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DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste


Six months ago I went to the dentist and found out that I had six cavities. I could not believe it. It didn’t make sense because I eat a very clean, Paleo diet. I pinpointed some of the things that caused my cavities in this post that I wrote, “How I’m Healing My Cavities Without Dentistry.” This post has received a lot of attention and I’ve received many emails and messages about various things that I’m doing to heal my cavities. Well, good news…I went for a 6 month check-up at this dentist a few days ago to see how my cavities looked and to see if the remineralizing process was working…AND…I HAVE ZERO CAVITIES!!! I healed my teeth naturally with proper diet and nutrition and I did not have to pay a hefty dentist bill to have my teeth drilled and filled!

I mention in that post that I use a homemade toothpaste and because I have received so many emails about what that recipe is, I thought I would share my DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste recipe. I was having a hard time finding a toothpaste that did not have certain ingredients in them. When you are trying to remineralizing your teeth, you need to make sure you are not using a toothpaste with glycerin or xylitol in it. Glycerin coats your teeth and counteracts the remineralization process and this article explains why we don’t use xylitol. Our family avoids toothpaste with fluoride and preservatives, as well.

This recipe is great for remineralizing your teeth if you are following the Cure Tooth Decay protocol and have some cavities you are trying to reverse but it’s, also, a wonderful recipe to use just to maintain optimal oral health for your day-to-day life.

DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste:


  • 1/3 cup of Bentonite Clay (where to buy)- this comes from pure sources of undisturbed deposits in the ground. What is special about bentonite clay is that it draws toxins out of the body.
  • 1/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut Oil (where to buy) – coconut oil is amazing for oral health. It is highly effective with getting rid of viruses and bacteria in the mouth
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Real Salt (where to buy) – real salt is unrefined and full of natural minerals.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of REAL stevia  (where to buy)- this is the dry herb that is green and unprocessed in it’s natural form.
  • 15 Drops of Protective blend Essential oil (where to buy
  • 10 Drops of Peppermint Essential oil (where to buy

DIY Toothpaste


  • Step One: Put your bentonite clay in a bowl. Heat the water on the stove and then stir in the coconut oil till it is melted.
  • Step Two: With a hand mixer, mix on medium speed the bentonite clay and the water/oil mixture till blended through.
  • Step Three: Add the salt, stevia, and essential oils and continue to blend until it is completely blended.
  • Step Four: Keep in a covered jar!
  • *The mixture will harden a little bit as it sits because of the coconut oil. This makes it easier to add a bit to your toothbrush when you brush.

For more information on healing your cavities naturally, read this post and check out Cure Tooth Decay!

Want a kid-friendly version of this recipe? Check out my DIY Remineralizing Tooth Powder for KIDS

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176 Responses to DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste

  1. Purly December 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Could I do without the stevia, or do you need it? I really hate the taste of stevia.

    • The Paleo Mama December 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Sure! You can make it without a sweetener at all if you would like.

  2. Megan December 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi, thanks for the recipe! I’m going to give it a try.
    I have a question on step 2 – does that refer to mixing the bentonite clay with the water and coconut oil mixture?

  3. Lauren December 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I have read that the clay is not good with metal in your mouth because it pulls from it. I have a metal retainer – do you think this would be safe or does anyone know?

    • jmac January 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      I would be interested in this information as well.

    • Jennifer January 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      I have many aluminum fillings too and want to use this toothpaste but am concerned about all the comments with the clay pulling out your fillings?! Do you have an answer for this issue Paleo Mama????

    • Lacie February 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      I emailed Redmond Clay about this because I have metal fillings, and they said that it is totally safe to use. They said:

      We have found that a short period of time with metal is not enough to cause a reaction, such as brushing your teeth, or mixing the clay with a spoon. You would not want to leave a spoon in clay for a long period of time, or leave clay packed on a tooth with a filling, but for brushing you are perfectly safe.

      Thank you,

      Kimberly King
      Redmond Customer Service
      (800) 367-7258


  4. Christie December 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    That’s great news. I’m interested to hear what your dentist had to say about such an impressive improvement!

  5. Rachel December 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Does the clay have to be mixed with boiled water to be effetive?

    • The Paleo Mama December 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      You could make a powder version if that is what you are asking. The water just makes it easier to put on a toothbrush.

  6. The Paleo Mama December 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Yes! Actually I just posted a recipe on FB for making your own… . Xylitol is not recommended if you are remineralizing. I linked to the article in the post why it’s not ok.

    • Laura May 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      I’ve just read article after article that xylitol is good for remineralizing teeth…. I’m incredibly confused now….

  7. Kassandra Ebel December 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    using a metal container like you have will make the bentonite clay lose its magnetic charge, which makes it effective at pulling toxins and metals out of the body.

  8. Heather December 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Plant therapy has an oil called Germ Fighter. Very similar to thieves, and good price.

  9. Jennifer E. December 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I use Earth Paste. I’ve read randomly online that it helps with the remineralizing also but I like it because it doesn’t leave my mouth feeling all coated & slimy like commercial toothpaste. Plus if you use it for your kids, it is safe for them to swallow. I like the lemon flavor but the wintergreen is my 2nd favorite!

  10. Tara Pantera December 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I really want to add the stevia but I don’t want to buy a whole POUND since I never plan on eating it…can I find it in smaller amounts somewhere else? Would Whole Foods or someplace like that have it?

    • Josh December 18, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      Sorry, messed up the html tagging above, the link is embedded in the last half of the message

  11. Cory December 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    How long does the mixture keep? To put it another way, how often to I have to make new batches in order for it to be safe to use?

    • The Paleo Mama December 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      It lasts me about a month! So, every month I make a new batch.

  12. Sharon December 19, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Go to Amazon. And get Germ Fighter it’s the same thing $15/bottle

  13. sarahkins December 19, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I have metal fillings in my teeth. Will this be a problem for using this? When I was a kid (but post permanent molars coming in) I had a bad cavity that was more than half my molar. It now has a metal filling. What I’m hearing is that this can be problematic when using clay?? Any advice?

  14. Seana December 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I just need a clarification, is the clay basically the only active ingredient? Everything else is helpful but really a way to make the clay more easily used, be that by taste or texture?

    I ask so that I can know what ingredients can be substituted out.

    Thank you for the information!

    • The Paleo Mama December 20, 2013 at 7:50 am #

      I wouldn’t sub the other ingredients out. The coconut oil is extremely helpful for you teeth with all it’s benefits. The essential oils have a purpose too. The other ingredients too…the only one I would sub out if I had to is peppermint oil.

  15. Connie December 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    What are your thoughts on utilizing a plastic tooth tray (similar to those used for whitening teeth) to place a bit of the clay paste in close proximity to all the teeth for an extended period of time?

    If brushing is a good idea, seems this might be an excellent way to really make a concentrated effort toward reversing tooth decay/cavities. I would be curious to hear your thoughts.

    • The Paleo Mama December 21, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      That’s an interesting idea Connie! I’ve never heard of it but it would definitely be great for your teeth!

    • Angelica February 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      I would be careful, essential oils, especially peppermint oil, can degrade plastic over time.

      • Jackie Ritz February 26, 2016 at 7:39 am #

        Yes, and that’s why I would recommend using glass containers as often as possible.

  16. Jeanette Wu December 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Were your cavities deep, as in under the enamel? I have 7 bad cavities and am trying Nagel’s suggestions, but am feeling discouraged.

    • The Paleo Mama December 28, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      I don’t think they were deep deep. Although I was never told how bad they were.

    • Carrie January 1, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      Jeanette, unfortunately when cavities surpass the enamel, the chances of you getting rid of them without dental treatment are slim. Traditionally cavities do not get smaller at that point, they only continue to grow and get deeper so I would definitely get them taken care of before they start causing you pain/need root canals. Cavities removed through diet, brushing, or flossing are typically insipiencies – it’s decay, but not into the enamel so there’s still a chance to get rid of them.

    • Laura January 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Jeanette, do not be discouraged. Press on… you can do it! NEVER get a root canal! Yes, you can heal your deeper cavities! Keep reading what Nagel tells you! 🙂

  17. Peggy December 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I have liquid betonite clay. Would this be equal to the powdered clay?
    Learn so much from you. Thank you for sharing.


    • The Paleo Mama December 28, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Hmm…I’ve never used the liquid one. You may just need to skip the water but it should work fine!

      • Avril December 31, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

        The mouthwash recipe says to use xylitol and the toothpaste recipe says not – can you clarify please?

        • The Paleo Mama January 2, 2014 at 9:14 am #

          I don’t recommend using xylitol per the Cure Tooth Decay book. I would eliminate it from the mouthwash recipe that I shared.

    • Rachael April 18, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

      Did you skip the water here and did it work well for you. I have the liquid on hand as well.

  18. M.H January 4, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    Does this help with gum disease/receding gum line?

  19. Angie January 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Can you use this if you have silver fillings from the mid 80’s?

    • The Paleo Mama January 6, 2014 at 8:51 am #

      I don’t see why not. It’s all healthy ingredients.

  20. Niki January 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    I am not a fan of mint. I currently use a cinnamon toothpaste. Would I be able to sub the mint for cinnamon, or would that make it too cinnamony with the thieves or On Guard oil?

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!

    • The Paleo Mama January 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

      You could substitute any essential oil you would like. Melaleuca is really good for oral health and sometimes I add some of that to it.

  21. Arie January 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Is this toothpaste recommended by any doctor?

    • The Paleo Mama January 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      This is a DIY homeopathic recipe created with ingredients that are good for your teeth. I’m sure a homeopathic doctor would agree that this is a good recipe.

  22. Hannah Keith January 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    I just made this toothpaste and was wondering if it’s normal for all the oils to be separated from the mixture? I also was wondering if baking soda hurts the remineralzation of your teethe?

    • The Paleo Mama January 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Baking Soda is fine as far as I know…but long-term use of it has not been recommended. It’s safer to just use and stick with bentonite clay.

  23. Lydia Sudyko January 21, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    Hi thank you for the recipe. Do you think that I could use cinnamon for the flavor instead of peppermint? Or maybe even speaking? I’m not fond of peppermint.

    • Lydia Sudyko January 21, 2014 at 1:16 am #

      Oh oops that was supposed to be spearmint. 🙂

    • The Paleo Mama January 21, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      Sure! That would be very nice with it!

  24. Jozina January 21, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Hey Paleo Mama,

    The essential oils you’re recommendig contain cinnamon and orange extract, the problem is that I’m hyper-sensitive to cinnamaldehyde annd to certain parts of oranges. Is there an oil I could use to replace the recommended oils? Are you recommending the oil for taste or for it’s medicinal purposes, or maybe both :D?

    Kind regards, Jozina

    • The Paleo Mama January 21, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Hi Jozina! You can use whatever combination you would like. Spearmint or peppermint would be nice and melaleuca is great for teeth!

  25. Angela @AphaliciousBliss January 21, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    will this help get rid of plaque build up as well? I have a huge buildup of plaque that no matter what I do, can’t stop it from forming or coming back once removed.

    • The Paleo Mama January 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      Plague build up is from diet. So, maybe address that first and see how it does.

  26. Tara Pantera January 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I finally got all of the supplies to make this! I even got the powdered stevia (Mountain Rose Herbs). Yayyy! My question is about the essential oils…I don’t have Thieves…I have peppermint, lemongrass, orange, lavender, etc…should I use one of the others or just leave out the second oil?

  27. Kathy Conway January 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Did you go back to the SAME dentist that originally diagnosed your decay, or to a different one?

    • The Paleo Mama January 24, 2014 at 6:57 am #

      We moved during the whole ordeal, so it was a different one.

      • Caren January 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

        Okay, I like DIY and natural stuff too, so I am not criticizing here.

        But I have heard this so many times! Diagnosing cavities seems from what I have heard to be an art, not a science. Where one dentist will say “That’s a cavity”, another will not. So I am curious if you had x-rays or any way of seeing the change that should have occurred if mild “cavities” (or little pits in the enamel) actually remineralized, or if it’s possible that the first dentist was just very gung-ho and the second more laid back?

        It’s just that as I’ve researched the ideas of holistic dentistry, this kind of thing really gives me pause, and makes me wonder what’s really going on.

        • The Paleo Mama January 27, 2014 at 7:56 am #

          I’ll have x-rays done in a few months to prove it. I can only get X-rays done once a year with my insurance, however, the 2nd dentist has my X-rays in hand from my first dentist and checked all the spots that showed up on the X-rays. He said there were none in any of the spots that they showed up on the X-ray.

  28. mc January 22, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Bentonite clay should not be stored or come into contact with metal so I definitely would only use glass bowls to make this and a glass jar to store in… not a metal tin like pictured… looks like a good recipe, going to try it out today!

    • The Paleo Mama January 22, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Yes, you’re right. Someone else said something and I didn’t mention it in the post…the jar is just for the pic.

  29. Vanessa January 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Shoot I should have read all the comments first- I just made some (so excited to try it!) but I mixed it up in a metal bowl :/ Is it okay to use or should I toss it & make another batch properly? Also mine is really crumbly- is that normal or maybe because of the metal bowl…??

  30. sarah January 26, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    I am sorry but I am so tired of every recipe having coconut oil in it. I am very allergic to it and so is my whole family. It is a very common allergen and fairly irresponsible to be exposing people to…ie making product for your kids and causing reactions in their playmates…. People tell me to substitute shea butter, but in most recipes both are included and there are few ingredients.. Grrrrrrrr!

    • Jennifer S. January 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

      Wow – I’ve never heard of anyone being allergic to coconut oil. I’m sorry. There are a number of beneficial oils that can be substituted, depending on the recipe. For example, jojoba, castor, grapeseed and apricot seed oils are also wonderful for hair and skin as coconut is. Flaxseed and avocado oils work in food-related products.

    • Michelle January 28, 2014 at 6:00 am #

      You don’t have to use the coconut oil. It’s not a necessary ingredient. It makes the end product paste-like. Without it, you will have a powder that will get you the same results. 🙂

    • TeaJae February 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      AS wonderful as coconut oil is I’m in the same boat. My skin blisters and twitches with the use of coconut oil, my mouth swells up and makes my throat inflamed, tongue even swells and itches. Horrid reaction. I most certainly cannot use it. I’ve tried several brands Tropical traditions, vitacost, local farmers market, trader joes’s plus more. Everything has it in it. Its hard to find replacements for it that have the same healing benefits and properties. I will try this toothpaste and not put it in it. My teeth and gums need help I refuse to get a root canal. I’m not sure why I don’t want the root canal I just don’t want to do it, something inside saying don’t do it. I’m willing to try anything to get my health in order.

  31. Kiwe January 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I am allergic to coconut – (sucks i know) – is there something I can substitute for the coconut? I will probably make a batch and see if it hurts my tummy but thought I would ask in case there is an easy substitution. TIA

  32. Rachel January 28, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Is it safe to use this recipe during pregnancy to remineralize?

    • The Paleo Mama January 28, 2014 at 6:24 am #

      As far as I know. But just check with your provider to make sure.

    • Joy February 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Rachel, I don’t know about all the other ingredients. However, I know it is clove essential oils and possibly cinnamon essential oils that you should avoid if pregnant. It seems that the OnGuard and Thieves oils that is recommended, has cinnamon, but not sure if clove. I just highly encourage you to check ingredients on these oils and do some research online regarding cinnamon & all other ingredients before making it for yourself. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. 🙂

  33. Micki January 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Would it be ok to add baking soda to the recipe?

    • The Paleo Mama January 29, 2014 at 8:33 am #

      Baking soda could be added safely, yes. I prefer not to use it though because it’s pretty abrasive.

  34. Hillari C. February 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    I am new to the crunchy scene and am wondering if this toothpaste mixture would still be good to use when oil-pulling?

  35. Martha Howard February 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    I actually made this, and would recommend putting all the ingredients into the boiling water BEFORE mixing. Using your method (and the exact measurements) I found myself stuck with kneading two different oils and the powdered stevia into a lump of clay. Not good.

  36. Shawna February 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    How was your dentist checking for your cavities? Was it with a metal explorer? How bad/deep was the decay? I am really curious to know the circumstances. Nothing in this paste has the same properties as tooth enamel, so I’m VERY curious…

    • The Paleo Mama February 9, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      He checked by X-ray. I’m not sure how deep they were. They showed up on X-ray though.

  37. Renee February 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    My husband and I just attempted this recipe and it did not turn out looking anything like your picture (of the mixture on your toothbrush). Instead it looks like you could shape it and make pottery! We measured and mixed exactly how you said. Did we do something wrong?? Any suggestions?

    • The Paleo Mama February 17, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      The texture doesn’t matter really. It could be you used a different clay. Just pinch off a little bit and put it on your toothbrush.

  38. Joy February 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m excited and really anxious to make this right now and have all the ingredients. However, I do not have a hand mixed, nor could I afford one right now. Do you think that it would work out fine if I mix it by hand or do you think perhaps just mixing it all together in the pan of water with melted oil & then in the blender? What would you recommend?

    • The Paleo Mama February 19, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Yes a blender would work just fine…or just mixing by hand.

  39. Erin February 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I have an allergy to coconut. What would be a good substitute for the coconut oil?

  40. Millie February 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe. It’s cooling and I’ve already tried it after my 1st oil pulling. The best part is knowing what’s going into your body no hidden chemicals or things you can’t pronounce. Our bodies are being bombarded with unhealthy things and we need to regulate that and go back to the old ways of DYI. Also, feel really good not adding to pollution problems/landfills with excessive packaging. Feeling really good just about everything….

  41. Katie March 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Hi! I’m super excited to try this toothpaste recipe!

    However, I read the article about xylitol and I think that some of the info in that article is presented in a misleading way. I work in a lab and so I’m familiar with Material Safety Data Sheets and in the article it reads:

    “The data sheet for xylitol brings up some causes for concern:

    “Caution! May cause eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation. Hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air). ”

    “Inhalation: May cause respiratory tract irritation. May be harmful if inhaled. Chronic: No information found.”

    This means that the datasheet could not locate long term inhalation studies to show that xylitol is safe to inhale”

    However, if you were to look up the MSDS for sucrose and compare, you would find the same warnings. Really, most chemicals regardless of their natural occurrence, everyday use, or usual harmlessness will have warnings like these. Honestly, no one should be inhaling sugar or xylitol or any other powder–it is irritating to the respiratory tract. That’s just common sense so it’s a little silly to say that the fact that you cannot inhale this powder means it is dangerous for you, because you shouldn’t be inhaling any powders. It also shouldn’t be surprising that putting xylitol, sugar, coffee grounds, sand, stevia powder, or anything like that in your eyes will cause irritation. As for skin irritation, people have varying skin sensitivities and almost anything can cause “skin irritation” from grass to baking soda or salt. None of these things should be a cause for concern.

    Another part of the article seemed misleading to me as well. When it was discussing how xylitol is made this was said:

    “3. The acetic acid, described as “very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation. . . hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive, permeator), of eye contact (corrosive),” must be removed.”

    Acetic acid is vinegar. Which as I stated before, the warnings here are common sense. Vinegar is acidic, and although vinegar is a solution of acetic acid in water and therefore dilute, you still would not want to put it in your eyes, etc. And even though I do use vinegar on my skin (as a facial toner), the already dilute acetic acid in water making up the vinegar I use needs to be further diluted in water in order for my skin to not be irritated. But I don’t think that means I should be worried about acetic acid or vinegar use. As far as organic chemistry synthesis goes I think the synthesis of xylitol is pretty cool–evaporate the acetic acid and recrystallize (essentially making it solid instead of syrupy as well as purifying the product) using ethanol as the solvent. It should also be of no concern that acetic acid was produced in the process since it evaporates away–there is none left that the buyer would ever come into contact with.

    As for the rest of the article I can agree that it probably isn’t the best thing to be using something that has to be manufactured in a lab. I know I’m personally much happier with unrefined sugars like raw honey or the sugar present in fruit. I also thought the increase in the incidence of adrenal medullary hyperplasia was interesting and definitely something I’d look into. I’m not really convinced of any cavity preventing properties of it either and I never have been. So for the most part I agree with the article, but I don’t like the way it tried to scare people into thinking it’s harmful. It may be harmful, but the evidence given in the article are not the reasons it is harmful or why we should be worried about it. I would’ve found the article more helpful if it further discussed the increase of adrenal medullary hyperplasia or other actual toxic long term effects they have seen. Bottom line, I’d rather use something other than xylitol, but I don’t see any reason to be very worried about using it in my toothpaste.

    I’m sorry this was so long! I just didn’t think it was a very honest way of representing the information.

  42. Jekka Krayenhoff March 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Is this safe for an 18 month old? My friend just found out her son needs to have teeth pulled due to deep cavities and the dentist recommended brushing with flouride after every time she nurses! I am trying to help her find an alternative and I love your toothpaste! I saw your kid friendly recipe, but it looked like the main difference was texture. Could she use either recipe with her boy? Thanks!

  43. April March 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Is there a substitute for coconut oil? I am allergic :-/

    • The Paleo Mama March 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      No…I’m not sure what else to use.

    • Seana June 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

      I’d try substituting sesame or olive oil for coconut. Both are used for oil pulling and are good for your teeth and gums.

      For those that are coming out with a crumbly texture, add more water and mix more. Not everyone measures exactly the same. You may have a tad more of the dry ingredients. Add a few drops of water at a time and mix well. Keep it up until it’s creamy.

  44. Amanda March 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    If you’re not supposed to use a plastic jar because the clay could pull chemicals out and you’re not supposed to use metal for the same reason…What kind of container do you use???? Glass jars usually have metal lids????

  45. Joshua March 21, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    Just wondering, I was just watching late night and Shaileen Woodly (I don’t know how to spell it, and far too lazy to look it up) said she makes her own toothpaste with clay and she says she swallows it. Is that acceptable? It seems strange that you can swallow this clay, so I was wondering whether you had an opinion about that.

  46. Alli March 28, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    Thanks for the article! Would it be ok to use dead sea salts?

  47. Ashleigh April 5, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    Could i use pink himalayan sea salt in place of the “real” salt?

  48. Jenn April 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    After a week of bronchitis and falling asleep with cough drops in my mouth as my only relief at night, I woke up one morning to a mouth full of cavities! I have been oil pulling and just made this recipe today. Thank you so much for posting! I left out sweetener and I am hoping this helps until I can get to the dentist.

  49. Kara April 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe. I just made it and used it for the first time. Is the clay you use in powder form? I ordered mine from Mountain Rose Herbs and when I was mixing the water/oil with the clay, I found that it immediately hardened, making it difficult to mix (though I was mixing it by hand) and difficult to get it out of my toothbrush. Other than that I loved it, feels great on the teeth.


  50. Jessica M. April 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    I just made this and used it once, and I love it. I didn’t use peppermint oil because I don’t have any, but I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    • Seana June 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

      Cinnamon essential oil is fine but if you actually used cinnamon it’ll stain your teeth. I’ve experienced it. 🙂

  51. Eden April 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm #


    Is bentonite clay safe to use for people w/ braces? Thanks

  52. Kacy April 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Thank you for this recipe. I made it a few days ago. I’m storing it in a small mason jar with a metal lid. The last 2 times I’ve used the tooth paste, for several hours after i have a metallic taste in my teeth. Anyone experience this? From reading the comments i wonder if the lid has any effect or if it could be caused by something else?

    • Seana June 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      I’d bet the clay is detoxing metal from your body.

  53. Kacy April 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    I should also clarify that i do not have any metal in my mouth.

  54. Sara May 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi I have a couple of things Walmart has some cute jars with wooden lids and a wooden spoon. I don’t have all the ingredients yet plan on making this.

    I have not read your article on oil pulling as I was doing it a few years ago.

    Here is a question regarding a fun topic. Spiting…where do you spit your oil pulling stuff when you are done and where do you spit your tooth brushing stuff?

    Weird right? Well.. You have oil and clay both not real good for pipes. Have you had any plumbing issues?

    I will probably still be spiting into a can or jar for oil pulling just not sure about the brushing teeth spit.

  55. Sara May 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Strange question, can you tell me where you spit the toothpaste? If in the normal place, “the bathroom sink”, can you tell me if it has caused clogs. I am concerned with clay and oil. I know you oil pull too and do you spit that in a container or down the skin too?

  56. Margaret May 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I really like this toothpaste! Leaves my teeth feeling very clean! I used 1/2 the stevia and it was great! Thanks for sharing!

  57. Gina June 4, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    Hi, thanks for the recipe!! I purchased all the ingredients I need to make but the Redmond clay says there are traces of lead in it. Should I be concerned? Never used this clay before…any advise?

    • The Paleo Mama June 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      I believe they have a post on their website why they have to say that.

  58. Teeth Care June 8, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    I have always been taking good care of my teeth. Yet several cavities were found when I went to see my dentist last week. It is, to be honest, heartbreaking. I’m happy that I discovered your blog, which somehow gives me some hope that I can cure my teeth by proper diet and toothpaste made of right ingredients. The “Cure Tooth Decay” looks interesting too! Will buy the book and definitely try your toothpaste recipe, hopefully I could somehow prevent my teeth from getting worse in a natural way (fingers crossed).

  59. Tamara Santos July 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    This weekend was my first go at making my own toothpaste and while it wasn’t an epic failure, it wasn’t great either. The ratios in the recipe I used called for a much higher amount of coconut oil than the rest of the ingredients. For example, almost 1/3 cup of coconut oil and only 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay. That might sound find for people who live in other states, but I live in Florida, where it was 86 degrees last night at midnight. The heat index today was 101. As you can imagine, that has left me with basically a liquid toothpaste. I need a different recipe. Which is what led me here! 🙂

    My question is, should I use less water in this recipe? I am really concerned that I will have another liquid mess on my hands.

    Thanks for any help you can give me!

  60. Kelly July 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    How are you? love this article, thanks ! i was wondering your opinion on the radiant life product BLUE ICE ROYAL BUTTER OIL/ FERMENTED COD LIVER OIL BLEND ? It would save me money and seems to join the best of both worlds. its slight lower in vitamins A/D but not much …
    thank you in advance

  61. Brooke July 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Is this safe for toddlers? thanks

    • The Paleo Mama July 25, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      I have a tooth powder recipe that would be better for toddlers.

  62. Jeri July 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Does this have a consistency that would come up through a pump? Like a re-purposed soap dispensing pump?

  63. StefiG July 22, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    Hi PaleoMama!! 🙂 I just ordered all of my ingredients to make this tooth paste. I am going to try your products on my 2 year old who, because she nursed so long, has tooth decay on her front teeth. I am going to follow your regiment and I will let you know how it goes!
    Do you thinking would be ok for me to make a special batch for the hubs and I and add activated charcoal for teeth whitening? Just wondering. Not sure about the chemistry and how it would work with the other ingredients.
    Thank you!!!

  64. Kerry July 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Hey! I can’t wait to try this toothpaste!
    I just moved across the country so money’s a bit tight but I’m thinking late August I would like to sign up, is there an enrollment option that is better than the others? I am not sure about selling for me but I would like to give it a try! Thanks for any info or thoughts 🙂

  65. Chrissy August 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Thanks for the post! I finally have everything to make this. Only problem is most of the oils I have right now are the Aura Cacia brand. Don’t have the means just yet to switch to one of the more superior brands. So of course my peppermint is for “external use only.” Would I still be able to use it in the toothpaste if I am going to end up just spitting out anyway?

  66. Abbie September 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Would it work for me to sub liquid stevia in place of the powder? If so, do you know the amount I would use?

    • The Paleo Mama September 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      I do not know…I’ve never tried it!

    • Sophie October 12, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      Abbie-I have liquid stevia as well. Have you tried it and if so, how did it turn out/how much did you use? Thanks

  67. Rachel September 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I really like this recipe and want to use it when my husband goes offshore 3-4 weeks at a time. How can I make it to go thru customs at the airport? Have you traveled with it before?

  68. Becky September 18, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Thanks for the recipe- I just finished making it. The texture will take a bit getting used to I think but that’s to be expected since I am used to commercial toothpaste). In anticipation of cooler temps I substituted fractionated coconut oil (so that it wouldn’t harden) and eliminated the water. Also, because I found some in the pantry, I substituted a “Z sweet” packet ( which is erythritol, stevia, and calcium carbonate) for the stevia. Some toothpaste recipes that I found had calcium carbonate listed so I decided it would be ok (unsure about the erythritol ). The consistency of the result was perfect but I wanted to know if these substitutions throw up any red flags with you. Thanks again for the recipe!

  69. Debbie C. October 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Wonderful site! I just saw it and must leave the country in a few days, so don’t have time to get ingredients and make this up before leaving. Does anybody sell this homemade toothpaste? I’d love to buy a little. Thanks in advance for any tips.

  70. Charlotte November 9, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks so much for this! My family has been using it for a couple months now, and we like it better than the many other homemade recipes we’ve tried. This is so close to normal toothpaste, my husband even uses it — and he never could stand any other homemade!!! I love the texture. I use 5 drops clove oil rather than OnGaurd (only because I don’t have OnGaurd).

    We’ve been doing remineralizing things for 2 years, ever since my oldest child had one cavity. Instead of healing, that one grew and he had 8 cavities filled this summer. My next kid had 6 filled this summer. I took them last week for a cleaning, and they have 6 more cavities and 3 more, plus my third child now has one. I’m beyond frustrated!! But we’ll keep at it. I’ve read “Cure Tooth Decay” and all the Weston Price info., and saw somewhere that it can take 2 or 3 generations to reverse decay problems. My grandparents, parents, siblings and I all have very “soft” teeth with cavities all the time, so I guess my kids’ healing may take longer…or we may not see it until they have kids! But we’ll keep trying. I love reading about how people really saw the healing come from these things. It gives me hope!

  71. Monica December 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    It would not be wise to add the essential oils to boiling water, particularly the protective blend you would be using (Thieves, On Guard) as heat can alter or destroy the beneficial properties of them.

  72. Tara December 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Dose that go for pulling too? I’ve heard that pulling with aluminum fillings makes them fall out. I would love to start pulling but was afraid.

    I have a high inflammation marker in my body I need to figure out a healthy way to lower it. Hopefully through essential oils I can. (which is why I have issues with my teeth/gums..

  73. Tara December 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    silver fillings not aluminum (back in the 80’s)

  74. William December 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    What do you think of using tea tree oil to replace OnGuard essential oil or peppermint oil?

  75. Mayia December 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    I am breastfeeding so try to avoid peppermint as much as possible. Any suggestions for another oil that will still give me the fresh feeling?? 🙂 Thanks!!

    • The Paleo Mama January 5, 2015 at 10:32 am #

      You could use a small amount of clove or cinnamon

  76. Tawny Redford January 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    I am teaching a class of 20 people on how to make this. Can you give me the exact measurements of each ingredient to have ready to do so?

  77. Ashley Derrick January 15, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    I have recently taken my 17 month old to the dentist because of a visible cavity in his molar. He has a cavity in each molar and the dentist wants to fill these. I came across this article and recipe for the toothpaste and just want to make sure all of these ingredients are safe to use at his age. I am also not sure what vitamins would be good for he and my 3.5 year old as well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the information I am reading and so many different opinions and not sure which route to go. TIA!

  78. William January 22, 2015 at 1:57 am #

    I believe that as long as the clay is not in direct contact with metal, it should be fine. So you probably can use a mason jar so long as the toothpaste is at the bottom of the glass part. I placed mine in a reused jar that used to contain ghee. The lid is plastic but it never touches the toothpaste.

  79. William January 22, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    Hmmm, it’s weird that my post above appears in the bottom of the page. I clicked reply on someone’s question about where to put the toothpaste if it’s not supposed to touch metal or plastic.

    Anyway, I have an idea, I wonder if you would agree, PaleoMama. Instead of putting the paste directly into your toothbrush, I thought it might be good to put it in your fingers and massage it into your teeth and gums, then brushing. Massaging gums is another way of stimulating circulation, and it might improve distribution of the paste.


  80. Carolyn February 13, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Thank you for the natural toothpaste recipe.

    Do you have to refrigerate it after making it?

    thank you

  81. Kate March 1, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Hi, I would like to know if this toothpaste would be okay to use if one has braces. I know bentonite is sensitive to metal, so I’m wondering if using this toothpaste with braces would produce ill effects, or render it useless. Thanks!

  82. stevie March 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi Hello,

    Every time i add the clay my toothpaste separates, the oil leaks out and settles on top. Is this from the clay itself? its a nice creamy texture before i add clay, then gloppy after.

    Any advice will help.

  83. Mary April 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    A handmixer has metal beaters. Will this affect the quality of the Clay and lose its properties or toxin pull?

  84. stacy hancock May 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    i feel crazy. i didn’t have near enough liquid to be able to mix the clay! ended up using more CO and water to get it to be paste like. just smeared it around with a spatula until it mixed, the handmixer just gummed up.

  85. Condor May 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm #


    I was looking for natural toothpaste and i just read your article on your site about homemade toothpaste.
    Since im 22 and i already have 2 cavities, but i brush and floss twice a day, i realised “modern (read bad) medicine wantts you to have bad teeth so they could sell more products.
    Article is pretty interesting especially the other one about nutrition and others from

    Anyway i just have few questions about ingredients (since im not native english speaker some tips/names arent completely understanding for me):

    1.)What salt i need? Unrefined and unionised? like these himalaian salt?
    2.)What kind of coconut oil i need?

    p.s. can you explain me what exactly ingredient in this toothpaste clean teeth?
    For instance i know that a lot of people even today chew branches called Meswaki in Africa and they have great teeth.Meswaki releases enzymes that cleans teeth.

  86. Erin May 16, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    Can French green clay be used instead of bentonite clay?

    • Heather June 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

      I am wondering the same thing! I have green clay and am out of toothpaste, I dont want to wait for the other kind of clay to make some. Having trouble finding if it would work or be safe or not anywhere!

  87. FaithLorraine May 23, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    Hello. Thank you for this blog post recipe. I am hoping for a miracle by using this toothpaste recipe and changing my diet. I have several deep cavities and gingivitis. My dentist just told me I’ll need a few root canals very soon. 🙁 My crowns are popping off and my molars are aching. Was just quoted about $8000 worth of dental work needed after insurance pays the max. I can’t afford that so I am so scared. Just one question for you… I read all the comments first to make sure you hadn’t already answered. Can honey be used as the sweetener instead of stevia? I’m not fond of the taste stevia. I saw your comment about just omitting it but I just wanted to see if honey would work or if it would be chemically bad for teeth or with the other ingredients.

  88. Aspen May 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    I tried this about a year ago. Once I got used to the non-colgate feel of it, I actually fell in love with it, my teeth felt cleaner, it was refreshing to use, etc. The real test came when I went to the dentist for the first time in five years (thank you ACA). I have NEVER IN MY LIFE made it out of a dentist’s chair without having to get a cavity filled – not once. And after five years without a dentist visit, I knew it was going to be pretty bad. So you can imagine my shock when they told me that I didn’t have a single cavity. May I repeat, NEVER IN MY LIFE – and I am 32. NEVER IN MY LIFE. I could not believe it. I think I made them repeat themselves. After five years it was purely miraculous. So thank you for this recipe. My husband says you should not use it all the time, I don’t know if that is true, but I think it is about time to start it up again. Also, I work for a raw pet food company and I am using this recipe in our newsletter for June, with full credit being linked back to If there is an issue with this, please let me know. I love this recipe!

    • Jackie Ritz May 24, 2015 at 7:02 am #

      I love hearing how this worked for you!

  89. Kim June 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Has a dentist reviewed this and given it his or her approval? I would love to know what dental professionals think of this. If you could get some to review the efficacy of your recipe and validity of your claims, I would greatly appreciate it and spread your information to my friends!

  90. karen June 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    have had the opportunity to watch your videos and listened to you during the Essential Oils seminar. lots of info. was wondering if I can use ground up spearmint leaves in the paste and how if at all, herbs can equate to essential oils for recipes. thank you so much for your time and what information you bring.

  91. Marcy June 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Thank you, paleo mama for posting this great toothpaste. My husband and I have not been to the dentist for 6 years. we have been using this toothpaste for many of those years.
    Well, finally got dental insurance and went back. The dentist couldn’t believe that it has been so long since we had been. He thought it had only been six months since my last teeth cleaning. It took him maybe 5 minutes to scrap my teeth, it took maybe about 10 minute to do my husbands teeth.
    I am know going to make it for presents for my children.

  92. Jessica July 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    I’ve bee using this for about a year and we really like it! I’ve just ran out of the clay and was going to reorder, but finding that there are different types of clay… sodium and calcium. Thoughts on this?

  93. Cassie August 17, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    How much paste does this recipe create? Trying to figure out what size jar to have to store this in. Thanks!

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  95. Johanna October 4, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    What if I added a little baking soda to it for a little “whitening” action?

    • Jackie Ritz October 5, 2015 at 9:27 am #

      You can try it, but I recommend you be sure you are using a gluten free baking soda

  96. katie October 19, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    can’t wait to try this recipe! random question: i have a significantly chipped tooth (in a back molar) there’s nothing that can be done to “heal” it apart from the cavity there? teeth don’t grow back, right? like a lizard who grows back a tail 😉 haha

    • Jackie Ritz October 21, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      Yes, I do not think there is a way to “regrow” a chipped tooth. Be nice if there was, wouldn’t it?

  97. Monique February 18, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Hi Paleo Mama,

    I am super excited about this recipe! I have used it for a couple of days now and like it. When I made it I added a tablespoon of olive oil as well as the coconut oil to make it creamier and less crumbly (my sister has been using it and didn’t like how crumbly it was). But after making it I started wondering if that would effect the remineralization at all. What do you think? Was that a bad idea?

    • Jackie Ritz February 23, 2016 at 8:14 am #

      I think you are OK with the olive oil. I would recommend just using a little more coconut oil next time.

  98. Tiffany February 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Do you sell this toothpaste? I’d want to try it before I bought large amounts of all those ingredients myself. I already have coconut oil and dried stevia leaves, but nothing else.


    • Jackie Ritz February 26, 2016 at 7:57 am #

      No, I do not sell any of my homemade products at this time.

  99. Jordan March 14, 2016 at 12:59 am #

    I was planning on making the kid-friendly tooth powder, but was just going to ask if I could add coconut oil with sucess. Then, I found this recipe! Hopefully my kids won’t mind the texture. Just purchased all the ingredients, and really looking forward to trying this out! Trying to remineralize my teeth, and my 2 year old daughter’s teeth.

    Thank you so much!!

  100. Faith April 15, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    Hi. I am a dental hygienist and I do believe it’s possible to remineralize the enamel of your teeth and I support and use natural means and products but I just wanted to let you know that the article referenced has some misinformation as far as Xylitol and why it has been considered anticariogenic and therefore used in oral care products.

  101. Marietta May 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Hi, I was wondering wether, by using the metal beaters, we do not take away the detoxing property of the bentonite clay?

  102. Vicki Dorion May 27, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Can bentonite clay be used on veneers? I know my dentist said I can’t use baking soda on them as it makes the teeth dull (and it did). I guess baking soda is too abrasive so that is why I am asking about the bentonite clay. I have cavities and toothaches and I am so desperate to heal them fast!

  103. em June 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    im so glad for this info. i make a more basic toothpaste to avoid fillers etc.. however, to heal cavities and remineralize teeth, im excited. im am curious if you can share the ingredients of the ‘protective blend’?

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