How to Make Your Own Fluoride Free, Acne Safe Toothpaste

Lately I’ve been making my own toothpaste. And perhaps you should too!

Why do I do it, you ask? And why should you, perhaps, do it too?

Well – have you ever looked at the ingredients list on a bottle of commercial toothpaste?

Sodium saccharin, titanium dioxide, cellulose gum, sodium hydroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, PEG-12, sorbitol, water, hydrated silica, glycerin, sodium hexametaphosphate, propylene glycol, flavor, poloxamer 407, xanthan gum, carbomer 956, polyethylene oxide….

…. What is this garbage? Do I want this in my body?

Plus, if you haven’t heard the news yet – fluoride is a poison! Fluoride is the substance that they put in toothpaste and some drinking water supplies in order to prevent cavities. Unfortunately it causes more problems than it solves. It can even cause acne. Click here for a previous article of mine in which I discuss fluoroderma – aka – acne caused by fluoride.

So if you happen to be prone to acne around your mouth, you may want to pay attention. Switching your toothpaste to something fluoride free should be a top priority – and hey – it’s a pretty simple thing to do! 

Do you have to make your own though?

Nope! There are plenty of natural, fluoride free toothpastes available. This is what I used for a long time, but then one day, I ran out of toothpaste. And I didn’t feel like spending $8 on a new tube. I then realized that I had enough ingredients lying around the house to invent my own very inexpensive tooth scrub, and voila. I’ve never gone back.

Here are the ingredients that I use in my toothpaste. There are plenty of toothpaste recipes all over the internet, with examples of many random ingredients you could add to yours. Mine is just an example.

Virgin Coconut Oil – First thing’s first, you need something as the base of your toothpaste. Coconut oil is perfect. It’s good for you, and it’s solid at room temperature so it can suspend the other ingredients in it and create a “paste”.

Baking Soda – Baking soda is a natural ingredient that is the bomb for cleaning. It cleans everything – your kitchen, your bathtub, and your teeth.

Xylitol – Xylitol is a sweet sugar substitute extracted from birch trees. Unfortunately baking soda doesn’t taste very good, so this is to make it taste better. Plus it actually has a lot of benefits for teeth too.

Peppermint Oil – This is optional. My first two batches of toothpaste didn’t contain this, but it’s nice to give your homemade toothpaste that familiar minty fresh taste.

Recipe (Makes about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup)

Note that these measurements are approximates! I make toothpaste like I cook – ie. it’s not very exact. If you find it tastes too bitter, add more xylitol. Want it more minty? Add more peppermint oil.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons xylitol
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • A little bit of hot water, just to get it to blend (use as little as possible – I used too much in the video demo)

I like to keep my toothpaste in a small 1/2 cup mason jar like this one:

Time for a refill

Instructions:

  • In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil just until it melts
  • Place the melted coconut oil in a a blender, and add the xylitol, baking soda, and peppermint. Add a little bit of hot water, just enough to get it to blend freely
  • Blend on high until it’s all frothy and emulsified
  • Pour into a temporary container, like a cup. Let it cool.
  • When it’s completely cooled, the coconut oil will have separated from the water, and will have solidified into a sort of soft puck in the cup above the water. Take the puck out, pour out the water, and place the puck of toothpaste in your toothpaste holder of choice (like a small jar, as I do)
  • You’re done! Go brush your teeth!

That’s it. Easy as pie. Well, actually way easier than pie.

Watch the Video Demo:

Do you use regular toothpaste, or have you switched to natural toothpaste?

photo by justonlysteve

Comments

  1. Sarah Smith says

    Tracey,
    I started making my own last month. I found a recipe
    online but had to play a little and modify it some. I used Stevia for the sweetener. I will give your recipe a go next time!

  2. Patty says

    Hi Tracy,
    First off I want to say that I came across your site a few days ago and am so thankful that I did. You are such an inspiration and have helped encourage me to really kick up an even healthier lifestyle. Before your site, the thought of NOT popping a pimple/blackhead/whitehead never even occurred to me. It is just something I have been doing since I was 13 (I’m 29 now). This is life changing. I am happy to say I’m seeing an improvement in just these past few days. I am having issues not sleeping with my hand on my face but I have switched to putting a pillow there. Thank you thank you thank you! :)

    As for this video, super interesting! I will have to try it. My question is though, isn’t fluoride necessary for teeth health? I may be a little uneducated on this topic but I thought that the Dental Association stresses this? Ugh, who can we trust?

    Yours in healthiness,
    Patty

    • Tracy says

      Hi Patty :)

      I’m so happy to hear your skin is showing improvement :D Keep it up!

      As for fluoride – no, it isn’t despite what is said. …. haha I’m trying to formulate what to say here but I think there’s just too much to say on the subject. I just encourage you to google it and read up about the whole fluoride scam.

      On an aside, teeth = bones, and the integrity of your bones depends on nutrition (not fluoride). The Weston A Price foundation showed that primitive tribal groups all over the world that enjoyed an extremely high level of non-processed nutrient dense food all had beautiful, straight, cavity free teeth – interesting? yes! Also read this article about a lady reversing her son’s cavity by correcting a nutritional deficiency:

      http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-i-healed-my-childs-cavity/

        • Tracy says

          Well, no they are not exactly bones – but they are a living part of the body very similar to bones, so how many minerals/nutrients you are getting in your body determines whether your body can remineralize/keep them strong

    • Sampson says

      Flouride is not necessary for a SINGLE metabolic reaction in our body. Flouride has no use in the human body (even Arsenic and Mercury are necessary in small amounts for some metabolic processes in the body) and I’d recommend looking up videos about Weston A. Price on youtube.

  3. says

    Great post! We agree that so many commercial toothpastes have way too many ‘questionable at best’ ingredients (we like to attempt to be politically correct and not label poisons, poisons :)

    In fact, this is what drove us to formulate our own blend as well. I think you would really appreciate the ingredients! They are 100% organic and wild crafted.

    Also, you may want to include in your DIY paste a balance of both warming and cooling oils. Using only one side of the coin may imbalance the system over time. For example, peppermint oil is known to upset stomach balance. So, by including some warming oils too will help to balance the nature of the paste.

    Please come check out our site as well as our upcoming free online event where we interview leading experts from around the world in the fields of biological dentistry and nutrition as it relates to oral health asking for their solutions that each of us can apply in our own lives to navigate to greater oral health. It’s the HealThy Mouth World Summit. The info is very, very potent!

    http://www.OraWellness.com
    http://www.HealThyMouthSummit.com

    Keep up the great work!

    • Tracy says

      Interesting. The peppermint oil that I use actually contains both peppermint and some sunflower oil – would sunflower be considered warming? What about coconut oil?

  4. sarah says

    This is a good idea, the only problem for me might be the coconut oil. I remember reading about oil pulling(or something like that can’t remember what its called) you know where you swish oil around in your mouth? Anyways I wanted to do that, but then I read the oil can loosen fixed retainers..and I don’t want to mess up my teeth. I wonder if brushing with it could do the same.

    • Tracy says

      Oh really? Interesting. By fixed retainer.. do you mean that thing they glue to the back of your bottom teeth after you have braces? I used to have one of those and it did fall off – through no fault of coconut oil though lol

      Anyway – I’m sure you can find a recipe on the net that doesn’t contain coconut oil or any oil if this worries you :)

  5. Marcie P. says

    Where do you buy your peppermint oil? I am just beginning to make my own products, I make my own deodorant and am trying the shampoo, conditioner today. I want to make my own toothpaste, I just don’t know where to buy essential oils and other products online.

  6. Elle says

    Awesome! I’ve been using a tooth powder. I got the recipe for it from this rad aromatherapy book from the 90’s that I got from a used book store. It has white clay, salt, lemon oil, and peppermint oil in it. Tastes too salty! So I’m super excited to try this one! Woooo!

  7. Elle says

    oh and I forgot to mention, I’ve read that baking soda erodes tooth enamel if you use it every day. Thoughts?

  8. Nathan says

    I’ve been making my own toothpaste for a few weeks now, using the same ingredients as you, minus the xylitol. (I found my recipe from Todd @ PrimalToad.)

    It’s a good question, though, to ask whether baking soda does erode tooth enamel… Apparently as long as you dilute the baking soda it’s not that ‘bad’.I’ve lost a tiny amount on my front teeth, but that’s been like that for like 8 years…

  9. Tracy says

    @ Elle and Nathan – this is a good question about the baking soda. I had never heard this – because it appears to be one of those things where some people say this, and other people say that. Everything I had read said that it’s actually not terribly abrasive – plus ALL the natural toothpaste recipes I have ever come across contained baking soda. So I just assumed it was fine until I put up this video up and someone on youtube also mentioned the enamel thing.

    This is an interesting blog article you might want to have a read through: http://hans.fugal.net/blog/2008/06/12/toothpaste/

    My conclusion after reading that is that ALL toothpastes are abrasive, and baking soda is very abrasive on its own, but not more so than other toothpaste cleaning agents when diluted in water/paste. My formula here in the end doesn’t contain THAT much baking soda, because some gets lost to the water, and I’ve seen other recipes with a much much much higher concentration of baking soda than this one.

    In conclusion – I guess this is one of those things where you’ll have to make up your own mind on whether you want to use it or not :) I’m going to keep on with it

  10. elle says

    The recipe for the clay tooth powder is: 4 tsp white or green clay, 1/2 tsp salt (I halved it to remedy the overly-saltiness problem! Worked like a charm), 5 drops peppermint oil, and 5 drops lemon oil. I also use activated charcoal powder to whiten my teeth, AND I have an awesome homemade mouthwash recipe! DIY stuff is totally my jam.

    • Tracy says

      Hi Jenny – hmm that doesn’t sound very good, does it :/ – off the top of my head, stevia extract would probably work to sweeten it

    • says

      You can also just try it without the sweetener. We’ve never bothered adding any sweetener to ours, but we’re a bit crazy, too. lol

  11. anana says

    my favorite tooth cleanser is “Uncle Harry’s Tooth Powder” I swear by it. I’ve used it for 15 years.
    it’s organic, and contains: Calcium carbonate (natural chalk), organic mustard seed powder, sea salt, peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, wintergreen, and oregano essential oils.
    A little bit goes a loooong way too, so it is really cost effective! :)

    http://www.uncleharrys.com/store/index.php/mouth-care-organic-tooth-powder-c-48_54

    they have a ton of amazing stuff.
    http://www.uncleharrys.com/store/

  12. Lo says

    I’ve been messing around with different clay & coconut oil based toothpastes, adding essential oils, herbal tooth powder blends, baking soda & activated charcoal to the mixtures. I just have a hard time giving up traditional toothpastes. Even though my mouth felt cleaner and my teeth looked super glossy with diy toothpastes. I’m going to have to try it again, and maybe try Orawellness :] Word of caution, Xylitol is toxic to doggies. I’ve used raw manuka honey, but that always seems counterproductive to me..I should try stevia! Thanks for the inspiration :]

  13. says

    We LOVE saving money (and avoiding fluoride) by making our own toothpaste.

    We simply stir together:
    2 TBSP coconut oil (melted)
    3 TBSP baking soda
    1 tsp sea salt (optional)

    Works great and is SO quick and easy. Could also add 10-15 drops of “food grade” essential oil for flavor, but we’ve never bothered. May be a bit too hard core for some folks without the flavoring, though. LOL! But we’re weird I guess ;)

    Great video! Very interesting about the acne connection….I had NO idea!

  14. Rebecca says

    Hi Tracy!!
    I hope this isn’t too personal, but I was wondering what kind of deoderent you use. Like homemade, store bought? Because I have trying all sorts of natural kinds and I end up smelling REALLY bad after a few hours with anything I have used! Like to wear I don’t even want to raise up my arms in front of even my mom!
    Thank you!

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