I get a lot of flack from my family about making toothpaste. You tend to get that crazy side eye look like when people learn you make your own deodorant. Once your teeth are used to natural, gentle homemade toothpaste you’ll never go back to harsh versions. And as a nice bonus, your lips are always soft from the coconut oil!
I’ve yet to convert my kids to a DIY version – I mean, it’s struggle to get them to brush at all. That’s next on my list! But we have cut out fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), the common cleansing ingredient found in most toothpastes. That stuff burns! And it can cause mouth sores and inflammation.
This toothpaste is similar to my first toothpaste version, but now I add trace minerals and probiotic capsules. Honestly, I had never heard of adding probiotics to toothpaste, but Dr. Axe recommends it so I gave it try. Anything to support a healthy gut! I don’t taste the probiotics, but, oh man, the mineral drops taste awful.
So why add minerals? Well, along with a diet that contains too much sugar, a lack of minerals (calcium, magnesium and phosphorus) can contribute to tooth decay. Adding probiotics and minerals to your toothpaste (aka ‘remineralizing’ them) can help reverse cavities and support healthy teeth and gums.
Have you made your own toothpaste? Share your homemade recipes in the comments!
DIY Remineralizing toothpaste
- Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well until coconut oil and baking soda are well mixed together.
- Store in glass jar with a lid.
- Use twice daily, brushing teeth for 2 minutes.
Photos by Susan Hudson