Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe (Natural + Simple)

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

A Remineralizing Toothpaste

There is a lot of emerging information about tooth remineralization, a process that many dentists previously thought was impossible. This article goes into detail about the science behind tooth remineralization and the dietary steps necessary. (It also explains why ingredients in most toothpastes, even natural ones, are not optimal!) I also did a podcast interview with a dentist who explains the science of remineralization (listen here).

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

Natural Toothpaste

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

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

This toothpaste recipe is kid-approved, and since it has no fluoride, it is safe on babies, toddlers, and those with thyroid problems.

How to make your own remineralizing toothpaste with natural ingredients
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Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe

Make a remineralizing toothpaste with calcium powder, coconut oil, xylitol, baking soda, and essential oils.
Prep Time10 minutes
Author: Katie Wells

Materials

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together the calcium powder, diatomaceous earth, baking soda, and xylitol.
  • Add the coconut oil one part at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Add any optional essential oils for flavor.
  • Store in small container such as a ½ pint glass jar.
  • To use, either dip a clean toothbrush into it, or use a popsicle stick or small spoon to scoop it onto the toothbrush.

Notes

For this recipe, “part” denotes whatever unit of measurement you are using. For instance, if part=tablespoon, you would need 5 tablespoons calcium powder, 1 tablespoon diatomaceous earth, etc.
Or, skip the recipe and try my Whitening & Remineralizing Toothpaste from Wellnesse!

The Internal Side of Remineralization

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

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

You can read my daily oral health routine in this post.

These additional factors like consuming enough minerals and fat-soluble vitamins are important not only because they support the body as a whole, but also because they create more mineral-rich saliva, which is the body’s delivery system for necessary nutrients to the teeth.

How Saliva Benefits Oral Health

In short: Saliva is the way teeth remineralize!

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

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

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

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

Saliva Reduces Bacteria that Cause Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

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

For example, lactoferrin is one compound naturally found in saliva. Lactoferrin is part of our innate immune system and is one of our key front lines of defense. Lactoferrin binds iron in the mouth depriving the gum-damaging bacteria the iron necessary for them to flourish.

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

Saliva Reestablishes Healthy pH in the Mouth

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

How to Increase Saliva Production

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ever made your own toothpaste? Share your recipe and thoughts below!

This homemade remineralizing toothpaste uses all natural and safe ingredients to naturally clean teeth and provide necessary minerals to the mouth.
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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1,445 responses to “Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe (Natural + Simple)”

  1. Gee Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  2. Swali Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. sarah Avatar

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

      2. Jhiga Avatar

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

    2. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Will Revek Avatar
        Will Revek

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

      2. bethany Avatar

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

  3. Hoff Avatar

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

    1. Jennifer Hamilton Avatar
      Jennifer Hamilton

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

    2. Nancy Avatar

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

  4. Ryan Avatar

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

    1. Will Revek Avatar
      Will Revek

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

  5. Julia Avatar

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

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

    1. Mindy Avatar

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

  6. Julia Avatar

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

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

    1. Ryan Avatar

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

      1. RANDA Avatar

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

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

    2. Lara Avatar

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

      1. gerry sawyer Avatar
        gerry sawyer

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

        1. Barb Avatar

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

  7. Meg Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Angelique Avatar
        Angelique

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

  8. April Bennett Avatar
    April Bennett

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

    1. Erika Crooks Avatar
      Erika Crooks

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

      1. Dana Visak Avatar
        Dana Visak

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

      2. Diana Coronado Avatar
        Diana Coronado

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

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

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

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

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

    2. Dana Visak Avatar
      Dana Visak

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

  9. Shera Avatar

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

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

    1. Natalie Avatar

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

    2. Choymae Huie Avatar
      Choymae Huie

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

    3. ChrisP Avatar

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

    4. Emily Clancy Avatar
      Emily Clancy

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

  10. Judy Avatar

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

  11. Patricia S Avatar
    Patricia S

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

      1. Elizabeth Avatar
        Elizabeth

        I am trying Coral Calcium that is not too expensive. It has 73 minerals. I combined it with Coconut oil and FG hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and my teeth feel clean and it’s whitening. I noticed someone else is marketing toothpaste with Coral Calcium. Thanks for the ideas.

    1. Sherry England Avatar
      Sherry England

      Can you use fractionated coconut oil in this recipe? I have use coconut oil and it ends up clumping and getting hard. Still good but just harder to use. I also use green stevia instead of the xylitol cause it bothers my gut. The green is a little earthy but still good and not overpowering.

    2. Janey Avatar

      Hi Katie Wells, what does the coconut oil do? Can I skip it all together?

      1. Katie Wells Avatar

        It provides a lot of the volume of the base of the recipe. You can omit, but it will completely change the texture. Coconut oil is also naturally antibacterial so it can help battle bacteria in the mouth.

        1. Bhavana Avatar
          Bhavana

          Hi wellnessmama thank you so much for the great teeth remineralization ideas and tips. I use the coconut oil+oregano essential swishing for 15min and then brushing the teeth using the above remineralizing tooth paste that I have made since 1 to 2 yrs continuously and earlier on amd off. Now i found that my front teeth are turning yellow and also black discoloration between the teeth. So I underwent light scaling and now i find that its again turning yellow Please help me

          1. Ashley Avatar

            You should actually be brushing first and then oil pulling because the oil pulling temporarily softens the enamel. You don’t want to brush afterwards. I have a hunch that might be why you’re having the issues you stated.

          2. Kara Avatar

            How long does egg shell Powder last? And how long will it last in the toothpaste? Thank you!

        2. Les Avatar

          Like elsewhere there’s good bacteria and bad bacteria.. some bacteria cause cavities, but the good bacteria, on the tongue, creates nitric oxide which is extremely healthy for your heart and arteries..

        3. Jeane Avatar

          5 stars
          Hey wellness mama ? any methods for keeping the paste from solidifying? I love it but it’s a little difficult to use once the coconut oil cooled (I warmed it to mix initially) and solidified.
          Thanks for all you do, been following you for 9 years!

    3. Kaylee Avatar
      Kaylee

      5 stars
      Thank you for this recipe!!!! It is amazing!!!

      I used a tsp for my ratio, and I added 1/2 of orange flavor (trying to make it kid approved).
      I didn’t get my Xyitol to a fine powder, so I added a tsp of vodka that way it would dissolve.

      This is the absolute best recipe for toothpaste!

  12. Melinda Avatar
    Melinda

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

    1. Jami Boles Avatar
      Jami Boles

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

    2. Rachel Metcalf Avatar
      Rachel Metcalf

      I like this information you share! It’s always great to get professional opinions. From my own experience, I would like to share the results of this toothpaste (and I don’t know the author of this page). I have been using this toothpaste recipe for almost 3 years and my gum recession is completely reversed. Every time I go to the dentist, they rave about how healthy my teeth and gums are… my mom said she can’t use any other toothpaste except this one because it controls her sensitive teeth. I would absolutely recommend the Diatomaceous Earth and the baking soda together. It is not too abrasive for my mouth. I had sensitive teeth and receding gums prior to using this, so I am a huge advocate for this recipe.

  13. Timi Avatar

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

    1. Timi Avatar

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

      1. Wellness Mama Avatar
        Wellness Mama

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

        1. Kate Alton Avatar
          Kate Alton

          Have I missed something? There is no castille soap listed in the recipe ??

    2. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Inna Avatar

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

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

        1. Melissa Gonzalez Avatar
          Melissa Gonzalez

          I agree. Tums ( and other antacids) actually draw calcium out of the body.

      1. Deitra Brunner Avatar
        Deitra Brunner

        You said, “or coral calcium!!!”.
        I came back to read the comments, after reading the original post years ago, because I was looking to make some more and while looking for the calcium I came across coral calcium and wanted to make sure it was okay to use this. But, it seems you’re suggesting not to and I really would like to know why –if you don’t mind responding, it is really appreciated.
        Peace,
        Deitra

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Melinda Avatar
        Melinda

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

      2. Elizabeth Avatar
        Elizabeth

        I am trying Coral Calcium that is not too expensive. It has 73 minerals. I combined it with Coconut oil and FG hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and my teeth feel clean and it’s whitening. I noticed someone else is marketing toothpaste with Coral Calcium. Thanks for the ideas.

  14. Wellness Mama Avatar
    Wellness Mama

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

    1. Teresa Avatar

      Does the coconut oil in the recipe safe for spitting in the sink? Does it cause plumbing issues later on? Thanks!

  15. Kuwanna Avatar
    Kuwanna

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Lori Shipp Avatar
        Lori Shipp

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

          1. Summer Avatar

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

    2. Bethany Avatar

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

    3. Helen Jackson Avatar
      Helen Jackson

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

      1. Helen Jackson Avatar
        Helen Jackson

        Correction

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

  16. Robyn Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Andrea Dowling Gulledge Avatar
        Andrea Dowling Gulledge

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

        1. Becky Avatar

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

      2. Lisa Avatar

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

        1. lura Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Barb Avatar

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

        1. Jen Avatar

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

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

          1. Veronica Avatar
            Veronica

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

          2. Rebecca Avatar
            Rebecca

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

          3. gerry Avatar

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

          4. jessica Avatar

            Common confusion:

            Baking SODA does not have aluminum in it.

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

          5. Janna Avatar

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

          6. Kolleen Dohermann Avatar
            Kolleen Dohermann

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

          7. Diana G Avatar

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

          8. Frances Stone Avatar
            Frances Stone

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

        2. Pierce Watkins Avatar
          Pierce Watkins

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

          1. Dianna Abdoo Avatar
            Dianna Abdoo

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

          2. Bhavana Avatar
            Bhavana

            4 stars
            I have been using it since many months continuously now. I find that my teeth are turning yellow on front surface and black in between teeth and required scaling. Please do help me

      2. Dotty Avatar

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

        1. Kyra Gelyastanova Avatar
          Kyra Gelyastanova

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

          1. Wellness Mama Avatar
            Wellness Mama

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

          2. Kyra Gelyastanova Avatar
            Kyra Gelyastanova

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

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

            It tastes similar to my tooth cleanser from Tropical Traditions.

          3. gerry Avatar

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

        2. Laura Avatar

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

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

        3. Laura Avatar

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

          1. Ann Galloway Avatar
            Ann Galloway

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

      3. Mimi Avatar

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

        1. Amy Lambert Avatar
          Amy Lambert

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

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

          1. shanti Avatar

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

          2. Kelly Avatar

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

        2. simone Avatar
          simone

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

          1. Grace Avatar

            What is Bi-carb? I’ll be starting radiation treatment soon.

        3. Debbie Avatar

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

        4. Cassie Smith Avatar
          Cassie Smith

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

      4. Natalia Avatar
        Natalia

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

      5. Eileen Pusey Avatar
        Eileen Pusey

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

        1. gerry Avatar

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

        2. Jack Avatar

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

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

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

          1. Chloe Avatar

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

      6. Carmelia Avatar

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

        1. Jamie Avatar

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

          1. anna Avatar

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

          2. Ingrid Avatar

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

          3. Mel Avatar

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

        2. Sarah Avatar

          Hi Jaime and Wellness Mama,

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

        3. Sarah Avatar

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

          1. Dan Avatar

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

        4. Julie Avatar

          Hi, I use the “liquid” coconut oil that you can find in any health food store, and the toothpaste stays in a soft form like traditional toothpaste. You want to make sure you get the liquid form that is ingestible, as I think the fractionated coconut oil is used for topical applications.
          I also run all my powder ingredients ( I also add Himalayan pink salt for extra mineralization) through my Vitamix to make it into a superfine powder before mixing it with the liquid coconut oil. I absolutely LOVE this toothpaste and will never buy commercial toothpaste ever again. My teeth have never felt so clean. After I brush with my electric toothbrush, I use the Waterpik with added solè (concentrated pink Himalayan salt solution) and when I wake up in the morning, my teeth are still super smooth and clean feeling. A million thanks to you Wellness Mama for this incredible recipe! Blessings!

      7. Jane Avatar

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

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

        1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

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

          1. AnnieR Avatar

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

          2. Nicole Avatar

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

          3. Anthony Avatar

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

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

          4. Alisha Avatar

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

            King regards

            Alisha

          5. Brad Reeves Avatar
            Brad Reeves

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

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

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

          6. Michael Avatar

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

          7. Allison Avatar
            Allison

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

          8. Gloria Avatar

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

          9. Margaret Sawin Avatar
            Margaret Sawin

            I’ve got two questions, 1- I’ve got calcium ascorbate. I thought that’s what it needed to be. Is that alright in the mix. The second question is I’ve made this several times, however after around 2 weeks the mix gets yellow and tastes and feels zingy… If that’s a thing! So, next batch, I didn’t add the coconut oil just the powder and mixed them as needed. Again the powdered stuff turns yellow and does the zingy thing again. Could it be because of the calcium ascorbate? I’m so disappointed that it doesn’t stay fresh. I love it and use it but my family is rebelling because of the taste. I do add essential oils too. Help….

        2. Fara Avatar

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

          1. Lori Nelson Avatar
            Lori Nelson

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

      8. Rebecca Avatar
        Rebecca

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

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

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

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

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

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

          1. Mary Avatar

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

        1. Heidi Avatar

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

          1. jessica Avatar

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

          2. beth Avatar

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

        2. Arlene Avatar

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

        3. Frances Stone Avatar
          Frances Stone

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

          1. chris Avatar

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

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

          2. Stephanie Avatar
            Stephanie

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

        4. Alie Avatar

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

          1. KelleyLynn Avatar
            KelleyLynn

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

          2. Lance Avatar

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

      9. alexis Avatar
        alexis

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

      10. Brittney Avatar
        Brittney

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

        Thank you!
        Brittney

          1. Pam Avatar

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

          2. Sara Avatar

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

          3. Ronda Avatar

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

          4. Nuna Avatar

            I just read about someone using organic extracts for flavour in their kids’ toothpaste instead of essential oils – because they may not be able to spit it out.
            I also read that someone had made orange infused (with actual oranges) coconut oil for the base of their toothpaste to get the flavour. So many ways to go about this. Phew!

        1. Dawn Avatar

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

        2. Frances Avatar

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

      11. Guada Avatar

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

        1. Mary Avatar

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

        2. Amy Avatar

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

      12. Sara Thyng Avatar
        Sara Thyng

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

      13. Kate Avatar

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

      14. Sara T. Avatar
        Sara T.

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

        1. Jessa Avatar

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

          1. jaime jo Avatar

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

          2. bethany Avatar

            Here it says myrhh kills the fibroblasts and epithelial cells in the mouth….

          3. Sandra JT Avatar
            Sandra JT

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

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

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

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

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

      15. Brac Avatar

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

      16. Gail Avatar

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

        1. Minsook Avatar

          Do you know what his diet was like? It sounds like he stayed active that’s for sure 😉

      17. jasmine Avatar

        Hello,

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

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

        1. Sandra JT Avatar
          Sandra JT

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

      18. Lauri Avatar

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

      19. Jan Volk Avatar

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

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar

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

      20. Laura Avatar

        Would using baked egg shells/made into a fine powder be an alright substitute for the calcium carbonate? Sorry if this was already discussed, my time is so limited that I can’t read it all. Love your website, Katie!

    2. rachel Avatar

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

      1. Genevieve Avatar

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

      2. Jeannette Avatar
        Jeannette

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

    3. Michelle Houle Avatar
      Michelle Houle

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

      1. Bonnie Avatar

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

      2. Chris Avatar

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

    4. JM Avatar

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

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

      1. Kristi Avatar
        Kristi

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

        1. Angel Avatar

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

      2. Paul Kerry Avatar
        Paul Kerry

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

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

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

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

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

          1. Ashley Avatar

            I have had a lot of trouble getting my xylitol to dissolve. Without it dissolving, you can’t taste it and the toothpaste is so bitter. The only thing I’ve found is to dissolve it in a little warm water. The coconut oil doesn’t seem to work. But will my toothpaste go bad quickly with a splash of water in it? I’ve tried putting it in the blender to make a finer powder, but it hasn’t helped. Thanks for any help you can give!

    5. carole Avatar
      carole

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

      1. Katina Avatar
        Katina

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

      2. Judith Avatar
        Judith

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

        1. stephanie Avatar
          stephanie

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

    6. Alli Avatar

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

    7. Paula Avatar

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

      1. Stephanie Avatar
        Stephanie

        Could you add HYDROXYAPATITE to this recipe if so how much? Thank you 🙂

    8. Jaime O'Brien Avatar
      Jaime O’Brien

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

      1. christine Avatar
        christine

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

        1. Deserae Avatar
          Deserae

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

          1. Christine Avatar
            Christine

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

      2. Michael VanGilder Avatar
        Michael VanGilder

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

        1. Noelle Avatar
          Noelle

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

          1. Beth Avatar

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

    9. Jen Avatar

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

    10. Ann Galloway Avatar
      Ann Galloway

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

    11. Eliza Avatar

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

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

    12. Davy Avatar

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

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