Best Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

POSTED ON 3.23.2021

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. I know there are TONS of natural toothpaste companies out there nowadays… yet they’re a bit pricey. If I can make something simple + effective at home for a fraction of the price, why not? Here’s my very own homemade toothpaste recipe… full of only the good stuff. I can honestly say this is the best natural toothpaste I’ve tried, and that’s saying something since I’ve been on the hunt for a great option for a while!

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.

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Common toothpaste ingredients

Two ingredients that have a pretty bad wrap are:

1. Glycerin: It gives toothpaste a nice creamy texture and coats the teeth for “protection”, yet 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 some homemade toothpaste sans weird stuff. And yes— I threw in some wonderful coconut oil that I’m beyond obsessed with and it’s millions of effective uses.

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Natural toothpaste recipe

Once I started experimenting with a homemade toothpaste recipe, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how few ingredients I actually needed. My recipe has 4 ingredients, with an optional 5th if you add in activated charcoal. Not only is this recipe simple, it contains only plant based ingredients that are common. No weird chemical compounds or additives here!

When whipping up a batch of this homemade toothpaste, I typically triple the batch. That way each bathroom has its own container, so there’s no family fights over the jar. To keep the ingredients light and airy, I use an immersion blender rather than mixing with a blender or food processor.

Antibacterial essential oils

If you choose the right essential oils, then you can create a strong antibacterial toothpaste. I suggest these essential oils, which I typically purchase from Plant Therapy:

  • 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 as well as 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). This summer I made a batch with grapefruit oil and it has a citrus-tang to it, which was refreshing. Now I am using eucalyptus oil and I love the minty taste.

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 then spread 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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Homemade Dog Toothpaste

YES… I made this recipe for me and my family… yet it also works 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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Best Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Homemade Toothpaste DIY

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 month supply 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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


  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp baking soda
  • 25 drops essential oil (I like eucalyptus and grapefruit)
  • 1 tsp stevia, or more if you like it sweeter
  • activated charcoal, optional


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I used my Cuisinart 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.


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).

Adding activated charcoal can be a gentle way to whiten your teeth.

  • Category: Natural Remedy
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade toothpaste, diy toothpaste recipe

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Liana says:

    What size mason jar are you using for this?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Liana,

      For this recipe we are using an 8oz wide mouth mason jar.

  4. Robyn says:

    Awesome! You can also order 10oz jars of coconut oil from 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 🙂

  5. Sasha says:


    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. “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 research regarding pure glycerine and re-enamilization. I love sweetness and texture of glycerin.

  9. mila says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Mila. Tea tree (a.k.a. melaleuca) essential oil is one of the EOs that should never be taken orally. If swallowed, it can cause serious symptoms. It’s meant for topical use or diffusion only. Do not use tea tree oil in homemade toothpaste.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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 sensitive teeth or if you just use the one posted on this website. I would greatly appreciate your help.

      Thank you, Charmin Skaggs

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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 😉

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Thank you so much for sharing, Belle!

    • ROSINA LOCK says:

      Iceland sell coconut oil and so does Lidls. i buy Lidls it’s organic and 340 mg jar for around £1.65 briliant! I buy about 3 jars at a time! Yup i’m also from the East End of london UK. I do use the baking soda and coconut oil and peppermint oil, sadly i had to throw it away due to adding the sea salt! Never ever again! It stung all my gums and i got an ulcer and could taste the sea salt, so i threw it away just an hour ago, i wonder why no one has thought of ADDING A FEW DROPS OF CBD OIL??? You can’t get anything healthier than that? I’ve made that too, but this time i am going to add the cbd oil but defiinitely will never ever use sea salt in it again. I wanted to add a little hydrogen peroxide which no one appears to have mentioned? But google isn’t answering me? lol Rosina Lock x

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Rosina! I’m not sure about adding CBD oil, I think that is probably a personal preference. You’re not eating the toothpaste so I don’t know what benefits you’re looking to get from brushing with CBD oil. As far as hydrogen peroxide, it’s not an ingredient in our toothpaste. If you want to include it in your homemade toothpaste or use it as a mouthwash, I encourage you to speak with your dentist about it first. 🙂

  17. 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

      Cheers 🙂

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

    • ROSINA LOCK says:

      Hi, my home made toothpaste consists of coconut oil, bicarb soda, cbd oil and a little peppermint oil. My little jar will either be rock hard or turns to watery. It isn’t such a bad thing! It’s due to the weather! In fact i prefer it harder relly the toothbrush just glides over the solid white concoction which is better in a way than it running and dripping everywhere You could put it in the fridge if it melts too much or take it back out when it is too solid? Me? i just leave it in the cupboard on a dark shelf and use it whichever way it is. As for face coconut oil? I just use the organic coconut oil that i buy from Lidls! I really don’t think it makes a difference, coconut oil is coconut oil! But i prefer to use Rosehip oil, it’s got a gorgeous smell to it it. My one is made by Artnaturals, and mine also came with two free aromatherapy oils i think. I bought it on Hope this is of help to anyone. There is another company that sells this rosehip oil which lasted me around a year and looking for that one again, can’t remember the name at the moment. Rosina x

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thanks, Rosina! Great info. 🙂

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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 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.

  25. Lisa says:

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

  26. Liz says:

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

  27. 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 😉

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Michelle! You will want to use either Grapefruit EO or Eucalyptus EO, not both in the same toothpaste. And when mixing the ingredients together, we like to use a hand-held blender to whip it really well and give it a light + creamy texture.

  28. 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. 🙂

  29. 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.

  30. Sammie says:


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

    Thanks! 🙂

  31. Sarah says:

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

  32. 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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thank you for weighing in, Andrea. This is truly a more polarizing topic than we anticipated it being. 😉

  33. Whitney says:

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

  34. 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.

  35. tamicka t says:

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

  36. 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…

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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

  41. 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 🙂

  42. 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.

  43. 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. 🙂

  44. Janet Hughes says:

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

  45. Susan E says:

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

  46. 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.

  47. Tamla says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Tamla,

      You can def leave out the stevia, it’s an optional ingredient. We include the EO in the ingredients because we recommend using one that has antibacterial properties. But if you really don’t want to use an essential oil, you can leave that out as well.

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

    • Oof says:

      Noice, I like this recipe.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad you like it! 🙂

  50. 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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