Natural toothpaste options

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Fluoride is a chemical put in most public water systems and is placed there because experts were hoping that through regular fluoride consumption the rate of cavities in both young and old would be reduced. The metro area I live near was actually the very first city to put fluoride in their water.

Unfortunately, not only has it yet to completely be proven to be effective but it has also been shown to decrease fertility in many of the animal studies that have been done. Many studies show that fluoride consumption causes problems with sperm quality. Chronic exposure to fluoride has also been linked to thyroid and neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, and heart disease.

Yet it’s in almost every conventional toothpaste as a cavity preventer as well as to numb the teeth in toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.

Another ingredient in many conventional kinds of toothpaste is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, an anionic surfactant (foaming agent) that is also used in many cleaning and hygiene products, both conventional and even many so-called ‘natural’ products. It’s the ingredient that helps to cause the foaming in our toothpaste, shampoos, bubble baths, and shaving creams. It has been linked to greater risks of developing canker sores, and more importantly, it has been shown to be an endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Which means this; once it is absorbed into the body, it mimics the activity of the hormone Oestrogen causing the natural balance of your hormones to …disrupt.

Years ago, when I decided I needed to do everything I could to boost my fertility naturally, I headed to the nearest health food store and browsed the shelves for a new toothpaste. I was completely surprised by how many natural toothpaste brands had not one – but both of the ingredients in their mix.

How many people had done the same thing I had, in running out to find a better alternative for their families, and were misled by the ‘natural’ label?

I finally found a toothpaste that I thought would meet my requirements and bought it, but a few months later I noticed my teeth.

Don’t get me wrong – I brush twice a day, floss sometimes, but how often do you really get up close and notice your teeth? I knew I hadn’t been doing the greatest job in the world ( I was under a lot of stress and ended up falling asleep before brushing my teeth some nights), but I seriously almost cried.

I had dark spots between, and along the gum line, on the backs of quite a few of my teeth – tartar buildup. Obviously, I needed to try a different toothpaste!

natural toothpaste picture of tube and brush

Over the years I’ve tested out quite a few different brands, so far, these are my favorites.

Please note – I’m also not saying these are the best options for you and your oral health, or that your dentist will love these. I’m simply sharing with you the options I’ve chosen over the years that have worked for me. I also believe that the way we eat has more to do with the health of our teeth than the products we choose to brush with.

I also go back to conventional toothpaste every now and then simply because I end up needing it right away and our local stores don’t carry other options. Or sometimes it’s simply a cost issue and I need to be extra careful with my budget for a while. I prefer to use fluoride free no matter what I buy, but I’m more worried about the negative effects of fluoride from the water I drink than I am about a small amount used topically.

Option 1: Natural Toothpaste

I haven’t tried all of the natural toothpaste out there – so if you have a favorite (and it’s free of fluoride and SLS) PLEASE leave a comment below to share with us! Here are my top three favorites:

Oral Essentials Toothpaste (now called Lumineux)

(available on Amazon) This one I received as a review product about a year ago and feels the most like “normal” toothpaste. It goes on the toothbrush smoothly, has a great mouthfeel while brushing, and leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean. The one I tested out was the whitening formula and after some dental work last year (that left me with some sensitivity) my next tube will be their sensitive formula. I’ll update again once I’ve used it for a month or two.

currently sold for $2.42 per ounce

Thieves Dentarome Plus

(only available from Young Living) This one is pretty smooth and has a good mouthfeel, though the flavor isn’t my favorite. It’s nice, but you don’t get that “minty-fresh” feel once you’re done. If you don’t prefer a mint toothpaste as I do, this won’t be a big deal for you. This is the current toothpaste I’m using since I purchased a few tubes and Todd doesn’t prefer to move away from his conventional toothpaste.

currently sold for $1.68 per ounce

Earth Paste by Redmond Clay

(available on Amazon) Definitely less smooth to start, not a “normal” toothpaste mouthfeel, but man do my teeth feel clean after using it! It’s basically hydrated bentonite clay with essential oils, so it definitely tastes “earthy” while you’re using it. This toothpaste also doesn’t have that minty-fresh aftertaste, but it’s all worth it for me to have them feel so clean throughout the day. This is one brand I’ve used the most over the last five years or so.

I’ve worked with Redmond Clay a few times over the years and they’ve sent my tubes to review and I’ve also purchased more myself! I’ve always been impressed with this company and their ethics.

Currently sold for $1.80 per ounce

Option 2: Toothpowder

I’ve used a few toothpowders before and while they work, they do take some getting used to and it’s not my favorite way to brush my teeth. The powder by Harmony Acres was my favorite ( a blend of herbs, kaolin clay, and essential oils) but I don’t think they make it anymore. I also used Christopher’s Tooth and Gum Powder (available on Amazon) but it was quite strong for me.

Based on ingredients, I think I’d try the Dirty Mouth Powder (available on Amazon) if I were to go this route again.

Option 3: Homemade Toothpaste

An inexpensive solution that you can change according to your needs! It takes some getting used to as the mouthfeel and taste are different that storebought toothpaste, but is a viable option for when every penny matters.

How to make natural toothpaste

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Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Course: Natural Bath and Body
Author: Donielle

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Dr. Bronners Castile Soap – liquid the baby mild or almond is recommended
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 Tbsp bentonite or kaolin clay or baking soda
  • 10-20 drops essential oil orange, mint, etc
  • 1/2 tsp stevia ground
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • tooth powder optional

Instructions

  • Place 2 teaspoons of Dr. Bronners into a small bowl.
  • Add in the 5 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and stir to combine.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. I used ground stevia plant (my toothpaste was green!) but you can also use stevia drops or extract, simply lower the amount used and go by taste.
  • If you have an herbal toothpowder, you can also add in a couple of teaspoons to this homemade toothpaste.
  • Mix it all together and then revel at the crazy concoction you’ve just made.
  • Pour it into a small container and let sit for a few hours so the coconut oil will solidify again.
  • To use, just spread a small amount onto your toothbrush.

Notes

Please be aware that if you spit it into your sink that you will need to run hot water so the coconut oil doesn't clog the drain. Some people prefer to spit into the trashcan.
You can also use xylitol in place of stevia!

Sources:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/29/fluoride-reproductive-health-dangers.aspx

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/287704425_Fluoride_and_fertility

h ttps://fluoridealert.org/studies/fertility01/

 

Donielle Baker

Donielle Baker

owner and editor of Natural Fertility and Wellness at Natural Fertility and Wellness
I believe women can learn how to heal their bodies & balance their hormones through natural methods. An advocate for natural health, I have a passion for nourishing/real food nutrition and natural living. My personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and I started Natural Fertility and Wellness in 2008 in order to share all of the information I found helpful in my journey to heal from PCOS and overcome infertility.
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80 Comments

  1. Zsofia

    Instead of Stevia consider using Xylitol. My dentist gave me info on this natural sweetener. It is supposed to reduce cavities. Check it out.

    • donielle

      @Zsofia, I’ve been hearing conflicting reports on zylitol and decided to personally stay away from it.

      http://www.westonaprice.org/Agave-Nectar-of-the-Gods.html (zylitol is half way through)

      Though it would be such a minute amount in toothpaste that even I would prefer it over Fluoride or glycerin any day. πŸ™‚

  2. Tammy

    Interesting!

    I didn’t know that baking soda had aluminum in it too! I’ve always bought the aluminum-free baking powder, but I wasn’t aware of it being in baking soda.

    I also didn’t know that stevia was really green. I mean, it makes sense and everything, but I just hadn’t thought about it! LOL

    • donielle

      @Tammy, I hadn’t noticed it before, but the baking soda I bought specified aluminum free so I thought I better make sure to say something.

      • Tammy

        @donielle, After an unsatisfactory internet search, I contacted Arm and Hammer. The reply that I got back from them stated that there is no aluminum in their baking soda.

        • Karen

          @Tammy, Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3, so none of it should contain aluminum. Baking powder, however, can…that’s why I make my own!

  3. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    I am totally going to try this. I am not sure what is IN my toothpaste – have you noticed that they only put the ingredients on the boxes – so once you throw that away, you don’t know? I use the Jason brand. But the tube still says ” call poison control center if swallowed”. So that does not bode well. Now if you can come up with an herbal mouth rinse, you can start your own business! πŸ™‚

    • donielle

      @Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen, I had been using Jason too and was SO mad when I went to look later and couldn’t see the ingredients!

      Hmmm…..herbal mouth rinse…..maybe I should start googling! πŸ™‚

  4. Joanna @ Starving Student Survivor

    Our pediatrician was worried about my son because the water in our community didn’t have added fluoride, so he prescribed a fluoride supplement for my son to eat every day. I asked our dentist about it. He said, “Yes, fluoride will, indeed, harden your teeth. But it will also harden your internal organs.” We should not be ingesting that stuff!

  5. beth

    My sister has done this! She strongly suggests adding xylitol to it. She also uses closys mouth rinse before brushing – it strengthens the enamel on your teeth I believe. And then Listerine (name brand, not store) after. She read the book “Kick your dentist goodbye” by a dentist. I think about it a lot but haven’t tried it – I’m just getting to the shampoo bar idea. This or deordant are my next “new” thing to try!

  6. Barbara Grant

    This sounds great. I have used “Uncle Harry’s” toothpowder from Lehman’s. I like it, but it has mustard powder in it and is a little hot. My son won’t use it. I am going to try this, but I will substitute dolomite powder for the soda and see how it works.

  7. Kate

    I think I should try this. Although, I know many who follow WAP don’t brush at all. I’ll tell you a secret — my daughter doesn’t, and her teeth and perfectly white and evenly spaced. She’s only 2 but for her age her mouth is “perfect.” So this would be more for the adults in the family. Thanks for the recipe!

    Joanna — Horrifying. Seriously.

    • donielle

      @Kate, Kate – I do too! I don’t think I’m quite there yet though. πŸ™‚ We actually fixed a lot of my sons dark spots with CLO – I’ve been taking extra now as well.

  8. stacey

    I had been using toothsoap or crest when I was feeling poor..lol. Glad
    i found this recipe. I just made some and it turned out great! I think
    i’ll leave out or reduce the stevia next time because it left a sweet aftertaste in my mouth that I didn’t love. I might add xylitol next time too. I used a combo of almond and peppermint Dr. Bronners and lavender & tea tree oil.

  9. my year without

    Great post.

    My dentist revealed to me a few years ago that even though I had excellent oral hygeine, the reason why I always seem to have a cavity at every dentist visit is that some people have higher acidity than others. That rang a bell with me because I’ve tested my pH and it ranks fairly acidic. I began swishing with baking soda and using baking soda toothpaste after meals. The dark lines around my tooth/gum started disappearing and I can tell my teeth are healthier and because I keep my mouth as alkaline as possible, there is less of a chance of getting cavities, now. I swear by baking soda….mostly just the swishing with it after meals or coffee!

    • donielle

      @my year without, Dental issues are definitely very complex and body acidity does have something to do with it! I’ve read the book “Cure Tooth Decay” and it’s amazingly interesting and goes into detail about how cavities actually form and what causes them.

  10. Deanna

    Since there’s only 2 of us and the little one on the way won’t have teeth for a while my husband and I stuck a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon in the jar and use it that way instead of diping our brushes. Keeps things much cleaner and I don’t have to make as much.

  11. Michelle Turner

    I’ve tried brushing with diluted Dr. Bronner’s before but it left a soapy taste in my mouth. Does this taste soapy after you use it? I’d love to try it, I really want to get rid of flouridated toothpaste. I’ve been using a salt/baking soda mix sometimes but I’m worried about whether it’s too harsh for 2x per day.

    • donielle

      @Michelle Turner, Personally I don’t think it tastes soapy at all. It does foam just a bit, but if I rinse a couple times I can barely tell I had toothpaste in my mouth!

  12. Sierra

    Great post, Donielle! I have been gearing up to make homemade toothpaste, so this was great timing for me πŸ™‚

    Two questions:

    1. Where do you get your essential oils or what brands to you recommend?
    2. What are your thoughts on essential oils during pregnancy, since a minute amount of the toothsoap would probably end up being swallowed?

    Thanks!

    • donielle

      @Sierra, So far I’ve gotten the oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.com, Vintage Remedies.com, and my local health food store (carries Now brand) I’ve liked them all and don’t notice much of a difference between them.

      Personally, I think I’d rather use certain EO’s over fluoride, SLS, or glycerin. πŸ™‚ BUT – I know that sometimes even ‘natural’ stuff should be avoided during pregnancy. Here’s a great site that lists which ones you should stay away from during pregnancy:
      http://www.essentialoils.co.za/pregnancy.htm

      The National Association for Holistic Aromatheropy mentions to cut them out:
      http://www.naha.org/faq_pregnancy.htm

      and another link:
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/52219/essential_oils_during_pregnancy_childhood.html

      You could actually leave them out and go with and unflavored toothpaste – it’ll work the same, just not taste as great!

      Thanks for the questions!!

  13. Joanna

    That is so industrious of you to make toothpaste. I use Dr Bronner’s soap but actually don’t have time to make toothpaste, I use the toothpaste I sell to clients. It is mainly aloe vera & sea salt with a little stevia and it is pretty superb. Interestingly, customers come back and say that their gum issues have subsided since using a non sodium lauryl sulphate toothpaste. SLS is thought to contribute to mouth ulcers.

  14. Allison

    Well, Right now we’re back to store bought toothpaste. My husband prefers it with flouride. I prefer it without. I tried making my own using bronner and coconut oil, with a recipe very similar to yours, but after a time, the coconut oil clogged our pipes. Definitely not a desired outcome. This happened to my SIL as well. After that I bought tooth soap/ chips, but my husband never like them and after about a year my kids rebelled. So we’re back to store bought gylcerin based toothpaste that contains SLS. I’m not really thrilled about it, but the flip side is that my both of my children have had a serious amount of cavities, and they are very young. It’s at times like these that you sit back and doubt that getting rid of flouride was such a good idea. In my head I know it’s a poison. We try to be very careful of only eating wholesome, nutritious foods. Both my husband and I never had a cavity growing up, I only got my first when preg, with my second child. He just had several filled. Makes you wonder if switching and experimenting with toothpastes caused our cavities as well. Who knows.

    • donielle

      @Allison, I would HIGHLY suggest you read the book “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel. It’s awesome and explains so much. Especially the fact that brushing has little to do with cavities!

      http://www.curetoothdecay.com/

      • Allison

        @donielle,

        Thanks, but I bought it and read it when dealing with my oldest’s dental issues. Maybe I’ll pull it out and read it again, but already been there and done that…….It’s all very discouraging.

  15. Iris

    I am very interested in your toothpaste recipe, but since I am an European citizen, I can’t get the soap brand here. Can you tell what kind of soap that is, so I can try to replace it?

    • donielle

      @Iris, Iris, Dr. Bronners is a castile soap – I’d think you’d be able to find the same soap, but different brand over there?

  16. Pamela

    Donielle……….
    I’ve been making my own toothpaste for almost 2 years now.
    Where ever did you find a recipe using Dr. Bronner’s?
    My recipe is very similar except for Dr. Bronner’s.
    I’ll have to give it a try. Our teeth are so much better for having made the switch.
    I actually healed up an infection ,what could have turned into an abcessed tooth a few weeks ago.
    Old fillings, etc.. eventually will start to have trouble the older you get. I brushed 100% only
    with baking soda , and swished & gargled with a strong salt water ( sea salt ) solution 6 times a day and flossed 2 times a day. I was amazed at the results. It’s all gone. The symptoms were exactly what I’ve had
    before with teeth that did abcess. So this was great in that I avoided dental work this time round.

    • donielle

      @Pamela, A friend of mine used a recipe similar to this with the Bronners in it! Though she used much more – to soapy for me!

      So glad you were able to get rid of your tooth problems naturally! That gives me such hope in case I ever need to a bit extra.

  17. heather harris

    I have been wanting to try some natural toothpaste, and this is about as natural as it gets! I am gonna have to try this! thanks for the posting!

  18. Iris

    Thanx, I had to look up what castile soap is and found out that it is a soap originally from CastiliΓ« and contains at least 50% olive oil, right? The soaps I sound were not liquid. Could I use a soap that contains other oils than olive oil and that is not liquid?

  19. Christina

    I just use plain, undiluted peppermint Bronner’s. Just one or two tiny drops is all it takes. I’ve been doing this for years and I love it. Most people say it’s too soapy for them but I’ve just gotten used to it. Granted, if you use more than a drop or two, it IS too soapy. But with a tiny amount, it’s not bad. I love the way it makes my mouth feel.

  20. Jenn

    I use a recipe similar to yours, but water it down a bit so it can be put in a squeeze bottle. That way everyone can share from the same batch. So far it’s worked great and I love how clean my mouth feels after brushing and how I don’t feel like I have to rinse, and rinse, and rinse again to get it all out of my mouth.

  21. tarena

    I tried a similar recipie before and it was way too soapy tasting for me. I just made up this one, leaving out baking soda and flavored w/wintergreen instead and it still tastes a bit soapy…I’ll give it a try for awhile and see if I can stand it…usually that taste makes me gag. =)

    Thanks for the recipie though! I also made the deodorant today and my hubby will test it out at work! The ultimate test! =)

    Blessings!

    • donielle

      @tarena, Try adding the baking soda once. (you should be able to just re-melt it in a bowl of hot water) I made some up for my son without it and it’s definitely soapier. Somehow the baking soda helps. At least for me. πŸ™‚

  22. carmen vidal

    Thanks so much for the tidbit regarding the glycerine, we were making our own toothpaste for a while using glycerine with coconut oil and some peppermint or spearmint drops. I remember my sister mentioning that she couldn’t use glycerine since it was making her teeth very sensitive. We are currently using a safe brand which I purchase from Frontier coop. But I would love to start making our own tooth paste again. What about adding some peroxide for extra whitening?

    blessings and shalom
    carmen

  23. lisa

    So, of course after reading this I had to go look at the boxes of “natural” toothpaste in the cupboard. T**’s has both glycerin & sulfates! Grrr. And I have two boxes of it waiting to be used when the name brand tube was gone. Double grrr. How long did you use the glycerin toothpaste & notice the damage?

    • donielle

      @lisa, Maybe 5….6 months? And I have some in real life friends that said it was about the same for them.

  24. Primal Toad

    I made my own toothpaste about 2 weeks ago and love it. I simply mix coconut oil, baking soda, and mint. That’s it. Simple, tasty, and effective. I don’t have a recipe as its not the “best” yet πŸ™‚

  25. Barbara Grant

    Okay, I made it and the dolomite powder sank to the bottom! I brushed with it anyway and liked it. A question, though. What about the glycerin that is naturally in the soap? Does it rinse off?

  26. Julie

    For about 6-7 years, I have used just baking soda. I had horrible cold sores etc during my second pregnancy as well as a rash the Dermatologist couldn’t identify. I took one course of anitbiotics and it went away for a week, them came right back. The doctors solution was to give me another anitbiotic for 21 days. I said, “I don’t think so!! So even though I had what felt and looked like coldsores(blisters)on under my eye and along the side of my nose for almost my entire pregnancy I decided I would take care of it my self. I first started with the toothpaste/soap/ shampoo. Everything with SLS I did not use! My solution for toothpaste was to use baking soda. I put some in a little container in the bathroom and when I use it I just dump a bit in the palm of my hand, dip my already wet toothbrush in and brush. The dentist has never said anything about the enamel wearing thin or even any evidence of it. I will just keep it up and see what happens. It works for me, but everyone is different, and everyone gets cavities at different rates regardless of brushing etc. (at least that is my opinion). I did not know about the aluminum free baking soda, so I will have to see about getting some of that. Where does one go about getting some?

  27. Marin

    Donielle,

    I am really enjoying your posts about making your own deodorant and toothpaste. Now I would like to see one about making your own shampoo. I have tried the “no-poo” method of baking soda paste for shampoo and apple cider vinegar for conditioner but that never worked for me. I tried it for months and it always left my hair limp and greasy regardless of how much I tweaked my recipe. Any ideas on a homemade, effective shampoo/conditioner?

  28. gia

    Can I buy some homemade toothpaste from you? Please contact me. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  29. Missy

    This is a great site! I will try some of your suggestions. One question about toothpaste, though. If one of the goals is to not use flouride, but flouride is in our water, what can we do about that?

  30. Michelle Turner

    I tried the recipe and it’s barely soapy tasting at all! Much better than Dr. Bronner’s by itself. I also did a baking soda rinse afterwards based on the comments to the post. I only used the oil, baking soda, water, and Dr. Bronner’s, but instead of coconut oil I used palm oil (I have a tub I’ve been trying to get rid of, so for any cosmetic products that call for coconut oil I’ve been substituting it), and it makes the consistency of commercial toothpaste. Love it!

  31. Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

    This is what I use-
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46799291/xylitol-tooth-chips-4-oz-container-from?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_search_query=tooth+soap&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&includes%5B%5D=tags&includes%5B%5D=title

    I have been using the natural stuff for a long time but I’m started having major dental issues (first time in my life) and started looking for why and found what you did. Now I’m using the tooth soap and my teeth already seem whiter and my gums are pinking up.

  32. Lauren

    I use sea salt dissolved in water for mine and my 3 year old’s teeth. It is abrasive enough to remove build up and it also supplies minerals. Oh and it is antibacterial. My dentist (who doesn’t believe in remineralising teeth but believes in fluoride) even admitted it is doing a good job on our teeth and gums.

  33. tara

    Stevia has been shown to have negative side effects on your fertility… much to my dismay.

  34. Mike

    I just finished making this but with Xylitol. My only concern is it is very watery right now and I am hoping it
    will solidify a bit more. Thanks for this and I will post an update later.

  35. Thia

    I use a home made mix I created myself using Peelu fiber, RealSalt – fine powdered, Diatomaceous Earth, coconut oil, and colloidal silver.

    I love seeing posts of toothpaste mixes that folks come up with. But I am a bit thrown by the use of Dr Bronners if one chooses to avoid glycerin. (Dr Bronners contains glycerin!)

    • AKF

      @Thia,
      My thoughts exactly.
      Anyone have a recipe without glycerin, coconut oil or abrasives, and including xylitol?
      Or has anyone just tried adding xylitol to a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap?

      • donielle

        @AKF, I’ve thought of trying this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs next. It includes sea salt, kaolin clay, baking soda, spearmint essential oil and dried sage.

        http://www.youtube.com/user/mountainroseherbs#p/u/13/Elb83dPPc0o

        The Bronners can also be left out if you’d rather, I leave it out most of the time now, though when I originally posted this recipe I had heard that the glycerin was somehow different……I can’t find the link to the article now!

        As for Xylitol, I’ve decided to stay away from it for now due to some conflicting reports. http://www.westonaprice.org/Agave-Nectar-of-the-Gods.html (zylitol is half way through)

        • erica

          @donielle,
          The only thing that I can think of with the glycerin being different is that in soap making the glycerin may be saponified along with the olive oil. The glycerin in toothpaste is probably added without a marked chemical reaction occuring.
          Just a guess.
          And I’m really excited about trying out this toothpaste. I was on GAPS for a few months (my family rebelled, it was not pretty) and two months later I developed a cavity. It is slowly getting larger. I’m back on GAPS (just me this time) and will try changing to this toothpaste tonight. I’m feeling positive that I can reverse my tooth decay! Thanks so much for this. πŸ™‚

          • donielle

            @erica, Erica – I’d check out the site http://www.curetoothdecay.com as well as Rami Nagel’s book. Really great info on how to heal cavities!

  36. Mike

    Well I made it, and for me, it didn’t work. I followed the directions with the exception of adding Xylitol and it was just too liquidy. I live in the soulthwest and being summer, doesn’t allow the toothpaste to congeal. It stays liquidy and runs off the brush too fast to use properly. It also made my mouth feel like I had grease on my teeth, I just couldnt make this work and I really hoping this would be it. Instead, I use 2 parts Baking Soda to 1 part Salt with xylitol, peppermint essential oil and enough glicerin to make it like toothpaste. I love this recipe and it leaves my mouth feeling fresh. I do want to thank you donielle for sharing and I wish you all the best.

  37. jennifer

    I was wondering if you thought french green clay could be used instead of baking soda. I have a ton of it and have no idea how to use it and thought this might be a good idea. Also, do you think I could just mix the Dr. Bronner’s soap with the clay and some essential oils and that’s it?

    • donielle

      @jennifer, I haven’t yet used clay in my toothpaste, but have heard it works well! I’d think you could easily switch it out if you’d like, just test out the flavor with the essential oils as you add them in. (by brushing, not tasting)

  38. Sarah Stogryn

    My toothpaste recipe is 2 Tablespoons each of unrefined coconut oil and XyloSweet brand xylitol; 2 teaspoons of MagiCalcium calcium lactate powder; 0-1/2 teaspoon of A&H baking soda OR Redmond Sea Salt; a few drops of pure essential oil to taste if I feel like it.

    I alternate how much baking soda or salt is in each batch, according to how my teeth feel, and how paranoid I am that day about wearing away the enamel on my teeth. I only use XyloSweet brand xylitol as it is non-GMO, pharmaceutical grade.

    I also take Hylands Tissue Salts #1 Calc Fluor & #10 Natrum Phos to gently support the healing efforts of my body re: teeth/acid.

    I’ve been using it for well over a year now and so far so good??

  39. Becky @ Our Peaceful Home

    Donielle,

    Do you buy your stevia ground up like that or do you grind it down yourself? I bought some in bulk but it’s all leafy. Maybe I could grind it in a coffee grinder or something? (even though I don’t have one of those.)

    • donielle

      @Becky @ Our Peaceful Home, When I bought mine, it was already a powder. You could try popping it in the blender for a bit to grind it up a bit more!

  40. Rich

    I have to trust the finest professors around.. they bury their live tree seeds before hibernation.. dig them up covered with dirt, freezing cold rain, and their in great health.. infact their some of the finest professors around compared to our species.. it’s the instinct though..

    Their wisdom, live unprocessed live seed based foods from live soil.. as soon as those live seeds are processed is where all these other factors become a concern.. I can’t even see a traditional doctor for healthcare because it’s really about disease management with so called medication, which doesn’t heal at all because it’s all degeneration management with that kind of healthcare.. I wouldn’t be foolish though, if I truly needed a immediate medical concern..

    I don’t anymore.. very fortunately.. all that stopped once I incorporated the real foods.. lentils are a great food, so with parsley.. it’s not a particular food.. it’s the whole in it’s natural state with at least some resemblence to a real food..

    The teeth and gums can and do regenerate and all the problems occur when processing those original seed based foods.. all foods originate as plant live foods.. things go very much wrong as soon as there’s little resemblence to it’s natural state.. the corn, sugar beet, even most grains and potatoes.. in it’s whole natural state dental issues wouldn’t be a concern, but as soon as it’s processed… the dental issues is only a symptom of what is really going on and yet all the rest in the species are in great health.. that instinct they have appears to have the finest expertise compared to our species experts πŸ™‚

  41. Hillary

    My husband and I are wanting to switch to making our own toothpaste, but I’m having a difficult time finding stevia… I can find the processed stuff that is somehow, amazingly, white, but not the leaves. Where do you get yours? Thank you!

    • donielle

      @Hillary, I bought mine online at Mountain Rose herbs. Though if you can’t find it locally, I wouldn’t think it’d be the “biggest” deal if you bought the white stuff since it’s in such a small amount. And you don’t swallow it. πŸ™‚

  42. Meliss

    Hey, Donielle:
    Your toothpaste concoction is just like mine, except that I don’t use any sweetener. Using vanilla and orange essential oils, my toothpaste tastes like an orange creamsicle. The only drawback is that vanilla essential oil is very expensive, but one bottle ($22) lasts a year or longer.

  43. Tiffany

    I have been using just coconut oil pretty much since last May. I brush for a minute once a day. My diet isn’t perfect, but my teeth seem fine! I have pretty good teeth – maybe just one cavity in a baby tooth when I was younger. So, I think some people need extra minerals to help strengthen their teeth.

  44. Anna

    Uber simple tooth powder:

    4 tablespoons Baking soda,
    1 tablespoon Dolomite
    1 stevia packet
    a couple drops of peppermint oil or extract or clove, if you are adventurous.

    Only requires about 1/4 tsp per brush. Makes one drool while brushing – but your teeth feel amazing!

  45. Allyson @ A Heart for Home

    I made a natural tooth soap last week, but my husband can’t get past the “tastes like soap” aspect. Does yours still have a soapy taste. Also, what can you tell my about the health aspects of xylitol?

  46. Kathryn

    Donielle, Were you able to reverse the damage the glycerin did? If so, how long did it take?

    • donielle

      @Kathryn, The tartar buildup was easily taken off at the dentists office, so I started with a clean slate and then it didn’t come back.

  47. Janelle

    We like Eco dent, it is a powder but no SLS or flouride. Done a lot of research on it and reviews are great.

  48. Laurel Alanna McBrine

    Thanks! I use coconut oil mixed with sea salt, stevia and vanilla.

  49. Kayla Burden

    I made this just now and mine looks nothing like yours! perhaps I did something wrong. Mine is more liquid than a paste. Yours looks firm. For example, if I dipped my toothbrush into my mixture it would just be like running it under water!

    how long should it “set”? maybe I just haven’t waited long enough? either way I’m anxious to try this!

    • Donielle

      @Kayla Burden, The coconut oil should resolidify. Unless it’s really hot where you are – where as you can pop it in the fridge for a bit. πŸ™‚

  50. lynda

    I just made this recipe, without the glycerin; and I added cinnamon powder (a tooth whitener),it seems to make my teeth smooth. It has also seemed to help my aching wisdom tooth that is growing in.

    • donielle

      @lynda, Oooo – cinnamon powder – great tip!

  51. Stephanie

    Hi there. I don’t have any liquid castile soap, and I don’t really want to buy any as it is quite expensive. I have an organic 100% saponified olive oil soap bar that I have been using to clean my teeth.. Do you think it would work if I melt this soap slightly and use it instead of the liquid castile soap? Cheers, Steph

    • donielle

      @Stephanie, I have no idea. πŸ™‚ You could try it – or you could totally leave it out. πŸ™‚

  52. Amy

    Why not just use dr bronner’s alone as a toothpaste? and do a coconut oil pulling afterwards? would that be just as affective?

    • Donielle Baker

      I’m not sure. it’s hard to know since we don’t have access to a lab to really see what any particular concoction is doing.

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