cuisinart) but I’m thinking that might be necessary for it to stay bound together?

  51. Can I use Simply Organic peppermint flavor instead of EO (ingredients are: organic sunflower oil, organic peppermint oil)?

    • that is a diluted essential oil, so yes.

  52. I had a small explosion in my kitchen. I made the mistake of thinking I could use one of those mini blenders (like the bullet). Mine fizzed after adding the water, probably from the baking soda, so I should have realized there would be pressure build up. When I went to unscrew the jar…boom! Toothpaste all over my kitchen and slight bruising where I got hit with the jar and blender attachment. Couldn’t help but laugh at myself though as I spent the next hour cleaning!

  53. This is a great post! I would like to recommend using Terramin clay. We use the powder to brush our teeth with everyday and has reversed receding gums. Growing back! Does not scratch or hurt teeth or dental work. Went through multiple dental surgeries with eight dental implants and two sinus lifts and didn’t need Vicodin. Just keep clay in mouth as long as I could, rinse and apply again. High IONIC charge. 57 micron sized minerals that are 15 million y/o. Antibacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic. Never found anything more healing. Pills and powder on Amazon. Type in “Terramin.” Can drink or take pills too.

    • Thank you so much for the recommendation of Terramin Clay. I read through pages of reviews and can’t wait to get my supply!

  54. Not sure what I might have done wrong but even in an airtight tube it became more like taffy than toothpaste the next day. I’m able to chew it so that it dissolves enough that I can brush with it.

  55. In your recipe for the jar remineralizing toothpaste, you included diatomaceous earth as an ingredient, but it is not included as an ingredient for the squeezable method. Is there any particular reason for it? Or is sqeezable one not as remineralizing? Wasnt sure but wanted to get the correct recipe to help with my teeth before I made it. Thanks a bunch and love your page! ~Tiffany

  56. Fantastic site btw. I make a whole line of natural (and edible) lotions, and adding small am’t of ascorbic acid elongates shelf life. Maybe an extremely small amount will help though normally not great for tooth enamel. What about glycerin or blending with Beeswax, I am HUGE fan of beeswax in my products. The toothpaste I give my kids is only glycerin based though never quite sure where that comes from for sure. Hopeful it’s from vegetable sources. Keep up the great work!

    • Glycerin can coat teeth and cause yellowing or decay…

  57. I’ve been making my own toothpaste for a couple of years and have never had a problem. I adjusted my recipe (basically the above with baking soda), and it’s like the baking soda gets really fizzy and active. The only thing that’s different than I’ve done before is the addition of thr trace minerals. I use Concentrace– could that be causing the issue??

  58. We have tried a couple of times, but because of the cost of purchasing all the extra ingredients have only used the simple version. It is always too bitter/salty even with the oils. I could probably discipline myself to use it despite the taste- but I don’t think I could get my kiddos to do it 🙁 Is the version above more like typical toothpaste taste?

  59. I’m sure I would like this toothpaste if it weren’t covering every surface of my kitchen. Please don’t be as foolish as me and do not use a magic bullet or any other type of non-venting blender. Mine exploded!

    • Yikes… thanks for the heads up! I’ve never used one of those, but good to know! Are you ok?

      • I’m fine, thanks for asking. I got really lucky and only have a
        little scratch on my cheek. I’m so thankful I didn’t get injured and only had a mess to clean, and a good story.

  60. I wonder, if you used Vitamin E T-50, if that would help up the shelf life? Also, use fractionated coconut oil in place of the water to make it more liquid.

    Just a thought though – will have to give this a try. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

    • I am wondering about the use of fractionated coconut oil in this recipe too! Did you try it? and if so, how do you like it?
      I’m a HUGE fan of the original recipe, but struggled every morning to soften it enough to put it on the toothbrush.

      • HI, did you try this? Did it work?

  61. Can Natural Calm be used as the powdered calcium/magnesium? I had some Thorne Research Cal-Mag Citrate, but it was an effervescent powder (which seems a little odd to use in toothpaste too).

  62. Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes & am thrilled to have found this one after using the tooth powder for months now. The kiddos prefer paste, so we’re switching to this. One question…can I substitute boiled water that went through a countertop Berkey first for the distilled water? If not, any idea how long this batch might last me if, hypothetically, I already did this?
    Thanks!

  63. How about colloidal silver instead of water or would that not be suitable to use alongside the clay?

  64. can pinch or so of stevia be used since I have a corn allergy and cannot use the xylitol?

    • xylitol is usually derived from birch, not corn. the plants they used to make it are in the ingredients list.

  65. why don’t you use xylitol? we’ve found it a much more palatable sugar replacement, and thought it had the added oral benefits. thanks!

  66. I just made this recipe, although I’ve had it lying around for awhile. I made it “on the fly” so I didn’t notice until after it said not to use metal for the bentonite clay….oops!!!

    At any rate, after switching to wood, then silicon, it was ready. I did add some real cinnamon spice, as well as the essential oil of cinnamon, and I also added about 7 capsules I had made using activated charcoal (I read somewhere that using A.C. is really good for brushing your teeth, even though you need to be careful as it can stain…which I didn’t have problems with).

    I used all the oils listed in the “Brushing Blend”: cinnamon, clove, peppermint, myrrh, and oregano (about 10 drops of each). I did NOT add the xylitol, as I had none, but the taste isn’t bad at all, (In fact, I quite like it!) IMO, and it makes my mouth feel quite clean and fresh.

    I am going to track my results using this, and think that it will help some of the minor problems I’ve been having.

    Thank you for some great recipes and posts!

  67. Made this afternoon. After 2, yes 2 trips, to the health food store, I STILL forgot the calcium powder (grrr!!!). So, I went to my local grocery store and bought calcium pills. Ground them in spice grinder. Worked like a charm. But I really had to use a lot more water to get a paste-like consistency – almost double. And my house is really warm this afternoon. Can’t wait to try this! Love your blog!

  68. I’m trying to compare prices between store bought and home made. How much would you say this makes and how much did it cost to make it all? Thanks 🙂

  69. MY SQUEEZE BOTTLES ARE EXPLODING!!! I don’t see where this was discussed. This mixture seems to give of gas!! I cant close the lid on the squeeze bottle or it will fill up with air and explode out when I open it……

  70. Hi, Katie!
    – Is the squeezable remineralizing toothpaste recipe ok to use on an 8 month old??

  71. I have dentine hypersensitivity, as one of your readers also mentioned having. I know it’s probably caused by acid reflux. I remember reading one of your/readers comments, where you mentioned being able to eat ice cream after using this toothpaste. Is it the calcium carbonate that helps with the sensitivity? Is there another ingredient I can add to help with dentine hypersensitivity? Also, can I use peppermint tincture for flavouring, I’ll probably use vodka as mentioned by one of your readers alongside water, or can I use just vodka and no water?
    BTW, amazing website, I’m hooked!

  72. I’ve never made toothpast before but would love to try it! The natural toothpast I buy now is alot like the non tube toothpast recipe except that is has vegetable glycerin in it as well. So I was wondering about useing vegetable glycerin instead of water in this squeezable recipe. Any thoughts or advice on this?

  73. I didn’t use any bentonite and I don’t like the idea of essential oils in my mouth. I added more calcium carbonate in place of the bentonite. I used vodka instead of water, and I used edible peppermint tincture (which is alcohol based), and the consistency is great, I barely have to shake it (you can see the slight separation at the top in the first pic).
    It turned out a little runny at first, perhaps too much vodka, so I added a Tbsp more calcium carbonate to get the consistency you see here. The creamy colour comes from the peppermint tincture.
    The taste is great thanks to the Xylitol and peppermint and my teeth feel amazing.
    It’s also slippery enough to place in a glass container, like a vinegar bottle, and use it if the plastic concerns you. There’s also a link for a silicon tube that wellnessmama provides in this recipe.

    • Curious, why the vodka idea? Does it have other benefits??? Thanks!

  74. I’ve used this just twice now today. I have noticed that it has greatly irritated my gums. Actually made them bleed as if they were cut! I hardly ever have bleeding gums. I followed the recipe but did I do something wrong? It there something in here that is just too abrasive?

    • I have had the same problem! No one else has commented with this issue but I have had food sensitivities before. I’m going to guess it’s the clay, xylitol or calcium powder? Coconut oil and baking soda have never posed a problem for me.

      • Try my recipe without the bentonite, I’ve had no problems of any sort with it.

    • we have been using it for a few months and all of the sudden, both my husband and i have gum bleeding (looks like cuts) and inside lips and tong.
      We don’t have food allergy and was fine for awhile. Anyone knows what happened?

  75. Baking soda and coconut oil are very abrasive, and shouldn’t actually be used on a daily basis, and never should you brush your teeth with it. The best way is to make a paste with hydrogen peroxide and set on your teeth like a whitening strip, and not left on for very long – or the oil pull – but never actually brushed. A better solution would be soaking a salt like Himalayan salt and using that as the water, the salt should be fully dissolved in the water.

    Harsh ingredients like baking soda and salt in its crystaline form (undiluted) are too abrasive to the gum tissue and have created much recession and actual structural damage to root surface and dentin

    Plaque cannot form if we allow our mouths natural bacteria to thrive without the use of chemicals.

    But I love seeing that I’m not the only one who likes making their own products. Thank you for posting

    • I haven’t found this at all. I use a gentle action to brush my teeth and it works extremely well.

      • I’m not trying to start an argument or anything. I was just listing facts. Unnatural tooth paste may work extremely well for now in the short term, but it is slowly damaging the enamel and the long term it’ll cause teeth sensitivity, cavities, white spots, stains, eventually breakdown and then maybe even dentures.

        • I don’t believe you have correct information. Please stop posting to this.

          • sorry you feel that way…have a great thanksgiving

  76. Here’s a question: does they type of calcium powder matter? I need to avoid shellfish due to high iodine content so calcium carbonate is not ideal. WOuld powdered calcium citrate work as well?

  77. Hey we’ve been using this toothpaste for quite a while and love it. Today I made it with diatomaceous earth instead of bentonite clay and it is a-mazing! The sandy feeling from the clay is gone and it is even smoother than before.
    Also I want to add to be careful with the Xylitol. 3 tbsp is way too sweet for us. I suggest to start with 1 tbsp and add more if needed.

    Thank you for that great recipe! xxx

  78. Can I crush up my calcium-magnesium pills to make powder instead of purchasing some?

  79. This looks great! I’m just wondering if all of the above listed ingredients are safe while breastfeeding? Thanks!

  80. Does anyone have a problem with the cal-mag powder making a huge foaming mess when the water and/or oil gets mixed in? I’ve tried varying the temperatures of the liquid but it doesn’t make a difference. It will finally settle after a few hours and its fine to use just wondered if I’m doing it wrong since this is not mentioned in the directions or any of the comments that I can find. Thanks!

  81. I just had a thought. I have metal fillings, how is this going to affect the clay?

    • It is wonderful that you want to make a natural, healthy, cost-effective toothpaste. A big step to take on the road to better health would be to have your metal fillings removed/replaced. Then you won’t have to worry about the clay reacting with metal in your mouth.

  82. This is great! Can’t wait to try it!

  83. Could vegetable glycerin be substituted for the water? It would be viscous but not oily. ???

    • I think she mentions earlier that glycerin coats the teeth.

  84. Is this safe for an 18 month old? Also, when you say use 40+ drops of an eo or the brushing blend, do you mean use 40 drops of the blend or just add a few drops to your toothpaste before brushing like you have in another post?

  85. Will the grayness of the clay discolor my teeth? Loved the Vodka idea, will be trying that in next batch.

  86. Is this safe for an 18 month old? Also, if I’m not using essential oils and using the brushing blend instead, do I add 40 drops while making it or just a few drops on toothpaste before brushing?

  87. I just made this and I love it! However, I put it in little plastic tubes I got from target, which I doubt are BPA free. Is this a huge deal?

  88. Sorry if this is a common repeat, but I would be the only one using this toothpaste, how long is the shelf life, and how would I be able to tell/taste it was going bad? Sorry if that is a silly question.

  89. Also, my house is always pretty chilly unfortunately, so should I pre-melt the coconut oil, I usually just heat it up in a pan on the stove really quick…

  90. can you add Activated Charcoal to the mix, or is it best just used alone in powder form?

  91. will the bentonite clay react with amalgam fillings?

  92. Is this safe for the kids to swallow? I hope so because we have been using this for a year or so and I figured it was fine since it has no fluoride.

  93. The clay you linked to says for external use only, is this one you recommend?

  94. Thanks for the great info!!! Very helpful….Is it ok to use natural calm product for the calcium magnesium powder in this recipie?? I notice the Calm contain vitamin C is that ok?

  95. I’m getting several friends together to make the toothpaste, and I was wondering about how many batches does the 1lb container of clay make? Looking forward to trying it!

  96. What if you have metal fillings in your teeth? Is this a problem with Bentonite clay?

    • Get rid of those fillings.

  97. Hi. I was wondering if you’ve ever considered using sea salt (Real Salt is the brand of sea salt I use) They sell toothpaste but is a bit expensive for our family. They add sea salt and I think it would be a great addition to your recipe. I am very excited to try this soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  98. Just made my first batch of homemade toothpaste ever. Love it – teeth feel clean, tongue DOESN’T feel like it’s on fire (minty freshness burns). Thank you.

  99. This seems like a lot of work vs buying a natural toothpaste. I am actually curious what the benefit is?

    • I made my first batch last weekend because I wanted to try different flavors. It actually was pretty easy – I used hot water and blended the coconut oil into it and found it mixed very easily with the combined dry ingredients (maybe the foaming up helped mix everything :-). No blender required. LOVE the way my teeth feel after brushing.

  100. Love this recipe thought I would share a photo 🙂

  101. I’ve been loving your site. This is something I’d really like to try but I’ve already invested so much into other items for natural cleaning I’m not sure if I could afford to get the extra items at this point. Is this something you’d consider selling?

  102. made a couple batches based on this recipe and learned some important things
    1. bentonite clay is activated with water (or alcohol) and swells, causing it to separate from the nice coconut oil and making a clumpy mess
    2. in my northern climate, coconut oil only stays liquid for a VERY short time. toothpaste cubes were not quite what i was looking for.
    3. substituting LIQUID COCONUT OIL for the solid, and skipping the water altogether makes for a MUCH better end result. i added a bit extra coconut oil to adjust the thickness of the paste
    4. in the absence of a squeeze tube, a squeeze bottle works fairly well, assuming the paste is thin enough.

    Thanks so much for the recipe (and inspiration). The adaptation i’m testing seems to be quite effective!

    • Good comments, thanks for sharing! I now use liquid coconut oil too, helps with the consistency.

      I use a 1 cup glass food storage container with an easy-to-remove lid (Pampered Chef Prep Bowl), and keep a wooden tongue depresser on the top. I can use the wooden stick to stir the concoction if needed, but I also use it to scoop out a soybean sized amount onto my toothbrush.

      I don’t use any sweetener, as I don’t mind the flavor without it.

      My sensitive tooth is getting less sensitive, I’ve been using this for about 3 months. I make about 1/2 cup at a time, I don’t go too heavy on the essential oils, and I can change up the recipe a little each time. I estimate it costs PENNIES, to make this… though the initial investment might be high. THANK YOU WELLNESS MAMA for sharing this information!

  103. Could I use stevia instead of the xylitol? I would rather do that if it works??

  104. After using this toothpaste I noticed gum/tongue sensitivity, is that normal? I noticed slight bleeding from my gums as well (a problem that I don’t usually have).

  105. Hello! Thanks for your great blog! Just curious, how many ounces of toothpaste does this recipe produce?

    • 5-5.5 oz

  106. Hello, first of all thank you for all this useful recipes. When reading about this ingredients to find the best and most economical ways of making this tooth paste I read that oyster shell contain 96% of calcium carbonate, I was wondering if I can use oyster shell flour for calcium carbonate in this recipe and also some of the artisan sea salts that contain a lot of minerals (I am referring specifically to the Salt drying beds of Cuyutlan which is the one I have easiest access to) to replace the trace minerals. I have also make “concha nacar” in the past by putting lime in an oyster shell(calcium carbonate) and leaving it through the night instead of buying the cream (concha nacar), I was wondering if I can use this mix also for the toothpaste to help whitening the teeth? I know of many people that uses baking soda and lime to brush their teeth but I personally have never done it and what can you tell me about it? And again thank you before hand for all the help you can give me and have given us with your recipes.
    Carmen 🙂

  107. Thanks for posting this
    It came out great!! I halved the recipe which fills my container perfectly, (I have a travel squeezable salad dressing container sold in kitchen stores and Walmart)
    I put everything in a dbl boiler except for the clay, water and ess oils
    Poured the warm mixture into a mixing bowl and let cool to room temp. than slowly added the water while blending with electric mixer. stirred in the clay and ess oil by hand.. I would dbl ess oil drops next time for more flavor by the way.
    Now to see if it actually makes the teeth feel clean and fresh!!

  108. I never thought that homemade toothpaste is even possible. This recipe looks simple (but I have to figure out where to buy those ingredients). Can’t wait to try it, thanks!

    • you can get everything on the list from amazon

      • Is there anyway to get it other than amazon? Like trader joes or something?

  109. Mine came out green…
    I also saw a recipe similar to this without baking soda. In which I totally do NOT like the flavor of. YUK. I wish I hadn’t used it in this recipe. Is there some real good solid purpose of it being in there?

  110. Sounds like a great recipe! I just wanted to point out that xylitol can be very dangerous for dogs, so keep your toothpaste and extra xylitol way out of the reach of your pets.

  111. I’m no expert, but I thought I’d answer some of the questions…
    Yes, use Stevia instead of Xylitol, I’d probably use liquid Stevia not knowing how abrasive powdered Stevia is. The actual dried herb would be fine to use too.

    No, don’t use Glycerin

    Yes, use whatever Calcium you’re not allergic to

    I’ve been using a remineralizing recipe (haven’t used clay though) for at least 2 months, have not had bleeding gums or tongue. My guess is that one of the ingredients you’re using is too large & abrasive.

  112. Would Red Montmorillonite Clay work to make this toothpaste?

  113. The toothpaste sounds great, I am going to give it a try. I just wanted to mention for the baking soda users that standard baking soda you get from the grocery store has aluminum in it. Aluminum is suspected as one of the culprits in Alzheimers. I get the baking soda that indicates on the label that it is Aluminum free from the health food store. Please look into using aluminum it’s bad stuff.

    • This post is really old but baking soda does NOT contain aluminum. Never has. It’s baking POWDER that can and often does contain aluminum. They are two very different things that clearly many people confuse. I wanted to post this for anyone who reads old comments (like me) so they wouldn’t worry. Everyone should do their due diligence when posting and reading anything like this. I think it’s irresponsible to post something like this without confirming it first.

  114. I made this toothepaste following the directions, except I mixed it by hand instead of using a processor or blender. I mixed everything but the clay until very smooth, and then I added whatever was left on the ingredients list. It looks and feels like paste, but when I start brushing, it seems to thin out with my saliva rather quickly, and it just feels like I’m brushing with my saliva instead of brushing with the paste. Is that normal? Will it still be effective?

    • It is normal since the clay is so finely ground and it is definitely still cleaning 🙂

  115. Hi there Katie!
    1) thanks for the recipe!
    2) it looks like you get A LOT of the same questions over and over again. Maybe an FAQ at the end of the article would help? I can even give you the top topics! What kind of Calcium to use, explosive reactions in the kitchen, is this okay for sensitive teeth/fillings/veneers/children/etc, common reactions in the first few weeks (heightened sensitivity for some), xylitol vs. stevia, vodka vs. water and NO glycerin!
    3) other than yourself and your family, has any one else used this for a while? There were a few people who posted reactions in the first few weeks, specifically bleeding gums or increased sensitivity. Did that go away?
    Thanks!

    • Thanks… great idea! I’ll work on those and poll my facebook group to see if they’ve had any experience with it 🙂

    • Cynthia, good post!! Katie, it takes so long to scroll down through the same questions asked again and again. I’m wondering if the option to comment could have the tag line added “Please read through all the other comments BEFORE making yours!!.”

  116. Question I have a metal retainer that is cemented into my lower teeth does this make this toothpaste a no go for me?

  117. So what about the EO’s? The EO’s being in plastic tube isn’t a problem becasue you are taking the clay w/ it all? This plastic tube thing and EO’s sounds scary to me, sorry if I overlooked a comment that addressed this already.

  118. I followed this recipe exactly (I do not use the clay but more calcium powder) and each time I make the toothpaste, it comes out white and like paste until a few hours later. It turns extremely runny and turns a yellow color. Has this happened to anyone else? Suggestions?

  119. I like this one! I’m going to save it until I get all the ingredients. Thanks, Sara

  120. I feel that it’s important to use some form of magnesium in this paste. Magnesium is essential to increase the absorbance of calcium. In fact, the western diet is far too high in calcium and far too low in magnesium, which causes a number of health concerns, including brittle bones. If remineralizing teeth is anything like fortifying bones then just throwing calcium at it won’t help much. I use bone powder personally, the magnesium to calcium ration is lower than I’d like but it’s still a great source of both.

  121. I just made this a second time and this time it was much better after the tweaks. I made my own calcium powder (finely ground Organic Egg shells). If you do this, make sure it is VERY well grounded. I opted to not add the water as it made it clump. Before the water, the coconut oil created a really lovely paste. If anything I might add another oil rather than water. I also added another 10 drops of peppermint oil as I really like the minty clean mouth feeling afterwards. I did the brushing blend, trace minerals, benzonite clay, and additional peppermint oil. Just brushed my teeth to try out the mixture and it was lovely. Thanks Katie!

  122. I used the Calcium Citrate and had the explosive reaction … I looked at the squeezable tube the next morning and was wondering why the bottom was rounded. So, blonde me decided to open it .. pointed directly at myself … Toothpaste shot all over me, the wall, the floor, the counter …. yea ..

  123. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed much much whiter teeth using this toothpaste? I started using this about 2 months ago and my teeth look a lot whiter!

  124. Everyone who is having trouble with the toothpaste hardening, read this!! My toothpaste also hardened up by the second day but I just dunk the tube in a glass of warm water for 30 seconds or so and then it squeezes out no problem. Try it!! 🙂

  125. I’ve been making my own toothpastes and powder for a while now and looking to tweak my recipe a bit. I’ve been studying up on the uses of neem oil. And I am curious to know if you have used neem oil in your toothpaste products?

  126. This might seem weird, but I wonder why do you need the toothpaste? I only brush my son’s teeth with water and the brush because I was worried about the toothpastes. He has never had any dental problems. I also use a very limited amount of paste for myself(I like the mint), because I read that the toothpaste can actually cause you to not brush as effectively. I also have good dental health. So does anyone know, do we really need the toothpaste?

    • i bet you are right! if our diets are healthy and contain lots of mineral rich foods like all fruits (which are highest in minerals) and veggies, then why need toothpaste?
      we wouldn’t!

  127. What is the danger of mixing the bentonite clay with a metal? I made this recipe and was really excited to try it but then remembered–I have a METAL permanent retainer on my lower teeth. Think I can still use this paste?

    Thanks!

    • You can still use it… you just don’t want to mix with a metal spoon prior to using it since the metal activates the clay. It is fine for it to activate in your mouth but it won’t be as effective if you do this while making it

  128. This clogs drains because of the coconut oil. We just replaced part of our sink drain because of this toothpaste.

  129. I use Bentonite Clay in toothpaste recipe and love it. Similar to the recipe given above, i use Bentonite, coconut oil, bicarb,salt, clove, peppermint and thyme oil and stevia and process until thick and creamy with distilled water. Great forum and great to see so many people dedicated to simplifying life and eliminating pollutants from their bodies. Thanks Wellness Mama

  130. Perhaps a silly question, but what do you use to squeeze the toothpaste into the gotoob? I was thinking pastry-style frosting squeezer? Thanks!

  131. Could you add activated charcoal to help whiten or would it interact/cancel out the benefits of the other ingredients?

  132. I started using the non-squeezable form of this 1 1/2 year ago when I was pregnant and everything made me nauseous. I have had 2 teeth cleanings since I started using this toothpaste and both times my hygienist and dentist have said my teeth look great! Actually the most recent time the hygienist said my teeth were boring to clean because they were so happy and healthy! I told her the ingredients and she agreed that they were all good for different reasons. She even wrote the recipe down for herself!
    I’ve never added Bentonite Clay because I couldn’t find it locally and I haven’t had to buy more ingredients yet. Also, now I add more E.O.’s to make it more flavorful! I am so have to have found this recipe! Thank you Wellness Mama!

  133. I have been using the original toothpaste recipe for several months and decided to try the squeezable one, so I ordered 100% organic bentonite-montmorillonite clay. When i got ready to make the toothpaste, I remembered that the recipe said not to put the clay in the food processor, so I didnt. I even switched my container since I had the other paste in a ball jar (that has a metal lid). I mixed all the other ingredients in the processor then poured into a plastic mixing bowl to add the clay. Without thinking, I reached for my only measuring spoon… stainless….. and added the clay. I thought about it after the fact, so I stirred with a plastic spoon. When I went to brush my teeth before bed, i had to quickly spit it out. In less than 5 seconds, the toothpaste burned my gums! It felt like my gums and cheeks were literally being burned by acid. I swished with some milk, then coconut oil which helped alot. By morning, my mouth was much better, but still sore. Needless to say, I’m not using it again. Is this a common reaction to clay touching metal? And if so, have I ruined the whole bag by putting my spoon in it? Please help!

  134. Hi there, I have a toddler that still swallows toothpaste. We have been using the lemon Earthpaste, but I just read somewhere that someone said it has xylitol so to not ingest. I thought xylitol was just a sweetener, so I’m confused and kind of freaking out. So it’s not ok for him to swallow the Earthpaste? Should I make my own, without xylitol? Please help. 🙂

    • Studies seem to be a bit up in the air about xylitol, so use with caution. If you are worried about it, you could make your own with no sweetener, or you could use stevia to sweeten instead of xylitol.

      • Ok, thank you. 🙂

    • Hi, Heather,
      Earth paste has an unsweetened paste. It’s the spearmint flavour, in case you want to avoid xylitol.

  135. Is there a reason you couldn’t use extracts in this as a combination replacement of the oils, alcohol, and water?

  136. I’ve been making this toothpaste recipe for my dad for the past six months. He has severe gum problems including perpetual swelling, receding, periodontal disease, and dental abscesses. He’s been to the dentist 2-3 times since starting to use the toothpaste, and has been through at least three batches of paste. Each time the dentist has been floored at how much his gums have improved. On his latest visit (this morning), his hygienist actually asked for the recipe! I just wanted to share how much it’s helped him, and to thank you for posting the recipe 🙂

    • I’m so glad it is helping! Thanks for reading!

  137. Hi Katie, it’s one of your readers also named Katie. Just want to say I love your website and I just made the toothpaste after buying all the suggested ingredients (and the tube) on Amazon and will be trying the magnesium body butter next. I have really sensitive teeth because of enamel erosion from both acid reflux and dry mouth from medication, so I added the only clove oil I had on hand, which was doTerra’s On Guard blend which also has cinnamon, wild orange, eucalyptus and rosemary, because I’ve heard some people use it to make mouthwash. I also added a tiny bit of himalayan sea salt to inhibit bacterial growth.

    I did have a question as to why there’s no phosphorus in this recipe because my research on remineralization says the calcium and phosphorus in saliva work together. I found a product called Freeda Kosher Calcium Phosphate Powder 16 OZ on Amazon, and wondered if that wouldn’t be more effective instead of the calcium carbonate. What do you think?

  138. Can I use Calcium Citrate Powder instead of Calcium Carbonate?

  139. I had bookmarked this a while back and thought I’d try it when our current toothpaste ran out. Two days ago I went to the dentist and he told me I had a mouth full of cavities! He found tiny cavities in between almost all me teeth. Needless to say, I was very upset! I went straight to my favorite health food store and got everything I needed to make this. Mixed it all up and couldn’t wait to try it. With everything all over my counter, off I went to brush. O-M-G!!! My teeth feel better than when they were cleaned professionally two days ago! I love the “mouth feel” and the fact that it doesn’t foam up making me look like a rabid dog! It’s wonderful and the whole recipe fit perfectly into my three Go-Toobs. I cannot see myself buying commercial paste again-thank you so very much!!

    • I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for reading!

      • When I got up for work last night, my tubes had bloated up and one had exploded all over! What a mess that was. I emptied them into a glass jar and topped it with a plastic lid (regular mount mason jars will take a peanut butter jar lid), not screwed on, just laid on top. This morning when I got home from work, it looked like a minty fresh volcano, lol. I read about the “explosiveness” when mixing, but was not expecting it afterward. Any suggestions as to how the keep it in a tube so it’s squeezable? I put a little in one tube and didn’t snap the lid down, so far it’s fine but it must stay open. I really like this recipe if I can get it to stay in the tubes!

        • Just a quick follow up note-I left the top off the jar I put the paste in and covered it with a piece of cheesecloth to keep dust, etc. out of it. Left it alone overnight then stirred well. The fizziness went down, so I replaced the plastic lid loosely. Then I put some in a tube. It’s fine now, great texture and squeezes well. (I only filled the tube halfway to allow room in case it fizzes again.) LOVE it!

  140. I just want to say how much I love your website. I am not a mommy, but none-the-less. Love, love your stuff. You had me at “homemade marshmellows”. ( Which I haven’t tried yet but will)
    Thanks for doing what you do. I will be making this toothpaste too!

    • Thanks for your kind words. Glad to know the information has been helpful!

  141. Because of the fizzing with the baking soda, I tested the pH. Mine was 7.5 with the ratios above (turns out my cal-mag was citrate). If your also using this form of calcium, please consider increasing the baking soda – it’s my understanding remineralization can only happen in a more alkaline environment.

  142. Can I make this with sesame oil instead of coconut? I am allergic to coconut oil.

    • I’m sure you could… The consistency might be different, but play with it.

  143. I’ve been using this toothpaste for a few weeks now and I’ve noticed my gums are sore in several areas. I use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush gently, but it seems that the toothpaste itself is thicker (and a little rough) than Toms which is what I’ve used in the past. I really want to continue using it, but I’m concerned it’s damaging my gums. Do you think this would be resolved if I switched to the bass toothbrush?

    • Possibly? You may just have sensitive gums. I’d try it to see.

  144. I read the whole forum and didn’t see this question asked or answered. I have a rechargeable toothbrush that has a metal base for putting on the replacement heads and there’s a bit of metal in between the rotating brush heads. I don’t have calcium betonite clay, it’s sodium betonite clay. I read that this clay shouldn’t touch metal.
    Since the clay will be mixed with other ingredients would this damage my toothbrush? I purchased some regular toothbrushes just in case but haven’t used a regular toothbrush since the late 90’s.

  145. Well…I made this…or at least tried,…

    I didn’t have the calcium magnesium and had egg shells and tried to use that. I tried vodka instead of water. I don’t know why but I saw somewhere that vodka keeps the oils from separating and it did the opposite. The betonite clay came out like soft cement with oil surrounding it. I tried to put water with it but it just rolled off like it was water resistant. I think when I rinsed out the items I mixed this stuff in all of the cinnamon EO and trace mineral oil went down the sink. I was even excited about having toothpaste tubes. That stuff is so hard that it’s not even scoopable. So I brushed my teeth manually(haven’t done this in over 10 years) and crunched on eggshells. I’m so disappointed.

    • My first batch came out similar to that, didn’t work at all. I used vodka too, and I think that might have been if not the problem then at least one of the problems. The second batch I used water and used a food processor to mix before adding the clay powder. I think this helped a lot in terms of consistency. I’m using the second batch now and it is much better. It still separates if it is very warm in my apartment, so I keep the tubes in the fridge and remove one 20 minutes or so before I brush to soften up. I would recommend Calcium Carbonate powder, as I can’t imagine you would get a very smooth texture from eggshells.

  146. Can you use coral calcium powder?

  147. I have this cosmetic clay powder that I bought from mountain rose herbs. I cannot seem to find if it is sodium or calcium. Any ideas?

    • Cosmetic clay like Kaolin is not necessarily calcium or sodium like bentonite clay is and should not be used for toothpaste or internally.

  148. I’ve made this toothpaste before and love it, but I just whipped up a batch and added 1 drop of tea tree oil without thinking. Is that safe for kids? Did I just waist the whole batch?

    • I’d still use it personally but definitely do your own research and consult a doc or herbalist if you’re unsure.

  149. Thanks so much for this post! I’m excited to try it! 🙂 Quick question- should or should we not use hydroxyapatite? The recipe below is another I found that calls for it. Thoughts?

    5 tsp. calcium powder
    3 tsp. magnesium powder
    2 capsules Jarrow Formulas Bone-Up, emptied of their powder which contains hydroxyapatite
    2 tsp baking soda
    3 tsp xylitol
    5 tsp coconut oil, or enough to create the desired consistency
    1 drop organic orange essential oil
    1 drop organic eucalyptus essential oil
    1 drop organic clove bud essential oil
    1 drop organic oregano oil

  150. Katie, I have Sonne’s #7 bentonite clay. Is this alright to use in this recipe or do I need to alter the other liquids?

  151. I’m really trying to go more healthy and make soaps/lotions/toothpaste at home but a lot has coconut oil. I’m highly allergic to coconut (even reacted to shampoo that had coconut oil). Is there any substitute? Thanks.

  152. If I would prefer not to use a sweetener, should I substitute something else? It seems like that much powder missing will change the consistency. Could I use a little charcoal and something else in it’s place?

    • You should not need to, but you can if you want to.

  153. Hi Katie!

    I’m finally ready to make this toothpaste. Yay! And am excited and scared cause it’ll be my first time making it. Is it okay to use Sonne’s #7 Detoxification? Active ingredients are sodium (5mg/serving) and iron (2 mg/serving). Other ingredients are bentonite clay and purified water.

    Can I use it even though the main ingredient is not bentonite clay?

  154. I have to start by saying Thank you so much for this great recipe, I made it but changed it a little to get the foam feel in my mouth and because the kids didn’t like the texture too much so what I did was take 1 Tbsp of coconut oil out and add 1 Tbsp of peppermint Castile soap, I also added less water only 2 Tbsp and 1/2 Tbsp more of Xylitol because my kids like it a little sweeter and we are in love with this toothpaste now.
    Thank you

    • Update!!! I had to add another Tbsp of water like the recipe called for because after seating for a little while it got too dry, so I added 3 Tbsp of water in total.

  155. I made this toothpaste and have been using it for about 2 weeks. Aside from the shine and brightness of my teeth since using it I must also report the virtual disappearance of sensitivity, something I have suffered with with since adolescence–it’s a miracle!

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom…I’ve applied alot of it and it has literally changed my life. 🙂

  156. I just use Bob’s Redmill baking soda straight with some water or food grade hydrogen peroxide. Sometimes I use coconut oil but I’m pretty no frill and it works amazing. In fact my gums stopped bleeding when I stopped using normal toothpaste

  157. This recipe looks great! I’m definitely going to give it a go. I currently use a 100% natural toothpaste but find it so expensive. Making my own sounds like a great alternative and is going to save me an absolute fortune!

  158. I’ve been using this toothpaste for 6 months now and love it. My dentist approves of it also, but suggested I add phosphate to it. Has anyone tried this? If not, why? If so, what brand did you use and how much? Also, where can I buy it?

  159. Hi, thanks so much for this post i am very excited to try this asap. One question my son got those metal cavity fillings that i now regret allowing. Will having him try this toothpaste affect him at all with those fillings? Thanks

  160. I made this toothpaste and it is fantastic! I love this recipe and will make it over and over again.

  161. I would like to suggest suggest adding instead of calcium/magnesium ? artificial powder a well ground eggshell – this can be done simply in a coffee grinder, but make sure to make it several times and in small portions to grind it to pure powder. Eggshell is a magic secret content of all minerals, collagen, hialuronic acids and of course magnesium, good calcium, fluorite, and many many more 🙂 it dissolves easily in lemon juice and is best absorbed by the body if you are fancy trying eating it. I would like to stress that drinking calcium from tablets contain also sweetener like sorbitol or acesulfame K – poisonous chemicals

    • polka:) thank you:)
      I just ask below about eggshels, not reading cerfully everythink above….

  162. So I just realized that what I bought was calcium bentonite clay. Is this the same or different? And is this considered a reminerilizing toothpaste?

    • That will work just fine 🙂 It does have minerals that the teeth need

  163. Hi there!
    I was wondering if I could use AZOMITE instead of Bentonite Clay?
    It is mineral rich as well…
    If no, please let me know your thoughts on it.

    Thanks so much!
    Tanja

  164. I clicked on the link for the bentonite clay, and there were warnings that said that the product contains lead, and that it was not safe for pregnant women or children. Should I be concerned when using this product?

    • From what I can tell, that is a standard warning that is required on any earth based products like that and the lead is tightly bound in the clay molecule and won’t be released in to the body, but I’d definitely research it to be sure…

  165. We’re a traveling family of eight & take this recipe with us on the road in powder form in our clean/dry used pill bottles. It lasts forever & only gets activated when we put it on our brush. I finally settled on this tooth powder mix & tweaked it based on what I found each ingredient was for. Here’s what I came up with:

    Equal parts of bentonite clay (neutralizes acid & removes bacteria),
    baking soda (balances ph & is abrasive), dolomite & activated charcoal (whitener & detox), 1/2 part acerola (Vit. C-see ‘The Invisible Toothbrush’ on westonaprice.org) then to taste, oil (all or one of peppermint, clove and myrrh), xylitol or stevia, celtic or mineral salt of some kind (kills bacteria) &
    cayenne (for bleeding).
    (We learned about dolomite when we used to give it to our goats then realized, it being calcium, would probably help fill in the openings of the dentine in my teeth which was causing my sensitivity.)
    Now I’m going to add the homeopathic remedy I’ve heard about, along with the trace mineral drops, ghee & fermented cod liver taken together. It’s so nice to be able to take control of one’s health!

  166. Just curious, how many GoTubes do you think I could get out of these ingredients? I would love to change my toothpaste but it seems like quite an investment to buy all these ingredients and the tubes?

    • I think Katie mentioned this recipe fills three 2 oz. GoToobs (6 oz.) and that fits my results. I got the smaller (1.25 oz) set of Toobs because, like you, I didn’t want to spend a lot if I decided I didn’t like homemade toothpaste. So I filled 3 tubes and keep the extra in a glass container in the fridge to refill as I use them. In retrospect, I wish I had bought the larger Toobs or more of them. I don’t travel that much so this is the only thing I’ve used them for, so far, but they are excellent quality, easy to clean, and certainly could be useful for many purposes–homemade condiments, maybe?

  167. Any reason you left out the diatomaceous earth in this recipe?

  168. a review for those of you like me who read comments hoping for insight:

    I made this tonight, and couldn’t wait to try it 🙂 It left my teeth smooth and clean feeling, not oily. It obviously won’t lather, and I found it quickly became watery in my mouth when it mixed with saliva. The taste was neutral mint – even less harsh tasting than a regular baking soda toothpaste.

    tips when making:
    I didn’t realize I bought xylitol (regular sugar sized) crystals, not powder, so I blended in food processor a few min and it was powdered. I also decided to use Diatomaceous Earth in place of the clay since the other remineralizing recipe used that. I did the 40 drops of peppermint, and it isn’t overly powerful. Just enough to leave a slight minty flavor in your mouth (fresh!). Um… oh and once the paste was done in the food processor I used the baggie over a cup method to scrape it all out/in, and then cut the corner of the baggie to pipe it into the squeeze tube. Yay!

  169. Where can the calcium powder and xylitol powder be purchased?

  170. I have two concerns regarding the bentonite clay. Will the clay affect my metal fillings? I don’t have that many, but I want to make sure that I wouldn’t be weakening the fillings by using the clay. My other concern is based on a comment that was posted on this page earlier: the fact that lead is one of the ingredients. Has it been conclusively demonstrated that the lead is inactive? (I read your response about the FDA mandating the comment about lead being on the packaging, but I would like to be sure…) Thank you.

  171. I have everything I need to make this except the xylitol. I have liquid stevia though. Do you think I can cut some of the water out and try subbing the stevia for the xylitol powder? Thanks!

    • I haven’t tried it but it might work… let me know how it goes if you try it!

  172. Each time I try this recipe it’s a disaster! Please HELP! I mixed all my ingredients with a spoon (until I added the clay) since I don’t have a food processor. I used vodka instead of water this time. It bubbles and doubles in size but goes back down once I stir it. I let it sit a bit thinking it would stop doubling in size. It oozes out of the tubes! Should I omit the baking soda?

    What I manage to keep in the tube turns hard (from the coconut oil?) and it won’t squeeze out of the tube. Everything seems to separate from the coconut oil so liquid comes out first and I’m just left with a large blob of mostly coconut oil in the end. My toothpaste ends up brown, not white due to the clay. Did I purchase the wrong kind?

    Please- what am I doing wrong?

  173. How could this be dyed pink? My kids would love it to be pink… Alkanet Root maybe?

  174. Hi 🙂

    Your page and this toothpaste recipe was recommended by a few of my friends. I’m currently trying to remineralize my son’s teeth. We’ve already started him on the infused coconut oil (2 teaspoons daily), cut gluten/wheat/grains, and added in meat & bone broth.

    We tried Earthpaste, but it darkened his teeth. I also tried a toothpaste made with Natural Calm that seemed to make his teeth worse.

    I’m hoping this paste works for my son. My biggest question is would this be safe for him to use? He just turned two and doesn’t spit yet. Would swallowing this be okay?

    Thanks 🙂

    • My little ones use it as soon as they start brushing. Let me know how it goes and good luck!

  175. A question- I’ve been using this toothpaste now for 3 weeks. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used Azomite instead of Bentonite clay. It has been perfectly fine, except that I’ve realized it seems too abrasive….

    I was coconut oil pulling (twice/day) for 5 months before I started using this. My teeth had gotten SUPER SHINEY. I was really impressed with oil pulling. Then enter this toothpaste… and now my teeth are no longer super shiny. Instead they look “buffed”.. sort of like when you have a pedicure, and they file down the surface of your toenails.

    Essentially, I feel like I “sanded” away my shiny teeth. Additionally, my teeth feel *more* sensitive now than they did prior to starting this clay toothpaste.

    Also… last night I finally decided to stop using this toothpaste, and I went back to using my activated charcoal. The moment the charcoal touched my teeth, I felt that “sensitive teeth” sting/reaction. I was not happy. I never experienced that before.

    Has anyone else had this experience?
    Could it be it’s because I used Azomite clay instead of Bentonite clay?

    Anyway, I’m ditching this recipe. Unless someone can shed light on the differences between Azomite clay and Bentonite clay, I would not recommend this toothpaste at all.

    I’m going to give the “homemade remineralizing toothpaste” (without the DE) a try.

  176. Wow, thank you so much for sharing Tanja.
    That sounds awful and very irritating and.. disappointing.
    I do not have the knowledge to answer your question, unfortunately.
    I am thankful for your share though.

    Okay so my question..
    How do you ladies get your little ones to start brushing their teeth?
    My daughter does not like the toothpaste.. so maybe yes, trying this one could be the answer.
    But strategically, is what I am wondering. Effectively too, is a concern. She doesn’t want me to help her. She will be 2 in December.. and those teeth need to be brushed! 🙁
    Anything helps, thanks.

    • Your daughter sounds like mine! Also 2 in December.
      I think she wants to be in charge, so we try to let ours have partial control.
      Just let her have the toothbrush, doesn’t matter if its an actual toothbrush or a finger brush. She just can’t run around and must be observed. Maybe you can convince her that she can be first! but Mama gets a turn AFTER her. That is still hard for us, but little one actually seems to do a decent job. Also, don’t forget… it’s not ALL about brushing! It’s about proper nutrition and cod liver oil!
      As far as toothpaste, “sweet” always works for anything… just make sure Xylitol is in there. I’m not even sure it needs a “flavor” so long as it is sweet. For kids that is.

  177. Okay. This is the first time I ever made toothpaste, but I didn’t make it squeezable–I left out the water and it’s a white paste. I used granulated xylitol and calcium/magnesium/zinc tablets pulverized instead of the calcium powder. It’s slightly grainy because of the xylitol and I used pure peppermint oil instead of the essential peppermint oil. It might be the same thing. All the other ingredients are the same except I didn’t add any clay cause I don’t have it.

    I just brushed my teeth and they are slippery clean and bright. My mouth feels fresh. Thank you so much for sharing.

  178. There are a few different recipes on the site for toothpaste. Looking for the best one for tooth decay reversal and/or prevention.

  179. Could I use the Liquid coconut oil instead of regular coconut oil as a substitute for the water? would that lengthen the shelf life?

  180. I have bentonite clay that I ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs, but on the bag it says it’s not for internal use.

    Also where is a good place to order quality Terramin clay?

  181. Do you think you could use Dolomite powder in this recipe? I have a big jar of it–it is calcium carbonate and magnesium, but with a bit or iron too…

  182. I just read that coconut oil contains 50% Lauric acid – will using it in toothpaste damage tooth enamel? Has anyone heard of this?

  183. I’ve read too much conflicting info on xylitol to feel comfortable using it. Can I use Stevia (the real stuff) instead?

  184. What about using calcium lactate? I hear it is supposed to be really helpful in remineralizing teeth.

  185. Hi, I’m planning to try making this on the weekend and I have a few questions.

    * Someone mentioned adding a few drops of grapefruit seed extract as a preservative, and within a couple of responses that had morphed into grape seed extract. Which is correct?

    * Our house is rarely 70-75 degrees, which means the coconut oil would tend to be harder. Just add more water to make it stay more squeezable? Or use fractionated coconut oil instead?

    * If I use regular coconut oil and wanted to use witch hazel instead of water, should I try to order “pure” witch hazel? The one I find at the store seems weird (Other Ingredients: Purified water, SD alcohol 40-B (natural grain) 10%, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (certified organic filet of aloe vera), hamamelis virginiana (Thayers proprietary un-distilled certified organic witch hazel) extract, glycerin (vegetable), fragrance (natural witch hazel), citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract citric acid.)

    * How is the paste in the picture pink? The clay I bought says it is “100% natural calcium bentonite (green) clay”. I would rather brush with something pink. lol

    * I have a non-Young Living brand of Thieves Oil. OK to use? (Lemon, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary). It’s pure essential oils, no carrier.

    So far I’ve found all the ingredients locally, which is nice, unless I need to hunt down fractionated coconut oil and/or pure witch hazel.

    Thanks for the recipe and any advice.

  186. can you swap the calcium powder for egg shell powder?

  187. What’s wrong with calcium magnesium? What kind of reaction?
    Also, I though calcium carbonate was found to contain lead!?
    Thanks!

    • Calcium magnesium is often in citrate form and can cause fizzing and seem acidic in the mouth.

  188. I made this and followed the recipe exactly (except I used Rhassoul clay instead of bentonite clay) and every time I open the tube, a whole bunch of tooth paste squirts out. There seems to be some built up pressure. Does anyone know why this is happening?

  189. Hello! I am so excited to try this recipe. I grew up having cavities almost every time I went to the dentist. It was always just blamed on my “genes”. Now, in my 20s, I am consciously living a much healthier lifestyle than that I grew up with and I’m realizing so many things could have been changed to positively affect my oral health. I have a couple of questions before I start making this recipe. I don’t have distilled water, can I just use filtered water in its place? Also, what are your thoughts on using a Sonicare? I’ve been seeing a lot of discussion about the bass toothbrushes and I have to say I love my Sonicare. I don’t know if I could give it up after it has completely changed my oral health (from what it used to be) and allowed me to have great dental reports. Though, if it is damaging I might have to consider stopping its use. Thank you so much for all the work you do in sharing your wealth of information so that we, too, can live our best and healthiest!!

    • Filtered water should work. I’ve never used a sonicare but if it is working for you, go for it!

      • Thank you so much for your quick response!! Just finished making it. Can’t wait to test it out! Thanks again 🙂

      • One more question-
        I made the amount suggested but I will probably half it next time since I am the only one that will be using it… so I’m wondering if I can store the remainder of what I made in the fridge until I run out of the amount in my tube?? Will it keep longer that way? Or do you have another suggestion for storing the extra amount (I didn’t have vodka on hand)? Thanks!!

        • I make the full recipe (for just me) and it lasts me a few months. I put them in 3 GoToobs. I keep the one I’m currently using on the sink and the other two in the fridge and it’s kept just fine. I tried the recipe with vodka once and it did NOT work. I’m not sure why but the texture came out all wrong. I see you’ve already made the toothpaste, but personally with the Sonicare I’d probably just use the Brushing Blend oil by itself. Using toothpaste with the Sonicare seems kind of extraneous to me, and I adore the brushing blend. Just something to consider.

  190. I have made this toothpaste minus the bentonite clay and trace minerals and I had to use calcium tablets which I crushed and have been using it for a week now. Love the feeling in my mouth – so clean! I have two questions. 1. My paste has turned brown although I do keep it in a sealed bottle. Is this normal? 2. My gums have started bleeding and are raw!!! What on earth could that mean? I really don’t want to go back to using normal toothpaste 🙁

    • I have no idea why it would turn brown, but have you used baking soda on your teeth before? I found out that it irritates my gums a lot and makes them bleed. I omit it from this recipe and substitute 1 tsp of sea salt instead, and I’ve had no irritation or bleeding.

  191. hi 🙂
    I have a question about a calcium, may I use it ground eggshells ??
    will that work instead of comercial calcium??
    🙂

  192. Hi there,
    i tried this recipe and love how fresh it feels. However, the toothpaste turns a yucky brown after a day. i keep it in a glass jar with a lid and use all the ingredients in the list except brushing blend. Is it normal? Could it be the Calcium that i use? i don’t have powdered calcium so i bought pills and crush them in a pestle and mortar. the Calcium tablets has Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Potassium and Zinc and Silica. Could there have been some weird cross reaction that made it this way?

  193. I made this recipe two times. The first time it burned my mouth instantly. It was so painful. I thought I made a mistake with the essential peppermint oil I used. So I made another batch and used food grade peppermint. Both me and my husband had the same reaction of stinging and burning. Is this just us? I used Calcium Carbonate (from Amazon) it’s food grade used for toothpaste. I can’t think of why this recipe didn’t work and what I did wrong? Please help!

    Erica

  194. Hi there,
    I have been using this for about 3 months and now my teeth have a grey discoloration around the gum line…has this happened to anyone else? I haven’t been to the dentist since using this, has anyone? did your dentist approve of you using this? I have a feeling my dentist will freak out and tell me to go back to store bought toothpaste. Especially when he sees the grey on my teeth. Thanks!
    Kim

    • I’ve been using this recipe, without the Baking Soda, for about 9 months. I had my usual check-up about 5-6 months in, and didn’t tell the hygienist that I was using homemade toothpaste. I wanted to see if they noticed anything seemed different, good or bad. They didn’t notice anything at all, and the cleaning went really smoothly, no issues. I had tried a coconut oil/baking soda toothpaste recipe prior to this one, and I could tell right away that the Baking Soda irritated my gums, so with this recipe I’ve always omitted the soda and substituted a tsp or so of Real Salt or Celtic Sea Salt instead. It is possible that you are reacting to one of the ingredients in this. I would suggest making small batches of other recipes with fewer ingredients (such as the one here that is mainly just calcium powder and coconut oil I think) and see if that works better for you.

  195. We have been using this toothpaste for about 6 months now and we love it, no problems so far, I add a small amount of Oregano oil to it but be careful not to add too much or your mouth will burn since this oil is very strong. My son has braces and no problem there either, his teeth are actually whiter now. Thank you so much for the recipe

  196. I read that bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal. That is why I don’t use my blender for this recipe. I stir it with the end of my plastic measuring spoon.

  197. HiKatie, could you tell me how long this recipe will last? In the past I have made facial masks with clay and they tend to mold after less than a week.

  198. Hi Wellness Mama,

    What do you think of using sesame oil in place of the water to maintain the “squeeze-ability” of the toothpaste?

  199. what about the lead in the clay?

  200. Can you tell me where you bought your tubes?

    • Hi Chrissy. I live in Australia and bought the GoTubes from Amazon. Recently I saw them in a Howards Stoarge store. I highly recommend them. The only problem I had was FILLING the GoTube with the toothpaste – so I just purchased a piping set from the supermarket.

  201. What other oils could be used besides coconut? walnut oil, almond oil?

  202. The only blend that Orawellness has available is a healthy mouth blend. Is it the same recipe as the brushing blend?

  203. Must I use distilled water? I have a very good water filter. Can I distill the water myself? How would I do this?

  204. So, I was so excited to make this toothpaste that I totally missed the “Mix all ingredients EXCEPT clay in a mini-food processor … (bentonite clay should NOT come in contact with metal).” I mixed by hand with a metal fork, then saw this note. I immediately removed the fork from the mixture but still…should I ditch the entire batch and start again or do you think it will be okay to use? Not sure why the clay can’t touch metal so not sure of the possible health risks… Any help is appreciated. Thank you!!

  205. I tried this recipe and my kids and I liked it a lot better than just baking soda – which was too abrasive and painful to my gums. The zylitol adds a very faint sweetness to it, but barely noticeable. My next batch I am planning to add a tad more. I did not add DE because I didn’t want this to be abrasive at all.. so I just added more calcium powder in its place. The oiliness is only noticeable when you’re trying to rinse the brush out but running it under hot water will dissolve the residue. My youngest had some brown spots on his teeth (not sure why) but I want to say that it’s slowly fading. I am sticking to this recipe!

  206. Also wanted to mention that I bought those “vertical” snack bags from walmart.. it’s like a zip lock bag but half the size , long ways. I spooned it in there like I would homemade frosting, removed the air, zipped it closed and snipped a small hole at the bottom and has been squeezing it. The warmth of your hands will soften the coconut oil thus make squeezing easier when you knead it a bit. I’m almost out of my first batch and it hasn’t busted on me.

  207. I just got back from the dentist after using this for about 3 or 4 months. No cavities and the dentist said my teeth looked amazing. this was not the case the last time I went to the dentist… I’m a true believer!!

  208. Just made this for the first time.. I followed the squeezable recipe && added 10 drops of clove oil for sensitivity && 2tsp sea salt.. used before bed && I love it so far!! Tastes a little salty, but if it works it’ll totally be worth it!!! Thanks so much && I’m excited to see results 🙂

  209. I made this a week ago, and I am fairly certain I will never buy commercial toothpaste again. My mouth feels fresh all day long, my teeth feel as clean as when I leave the dentist, and the dry mouth issues I’ve had for months are resolving since I started using this product. I made the first batch as per the directions using 10 drops spearmint and 20 drops peppermint essential oils. Next time I may forgo the Xylitol and substitute Stevia as some of your other readers did.

    Did you add color, or is your concoction gray like mine?

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  210. Would replacing some or all of the baking soda with RealSalt (because it’s too harsh for some people’s gums) give the same effects as adding trace mineral drops?

    • That’s what I do. But I plan to add a bit of baking soda to my next batch, per your suggestion.

  211. Ok… the coconut oil and water are separating badly. Did I do something different here? I kinda thought it would anyway since oil and water don’t mix but I thought the recipe had been used before… so it must not have for them right?

  212. Katie, I know you recommend NOT to spit oil used for oil pulling into the sink (or toilet) as it can clog it when the oil cools down and hardens. Does the same apply for homemade toothpaste that contains a high amount of coconut oil?

    • Some people also spit their toothpaste out, but it is such a small amount (comparatively) that I think it’s ok to spit down your drain. Then again, I am weird n that I actually brush with warm water, so it rinses down easily anyway.

  213. There must be an answer to this that most already know, but I have not found one despite every Google search term I can think of. How do you know that the calcium carbonate, powdered xylitol, bentonite clay, etc. are not too abrasive for tooth enamel? You’ve answered the question about baking soda but none of the other ingredients. I was also wondering if I could use bone meal powder (vitamin grade for human consumption, of course). It seems likely, except I can’t find any information about the abrasion factor. Thanks for all you do!

  214. Hi Katie,
    If this question has been asked and answered I apologize. Could I use Calcium Citrate powder instead of Calcium Carbonate powder?

  215. This is not a very scientific answer, but I’ve been using this recipe (without baking soda, though in the next batch I plan to add a tsp for PH-balance) exclusively for nearly a year now and I haven’t had any problems. After around 9 months of use I had a routine check-up/cleaning and everything looked great. I didn’t mention using homemade toothpaste to the dentist and they didn’t mention anything looking different–for what it’s worth!

  216. Katie,
    I recently heard Mike Adams (Health Ranger) talking with Ty Bollinger (The Truth About Cancer) about how strawberry fibers bind with mercury and remove it from your body. What about adding ground up freeze dried organic strawberries to this recipe? Especially for kids?
    Thanks!

  217. EEK! I have been making a version of this for over a year, but just realized I am now putting it into a metal cosmetic tin which I originally bought for lotions… I can’t find out exactly what the container is made of but likely stainless steel or tin – How the heck do I know if that is deleting the effect of the clay??? Thanks!

  218. Hi, I’m not a mother, nor am I female. I’m a Dutch 23 year old student, but I do love this website and have learned a lot and switched to using almost only natural body/health-care products. I’ve been using homemade stuff like deodorants, lip balm, moisturising creams shampoos etc. and I have been wanting to make the step to natural homemade toothpaste for a while, but it’s actually quite a big step to make. I am ready now and have been researching some of the ingredients to be sure of what I use on myself and what the benefits and/or possible risks are. Finally I have come to the decision that this recipe should do the job just fine.

    I’ve been searching for affordable ingredients for a while now as I currently live in France and don’t have access to the same stuff you guys across the big pond do. For example I use a French type of green clay instead of Bentonite clay. However, the biggest challenge was to find calcium powder! I’ve found pills (with additive, if only a tiny bit) for astronomous prices or shady looking powders which I rather not put in my body. In the end I decided to go back to my local organic health care shop to buy the pills anyway because I really wanted to try and make my own toothpaste, but I had forgotten how expensive they actually were. I just couldn’t justify it. With a sad look on my face I started walking towards the exit of the shop when the nice lady who owns the place came up to me and asked what I needed it for, so in my best French I explained her that I wanted to make a toothpaste and needed calcium powder for it. Then she told me to wait and came back with something called Lithothamnium Calcareum and told me people often use it to remineralise teeth and fight cavities etc. but as I had never heard of it before I was rather sceptic. However, when she revealed the price I immediately bought 200 grams of the stuff and walked home to do research. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information about it in English, but I did find some stuff in French and Dutch. Apparently Lithothamnium Calcareum (aka Chalk Weed) is a type of algae which is very rich in minerals. [Litho = stone, Thamnion = little bush, and Calcareum refers to its high calcium content. Only the pink layer which contains all the important minerals is used and sold in powder form. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium and iron, and also contains many dietary minerals. I’ve read (especially in French) many articles promoting the beneficial effects of oral (and external) use of chalk weed so I concluded it’s safe to use as substitute for calcium powder in this toothpaste recipe.

    I bought the powder earlier today and it has a light grey colour and very fine, almost ash-like, texture. I’m eager to make the toothpaste, so that’s what I’m gonna do right now. I hope this wall of text will be of use to anyone and I will try to report back later after a while of natural brushing!

  219. Hi there! I’ve used this toothpaste for a couple of years now and love it 🙂 I have read through all of the comments and may have missed the answer to the question, but what is the reason for the exclusion of the DE in this recipe vs the inclusion of it in the tooth powder?

  220. I’m quite happy with the toothpaste but I couldn’t get my 2.5 year old to use it very willingly even made with an orange flavor. I finally tried again (without the coconut oil to make small tests easier) and this time added some stevia (in addition to the xylitol) and some vanilla extract and she loved it. Now it tastes more like desert. Tonight was the best toothbrushing night we’ve had in months.

    • This is so helpful! I just bought the ingredients to make this. But I bought freeze dried organic strawberries to add to it because Mike Adams (a.k.a Health Ranger) says strawberries, more than any other food bind to mercury and take it out of the body. But will definitely try the orange, maybe even strawberry and orange!

  221. Hi, thanks for all your tips- the homemade deodorant is brilliant! Please could you tell me if this toothpaste could be used with a Phillips sonicare toothbrush or would it be too abrasive please? 🙂

    • I’m not sure since I”ve never used one, but most regular toothpastes have calcium in them, so I would think it would be ok? Check with a dentist though.

  222. Lovely recipe! Just made and tried it today. It’s got the consistency, look, smell and almost taste and feel like shop-baught tooth paste, but then a bit better for the taste and smell are not as sharp.

  223. Hi Katie
    I have been using your tooth paste cleans my teeth really well. Thank u so much. Has anybody come across collection of white material/ debris in tooth brush little deeper? Even though I clean in hot water it is not clean.

  224. I have made quite a few recipes from you wellness mama,thanks for all of them!
    However, this toothpaste made my gums bleed and the inside of my
    Mouth is so sore :(. Did I do something wrong? I was using store bought Toms brand. I have pretty healthy teeth so I don’t know why this happened. Is this just temporary until I get use to it or should I discontinue? Im trying to heal a cavity please help!:(

    • Did you use the ingredients listed? If it is causing pain, I’d absolutely stop and try something more gentle…

  225. Oh man I just bought the recommended BPA Free silicone tubes to make the squeezeable toothpaste recipe that includes Essential Oils. (Just read above about EO leeching out chemicals in silicone under comments in “Is silicone safe?”
    Should I just use glass jars instead? My young children will be using this toothpaste and the tubes would be so much more convenient. Please advise! Thank you Katie!

  226. This is a meaningless response. Calcium and magnesium are two separate things. Yes, you can get Calcium citrate and Magnesium citrate, but there isn’t something called “calcium magnesium” PRODUCTS called “Calcium Magnesium” contain both elements (calcium and magnesium) but they do not combine (both are positive ions).

    Jamieson’s “Calcium Magnesium” ingredients, for instance, are Elemental Calcium 333 mg (from a complex of calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium fumarate, calcium malate, calcium succinate) Magnesium 167 mg (from a complex of magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate, magnesium fumarate, magnesium malate, magnesium succinate)

    “Calcium magnesium” isn’t a single thing. Calcium and magnesium are both positively charged in ion form, and don’t join into a molecule in the way calcium carbonate or other combinations do. What you have is a Calcium AND Magnesium product that contains both elements. Magnesium can be reactive with dilute acids and hot water (which might be why blending it caused problems).

  227. Would it damage the to add Hydrogen peroxide to the toothpaste?

  228. would it be worth adding probiotic powder in the recipe?

  229. Hi Katie- love this toothpaste. My son had a dark spot on his tooth from a cavity that started and since using this it is gone. I am hoping by the time his appointment is to get the cavity filled he won’t have it anymore. I used peppermint extract instead of the oil and I used sea salt instead of the trace minerals. My only questions is would this be safe to swallow for my kids? Thanks!

  230. So I’ve been using this recipe since July now with a few small tweaks.
    Instead of calcium powder I use Lithothamnion which contains mostly calcium and many trace minerals.
    For EO’s I use a tiny bit of cloves as it predominates quite easily. Then I use cinnamon, myrrh, peppermint and spearmint. As for the basic ingredients I stay pretty loyal to the original recipe posted here, with slight variations to get the right consistency in different temperature circumstances.

    This toothpaste has worked great for me ever since. In the first two weeks of use my gums got a bit sore and often started bleeding during brushing, even with soft bristles. After that period of ¨detoxification¨ my gums and teeth started to feel a lot healthier and stronger. I pain from an old cavity which had already been filled started getting less withing weeks and is now entirely gone. I’m very happy with this recipe and have recommended it (and other great recipes from this blog) to friend a friend who also uses it with great merit now.

    Thank you Katie!

  231. I was wondering if using some drops of nano silver would help with the recipe?keep it fresh longer? Ruin the bentonite clay or essential oils?

  232. I made this about a month ago but probably less. It sits on our bathroom counter or in the drawer. Just a few days ago i webt to use it and it had turned to a liquid and tastes weird (more weird that it already does). Any idea why this would have happened? Im going to trash this and start over with hopefully better results.

  233. I was making my own toothpaste for a while following these recipes but leaving the oil separate and mixing it on the day I used it, but I eventually switched to buying natural toothpaste through internet stores because the cost is about the same as making it. It was taking up far too much of my time and energy trying to make everything from scratch from bone broth to personal care products, that I was neglecting family members that I care about. This approach of making everything ourselves seems terribly obsessive. To spend so much time doing so, takes away from having mindful and meaningful relationships with our loved ones. This and the Weston a. price principles, although informative and enlightening, seems overly obsessive and self-absorbed. I’d rather focus on spending time with those close to me rather than focusing on ourselves all the time.

    • It can be tough to balance both. Spending time with family is incredibly important, but eating healthy and not putting toxic chemicals in your (and their) system is important as well. Some people can’t afford to buy all the healthiest product options available, which is why I’ve created my own, but allowing your family to help make them is a way to both spend time with them, and to put healthy things in your body as well…

  234. I love this stuff. I use fractionated coconut oil, and usually a little extra baking soda. I also this as a face scrub! Really, really, really loving it for that. Actually cleared up a rash I has because of some allergies.

  235. I’ve been using this for months without any sensitivity or bleeding gums or any downfall at all. Suddenly, a couple weeks ago (shortly after making a new batch, but with the exact same ingredients) my teeth started hurting TERRIBLY while brushing. And now they hurt while brushing and while eating sugar (I know, I know, stop eating sugar). This is a bit scary for me, not to mention horribly painful. Why would this be? I use everything exactly as directed by Wellness Mama and exclude the baking soda. Help!!!

    • Have you changed brushes? I use a soft brush and don’t have any issues. But recently I accidentally bought a hard brush and had similar issues. Bleeds and sores while brushing and pain while eating afterwards. I quickly switched back to a soft brush after that and everything went back to normal.

      • I just bought a bunch of “extra soft” brushes (I was already using “soft” ones) so hopefully that’s the answer. I’m open to further input also! Thx!!

  236. I made this toothpaste as directed and it is very grainy, any suggestions to make it smoother? I used an immersion blender and mini food processor when mixing.

    • It’s the Xylitol I found. This is how I make it. I grind the Xylitol in a spice grinder. But that is not all. I do not make squeeze toothpaste but rather a small jar of it. Therefore I do not use any coconut oil as I found it separates a lot. I just use a tad, like 1/2 teaspoon of Distilled water to wet the dry ingredients to a thick paste. We just dip our toothbrushes in it. It’s completely anti-fungal, anti-bacterial as I do use essential oils, so there’s no need to worry about spreading germs among users sharing the same jar.

  237. Hi guys, is there any buyable 100% free of toxins, chemicals or any kind of harmful ingredients toothpaste on the market? I just don’t feel confident enough to do it myself and would appreciate if someone would have any suggestions. Thx in advance

  238. Katie, this is my favorite recipe so far! Thanks to you I have been commercial toothpaste-free for 2 years now. 🙂

    I use the following ingredients: calcium carbonate powder, baking soda, coconut oil, bentonite clay, xylitol, vitamin E oil, a dash of sole (saltwater), plus a few capsules of activated carbon powder. Peppermint, spearmint and clove EOs (all three) give this toothpaste a great taste. I also add a generous amount of HealThy Mouth Brushing Blend. I have tried using GoToobs but didn’t find them practical, so I just store this in a small glass container and dip my brush in each time (I am the only one who uses it so no worry about spreading germs).

    My teeth and gums look so much healthier, not to mention next to no tartar buildup … and it’s been over 2 years since I’ve had a professional cleaning! Yes, I need to get back to the dentist (terrible, I know!), so I imagine the real “tale of the tape” will be the results of my next cleaning and exam. I’ll keep you posted!

    I’ve also been brushing with pure activated charcoal about once weekly. That combined with the charcoal in my toothpaste has really made my teeth naturally white and bright! No need for any more chemically-laden teeth whitening/bleaching systems! 🙂

  239. Earlier this week I had my first dentist visit after switching to this toothpaste and I am glad to pronounce that my teeth are healthier than ever. No cavities or decay and only a minimal amount of tartar had to be removed. I had a good feeling about this toothpaste and was confident using it, but its nice to get this confirmation.

  240. Hi All,

    Does anyone have any thoughts on substituting the water and the calcium powder for liquid calcium – would this work and/or improve shelf life? The liquid I can get locally is an osteo blend that contains calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D3. I am also liking the idea of adding some extra minerals via the use of himalayan pink salt.

    Thanks

  241. I add a bit of Aloe Vera to my toothpaste to keep it usable, it doesn’t shorten the shelf life!

  242. I want to try this, but I’m struggling to find bentonite clay (I prefer to go to a store to buy things rather than online- the high street usually has what I need anyway). Would calcium bentonite/fuller’s earth work in its place?

  243. Any suggestions on how to keep this toothpaste both winter and summer friendly? The coconut oil is tricky to keep at the right temperature. I even thought of replacing it. Maybe with zanthan gum..

    • I keep ours in a cool, dry place. If I’m noticing that it’s melted a bit, I’ll put it in the fridge for a few minutes while I do the remainder of my morning/bed time routine.

      • I just tried the recipe with replacing one tablespoon of coconut oil with beeswax. I think its helps keep its texture . but the coconut oil still melts at a too warm temperature. I think I will try going half and half with coconut oil and beeswax. Ever heard that beeswax is beneficial or not for oral health ?

      • It is easy enough to put it in a cool place or in fridge for myself!:) but I’m interested in making this toothpaste for family and friends .

  244. Do you HAVE to use essential oils? is that just for taste?

    • It adds health benefits but is not essential.

  245. Some people claim Bentonite Clay stains teeth.

    • I’ve not heard of that but I guess we’re all unique and one size doesn’t fit all. My family of 5 have been using this toothpaste for 4mths now and I’d say that one of the most noticeable effects are that everyone’s teeth look whiter! ?

  246. Hi I had asked this on facebook but I am not sure how to check for replies… I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a) what ingredient(s) might cause sensitivity and b) what to substitute for it/them? I have sensitive teeth anyway and don’t want to use Sensodyne, but when I was using this I had the most painful cleaning ever, they had to numb me. I went back to using natural toothpastes like PerioBright and other kinds, but my teeth aren’t as white and it’s weird the toothpaste itself sinks into my brush and I have to hit my brush against the sink to get the clumps of it out, so I wonder even how much of that paste is getting on my teeth! Haha I really love this recipe and want to keep making my own toothpaste, I just don’t know what not to put in it. Most dentists I have asked (three in the last five years) don’t know what else to tell me but to use normal commercial toothpastes.

    • Hi Megan,

      Take a look at my (rather lengthy, sorry) comments regarding sensitivity, as I had a similar issue. You’ll want to look at substituting White Kaolin clay for the bentonite, baking soda and calcium powder.

      Take a look at the Mohs hardness scale (higher=harder):
      Silica (toothpastes): 7
      Tooth Enamel: 5
      Calcium Carbonate: 3
      Baking Soda: 2.5
      Tooth Dentin: 2.5
      Kaolin: 2

      Sorry, I don’t have the value for bentonite, but assume it’s the same as Kaolin (but Kaolin cleans and polishes better).

      Basically, anything that is harder than another substance has a greater chance of scratching it. That doesn’t mean that a substance with a lower Mohs score is unable to scratch something with a higher value. There are many factors involved, such as the amount and shape of the particles, the stiffness of the brush, the shape of the bristle tips, the voracity level of brushing, etc.

      But what this does tell us, is the relative possibility for abrasion, given identical factors otherwise. So you can see, commercial toothpastes which tend to use silica, are using an abrasive even harder than enamel.

      The calcium carbonate is harder than tooth dentin. And baking soda has the same hardness as dentin.

      Finally White Kaolin clay is the softest of them all, yet still manages to clean and polish better. In my opinion, it’s really a no-brainer!

      So, using the least abrasive abrasives in your paste is very important, especially for tooth sensitivity. You’ll also want to pay special attention to your toothbrush, and especially the tips of the bristles – they should be rounded, not cut straight across. This is VERY important.

      Also, please take a look at my other comments regarding remineralization, and using nano-hydroxyapatite to reduce sensitivity.

      You mentioned Sensodyne, which I also talked about. If you do decide to try this, you’ll want the Repair & Protect product which contains NovaMin. Unfortunately the U.S. formulation does not contain this. Sensodyne works by using Potassium Nitrate to essentially numb your nerves, thus stopping the pain. This relief is only temporary however, which is why you have to keep using their product (funny, that). To get permanent relief, you need to rebuild and block the open tubules leading to your nerve endings. This is why you’ll want products containing nano-hydroxyapatite (hint: “apatite” stands for “enamel”, and hydroxyapatite is what your teeth are made of). NovaMin, which Sensodyne has starting using outside of the U.S. (it bought out the company that pioneered it), works in a similar but different way. Take a look at the following link for a quick but interesting explanation on NovaMin:

      http://www.the-dentist.co.uk/archive/article/2825/understanding-the-science

      Good luck!

      • Also, consider this: studies have shown that most of the abrasion is done to your teeth within the first 20 seconds of brushing. I’m guessing this has to do with a couple things. One, your toothpaste hasn’t yet been diluted with saliva (Xylitol to the rescue again!). Two, you tend to be more aggressive when you first start off, then lose steam.

        So, consider your brushing style and adjust the amount of abrasives in your toothpaste, be that bentonite, white kaolin, baking soda, or whatever. If you consider yourself an aggressive brusher, perhaps tone back on the level of abrasive in your paste. Typically homemade toothpastes contain a higher percentage of abrasives, simply to make the paste thick. This can make a seemingly gentle concoction quite abrasive if you brush too hard/long. This is why you have such controversy over baking soda being either gentle or harsh. You get different answers depending on who you ask – even dentists can’t make up their mind. I suspect this variation has a lot do with the person holding the stick, not to mention the importance of the stick itself :-).

        With commercial toothpastes, although they may use a harsh abrasive like silica, the percentage of it in your toothpaste can vary, but is typically less. These pastes employ gels, binders and thickeners, which lessen the need for a high percentage of abrasives. Then, they can take one recipe, add more abrasives to it, and then call it “Whitening”, simply because it can now scrub your stains better. All commercial pastes are generally too abrasive, because of the silica they use, but the whitening ones you especially have to watch out for. Sure they may scrub and whiten better, but at the cost of your enamel. The sad irony is, while the scrubbing helps to get the stains out, these micro-scratches work to dull the appearance of your teeth. Remineralizing helps with that, and especially if your paste contains nano-hydroxyapatite.

        So your goal is to find an abrasive that is both very gentle, but a very effective stain remover and polisher. This is exactly why I recommend White Kaolin. And regardless of the abrasive(s) you use, be very mindful of your brushing tools and technique, especially if said abrasive(s) constitute the majority of your paste.

        • I love your detailed replies and comments Jamie! Can you give me your exact recipe you use for your homemade toothpaste? I have been making my toothpaste and loving it so far. I make small batches…approximately 4 oz per batch, in Amber glass. I use 3 tablespoons of calcium carbonate, 1 tablespoon, baking soda, 2 packets of stevia, coconut oil and spearmint essential oil (about 4 drops) I love love love it and my teeth feel wonderful. I use a soft nimbus toothbrush with soft rounded bristles. I also alternate coconut oil pulling with activated charcoal (soft brush too), each no more than twice a week. I am in heaven and my teeth are at least 4 shades whiter. What I would like to do is substitute xylitol for the stevia and maybe add some nano-hydroxyapatite and leave the clay out, keeping the rest of the recipe as is. Thanks in advance for your reply. I have shared all of your comments with my Mama as she is a recipient of my toothpaste recipe and loves it.

          • Hi Jennifer,

            Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you found your “heavenly” recipe!

            I too was coconut oil pulling and using activated charcoal, along with the homemade baking soda/calcium/oil toothpaste. Once I realized my teeth were being damaged I stopped all of that, and started using only a commercial nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste – which fixed up my teeth right-quick! I’ve since been using Earthpaste, along with a bit of nano-hydroxyapatite afterwards. I’ve started doing the activate charcoal thing again every once and a while, but I forgo brushing with it. As long as the charcoal is coating your teeth, it will do it’s adsorption thing, adhering to and pulling away stains. So far so good. I still haven’t started oil pulling again – but will eventually. My nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste is now gone, and I refuse to spend another $30 on a tiny tube (although it was well worth it!). Also, I’m on my last tube of Earthpaste, so I really must perfect my own recipe.

            Your Nimbus brush sounds great! Their website doesn’t do a good job of advertising their round-tipped bristles though – a prime selling point. I think I’ll stick to my Radius for now – I like the design and the fact that it’s wide enough to brush my top/bottom jaw simultaneously (quick and efficient!). It’s the main reason I’m so glad my son likes it – he’s such a quick brusher that I worry he’s not thorough enough, so an efficient brush is key for him.

            As for my own toothpaste … well that is still a work in progress, so I don’t have a specific recipe yet. I’m very picky, lol. Plus I’ve come to realize just how difficult and complicated it is to make a good formulation. There’s bacteria, mold and rancidity to think about, the abrasive to use, remineralization, emulsification, thickeners, pH and pH extenders, texture, sweeteners, flavor, toxicity if swallowed … the list goes on. And it’s so hard to check off all these boxes while using ONLY natural ingredients. It suddenly becomes clear how and why companies submit to using synthetic ingredients. At least I only have to worry about my own preferences, and not the masses … and I don’t have transit and storage issues to deal with, whew!

            Sure, if I wasn’t so obsessive and picky, I would just mix together some natural ingredients and be done with it … making small amounts frequently to avoid bacteria, and stirring often to combat separation. But I want a paste that is not only amazingly effective and natural, but something that lasts and is stable.

            Here are some of the ingredients I’m playing with, or considering:

            – White Kaolin Clay
            Well I’ve already been flogging this forum over the head with this – so I’ll leave that be 🙂

            – nano-hydroxyapatite
            My other secret ingredient. Ditto on the flogging!

            – Coconut Oil
            Like most homemade toothpaste recipes, I’m hoping to use this as the “liquid” base. I put liquid in quotation marks for reason. I live in Canada, so it’s quite cool for 6 months of the year, and I’m not a fan of a solid toothPASTE. Having to warm up toothpaste is an extra chore I don’t need. I might mix this with liquid coconut oil (aka MCT, or fractionated). Or I might decide to go with a water base instead, which brings up a host of other issues.

            – Water
            If I do end up adding water, or using it as a base, I’ll have to really start worry about preservation and emulsification. The essential oils I use won’t mix. Bacteria/mold will start to set in very quickly, and I’ll need preservatives. Plus, unless I use a very high % of Kaolin, my paste won’t be thick. Hint: I’d rather not have a toothpaste that is mostly an abrasive, regardless of how soft and gentle White Kaolin is. For reference, commercial toothpastes are water based, and are roughly 15-20% abrasive (silica), depending on brand of course.

            – Preservatives
            Ok so let me discuss this then. Contrary to popular belief, there really are no “natural” preservatives. Yes, there are natural substances which have such properties, such as various essential oils, but you would need high concentrations to make them effective – too high. Well what about vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract you might say … nope, they aren’t preservatives either. “Wait just a minute you unbeliever, they are used in all sorts of natural recipes, and even my Naturopath recommends them – you don’t know what you’re talking about!”.

            First, vitamin E is an antioxidant. Awesome. So yes, in this regard it does prevent oxygen from reacting with oil, preventing rancidity. That’s it. It helps prevent oil rancidity – it has NO antibacterial or preservative properties. So maybe I’ll consider adding it to my paste, if I go with a coconut oil base.

            Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). First, this is not a true “extract” in the sense that the essence of a natural product is just extracted or concentrated. No, GSE is made by using a chemical process, resulting in chemicals in the GSE itself. Plus, “organic” GSE is organic only in the sense that they use organic grapefruits, thus qualifying for the “organic” label … but they still use the chemical process.

            “See, I knew this guy was an idiot … I can make my own GSE without chemicals”. Don’t be fooled by the word “Grapefruit” and the happy healthy connotation of it. That type of GSE contains no preservative properties, natural or otherwise. You know what gives manufactured GSE it’s antibacterial characteristics? It’s the chemicals that are present in the product, a result of the manufacturing process and/or added in. Not only do they preserve the GSE itself, but are responsible for the preservative quality that everyone talks about. Things like benzethonium chloride, Triclosan, and Methylparaben. And I’m not talking small amounts either – in some cases 22% by weight. Chemical/synthetic preservatives under the guise of a healthful sounding “extract”? No thanks. Moving on.

            That’s just 2 examples of commonly recommended natural preservatives. The list is many. But none of them alone are effective as broad spectrum antibacterials. You’d have to jack up the concentration too high to be considered safe for oral use. This is why synthetics are used so commonly – they actually work. At broad-spectrum, and in small amounts. Haven’t you wondered why totally natural products, at least those that are mass produced having a long shelf-life, are so hard to come by? How many times have you picked up an item at the store that is marketed as organic and natural, then looked at the ingredient list, and near the end of the list you mutter “damn – so close!”. Now obviously there are some out there … I”m just saying it’s not exactly common. Plus, some hide synthetic preservatives under seemingly benign names, or add something afterwords to make it seem innocuous, like “(derived from coconut oil)”. I equate the brackets to the excuse word “BUT..”. As in, “Sure this ingredient sounds like a chemical, BUT it’s derived from Sunflowers!” *smile* *thumbs up* *wink*. “Awww come on, you’re not buying it? But we’ve got Sun .. and Flowers! It’s all good maaaan”. Hey, I’ve fallen for similar traps too, “ooh it has Grapefruit Seed Extract, nice. Grapefruit and seeds – that can only be a good thing!”. Lets face it, we don’t have time to be researching every ingredient while we’re shopping, so if it sounds natural, good enough for me right?

            Hmm, where was I? Oh ya, my toothpaste ingredients.

            – Xylitol
            So I’ve also talked a bit about this already. Xylitol is good for teeth: it kills bacteria, promotes saliva production, helps regulate pH and provides sweetness.. Done – going in my toothpaste. Something else to mention – it actually gives a cooling effect to the mouth, giving a clean fresh sensation.

            As for formulation, it tends to come as very course granules. So I will be grinding very finely. Ideally, I’m hoping to dissolve the Xylitol into my base, as I’m looking for the properties of the substance, not the grit. If I go with a water base, I’ll try dissolving it in the water. I understand that most people have trouble dissolving Xylitol. According to the specification, Xylitol has a .1g/ml solubility. So I should be able to get 1 teaspoon into every 40ml of water. So if I’m striving for a 100ml tube of paste, and somehow manage to get a 40% water mixture that isn’t too runny, then I would have only 1 teaspoon of xylitol per tube.

            They say to use a pea-sized amount of paste, which is indicated to be 1ml. I’ll try, but let’s face it, I’ll be using more than that. Let’s double it to 2ml. So that’s 50 uses per tube. So that’s 1/50th of a teaspoon, or .1ml, or .91g of Xylitol. Xylitol.org says it’s not necessarily the amount of Xylitol that’s important, but how frequent you are using it – at least 5 times a day is recommended. Xylitol gum typically has 1g of Xylitol per piece, so I’d say I’m pretty close! I might actually be able to dissolve what I need into the paste. If not, I’ll dissolve what I can, and distribute a fine Xylitol powder for the rest, and adjust for taste of course. Supposedly you can get Xylitol to dissolve in water if you let it sit overnight. As for using an oil base – well I’m not sure about that yet.

            -Glycerin
            *Dah, dah, daaaaaah* (ooh scary)
            Ok I must admit I jumped on the Glycerin-Coats-The-Teeth bandwagon when I first heard it. I mean, people were talking about it like it wasn’t even a question.

            But I did my own research, and I have to say, I’m not convinced. As I mentioned before, it is VERY soluble in water. That fact alone would seem to render the teeth-coating theory as a ridiculous myth. It’s like a nasty made-up rumor that gets spread from person to person.

            It actually forms strong hydrogen bonds with water molecules, COMPETING with water-water hydrogen bonds. Water couldn’t keep Glycerin out if it tried! As such, Glycerin actually lowers the freezing temperature of water, preventing ice crystals from forming … acting as a sort of natural anti-freeze. Sweet – my paste won’t get hard.

            So you’re telling me that a substance that seems to love water, can’t be scrubbed off with a (relatively) abrasive toothpaste? Nor with saliva constantly washing over teeth, which is 99.5% water? A highly suspect theory without proof, don’t you think?

            Speaking of sweet, glycerin is sweet in flavor without feeding oral bacteria. Double bonus.

            Glycerin has a warming effect – the opposite of the cooling effect of Xylitol. So the glycerin and xylitol would neutralize each other, in terms of temperature effect. This may not be a good thing, since I think the cooling effect would be, well, cool.

            Glycerin is a lubricant. I can only surmise that this would be a good thing to control and limit abrasion, especially on the gums.

            Glycerin is a humectant, used to keep things moist, which is why you see it things such as lotions and soap. I’m guessing moisturized (and lubricated) gums while you brush can only be a good thing.

            Glycerin is a thickening and gelling agent. Hey, maybe this will help me lower the ratio of abrasives without making my paste runny, while giving it a gel-like consistency.

            Glycerin has a pH of 7, well above the 5.5 needed for healthy teeth.

            Glycerin has some natural preservative properties, in that it is self-preserving.

            Hmmm, are you starting to see why almost all commercial toothpastes use this stuff? And just because it’s used “commercially” doesn’t make it a bad thing.

            Ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin (derived from coconut oil)

            Sorry, I had to throw that in. The (BUT) in this case is not trying to hide a thing. You take coconut oil, heat it up with pressure and water. The glycerin separates from the fats in the oil, and gets absorbed into the water. This is then distilled to remove the water, leaving pure glycerin. Seems pretty natural to me! If glycerin is a bad thing for your teeth, then the same dubious claim can be made about the coconut oil it is derived from.

            The more I talk this out with you guys (sorry), the more convinced I become that glycerin might actually be a good thing for toothpaste. But without studies proving one way or the other, I just don’t know what I’m going to do. I can’t help it … those merit-less claims of teeth-coating still nag at me … I’m only human like the rest of you. The logic part of me may prevail, depending on the rest of my ingredients. If I go oil base, it might be difficult to combine the glycerin into it. And I’d rather not get into emulsifiers if I don’t have to. I’m trying to keep this simple.

            – Emulsifiers
            Well I may as well talk about it at this point. Emulsifiers are a way to evenly distribute oil into water (or vice-versa), since the two don’t dissolve into each other. I won’t start going over the natural emulsifier options (your welcome), but I will say this is a whole other can of worms. I’m hoping to avoid this. If I have only oil based ingredients, I shouldn’t have an issue. And the same goes for an all water base. My concern, of course, is with the essential oils, when using a water base. I’m assuming I would need an emulsifier to keep the essential oils evenly suspended in my paste. The thing with emulsifiers is, there are no magic “recipes”. Which emulsifier works best for a particular mixture is mostly a guessing and experimenting game. But here’s some good news: natural clays, like bentonite and kaolin, have their own emulsifying properties. Fingers crossed.

            – Essential Oils
            I plan on using peppermint for flavor, and tea-tree oil for some antibacterial action. Yes I know tea-tree oil is not to be consumed … it will be a very small amount, and I’m not worried about it.

            – Salt
            I may add some salt to my mix to help with preservation. If I do, I’ll be finely grinding it up and dissolving if possible. Again, I’m not after grit … that’s the Kaolin’s job.

            – Preservatives (again)
            So if I do end up with water in my paste, I’ll have to figure something out. Good news again, clays have shown some natural antibacterial properties (some are even called “antibacterial clay”). Even though there are no truly “natural” and effective preservatives, I think I can accomplish a bacteria free product without resorting to preservatives. There are preservative properties of the clay, coconut oil, glycerin, salt, and tea tree oil. While alone, they would not be effective antibacterial agents, together I think they’ll keep the nasties at bay. That is how Earthpaste does it, their only ingredients being bentonite, water, salt, and tea-tree oil.

            – pH
            When the mix is just about finalized, I’ll evaluate it’s pH. I’m hoping to land in the 7-10 range. The important thing is that I remain above 5.5. Anything below 5.5 and your teeth start to remineralize. That’s why it’s important to rinse, or pop in a xylitol gum, after eating/drinking – especially anything acidic. If I need to adjust pH, I’ll need to add an adjuster. There’s enough natural options that I’m not too concerned if it comes to this. For instance, although I’m hoping to avoid these, baking soda or calcium carbonate could be added if needed. Luckily, I wouldn’t need much.

            There are probably more points I’m forgetting, but honestly, I need to end this comment! 🙂

            Sorry I don’t have an exact recipe for you Jennifer, but at least you have some of my thought process, for better or worse, lol. And thanks for hanging around while I openly brainstorm my ingredients, in painfully lengthy and scattered fashion.

            Good luck with your paste!

  247. I finally wired this recipe for my liking. I make a small batch and keep in in a 2 oz Amber glass jar in my medicine cabinet. Before I start, I put about 1 1/2 tbsp of organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil in a little container and let it soften to room temperature. In a different small bowl I mix 3 tsp of calcium carbonate powder with 1 tsp of baking soda. To that I mix in 1 packet of organic stevia. Then once my powders are well blended I slowly add the softened coconut oil in and blend until I get a semi creamy consistency. At the very end I add a few drops of food grade spearmint essential oil and mix well. Then I spoon it in my Amber little glass jar and store in medicine cabinet. When I use it, I scoop it out with a little clean spoon and apply to toothbrush. I never dip toothbrush right into container. To complete my teeth regiment, I coconut oil pull one day, then activated charcoal the next day. Then I take a day or two rest and back to oil pull one day and AC the next. I started this regiment about 2 months ago and my teeth are at least 3 shades whiter. Thanks so much Katie for your inspiration!

  248. My son and I have been using this toothpaste for well over a year and a half now and I will never go back! My teeth have never been so healthy and my son is only 2 so he doesn’t know any different. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  249. can i use ground eggshells (organic and boiled) instead of the calcium powder?

    • Hi Jeanette,

      It’s a tough question to answer authoritatively, because like so many things, “it depends”. But here’s some information that might help you decide.

      First, I’d be concerned about the egg particles themselves after they’re ground up. The particles are very likely to have sharp edges, ones you can’t see, even if ground up finely. The good news is that egg shells are made of mostly pure calcium carbonate, which is structured as a very porous material. This is good news because these particles break down easily, especially with abrasion. These particles will actually break down further while you are brushing. So the micro edges will smooth out as they are scraping against your teeth – that’s a good thing.

      That being said, like all abrasives, there will be sharp edges which will have the potential to scratch your teeth. Also consider that calcium carbonate is a slightly harder material than baking soda and even your dentin. Not as hard as enamel though, so that’s good. Does the porous nature of the calcium in eggshells counteract the substance hardness, and help lessen the abrasiveness when scrubbed? Well I’m not sure, but it certainly makes some sense.

      Also consider that eggshells will have some organic material on the inside of the shell, in the form of a membrane. Even after rinsing off your shells, they are likely to have membrane particles still attached. Obviously, you don’t want organic matter in your toothpaste, which can lead to bacteria growth. That being said, this membrane does have relatively high levels of collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is found mostly in your eye fluid and joints, and can be used as a skin moisturizer/healer … it’s essentially a natural lubricant.

      Then again, glycerin is considered a natural lubricant, and some people claim is coats the surface of the teeth and prevents remineralization. They also claim you have to brush 20 times to remove it from your teeth. Actually, one person claimed this, without any proof whatsoever, and then this claim spread like wildfire around the Internet. You can see why this happened – a slippery goo being put on your teeth … makes sense right?!

      The facts about glycerin: it is water soluble. Seems very strange that water can wash away glycerin, but you need to brush 20 times to get it off, doesn’t it? Also, triglycerides are derived from glycerin (as an ester). So what, you say? Well triglycerides are the main component of fat, including vegetable fats. Yes, this includes coconut oil. Should we also be concerned about coconut oil coating our teeth? Gosh, I hope I don’t start another Internet rumor-come-fact.

      As far as I know, there have been no studies done on the teeth+glycerin claim. I couldn’t find any, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist (let me know if you find one!). This idea that glycerin coats the teeth is SO prevalent, that I can only assume that a study will be done at some point. Until then, maybe it’s better safe than sorry – hard to say.

      Wow, did I even get off track there – sorry! So back to the eggshells.

      Ok regardless of what’s contained in the egg membrane, it doesn’t appear to be harmful, and not a concern with the minute amount that may end up getting in your paste.

      Now back to the content of the shell itself. As I mentioned, it’s mostly pure calcium carbonate – awesome! There are studies however that show that bird egg shells secrete heavy metals into the composition of the egg shell. So you’d want to be concerned about the chickens’ environment, and what they’re being fed. So to this point, make sure you are using organic eggs to avoid this, and any possible egg treatments applied during processing. Consider that regular powdered calcium carbonate is a mined product, which of course can contain minute traces of heavy metals too, depending on the processing, so there’s that in comparison.

      So lets say, regardless of my above windbaggery, you decide to use eggshells. Here’s what I would do:

      1) Bake your eggshells. This will help kill off any bacteria, plus dry out the shells. You don’t want any moisture which can harbor bacterial growth, plus grinding and separation will be better. I’m thinking 300deg for 25mins would work.

      2) Grind as fine as possible. Be that a mortar and pestle, or a coffee grinder, preferably both. Remember, regardless of the Mohs hardness score, you can lessen the abrasiveness by reducing both size and density of the particles in your concoction (think 60 grit sandpaper, versus 200 grit).

      3) Let the egg shells sit for 2 weeks. Yes I know may seem ridiculous, especially if you are eager to use your shells. Here’s why: because of the porous and fragile nature of the calcium carbonate used in eggshells, they will actually start to break down over time, and loose their sharp edges. Give your powder a shake every once and a while to help this process – the particles rubbing against each other will work to smooth each other out. Once you get a few batches going, and your eggshell assembly line going, the 2 week wait won’t be as painful 🙂

      4) If you’re super paranoid about bacteria, and this depends on where/how you are storing your shells, then do another oven bake.

      So that’s my take on the eggshell thing, albeit more information that you probably wanted lol. I’m one of these people that prefer too much information rather than too little, and like to get all the facts before making a decision. Opinions and “gut feeling” advise have their place, but when it comes to your body, facts and evidence matter. Although admittedly, having too much information can make decision making difficult at times.

      In my “opinion”, toothpaste serve a specific purpose. You want it to clean your teeth and brighten your smile, while doing as little damage as possible to your gums and teeth. At the same time, you want to encourage an environment that inhibits bacteria and acid, and promotes remineralization – the main process of which, is calcium/phosphorous contained in saliva, not necessarily in calcium additives, which don’t increase calcium saliva content long term (deep breath, inhale, whew long sentence). Not that I disagree with adding calcium to your toothpaste, mind you. I do believe it has some benefit. But I believe this benefit is minimal and short-lived, and not worth the price of additional abrasiveness in my toothpaste – which is not so short-lived. And if you really want something that CAN help remineralize your teeth given short exposure, then look into nano-hydroxyapatite. Which, as you may have noticed, I’ve already been beating to death in my other comments :-).

      Sorry I don’t have a straight forward yes/no answer on the eggshell subject. And regardless, that would be an opinion, not an answer. My opinion, and my personal choice, is that I prefer to keep my paste simple, using White Kaolin. Hopefully this helps you decide what’s best for you!

  250. I have been using this homemade toothpaste for almost 2 years because I had been cavity free until shortly after having my 2nd child. Suddenly, I was getting a cavity every couple years–I was so frustrated because I was doing everything the dentist told me to do. I’ve read some of the comments that some people were able to reverse their cavities & I have tried with 2 of them that I currently have, but only 1 has stayed the same & the other has gotten through to the dentin & so I was advised to have it filled. What am I missing to reverse my cavities? I brush with this & floss everyday, & I eat healthy (including probiotics through supplements & food) & I take supplements including calcium/magnesium & others that were listed. I do take Shaklee products which I know are scientifically tested to work. What am I missing?

    • Hi Shannon,

      Reversing a carie (cavity) can be tricky, since once decay starts you basically have an open doorway for acid to do further damage. You need to close this door so that your enamel and/or dentin can start the repair process. Your teeth have tiny tubules which lead straight to your dentin. Your enamel is supposed to cover these tubules. When your enamel gets worn some of these tubules get exposed (the door I mentioned), causing sensitivity and possibility for decay. Decay is caused by the acids created by bacteria.

      If a carie is to be reversed, you first need to close the door, to protect your tooth from further damage from acid. This requires the formation of hydroxyapatite on the surface of the enamel. Hydroxyapatite is the material from which your enamel and teeth and constructed.

      I made a previous post below which should give you some helpful information. Essentially, you need to consider the following (and forgive me if I’m long-winded and repeating myself, but this stuff is important if you are serious about your teeth):

      1) Eat foots containing the materials you need to repair enamel/dentin. These materials get secreted in your saliva, and include mainly such things as calcium and phosphorous. These are needed to form hydroxyapatite, which then build a sort of scaffolding on your enamel, which then get filled in and close the “door”. There is a multitude of information and books out there on the subject of dental nutrition, but I tend to believe that keeping your diet balanced and healthy will result in the proper oral environment you need. If you’re on some sort of restricted type of diet, these books may be helpful.

      2) Point #1 will not be effective without saliva. Your teeth need saliva soaking time. If you produce little saliva, you need to rectify this. Chewing on Xylitol gum is great for this, and of course also having it in your toothpaste. Xylitol immediately starts making you salivate. Chew on it throughout the day, especially after meals. Rinse your mouth after eating also helps. Of course, you only want gum sweetened ONLY with Xylitol. A lot of gums contain other sweeteners along with Xylitol, which feed bacteria, and defeats the purpose. I buy a brand called “pur” which is readily available in stores (at least here in Canada). If Xylitol is not for you, then you’ll need to find another method to increase your saliva throughout the day/night. At night, I usually put a pinch of Xylitol in my mouth after brushing and before going to sleep, to get some saliva in my mouth for the long night, when saliva production drops.

      3) Not only do you need constant saliva to promote healing, but you need the proper pH. Healing will only happen at a higher pH (less acidic). So limit acidic food/drink as much as possible. Drop the juice. Get some pH strips and test your saliva throughout the day to see how you’re doing. Also test the pH of the toothpaste you are using, it should be at least 5.5 or higher, the natural pH of your mouth. Xylitol helps to prevent an acidic environment, since it kills off about 90% of the bacteria that would otherwise be creating acids in your mouth. Btw, don’t buy into those high pH diets, which supposedly raise the pH of your body for health benefits. Not only is that false science, but changing the pH of your body would probably kill you. You body regulates your pH, and you cannot change it, nor is it advisable to do so. Yes, you health freaks out there, there IS a place for science in our health! I happily attend both camps, and I use the term “freak” with loving sincerity and understanding 🙂

      4) Limit the amount of sugar intake as much as possible. Sugar feeds the bacteria which create acid in your mouth. It’s the acids which are demineralizing your teeth and causing caries. Xylitol helps to create saliva which will wash the sugar away. Xylitol actually kills bacteria by starving it. Bacteria tries to metabolize the Xylitol (treating it like regular sugar), but it can’t. Two-fold benefit here … you decrease the food that bacteria feed on by washing away sugar, then starve those remaining with “fake food”.

      5) It’s likely not the bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth that are causing you problems. It’s the bacteria hiding just below the gum-line, which regular brushing methods do not reduce. You need to start using the Bass Brush Method, and get a better toothbrush, which I’ve mentioned in my other post. And just because a toothbrush is labelled “very soft” or “extra gentle” does not necessarily make it so. A very important aspect of a toothbrush is the very tips of the bristles. The vast majority of commercial toothbrushes use bristles that are squared off on the tip. Why? Well it’s cheaper to make. Take some “soft” bristles and chop them off at the end – simple … then label them as “soft”. Think about that for a second. You end up with a cylindrical bristle, squared off on the end at a 90 degree angle. This my friends, is a sharp edge, perfect for scraping tiny scratches into your enamel, and hindering any repair efforts. You want a manufacturer that actually takes the effort and expense to ROUND off their bristles. They are rare, but they’re out there (hint, the Radius toothbrush I mentioned does this). Plus, round bristles are perfect for utilizing the Bass brushing method, to get those bristles under your gums and brush away those bacteria trying to hide, and which survive regular brushing methods. So you may wonder why you brush and floss religiously, and avoid sugar, but still get cavities? Here’s why.

      6) Further to getting a proper and very soft toothbrush, you need a very gentle toothpaste. Obviously you need to remove any plaque and bacteria from your gums and teeth, but scrubbing away on your enamel is counterproductive. If you want to repair the worn away enamel, and close the door, you can’t be scrubbing away the construction project! As per my other post, using White Kaolin in your toothpaste is recommended. It is gentle, and will polish your teeth smooth, making it harder for bacteria and plaque to take hold. Avoid other toothpaste ingredients which will only add to the abrasiveness of the mixture. Keep it Simple! Contrary to popular belief, it takes VERY little abrasiveness to clean your teeth. You may think that brushing for 10 minutes can only be a good thing, but you’d be wrong, and likely doing more harm than good. A soft toothbrush (with proper bristles!) and soft toothpaste are essential, especially for you. You would be better off brushing for 1 minute using a soft brush/paste, using the Bass method, than 10 minutes with a regular brush/paste. Note that I still recommend 2 minutes of brushing, but you get the point.

      All of the above points are to enable an environment for your body to repair the damage. Once continued damage has been mitigated, only THEN can your caries have a hope of remineralizing. You need to work WITH your body, not against it. Once your enamel has been sealed, and the acid attack has stopped, your teeth can then start healing from within to rebuild your dentin. This is purely diet at the point. All the while, you continue to work at protecting your outer defense, which I’ve outlined.

      And to further comment on toothpaste, without boring you (further) to tears: in your particular case, you may want to consider kick-starting the healing process with a (gasp) commercial toothpaste. Not just any toothpaste. Not just a so called “sensitive” toothpaste. I mean a toothpaste which truly helps to remineralize your teeth faster than your natural saliva could. After all, the first phase of sealing up your enamel is very important, and therefore the quicker you can accomplish this, the better. There are in fact toothpastes out there that can accomplish this. You just have to weed out the “fakes”. A “remineralizing” toothpaste claiming to do so by adding “calcium” or the like, is what I consider “fake”. Not that minerals aren’t a good thing, mind you, but you need fast repair. You need additives which actually work to create hydroxyapatite, or at least help it form.

      You can find toothpastes which actually contain nano-hydroxyapatite. These are nano sized particles of hydroxyapatite, which can actually fit into the tiny tubules of your teeth, and seal it up. They build the scaffolding, and you saliva does the rest. Again, don’t be scared off by the sound of this material … your teeth are MADE of this stuff. Don’t be swayed off by thoughts or comments of “it’s a commercial product, thus not natural”.

      As for finding toothpastes containing hydroxyapatite, they are expensive and hard to find, but they are out there. They are particularly popular in Japan. In Canada I’ve found a brand called X-pur, that you can buy at some pharmacies (Shoppers Drug Mart). Use Amazon if needed. Note that I can’t speak to the other ingredients of abrasiveness of any of these products, although X-pur at least feels very gentle (plus it’s fluoride free and has Xylitol!). You can also get a version of Sensodyne (Repair & Protect) containing something called NovaMin. While not pure hydroxyapatite, NovaMin is based on the same principle of sealing off your dental tubules to reduce sensitivity. Sorry for those of you in the U.S., but for some strange reason Sensodyne doesn’t use NovaMin in your version of the product (which I dub a “fake”). It is however available in Canada and Europe. Not to sound like I’m wearing a tinfoil hat, but I’m sure the ADA and dental establishment have no vested interest in actually preventing caries/cavities. While I’m sure the people working for these organizations, and the dentists themselves, are good people, would ANY industry work to effectively render themselves unnecessary? Cavities are good for business. Dentists work to repair the damage, not necessarily to help you avoid them. But I digress.

      So back to the scary sounding toothpastes. If nothing else, using a nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste may help to kick-start your healing, like I mentioned. Use it for a couple of months, then go back to your homemade stuff. using all the tips I mentioned.

      Even better yet, add some nano-hydroxyapatite to your homemade toothpaste, and create a Super Paste! I won’t get into all of that, but it IS possible. In fact I have a shipment on the way as I write this, to be incorporated into my own paste. Say goodbye to caries for the rest of my life, and hello to smoother whiter teeth. Yes, nano-hydroxyapatite will not only fill in any weak spots, preventing enamel penetration by acids, but it will fill in the tiny scratches and imperfections on the surface of your teeth, giving a whiter appearance. Scratches, I might mention, caused by squared-off toothbrush bristles.

      How did I come to research and discover nano-hydroxyapatite you might wonder? Well I made myself a batch of homemade toothpaste, using mostly coconut-oil, baking soda, and powdered calcium carbonate. A week or two later, by teeth became VERY sensitive and somewhat painful. My teeth felt raw, like I had exposed the sensitive nerves of my teeth. I’ve always had very strong teeth, which my dentist keeps informing me of. So I stopped using the homemade stuff, and went back to Colgate. Didn’t help. I stopped eating apples, which I’d recently started eating daily. I stopped coconut-oil-pulling which I was also doing differently. Didn’t help. I felt like the damage was done and I needed to find a way to repair it. I didn’t like having aching teeth, and I was a little worried I did permanent damage to my precious enamel. I even considered going to my dentist about this sudden problem, which I’ve never experienced before. I imagined him scolding me about making my own toothpaste, tsk tsk he would say, how dare I abandon fluoride and the dentist recommended toothpaste. Does the ADA seal of approval mean nothing to me?

      But no, I broke it, and I was determined to fix it. Plus I wanted to avoid the embarrassing discussion with the dentist. Plus, I was still convinced I didn’t need fluoride, and I didn’t like the ingredients that commercial toothpastes were using. I didn’t feel like trying to debate the issue with a dentist, who was trained (cough brainwashed?) a certain way, to the benefit of their own industry.

      So I started researching tooth sensitivity – long story short (shush), I discovered what hydroxyapatite was. I was about to order some toothpaste containing hydroxyapatite from Amazon, but ended up finding X-pur’s website. Checked their availability – turns out there was only 1 particular Shoppers Drug Mart location (out of many in the city) that sold it. I went to that store – sure enough they had some. Out of the way, high on a shelf, high on price, and small on tube-size. A very small sized tube in fact. Hmm, well it doesn’t seem very popular or well marketed. I didn’t care – I needed help and I was sold on the science of it.

      Mainly because of how small the tube was, and how expensive it was, I used a very small pea-sized amount when brushing – half a pea really. I also started using the Bass brushing method to get that hydroxyapatite up under my gums. Within 3 days my sensitivity was very markedly reduced, almost gone. Within 1 week, my sensitivity was totally gone! I was not surprised mind you, as like I said, I trusted the science, but I was a little shocked at how quickly it worked.

      Regardless of my experience, I’m still on board with the whole homemade toothpaste thing, and I don’t like the ingredients in the commercial stuff. So I spent a LOT of time researching things, including scientific studies, various literature, and also herbalist remedies, and even anecdotal evidence from blog comments like this one :-). Too much time perhaps, as you can probably tell. I like the idea of natural and homemade, but I’m also a man of science at heart. And seeing is believing, as they say. So I’m working on my own formulation, building from the natural recipes that people like WellnessMama put forth into the world. They are great recipes!

      So obviously the whole baking soda/calcium thing didn’t work for me. I don’t even have proof it was the baking soda and/or calcium powder that caused my issues. Regardless, I don’t like the taste of baking soda, and after much research, have found things like White Kaolin Clay, Xylitol, coconut oil, MCT (liquid coconut oil), and various essential oils. The final, and most important ingredient for my homemade toothpaste is en route, in the form of nano-hydroxyapatite. And while I’ve come across a great many other interesting ingredients seemingly beneficial to oral health, I’m sticking with the premise that less is more. Just because you like 20 different foods, don’t expect to throw them together to make a recipe that works. And while my formulation has not yet been perfected, I feel I have found the best and natural ingredients (and yes I include the hydroxyapatite here).

      So finally, I apologize for the very-long winded blog comment here, but I feel like I’ve gained quite a bit of knowledge on the subject, and I hope some of this helps you. I suppose it’s only fitting that my foray into natural dental care started with WellnessMama, and now I’m getting a chance to contribute, and bring back some knowledge I’ve gleaned. In fact, I have found that you can gather a lot of information and insights from the comments to articles themselves. I just hope mine wasn’t so long that it scared you away from reading – so thanks for persevering. And thanks to WellnessMama for actually approving this admittedly overly long-winded comment!

      If there’s one thing I’ve learned, is that having a DDS after your name doesn’t make you an expert at oral health and cavity prevention. After all, dentists are trained primarily to repair the damage, not on how to prevent the damage in the first place. We all have to gather information ourselves, and make our own choices. These are the findings and choices I’ve made, and my education on the subject continues.

      Good luck repairing your cavities the natural way Shannon – hopefully it’s not too late and the services of dental repair are not needed!

      • Where can you get nano-hydroxyapatite? I would like to add it to my homemade toothpaste.

  251. Sadly, GoTubes should not be used with Coconut Oil, or oils of any kind. It reacts with the silicon and the oil will quickly take on a silicon taste. Perhaps you won’t notice or care depending on the flavor of the essential oils, but keep this in mind.

  252. I use little 2 oz amber glass jars. And I have a special tiny spoon. I put a tiny spoon of it in my mouth and then brush my teeth. Then I wash the spoon for the next time.

  253. Hi, I looked through the comments to see if this has already been asked but didn’t see so sorry if I missed, but is there a substitute for coconut oil? I recently discovered I have an intolerance to coconut as well as all nuts and seeds. 🙁 I have been making this toothpaste for a couple years and I really like it but I need to make it without the coconut oil.

  254. Just thought you should know that GoTubes, or any silicon tube for that matter, should not be used with oil based products, including coconut oil. The oil reacts with the silicon, and will impart a strong silicon taste to the oil. Likely you never noticed the taste because of all the saltiness and essential oil flavoring, but I thought you should know. Try it out for yourself … put pure coconut oil in your tube for a while, then have a taste.

    Also, the baking soda is really not needed, especially for kids that don’t like the taste. Yes I know that it’s all the rage, but the clay is more than sufficient to clean your teeth. Earthpaste for example is essentially just bentonite and water. Why do they use that particular clay you might wonder – well they happen to own a particular bentonite deposit, which they’ve branded Redmond Clay, and decided to make a toothpaste out of it.

    The better clay to use: White Kaolin. Not only is it a gentler smoother silkier clay, but it cleans and removes stains better. It is the king of CEI (Cleaning Efficiency Index) and is a great gentle polisher as well. Plus it’s white! And yes it’s safe to swallow – ever wonder where the “Kao” in Kaopectate comes from? White Kaolin is remaining the best kept secret in homemade toothpastes, while bentonite seems to be getting all the attention. I think Earthpaste and it’s popularity is largely responsible for this. That is not a knock on Earthpaste – which is actually a great product. Plus, because bentonite is brownish in color people associate it with “earthy”, thus more natural. White Kaolin is just as “natural” as bentonite … it’s just a different color due to it’s mineral and ore composition. For instance, you can get Kaolin that is red/pink, which of course contains more iron than the white variety.

    Bentonite is definitely a great clay, and has it’s purposes and many uses, as does Kaolin. They are all in the same family of clays. It just so happens that White Kaolin is the most gentle of them all (it’s used in face masks for sensitive skin), plus it’s the best at polishing and removing stains. Simply, it’s a better choice for toothpaste – the world just seems a bit slow to catch on to this discovery (yes there are studies to prove this). We’re obsessed with this more natural looking mud clay, which is natural I guess 🙂 Again, don’t get me wrong, bentonite is a great runner-up!

    And for anyone thinking of adding water to this recipe to make it more pliable – probably not a good idea. Don’t forget that oil and water don’t mix, without an emulsifier. Now it’s possible this may actually be ok, as clay can act as a natural emulsifier (to bind oil and water). But as soon as water enters the equation, you’re opening the door to bacteria and mold, thus greatly shortening shelf life. Sadly, as much as we all hate commercial toothpastes because of the chemicals, companies usually have reasons for adding in these nasties. Emulsifiers are necessary to get the consistency us consumers want, and preservatives are necessary to keep us safe from bacteria. It’s the cost of buying ready-made products that must endure the trip from factory to store, and subsequent storage time.

    Another note on the use of Stevia … a better option is to use Xylitol. There’s a reason you’re starting to see it in all sorts of oral products, including gum. It’s actually good for your teeth! It kills off the bacteria that causes plaque and decay. It also immediately induces saliva production, which is necessary to neutralize acids, restore pH and remineralize your teeth.

    It’s also worthwhile to note that adding minerals such as calcium and magnesium to the mix, is not absolutely necessary. The process of remineralization primarily occurs mostly through the saliva, which of course your teeth are bathed in constantly (and the benefit of using Xylitol on a regular basis). While I’m sure that adding minerals to your toothpaste may help somewhat, they are really only in your mouth for a few minutes before you spit most of it out. Intuitively if makes sense thinking you are bushing with calcium, but really you are only increasing abrasiveness with limited benefit. It’s more important that you have a good diet supporting minerals in your saliva, and then keeping that saliva flowing. If you really want to add something to your toothpaste that would be effective at remineralizing and desensitizing your teeth, look into nano-hydroxyapatite. Yes I know this sounds very “science-y” and non-natural, but it is the very same material that your teeth and enamel are constructed of. But that is a whole other discussion 🙂

    And lastly, but certainly not least, and in fact perhaps most importantly, brushing technique matters! Believe it or not, most of us are doing it wrong. But don’t blame your dentist, as most of them don’t know any better. Look up the Bass Brushing Method. This method essential gets the bacteria that are below the gum-line … the location and main cause of tooth decay and gingivitis. Dr. Bass was a medical doctor who developed this technique, however the dental world is slow at recognizing and teaching this to dentists. In fact you may have heard of a modified version of the Bass technique, which most dentists now push. You know, angle your brush at a 45 degree angle. This is NOT the true Bass method, and not effective. Again, this is a whole other topic.

    Plus get a good soft toothbrush that is designed for this method. I use a Radius toothbrush, which I found at a health store. It definitely looks like a strange toothbrush, but trust me this thing is so soft and amazing (plus it lasts 3 times as long). I stopped using my expensive Sonicare and went back to manual after trying this thing. My teeth and gums are so thankful. They have a kids version too, which my 7-yr old is using, and he loves it.

    Make a good natural homemade toothpaste, ditch the fluoride, brush properly, and chew on some Xylitol-only gum throughout the day and after meals, and your healthy mouth will thank you.

  255. Maybe try a powder if you are worried about bacterial growth. I just found it easier to skip the coconut oil and water and use the powder, but I never had bad stuff grow in the oil/water mix I made either…

    • Hi Debbie,

      Good suggestion about the tooth powder – bacteria would certainly have a hard time without water – instant solution!

      Personally, I’m not partial to brushing with a mixture that is essentially 100% abrasives. Regardless of ingredients (and hardness, and particle size, etc), there is a direct relationship between abrasivity and powder concentration. Sure, you could use the most gentle and effective powders that you could find – but this gets magnified as you increase the ratio of these abrasives.

      Of course, abrasive ratios are just one factor of the equation. You also have to consider your brushing style and weapon of choice, the humble (but oh so important) toothbrush. There’s also your gums to consider – you’re scrubbing a dry powder against your gums, with no lubrication to act as a buffer. Sure, your saliva eventually starts to mix with the dry powder; but as I mentioned in a previous comment, most of the tooth abrasion happens within the first 20 seconds of brushing.

      I know tooth powders work for a lot of people, but it requires a very gentle hand. And honestly, I just don’t trust myself in that regard, lol. And I certainly don’t trust my 7-year old.

      It’s amazing how complex a toothpaste (or powder) can be isn’t it? It doesn’t seem like it should be this complicated. But it is, and for good reason. There are so many variables to consider. Aside from the ingredients themselves, there’s wide variations in the teeth we are cleaning, and the people harboring them. There’s individual biology and personal preferences. Some people have relatively tough teeth and hard enamel, yet others fight gum erosion and sensitivity all their lives. It’s no wonder why some pastes/powders work for some, and not others. It’s a fascinating subject!

      Isn’t it great that we can make our own toothpastes, tailored to our own needs and preferences? However, especially when making something for multiple people, I’d rather err on the gentle side. Given proper brushing and oral care, a gentle polishing scrub is all you need to clean your teeth. Make a toothpaste as if everybody has very sensitive teeth. Assume they will scrub a little harder (or longer) than they should, and use a little more toothpaste than they need. After all, most of us experience tooth sensitivity at some point in our lives. More importantly, we don’t want to turn otherwise strong resilient teeth into sensitive and cavity prone ones, because of the harsh pastes/powders we used for years.

      Thanks again!

  256. Hi! I made this a few days ago, and I really like it better than the tooth powder I usually make. I’m going to try adding sunflower lecithin to keep it from separating so much, though.

  257. I read that peppermint and cinnamon aren’t safe for kids. What can I use instead?

  258. I have been using benanite clay in my toothpaste for a while know. I noticed in rhe last batch & my current one some black to it. Is it ok? I smells a but different too. I tried reading the comments but there is a lot. Sorry of this is a repeat!