Wanna know a secret? Promise not to tell? (Ok, actually please do spread the word!) We haven’t used toothpaste in three years now!
Some of you may remember me introducing the idea of diy oral care back in an earlier post: Why We Started Making Our Own Toothpaste. True to the title, I explained many healthful reasons why we ditched commercial toothpaste and opted for a diy version, and I even supplied a super basic 2-minute toothpaste recipe.
Well, sweet friends, today I am going to step things up drastically. You are about to get the info and tools you need to become a toothpaste-making-master. That’s right: you! I’ll show you what components are needed to make toothpaste effective, and give you some killer add-in options to enhance cleansing power, boost remineralization, and make it mighty tasty.
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What components are needed in Homemade toothpaste?
The components “needed” to make your own toothpaste really come down to what you want out of it. If all you want is to clean your teeth and help prevent cavities on a very basic level, then truth be told, baking soda or coconut oil on their own each provide enough cleansing power for your average brush sesh. But in my experience, most people want something a bit fancier (and more powerful) than that.
I, for instance, like my homemade toothpaste to taste good, have a texture that actually resembles “real” toothpaste, and to pack in as much healing powers as possible in each squeeze (or dip). So, as I’ve played around with several toothpaste recipes and ingredients over the past few years, I’ve adapted our favorites into two easy-to-follow formulas that can be customized based on personal preference. Using a formula instead of a specific recipe allows you to decide the specifics and become the creative genius!
A quick note on tooth remineralization:
Tooth enamel is made up of 96% minerals! Keeping this protective coating in-tact plays a huge role in preventing and arresting cavities, as well as maintaining overall oral health. Sugary foods and many ingredients in commercial toothpastes are two big culprits in demineralizing and preventing natural remineralization of our teeth. That is why many of the ingredients I list below focus on supplying minerals or enabling saliva to do its natural mineral-boosting thing.
Basic Formula for Jarred Toothpaste:
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 2/3 cup (10 Tbsp) Powdered Ingredients
- (optional) Up to 4 Tbsp Granular Ingredients
- 40 drops Essential Oils
- Extra Boost: 1/2 tsp each Trace Minerals and/or Myrrh Powder
Basic Formula for Tubed (Squeezable) Toothpaste:
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup (7.5 Tbsp) Powdered Ingredients
- (optional) Up to 3 Tbsp Granular Ingredients
- 30 drops Essential Oils
- 3-4 Tbsp (as needed) Liquid Ingredients
- Extra Boost: 1/2 tsp each Trace Minerals and/or Myrrh Powder
What Ingredients can be used in these formulas?
There are several natural ingredients that can be used to strengthen the teeth, disinfect, and enable remineralization. Some of the ingredients that you could use in my above formulas are:
- Calcium Bentonite Clay (where to buy). We are huge fans of bentonite clay and I even wash my hair with it, among countless other things! Bentonite clay draws out toxins and impurities while “depositing” minerals in their place, making it fantastic for oral care!
- Baking Soda (where to buy). Baking soda is a well known cleanser and deodorizer. It can aid in killing bacteria that can cause cavities, plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. It is also known to help whiten teeth naturally.
- Calcium Powder (where to buy). We all know that calcium is great for teeth and bones, right?? Well, it’s true! Using calcium powder on your teeth can help strengthen, remineralize, and even whiten.
- Ground Egg Shells (from organic, free-range or pastured eggs). Yes, really! We are talking 28 minerals, including calcium, that have been attributed to strong oral health. Hard boil eggs (kills bacteria and pathogens), remove the inner portion for eating and grind the shells to a powdered consistency.
- Activated Charcoal (where to buy). You probably remember me sharing how you can whiten your teeth naturally using activated charcoal. In addition to whitening, it has the amazing ability to adsorb (cling to) toxins and keep them from being absorbed into the body. It especially loves to soak up tannins (those stain-leavers found in tea, coffee, wine, etc). Note: Activated charcoal can have an effect on synthetic vitamins and medicines, so it is best not to use it right before/after taking those. It does not, however, rob the body of natural nutrients or minerals found in food or herbs.
- Unrefined Sea Salt (where to buy). Unrefined Sea Salt (like Real Salt) is antiseptic and contains calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that can strengthen gums and kill germs. It also stimulates salivary glands, meaning an extra dose of saliva can layer the teeth with minerals and protection – cha ching! BEWARE: Salt may potentially corrode metal dental work.
- Non-GMO Xylitol (where to buy). Xylitol is thought to “reduce the occurrence of dental caries (source),” or at least not to cause cavities, so it is a great optional sweetener to boost the flavor of this paste.
- Distilled Water. Water is a great option for thinning clays and pastes to a squeezable texture. Water does, however, breed bacteria and may drastically shorten the shelf life. This has never been a problem for me as our family tends to use the toothpaste up before it has a chance to spoil, however, it is something to consider!
- Colloidal Silver (where to buy). Silver is a well-known natural remedy and antibiotic. Using it in place of water in toothpaste is a great option; its antiseptic abilities can even help to increase the shelf life of the product, and to play a role in destroying germs that reek havoc on oral health. It is virtually flavorless, meaning it won’t mess with minty vibes.
- Sesame Oil (where to buy). Sesame oil has been used for thousands of years in gum massage and oil pulling techniques. In ancient Ayurveda medicine, it is thought to dissolve plaque, heal gums, and give many other health/oral health benefits. Sesame oil is more shelf-stable in a recipe than water, and it certainly offers more potential nourishment!
- Hydrogen Peroxide. There are many oral health benefits offered by using fresh Hydrogen peroxide including teeth whitening, killing bacteria, and even treating periodontal disease (when left on long enough to penetrate and enter deep pockets) . As a liquid ingredient in toothpaste, it would be more shelf-stable than plain water. That being said, hydrogen peroxide really loses potency once oxidized and mixed with other ingredients, so it wouldn’t be the most beneficial ingredient when making a batch of paste. I feel that it would offer much greater benefit when used immediately as an after-rinse or tooth soak.
- Castile Soap (where to buy). Natural, oil-based soaps can help improve the texture and consistency of your toothpaste, and are also alkaline, which allow for cleansing the teeth without coating or damaging the enamel.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (where to buy). On one hand, organic ACV breaks down tartar, tames bad breath, kills germs, and can reduce the risk of gingivitis. On the other, it is a rather tangy flavor and doesn’t mix so well with any of the essential oils I’ve tried, but feel free to experiment! I tend to keep it separate and use diluted ACV as an after-rinse or mouth wash from time to time.
- Tea Tree (where to buy). Can treat gum disease and gingivitis
- Cinnamon (where to buy). Destroys streptococcus multans (bacteria that causes tooth decay)
- Clove (where to buy). Antibacterial & fights pain
- Peppermint (where to buy). Effectively kills anaerobic bacteria (which causes gum disease)
- Trace Minerals (where to buy). This solution contains a highly-concentrated cocktail of minerals that support tooth remineralization. It is said that just 1/2 tsp of Trace Minerals contains the same amount of minerals as 1/2 cup of sea water without the salt!
- Myrrh Powder (where to buy) or Oil (where to buy). Myrrh is so antiseptic and antimicrobial that it has been traditionally used to embalm bodies! Orally, it can help relieve toothaches, gingivitis, swollen gums/other gum conditions, mouth sores, and bad breath.
How to Make It
By now you should be feeling ready to test out the toothpaste making waters!
- Decide wether you want to make a jarred toothpaste (that you’ll dip your brush into) or a squeezable version (we store ours in these silicone squeeze tubes).
- Grab our free printable below to aid you in creating the perfect personalized recipe
- Play around with the ingredients in their suggested proportions until you find the perfect balance/flavor/texture for you!
- Enjoy awesome oral health benefits with these super, natural (yep, super natural – oh geez, I think that is a joke my dad would have made…) ingredients!
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