Whitening, Remineralizing And Detoxifying Coconut Oil Toothpaste

 

Whitening, Remineralizing And Detoxifying Coconut Oil Toothpaste.

Making Healthy Lifelong Choices

I want to share this recipe with you in the hopes that you will start making your own healthy toothpaste at home. It’s easy, cost effective and so beneficial. Please note that I am not a Medical doctor or Dentist, you can find my full medical disclaimer on my policies page. This is a very personal experience that I’m sharing with you.

I’ve had some very traumatic dental experiences in my life starting with band braces at the age of 8 that resulted in countless cavities in all my molars before I was even a teenager. Since then I’ve had many root canals and rebuilds of teeth. Including a dental implant and several dental surgeries. I’ve had root canal failures and ended up losing important molar teeth. I’ve spent more time in the dental chair than anyone I know and more money than I care to acknowledge. I even contracted C. difficile (an extremely antibiotic resistant strain of intestinal bacteria) from a root canal procedure where the equipment was not cleaned thoroughly. After all these traumas I had had enough and decided to take a more holistic approach to oral health. I’ve never looked back. I’ve been making my own toothpaste for several years now and my teeth have never been healthier. My teeth are a bright white and they are pain free. Discolorations and stains from tobacco, wine and coffee are fading or gone. My gums are pink and healthy, have stopped receding and no longer bleed when flossing. Spots where I had decay or cavities are shrinking, becoming reminerlized and are no longer sensitive. I’m getting all these results just from using this toothpaste for a couple of years!

For my family’s future I try to make healthy lifelong choices so I limit refined sweeteners to very little or almost none (pretty hard to do these days), I try to keep nasty chemicals out of our home and bodies and I will never allow a dentist to talk me into putting braces on my daughter’s teeth before her mouth has fully developed.

I started using this recipe with my daughter when she was old enough to understand not to swallow toothpaste.

Whitening Ingredients

Baking Soda and Himalayan Salt are both safe and gentle abrasives to help clean away stains on your teeth.

Remineralizing Ingredients

Adding Calcium Carbonate and the natural minerals in Himalayan Salt to your toothpaste helps your teeth heal and build back structural loss by providing the building blocks to healthy teeth right in your mouth where your teeth can capture and use these minerals.

Detoxifying Ingredients

Coconut oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. You may have read about oil pulling (swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes to remove impurities) and the use of coconut oil for this purpose. I think of this toothpaste as a mini oil pull twice a day, everyday! You can even swish this toothpaste for several minutes before spitting to increase the benefits.

A note on oral detoxing:

If you find you have a mild sore throat or you feel like you get a full-blown cold after using this toothpaste for a few days then you know your mouth is in detox mode. When I switched over to coconut oil toothpaste I had a sore throat and other cold symptoms for several months. This is because my body was reacting to the removal of harmful toxins that had built up in my mouth over many years. The symptoms did eventually go away and I’m so happy I stuck with my new toothpaste routine because I have a truly healthy mouth now. Not everyone experiences the same type of detox reaction also called a “healing crisis”. Your symptoms might be completely different than mine. Just know that they will dissipate over time as your body becomes adjusted to a new clean normal.

Recipe yields 8 ounces of toothpaste

1/2 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Himalayan Pink Salt
2 Tablespoons Calcium Carbonate
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Organic Liquid Stevia
1 Tablespoon Organic Peppermint Flavor

Why do I use peppermint flavor instead of essential oils?

Peppermint essential oil is very strong and there is some argument on its safety around small children.  I dislike the flavor of the peppermint EO I’ve tried in this recipe and have found that the peppermint flavor used for cooking and baking is much more pleasant and safe. If you are going to use EO please be aware that not all brands are food safe so please do your own research before using anything in your mouth or directly on your skin.

Healthy Organic Toothpaste In 3 Easy Steps

  1. With a mortar and pestle or using a spice grinder process the salt into a fine powder. Do not skip this step. If the salt is too large it can cut your gums and cause pain and discomfort.

2. Mix the salt and remaining ingredients in a bowl until the consistency is light and fluffy.

3. Add the toothpaste to a 8 ounce jar with fitted lid for storage. Or try one of these reusable food grade tubes or pouches for storage and travel.



Why you should try a Waterpik Water Flosser.

If you are like me then you have some nooks and crannies in your teeth where food loves to hide out. You are probably sick of struggling to get into all those tight spaces with regular floss. And the little plastic handled flosser are terrible for the environment. So here is the solution. Get a water flosser! I’ve owned a Waterpik Water Flosser for about ten years. They are a wonderful tool for keeping your mouth healthy. You fill the reservoir with water and turn it on. Then use the easy handle to navigate a fine stream of water between, around and behind all of your teeth.Waterpik Flosser Tips The water stream blasts any food particles right out of your mouth. It can also be used to irrigate around crowns and implants. The set comes with three water flossing tips, and a whole set of different brushes for plaque, pockets, braces and brushing. Trust me, you will love it!

 





81 Comments

    • Hi Patsy, Thanks for asking some great questions! Yes, we do use the same jar and just gently dip our toothbrush in to get a bit of the paste. You could easily separate it into individual jars if you have more private members of family. I totally get that because I am really particular about sharing personal items, especially chapstick!!! Alternatively you could keep a small spoon in the jar. The spoon could also be used to stir the toothpaste if it gets warm and separates. I had another idea too. Have you ever seen the reusable food pouches for baby food? I wonder if that would work like a toothpaste tube? I will look around a bit and see if I can find a brand to recommend! I hope this helps and thanks for visiting!

    • Patsy, I was able to find a few reusable food-grade tubes and pouches that might work really well for toothpaste storage. I added them into the post right below the directions. If you end up using one please let me know how it works out!

    • Kylie Lucas

      Could I use a fruit baking extract in replacement of the peppermint? I am generally not a fan of mint toothpaste and am trying to find a nice toothpaste with a fruit flavor.

    • Savannah

      This recipe sounds amazing!! I tend to want something very minty and refreshing though, is putting too much of the peppermint flavoring bad for your teeth? I love to do coconut oil pulling but I’ve read that you shouldn’t brush your teeth with traditional fluoride toothpaste because it won’t allow the coconut oil to really do it’s job.. that being said if I used this recipe would using listerine mouthwash afterwards cancel out the great properties of using this recipe?

      • Hi Patsy,
        You can add more peppermint but it will never have the super minty flavor that commercial toothpaste has. I don’t use any commercial mouthwash. They are loaded with food coloring and other chemicals that I try to stay away from. I think it would probably hinder the benefits as you suggested. I hope you will still give this recipe a try though. You might find that you don’t need the extra mint after your mouth is used to this toothpaste. The baking soda a coconut oil take care of odors very well!
        Thanks for visiting my website!
        -Courtney

  1. Joe

    I am sure that I will try this great toothpaste recipe! However what I would like to know is, is the Stevia necessary? I’m thinking besides the peppermint it is added for flavor?

    • Hi Joe! Yes, I add the stevia to give it a little sweet taste without any actual sugar. It is certainly not necessary although it does help to soften the salt and baking soda flavor. I hope you try it and like it. Thanks for visiting my blog, Courtney

  2. Taq

    Never mind on that question, I guess I’ll definitely want to add it to keep my teeth strong and healthy!lol but I got a different question; what is your opinion on adding floride? I know it’s not good to consume but for my teeth?

    • Hi Taq, personally I would not use fluoride. If you are eating well, using a healthy toothpaste and avoiding refined sweeteners then there should be no need. If you haven’t already looked into the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon then I would recommend starting there. The link is provided above. I hope this helps!

  3. Rae

    I may try this. I too had my teeth all filled with mercury in the 80s and braces – and wonder if my TMJ would be as bad if I left my crooked bite alone. I just got a 7000 dental estimate to repair and replace a pulled tooth and many crowns that seem Ok for now- even if I look at xrays! I am glad I am not alone in dreading and not trusting the dentists…

  4. Danielle

    Great recipe. Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely going to give it a try though I might swap the stevia for xylitol as it’s meant to be good for promoting healthy teeth. Just a few questions: how do you store this and how long does it store for?

    • Hi Danielle, Thanks for visiting! I think swapping for xylitol would be fine if that’s what you prefer! I store this toothpaste in an airtight jar on the counter. If you look at step 3 in the directions I list a few other options for storage. It usually lasts our family of 3 30-45 days per batch and I’ve never had any issues with spoilage or contamination. Keeping it cool is helpful as the coconut oil will separate a bit if it gets too warm.

    • Hi Terri, I’m not a dental expert but I’ve personally had no issues with enamel loss. In fact my teeth seem stronger and less sensitive. I would recommend reading the book Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel. You can find a link to that book above. If you go back to making your own toothpaste I hope you try this one. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Kathleen K.

    Have you been concerned about the coconut oil in the recipe clogging the pipes? Once it solidifies, it can be a challenge to get out. When exploring oil pulling, I was told to spit the oil into the garbage, not the sink or even the toilet.

    • Kathleen, This is a great question! Thank you so much for bringing it up. In my experience with this toothpaste the small amount of coconut oil I use for each brushing is not a concern. When combined with the other ingredients it dissolves really easily. You can try running a bit of hot water while you rinse to break it down even further. If you are still concerned, then I don’t see any reason to not spit it into your garbage. Thanks again for the thoughtful comment!

    • Hi Christie, I honestly can’t say if this is safe to use with retainers (although I don’t see why it wouldn’t be). But to be on the safe side I would contact the manufacturer with a list of ingredients. Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you are able to use this toothpaste!

  6. RosaW

    I have the worst teeth due to genetics and growing up not being able to go to dentist so when I came across your post I was hesitant to try but decided to give it a go. Is it supposed to be a slight salty taste or I may have not followed directions well.

    • Hi Rosa! It sounds like you are doing it right. For some people it can take awhile to get used to the taste. The salt and baking soda both contribute to the salty flavor. I hope you stick with it and it ends up helping you! Thanks for visiting!

    • Hi Beth, Yay! You are on your way to a healthy mouth! I would say I noticed a difference in the cleanliness of my mouth right away. My teeth felt smoother and stayed cleaner longer. My gums were less sensitive and bleed less. I started noticing whitening after several weeks and remineralization after several months. Because everybody’s situation and chemistry is different I can’t guarantee those results but I hope you have as much success as I have!

    • Hi Marta, I have not personally used an electric toothbrush with this toothpaste but it should be fine as long as you are gentle. Please note that this toothpaste is a little more abrasive than typical toothpaste. If you experience any discomfort I would switch to a standard soft bristle brush.
      Thanks for visiting!

  7. Hi, thanks for this.. I have sensitive teeth and have had to use sensodyne toothpaste for a number of years, which is very expensive where I live, and as coconut oil and Himalayan salt are staples in my household anyway I am looking forward to trying this!!

  8. I really want to try this out! I haven’t had the best luck making my own toothpaste but this recipe sounds like a keeper! I’ve heard that Xylitol is a great addition to homemade toothpaste, so for those not interested in stevia but still want a bit of sweetness, they can try adding it in. I’ve heard it’s good for teeth, but I’m not a dentist either 😉

    • Hi Tash! You should definitely try this toothpaste. I think you will like it! I honestly don’t have much experience with Xylitol but I do know that it can be made from corn and often times that corn is GMO. So I would suggest making sure you are using Xylitol extracted from Birch only. Katie from Wellness Mama wrote this great article on Xylitol and it covers a lot of the concerns and benefits. Check it out here, https://wellnessmama.com/12614/xylitol-healthy/
      Because limited research has been done on how it affects gut health and gut bacteria it is my preference to not use it. Although as Katie suggests in the article it would probably be totally safe in a toothpaste!
      Thanks for visiting!

  9. Divya

    I made this tonight and the color turned out dark grey/brown because of the liquid stevia. Does not look like your beautiful white picture! I don’t mind so much, but I’m worried my family won’t be as excited to try it since it looks odd. I used liquid organic stevia and the stevia is brown. Is there another kind of stevia that is clear?

    • Hi Divya!
      I have never seen a brown liquid stevia but I am not a stevia expert. If fact I don’t care for it much as a sweetener. It sounds like you have an unrefined stevia or …? This is what I use http://amzn.to/2op2Znt . It’s always worked well for me and is nice and clear. Maybe you can hide this batch in one of the squeeze tubes that are mentioned in the post. 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!

      • Divya

        Thank you! I will use that stevia next time. My partner and I are enjoying this paste! I did buy those silicone squeeze tubes, but unfortunately the paste is too hard and won’t squeeze out 🙁 so that is the only downside to this paste; it’s hard to get onto the toothbrush even when dipped in.

  10. clemencey

    Hi There, i cant wait to try this recipe, i have heard about it and now look forward to getting a couple of key ingredients that i don’t have. For all you readers out there, the coconut oil craze has hit my house with a vengeance and i have made oil and green tea scrubs, rose petal and oil bath soaks, and coffee and oil cellulite and facial scrubs, coconut oil is one amazing product, thanks for sharing your experience with us Butter For All

    • Hi Holly!
      It really shouldn’t matter if the stevia is liquid or not. I don’t think it will alter the consistency. I would suggest adding a little at a time until the paste is sweetened to your liking.
      Thanks for visiting!

    • Georgierose,
      My apologies! I was jus scrolling through these comments and realized I never replied to this one. I’m so very sorry!
      I have plenty of crowns and I’ve never had a problem with scratching. Make sure you process your salt into a fine powder and you should be all set! I find it to be very gentle.
      Thanks so much for visiting!
      Courtney

  11. Renee'

    I have also suffered with dental issues. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Since I feel my body is deficient in minerals, I may look into adding a few drops of trace minerals to this recipe. I am so excited! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  12. Helen Woodward

    I made this toothpaste today and used it for the first time. I didn’t have peppermint flavoring so substituted pineapple and now have pina colada toothpaste. Nice soft flavor. I used powdered stevia and it worked fine. It takes the harshness of the baking soda away. Getting tubes tomorrow.

    • Hi Tiffany,
      Typically the toothpaste is fine out of the fridge. Sometimes in really hot weather the coconut oil will melt and separate a bit. But it can be stirred back in easily. As for it tasting like alcohol, I’ve never had that problem. Could it be the stevia or peppermint you used? Some brands can have an alcohol flavor. I hope you enjoy the toothpaste and it does its job!
      -Courtney

  13. Cynthia

    Beautiful recipe! I chose to add Thieves Oil to my blend as I enjoy the f Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils flavours. Thanks for your recipe. I sure dislike having dental work done and prefer to be self sustaining.

  14. Melissa

    Hi, I didn’t have the two of the ingredients when I decided to try it. I can’t stand how my gums are bothering me at this time. It’s getting worse and I have mentioned it to my dentist but he blew me off. I’m desperate so I made it and without two of the ingredients I can feel a little relief. I’m going to go to the store later for the rest. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Hi Melissa!
      I’m so glad you are giving it a try! The salt may irritate your gums if they are sensitive so you can cut the amount in half if needed. Please make sure you grind it into a very fine powder though! An extra-soft bristled toothbrush may be the ticket for you as well! I hope this toothpaste brings you some relief!
      -Courtney

    • Hi Leslie!
      Thanks for asking such a great question!
      Please note that I am not a medical professional and these are my personal opinions. Always check with your doctor before starting a new health care regime. With That said, I used this toothpaste throughout my pregnancy and two years of nursing. All the ingredients are food based with the exception of calcium carbonate which is an organic compound used as a calcium supplement or for the relief of heartburn. The research I’ve done concludes that calcium carbonate is very safe for nursing mothers (even to take as a supplement). The only warning I will give is to be extra diligent about what flavoring/peppermint oil or other extract you use. The one I recommend in my recipe is food safe but not all brands of essential oils are. Please be cautious and do your research if you plan to use something other than the recommended products!
      My best regards to you and your family!
      Courtney

  15. Karol-ann

    Hi there,
    I tried your recipe tonight!
    I feel like it is way too salty to me but I follow every steps that you wrote.. is there anything wrong that I did ? Can I try to fix it with more coconut oil? Also in my mouth I felt there was some kind of a foamy reaction.. but it did feel great after I stopped brushing, felt that cleanliness in my mouth and my teeth felt soft as well.. it’s just that salty flavor that bothers me ..! I’m used to do the coconut oil pulling and love it. Should I just put more coconut in the recipe ? Thank you for your time. Xox

    • Hi Karol-Ann,
      Yes, this toothpaste is pretty salty but you do get used to it. Feel free to add more coconut oil if you prefer. The foamy reaction could be the baking soda, another thing you will get used to over time. I hope you end up enjoying and using the toothpaste everyday!
      Courtney

  16. Ali

    Hello, I made this toothpaste and think I didn’t grind the salt well enough, but then I only put a smiggin in it. I have been using it a couple weeks and now my gums are more swollen. I made a new batch and left out the salt all together. Hoping the redness and swelling go away. Is it possible that the amount of baking soda is too abrasive? Anyone else have these reactions? Thanks!! Seems like a great recipe and I want it to work for my mouth and gums.

    • Hi Ali,
      I hope that you will be able to use this recipe! As I stated in the post I’m not a doctor or dentist so I can’t advise you as to what may be irritating your gums. The salt should be a powder before adding it in, larger pieces will definitely cause irritation. You may also want to invest in a high quality soft bristled toothbrush and use very gentle brushing techniques. Some people are certainly more sensitive to baking soda and you may be one of them. If you feel that the baking soda is causing discomfort it can be left out of the recipe entirely.
      Hope this helps,
      Courtney

  17. Rita

    I cant wait to try this my questioned got answered I have 4 caps and you said that it would be fine, but were do you get all this stuff I hvent heard half of it, I live in Ontario Canada

    • Hi Sue,
      The salt is not mandatory and can be left out of the recipe. Although, the salt does add lots of great minerals that keep your teeth healthy and it also disinfects your mouth really well. So, if you have a coffee grinder that will work great for grinding the salt fine enough. Just make sure to clean the grinder well before and after use. 😉
      Thanks for visiting!
      Courtney

  18. Tineke Kriekaard

    I have a question about the recipe for your toothpaste. I live in the Netherlands and we don’t use cups in our recipes. Can you please tell me how many tablespoons I should use for 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil and 1/2 Cup Baking Soda?

    • Hi Tineke!
      Thank you for visiting from the Netherlands!
      1 cup = 16 Tablespoons so 1/2 cup will be 8 Tablespoons each. The recipe is really flexible and I often eyeball the measurements anyway. For example, if you find the toothpaste is too soft for your liking you can add extra baking soda to firm it up.
      I hope this helps!
      Courtney

  19. Taren

    Thanks for the recipe! I made it tonight and the only change I made was I used 6 drops of essential oil instead of peppermint flavor. I also live in Alaska and keep the house cool so the paste is more like a brick. Can I add water or something to it to soften it a little more? It just falls off the brush when I scrape some out with a spoon. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Taren,
      The toothpaste does get rather hard when it’s cold out. You could try adding some liquid oil. Avocado oil would be my recommendation. The peppermint flavor actually has an oil base so I think that helps keep it a little bit softer. But if you’re using essential oils you might want to add another carrier oil to keep it from getting so stiff. You could try to keep it in a warmer spot in your house or break off little chunks and melt them in your mouth. Another idea is to leave the coconut oil out of the recipe for the winter and just use it like a tooth powder.
      Hope this helps!
      Courtney

  20. Beth

    So, I’ve been wanting to try making my own remineralizing toothpaste, and I see a lot of similarities between different recipes, but some things differ wildly which makes it hard to determine what is important vs personal taste.

    Some recipes (mostly powder ones though some paste ones) mention bentonite clay (for it’s detox benefits and alkaline nature) or activated charcoal (for detox and whitening). Have you ever tried these in your toothpastes? Do you think it would help with detox or is the coconut oil good enough on it’s own that they are not needed?

    I’ve always read you take calcium and magnesium together because the two need each other to work. Some toothpaste recipes include both in varying amounts, or use a cal-mag powder, but others don’t. Do you know why this may be?

    I’ve also read a lot about cloves helping with oral hygiene and have seen some recipes include it. Have you ever tried this?

    Lastly, how do you store the extra ingredients? Do they need to be stored in a certain way or could I just placed them in my cupboard until I need more?

    • Hi Beth!
      Great questions. Let me first start by saying I think you hit the nail on the head with the comment about personal preference. I like to tell people that this is a base recipe that can be added to if desired. Any of the extra ingredients you mention would make great additions based on individual needs. If you are specifically interested in detoxing then those added ingredients would only help.
      I’ve never thought about adding magnesium to this recipe and I’m not sure if it’s necessary for topical uses of calcium but I will look into it further. Thank you for bringing it up!
      I have used clove oil as an addition to this toothpaste and it’s a great change from the peppermint. Again, this would be a personal preference. I suggest you play around with the recipe until you find a combination that you really like.
      All the ingredients in the recipe are shelf stable so they just need a spot in the cupboard.
      Thank you for the thoughtful questions.
      I hope this helps,
      Courtney

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