Forget Fluoride! Make Your Own Toothpaste with These 3 Easy Recipes

make your own home made toothpaste - forget fluoride

By April McCarthy

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Ingredients found in conventional toothpastes — including sodium fluoride, synthetic dyes derived from petroleum or coal tar, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye or caustic soda), sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, artificial sweeteners, and triclosan — might make us think twice about the products we employ for the sake of our teeth.

Of course, we’re not actively swallowing the stuff, but the gums absorb it, and it’s unavoidable that a bit will slink down the gullet from time to time. And given that most of us brush our teeth over 700 times a year, there’s no shortage of opportunity to ingest ingredients better left in the lab. It’s time to get crafty and create your own toothpaste that will leave your breath minty clean.

The most controversial of all the ingredients is fluoride. Although fluoride has been proven to cause neurotoxicity, very little published research has elaborated on acute fluoride poisoning and neurotoxicity in adults and children.

A study published in Neurologia showed that the prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system. A report in a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. The results confirmed toxicity to the brain.

Most people are quite shocked when they review the following info-graphic on fluoride levels in water and toothpaste:

Fluoride Dangers

Thankfully you can eliminate fluoride from your dental routine by making your own natural and effective toothpaste.

Make Your Own Toothpaste

Recipe #1 –

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
  • 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
  • few drops of water

Recipe #2 –

  • 6 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (must be liquid)
  • 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

Recipe #3 –

  • 5 parts Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 2 parts Baking Soda
  • 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
  • Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Myrrh and Trace Minerals
  • 3 parts Xylitol powder (alcohol sugar) – this ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter


To keep things simple, just use a teaspoon or tablespoon, depending on the size batch you are making.

1. Mix all powdered ingredients well in a bowl. If you are starting with tablets, powder them in a food processor. If you are starting with capsules, dump them out into the bowl.

2. Add oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.

3. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor.

4. Store in small container like 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use popsicle stick or spoon to put on toothbrush.


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About the author:

April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.

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  • kala

    hi, I just use baking soda I have been doing so for about 2 years now, I also wash my self in just baking soda about 1 year now. Is it bad to use only baking soda?

  • Stacee

    Fluoride is not bad for you unless it is consumed in ridiculously large amounts. Too much of anything is never good for anyone. And you have to call poison control when a large amount of toothpaste is swallowed because of the chromium oxalate, not the fluoride.

    • skip

      not bad one time… but if u using it daily in f**** every product…? is this small amout? and not for a week , for a lifetime

    • Bryan Shepard

      That’s the point in not using it every day, twice a day. Small dosages over time build up. Not to mention fluoride rots teeth anyway, do a little research next time 😉

  • Thank you for the recipes. Do you have any recommendations for the right way to store the toothpaste?

  • Mel

    Thanks for the recipe however if it really is the fluoride that is bad for you then shouldn’t it be our water we should be addressing as we have this 4 times as much in a day? I drink tap water all the time but i’m a student so can’t afford to be buying bottled water or anything fancy, any tips?

    • Nicole

      I use clearly filtered filters ( I have the pitcher and also the sport top water bottle. they remove fluoride and chlorine from tap water. The initial investment is a little prices but the filters for the pitcher last for 6 montsh and the bottle for over a year. I am also a student and used to buy gallons of distilled water for drinking and the pitcher is definitely saving me money and makes my tap water taste great.

    • ZhaZhee

      You can buy a 5 gallon jug at whole foods, and use their reverse osmosis water which is like 2 dollars for a refill. There are other companies that offer this. Bone char filter is another good option if no options in your area. Bottled water is poisoned, too, from the plastic, so just do your best my friend.