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. Mica Avatar

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

  2. Dody Avatar

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

  3. christine Avatar
    christine

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

    1. Dody Avatar

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

        1. Dody Avatar

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

  4. Dody Avatar

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

  5. Maryalice Avatar

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

  6. Cindi Avatar

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

  7. Dana Avatar

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

  8. Warner Avatar

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

  9. Michelle Avatar

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

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

    1. Eileen Pusey Avatar
      Eileen Pusey

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

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

      1. Anikka Avatar

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

  10. Cindi Avatar

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

    1. Dora Avatar

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

  11. Dave Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  12. Lana Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Dellaina Avatar

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

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

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

  13. Amanda Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  14. Sora Avatar

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

  15. Beth Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

    2. Ali Avatar

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

      1. Beth Avatar

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

  16. Zachrey Avatar

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

    1. Howard Avatar

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

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

      A few thoughts on mouth health leading to whole-body health
      – I am very excited about this. Here is the trajectory I have been on in the past few days. I often listen to the Dave Asprey podcasts. This one in particular because Ihave been fighting for 4 years to save the second to last molar on the lower left jaw. For some reason I just have not wanted to have this fifth molar pulled. Nadine Artemis on the podcast spoke of her ozonated gel/ oil. This led me to research ozonated oils wherein I learned about their microbe killing and tissue rejuvenating properties. Here is a research paper I found. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/mi/2010/610418/ . A great resource for the citizen scientist.
      Seems there are lots of different brands of ozonated oils. I am going to test some on my painful molar which I am learning is likely sitting on a bed of bad bacteria which oozes in small amounts when pressed upon by upper teeth or food or brushing. As a tissue regenerator, Ozone is supposedly beneficial to all tissues except eyes and lungs.
      Next, I learned that ozone will destroy both good and bad bacteria. This led me to look for something that would reestablish a positive bacteria culture in my mouth between and after my ozone treatments. This led me to Dr. Mercolas ideas about the power of fermented foods for fortifying the gut biome. I am definitely going to start following his suggestion https://products.mercola.com/kinetic-culture/ ) I am still looking for some product that specifically deals with my mouth biome.
      Look at this page I found when I googled the term “mouth biome culture cheat”: https://www.google.com/search?q=mouth+biome+culture+cheat&oq=mouth+biome+culture+cheat&aqs=chrome..69i57.549j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
      I Am Very Excited Right Now!

  17. Gissel Orellana Avatar
    Gissel Orellana

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  18. Liza Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  19. Osteenm Avatar

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

  20. Lexington Avatar
    Lexington

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

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