Ever since I’ve discovered food-grade diatomaceous earth, it has served so many purposes around our home. Have you ever heard of it or used it? (You can read more about it in my guest post for The Prairie Homestead.)
One of the ways I love to use diatomaceous earth is by adding it to my homemade remineralizing toothpaste. I’ve made my own toothpaste for the last several years. It works really well, and it’s wonderful for remineralizing your teeth.
Why would I want to make my own toothpaste, you ask?
It all began when I learned about how teeth can remineralize on their own, which is contrary to popular belief! And also when I learned that commercial toothpaste is not what it seems.
Commercial toothpaste contains many chemicals that seem to be disconcerting, to say the least. Here are just two:
Yes, fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. However, the fluoride used in toothpaste (and water fluoridation) is actually a toxic byproduct of the fertilizer industry, called fluorosilicic acid. It is a neurotoxin and endocrine disruptor, and is not naturally occurring. I don’t want anything to do with it for me or my young children, especially not in our mouths, so we stay away from it by making our own toothpaste and using a water filter system that removes fluoride.
You can read more about fluoride here:
Water Fluoridation Facts by Dr. Mercola
Water Fluoridation Dangers by Butter Believer
Study: Fluoride is a Neurotoxin and Linked to Autism and ADHD by Healthy Holistic Living
CDC and ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride by Healthy Holistic Living
If you’re looking for a safe and natural way to obtain more fluoride in your diet, consider taking cell salts daily. Read more about cell salts here.
So… glycerin. Here’s one that makes you go hmm. Like I mentioned earlier, teeth do have the ability to remineralize. You can even heal a cavity through diet and supplements. (Read the book Cure Tooth Decay for more fascinating information.)
The problem with glycerin, an ingredient in commercial toothpaste, is that it forms a coating on the teeth, preventing remineralization. Preventing. Now how does that make any sense? Wouldn’t we want toothpaste to help our teeth, and not prevent remineralization?
Based on studies, it can take up to 20 brushings to remove the coating left by glycerin! So that’s why we skip it.
If you would like to stay away from commercial toothpaste but don’t want to bother with making your own, I think this one is a good one to try. It’s very natural, made of clay, and contains no fluoride or glycerin or any of the other problematic chemicals. I have used it and liked it.
Homemade Diatomaceous Earth Toothpaste
This homemade remineralizing toothpaste will help remineralize your teeth. By applying these ingredients and staying away from toothpastes containing glycerin, you can have the peace of mind that you are actually building your teeth up!
Now for the fun part. I know I just shared some bad news with the above toothpaste ingredients (and those are just two!!), but I prefer to think of making your own toothpaste as a fun event, almost like a craft. I mean, it is a recipe. Just think of it as throwing something fun together in the kitchen. You’ll need to mix together a few basic ingredients, and I’ll show you how.
The main thing here is to go for a certain consistency. You can add what suits you, and make sure it is a squeezable consistency.
This remineralizing toothpaste will not taste like commercial toothpaste, so the flavor will take some getting used to, if you’re not familiar with alternative toothpastes. I have no problem with it because I’ve been making it for years, but just be prepared for the change. 🙂
- 4 tablespoons food grade diatomaceous earth
- 2 tablespoons baking soda (baking soda has so many uses around the home! Here are 36 uses for baking soda from Thank Your Body that you’ll love!)
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay (or replace with same amount baking soda/DE)
- 1/4 teaspoon green stevia powder OR 2 teaspoons xylitol (Some people prefer to use Xylitol, and I have used it before. It will make your toothpaste nice and sweet and is purported to have properties very beneficial for teeth. Without the xylitol it is not as sweet.)
- 15 drops peppermint, cinnamon, lemon, or orange essential oil – add more to your preference. Use the best essential oils and those of high quality.
- 5 drops trace minerals (optional)
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil (Be sure to see Notes on coconut oil below recipe) – add more as needed to make preferred consistency.
- medium sized bowl for mixing
- non-metallic spoon for stirring (bentonite clay shouldn’t come into contact with metal)
- squeezable silicon containers (<—I love these!) or a glass jar
- measuring spoons
- Combine diatomaceous earth, baking soda, bentonite clay (if using), stevia/xylitol and stir to mix well. Add peppermint oil, trace minerals, and coconut oil, stirring well.
- Spoon or pour into your container.
I used this recipe with no problems until winter came along, and the coconut oil solidified. I solved this by making my toothpaste with half olive oil, half coconut oil and didn’t have any more problems with the toothpaste turning solid. If you’re using a jar, then this won’t really be a problem, but if you’re using a squeezable container this makes getting the toothpaste out very difficult. So if colder temperatures are coming, try using half and half and see how that works for you.
During warmer months, the coconut oil will tend to separate from the ingredients, much like the oil separates from natural peanut butter. If this happens, you can pour off the excess coconut oil, or you can simply stir/squeeze the ingredients to remix. Your choice. 🙂
Something you need to remember with natural toothpastes made with a coconut oil base: it will solidify when cool, so run some hot water in your sink after brushing to make sure the oil rinses well. I have never had a problem with coconut oil toothpaste using this method.
I used to use cheaper essential oils, and so the recipe used to call for much more peppermint oil than it currently does. Now that I am using high-quality peppermint oil, I find that I need to add much less. This is the reason I only use one brand of essential oils, because you’re getting the highest quality and therefore, the highest potency = more bang for your buck. Sweet.
If you are making this for children or don’t like the strong taste of peppermint, you can play around with different oils. You can try mixing in cinnamon, or wild orange or lemon.
Again, mix and match the ingredients to your liking. You’re going for more of a consistency, than following an exact recipe. Have fun!
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