DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste

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Avoiding fluoride, glycerine, SLS, and other unsafe ingredients is super easy when you whip up this DIY remineralizing toothpaste recipe. It is also safe for kids, zero waste, helpful for sensitive teeth, and tastes great!

DIY remineralizing toothpaste

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I’ve thought it was a little odd that most commercial toothpaste isn’t safe to swallow. It’s something you use in your mouth, one of the most absorbent places in your body. But swallowing it is not okay. Something about that just doesn’t make sense to me.

I would much rather use a toothpaste that is perfectly safe for my entire body, inside and out. This is especially true when looking into a toothpaste for my kids to use. I love this as a remineralizing toothpaste for toddlers, since it is so safe and natural. 

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Can I make my own toothpaste?

Absolutely! Toothpaste is one of the easiest natural body products you can make. In my opinion, this is the best remineralizing toothpaste recipe. Here are the ingredients I like to use:

  • Organic, virgin coconut oil is great for oral health. Some people have even used it with oil pulling to heal cavities (source)!
  • Food grade calcium powder provides abundant calcium to strengthen tooth enamel.
  • I use a very small amount of baking soda, because it is helpful in cleansing. I don’t use a lot because too much can be harsh.
  • There is some debate about whether or not it’s healthy to ingest xylitol internally. But since it has been shown to be helpful in preventing cavities and strengthening teeth, I include it. Xylitol also helps the toothpaste taste great, which is always nice. I use a non GMO, non corn xylitol.
  • Therapeutic grade essential oils from Plant Therapy provide additional oral health benefits. Some of my favorites include peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, cinnamon, clove, lemon, and orange.

What I don’t include in my homemade toothpaste

Many DIY remineralizing toothpaste recipes include clay, such as bentonite clay. I don’t include this because bentonite clay has been shown to have aluminum in it. Aluminum is toxic, and definitely isn’t something I want in my mouth several times a day!

DIY remineralizing toothpaste recipes don’t usually include this ingredient, but I wanted to mention it anyway. In so many commercial toothpastes that are labelled “natural,” glycerin shows up on the ingredient list.

Why is that a problem? Glycerin actually coats teeth, and can stay on teeth for a very long time.With glycerin on them, teeth can’t absorb minerals, which disrupts and prevents the remineralizing process.

Avoiding glycerine in commercial toothpastes is one very good reason to make this DIY remineralizing toothpaste recipe yourself.

DIY remineralizing toothpaste directions

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt coconut oil until it is liquid.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add melted coconut oil and mix until well combined. A whisk or immersion blender works well.
  4. Add essential oils and mix again until thoroughly blended. Make sure essential oils are well mixed so that they don’t separate out later.
  5. Pour into a glass storage jar.

DIY remineralizing toothpaste essential oils

How does remineralizing toothpaste work?

As I just explained, our diet is what makes the difference between healthy teeth and teeth with decay and cavities. A nutrient dense diet should be the main thing we think about when keeping our teeth healthy.

At the same time, what goes on the surface of our teeth does impact their health somewhat as well. I designed this DIY remineralizing toothpaste with this in mind. There is lots of lots of calcium for healthy enamel.

I also avoid anything that would prevent teeth from remineralizing, such as glycerin. Glycerine coats teeth and prevents them from remineralizing. It lurks quite often in commercial toothpastes that are labelled “natural.”

We’ve been using this DIY remineralizing toothpaste in our family for quite a long time now, with great results.

For multiple people using the same jar of toothpaste, I like to use these little wooden scoops to get it out of the jar and onto the toothbrush.

Let’s talk about tooth health

I highly recommend a book called Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. In this book, you’ll learn some very useful things that you probably won’t hear in the mainstream dental world.

The author outlines a nutrient dense diet that will help to strengthen tooth enamel and actually heal cavities and decay. The Nourishing Traditions diet is a wonderful way to eat for healthy bodies and teeth. 

Nutrition absolutely dictates the health of our teeth. A lot of people think that it is only what it is in our mouth and on the surface of our teeth that can cause cavities and tooth decay.

Like Dr. Weston A. Price discovered, it is primarily what we eat that will either strengthen or weaken our teeth (source).

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Yield: 8 fl. oz.

Remineralizing Toothpaste

DIY remineralizing toothpaste

Avoiding fluoride, glycerine, SLS, and other unsafe ingredients is super easy when you whip up this DIY remineralizing toothpaste recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup calcium powder
  • 1/3 cup xylitol, non corn, non GMO is best
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 48 drops essential oil, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, cinnamon, clove, or citrus oils are good choices

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil until it is liquid.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add melted coconut oil and mix until well combined. A whisk or immersion blender works well.
  4. Add essential oils and mix again until thoroughly blended. Make sure essential oils are well mixed so that they don't separate out later.
  5. Pour into a glass storage jar.

53 thoughts on “DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste”

  1. Hi Marisa, Yesterday, I made my first toothpaste using your recipe. Thank you. This morning I tried it out. The toothpaste is really hard, because our home is not that warm and it’s winter. I spoon scooped some out (tried 3 times to get it right) and brushed my teeth with it. Interesting. I used Japanese Mint Oil, Lemongrass and Clove and to me it tasted kind of like fish oil? I’m thinking it’s the Lemongrass, but not sure. I know it’s not the coconut oil. I know what that tastes like, but none of the other ingredients. It did have a clean feel afterward and the taste didn’t interfere with breakfast. I will get used to it and next batch, I’ll try different essential oils. Why is fluoride bad in your opinion? I was brought up hearing that fluoride is good for the teeth. I’ve been fortunate to be born with strong, good teeth, but now at 66, things are changing with my gums. I’ve had gum surgery in the 1990s and that’s all. No cavities that I’m aware of-ever. Can this recipe help with receding gums? I’ve also started eating fermented carrots and sauerkraut based on your recipes too. I’m frightened to death of going to a dentist. I’ve heard too many horror stories. When I did finally go to a dentist, my pain was greater than my fear. I inherited the fear from my mom and I do the best to take care of my own teeth. I’m hoping this toothpaste will take care of some issues I’m having. Yes, I know I should see a dentist, but my fear… and the stories….and my own experience. I like the idea of a natural toothpaste. I never knew one could make their own. I’m learning so much through your videos. Thank you

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  2. Hi Marisa! I was looking at the Amazon link you included for the calcium powder and it didn’t give an exact brand name. Just wondering which brand of food grade calcium powder you use and would recommend ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Hi Marissa,
    I just made the toothpaste and it turned out very runny. I had to double the calcium powder to get it to a consistency that matched that of yours in the YouTube video. Is the recipe correct? I like this recipe and the ingredients and would like to perfect it. Any suggestions?

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    • The toothpaste will take on the consistency of coconut oil at any given temperature. It sounds like your home must be very warm. You could try storing it in a cooler location. Hope this helps!

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  4. Just made this tonight and can’t wait for the family to use it.
    Question about how you prep the egg shells before you grind them. I had read to boil the eggs shells for a few minutes, air dry and then grind. What method do you use?

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  5. Hi Marisa,
    I just made this and am looking forward to brushing my teeth with it. I tasted a bit while it was still liquid and was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it is!
    Trying to get away from plastic packaging, so I’ve been making my own products lately. Thanks so much for sharing this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Hi Marissa, I love this recipe but its hard and I wonder if I should reduce the calcium powder and keep all the other ingredients the same. I know you have spoken of a salt lamp etc but I don’t have a salt lamp or room to put one in my bathroom. So would reducing the amount of powder make it softer? Have you ever tried that? Thanks I would love to have your feedback.

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    • Yes, it will take on the consistency of coconut oil at any given temperature. I don’t think reducing the calcium powder will change this. Our bathroom is extremely small with almost no counter space, but I still keep a lamp on the counter to keep the toothpaste soft – I find this is still the best solution to the coconut oil getting hard in cool temps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Would adding magnesium oil to this recipe help the remineralization process? I’ve read that proper magnesium levels in the body is good for bones and teeth and I was wondering if maybe it being applied directly alongside this toothpaste would work?

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    • That’s an interesting idea! Magnesium brine has a pretty strong, unpleasant taste, so I’m not sure if it would work well in a toothpaste. Taking it internally and using it on the skin are my favorite ways to use magnesium ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Hi! Did you ever have a problem with the toothpaste separating into clumps in your mouth and not really getting creamy while brushing to lather up your teeth? Mine is doing that for some reason. Also, my toothpaste seems to get stuck in my toothbrush and it’s a hassle to get it all cleaned out because it’s oil based. Do you have any tips for that? Thank you!

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    • Hello! I haven’t had this problem. In cooler temps the toothpaste can become harder, but to solve that I keep the jar on the counter next to a Himalayan salt lamp in colder weather, and that keeps it nice and soft and easy to use. Maybe that would be something to try! Also, I rinse my toothbrush with hot water afterwards, and that seems to work well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Yes, I’v used it for my small children! I love that it’s not harmful to swallow. For very small children, I avoid minty essential oils and stick to lemon and orange ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Hi love! Such an awesome blog post! Just shared with everyone I know lol! Did you mean 4-8 drops of oil or 48? Lol! 48 just seemed extremely high so I was curious if that was a typo lol! Other than that canโ€™t wait to make this with the kiddos! Totally turning this into a homeschooling lesson/project!!

    Xoxo – Thank youuuuu so much!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, I’m so glad! What a fun idea! I did mean 48 ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a big amount of toothpaste, so it ends up being quite diluted. I used less at first, but you couldn’t really taste it, so I went up to a 1% dilution (48 drops). Hope that helps! Enjoy!

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  10. Hi Marisa!

    Do you recommend rinsing after brushing? Or do I need to just spit out the excess to allow what remains to do the remineralizing?

    Thank you!

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  11. Hi Marisa, thanks for all you do. I made the toothpaste a couple of times but it’s not white and fluffy like yours is. It’s grey and a bit hard. How do i get it fluffy and not as hard? Thanks in advance, from Australia ๐Ÿ˜„

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    • Hello, thanks for the kind words! I’m happy to try and help. I’m not sure why it would be grey; maybe the calcium you used has more of a grey color? The toothpaste will take on whatever consistency coconut oil would at any given temperature, and under about 70ยบF it will get harder. To keep ours soft in the cooler winter months, I keep our jar near a Himalayan salt lamp on the bathroom counter. Hope that helps!

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  12. Hi! I tried your recipe but I didnโ€™t melt the coconut oil since I learned from other sources that heating it can reduce its benefits. Anyway, after about 3 days I noticed my gums were sore and felt weird. Do you know if it is normal to go through a sort of detox when switching to this recipe? Or could there be another cause youโ€™ve heard of? (I know youโ€™re not a dentist but just wondered if youโ€™d experienced anything like this or not.) other recipes Iโ€™ve seen use a lot less calcium powder so I didnโ€™t know if maybe it was just my mouth reacting to a sudden influx of calcium or something. Iโ€™d really like to keep using this recipe though because I love it otherwise! Thanks for your thoughts in advance. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t had anything like that happen, so I’m not sure! I suppose you could use less calcium powder and see if that helps. Or, do you think the baking soda might be irritating? There isn’t very much baking soda in this recipe, but that might be something to try leaving out. Thanks for sharing the tips about not melting the coconut oil, too!

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  13. Hello there! Iโ€™m in the process of making my own toothpaste and In the past, have just done coconut oil and baking soda. But Iโ€™d like to give yours a shot. If I want to omit the xylitol (not an ingredient Iโ€™d like in a house full of dogs), how do you think I should adjust the other quantities? More calcium perhaps? Less coconut oil? Could I sub with a portion of food grade charcoal? Initially, thatโ€™s the kind of toothpaste I wanted to make, a charcoal/coconut oil paste of sorts. Let me know your thoughts.

    Thank you!

    Federica

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    • That’s a great idea! I would go with substituting the charcoal powder. Or, adding more calcium would also work. Hope that helps!

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      • Awesome!
        Also, one more question! What are your thoughts on tea tree essential oil? I read some other sources that strictly advise against using tea tree oil in the mouth because it can be toxic if ingested. Yet Iโ€™ve see other toothpaste recipes where they include it. What do you think? Iโ€™ll be sharing this toothpaste (and many other DIY products I make) with my 4 year old, so I want to make sure Iโ€™m not doing anything that could be harmful.

        Thank you for all your time!

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      • Hi there again, Marisa! Not sure if you saw my last comment about the tea tree oil? I didnโ€™t see a response unless my browser is playing games with me, in addition to that, do you have a recipe/method for making calcium powder from egg shells? If so, let me know!

        Thanks!

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        • Hello, somehow I missed it! I personally wouldn’t do tea tree oil in toothpaste, just because I think it might be too harsh. I do have a method for making calcium powder from egg shells: Dry egg shells in a low oven, and then grind them in a coffee grinder. Hope that helps!

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          • I was just going to ask you about what kind of calcium powder you use! I saw calcium carbonate powder on amazon… is that ok? Now I will also try the egg shell idea, thank you!

          • Thank you! the calcium carbonate is on my Amazon shopping list and a few eggshells in the freezer to heat up and try grinding!

  14. Do the xylitol granules dissolve? I tried mixing thoroughly with a whisk but find the mixture is still full of the granules. The mixture is also quite liquidity, but that might be because the coconut oil is completely liquid?

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    • If you use the powdered xylitol, it won’t have the granules. The grains of xylitol don’t usually dissolve, but we like it that way. And yes, it will take on the consistency of coconut oil at any given temperature. In the summer ours is softer, and in the winter it is thicker ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Hello,
    Thank you for the toothpaste recipe. My two year old is allergic to coconut oil but does well with olive oil. Are there any substitutes to using the coconut oil? Thank you in advance for your reply and I love your YouTube videos!

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    • You’re welcome! You can use a liquid oil like olive oil, and it would still work. It will be a softer consistency, though. I don’t know of another oil that would have a similar consistency to coconut oil. If I find one, I’ll update this!

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  16. Hi! Do you have a good suggestion for a substitute for the coconut oil? Iโ€™m allergic to coconut but would like to try this recipe.

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    • That’s a great question! I’m not sure of an oil that would be the same consistency as coconut oil. You could use a liquid oil, like olive or something similar, but it would have a softer consistency. It would still work well, though. Hope that helps!

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  17. Hi! I’m new to DIY stuff but im trying to become more environmentally cautious. I can’t seem to find just straight “calcium powder”, I can only find stuff like calcium citrate or calcium lactate. Does one of those work? Or can you provide me a link of where to find the right stuff?

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  18. This is a good recipe but it is impossible to scoop and doesnโ€™t stick to the toothbrush. I resorted to just putting a glob in my mouth and brushing it into my teeth.

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    • The toothpaste will take on the consistency that coconut will at any given temperature. In the winter it is stiffer, but we found a solution: we keep our toothpaste near a Himalayan salt lamp on our bathroom counter. The heat from the lamp keeps the toothpaste soft and the perfect consistency to use in winter. In the summer, we store it somewhere else, away from the lamp. Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Yes. Latest recipe had CaMg/ cacao/ ?’: 1 T. each; cinnamon/clove/?: 1 t. each. I have also used coconut oil and baking soda, I believe.

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  20. Hello, Iโ€™m looking forward to making this, although I might have missed it in the article, but can you tell me how long a batch of the remineralising toothpaste lasts please? Thank you

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    • Hello, it depends how many people are using it, but an 8 oz. jar lasts us around 3 months, with 4 people (two adults and two preschoolers) using it. The shelf life should be around a year, as long as it stays clean and doesn’t get water in it. I like to use little wooden scoops to put it on toothbrushes, especially when multiple people are using it. I think I will update the post and put a link to the little wooden scoops ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Hi Marisa! Thanks for sharing how you do toothpaste. I use a bentonite clay recipe myself and am VERY interested in your resource for aluminum in clays! I certainly don’t want to be making a tooth powder for my family that could potentially be causing harm! Also, curious how the coconut oil-base toothpaste works for you. I used to use this too, but switched to the clay-base tooth powder because the coconut oil was clogging our pipes, even if we used very hot water while brushing and rinsing. Granted, it took several months before we noticed the clogging issue, then would have to go through the arduous task of DIY drano-effect cleaning with soda/vinegar/boiling water. Had to do that every few months which got concerning, hence the switch. Thanks for letting me know your resource and any info you can share! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amy
    Our Amyable Farmhouse

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    • Hello! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it was in “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel where I heard about aluminum in bentonite clay. I will try to find the exact source. We really haven’t had any issue with this clogging pipes at all. Maybe my recipe uses a different amount of coconut oil, and different ingredient amounts than yours? That’s my best guess as to why mine doesn’t clog drains. I’ve used it personally for well over 10 years, and have never noticed any issue like that with drains getting clogged. I have also sold in in my shop for 5 years and have never heard of anyone having that trouble, either. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thanks, Marisa, for the info. Our recipes are similar in that the coconut oil is the basis and comprises half the recipe basically. Maybe it’s because we have a 1910 farmhouse with pipes that are who-knows-how-old, ha!

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        • You’re welcome! Okay, interesting. That could be! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve used it in houses built in the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s.

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