Homemade Toothpaste Is Effective & Simple to Make

How To Make Toothpaste

Homemade Toothpaste: A Simple Recipe

Why make your own toothpaste?

It saves money, gives you a feeling of accomplishment, and allows you to leave out all the harmful ingredients commercial toothpaste is made of. Oh yeah, and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Simple Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt (optional – direct application of the minerals in sea salt is great for teeth, but can be left out if the taste is too salty)
  • 1 – 2 tsp peppermint extract or 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (or add your favorite flavor – spearmint, orange, etc.)
  • filtered water (add to desired consistency)

Cost Breakdown & Savings

Here is the breakdown in cost analysis for 5.33 oz of homemade toothpaste (same amount as one tube of our old toothpaste):

  • baking soda @ 16 oz = $1.00 | 2/3 cup is 5.33 oz which = $0.33
  • fine sea salt @ 22 oz = $2.00 | 1 tsp is .17 oz which = $0.02
  • peppermint extract @ 1 oz = $3.00 | 2 tsp is .33 oz which = $1.04 | Better yet, use peppermint essential oil @ 1 oz = $13.00 | 15 drops = $0.28!

(**Note** you can use as much or as little peppermint or other flavor as you wish. Add the flavoring little by little until you reach an amount you enjoy.)

Prior to making our own, we were using Tom’s of Maine Spearmint Gel® costing an average of $5.00 for a 5.2 oz tube.  Based on the calculations above the same amount of this homemade toothpaste will cost between $0.63 and $1.39 for 5.33 oz, depending on how much flavoring is used.

The cost savings will be between $4.37 – $3.61 per tube!

Aside from cost, there are many other benefits of homemade products.  By making this toothpaste not only are we cutting costs by upwards of 300%, we also know the exact ingredients and count time spent as fun, educational, and useful for all involved!

Making Homemade Toothpaste

Remember, each batch yields the equivalent of one 5.3oz tube of toothpaste which you can store in a small storage container somewhere close to your toothbrush. When you are ready to brush, simply wet your toothbrush, scoop or spread as much paste as you like, and begin brushing.

1.  Start with these ingredients:

How To Make Toothpaste 1

2.  Mix together baking soda, optional salt, and peppermint. Add a little water at a time, stirring after each addition, until paste reaches desired consistency.

How To Make Toothpaste 2

That’s it!   You’re done.  Now go get rid of that bad breath!

A few FAQ’s and answers:

  1. Isn’t baking soda abrasive? No, on the Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) scale baking soda is MUCH less abrasive than commercial toothpaste.
  2. Are essential oils safe for consumption? First, you’re not supposed to swallow toothpaste. That said, some may run down our throats – and most essential oil providers are legally obligated to print, “not for consumption” on their packaging – but we use it with confidence. Here’s our line of thought: would you rather put the essential oils of a mint plant in your mouth or commercial toothpaste that has poison control warnings on every package? We know what our answer would be, but we always encourage people to do what they’re comfortable with.
  3. Where should we store the paste? In a container of your choosing close to your tooth brush. We prefer to use essential oils in our toothpaste, which should be stored in glass. We use a small glass jar, and store out of heat and light so oils don’t degrade.
  4. Should we each have our own container, or can we share with others in our family/roommates? If cooties bother you then get your own container… if not then don’t worry about it. My wife and I share one.
  5. How do we get it onto our toothbrush? Simply wet your brush, scoop or spread on some paste, and brush away.
  6. Does this really work? Yes. I actually like it better than store bought and find it gets rid of onion and garlic breath better than any toothpaste I have ever used.
  7. Where do I get the ingredients? At pretty much any store, or you can buy them online through the links above.
  8. Is this toothpaste bad for me? No. But that is just my opinion since I am not a dentist, and because these claims have not been evaluated by the FDA. That said… all ingredients are commonly used products and otherwise regarded as utterly safe.
  9. What about fluoride, don’t we need it? Not in my opinion. Research I have done reveals fluoride as a toxic poison. Dentists typically say it is beneficial when applied to the teeth of children, but I encourage you to do a little research of your own… I’m guessing you’ll come out holding the same opinion as me.

There are so many ways to make homemade toothpaste. We encourage you to find the proportions and ingredients for a toothpaste you’ll love. We even enjoy brushing our teeth with a homemade tooth powder now, that includes special ingredients for extra whitening! You can see the recipe here.

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Comments

  1. Whew! What a lot of great info. I love that you had such a respectful conversation with Ryan DDS. Have used several of the recipes on the site – great stuff. I’d love to use homemade toothpaste (I was thinking coconut oil, xylitol and spearmint oil) but at 56 already have receded gums and without sensitive toothpaste which I believe is just stronger fluoride, the pain is unbearable. Anyone know what I could add? Clove oil? Dr. Ryan?
    Thank you again Matt and Betsy!
    PS Melinda, stevia would sweeten but would it have the same health benefits?

    • Hi Terry,

      Hmmm, I would start by brushing softly with a soft bristled toothbrush. Also, be sure you’re flossing daily, and you can try making a tea tree mouthwash.

      Here is a sensitive toothpaste recipe I found but have not tried:
      ¼ cup white cosmetic clay
      ¼ cup vegetable glycerin
      20 drops of tincture of myrrh
      4 drops orange essential oil
      4 drops clove essential oil

      1.Put all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk them thoroughly until smooth.
      2.Fill a plastic toothpaste tube (available at camping equipment stores) with the paste. Fold the end of the tube over several times until its firmly sealed. Or fill a jar with the paste.
      3.Store in a cool dry place away from bright light. Use within 6 months.

    • Terry, I (58) had a problem with gum receding around one tooth. I was concerned it would eventually affect all my teeth. I started making Matt’s homemade toothpaste and using it and loved it. However, I saw an article about oil pulling. I thought it was kind of crazy, but with online research figured I had nothing to lose and it wasn’t going to hurt me. I oil pull first and follow up with brushing my teeth with Matt’s toothpaste. I was amazed how the gum around that tooth improved and tightened. My husband said he always had his gums bleed a little when he brushed his teeth and that went away too, once he started pulling. I also notice that I don’t seem to have bad breath anymore and if I haven’t “pulled” for a day, the bad breath returns. I’ve been doing it for over a year now and if I miss a day I don’t miss two, because it really makes my mouth, gums, and teeth feel cleaner. Look into it and see what you think.

      • Interesting Michelle, thanks for sharing. I tried oil pulling with organic sesame oil for awhile but I didn’t keep the habit going long enough to see a difference; sounds like I need to try it again.

      • Thanks, Michelle. I’ve also tried oil pulling out of curiosity. I used coconut oil and did like the feeling but I didn’t realize it might help with receding gums. I’ll try it again. Thanks for the reminder and info.

        • I also have receding gums. A naturopath started me on oil pulling for sinus issues. It was coconut oil with 1 drop of clove oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil. I was surprised when it helped with the sensitivity of my teeth as well. I recently went to the dentist and told her about it and she said the clove oil is actually used as an anaesthetic for teeth. I have since read up about oil pulling but have not found anywhere that adds essential oils as well.

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this wonderful natural way of making toothpaste. I am a strong believer in natural remedies and in Baking Soda. I appreciate it!

    Sara

  3. So it’s mint extracts we want to use not oils? Just seeing what my options are. thanks!!

  4. Okay disregard the above comment…I see the answer above. I guess what I meant is what tastes better? 🙂 Thanks again

  5. How long is the shelf-life of the toothpaste if made with baking soda, peppermint extract and water?

      • That’s not really a safe assumption. Flour, water, and sugar separately have long shelf lives, but mixed into a slurry they do not and will mold.

  6. My only concern is that I recently was told that baking soda is not good to use too frequently on the teeth because it harms the enamel. Not sure if this is true, but important to look into because I’m sure we all want to keep our teeth! 🙂 Otherwise, I love all the advice you give!!!! 🙂

    • You should be concerned Rachel. My advice is to only brush once per day with paste. If you want to brush any more than once just use water.

    • I personally believe it does. It is harsh on the enamel and on the gums and in my opinion should not be used more than once a week. I recommend using just baking soda to brush once a week because it keeps your teeth really clean. I think it’s too harsh for everyday use though so I will be looking into something else.

    • yes it is abrasive and can wear down your enamel. What I do is replace most of the baking soda with calcium bentonite clay. I would say 3parts clay 1part soda. The calcium bentonite clay is a mild abrasive, helps recalcify the teeth and pulls the toxins out of your gums and cavities if there is decay.. I made up a recipe
      2 tablespoons coconut oil
      1 tablespoon calcium bentonite Clay
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1 tablespoon xylitol, powdered (I only had granulated. so I ground mine up in a mortar and pestol and came out grainy so I dissolve it in 1 tablespoon of water)
      1 to 1 1/2 packets of sweet leaf stevia
      1 drop grapefruit seed extract
      2 drops propolis
      2 drops Tea tree oil
      3 drops spearmint oil
      2 drops Echinacea extract (could use 1/2 teaspoon ground herb)
      2 drops goldenseal extract (could use 1/2 teaspoon ground herb)
      1 teaspoon ground spearmint
      1/4 teaspoon ground slippery elm bark

      Add more or less spearmint to taste you can also add peppermint oil if you want to.

      • I forgot to add that if it gets a little bit to loose you can add a little bit more clay and if it’s too thick just add a little bit more oil. most of these herbs are good for gum disease

  7. Hello,

    I made this recipe and it is wonderful. I have been using it about 2 weeks and my teeth feel great.
    I made the recipe with peppermint essential oil. I store the paste in a zip loc baggie in my bathroom, with a small notch cut in the corner to squeeze the paste out like traditional toothpaste tubes.

    By questions/problem is, the mint smell, taste and “feel” dissipated after about 2 days. Is this normal? Does it make a difference to use oil instead of extract? Thanks,

    Constance

    • Constance- extracts are for cooking, oils are for adding scent and generally shouldn’t be ingested unless you have the food grade quality oils.

  8. I would like to subscribe to ? Either e mails or newsletter 🙂 what ever u have-
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    I stumbled upon your site when i ran out of conditioner ( & not a lot of $ to buy it) & googled how to make my own!!! I was so thrilled by your passion to share with us how , now i want to try doing ALL i can on making my own – everything!!!
    Thank you,
    Brenda Anderson

  9. I am also an RDA I’n a dental office & do perio surgery- it I’s an ecellent polisher & cleaner & the salt I’s also an antibacterial , however .. 🙁 used to often can cause receding of gums, but if you always use a soft toothbrush ( always recommend) & do not put to much mucsle into it you can get away with it- it removes stains excellent & i recommend it to my patients to use a few times a month, for polishing .

  10. I still occasionally use baking soda to brush my teeth if I don’t have anything else, but if you’re using it straight up and regularly, it can be really bad for your teeth. The way it works is that when combined with water, free radicals are released that are able to penetrate the enamel, breaking a certain type of chemical bond in the stains that lets the stains break up and lighten in color as they dissipate. Well, it turns out that it can actually wear away your tooth enamel permanently, and in addition to never being able to get it back, it’ll be more prone to sensitivity and cavities.

  11. In my searches to learn more about making homemade cleaners, etc, I found a suggestion that might solve the “double dipping” of others. One such article recommended saving an empty tube of toothpaste and purchasing one of the little tools that is usually used to roll the wide end up, as the tube is emptied.

    Their method was to cut the wide end of the tube off and use a baggy with a small hole cut in the corner so that the mix could be squeezed into the empty toothpaste tube, then that end is closed with the “toothpaste squeezer” (for the lack of a better term, preventing leaks from that end.

    • I made this toothpaste and mixed 1 1/2 tsp of cornstarch to make a nice paste, then i removed the needle off a turkey injector and drew up the mix, squeezed it into an empty toothpaste tube.

      • Why not go to the baking /candy making isle at the store and get one of those squeeze bottles with the screw on tip(w/ a cap) used to decorate cakes and candies. They kinda look like the red and yellow ketchup/mustard bottles. They are see through and i think would work great.

        • You can go to Wal-Mart and get a little tottle bottle for around $1.00. (Travel size section.) Then you don’t have to mess around with baggies or refilling tubes. If the “paste” is liquid enough, it should go right through a funnel into the bottle. Easy, affordable, and reusable.

  12. Great post. I still mainly use regular toothpaste, which bothers me with the ingredients. I have tried a herbal toothpaste but didn’t really like that one either. I am really keen to try your toothpaste recipe.
    I’d also like to try your shampoo. For a couple of months I washed my hair with my homemade soap but I started to get dandruff (which I’ve never had before). Have you found dandruff problems with using the bi-carb recipe. Oh, my hair is long too, if that makes any difference.

    • Their homemade shampoo recipe shouldn’t give you dandruff. Your homemade soap does because just like any store bought bar soap, it is too drying for the scalp. Shampoo is made with sulfates, not pure soap so it’s a lot gentler. Baking soda shouldn’t be drying at all.

      • Just to clarify something — dry scalp isn’t dandruff. Unfortunately, that is a common misconception. I didn’t realize this until I started fighting a really bad case of dry scalp about a year and a half ago. Before you start trying to treat your scalp condition, make sure you know which it is (a good web search should help you figure this out).

    • I’ve see many articles which promise that dandruff is removed by rubbing a little mouthwash along with your hair conditioner. I don’t have dandruff but my scalp did feel very fresh and clean. You might want to try this.

  13. I have been using these basic ingredients plus one extra…Nutribiotic (grapefruit seed extract). I have seen a huge improvement in my oral health and find it to be the perfect remedy for garlic breath. I also make my own mouth wash with Bragg’s ACV.

  14. I recently made toothpaste using your recipe. I have just read that using baking soda too often will remove the enamel from our teeth. Do you know if this is true and if so what would you recommend?

  15. All this talk about baking soda damaging the tooth enamel is, in my opinion, a total noncense! Not only there is no any scientific study showing that, but it is also goes against any logic! Sodium Hydrocarbonate , unlike all main scrubbing elements ( silica- basically sand, or chalk) in the commercial toothpastes, is water-soluble compound. The cristalls dissolve by saliva almost immidatelly when you start brushing. Non solubles, on he othe hand, are harsh and abrasive on enamel, but they are dirt cheap!!! That is why they are used for mass production. I wouldn’t be surprise that those anecdotal hearsays about “soda is bad for teeeth” is spread by Colgate and others

  16. I was shocked by a DA above saying baking soda was harsh to teeth without
    reference. I wonder what dental schools teach.
    I saw harshness of baking soda is almost nothing in terms of ‘RDA’

  17. You should only use a TP with this much baking soda once a week- it will cause abbrasion of the enamel.
    Fl at 1450 PPM as most TPs are is safe (unless you swallow the whole tube in 1 sitting) and reduces tooth decay by more than 70% when used on a daily basis. It is extremely important it is used on a daily basis.
    Sensitive TPs use complex ingredients to block the dentine tubiles, which give the pain.
    DO NOT USE CLOVE OIL, it makes treatment required very complex as you cannot place most dental materials over the top of it.
    Companies do make money from TP – but spend years developing it for a reason.

  18. Technically (maybe too much so), the cost per ounce may be cheaper because of the water added… when I made this, I used about 5 or 6 TBS water, which might reduce the cost per ounce further?

  19. I am new to making my own products. I was so excited when we got low on toothpaste. My partner was skeptical but after using it just once, she said, “I don’t ever want to buy toothpaste again!” The only thing I did differently is using cinnamon instead of peppermint because neither of us like peppermint.

  20. I knew someone who always used salt on his teeth. He was an older man and never used tooothpaste in his life. I don’t think he had a lot of trouble with his teeth, either. TP is a modern invention and flouride is a toxin.

  21. I’m interested in making a homemade toothpaste because my husband has pretty bad breath, even after brushing! So naturally I’m interested in using this recipe and dropping in some essential oils for added benefits (aparently anise, fennel, cloves, sage, and melealeuca/tea tree oil are good herbal remedies for bad breath). However, I’m a little concerned about using the baking soda after reading some comments. Here’s what I found when I googled it:

    http://www.buzzle.com/articles/brushing-teeth-with-baking-soda.html

    So, the scale Matt shared earlier shows that straight baking soda is essentially harmless. But baking soda is highly reactive–that’s why it’s so good with cleaning and baking! So as soon as it’s mixed with water it changes and oxidizes the stains. I’m still going to make this paste, but I think I’ll play it safe and only have my hubby use it twice a week tops.

  22. I use straight up baking soda, in a small container. Wet my toothbrush and then dip it in (mostly because I am the only one using it and I haven’t gotten a container that easily pours onto the toothbrush). I have used it like this pretty much for a year straight, and off and on for a couple of years prior. I have noticed that my gums bleed far less than they used to at the dentist’s office, which is awesome! I was in for the first time in TWO years and they didn’t find cavities or put a watch on any of my teeth and my gums did not bleed at all!!!

  23. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will have to try this. I too oppose the fluoride and don’t want it anywhere near me. Question, I get baby toothpaste at a store which my toddler can swallow, would this recipe be safe to swallow? I don’t think baking soda can do any harm right?

  24. I see that some use essential oils. I purchased spearmint 100% essential oil and on the label it states, “not for internal use”…what’s the story? All that’s in it is spearmint.

    • Janice – I seem to remember that there are some essential oils used for aromatic purposes so don’t have to meet food grade standards. Ask at the health food store or double check it on line.

    • Essential oils are an extremely concentrated version of the plant they came from. They are very potent. It’s easier to label it “not for internal use” than to try to educate people about how to safely use them. I have used EOs for years, mostly externally, but occasionally use them internally (one drop in a capsule). This is not one of those things for which “more is better” should ever be considered. Also, since this is toothpaste, hopefully you aren’t going to internalize it anyway.

  25. I need to add some things to this recipe….

    a. Aloe vera juice – adds creaminess and healing properties. Fresh aloe vera is preferable here. Many people have aloe vera plants growing in their garden. You can put some of those spikey leaves to good use. Use the meat part of the leaf, not the skin.

    b. Tea trea oil — will give the paste long lasting antiseptic properties. One dose is one drop on a qtip then swabbed on a brush. Yeah, it’s that potent. Adjust accordingly to how much toothpaste you’re making

    b. Calcium powder – (will remineralize teeth, add strength) You can make your own calcium powder by grinding up supplements. If you don’t like the manual way of grinding, get a separate coffee grinder and use it as an additve maker only, or get a Magic Bullet, and keep a separate container just for dental tool recipes

  26. And please people. DO NOT USE FLUORIDE. We’ve been scammed big time when it comes to fluoride. I stopped using fluoride years ago, and the health of my teeth improved! Yes, it improved.

    Do your research on fluoride and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

  27. Matt, Have used your toothpaste for a long time, but have always made it with a fraction of the salt called for because I don’t like a lot of salt. So many seem worried about the baking soda, but 4 tsp is a lot in 2/3 cup baking soda and a lot of abrasive action. Also, I might point out Arm & Hammer has a baking soda toothpaste on the market. Meaning if it’s so bad, why is there a commercial version of what we’ve been using for the last few years????
    And sort of off subject, I’ve toyed with the idea of substituting coconut oil for the water to create the paste. Any thoughts?

    • I’ve been using the Arm & Hammer commercial baking soda toothpaste and am about to switch to the homemade. The commercial toothpaste has fluoride and other ingredients in it. It’s still all about $$$$$

  28. Matt,

    So you personally use this ‘toothpaste’ once a day and then brush with water any other times?

    • I used to, now I’m using a handful of others that Betsy is making for her next book. I’m the Guinea pig; but I did use this toothpaste regularly for years.

  29. Saw the toothpaste recipe and thought i’d suggest to y’all to put it in large oral syringes. It is less mess and reusable, as well as sanitary.

  30. Call me what you like, but I brushed my teeth once a week with water only and did not see a dentist for nine years and had no cavities or even signs of them. Prior to that, I had only four major staining teeth with the same brushing habits and had not seen a dentist for fourteen years (at fourteen years of age). I did not eat meat or dairy or white flour or white sugar, no refined foods, no alcohol. Then I had children, my diet changed, my brushing habits “improved” (a lot more frequent brushing out of necessity!), and now I have a ceramic filling and several “watched” teeth. I have found that Philips Sonicare toothbrush line gets your teeth very clean with no toothpaste and since using it my gums no longer bleed (the bleeding started with the new, refined foods diet and children). It tastes good to use toothpaste and of course I would not buy one with flouride and it makes sense to make my own, which is why I am here, obviously. I wanted to know what other people are doing and what everyone thinks. I will say though that I don’t think it is necessary for every day situations to polish your teeth with abrasives. Eat well, chew your food thoroughly, rinse with water, brush gently when you need to, and take care of your special situations in the gentlest manner possible, and be blessed. But if it tastes better, make a healthy toothpaste and use a small amount and don’t worry so much. Even the purest of water can kill you, if you ingest too much. We have so much to be thankful for!

    • Thanks for the info, some of it I’ve heard before (avoiding processed foods), other parts not so much (brushing once/week). From what you’ve said I would encourage people to avoid processed foods but also to brush daily – but yeah, using toothpaste has little to do with it.

  31. I have always had trouble with my gums bleeding when I brush. I’ve tried softer bristles and toothpaste for sensitive teeth all to no avail. I started using a homemade toothpaste for the paste few weeks. It contains equal parts coconut oil and baking soda mixed until a nice paste forms. I have to say I was heavily skeptical as nothing else has ever worked, but since using this there has been no bleeding!! I am not a dentist, but this has made me a believer. I brush with it once daily and still use my mouthwash ( looking for a recipie

    • I had bleeding gums & sensitive teeth in my youth. My dentist told me to increase my vitamin A intake or just take daily vitamins. Bleeding gums are a sign of Vitamin “A” deficiency. I have not had my gums bleed in 35 years! I have been making my own toothpaste for about 6 months and use coconut oil instead of water to make the paste. I also have receeding gums and have no pain or sensitivity issues since switching over. I use the homemade paste 2x per day and prior to making my own used it 1-2 times per week to help with whitening. The coconut oil seems to be the trick as it makes it feel “slicker” than when made with water.

  32. If anyone has any good ones for a mouthwash that doesn’t taste dreadful let me know. Also the recepie above used either peppermint oil or spearmint.

  33. Since water even filtered has fluoride, should one use distilled water for rinsing after brushing?

  34. Hey Matt, thanks for doing this research and sharing, I’ve made my own similar versions too! *Side note* Before you suggest certain companies for people to purchase from, please do your research on who they are and what they do with their company. I’m sure you care about people, animals, plants, nature in general, so I want to share with you that Tom’s of Maine is mainly owned by Colgate-Palmolive, who still tests their products on animals. Funny thing about wanting to go “natural” is that you have to play in the mud to not get dirty. Check it out for yourself, it’s always best to take YOUR word over someone else’s! Good day! 😉

  35. I just discovered Earthpaste toothpaste from Redmond Clay. I ordered a tube and will NEVER buy commercial toothpaste again. I’m going to use the Redmond Clay and make my own. I’ll be using your recipe as a guideline but substituting the clay for baking soda. Or I may mix baking soda and clay.
    I use a Sonicare toothbrush and will always do so. Since using the clay toothpaste, my teeth have become whiter, my gums healthier and my whole mouth feels better. This is an excellent post and site. Thank you.
    http://redmondclay.com/

  36. There are So many things to comment on for this thread….but here are my 2 cents.

    1. IF Fluoride works, than WHY do we have so many issues with cavities…..in the 20 yrs I have spent in dentistry this STILL baffles me….currently we are experiencing epidemic proportions of cavities in children, which leads me to further believe that it doesn’t work.

    2. Baking soda while great can increase sensitivity and gum recession especially in women who are peri or post menopausal and have had hormonal changes.

    3. Xylitol is AMAZING for oral health, but you need to know the source. It is either coming from corn (and processed in china) or it comes from North American Birch and is processed in the states……..I research oral health products and have only found 2 sources that are 100% North American Birch.
    Great post, I love all of the interaction you get with your audience!!

    • Carrie, you’re absolutely correct. Fluoride is probably one of the biggest scams of the 20th and 21st century. Most people don’t know where fluoride comes from or what it actually is. They just believe the corporate dogma that’s been fed to them for decades, without doing their own research. ( e.g.They believe that Coca Cola’s vitamin water is actually good for you.) People really are that simple.

      The scam of fluoride also reminds me of the food company that is allowed to label their products “Healthy Choice” when many of their products are in fact loaded with stuff that no sane person would consider healthy.

      I stopped using fluoride years ago, and I’m amazed at the improved health of my teeth. The toothpaste I use does not contain fluoride and I use calcium powders and other ingredients I mentioned above.

      You’re also right about baking soda. It’s very abrasive and should be used sparingly on your teeth if at all. Baking soda is an acid.

      • I haven’t had any problems w/baking soda…so what do you use if not baking soda? What are the alternatives…?
        Help.

  37. I wanted to say a great big THANK YOU for this recipe. I did make a few adjustments as follows: 1/3 c baking soda, 1 tsp salt (regular table salt cause that’s all I had on hand at the time), 4 TBSP water, 1/8 tsp peppermint extract (I will add more in my next batch). Trying something new is scary so if it was a fail for me no great expense or effort lost and it’s always easier to add than to take away). This recipe was a huge WIN!!! In fact now that over a week has passed since I ran out of store bought toothpaste (I used to have problems with dry mouth) my teeth actually feel way cleaner and the dry mouth issue is almost completely gone. Looking forward to running out of mouthwash so I can start making my own.

  38. I just made this using orange essential oil. I have added 40 drops and it still is extremely salty (I didn’t even add the salt!) any suggestions? Also, a good storage container is a honey bear bottle 🙂 I put mine in that and it works really well!

  39. Would you really want to use a bleached salt in toothpaste when your trying to get away from chemicals in your toothpaste in the beginning. I would suggest a salt that wasn’t bleached. Also i would suggest a food grade peppermint oil as well.

  40. Thanks everyone for all the information and the comments on this page. Thoroughly useful in the process of unlearning all the bad habits our society has taught us! best wishes to all.

  41. What would you suggest for a 1 and 1/2 year old? Currently using non-fluoridated toothpaste of the toddler variety. And how often would you recommend brushing her teeth? She does drink juices and milk and eats quite a bit of fruit.

  42. Hi,
    You can make a little change at recipe by mixing glycerin + baking soda + aloe vera gel, or only glycerin and baking soda + mint essential oils. 🙂
    V.

  43. Hi there, I’ve had some hit and miss successes with homemade tooth powders, but I really like paste consistency. I was wondering if you had any trouble with your paste recipe going bad. I’m always a little wary of adding water to my DIY projects for long term usage since they tend to grow things rather rapidly when I do so.