Eighteen months ago I did something that my friends and family thought was a little kooky. I made homemade toothpaste.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, it was remineralizing toothpaste too.
You see, it’s made with clay and done wonders for our dental health, despite the fact it does NOT contain fluoride.
It also doesn’t make bubbles in your mouth and tastes very different from typical toothpaste.
We attribute bentonite clay to healing Mr. Crumbs’ gum disease. I also believe that the reason my dentist said my mouth looked good (despite not having a cleaning for over two years) was because of the clay.
Do you remember what the hygienist told me while I was sitting in the chair?
It was priceless, and it was all because of the clay.
All this time, Mr. Crumbs and I have been brushing with peppermint while the kids have been brushing with lemon. But I know that some people aren’t big fans of either peppermint or lemon, and they cringe at the thought of orange tic tacs (the third flavor original flavor).
So I’ve added another flavor of homemade toothpaste to the bathroom: CINNAMON!
But get this – the awesomeness of this new homemade toothpaste goes beyond the flavor alone (although it does taste really good!). Cinnamon essential oil and clove essential oil are two of the best essential oils for healthy teeth and gums!
A study conducted in 2012 tested cinnamon essential oil and clove essential oil against streptococcus mutans (the bacteria responsible for tooth decay). The same study also found that of the nine essential oils tested, cinnamon came in first place and clove came in fourth. (source)
Cinnamon essential oil was also tested back in 2005 against both streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus plantarum (one of the bacteria responsible in gum disease) and found that it exhibited the greatest antimicrobial potency against these bacteria. (source)
Homemade toothpaste that tastes great AND is healthy for your mouth? WIN!
My homemade toothpaste recipes are clay-based because bentonite clay helps the body to get rid of toxins. Essentially, the clay is like a magnet, drawing harmful toxins and metals to itself, allowing your body to get rid of toxins easily.
Not to be overlooked though is the fact that bentonite clay also contains 60 trace minerals that our body needs, but cannot create on its own.
Have you heard the buzz words of “remineralizing toothpaste?”
So many people are looking for toothpaste to help replace lost minerals, thinking they need to add calcium or some other important mineral. What they often don’t realize is that bentonite clay already has them! Check out the huge list of minerals in bentonite clay!
So by coupling essential oils with bentonite clay, you’re creating remineralizing toothpaste. It’s a powerhouse of natural medicine that can help keep your mouth healthy and happy.
How to Make Cinnamon Flavored Remineralizing Toothpaste
Remineralizing Toothpaste Supplies
- 2 Tbsp bentonite clay
- 3-4 Tbsp distilled water, or water that has been boiled and cooled
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops liquid stevia OR xylitol (optional, to taste)
- 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 2 drops clove essential oil (optional, but recommended)
- teeny pinch of real salt
- glass bowl
- container for storage (we use these 4 oz jars, but these reusable squeeze tubes work well too)
Remineralizing Toothpaste Method
Measure bentonite clay into a glass bowl. Carefully measure essential oils, sweetener and salt into the clay.
Add 3 Tbsp of water to the clay and using a plastic or wooden spoon or spatula, stir to combine the ingredients until very smooth, about 5 minutes (pictured above).
I’ve found that mashing the ingredients together against the side of the bowl works best to fully incorporate the ingredients. Add the remaining tablespoon of water if you prefer your toothpaste to be on the thinner side.
Store in a glass container with a lid and you’re done!
Not ready to make remineralizing toothpaste yet?
If you’re not comfortable making your own toothpaste, or you’re “not there yet” in your natural living journey, I totally understand, but I don’t want you to ignore your dental health!
Consider switching from typical toothpaste and try Earthpaste instead. It’s what originally inspired me to make our own toothpaste, and it contains the same ingredients as this remineralizing toothpaste recipe does!
Tips for Storing and Using Remineralizing Toothpaste
When I make remineralizing toothpaste, I make a double batch and fill up two 4 oz glass jars. One jar is for the kids and one jar is for the parents. We simply dip our toothbrushes into the jars, call it done and we’ve never had any issues.
However, I know not everyone is comfortable with sharing a jar who someone else might have dipped their toothbrush in.
For those families, consider storing your toothpaste in individual mini plastic pots. They’re just big enough for one person to last a couple weeks.
You can also store your remineralizing toothpaste in silicone squeeze tubes, and you’d use it like you would a traditional tube of toothpaste.
If you prefer glass over silicone and plastic, I suggest a smaller 2 oz glass jar. You can fill up each jar with one batch of toothpaste, and one jar would last one person about one month.
Additional Recipe Notes for Remineralizing Toothpaste
The two most common types of cinnamon essential oil are cinnamon bark and cinnamon leaf. Cinnamon bark essential oil can be irritating to the skin, so cinnamon leaf essential oil is recommended.
Additionally, some essential oil companies indicate the ingestion of essential oils as safe, while many certified aromatherapists do not. We prefer to err on the safe side, so please do not swallow this toothpaste and supervise younger children if they are brushing with this recipe!
As with any DIY or recipe involving essential oils, please do your research and consult with a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns!
If you’ve purchased Redmond Clay before and noticed the warning labels on the side, check out this information. I get asked all the time about the Proposition 65 and lead warnings and want to pass along their reasons why the labels are there.
Have you ever made remineralizing toothpaste?
This post is sponsored by Redmond Clay. Obviously, I love Redmond Clay and have been using their products in my home long before this blog was born. As always, I would never recommend anything on Crumbs that I wouldn’t recommend to a close friend or neighbor, and all opinions here are my own.