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Homemade Toothpaste Recipe: Remineralizing

homemade toothpaste recipe remineralizing

This homemade toothpaste recipe is 100% natural, perfectly edible, and full of the minerals your teeth need to re-build enamel and maintain healthy teeth and gums.

It’s a long-held belief among conventional dentistry that you can’t regrow tooth enamel or heal cavities. But studies done by holistic dental care providers prove otherwise.

When combined with a diet rich in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K-2 and devoid of mineral-stealing anti-nutrients, a homemade toothpaste recipe like this one can transform your dental health.

Why a homemade toothpaste recipe?

Much of the research on remineralizing teeth was done back in the 20s, so I understand why people give me strange looks when I say I am using holistic dental care to heal my son’s cavity.

Nevertheless, it’s not just a thing of the past. Recently, two of my friends shared their stories about healing their children’s cavities online. (See: How I Healed My Child’s Cavity, and How I Reversed My Daughter’s Tooth Decay.)

Most store-bought toothpaste contains glycerin, which has actually been shown to weaken tooth enamel over the long-term. That’s because it layers the teeth with a film that prevents the minerals in your saliva from interacting with your tooth enamel.

By making a homemade toothpaste recipe, you can leave out the fluoride and glycerin and instead pack your homemade toothpaste with the minerals your tooth enamel needs.

You can also add goodies like xylitol (which has been shown to prevent cavities), and cinnamon and clove oils (which have been used in India to heal cavities for centuries).

And as an added bonus, the combination of xylitol, cinnamon, & clove is rather tasty!

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

homemade toothpaste recipe remineralizing

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe: The Players

I got most of my ingredients from one of my sponsors, VitaCost. They’re quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shop online because they offer all the top, most trusted brands for vitamins, supplements, and whole foods, but at discount prices.

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe: The How-To

Thankfully, I have a stainless steel blade on my food processor, so I have no qualms using my food processor to make this homemade toothpaste recipe.

Bentonite clay can act like a magnet attracting positively charged heavy metals from your utensils, so you only want it to come into contact with a truly stable metal like stainless steel (which is used to mine the clay).

1. Place all dry ingredients in the food processor and pulse until well mixed.

2. In a liquid measuring cup, mix coconut oil, essential oils, trace minerals, and water.

3. Slowly pour the liquids into your food processor while continuing to pulse. Mix until smooth; add more water if necessary to reach desired consistency.

4. Remove homemade toothpaste from food processor and store in a glass jar with a lid. This keeps rather well in a medicine cabinet, although with time the exposure to air may dry it out. If it starts drying out before you’ve had the chance to use it, just mix in a bit more water.

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200 Responses to Homemade Toothpaste Recipe: Remineralizing
  1. Cathy
    January 15, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Just a PSA here…

    This sounds interesting & I may give it a try.

    BUT – please be aware that xylitol is VERY dangerous for pets, so please keep this in a safe place!

    • Winniemary
      January 15, 2014 | 6:14 pm

      THANK YOU CATHY THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW!! AGAIN THANK YOU!!

  2. Winniemary
    January 15, 2014 | 6:13 pm

    THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE!!
    BUT IS THERE A PLACE I CAN BUY IT?
    I HAVE NO TIME TO MAKE IT.
    THANK YOU!!!
    YOUR SITE IS GREAT!!!
    I LOVE IT!!!
    THANKS FOR BEING A FOOD RENEGADE!!!
    I look forward to your reply Kristen!!

  3. Tana Howell
    January 15, 2014 | 8:15 pm

    Hi- it seems most natural toothpastes have a mild abrasive (chalk,etc) in them to scrub the teeth a bit. Does the clay do that? Or do you not think that is necessary/beneficial?

  4. Martha
    January 15, 2014 | 10:06 pm

    Super timing, as this sounds like just the remedy I need right now! Does it matter whether the clay is sodium betonite or calcium betonite?

    • Steve Fowkes
      January 16, 2014 | 4:52 pm

      @Martha. Yes. Calcium bentonite contains the calcium that is intended to remineralize the tooth surface. The sodium bentonite would react with calcium and magnesium in your saliva, and possibly your teeth, to inhibit remineralization. That’s what sodium bentonite does when it is used to seal leaks in ponds and water features. The sodium bentonite is drawn into the leak, where it combines with calcium in the soil and water to solidify as calcium bentonite. This blocks the leak.

  5. Peggy
    January 16, 2014 | 11:24 am

    I started adding myrrh essential oil last year when my gums started receding and this year added lemon essential oil for a bit of a whitening boost. That’s the great thing about making your own, you can personalize it!

    • Lya
      January 17, 2014 | 3:23 am

      Peggy, did you use this recipe when you added the myrrh and lemon essential oils? Sounds very good. Do you still use it?

  6. Joyce
    January 16, 2014 | 12:58 pm

    Just read your recipe and then read the link for your friend who healed her daughter’s tooth decay. In the comments, she mentioned that, per the book “Cure Tooth Decay”, xylitol should not be used. I have the book on order to read and get more in-depth info, but what are your thoughts on the xylitol issue?

  7. Fiona
    January 16, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    Just wondering if can add anything to help sensitive teeth? Thanks Fiona

  8. Ann
    January 16, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    My only question is, how do multiple family members hygienically share this out of a jar?

    • Jan
      January 16, 2014 | 4:45 pm

      Really? Have a knife or something that you can wash between uses and use it to scoop a little on to the toothbrush.

    • Jan
      January 16, 2014 | 6:00 pm

      Or use individual jars (like small home canning jam jars).

    • Inna
      February 15, 2014 | 9:16 pm

      Q-tips or popsickle sticks, perhaps…

  9. Mae
    January 16, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I’m really excited to try it! I just have one question – when you say “xylitol powder”, is that different from the stuff that’s just like white sugar? I have a bag of xylitol because we use it to brew hard apple cider, so I’m just wondering if it’s the same thing. Thanks!

    • Kristen
      January 17, 2014 | 1:21 am

      I’ve used the xylitol that’s just like white sugar in this recipe. It dissolves and comes out well.

  10. Mari
    January 17, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    Can this be adequately mixed up with a hand utensil? No food processor available and I’m definitely not into trying to dig this out of my blender (the container does not come apart).

    Also, make sure to choose xylitol derived from birch trees (I’ve also seen it sold as “birch sugar”) because it is also manufactured from corn cobs, often from China. (One rather hinky way some companies are getting around having to say “product of China” on the packaging is by importing the xylan, from which xylitol is refined, from China and finishing the process in the US.) Personally, nowadays I do not trust ANY food product that comes out of China. Corncob-derived xylitol IS so thoroughly processed (don’t fool yourself, kids, this stuff is so refined it makes granulated white sugar look like chewing on sugarcane) that it contains none of the proteins that would set off a corn allergy, however we all know about the issue of corn being a GMO crop as often as not (for myself, if it’s not _documented_ as being non-GMO, I have to assume it is). Although some companies say “the refining process leaves no trace of the original DNA so it is exactly the same as non-GMO corn” they’re totally missing the point – purchasing products derived from GMO crops encourages continued PLANTING of them!

  11. chad80
    January 17, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    use individual jars!!

  12. Laurita Dominick
    January 19, 2014 | 12:59 am

    I wasn’t sure if you were aware bentonite clay contains aluminum 18.2 per cent ….I am referring to your tooth paste recipe…and pink Himalayan salt contains 87 nutrients and minerals…I was wondering if that could be incorporated instead of the mineral drops?

  13. Jenny
    January 20, 2014 | 12:34 am

    Hi! How do you feel about this recipe vs a remineralizing tooth powder like this one? http://wellnessmama.com/5252/remineralizing-tooth-powder-recipe/ I’m doing as much research as I can before I go purchase my ingredients. Thanks!

  14. GMO-Free Recipes via Facebook
    January 21, 2014 | 9:41 am

    That is similar to the toothpaste/powder that we make at home. And yes, we leave out the xylitol. They say that xylitol is made with birchwood, but it is often made with corn that is possibly GMO. The process of making xylitol is also very questionable.
    Anyway, this is a great recipe with the xylitol removed. :)

    • Ziggy
      April 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

      I’m thinking of substituting Xylitol with organic Stevia. Not sure of measurements – anyone tried that way? My Xylitol says product of USA & not from Corn. Still, now I wonder if I should be cautious because of the process being “questionable” (not even understanding what that means. lol) Thanks, all. Great find here & people’s comments are helping a lot.

  15. Liz Montgomery via Facebook
    January 21, 2014 | 11:23 am

    does it bother anyone else that the mineral drops have lithium in them?

  16. Anne Power via Facebook
    January 21, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    This is so bad for your pipes I made this and we used for awhile but it hardens and lines your pipes and it was so hard to get cleaned up do not use coconut oil

    • Lya
      January 21, 2014 | 10:44 pm

      If you mean that the drains block up because of you spitting out the toothpaste, don’t spit it out…..the bentonite clay will work even better if you ingest it, as will the coconut oil.

    • Beth
      February 16, 2014 | 1:56 pm

      Or you could spit into the trash bin.

  17. Liz Montgomery via Facebook
    January 21, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    Probably nothing in this small dose, as there is research that it helps cheleat aluminum out of the brain; however one dose (40 drops) is equivalent to 1/3 the dose for bipolar disorder. I feel like I probably get enough from my own soil; this would be similar (in my mind) to eating plants with digitalis (heart medication) because it is natural and in the flower bed. Just curious if anyone else was curious.

  18. Denise Hopkins via Facebook
    January 21, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    I agree with Anne that coconut oil is a disaster for plumbing. I’ve been using a blend of equal parts of bentonite clay, pure sea salt, dried sage, baking soda.

  19. Heather
    January 21, 2014 | 10:16 pm

    If you melt coconut oil, you can mic this up in a bowl with a fork just fine. The coconut oil will harden back up when it cools off. If you’re worried about your plumbing, send some boiling water and dish soap down the drain every once in awhile. Otherwise, any fat that solid at room temperature can gob up your pipes.

  20. Susan Faia Eaton via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:46 am

    A FB friend makes it and I’m buying a container from her since I didn’t have the clay ordered. I can’t wait to try it.

  21. Priest Cantu via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Is there a homemade ketchup recipe? My kids love that stuff and I’m looking for a healthier alternative.

  22. Food Babe via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Priest Cantu – coming soon!

  23. Robyn Thornburg via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Bentonite clay has tons of uses! I’ve used it to heal bug bites, poison ivy, stomachache, and am currently taking it in capsule form to treat IBS symptoms. It’s awesome!

  24. Kathe Barsotti via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:51 am

    I make mine without xylitol and it tastes great. Xylitol is poisonous to dogs, and is not a naturally grown product but is manufactured.

  25. Violet Rose via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Oh wow!! I’ve been looking for this!!! THANK YOU. But as an FYI, it is FLUORIDE this is the greater harm to teeth in toothpaste. A potent poison, and carcinogen, it acts much like glycerin…. but also causes mottling of the teeth and makes them brittle because it strips calcium from teeth, and bones in general.

    • Beth
      February 16, 2014 | 1:53 pm

      Fluoride has also been proven to lower IQ and block iodine in the thyroid.

  26. Laura Smith via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Thanks will give it a go! I stopped using toothpaste 3 months ago. I always wanted to as I imagine it’s poison. I’ve been using hydrogen peroxide and I’m loving it.

  27. Amy Greenhill via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Sorry, it didn’t post right but go check out My Whole Food Life, she has healthy versions of so many things and are so yummy. Love the ketchup!

  28. Nadine Reid via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Is substitute the water for colloidal silver. Then you’ve the added benefit of killing viral and bacterial germs too.

  29. Priest Cantu via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:54 am

    Thanks, make sure to include instructions on how to set up the ketchup IV bag. Yes, if they could, my kids would agree to do this.

  30. Leslie Harrington via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:56 am

    Violet Rose did you mean to say bentonite clay is fluoride? Confused…

  31. tearra
    January 22, 2014 | 11:56 am

    is there a toothpaste that you can purchase like this. i really don’t want to have to make it.

  32. Anne Hamilton via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:58 am

    Actually, all of the random clay and chemical stuff is not necessary. Equal parts coconut oil, baking soda and a dash of sea salt and VOILA! Great for your gums, teeth and enamel. (and no scary chemicals or clay for your teeth) :)

    • Suzanne
      January 22, 2014 | 11:16 pm

      Can we still add the essential oils ya think?

  33. Steph
    January 22, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Can small children(2yrs) safely use this??

  34. Sarah Brunelle Quallen via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    Jennifer, I buy a toothpaste similar to this – I wonder if it’s worth the time to make?

  35. Kathi Peterson Thomas via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Bentonite clay pulls out the metals in our body an has many uses. I use a clove/cinnamon water reduction versus the chemical sweetener. Also store clay in glass with no metal, due to it’s reactions. One of these days I plan to start oil pulling with coconut oil…

  36. Tara Gradoville via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Do not ever use hydrogen peroxide in your mouth. It is a carcinogen. It is only safe for external use. Tooth whitener is made from carbonide peroxide, not hydrogen oeroxide.

    • ReDesigned
      August 20, 2014 | 9:23 pm

      You might want to read up on Hydrogen Peroxide a bit more. It is the primary oxidizer created by our bodies for all the crucial oxidization functions, so crucial that you could not live without the bodies ability to create H2O2.

      Hydrogen Peroxide is not carcinogenic in the slightest, it is water with an extra oxygen H2O2, when that oxygen comes off to oxidize reactive substances, you are left with pure water, H2O. In fact, oxidization is one of the bodies primary way of terminating cancer cells. If you google “is hydrogen peroxide carcinogenic” you’ll see there have been hundreds of studies, and indeed it is not carcinogenic.

      It is completely safe to use as a mouth rinse.

  37. Amy Greenhill via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Anne Hamilton that’s what I do!

  38. Hillary Allbritton Kokes via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Sarah Quallen what is the name of the toothpaste and where do you buy it?

  39. Rebecca Culley-Healey via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    What’s the best way to get it from the jar to the toothbrush? I don’t like the idea of dipping toothbrush into the toothpaste, or for that matter fingers. What is the obvious thing I’m missing?

  40. Heather Garcia via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    I love Bentonite clay.. it is amazing .. has cleared up bad tooth infection , taken skin cancer off my face, my teenage daughters use it as a mask on their face,, they have no pimples. I do detox foot baths ,,and Yes .. I brush my teeth with it!!! Food Babe thank you for all you do!

  41. April Colgan via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Angie Chelgren may like this one? :-)

  42. Janet Ray via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    can you explain why you would use Xylitol? I find it hard to believe that it actually helps “prevent” decay other than it is a substitute for sugar. Why do we need sweet toothpaste? I think Xylitol is just another gimmick..it is not natural and I don’t think I’d want to buy candy or gum made with it to give my kids..better they learn proper eating habits..like no candy or crap don’t you think? I love your FB page and thank you for the info you put up but I have to question this one..sorry

    • Sherri
      June 14, 2014 | 4:14 pm

      Xylitol has been proven to actually trick bacteria to think it is sugar. They consume it and are will die rather that grow with sugar.

  43. Brandi Melvin-Scammell via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    I wonder that too, Rebecca. Maybe a little measuring scoop?

  44. Tara Gradoville via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Bentonite clay is also beneficial to eat. I’ve done it for about a year. It removes toxins from the body.
    http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2012/08/ive-started-eating-clay-you-should-too/

  45. Chef Todd Mohr via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    A Recipe? It tasted terrible on my chicken! lol.

  46. Brandi Melvin-Scammell via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    I have sensitive teeth but I love the idea of this toothpaste. Does it/would it help with sensitivity?

  47. Amy Greenhill via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:11 pm

    Janet Ray xylitol is just to sweeten it, definitely not needed.

  48. Amy LeRoy via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:11 pm

    Janis, a different recipe but we were just talking about this!

  49. Michelle Nielsen via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    I use coconut oil, baking soda, natural stevia and essential oil flavoring. Super easy and I have even been able to get my son with autism to change over. Any Autism Mom’s out there, will not this is not easy!

  50. Grace Collins via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    So we can leave it xylitol, but do we have to use food processor? What if we but the clay in powder form?

  51. Heather LeClair via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Matt Wilson

  52. Emily Fraser via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Okay, I totally believe in remineralizing teeth through diet, but since when did teeth/mineral absorb more minerals and rebuild through that manner? Minerals are solely brought into teeth via the root, via your blood stream. Also, you can rebuild your inner teeth and get rid of cavities, but enamel you cannot, unless you are prepubescent. Notice the study provided was done on children only? No adults. Enamel only reforms in children. There is a gene in humans that stops enamel from reforming once adulthood is reached. Crazy claims like this damage people’s credibility. Research stuff before you post it

    • Mmom
      March 15, 2014 | 11:45 pm

      That’s not true. I had pretty bad enamel erosion along gum line when I was around 30 y.o. on two teeth. I am not sure what worked then (I changed my diet to homemade natural and stopped using fluoridated toothpaste) and my teeth healed, became glossy regaining white heard enamel over those erosions. Those teeth were supper sensitive and now I can scrape there and I don’t feel a thing. I still have grooves there, but they look just like healthy teeth. Later on I got pregnant and I got new similar problems when I was 34. I had two kids 2 years apart. My holistic doctor did not want to do anything, but he was watching. He said that they probably will heal once my body regains it health after continuous pregnancy-breastfeeding-pregnancy-breastfeeding cycle. I stopped breastfeeding a year ago and It started glaze over and sensitivity goes away slowly. The erosions are getting whiter. I’ve healed 2 teeth before and these 2 teeth seemed to be healing well too. Now I eat traditional diet, fermented cod liver oil with HV butter, use coconut oil/backing soda TP and sea salt water rinse. Also, I want to say that backing soda is not very abrasive if you do not apply it dry on your teeth directly and brush. You should dissolve it in a bit of water or in oil. Also you need to use so little of it, just a dusting. My sensitive teeth got better. Experiment. Get dirty pot and put some backing soda in the pot. Add water and let soda dissolve, then try to scrub of the dirt. Boy, you’ll need lots of elbow grease. Now, take a dirty pot and poor some dry backing soda. Take slightly wet rag and rub. Well, that will do the work. There’ll be a good abrasion to get sticky dirt of the pot with dry backing soda.

  53. Tara Gradoville via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Brandi, I am a dental hygienist, and it will not help with sensitivity. I also have sensitivity, and can’t seem to find any natural remedies. Fluoride and potassium nitrate (found in sensodyne) are the only desensitizers that I have had any luck with. I am not a fluoride hater, BTW. But, if you are totally against it, as many people are, an electric tooth brush with an extra soft head (I recommend Oral-B), is a lot more gentle than a manual TB. I think the clay will make hypersensitive teeth worse, as it is abrasive.

  54. Nicole
    January 22, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Is there any other concerns about anything reacting with things in your mouth….
    -> Fillings, both white and silver
    -> permanant retainer on a few of my teeth

    etc etc

    • Kristen
      January 22, 2014 | 2:02 pm

      No. Bentonite Clay is actually prescribed by holistic dentists to help detox your body from said fillings. The way bentonite interacts with metals and toxins is such that it attracts, then binds them so they can be safely eliminated by the body. It’s wonderful!

  55. Emily Fraser via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    I also just read someone saying baking soda is great for enamel. Baking soda is abrasive and wears enamel. That is why it is not recommended for cleaning porcelain sinks or tubs lol ….sigh

  56. julie sharpe
    January 22, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    I sliced the top off an old toothpaste tube and filled it up w homemade stuff. Duct-taped and binder-clipped the top. Just like filling a pastery bag. Next time I’m planning to use an old hand soap pump. That way, the kids can use the toothpaste and I dont have to find the tube left open.

  57. Tara Gradoville via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    Emily, that is not true. You cannot stop a cavity from the inside out. Teeth a formed during childhood. Ingested fluoride and calcium depict how strong a tooth will be when it erupts. This is why drinking fluoridated water as an adult has absolutely no effect on teeth. Unfortunately, a cavity can never be “cured”. It can be stopped from progressing, but the only thing that will remineralize is fluoride. It is true that too much fluoride can mottle teeth, but it is rare. Unless you are cavity prone (which most adults aren’t), I don’t think adults need to use fluoride. I am not against it, as a lot of natural/holistic people are. I feel that having a degree in dental hygiene has afforded me with a lot more information than most on the fluoride subject. But, I understand being cautious about what we put in our bodies, I certainly am. That being said, I think ingesting bentonite clay and using it topically are wonderful. I think it is pretty abrasive to use on teeth, and will most likely cause enamel erosion and sensitivity in the long run. I would use coconut oil as a natural TP, as it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

  58. Laura Woody via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    Brandi I don’t know if this homemade toothpaste would help with your sensitivity but I started using earthpaste and my sensitivity that I got after accidentally using sensodyne is gone.

  59. Amy Sittnick Graves via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    Tara Gradoville is right on too!

  60. Christine Whitcomb via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:37 pm

    Coconut oil and baking soda. Plain and simple. Why do you need to taste something when you are brushing your teeth?

  61. Tara Gradoville via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    Baking soda is a bit too abrasive for enamel, too. Plaque, which is what you are removing by brushing and flossing, is so soft it could be removed with a q-tip. The bristles on the brush are really for stimulating the gum tissue to keep it healthy. You do not need abrasives in TP.

    • Mmom
      March 15, 2014 | 11:50 pm

      Backing soda is not very abrasive if you do not apply it dry on your teeth directly and brush. You should dissolve it in a bit of water or in oil. Also you need to use so little of it, just a dusting. My sensitive teeth got better. Experiment. Get dirty pot and put some backing soda in the pot. Add water and let soda dissolve, then try to scrub of the dirt. Boy, you’ll need lots of elbow grease. Now, take a dirty pot and poor some dry backing soda. Take slightly wet rag and rub. Well, that will do the work. There’ll be a good abrasion to get sticky dirt of the pot with dry backing soda.

  62. Rachel Holmes via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    We use Redmans natural toothpaste and oil pulling can totally help with sensitivity-it works for me!

  63. Amy Verschueren Pimentel via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    I don’t know how to send you a picture, but I made this today for my picky three year old and she absolutely loves it!

  64. Liz Gallucci via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Is the bentonite clay safe for mercury fillings?

  65. Tamara Killian Norris via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    I have read that bentonite clay is NOT safe for amalgam fillings. Just as you don’t want it reacting with your metal utensils, you also don’t want it reacting with your metal fillings. Do NOT use bentonite clay if you have any metal in your mouth!!

    • Marcia
      April 18, 2014 | 9:17 pm

      You CAN use bentonite clay if you have fillings……I have and I have been using it for over a year, it doesn’t affect them, google it, there is heaps of info online :)

  66. Emily Fraser via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    yep Marilynn. There is a gene in the cells of our gums that stimulate enamel production, but that gene turns off at puberty. Only children can rebuild enamel, adults cannot

  67. Heather Moon via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    Would a homemade toothpaste like be safe for my almost 2yr old?

  68. Abigail Andrews via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    Christin Matthews

  69. Nicola Chettle via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    I can’t use fluoridated toothpaste gives mad migraines … Coconut oil does too … Baking soda makes me nauseous … Will brushing my teeth with only water and an electric toothbrush do more harm than good ?? Xxx

  70. Kristen Michaelis via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Liz Gallucci — Yes, bentonite clay is safe for mercury fillings. It’s actually prescribed bio holistic dentists to help assist your body in detoxing from said fillings. The bentonite acts sort of like a magnet, attracting the heavy metal and other toxins to it, then binding the toxins so they can be safely removed from the body.

    • marykay
      April 17, 2014 | 9:11 am

      So if we have metal fillings and use the bentonite clay, then we should not swallow the toothpaste like someone suggested earlier. You will be putting the toxins into your system.

  71. Kristen Michaelis via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    @Tamara — The reason you don’t want it reacting with metal utensils isn’t because it’s bad or causes a bad reaction, it’s because it prematurely “uses up” the detoxing potential of the clay. There are only so many negatively charged ions in the clay that can attract and bind the metals/toxins. Once bound, they stay bound. If you use metal utensils to work with the clay when making homemade personal care items (like skin masks or toothpaste), then you are “wasting” all the detoxing potential of the clay while whipping together your recipe rather than “saving” it for when it comes in contact with the toxins & metals inside (or on) your body. Make sense?

  72. Florence Aleman via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Does anyone know if fluoride reacts with metal in the mouth? When I was making my own toothpaste similar to this recipe, all my sensitivity went away.

  73. Jennifer Stinemetz Wallman via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    Miranda Spangler Reed Yes! And I completely forgot to order bentonite clay when I made my Vitacost order!! :(

  74. Natasha McCray via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    never use any tooth product with flouride, also when going to dentist – tell the hygentist that u do not want the rinse (it has flouride in it), read up and change the facets add on a componet that actually removes the flouride in your house – bathroom and kitchen – (don’t change to bottled water – just change what u do to yr home supply – see dr. mercola’s writings on flouride. if making your own tooth paste or powder i would leave out the xylitol – if it’s not natural it really doesn’t need to be in there. i use eco-dent daily care flouride free low abrasion in orginal mint the bottle is deep blue colored, the tooth powder is enough for 200 brushings – about 3 months.

  75. Peggy
    January 22, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    I am so appreciative of your research and advice. Today however I have a concern about your toothpaste recipe. I have been making toothpaste for several years using essentially your recipe but using baking soda instead of bentonite clay.

    I would be very reluctant to use any product containing aluminum. Can you please clarify your choice of bentonite?

    Thank you for helping us make the healthiest food choices.

    • Kristen
      January 22, 2014 | 2:38 pm

      The aluminum silicates in bentonite clay are one of the reasons it is so effective in binding and eliminating toxins from the body. It’s the unique structure of the aluminum, silicon, and oxygen combined into a single molecule that creates the anionic negative charge that attracts all the positively charged toxins & metals. In other words, that aluminum is already bound up and can not be absorbed by our bodies. You need not fear it “getting loose” and causing any kind of damage.

  76. Bianca Ahmad via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    I’m not into home made toothpaste, but I do buy natural toothpaste and mouthwash: desert essence, natures gate, Jason etc etc. not sure if they’re good for my teeth but I still use them. I haven’t used flouride for years and years but I did get my first cavity at age 30. Surprisingly when I was a kid I ate junk 24 7. I never are heAlthy food until I was in my 20s and I was never sick.

  77. Meg Robison McCarty via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    I made some just this morning from a slightly different recipe. My teeth have never felt so clean! Loved it.

  78. Christie Baréns via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    For a natural deodorant recipe I did some research on bentonite and found that it actually contains Aluminum …. isn’t that the ingredient we want to get away from? … some articles say it’s safe, but I don’t trust it …. aluminum “IS” aluminum! So maybe just leaving it out will do….? I use Jason too and love it.

  79. Nina Irwin via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 4:17 pm

    ty

  80. Phy Flesher via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    I use ‘Earth Paste”. It’s made up of these exact same ingredients and found in better stores that sell healthier products and online. I love it!

  81. Han Le Flueff via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 5:41 pm

    My dentist recommended fluoride, why do you guys not use that?

  82. Carson Kutsch via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 6:27 pm

    It doesn’t really matter what you use to brush your teeth as long as it isn’t acidic. Most toothpastes and mouth wash on the market are as acidic as soda pop. Fluoride probably makes little difference compared to diet and other medical factors. Check out Carifree.com. They have a book called “Balance” that is great for describing exactly how decay works and you can create your own methods of reducing your risk. Decay is caused by bacteria and it all boils down to pH.

  83. Kristen Michaelis via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 7:24 pm

    Christie Baréns — The aluminum silicates in bentonite clay are one of the reasons it is so effective in binding and eliminating toxins from the body. It’s the unique structure of the aluminum, silicon, and oxygen combined into a single molecule that creates the anionic negative charge that attracts all the positively charged toxins & metals. In other words, that aluminum is already bound up and can not be absorbed by our bodies. You need not fear it “getting loose” and causing any kind of damage.

  84. Garney Barnes via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 7:42 pm
  85. Nicki Blanchard Chapel via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 7:58 pm

    Sarah DeVilleneuve Amato & Brett Chapel I thought you would be interested in this. It’s about $45 for the ingredients.

  86. Kevin Kmc via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 8:30 pm

    this is the first I’ve heard of bentonite….and seeing so many opinions on it makes my head spin :( I have many fillings sadly so don’t think i want to chance using it on my teeth due to what I’ve read…..will be trying it on my skin though.

  87. Marynes Pastrana via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 8:39 pm

    Funny today i did toothpaste. You can as well use french green clay… I purchase the Now brand… but all products from vitacost all great thats where y buy everything. This one is more simple and I like that it doesn’t include baking soda. .. because it can be abrasive. Arrowroots its good to, thats what I used today to make my paste.

  88. Marynes Pastrana via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 8:40 pm

    Kevin Kmc what have you heard?

  89. Ali Griffin via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 10:26 pm

    i’ve been buying toms but I feel like this will be so much better :)

  90. Leslie Jackson-Lancaster via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 10:57 pm

    I heard bentonite clay is abrasive???

  91. Susie Dunlap via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 10:57 pm

    Made mine some time ago. Love it! When I try using the store bought toothpaste, it hurts my teeth. Must be the chemicals and sweeteners.

  92. Jan Podolske via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:09 pm

    TOMs has been bought out now-Ali Griffin

  93. Angelina TheKansascitykitty via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:14 pm

    Richard Perry ?

  94. Jina Doggett via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:18 pm

    Toms has sulfates so it’s not good either.

  95. Jeannine Brown via Facebook
    January 23, 2014 | 12:06 am

    Kristi Baldwin

  96. Jennifer Steidl via Facebook
    January 23, 2014 | 12:56 am

    I actually had all the ingredients

  97. Mitch Stuck via Facebook
    January 23, 2014 | 1:12 am

    Bentonite is well known to cause cancer, eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation! If skin contact occurs, get medical aid and flush skin for 15 minutes! Why would you recommend such a harmful product putting all your friends and followers at such horrible risk?http://apps.risd.edu/_msds/Bentonite.pdf

  98. Katrina Franzen via Facebook
    January 23, 2014 | 1:22 am

    Never made my own but I like Claybrite

  99. Linz Michaels via Facebook
    January 23, 2014 | 1:25 am

    what toothpaste do you use Food Babe?

  100. Julie Bunn via Facebook
    January 23, 2014 | 3:55 am

    I just use organic turmeric on a wet toothbrush. Dont get it on your skin it will stain but turmeric will help heal gum disease and it makes your teeth WHITE! (yes I know its yellow but it wont stain real teeth-only makes them white)

  101. Summer Sandy via Facebook
    January 23, 2014 | 10:09 am

    any in the store you like? ty

  102. Evan Fishman via Facebook
    January 24, 2014 | 1:03 am

    I buy the non-fluoride toothpaste from Trader Joe’s.

  103. Katinhat
    January 27, 2014 | 10:46 am

    I can comment from my own experience on the tooth sensitivity. I’ve been using a similar recipe w/out coconut oil for about a year now. I had two teeth that were quite sensitive for some years but I no longer have any sensitive teeth. It took almost the whole year to really tell a difference but it really has helped.

  104. Kelly
    February 1, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    The link to xylitol is Vitacost which is made by Jarrow. Double whammy of evil. This xylitol is made from CORN and usually, in this form,comes from China. Buy Emerald Forest or one comparable to get REAL xylitol made form North American birch trees. This is how it was made originally and why it is good.

    I personally avoid anything of Jarrow brands as I choose not to support the evil holocaust being carried out by the Zionists on the innocent Palestinian people.

  105. Megan
    February 3, 2014 | 11:48 am

    I ordered the Bentonite clay and it is pure white– research online says that this is poor quality?

  106. Rita Ladany
    February 7, 2014 | 10:21 am

    What do you think about adding Nature’s Answer Myrrh Oleo-Gum-Resin?

  107. christina
    February 7, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    I don’t care what dentist or hygenist say. I’ve been making toothpaste for a year now.and my teeth are no longer sensitive. If I run out of toothpaste and use my husband natural stuff he buys from the organic store, they are imediatly sensative again and I get cold sores, and tonsil stones. As long as i use my toothpaste I have no problems with any of that. Everyone should stop buying toothpaste.

  108. Ron Roberts
    February 15, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing this educational information. I’m among those who think that regrowing tooth enamel or healing cavities is just impossible. As the matter of fact, I have given up my teeth completely and what I do now is preventing them from being even worse. Now I would love to do everything to make my teeth slightly better.

  109. Diane Brodeen via Facebook
    February 15, 2014 | 8:42 pm

    I make my own. Not buying it anymore!

  110. Courtney Brown via Facebook
    February 15, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    Some questions/concerns… 1.) how to avoid the clay clogging drains (I’m concerned even if it is spit in the trash that having to rinse the toothbrush could possibly clog things)…. 2.) xylitol isn’t bad for teeth or could it be substituted for stevia? 3.) How does this stay preserved and for how long? 4.) Do you put this in a tube/squeezable container, if not, how do you keep it sanitary when it is used? 5.) Could this be a significant help to someone with several cavities? Thanks!

  111. Courtney Brown via Facebook
    February 15, 2014 | 9:47 pm

    Oh, and have heard coconut oil clogs drains.

  112. Linda Dolan via Facebook
    February 16, 2014 | 8:15 am

    I use a similar toothpaste made with the clay. I really like it a lot. My teeth feel so clean after.

  113. Caitlin Mottsey via Facebook
    February 16, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Earthpaste by Redmond Clay

  114. Maritza Nasseri Acosta via Facebook
    February 16, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    Den Cab

  115. Meachie Anderson via Facebook
    February 17, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    For all to know……..Aspartame is made using GM bacterial strains of E. Coli. In addition, it carries a whole host of negative side effects…..stay away from artificial sweeteners….. http://www.naturalsociety.com

  116. Josephine Corsaro via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    Haley Hatfield & Julie Galloway another great remineralizing homemade toothpaste! I may try this one next :)

  117. Erica Burbank via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:13 pm

    Teresa Rodriguez

  118. Nick Vanwagner via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    checkout Shoshanna’s Kitchen – Episode 87 – Bentonite Clay Toothpaste
    on youtube for a simpler version. I used Himalayan salt, and sweetleaf stevia. This stuff is great!

  119. Mary V Tegel via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    By the way, xylitol is very toxic for dogs!

  120. Jennifer Gray Reimer via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    I wonder if the bentonite clay would react negatively with metal fillings? Anyone know ?

  121. Colette Moine via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Anyone’s got some advice on toothbrush? I’m tired of using the plastic ones and having to change them every 3 month, so much waste is no good plus I don’t like them

  122. Darcy Lee Goodrich via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Candace Regehr-Goodrich

  123. Brittany Barney via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Justin Barney

  124. Shelly Cruz via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    Jennifer Ramsey-Dietlin

  125. Peg Danek via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    Is the xylitol there for mineralization or just sweetness?

  126. Karla Pepper Lindquist via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Katherine ;)

  127. Jay Craddock via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Allison Chaney Simmons

  128. Linda Weidenborner Quinn via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    i’ve read that it is best to not use metal to mix bentonite clay….that it is best to add it after the other ingredients by using a plastic or wooden utensil?!

  129. Angela 'Grosko' Isit via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    Chris Isit you just asked me about this.

  130. Genevieve Bales via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 4:24 pm

    So interesting!

  131. Amber
    March 15, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    I’m disappointed that you recommended/linked to Frontier bentonite clay powder. From what I understand, they’re clay is more sodium based- which will NOT remineralize teeth, but prevent it. What you need is a calcium based powder. Frontier lists nothing saying this, but thankfully others have done the research and shared with the rest of us! Please let me know if you know anything different. Thanks!

    • jill
      March 24, 2014 | 2:04 pm

      i was wondering if the frontier was a good brand, can you let me know where to get info on that brand, and if it is not good, what is a good type of bentonite clay is good for both internal and external????

  132. Lindsey Goward Penney via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 4:35 pm

    I just got a batch of ingredients for our family’s toothpaste

  133. Marina Farrell via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    Thank you

  134. Micha Goller via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 5:15 pm

    Vitamin A, D and K2 is remineralizing. Plus Magnesium, Trace Minerals and so on. It should be enough to eat them and just brush with water or whatever.

  135. Teresa Downey via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 6:03 pm

    Have yet to find a toothpaste recipe that is really like. Maybe this one!

  136. Shelly Valladolid via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 6:28 pm

    I just started using a toothpaste I made from coconut oil, baking soda and green tea leaves. I like it.

  137. Marmar Marzban via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 6:40 pm

    Behrang

  138. Michael Acosta via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 6:44 pm

    Katelyn Acosta whatcha think?

  139. Geoffrey Noelle Stiles via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 6:49 pm

    i use stevia instead of xylitol…i’ve been told …don’t use a metal blender blade to mix the bentonite…..yet I have been told that on the teeth the bentonite is not there long enough to react to the fillings????OK what’s the diff???

  140. Bea Labade via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 6:59 pm

    I didn’t like the sandy feeling of bentonite clay in my mouth and I am using diatomaceous earth instead. Like that the toothpaste gets a very smooth and creamy texture – BIG improvement.
    Also, I find 3 tbsp if Xylitol extremely sweet. One will do just fine.
    Last but not least I added Peppermint essential oil. It’s a personal preference of mine but it makes it fresh :)

  141. Katelyn Acosta via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 7:02 pm

    I saw this :) id love to do this

  142. Phoebe Torres Pfeiffer via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 7:05 pm

    Jeffrey Pfeiffer

  143. Marilou Estler Vlaun via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 7:24 pm

    Laurie Edwards, you should look at yhis, we should make this.

  144. Lora Kirk via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 8:03 pm

    I have been making my own toothpaste for a couple of years now. I have been thinking about adding magnesium to it next time I make it.

  145. Jan Grumbine via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 8:11 pm

    I think this is the one that will work for me…May try Stevia instead of Xylotol or just no sweetner.

  146. Elizabeth Nead via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 8:27 pm

    The trace minerals are cheaper from Amazon.com

  147. Elizabeth Nead via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 8:29 pm

    Rebecca Filbrun

  148. Cindy Kohn via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 8:36 pm

  149. Judy
    March 15, 2014 | 8:46 pm

    Are the clove and cinnamon essential oils necessary? I’m not a big fan of the taste, but will include them if they help in the remineralizing process.

  150. Erin Ward Albertson via Facebook
    March 15, 2014 | 10:14 pm

    Jan xylitol is a cavity preventative, I think that’s why they have it.

  151. Stefani Allen Wood via Facebook
    March 16, 2014 | 1:10 am

    @Laurie what’s a “Salt Stick”?

  152. Tom Stevens via Facebook
    March 16, 2014 | 6:11 am

    A couple weeks ago we began using our home made toothpaste made from bentonite clay (from a place that provides food grade bentonite clay) mixed with coconut oil, cloves, colloidal minerals, baking soda, water, cinnamon. Works great! Even though it is a different sensation than other toothpastes (the homemade stuff doesn’t have that minty freshness), I can feel the benefits and my teeth don’t feel sensitive any more. Also the toxins in normal commercial toothpaste irritated my throat.

  153. Vesper Stamper via Facebook
    March 16, 2014 | 7:19 am

    Abigail Liu this is about rebuilding enamel–thought you’d be interested

  154. Barbara Dempster via Facebook
    March 16, 2014 | 8:55 am
  155. Polly Pierce via Facebook
    March 16, 2014 | 11:54 am

    Thanks for posting! I’ve been using just baking soda. I like the recipe above with baking soda instead of xylitol.

  156. Tara Rosenberger Shankar via Facebook
    March 16, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Hans Rosenberger joy lam Tonya Noel Rosenberger

  157. Erica
    March 16, 2014 | 8:51 pm

    I just bought all the stuff to make this and then happened across some info that said Concentrace contains arsenic and mercury. I’m very concerned about the safety of this product now. Do you know anything about this?

  158. Shelley Flynn via Facebook
    March 16, 2014 | 10:06 pm

    Michael Flynn

  159. Amy
    March 17, 2014 | 8:41 am

    I have been brushing with coconut oil recently. Does anyone know if it is okay to use as a toothpaste while pregnant?

  160. Nazish Yoosufani via Facebook
    March 17, 2014 | 9:20 am

    That is so cool MashAllah! JzkA for the useful info!

  161. Clara
    March 20, 2014 | 11:11 pm

    Does it matter if you buy cinnamon leaf or cinnamon bark?

  162. Susu
    April 25, 2014 | 10:50 pm

    Instead of buying trace minerals, can you use sole’ made with Real Salt? It’s basically a super concentrated saline with 60+ minerals. I add it to all my non-dairy beverages, which basically makes them into Gatorade.

    And btw, I buy my Real Salt from Vitacost :)

  163. Susan
    May 28, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    So does this actually work? I need to do this really bad, because I can actually see my tongue when I put it up against the back of my teeth. I don’t know what the deal is. I ask my dentist and all he said was teeth are actually very transparent. Wth?

    • Rachel in Oklahoma
      August 20, 2014 | 9:13 pm

      Mine did that while I was using store-bought toothpaste (Tom’s)– I have been using homemade toothpaste like this for several months and they are almost completely opaque again. Yay!

  164. Diantha Lee
    July 13, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    You may not want to mix this with a blender. Bentonite can actually pick up impurities from the metal blades. Plastic utensils are recommended by many websites when working with Bentonite for this reason.

  165. Pat
    August 20, 2014 | 7:05 pm

    I also add turmeric, baking soda, calcium/magnesium powder and stevia instead of xylitol.

  166. Boris Von Baconstein via Facebook
    August 20, 2014 | 7:56 pm

    BTW even stainless steel leaks metal into food.

  167. Patricia Walker via Facebook
    August 20, 2014 | 9:21 pm

    Tricia Dosh <3

  168. Tricia Dosh via Facebook
    August 20, 2014 | 9:23 pm

    Thanks Patricia Walker♡ you are the best!!!

  169. Mary Light via Facebook
    August 21, 2014 | 6:43 am

    Doesn’t the mineralization come from nutrition? Is this to swallow as a supplement? I am curious as I can find nothing to support how a dental cleanser remineralizes the actual living tooth.

  170. Maria Wargo
    August 21, 2014 | 7:37 am

    Could this possibly help to rebuild gums? Mine are receeding and Im looking at needing two gum grafts.

  171. Food Renegade via Facebook
    August 21, 2014 | 11:45 am

    Mary, this toothpaste is meant to work in combination with a diet rich in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K-2 and devoid of mineral-stealing anti-nutrients.

  172. Mary Light via Facebook
    August 21, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    I do think it is good to feature a natural and non tixic tooth cleanser, but misleading to convey that the product “remineralizes”.

  173. Elora L. Toews via Facebook
    August 21, 2014 | 4:39 pm

    Shanna Stephens

  174. Shanna Stephens via Facebook
    August 21, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Ty Elora L. Toews

  175. Charlotte Hultquist via Facebook
    August 21, 2014 | 6:36 pm

    http://wellnessmama.com/3650/remineralize-teeth/ Mary, Here’s a great post about someone using diet and a remineralizing toothpaste whose cavities actually did heal! I’ve been using a similar homemade toothpaste for a couple years, and it’s made my teeth harder and not sensitive anymore.

  176. Frederica Huxley via Facebook
    August 21, 2014 | 7:19 pm

    Yes – I would never now use a commercial toothpaste!

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