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!). The American Dental Association (ADA) states that the mouth is a window into the health of the body. Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system, while Clove Vitality essential oil promotes a healthy immune response!
Homemade toothpaste that tastes great AND is supports your overall wellness? 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
- 10 drops liquid stevia OR xylitol (optional, to taste)
- 4 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil
- 2 drops Clove Vitality 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)
Note: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. But after testing and researching and more testing, only one is worth spending money on (in my opinion). For a couple years now I’ve been committed to Young Living oils, and you can read more about their oils and my decision HERE.
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.
Note: 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.