A homemade toothpaste recipe that’s easy to make and fluoride free! Made with coconut oil, baking soda and essential oil of choice. A fresh and healthy alternative!
Toothpaste, friend or foe?
Everyone is familiar with toothpaste. But while more and more people are becoming more mindful and aware of the healthy, or not-so-healthy, elements of foods and meals, not everyone is aware of the potentially detrimental impacts of toothpaste. We do after all consume toothpaste whether we like it or not. While brushing your teeth, what you don’t accidentally swallow can be absorbed through the tongue and gums.
Traditional toothpaste often contains ingredients that can be harmful if ingested in large quantities. Some ingredients like sodium fluoride and triclosan, are included in pesticides – or are even classified as a pesticide!! Another ingredient called diethanolamine, you’ll see labeled as “DEA”, is used to make toothpaste foam. Sadly DEA has been linked to cancer. Is a foaming toothpaste that important to you?
A Simple Solution
This doesn’t mean that we stop cleaning our teeth. The answer is actually more simpler than that. We make our own toothpaste, of course! You may be surprised how easily you can take care of your own dental health using ordinary kitchen ingredients.
A Healthy Recipe for Homemade Toothpaste
Here’s a recipe for a homemade toothpaste, using ingredients you can mostly find in your kitchen cabinet. Feel free to adjust the oil/baking soda ratio to meet your personal preferences and play around with flavor profiles using food-grade essential oils.
Using homemade toothpaste in addition to oil pulling (which you can read more about HERE) will help your teeth stay white, clean and smooth!
This may not be a product that you naturally find in your medicine cabinet but it is very beneficial to oral health. Calcium Carbonate helps to remineralize and strengthen your teeth, supplying it with essential calcium. It also helps with the removal of stains and eliminating debris.
You’ll also notice that I added Xylitol (a diabetic friendly sweetener) to this recipe. This addition it two-fold. It helps make the toothpaste slightly sweet, but is also beneficial or oral health. Xylitol is known to help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth and also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Not bad for a sweetener, eh?! You can learn more about Xylitol’s dental benefits HERE.
Clove Essential Oil
Did you know that there have been studies linking gum disease and heart disease? This is a big reason why oral health is so incredibly important. Clove has antibacterial properties and is thought to help prevent gum disease such as gingivitis. Clove also is thought to reduce gum swelling and irritation thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates circulation due to its “hot” property. This helps enhance gum tissue health. Thank you Clove!!!
Specialty Ingredients for This Recipe:
Homemade Fluoride-Free Toothpaste Recipe
Homemade Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
- 3 Tablespoons Sodium Bicarbonate
- 2 Tablespoon baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 10 drops food-grade peppermint essential oil or oil of choice
- 4 drops food-grade clove essential oil* optional
- 1 Tablespoon xylitol** optional
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl using either a handheld mixer, spatula or the back of a large spoon. Store in an airtight container with a fitted lid on your bathroom sink.
*Clove essential oil is beneficial to gums
**Xylitol is optional, but will add sweetness and also is thought to be beneficial to tooth health.
If you try this, please let us know what you think. Also, if you discover a great flavor you made and wish to share with others, please leave your comment below!