DIY Toothpaste


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Continuing on our Healthy Teeth Week, I bring you a homemade version of toothpaste. The best part of making your own toothpaste is that you can stretch the OraWellness oils if you’re on a tight budget and if you followed my multipurpose must-haves post, you should have the main ingredients on hand already!

And as Stephanie mentioned in the comment section of her post about brushing with oils, she has not been able to get her daughter Penelope to switch away from brushing with actual toothpaste, which apparently is a problem other people share. It’s great when kids are happy to brush, but store bought tooth paste, even the natural stuff, is not actually good for your teeth.

There are a lot of recipes floating around on Pinterest, but I just could not find one recipe that was simple and didn’t have some kind of questionable ingredient. I saw one with honey (seriously!), one with glycerin and the recipe I adapted mine from the most has xylitol instead of baking soda. The evidence for and against the use of xylitol is a wash, and I’d rather just steer clear of something that does not have a proven track record yet.

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About the Author

Cassandra has been a fan of M+BL since 2010 and in 2012, she was hired on as Stephanie's assistant. Since then her role has grown into advertising management and Nutrition Editor for the blog. Living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter, Cassandra is currently pregnant with her second child and has started a blogging services business, specializing in virtual assistant placement.

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  1. I’ve been using just baking soda, but I have all of these things..think I will give it a try!! Thanks!

  2. I’ve always been curious about this but not sure if I can step away from the minty freshness of Crest. It looks so pretty in that glass jar that I may have to give it a try.

    • Cassandra says:

      You can dump as much mint oil in it as you want and quite frankly, I think I might add a bit more to mine on top of the OraWellness stuff because I like it super minty too. Get some wintergreen and spearmint, oh man.

  3. I’m definitely interested in trying OraWellness oils! I recently made a spicy toothpaste. It has a similar base to this one, but I added organic cinnamon and cayenne powder for it’s amazing health and dental benefits. I just thought you guys might be interested in it. The post is @ http://www.planprepareandprovide.com/2012/08/spicy-toothpaste.html

  4. Do your children like it? I have made a toothpaste with castile soap and it leaves a soapy aftertaste tahat my kids cringe at….Also I used xylitol instead of stevia.

    • This toothpaste is more baking soda/coconut oil than castille soap and is quite salty. I actually intend to use more soap in my next big batch because it doesn’t foam quite to my liking. My 2 year old loves to brush her teeth right now and asks to do so with this toothpaste several times a day. But toddlers are weird and the things they enjoy change. All I can say is to adjust the recipe to the liking of your family.

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  1. [...] Make sure you skip all the chemicals that modern dentists like to push on us. Fluoride, additives in toothpaste (like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and even xylitol gels should all be left by the wayside. Teeth need to be clean of plaque to maintain proper mineralization processes, but additives that are present even in natural toothpaste can stick to teeth and inhibit that process. Try using the OraWellness blend, regular old mint soap or make your own! [...]

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