Homemade Toothpaste

I have been using a crunchy toothpaste for awhile now. I thought I was doing pretty good by using it and truth be told, it was/is a great middle of the road toothpaste. I will still do a review of this toothpaste some day, as well as get into the details of why conventional toothpaste isn’t so great but not today.

As I researched more (will the research ever end? I don’t think so.) I learned about glycerin.
Glycerin is in almost every single toothpaste; crunchy or not. The problem with glycerin is that it coats teeth, which prevents saliva from interacting with teeth as it’s supposed to. Since glycerin coats teeth and prevents re-mineralization.
Since there is hardly any toothpaste without glycerin or the other ingredients I avoid, it was up to me to make my own toothpaste.
I made two different varieties; one for me (and my husband, if I can convince him) and one for my kids. The reason for the two different toothpastes is because I don’t want to use abrasive baking soda on my children’s teeth. I want to keep their enamel on their teeth. Although I doubt the recipe I made for myself is any more abrasive than store bought toothpaste, I wanted to play it safe and in all honestly, I think I’ll switch to their recipe in the future.
However, I am going to post both recipes just in case you want something with a bit more “scrub” to it.

Homemade Toothpaste

Recipe #1 (my original recipe until I decided I didn’t want to use baking soda everyday)
2 tbs. Coconut oil softened
1/8 tsp. Stevia 
Mix together and store in a container. Dip your toothbrush into the toothpaste or scoop out with a spoon/popsicle stick/what-have-you.
Recipe #2 (my recipe that I originally used just for my kids but now use myself)
2 TBS. Coconut oil softened
1 TBS. Xylitol (I’ve found that it’s best if you grind the xylitol into a powder in the blender/food processor first. Xylitol is a pretty coarse sweetener)
10 drops of peppermint essential oil 
Mix together and store in a container. Dip your toothbrush into the toothpaste or scoop out with a spoon/popsicle stick/what-have-you.

If you want to make the toothpaste a bit more pliable (because coconut oil gets pretty hard in cold temperatures) then you can add a bit of your favorite liquid oil to the mixture.

Just in case you are curious as to why we would use those ingredients, I decided to give a little information on each one.
Ingredient Information
Coconut Oil – It’s anti-fungal and antibacterial. It also is said to stop tooth decay.
Baking Soda – It’s abrasive quality helps whiten teeth by removing stains. However, as I said since it is abrasive it can remove enamel, which is why most dentists do not recommend using it on a daily basis; especially if you are using baking soda by itself.
Stevia – Not really beneficial to teeth at all but it does help sweeten you toothpaste and it doesn’t cause problems for teeth like other sweeteners.
Peppermint Oil – Antiseptic and antibacterial. Plus it gives you that minty taste you’ve grown to love.
Xylitol – Like stevia, it is a sweetener. However, it prevents plaque from attaching to teeth and even enhances the re-mineralization of teeth!
If you are looking for a really crunchy toothpaste, give one of these recipes a try. They both work great and they are much cheaper to make than it is to buy a crunchy toothpaste.