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This DIY peppermint and coconut oil toothpaste is easy to make and works great for preventing cavities. The toothpaste is a a great all natural alternative that can fight bacteria and improve oral health.
Recently, I’ve been trying more organic and natural style toothpaste. This led to me making my own DIY Peppermint and coconut oil toothpaste at home. It is super easy to make and cost effective. The best part is you only need a handful of ingredients to make this toothpaste.
Why I Use DIY Peppermint and Coconut Oil Toothpaste
I’ve tried multiple teeth whitening toothpastes and products, and I was not satisfied. Plus, many of the teeth whitening products you find in stores use chemicals. This definitely swayed me to search for a natural alternative. This DIY peppermint and coconut oil toothpaste is a perfect match. Not to mention its full of natural teeth whiteners.
I prefer this toothpaste over any store brand. The DIY peppermint and coconut oil toothpaste tastes natural and does not have an overpowering mint flavor. I also love that I can switch up the essential oils in the toothpaste if I get tired of one.
This peppermint toothpaste can help fight bacteria, prevent cavities and gum disease and leave you with fresh breath.
What the Ingredients Do
The coconut oil is great for your teeth because contains fatty and lauric acids. The fatty acids are responsible for killing viruses and fungi lurking on gum tissue while the lauric acids works to reduce plaque and gum disease. Lauric acid helps fight Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus, which can cause tooth loss and decay.
The abrasive crystals in the baking soda and sea salt work to remove surface stains on the teeth and freshen bad breath. The sea salt also contains minerals that fight against tarter build up, strengthens the gums, and neutralize acids in the mouth.
I created this DIY peppermint and coconut oil toothpaste from altering my baking soda based toothpaste recipe I was using for years. This recipe has more peppermint essential oil to make it more effective at killing bacteria. I also added sea salt and bentonite clay to the recipe. Bentonite clay is something I have been using for acne face masks, but I also discovered that it is very effective for whitening and some even say it helps with remineralizing teeth.
DIY Peppermint and Coconut Oil Toothpaste
What You Need:
- ¼ cup of coconut oil, softened
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 15 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oils (depending on preference)
- Mixing bowl
- Glass container with a lid
1.) Stir together the coconut oil, baking soda, sea salt, bentonite clay and essential oils in the mixing bowl until a paste is formed.
2.) Transfer the paste into the glass container.
3.) Store at room temperature.
4.) When ready to use it, dip your toothbrush in the paste and brush your teeth as normal.
It is important to remember that this DIY peppermint and coconut oil toothpaste only has a shelf life of about a month.
I have been using your other coconut toothpaste for a little over a month and just made a new batch yesterday. I have to say that it has done wonders. My gums used to have some bleeding and just from the little time I have been using it the bleeding is gone! Never going back to regular paste again. Will definitely try this new recipe once I am done with this one.
So glad to hear you like it 🙂
Renee D Kohley
I’ve never made my own toothpaste but this is too easy not to try! Thanks!
Yes to Cinnamon essential oil! You can user the cheaper Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil or the more expensive Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil. But you have to dilute it to 1% because it is hot, spicy and very powerful. At least the good quality stuff. Or mix the two. Did you know that Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil is effective against 26 strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Yes including E-coli, Salmonella and MRSA. I bet that peppermint really makes it tasty too.
I have discovered that eliminating sugar completely has dramatically improved my gum and tooth health. The dentist also got me using a GUM simulator to go around the edges of the teeth with a firm stroke after brushing. It is amazing how much gunk comes off with that, even after the best brushing and flossing you could do. The GUM simulator is something everyone should have. You will see the most dramatic results in reducing plaque and cavities. Got my whole family one each with replacement tips from Amazon. They are hard to find in stores. Don’t know why.
As for teeth whitening I use the Magic Eraser from 3M. I know, a bit crazy but I swear it works very well. I just cut a small one inch piece, wet it with water and just wipe the teeth and all surface stains come off. Do not use on skin as it will scrub your skin right off.. I am pretty sure it is safe because it is made of angled super-fine fibers using nano technology that lifts and traps dirt to rub out most marks and stains. It does not have toxic materials from looking at snopes.
Yea, cinnamon essential oil is awesome! Glad to hear that cutting out sugar has helped your tooth health. I haven’t had any cavities since I cut down on sugar and started using a diy toothpaste.
Hello Lori (or anyone else),
I was just wondering what the clay tastes like, in combination with the other ingredients. As brushing with clay does not sound appealing, but if it is helpful I will try it. Any thoughts on the clay?
Hi Joe, it is such a small amount, I really didn’t have any trouble getting used to brushing with it.
I’ve used coconut oil for many things, but had no idea it could be used as a toothpaste. This is perfect timing actually because I was just looking into getting a toothpaste with no fluoride – and well, this certainly fits the bill. I’ll have to give it a try 🙂
It works great for toothpaste.