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Whitening, Remineralizing, and Detoxifying Coconut Oil Toothpaste

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Taking care of your teeth is as important as what you eat!

That’s why I want to share this easy recipe for a naturally whitening, remineralizing, and detoxifying toothpaste that you can make anytime in the comfort of your own home. It’s easy, cost-effective, and so beneficial.

A jar of organic peppermint coconut oil toothpaste with text overlay.

Please note that I am not a medical doctor or dentist. See my full medical disclaimer on my policies page.

My Personal Dental Journey 

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 remineralized, 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 on our 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.

A jar of organic peppermint coconut oil toothpaste with text overlay.

What’s in This Natural Toothpaste?

Six Inexpensive Ingredients!

  1. Organic extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil
  2. Himalayan pink salt
  3. Calcium carbonate
  4. Baking soda
  5. Organic liquid stevia
  6. Organic peppermint flavor

The Whitening Ingredients

Baking soda and Himalayan salt are both safe and gentle abrasives to help clean away stains on the surface of your teeth.

The 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.

The Detoxifying Ingredients

Coconut oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal 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, every day! 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.

A jar of organic peppermint coconut oil toothpaste with text overlay.

Why Do I Use Peppermint Flavor Instead of Essential Oils?

Peppermint essential oil (EO) 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.

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 flossers are terrible for the environment.

So here is the solution. Get a water flosser! I’ve owned a Waterpik Water Flosser for about 10 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!


Toothpaste Instructions

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.

Finely ground Himalayan salt.

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

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

Jar of homemade toothpaste.

Whitening, Remineralizing, and Detoxifying Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Yield: 1 cup

This easy recipe for organic peppermint and coconut oil toothpaste tastes great, is good for kids, and promotes tooth and gum health.


    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 an 8-ounce jar with a fitted lid for storage, or try one of these reusable food-grade tubes or pouches for storage and travel.


Thursday 16th of February 2023

I was told I needed a crown in September 2022 ($1900) for a crack in a tooth. I was having horrible, momentary zinging pain when I would bite into something hard and sensitivity to cold. I decided to skip the crown and was looking for a more natural option. Found this recipe in December and I've been using it for about 8 weeks now and the pain and sensitivity is gone! Thank you for this recipe!


Tuesday 7th of March 2023

@Butter For All, Yes, thank you, I had made an appt with a new holistic dentist last Fall (after the first supposedly holistic dentist told me I needed a crown AND I had heard from someone that he had charged them for something not done!). I will be seeing the new one next month to have things checked out. I hope this one is honest.

Also, the first time I made this toothpaste I assumed the coconut oil needed to be melted and it ended up very hard, but still usable. Luckily this time I had read through all the comments and saw that it's not supposed to be melted. Made a new batch yesterday and it's perfect and fluffy!

Butter For All

Thursday 16th of February 2023

What an awesome testimonial! Thank you for sharing your experience! I would recommend also trying to find a holistic dentist to take a close look at that tooth. If there is a crack, it can still harbor bacteria and cause you problems later. A holistic dentist can also help you monitor and measure the healing of the tooth!


Sunday 12th of February 2023

I've made a similar but bare bones version of this with only the coconut oil and baking soda sometimes adding essential oil for flavor. It's really the best stuff for homemade toothpaste. No toothpaste tastes good to me but I'm more tolerant of the two natural ingredients.

Butter For All

Thursday 16th of February 2023

I agree! Some people don't like the salt and baking soda, but it tastes better to me than the fake stuff.


Friday 10th of February 2023

How long can this be stored before it expires? I'm going tontry this. Looks like the best one I have found.

Butter For All

Thursday 16th of February 2023

Hi Terri,

I've never had it spoil or expire. I'd say you should use it within 6 months tho, to be on the safe side.


Thursday 2nd of February 2023

Your story linking orthodontic bands and later dental issues certainly could explain some of my issues. I have an Xylitol nose spray that fights infections by blocking the germs from sticking to the nasal membranes so I wonder if this would be a good substitute for stevia. I have calcium carbonate in my pottery and painting supplies but I think those might not be a safe as a food grade product like Tums. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

Butter For All

Thursday 9th of February 2023

Hi Kathleen!

Xylitol is a great substitute. Many people have told mw it works well in this recipe. :)


Monday 9th of January 2023

Hi, Can I use calcium citrate instead?

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