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Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 3.2.2020 | COMMENTS: 130


This DIY Toothpaste Recipe is easy and affordable to make using common kitchen and cleaning ingredients like coconut oil and baking soda.

Recently, I stumbled across an article that talked about toothpaste ingredients and the issues they can actually cause rather than prevent— and it startled me. So I did more research and found more chemicals in toothpaste that I didn’t like.

I know there are TONS of natural toothpaste companies out there nowadays… yet they are a bit pricey. If I can make something simple and effective at home for a fraction of the price, why not?

Note: there is no fluoride in this recipe. Depending on your stance with this, feel free to add in a fluoride product or use a fluoride mouthwash afterwards.

Natural toothbrushes in a mason jar

Two ingredients that have some pretty bad wrap are:

1. Glycerin: It gives toothpaste a nice creamy texture and coats the teeth for “protection”, but at the same time it also stops re-enamalization (so cavities can’t self-heal.)

2. Sodium fluoride: A by-product of aluminum manufacturing that is found in rat poisons and industrial pesticides).

Scary stuff, huh? Well, rather than freak out about it every time I brush my teeth, I decided to make my own. And yes— I threw in some wonderful coconut oil that I’m beyond obsessed with and it’s millions of effective uses.

Homemade toothpaste recipe

Antibacterial Essential oils

If you choose the right essential oils, you can create a strong antibacterial toothpaste. I suggest these essential oils:

  • Grapefruit Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Orange Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil

I am thrilled to have found a homemade toothpaste replacement that I actually enjoy using and have fun making. I like that I can tweak the recipe depending on my personal preference at the time  (sweeter, minty, fruity, etc— it’s all about what essential oils I put in it). I’ve made a batch with grapefruit oil and it has a citrus-tang to it, which was refreshing for the summer. Now I am using eucalyptus oil and I love the minty taste.

Homemade Dog Toothpaste

YES… I made this recipe for me and my family… yet it also work with dogs! Since my sweet dog (Barrett the Huskador), cannot resist licking and swallowing everything in his face, I made this for him too. Since they are completely natural ingredients, there’s no harm if he licks it while I brush.

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Homemade Toothpaste DIY

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 month supply 1x
  • Category: Natural Remedy
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Clean those pearly whites with this yummy and healthy homemade toothpaste with coconut oil.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp baking soda
  • 25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer— I like eucalyptus and grapefruit)
  • 1 tsp stevia (or more if you like it sweeter)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I used my SmartStick to whip it really well and give it a light creamy texture.
  2. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

Notes

Getting it out of the mason jar can be an adjustment. Use a popsicle stick to dip into the toothpaste and spread nicely onto the toothbrush. You can also use a squirt bottle (you will need to cut the pointed tip wider).

Keywords: homemade toothpaste

How to store diy toothpaste

I like to store homemade toothpaste in a wide-mouth mason jar or leak-proof metal tin. Use a popsicle stick to dip into the toothpaste and and spread onto your toothbrush. You can also use a squirt bottle and cut a wide tip on it to help it come out.

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  1. Gaye Baxter says:

    After reading Most of the comments
    I just wanted to say thank you. There is another Dentist, askthedentist.com that has a diy probiotic toothpaste. Plus a list of the “bad ingredients in most commercial toothpaste.

  2. Eline says:

    Hi! Thanks for your answer. I may have been mistaken, but I meant the DIY toothpaste! Sorry…

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Whoops, my mistake! 😮 I’ll revise my answer below but you can also leave the stevia out altogether if you choose.

  3. Eline says:

    Hey, I am looking forward to make this recipe! I do have a question about the use of stevia. I have no experience with this and I am unsure whether to use the green stevia (plant material) or extracted powder. The latter does not seem to have a very good rep. Did you do some research on this? Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I don’t know much about stevia but I would say choose the one that is the least refined/processed. It’s simply used to add a bit of sweetness to your toothpaste so it’s an optional ingredient.

  4. Leslie Estes says:

    50% baking soda is way too much, especially to use on a daily basis. You might want to look this up and rethink it because it can have a deleterious effect on tooth enamel.

  5. Annie S says:

    If essential oils are not for ingesting why are they being used for toothpaste?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Some essential oils are ok for internal use. Make sure you check the label/information before you add EO to your toothpaste to make sure it’s one that is ok to use internally.

  6. Ishana Chaudhary says:

    Hi,
    I really would like to try this out after reading about the dangers of ingredients in store-bought toothpaste.
    Do we need liquid or solid coconut oil for this?
    Thanks

  7. Ryan says:

    Hi,
    I am very interested to use your recipe. How long have you been using this? Do you use this at least 2x a day everyday? Any health/dental problem encountered?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Ryan! I believe Jen’s been using this toothpaste for a while now. She switched to homemade toothpaste to avoid health and dental problems that can be caused by store-bought toothpaste. 🙂

  8. Nita Hughes says:

    I love this recipe!

  9. Sonja says:

    Hi
    Tried recipe today. Its wonderful. Purchased some coconut oil tooth paste on HSN loved it haven’t seen it on again.
    So decided to look on line for recipe. When in and brushed my teeth right away and loved it.

    Thank so much

  10. Marci Pittman says:

    Where should we spit coconut oil toothpaste? Should it go down the sink or into the trash? I don’t want to clog my sink drain.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Marci,

      I usually spit it into my trash. It isn’t much coconut oil but I wouldn’t risk it spitting it into your sink.

  11. Melissa L Claphan says:

    I was so excited when I saw this recipe on facebook. For the past 5 or 6 months everything burns my tongue. I can’t use toothpaste because the mint burns the crap out of my tongue. I can’t use mouthwash because of the mint and chemicals. I can’t have anything carbonated, or minty, or spicy, No citric acid, so no citrus fruit or juices. So, I’m definitely making this tonight.
    I found an article by a Canadian scientist. I have something called burning mouth disease. Along with all my other auto-immune crap. He suggested taking Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin B Complex. It actually worked fairly well, but I’m thinking the coconut oil toothpaste will really help! I’m going to try the coconut oil pull too! Wish me luck!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Melissa,

      Thank you for your comment! I really hope our recipe for homemade toothpaste works for you and gives you what you need without the burning. That sounds so difficult to deal with.

      Let us know what you think once you give it a try!

    • Michel says:

      Hi I also have burning mouth syndrome, now in my 7th year. I have tried everything, numerous doctors, medications, different toothpaste, have tried cutting out all sorts of foods, no sugar, coffee, dairy, certain fruits, spices, salt and alcohol, nothing has helped. i am desperate, I will certainly try this recipe for toothpaste. Hope it’s the answer

  12. Riana Joubert says:

    Thank you for the recipe, I plan to try it out. I noticed that you just said “coconut oil” – but that can be problematic, because when brushing teeth at a washbasin (the usual place!) it can eventually give rise to clogged drains. This is something I read elsewhere, so I think it would be better to use fractionated coconut oil, so it would be safe for plumbing.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Riana,

      Thank you for your comment! What I do is I spit the toothpaste out in my garbage can. That way I do not have to worry about my pipes. Hope that helps!

  13. Lauren says:

    I’ve heard it’s unsafe to ingest essential oils, even if diluted with a carrier oil. What are your thoughts? Is there a digestible kind, I have yet to find one :/ also, what about cinnamon oil or peppermint oil used for cooking in replacement to essential oils

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Lauren,

      There are tons of controversy when it comes to essential oils and how we should or shouldn’t use them. We here at Simple Green Smoothies know they are beneficial to us but if you are worried I would suggest asking your doctor about it. We love Dr Axe and he talks a lot about essential oils and how great they are for you. He even has his own toothpaste recipe as well. Also, the best essential oils to use in a toothpaste should be antibacterial and they are peppermint, tea tree, spearmint, and clove.

      Hope that helps!

  14. Paulette says:

    In summer the coconut oil is like water. What should I use to thicken it?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      I would try either storing it in a cooler area like your fridge maybe? Or you could always add in some extra baking soda to thicken it up.

      Hope that helps!

  15. Liana says:

    What size mason jar are you using for this?

  16. Robyn says:

    Awesome! You can also order 10oz jars of coconut oil from brandless.com for only $3!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Robyn,

      Thank you for sharing that awesome tip! We hope you enjoyed this recipe for all natural toothpaste 🙂

  17. Sasha says:

    Hi,

    I’m planning to make this toothpaste tomorrow and was wondering whether the stevia is a must? Could I make it without any sweetener??

    Thank you!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Sasha,

      You can totally leave the Stevia out, it’s just a little added sweetness for your toothpaste!

      • Dee says:

        That’s great! No stevia or sweetners for me either. I practice intermittent fasting and avoid any type of sweetness hitting my tongue during my fasting period.

  18. Sarah says:

    What brand of essential oil did you use and where did you get it from

    • Jen Hansard says:

      I use a variety of brands. I really like Mountain Rose Herbs, Plant Therapy and Ancient Nutrition has a line now too you can buy online. Those are my go-to’s.

  19. Chris Culver says:

    What is the ‘shelf life’ of this mixture

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Chris,

      There actually isn’t a shelf-life end date. Well, I’m sure they do at some point, but not for a long, long time. I’m sure you’ll use up the toothpaste long before it ever “expires.” There’s no water added to the recipe, which means there is no breeding ground for bacteria to grow either.

  20. “Lola” karole says:

    Hi love making my own products, it’s empowering ! Particularly as I age. I like your recipe I also use clay from herb store (also for face masks) and less baking soda. Please share we’re research regarding pure glicerine and re enamilization. I love sweetness and textureof glycerin

  21. mila says:

    how about tee tree oil? and given how “potent” it is, if used, I presume I’d use less of it?

  22. Carolyn says:

    I was wondering what the ph level is of your homemade toothpaste?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      I’m not 100% sure on the total PH level, but I do know that baking soda has a pH of 9 to 11 (alkaline), so it helps to neutralize acids while not being too abrasive to teeth.

      Want to check your homemade tooth pastes PH level before brushing? Pick up pH strips from Amazon to test the acidity of any homemade toothpaste. Anything you make and use should ideally have a pH of 7 (neutral) or higher.

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PI6SNKA

  23. Rebecca Bax says:

    Hi All! I decided after researching all the crap in toothpaste even Tom’s Flouride Free products to make my own. I also oil pull, use a bamboo toothbrush with BPA free bristles, and avoid floss- it has Teflon in it. My recipe is modified and in the process of being refined. equal parts coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, hymilayan salt, and 20 drops peppermint oil stored in glass at room temperature spooned with bamboo. When I make my recipe the next time I will reduce the salt and increase the oil. This recipe called for xylitol, but I avoid corn products because of the high occurrence of GMOs and the imbalance of Omega 3s and 6s.

    I had my first dental cleaning appointment about six months after I started my new regime and both the hygenist and dentist raved about the health of my gums and teeth. First in a long time. I typically have high deposits of plaque on the back of my front and lower teeth where the salivary glands are that requires the electric scaler for removal. I love how my teeth feel and look. Best of luck with your mouth health. Gum health reflects heart health, happy brushing.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out + share your experience using coconut oil natural tooth paste! Cheers to health, happiness + happy dentist appointments!

  24. Jess says:

    For those looking for a more natural toothpaste, Tom’s is great and fluoride free. I won’t use stevia anything due to the taste and bad things I’ve heard about it. Most toothpaste causes gum bleeding and/or sensitivity of the teeth for me. Coconut oil pulling paired with a natural toothpaste works great for me. Just a suggestion for some 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Thanks for sharing Jess! We love learning about different natural toothpaste options!

    • Charmin Skaggs says:

      Hi Jess, I was wondering you said this coconut oil toothpaste helped with your teeth being sensitive I’m in need of help I’ve tried everything possible for my teeth and nothing seems to work for the sensitive can you please help me out with your best recipe for sentive teeth or if you just use the one posted on this website. I would greatly appreciate your help.

      Thank you Charmin Skaggs
      [email protected]

  25. Andin says:

    I tried this recipe, but personally think it (the baking soda) is too abrasive for my sensitive teeth. I can’t really use common toothpastes since they hurted my teeth and made my gum bleed.
    So I experimented by mixing regular toothpaste, salt water, natural oil, and cocoa butter (I don’t have coconut oil in my kitchen so I just used anything I had). Ha! Turned out it works well on me. I have used it for nearly 2 months and my sensitivity has been decreased anf my gums are healthier. I don’t know whether it heals cavities, but I have 3 teeth with it and somehow I don’t feel them hurt anymore.

    The recipe is:
    1 part toothpaste
    1 part salt water
    1 part oil
    1 part cocoa butter

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Andin,

      YAY! We’re so excited to hear you found something that works for you!

      Cheers 🙂

  26. Mary Bunk says:

    About coconut oil and winter. I’m in Wisconsin. Whip the coconut oil, you’ll need to whip it for about 7 minutes… till soft peaks form. I do this for my face moisturizer. I know it’s easier if you can whip with a stand mixer. I do it by hand.
    My question is how is the best way to keep your toothbrush soft after brushing? It gets hard even rinsed in hot water. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Mary,

      Great question! Need to give your toothbrush some extra cleaning? Try soaking your toothbrush in vinegar and warm water.

      Cheers 😉

  27. Leigh says:

    I love coconut oil too and so am interested in this recipe (great post BTW). My potential problem would be the nature of coconut oil, since it solidifies at 76 degrees F. In winter, our house is much colder than that and my coconut oil is quite hard. I’m assuming my toothpaste would therefore be quite hard too. Any experience with this?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Leigh,

      I’m up north in Minnesota, so I’m pretty sure my coconut oil is frozen all year. Hahaha. I usually keep my homemade toothpaste in a mason jar with a small spoon and just scoop a small amount onto my toothbrush in the morning. The warmth of your mouth softens the coconut oil very quickly!

      Hope this helps!

  28. Belle Pickering says:

    If you are looking for coconut oil in the uk you try other health food stores. I’ve seen it plenty at waitrose or the cultural food section at tesco.

    As far as essential oils you can order them online. I use doterra essential oils to make my toothpaste.

  29. dee says:

    New to this but can you purchase essential oils at walmart? walgreens? etc thank U

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dee,

      You might have luck at Walmart! I often pick-up essential oils at Whole Foods or Amazon.com.

      Cheers 🙂

  30. Tabatha Ross says:

    Whitney is mostly correct. As a former dental assistant with over 14 years experience I’ve learned that toothpaste is a commercial sales gimmick. It’s mostly to freshen the breath, temporarily. Whitney is correct in the matter of the physical action of brushing your teeth with a SOFT toothbrush with or without toothpaste and I’ll add to that…..Your diet, flossing and routine visits to your Dental Hygienist every 6 months are the real preventative measures! They now have manufactured remineralization pastes that have came on the market since I’ve left dentistry so I have no experience as to the validity of their claim. I do know that there are prescription remineralization pastes that you massage onto your teeth that do work so it’s possible that this has been introduced to the OTC market by now. Regarding Coconut oil, it has many wonderful health benefits so I don’t personally see any harm in using it in the mouth but I don’t know exactly how it benefits the actual teeth other than it doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals that may be in most toothpaste. Suggestion: Tom’s All Natural Toothpaste is available at Walmart and most other retailers. Thanks for reading my little 2¢!!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Tabatha,

      Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your expertise + experience! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with our SGS tribe! We personally love homemade coconut oil toothpaste because it’s biocidal properties fight against the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, while having no chemicals or foaming agents.

      Cheers to healthy teeth!

  31. Michelle says:

    How can it be used as a deep conditioner for your hair before you wash it?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Michelle,

      For a deep conditioning treatment, massage a couple of tablespoons of the coconut oil into your clean, damp hair + scalp (if your hair is thinner or gets greasy easily, you may choose to skip the scalp as the oil could weigh your hair down). Allow the oil to sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes after application. Because the oil is very heavy, you will need to shampoo the oil out of your hair well after the treatment.

  32. James Connolly says:

    I thought I posted this earlier today, but it doesn’t show. If there are Walgreens Stores in your area, try there. The ones in Anchorage, Alaska carry it in the vitamins/natural supplements area. They sell fairly nice-sized containers for around $8.50. Best of luck!

  33. mrs miller says:

    hi its not readily available in uk………..find it here and there Holland and barratt use to have face coconut oil, now that’s been removed, Some stores do it but often they don’t re order …..the oil I get is SOLID……..soft ones not available. So how do u use this on your toothbrush???

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Mrs. Miller,

      Is the coconut oil hard that you’re coming across, as you would not be able to spoon it from the container?

      Please let me know, and we’ll work on helping you with our homemade toothpaste recipe!

      Cheers 🙂

    • Jolene says:

      It softens with touch. Use a spoon or popcycle stick to put it on ur brush.

  34. Sean says:

    My wife just shared your site with me and we plan on using the recipes. I’m concerned about Stevia; I’ve seen much on it being not so great for you.

  35. Viv W says:

    I just made this, (using spearmint essential oil)- its quite a strong taste in my mouth, and almost makes my tongue a bit numb! It also sort of fizzes in my mouth! Is this normal??

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Have you use spearmint before? How does your body react??

    • Belle P. says:

      Did you use xylitol? I have a similar reaction when I use any toothpaste made with xylitol. It could also be the spearmint, maybe try peppermint essential oil instead. Also, try and use an essential oil that says safe for internal consumption.

  36. Kelly says:

    Is this toothpaste ok to use with a 3 year old who will no doubt swallow it all rather than spit it out?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Kelly,

      Thanks for reaching out. I am not 100% about a 3 year old, but they are 100% edible ingredients. Maybe someone from our community that has a 3 year old that uses it can reply as well. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      I recommend not using peppermint/spearmint on anyone younger than a a year it could cause respiratory problems, and cinnamon has given many babies I know diaper rashes under the age of two.stick to orange and cut the oils in half just in case would be my suggestion. My toddler loves to swallow his toothpaste too.

  37. Lisa says:

    Love coco toothpaste but I add xylitol to mine as this is the only sweetener I know of that even fights cavities!

  38. Liz says:

    Does the toothpaste kind of tingle? I made it with calcium and magnesium and a spearmint EO. It fizzes on my tongue.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hummm…Not sure. I’ll ask the team and see if they have any ideas. 🙂

      • Liz says:

        Thank you! I just don’t want to use it if it going to hurt my teeth. It’s a new sensation so I want to be safe. This is the powder I used, so I’m not sure if this is the problem with the baking soda.

        http://www.pureformulas.com/calcium-magnesium-powder-8-oz-by-now.html?CUSTOMTRACKING=CUSTOMTRACKING&CAWELAID=996158155&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=530005240000712487&cadevice=m&gclid=CNW-1oqCncACFcI7MgodhkkApA

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        Hey Liz.

        Our recipe doesn’t call for Calcium or Magnesium. I would suggest asking your healthcare provider about using that in your tooth paste. 🙂

    • c says:

      You may be allergic to a particular ingredient. Individually test… There are multiple variations 🙂

  39. Michelle L says:

    I am sorry but I made this and it was disgusting. And that was putting it nicely. It does not look like yours and tastes horrible. What have I done wrong?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Which Essential Oils did you put in it, Michelle? 🙂

      • Michelle L says:

        Grapefruit and Euc. The ones listed. It didn’t puff up either. It looked like oil and baking soda not like the picture. I could post a video of us trying it but my mom would kill me 😉

  40. Terri says:

    One other thing…why not use Xylitol instead of Stevia? It is made from tree bark, all natural, low on the glycemic index and PROMOTES HEALTHY TEETH! Just asking.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      From what I have researched Xylitol is tooth friendly, try it let us know how it goes. 🙂

  41. Terri says:

    I am definitely trying this. I have a problem with toothpaste. First it seemed it was tarter control, but now it seems to be all toothpaste. It causes this disgusting white phlem like film in my mouth. Ive even tried adding baking soda to the paste. Dentists look at me like I have 2 heads, but I know 2 other people with the same problem.

  42. Sammie says:

    Hi,

    Why did you use coconut oil? I’ve noticed other recipes add it but what’s the purpose of the oil?

    Thanks! 🙂

  43. Sarah says:

    Just wondering if the stevia(or any sugar) is essential for this, because I would prefer not to use it.

  44. Andrea says:

    Wow, after hearing the rant from the “dentist” the only conspiracy I see is the brainwashing that putting poison in your mouth is better than going the natural way. What a turn off.

    If the “dentist” was trying to prove a point, it just proved how obnoxious and limited in thinking they really are. Anyone can vomit out their education but that doesn’t mean they know anything other than what they’re spoon fed in school.

  45. Whitney says:

    I have learned in my microbiology class that technically you do not need to use toothpaste to remove placque at all. The minimal amounts of fluoride in toothpaste do absolutely nothing for your teeth. When you have your teeth professionally cleaned the fluroide is much more concentrated which will help your teeth. The act of movement (brushing) is the only thing that effectively removes your placque outside of the dentist.

  46. Cayla says:

    I don’t understand about using stevia, for sweetness? How is this differrent from using sugar? It wouldn’t behave like sugar? I’ve not used stevia much, so sorry if this is a dumb question.

  47. tamicka t says:

    Umm don’t all toothpaste companies make toothpaste with baking soda in it. There are risk in all meds and ingredients u curing one thing and getting sick with another.if some one wants to make thier own toothpaste its up to them to do the research and decide if its for them. Some people are just plain rude and must not have any patients because they are horrible at dentistry any ways and tryin to blame u twoyoungladies!! Keep coming with ur info I love it!

  48. Shad says:

    Transfer coconut mixture to a medium pot and cook over medium heat.
    You must be careful to avoid foods that contain them, then Paleo proponents believe these lectins are
    passed on in the day. Root vegetables contain little to no lag.
    A Paleo Diet Criticism meal is based on all natural foods in your house / pantry.
    Herb used in desserts, shakes, cooking and baking.

  49. Sophia says:

    Hi Jen H

    Thank you so much for your great recipe for DIY toothpaste. I’m so looking forward to making and using it as a healthy alternative. Coconut oil is fabulous. My mum, a healer-herbalist, used it all her life and regarded it as the 8th wonder of the world and baking soda as the 9th! They are both making a much-needed comeback after a period of repression by corporate commercialisation.

    Keep up the wonderful DIY information you share with us! I believe we are moving more into People Power to help one another in so many areas of Life e.g Grow Our Own Food, Make Our Own Products, Heal Ourselves, and put an end to the domination of authoritative rule we’ve been subjected to for so long.

    In New Zealand where I live, there is a raging fluoride debate in our communities. People are researching and informing themselves on the negative impact of fluoride in our public water systems and resisting it. They are supported by professionals like medical doctors, chemists, scientists and other health authorities.

    We have a US anti-fluoride campaigner from New York, Dr Paul Connett, a chemistry professor, currently touring NZ, speaking up on the dangers of fluoride in public water supplies. He points to 36 studies which show the negative impact of fluoride on IQ levels. He said that “It was time government agencies admitted the practice was wrong and began winning back the trust of the people.”

    Australia is going through the same debate, and 29 communities have rejected fluoridation. Check out the Fluoride Action Network on Facebook – lots of good information there with good links. We are waking up, community by community and giving voice to our concerns at last! http://www.facebook.com/FluorideActionNetwork

    Meanwhile, keep up your fantastic work in empowering our communities across the globe with your wonderful information, helping to take back our power as DIY consumers. We need more good-hearted people like you sharing their valuable experience, skills and wisdom. I’ve subscribed to your weekly newsletter. Thank you 🙂

    Gratitude and Blessings from NZ
    Sophia

    • Jen H says:

      Thanks Sophia. I appreciate the support and can’t wait to spend some time on the Facebook page as well as the links they share. Wow— lots of great stuff. I’m thrilled to have you on here and hope you stick around for our next 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge that starts April 1. Think you will enjoy it. Thanks again…

  50. Lisa says:

    Just a testimonial….
    I have 4 kids ages 19-10. We eat a healthy diet with very little sugar, no soft drinks….. They have never used flouride toothpaste and all floss regularly. They rarely go to the dentist for a cleaning (about once every 3 years), and 2 of them have had braces. In almost 20 years of parenting, our kids (and my husband and I) have had only 1 cavity between the 6 of us.
    If a child eats a sugary foods, goes to sleep with a bottle in his mouth, doesn’t brush or floss regularly… it stands to reason that he will have cavities. The success is in the healthy diet and good home care, NOT in the flouride. I personally know numerous children who brush daily with flouride and still have a mouthful of cavities.

  51. Lisa says:

    Just a testimonial….
    I have 4 kids ages 19-10. We eat a healthy diet with very little sugar, no soft drinks….. They have never used flouride toothpaste and all floss regularly. They rarely go to the dentist for a cleaning (about once every 3 years). In almost 20 years of parenting, our kids (and my husband and I) have had only 1 cavity between the 6 of us.
    If a child eats a sugary foods, goes to sleep with a bottle in his mouth, doesn’t brush or floss regularly… it stands to reason that he will have cavities. The success is in the healthy diet and good home care, NOT in the flouride. I personally know numerous children who brush daily with flouride and still have a mouthful of cavities.

  52. BarbsieJean says:

    I just wanted to say hoo-rah to “Dentist”. I used to work in the medical field and still know many people that do, and it’s extremely maddening when patients (or parents of patients in my experience) ignore advice that has been given thanks to REAL research by professionals, and then end up in the ER or worse because of their poor choices.
    My husband and I took custody of his 4 children in September of last year – at the time, they each had a minimum of 6 cavities, and the 9 yr old & 11 yr old had to have root canals, and his 8 year old daughter had an abscessed tooth. (they also all had Pertussis, but that’s for a different discussion). They had been using homemade baking soda toothpaste for 2 years. After being with us for 6 months and using REAL toothpaste, they are all cavity free. That speaks volumes to me right there.
    Baking soda & oil? Doesn’t sound like it would clean ANYTHING to me. The only thing I use Coconut oil for is moisturizing of hair and dry skin. I know it supposedly has great “healing properties”, etc, but I would NOT trust it to clean teeth.
    Well said, “Dentist”. Well said. And thank you for all you do for all those people that are in such pain and distress, especially the children you treat. You are an angel.

    • Jen H says:

      I’m happy that my toothpaste recipe has stirred such a discussion! Thanks BarbsieJean for sharing your story. This is a choice that every has the right to make— and I’m glad we are all educating ourselves about it. I shared my personal recipe with you because it works and my family has great teeth (no cavities, root canals etc). It could be because we brush our teeth twice a day and it might also correlate with the fact that we consume real foods and drink green smoothies daily. There are many factors that play into healthy gums and teeth— more than just the toothpaste you use.

      Yes, big name toothpaste works and fluoride is proven to prevent cavities— but at what expense? It’s something for you to personally think about and decide once you have all the information. Thanks for being open and sharing your story here.

  53. Dentist says:

    I spend my weekends in the ER taking a bur and scalpel to drain pus from people’s jaws and extract what’s left of hopeless teeth consumed by cavity, and my week days in the operating room with 3 and 4yo children who’s teeth are rotting out of their heads.

    When we try to formulate a treatment plan to combat their rampant dental disease and they tell me that they stopped or won’t use fluoride (one of the only and certainly the best tool we have to help them) because they heard it was bad for them, I’m holding sites like this responsible.

    Did you even realize that your invented mixture is terrible for people with white/porcelain crowns/caps? Grocery store baking soda is abrasive enough to take the glaze off of the porcelain. That glaze is like teflon to bacteria, keeping it from sticking. Once that glaze is gone, its gone- and the tooth is that much more susceptible to a new cavity. So, like YOU said, people should be educated about the ingredients in the products they use (and recommend).

    There are certainly alternatives, ^the woman who was using the natural toothpaste was one of them. Baking soda does have its benefits for SOME people, depending on the type of dental disease they have. The point is that this conversation and this area of healthcare should be a discussion with your dentist- not ‘Dr. Oz’ and not a smoothie/health-food expert. If you have strong objections after hearing the medical recommendations, then they will work with you, but you deserve to know. Protect yourself people, there’s a lot of hocus-pocus out there, and they’re only “just teeth” until they’re gone!

  54. Dentist says:

    We can’t do our jobs unless people take care of themselves correctly. Promoting that traditional toothpaste are “scary,” contain “rat poison” derivatives and people have reason to “freak out” every time they brush because you did “research,” and should instead use some unproven concoction, is ignorant and irresponsible. You talk about healthcare like it is religion, where you can simply choose what works for you and that will heal you. You can’t simply believe that herbs and oils can cure cancer and have it be so.

    So, to answer you, there ARE two sides to every story, and I find it offensive that you post websites promoting un-educated and skewed information about some of the best tools we have to help people. You are discrediting TRULY educated and proven healthcare.

    This is wasted breath on someone who would rather believe that something whipped-up out of their pantry is better than years of science and research. I just hope that someone considering changing part of their healthcare will take the following into consideration-

    Especially if you have or have had several cavities, or a history of erosion on your teeth, please please please talk to a professional before chaining your routine. Preventative medicine does nothing to benefit anyone but the patient, and that is truly our first priority!

    • Caroline says:

      Id just like to take a second to point out that there is nothing wrong with taking the holistic approach to health care. Yes there are herbs that cure cancer; Hemp oil being the most dominant, and yes i do believe that something whipped up from your pantry using a recipe passed down for generations, works better then a man made chemical that does more damage to the rest of your body, then it helps your teeth. These people may not be doctors or dentists. But a tleast they are on the right track to healthy living, and holistic healing, which in my opinion, is a hell of a lot better for you then anything i can find in the ER

  55. Dentist says:

    UUUUHHHHGGG!!! Seriously?!
    Yes, dentists all recommend this stuff because they/we don’t know what we’re talking about and its a big conspiracy from the toothpaste companies that they are really trying to make a product that hurts teeth- is an evil plot! Sure.

    #1: “Google-ing” is not research. Be smart. Look at the peer-reviewed, respect journals of that profession’s field. Anyone can post something on the internet and call it a “study” or “scientific article.”

    #2: Re-enamilization is not a word. Yes, the body can REMINERALIZE some cavities IF you keep acid out of your mouth and have enough minerals in your saliva to offer the ‘building blocks’ it needs.

    #3: That acid I mentioned comes from the bacteria (bacteria that is in everyones mouth, their whole lives, and should be as part of our normal flora). The bacteria use the sugars from the foods we eat, digest it, spit out acids, that weaken/demineralize teeth, causing cavities.
    Guess what most coconut oils contain? SUGAR. Guess what’s acidic? Grapefruit/citrus juice. Guess what’s abrasive? Baking soda… So your suggesting a toothpaste that 1. feeds bacteria, 2. contains acid and 3. is abrasive to the now acid-weakened tooth structure.

    #4: Guess what can make most teeth stronger/harder, more resistant to that harmful acid? Fluoride. So important that after this property was discovered it was added to most cities drinking water at 1part/million. This and tooth sealants stand as the two greatest achievements of modern dentistry.
    It is popular to give fluoride a bad wrap. Fluoride is just like any other vitamin/mineral we flock the the health food stores for- most could hurt us if we take too much. Most could be argued as bad- watch… “Potassium. Good right? Wrong. Potassium is the chemical used in lethal injections.” Potasium is not bad, just like fluoride is not bad, just bad in the wrong concentration, but necessary for good health in the right amounts.
    5. Glycerine is added because cavities don’t happen if the bacteria can’t (literally) stick to the tooth surface. There are certain variations of one of the big types of cavities-causing bacteria. People who have the “sticky-type” are more prone to cavities (ever notice that you may take perfect care of your teeth, but your spouse doesn’t and you’re always the one with cavities? or visa versa? This is one of the several known reasons why.)
    The only truly unnecessary additive to toothpaste is what makes it fizz/foam. We used to think the effervescence would bubble-out the bad stuff, like hydrogen peroxide, but is an irritant to a lot of people’s mucosa (mouth skin) and people who are sensitive should use a natural toothpaste or one without sodium lauryl sulfate.

    So, if you really think this is just a conspiracy from dentists and the tooth-paste companies to hurt you so we can make money off of you, knock yourself out… Just don’t come sit in our chairs and blame us when the work we put into trying to reverse the damage you’ve done fails.

    Just like any other profession, medicine is not perfect. However 99% of us took and practice by the oath we took to do our best to give our patients the highest quality and safest healthcare possible… even inspite of our patients thinking that they’ve solved some conspiracy or discovered some little-known truth about what we’ve dedicated our lives to. Ask your questions, but perhaps consider that the doctor sitting in front of you might know a little more about what’s good for you than a google-search.

    • Jen H says:

      Hi there— you make some great points, but your tone is truly abrasive. We love to hear both sides of any story and honor people for their points of view. I don’t think this is a conspiracy from dentists and toothpaste companies— I just personally think we need to be educated about the ingredients in products we use and then decide for ourselves if they are right for us. This simple and all-natural toothpaste is a great alternative to those who have issues with the ingredients discussed above.

    • Day says:

      You had some really useful information in your comment. I wanted to do a lot of research before I tried this recipe, because I’m allergic to… well, almost everything under the sun, and I prefer to make my own products so I know I won’t have an accidental reaction to them. Thank you for this important information.

      However, you were rude, and it took physical effort to read this comment. I was actually personally offended by how rude you were to the woman who wrote this recipe. I know you want to make sure people understand the importance of dental care, but everybody reads the comments, and anybody on the fence about whether or not they want to do it, won’t even finish reading all the important information you posted- all because of your writing tone. Next time make your tone more neutrally informative. You’ll get your point across a lot better.

    • Andrea says:

      Your 3 rants comes across as a bit crazed and because of your high and mighty tone, I didn’t care one iota about what you posted. You must have missed naptime.

      When the label on my toothpaste tell me to call “Poison Control” if a dime sized amount is consumed, you can tell me again how great it is for us. I’ll take my chances with the natural approach and be cavity and chemical free.

    • Maxie says:

      Poor Dear Dentist, I understand how frustrated you were. I am a scientist, ahem… actually a chemist (don’t shoot me – I’m nice, honest) and also someone who wants to be healthy and make good food and life choices. I work in the personal care industry as a formulator and I understand your rant and your frustration. I could go on like this about parabens (no, they aren’t bad, really), but this is not the place. Dear everyone else, if this dentist is anything like me, she or he may simply be upset watching people hurt themselves through ignorance. So, please do your research. This website is awesome, but it is everyone’s responsibility to be educated about your body and your needs. If you abdicate your responsibility, you will pay the price, eventually. We are all unique creatures and must find out best path to health and happiness. Good Luck Everyone. Love and Peace 🙂

  56. Beverly says:

    I love the homemade toothpaste! It leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth. I had a friend try it and they also said it was good and have been using it. Great recipe!

    • Jen H says:

      Yeah! Glad to have more people join my world of coconut oil toothpaste. Thanks for letting me know that you like it too.

  57. Stephanie says:

    Is food essential oil ?

  58. Shea says:

    I am obsessed with coconut oil and am definitely going to make this…. the grapefruit extract idea sounds amazingly refreshing! Can’t wait. Thanks. 🙂

  59. Janet Hughes says:

    To buy essential oils that are safe to take internally, check out
    www.mydoterra.com/naturesbestmedicine. My favorites are a blend called On Guard or peppermint essential oil.

  60. Susan E says:

    I forgot to check off to notify me with an email. 🙂

  61. Susan E says:

    I can’t wait to make this. Right now we use organic/natural toothpastes without fluoride and I happen to have these few ingredients at home. I can’t wait to try it. I am not a fan of eucalyptus but love grapefruit essential oil and so what else could I mix it with? I don’t like the peppermint essential oil either.

    • Jen H says:

      Just use grapefruit extract! No need to addd a second oil. 🙂 I’ve done just grapefruit and actually really liked it.

  62. Tamla says:

    I’d like to try this without the essential oils and the stevia? Any opinions/comments on this? Thanks

  63. Patrice says:

    This is great, I have been doing lots of do it yourself things lately! I use baking soda too, never thought of adding oils to it. Will try.

    • Jen H says:

      I did baking soda for a while and it gets kinda boring. This toothpaste recipe definitely classes the ol’ baking soda toothpaste up a bit. 🙂 Enjoy Patrice!

  64. krystal says:

    Thank you SO much for this recipe….i used to use all natural toothpaste, but it was so expensive. I have also tried baking soda, but never thought of using coconut oil!! thanks!!

    • Jen H says:

      I hear ya Krystal— it can be so expensive. This way is more cost effective and so simple to make. Think you will be pleasantly surprised.

  65. Beverly says:

    I ordered the essential oils and I have coconut oil so I am going to make the toothpaste and also try the homemade deodorant. I will let you know the results!

    • Jen H says:

      Yeah Beverly! Hope you enjoy both recipes— I am hooked on them! Can’t wait to hear the results for you. 🙂

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