How to make the toothpaste:
- Start with Xilotol, I use about 2 tablespoons, since it's granular it tends to be abrasive so I like to grind it up with a spoon against the plate.
- Next add 5 tablespoons of Calcium Magnesium powder.
- Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Add 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, depending on how loose or thick you want the consistency, then mix.
- Then add about 20 to 25 drops of peppermint essential oil (mint, cinnamon, or orange essential oils are also good options)
- 10-15 drops of Myrrh essential oil.
- 10-15 drops of tea tree oil.
- After mixing that up, if it's too loose, add more of the powders, if it's too dry add more coconut oil, and that's it.
Store in small container. To use, either dip clean fork into it, or use Popsicle stick to put on toothbrush or into your mouth.
There is a lot of emerging information about tooth remineralization, a process that many dentists previously thought was impossible. The articles below explain further including how some ingredients in commercial toothpaste can demineralize teeth and cause tooth decay.
In my experience using this homemade toothpaste over the last year I've have noticed definite changes in my teeth, including whiter, cleaner feeling in my mouth after brushing and no sensitivity to cold foods or touch, and no bleeding gums, issues I previously dealt with.
Here is an informative video about tooth remineralization, from the author of the book "cure tooth decay"
Ingredients and why I use them:
- Coconut oil - antifungal and helps kill the main bacteria that causes tooth decay.
- Calcium-Magnesium with the proper diet, this can help to remineralize teeth.
- Xylitol is a sweetener but also an anti-cavity agent, reduces plaque and kills bad bacteria.
- baking soda - changes the PH in your mouth towards alkaline which is tougher for bad bacteria to grow, also oxidizes stains, removes plaque.
- Tea tree oil is an antiseptic, antifungal, anti inflammatory for gums, treats periodontal disease and bad breath. Warning - it's strong and could be irritant to sensitive skin, and pregnant women or breast feeding, should avoid it.
- Peppermint - Many health benefits in general (such as reduce headaches, nausea, anxiety but specifically for us is antiseptic as well as make your breath great.
- Myrrh is an anti fungal, anti inflammatory and prevents gingivitis
If you don't want to make your own, here are 4 all natural toothpastes I love:
(click photos for link)
Buy the ingredients here (if you can't find them locally):
To buy Therapeutic grade Edible Essential Oils:
– go to or click - www.mydoterra.com/newyorkcity/
– click “Shop” in the top banner.
– click “Start shopping” (after setting “English” and “United states” our country)
– click “Essential Oils” under products on left, then “single oils” for single oils find pepperming, Clove or Cinnamon below
– Check out
Some of the many ingredients to avoid in toothpaste:
Fluoride is linked to many different health problems and Many Doctors are now saying how dangerous it is, including being a leading cause of cancer. Dentists are saying it's actually quite harmful to your teeth. And there are even studies that show that it lowers your IQ and calcifies your pineal gland. Fluoride supposedly builds strong, healthy teeth. In reality, sodium fluoride, a by-product of aluminum manufacturing, can also be found in rat poisons and industrial pesticides. According to the Akron Regional Poison Center, ingesting 1/10 of an ounce of fluoride can kill a 100-lb. adult. Ingesting even a small amount of sodium fluoride may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Yet despite its dangers, sodium fluoride continues to be a staple in all leading brand's of toothpaste.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Added as a detergent and cleansing agent, sodium laurel sulfate and its cousin sodium laureth sulfate pose a wide range of potential health risks. On its own, sodium laurel sulfate can damage eyes, irritate skin and lead to labored breathing. According to the American College of Toxicology, sodium laurel sulfate may stay within the body for up to five days, accumulating in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. When combined with certain other chemicals, sodium laurel sulfate transforms into nitrosamines, a class of powerful carcinogens that cause the body to absorb harmful nitrates.
(Or Glycerin glycol) is added to toothpaste in order to prevent the paste from becoming too dry it's also found in antifreeze. It also puts a coating around your teeth which actually prevents them from being able to remineralize. Even though glycerin is not toxic, this additive may cause nausea if swallowed.
Something has to combat that terrible detergent taste! Saccharin is sweet, but not too sweet - just the way that most people like their toothpaste! Saccharin has been a hot topic of debate every since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House. The USDA tried to ban the substance in 1972, though it is considered "safe" to ingest today.
Triclosan, a chemical used for its antibacterial properties, is an ingredient found in many pesticides, detergents and toothpastes. However, the formulation and structure of this ingredient are similar to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth. Because of this fact, triclosan has been scrutinized in regards to human health and safety, according to Tufts University School of Medicine. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered it as a dangerous pesticide. Triclosan is a chlorophenol, which is a class of chemicals that is suspected of causing cancer in humans. Externally, phenol can cause a variety of skin irritations, but since it can temporarily deactivate sensory nerve endings, contact with it may cause little or no pain. Taken internally, even in small amounts, phenol can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma, and death.
An active component in antifreeze, propylene glycol acts as a wetting agent and surfactant in toothpaste. The Material Safety Data Sheets for propylene glycol warn that the chemical can be rapidly absorbed through the skin, with prolonged contact leading to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. The EPA won't allow its workers to handle propylene glycol without wearing rubber gloves, yet it doesn't stop the chemical from being used in common health care products.
A whitener that damages tooth enamel. Hydrated silica, which is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint. (From "The Safe Shopper's Bible") Tooth enamel re-mineralizes daily from the supply of ionic calcium and phosphorus in the saliva. Scratching the surface of the tooth with an abrasive such as hydrated silica harms the enamel and prevents re-mineralization, much like using sand to clean glass. Severe wear could eventually occur.
FD&C Blue Dye # 1 & 2: Are you eating crude oil for breakfast?
These dyes are artificial colorings often found in familiar toothpaste brands and a wide variety of other products. Recent studies indicate that FD & C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 can trigger a wide number of behavioral, learning, and health problems. FD&C color dyes may also cause potentially severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness, lack of concentration, and cancer. (From Formation of carcinogenic aromatic amine from an azo dye by human skin bacteria invitro & Skin discoloration with blue food coloring)
Using FD & C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 is just like ingesting crude oil as it too, is synthesized from petroleum. These dyes were originally made from coal tar oil, which is a black, sticky tar by-product of steel making and petroleum distillation, and is a source of numerous complex chemicals. Through repeated human exposure, some of these isolated coal tar components were classified as active carcinogens,
When near moisture, sodium hydroxide can burn or eat away at animal and vegetable tissue and some metal. Also found in our common cleaning products. The vapors alone are harmful. Causes 75% of all caustic injury to the esophagus of kids under 5 years old. Can cause chronic skin irritation, Can cause irritation to the respiratory tract, Can cause liver & kidney damage.
- Gargling with a little hydrogen peroxide (top or cap full) is great for oral hygiene purposes, especially in cases of internal canker sores (oral herpes) and periodontal disease. If you suffer from or experience bleeding gums, gargle with hydrogen peroxide and a little sea salt which will help the bleeding to subside.
- Use the softest toothbrush you can find.
For Complete Oral Health I recommend this Process:
- - Oil Pull (instead of any mouth wash)
- - Then brush with this baking soda toothpaste in the morning (after oil pulling).
- - Then brush with The Bentonite Clay toothpaste in this blog at night
- - Whiten teeth if desired with one of these options
- - And of course following a low sugar, low flour diet.
I am not a doctor or dentist please consult a dentist or doctor if you have a teeth, gum or other health problem and prior to using these products.
Toothpaste ingredients to avoid:
Articles on remineralization:
Myrrh – www.buzzle.com/articles/myrrh-essential-oil.html
Tea tree – www.therabreath.com/tea-tree-oil.html
Peppermint – www.healthguidance.org/entry/12656/1/Health-Benefits-of-Peppermint.html
Baking soda – rahbardentistry.blogspot.com/2011/09/benefits-of-brushing-your-teeth-with.html
Coconut oil – www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/coconut-oil-stops-strep-bacteria-from-damaging-tooth-enamel/
Dangers of fluoride: