Homemade Toothpaste Recipe and the Benefits of Xylitol

By Susan E Couch

There are several recipes online that a person can find and make inexpensively.  It is amazing that these same kind of natural toothpastes that sell in health food stores and grocery stores, cost a lot more to use when compared ounce for ounce than the homemade varieties.  There might be some initial investment at first but the homemade toothpaste will end up being cheaper per use.  The homemade ones are probably better for you and the environment as well.

What is nice is you can adjust the flavorings yourself and they are so simple to make, a 6 year old could make them, assuming a 6 year old can read and follow instructions.  Here are a couple recipes that I have found and some interesting information on xylitol.

Recipe #1

Ingredients:

  1. 4 tsp baking soda
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp water
  4. 1 tsp flavoring (extracts-your choice-vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, lemon, almond or whatever you want)
  5. Air tight container

Instructions:

  1. Mix half the water and the baking soda to about the consistency of store-bought toothpaste.
  2. Stir in the salt, mixing well.
  3. Add a few drops of the extract, mixing well.
  4. Add some more water if too thick and more extract if you like a stronger taste.

Recipe # 2

Ingredients:

  1. 2 tbs coconut oil
  2. 3 tbs baking soda
  3. 1 tsp Stevia powder or about ½ packet
  4. 1 tsp flavoring (extracts-your choice-vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, lemon, almond or whatever you want)
  5. Air tight container

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients well, following same advice for the extracts in recipe #1. 

Coconut oil is good for the gums and mouth membranes and strengthens them.  It is also a natural antibacterial agent.  It will however being oil based spread in the mouth easily and stick in the sink when spit out. I would recommend using warm water when spitting to help rinse it down the drain.

Keep in mind if you prefer to use essential oils instead of extracts that the oils are much more potent and you may need only a drop or two.  You can find essential oils at your health food stores.  They are more expensive but have many uses.

Neither of these recipes have fluoride in them but you can always find a good fluoride rinse at the grocery store even though one day you may not be able to. From my understanding, it is included in our water that we drink from the sink.  It is also my understanding that too much fluoride is not good for you.  I do agree fluoride is needed to help strengthen teeth so it may just be a good cause for me to research and find it somewhere so I can add it to these recipes or find a natural substitute.

Information on Xylitol

Xylitol can also be added as a sweetener or to help prevent tooth decay.  It is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants.  It helps keep a neutral PH level in the mouth and doesn’t break down like sugar.  It prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth thus helping to prevent tooth decay. The acid process is stopped.  Most people do not know this as this is a claim that would not be allowed by the food and drug administration or it would have to be called a drug.

Tooth decay will happen when the bacteria in your mouth eat the sugars we eat. When the foods you eat contain sugar, it gives germs and bacteria on your teeth the energy they need to multiply abundantly and make acids that eat away the teeth enamel. The acid eats away the enamel then tooth decay forms and then you get cavities

Research shows that using xylitol helps repair damage to teeth enamel. Your own saliva protects the mouth and teeth. Saliva contains all that is needed to repair early cavities. The saliva can do the job alone if one doesn’t eat sugar normally,  but most people take in too much sugar so often that the mouth’s own defensive tools are not enough.

Saliva that has xylitol in it is more alkaline than saliva that is stimulated in the mouth from other sugar substances. After taking xylitol products, basic amino acids, the ammonia that is in saliva, and plaque can rise.  The PH of plaque will rise then.  If PH is above 7, the calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start gravitating to weakened tooth enamel. This will make any soft enamel spots start hardening again with new calcium.

Xylitol can have a great influence on your health as we all know that when our teeth go bad, it can have adverse effects on our health.  You can most likely find xylitol at any health food store and it can easily be added to the toothpaste recipes above.  You can also find it in some chewing gums and other products.  You can also order xylitol in bulk online.

The way the economy is going, the day may come when you cannot just walk into a grocery store to buy something as simple as toothpaste without paying an arm and a leg for it.  Now is the time to prepare and learn to make your own needed items.  So its important to know how to make homemade toothpaste and the benefits of xylitol.

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  • Anonymous

    I never knew that you could make your own tooth paste…very interesting Susan.

  • Susan

    thanks Jimmie.

  • http://murrellsinletdentist.com/myrtle-beach-dentist.html Luther Towler

    Nice to know your toothpaste recipes Susan! They look so easy to make! By the way, I’m a bit surprised about your recipe #2. It includes coconut oil. I guess it would sound new to some people, like me, that coconut oil is one of the ingredients for home made toothpastes.

  • Donna

    Thanks Susan for sharing your great recipes for home made toothpaste and with the additional info using Xylitol which I greatly appreciate. My 3 year old grandson/EJ and I have been making toothpaste for the last few months just using bottled water, baking soda and using either cinnamon or strawberry extracts from my spice cabinet and I also added Xylitol with this last batch we just made. I believe the next batch we make, we will be using chocolate extract since EJ mentioned he wants to use chocolate the next time we make some new toothpaste.

  • http://www.susanecouch.com Susan

    Thats great! Let me know how it turns out!!