Do You Make Your Own Toothpaste?

David Trammel's picture

There is a lively discussion in this week's Ecosophia post Waiting for the Next Panic" on home made toothpaste.

Do you make your own toothpaste? I don't but should.

What are some recipes that you have found that are cheap and good tasting?

Blueberry's picture

A good toothbrush is all you need for good oral hygiene. Ok if you want try using a little baking soda on your brush. When out hiking and no baking soda I will use salt. Good to have some dental floss one can also try sewing thread.

Alacrates's picture

I've tried a mix of coconut oil, baking soda and mint extract, it was ok. Not necessarily the most "green wizard" choice for me, I don't think this mix ends up being cheaper than regular toothpaste, and using a tropical oil to brush ones teeth has to be a fairly energy intensive way to go about it! It can be done without plastic use, if you can find the mint extract/oil in glass.

Two other things I've found about oral health:

- I think adding xylitol from time to time could be a good way to cut down on bacteria in the mouth related to plaque, gingivitis, etc. Its a wood alcohol that tastes sweet but has no carbohydrates, and apparently it has the ability to prevent bacteria from forming biofilms. I've added some to my neti pot when I had sinus infections, and it has pretty much eliminated my sinus problems entirely, which I had troubles with for years.

- if anyone has activated charcoal tablets in their medicine chest, I like breaking them open and adding it to my toothpaste once in awhile. Charcoal is very absorptive, and it's pretty tooth whitening, people have commented on it at work after I've done it. My mom (who was a nurse, I listen to her on health issues) said she thought the charcoal might be a bit abrasive, but I don't do it that often.

Justin Patrick Moore's picture

In my amateur study of herbalism I've taken to the Ayurvedic tradition recently. That has lead me to Tulsi Powder (Holy Basil -that good plant they put in a "drunken noodle" stirfry!) and Triphala Powder. Triphala while taken internally can also be used to brush your teeth with. I have acquired some Triphala powder for its other benefits but have yet to try it with the toothbrush. It can also be used as a mouthwash. You can find some recipes here: