Toothpaste Troubleshooting

I'm truly glad so many of you liked the toothpaste post!  We've been using it for a while now and we'll never go back to the store bought stuff.  My gums are healthier, my teeth are whiter and it's one more thing that I can easily make for myself.  Do jump in and try it!

I got a phone call from a friend who was all excited to make the toothpaste:

Friend: "I made the toothpaste today."
Me: "Yeah?  Great. What do you think?"
Friend: "I almost was SO salty!"
Me: "Oh no!....(sad face)".

I talked her down of the ledge and encouraged her to try again with some modifications...she is now quite happy with her toothpaste.

So here are a few answers to some questions/comments about the recipe.

TOO SALTY - Yes, that would be the baking soda.  We all have different tastes and preferences.  If you find the recipe too "salty" tasting, get yourself some of this...

Instead of the 3Tbs baking soda, use 2 Tbs calcium carbonate and 2 tsp baking soda.  I made some for my 7 month old nephew when I decided the pure baking soda might be too much for him.

I prefer the pure baking soda because of obvious cleansing reasons, but the calcium carbonate is abrasive enough to clean, plus some claim that it can help remineralize your teeth.

Either of these toothpaste recipes blow the pants off any commercial toothpaste you can buy, in my opinion.

TOO COCONUTTY - Some folks just do not like the taste of coconut oil (what?!?!?!?).  I do not recommend using a different oil for this recipe as coconut oil is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal...all things I don't mind having in toothpaste, right?  If the coconut taste is too much for you, try using peppermint essential oil (about 5-7 drops for the recipe) instead of the flavored liquid stevia.  The peppermint really masks the coconut oil.

TOO HARD - Make sure you sit your coconut oil in the sun for an hour or so before making the toothpaste.  If the coconut oil is cold and hard it will (obviously) be too hard to mix in the other ingredients.  Do not heat it in the microwave please.  Not only will it change the structure of the oil, but then it will be too hot and the baking soda will not incorporate well.  If you follow the recipe the toothpaste should not harden too much.  I do live in southern CA though and my bathroom never goes below 60.  Ha!  If your toothpaste gets too hard because you live in a cold climate, just sit the jar in warm water until your desired texture is achieved.

Let me know if you have any other questions or thoughts on this recipe, I'd love to hear them!


  1. Oh, I didn't see that post but will check it out. My only concern is that we're on a well so my kids don't get fluoride in their water...not sure if I've just been brainwashed by the dental health hygienist into thinking that they need fluoride?
    Sounds delicious, anyway!

  2. I think people are also used to using way too much toothpaste. My guess is just a tab of this is just right. Still haven't made it yet but I will as soon as my tube runs out. I'm not allowed to have mint right now so I think Ill just go with the coconut flavor.

  3. We're on a well too and used to get fluoride once a month at our rural public school to swish around our teeth but not swallow. I'm also curious about needing fluoride as we're drinking from the very same well even now.

  4. I think telling parents that kids really need fluoride in order to have healthy teeth, is going to be one of those things that dentists look back on 30yrs from now and say "what the heck were we thinking" just my opinion......:)

    Thanks for the awesome tips!

  5. Bitt - Yes! You are so right. :)
    Pea sized amounts are perfect.

    As far as flouride goes, you'll have to read your research and make your own decisions. A good site is:
    Obviously it's slanted because the site itself if anti flouride, but it does back up it's "reasons" with real case facts.

  6. I just made a new toothpaste powder yesterday that I liked pretty well. It was baking soda, sea salt, peppermint oil and ground sage. I like it!

  7. This is a very interesting and factual tips. I have been using baking soda as an alternative for teeth whitening. I find it very useful and economical as well. I look forward to seeing more tips about making our mouth, teeth, and gums healthier.

  8. I don't have any problems using Baking soda. So, I think a 3 Tbs of baking soda is good for me to make my own toothpaste.

  9. I've tried using both Baking Soda and Calcium Carbonate and my verdict, they both have the same taste. So whether you use baking soda or calcium carbonate, the toothpaste will still taste a little salty. You can add a little bit of mint to add flavor.

  10. I did not know that Calcium Carbonate can also be used as an alternative for Baking soda. I only tried using Baking soda as whitening agent. I think I should give Calcium Carbonate a try.

  11. Most people perceived that using more toothpaste will clean the teeth better. Too much toothpaste can actually hurt our teeth.

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  12. I've been using baking soda for years now as part of my dental rituals. After teeth brushing, I always brush my teeth with baking soda. I can say that I am already immune with the salty taste of this product.

  13. Glad I found your article! Fluoride is not good for your health and I know that using baking soda as an alternative for teeth whitening is every effective also useful and eco friendly as well. i heard that dentist Bondi Junction emergency dentist does teeth examination for those who used fluoride before.

  14. I didn't know that you can make toothpaste at home. I heard that baking soda is an ingredient in the toothpaste that help whitens teeth. I remember my Chemistry teacher discussing about this. It may hurt the gums though, when overuse.

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  15. This information has certainly opened my eyes to the wonders of this natural product.
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  16. I didn't know that you can actually make toothpaste out of the ingredients you can find at home. I heard that baking soda is an effective way of teeth whitening and coconut oil is antiviral and antibacterial that can help prevent bacteria in the mouth.

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  17. Just wanted to let you know that we made toothpaste using your recipe and we LOVE IT! Thanks again! Barefoot Five

  18. I really want to make my own homemade-toothpaste so I can feel that I've done something personally useful and productive, but all the dental advertising I see everywhere is really getting to me. Just the other day, I picked up a tube of Colgate during my grocery run and it was only when I got home that I found out that I already have an extra tube.

  19. Brilliant idea! I didn't know that you can make your own toothpaste at home. Making your own toothpaste will ensure the quality of the product.

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  21. I think you’re very resourceful. Making your own toothpaste from kitchen ingredients is a good practice. Don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly though, to maintain proper oral health.
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  22. According to my fredericksburg dentist, a fluoridised table salt can be used for caries prophylaxis. Anyway, I also use Baking soda for teeth whitening. It's good to know that Calcium carbonate can be used as an alternative.

  23. Sounds great. I heard from my teacher that baking soda is an effective way of teeth whitening. Thanks for sharing.


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