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  2. Myndi

    You have a lot of comments on this and I didn’t read them all but you can also add calcium powder to this. I make a very similar toothpaste but never considered glycerin. I will be adding it to my last batch ASAP and seeing if that will change it enough to get the kids to use it!

  3. Regina Osborn

    I’ve read that glycerin is a product to beware of. That is coats the teeth and does not allow a cavity to self-heal (re-mineralize). Do you have different information?

  4. Lara

    Here is my recipe:

    3 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
    3 tablespoon baking soda
    1 pinch of salt
    1/4 cinnamon
    peppermint essential oil to your taste (organic, if you can find it)
    stevia (optional – I personally don’t add any)

    The coconut oil has a lot of natural anti fungal and antibacterial properties. The major cause of cavities is acid erosion, not sugar. So the baking soda fights the acid. The cinnamon just adds flavor but I have also heard tooth paste recipes containing cinnamon for specific reasons. The peppermint essential oil add to the flavor, however, peppermint oil is known to be a anesthetic and antiseptic. At 2 months, my teeth a clean and feel plaque free.

    I worry about the glycerin. The glycerin in most toothpastes forms a “protective” layer over the tooth. But really, it just prevents the tooth from naturally healing. The enamel isn’t able to repair because it is coated. Just food for thought.

  5. Sarah

    I love your website. I’m excited to try this recipe. Do you use unrefined or refined coconut oil?

  6. Desiree

    This is a great recipe. Here is my favorite DIY Toothpaste: 1 TSP Diatomaceous Earth (removes stains, parasites if swallowed) 1 TSP Bentonite Clay 1 (removes toxins) TBSP Baking Soda (Natural Bicarbonate; Bob’s Mill) 3 TBSP Coconut oil, 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil, 5 Drops Clove Essential Oil. If swallowed; this green non-toxic recipe has the ability to strengthen your teeth, kill any pathogens in your intestinal track, detoxify your body and give you fantastic smelling breath. ++For whitening power I add one spray of hydrogen peroxide to my brush before adding toothpaste as needed (maybe a couple times a month). I don’t want to get into the chemistry behind the recipe but your welcome to look it all up. Have a great one and live life one smile at a time. :D

  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe. We’ve been using it for two years now. Even our three year old loves it. He even helped me whip up our latest batch! Thanks again!

  8. Is this safe for my toddler to use?

  9. Monica

    Hi,

    Thank you for your recipe. Could you please tell me the amount of Xylitol I need to use to replace Stevia?

    Thank you!!

  10. Briana

    Thanks so much for the article! How ling does the toothpaste last for? And does it matter what you store it in?

  11. Natalie

    I have liquid stevia, how much should I use for a “packet” of stevia?

    • Michelle

      Since stevia is a sweetener, I think it’s up to everyone’s personal preferences. But starting with 1 dtop and tasting it sounds good to me.

  12. This is great! How is the whitening effect of this homemade toothpaste? This is worth trying as this is 100% natural. Wouldn’t mind if you could at least perhaps provide feedback after testing the product. Thanks for posting this.

  13. Cathy D

    Hi Crunchy Betty – I was really looking forward to seeing your toothpaste recipe but have to say I’m a little disappointed in it. You see, there is a lot of evidence against the use of glycerin in toothpaste. Reason being, it coats your teeth and doesn’t allow for remineralization. It also promotes tooth decay. It is highly recommended that you don’t use it, in fact, in your homemade toothpastes. Also, bentonite clay is an excellent ingredient for remineralization and an effective cleaner/whitener for teeth. Adding salt for its antibacterial properties is another excellent idea. Em..while I’m at it, xylitol is recommended for sweetening instead of stevia, as it protects against decay. Not that what you have formulated wouldn’t be an effective cleaner, minus the glycerin, of course :), but adding a couple more ingredients would make it outstanding! I don’t have the link with me (I’m on my phone right now) but if you look at the Weston A. Price Foundation website, you might find some really useful information in this regard to help tweak your formula. Love your site, btw, especially your stories. You’re very talented and have a really great way of telling them. :)

  14. adria

    This is awesome. I drink coffee all day long and it really keeps the stains down. It actually got rid of the build up in between my teeth that been there for a lil while from other food and drink. It’s way better than any tooth paste I’ve bought including the expensive ones.

  15. lesa

    I have been using b-soda alone for over a yr.. my dentist doesn’t know that.. but he was VERY happy with my gums.. they had been swelling .. & he was constantly nagging me about it :-)
    well last two visits he told me how great my mouth looked..
    maybe I’ll tell him…….. who knows.
    but I did just make your recipe. but just w/ b-soda & coconut oil…..
    my mouth feels great..

    yea. I tried the pulling too… still do once in a while. but not crazy about it..

  16. Tamara Saunders

    The consistency is awesome, but we’re all having troubles getting past the salty taste!! Any suggestions? We don’t use salt in our house, so it’s a very distinct flavor with a lot of things…please help this momma out ;-)

  17. Amber

    Can I do this with minimal ingredients such as just the coconut oil and baking soda?

  18. JACKIE

    I used this recipe for 6 months inbetween dental visits and my hygienist was “shocked” at the huge improvement in my gum health.

  19. julie

    I am just learning about essential oils and bought some. From what I’m learning, they have to be stored (even when mixed/blended) in GLASS because they will eat away at plastic (just FYI so when your readers go to make your recipe!) Also, I’m a little nervous about ingesting peppermint oil. I realize its just brushing and not swallowing, but I’m still nervous. Been reading a lot on the dangers of ingesting essential oils. Any thoughts? Any suggetions on where you get your peppermint? And would extract work instead?

    • Fernella

      I stick with Young Living or Doterra essential oil as I know there are safe. If your EO does not say it’s ingestible, stay away from it!! YL & Doterra make oils specifically for ingesting, myself and many people I know have been training them internally for years (30+) with great benefits!

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  24. Michelle

    Doesn’t glycerin prevent your teeth from re-mineralizing?

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