The first ingredient in the original recipe is Calcium Carbonate Powder. Or Calcium Magnesium Powder. These can be purchased at Vitacost for relatively cheap! (If you've never purchased from them before, may I introduce you to a friendly referral code so we could both get $10 off? Just click here - Vitacost referral.)
However, what I did was that I used cell salts. Cell salts are a part of the recommended protocol for healing tooth decay by supplying important minerals that help heal and harden bones. Is it cost effective for this? No. Not really. But I had then on hand already and I thought they would make a great substitute. So, using the powder above is a more cost effective route. I used 1 teaspoon of each of the following cell salts, #1 - Calc Fluor, #2 - Calc Phos, #8 - Mag Phos, #10 Nat. Phos, and #12 Silicea. To learn more about the importance of cell salts to a healing regimen, check out this link.
Next is xylitol powder. I use crystals and just ground them up in my food processor along with the cell salt tabs. While most xylitol is a GMO product because it's made from corn, you'll want to look for a pure birch xylitol. Particularly if you are using it in something that will be ingested. Vitacost carries both types of products. The birch xylitol is quite expensive. So for ME, as long as it's not being ingested, I use the GMO product. It's usefullness at preventing the bacteria that causes decay is noteworthy. And as I mentioned, we aren't swallowing or ingesting the toothpaste. Therefore in this recipe I just used the regular ol' Vitacost brand of xylitol. For more information on how xylitol is helpful in oral care, this link might help a bit.
Coconut oil is used in this recipe. I used Vitacost brand of this as well. Coconut oil helps bring everything together, plus it's just SO good for you! It has anti bacterial and healing properties all of it's own.
Baking Soda. Any kind will do. This is helpful for balancing the pH of the mouth and even to gently polish and whiten the teeth.
Bentonite Clay. I purchased a 1 pound bag of it from Frontier. You can also get it at Vitacost as well if you don't have access to a wholesale group to get it a bit cheaper. This particular ingredient is supposed to help with the remineralization due to the calcium that is in it. As well as draw out any toxins that may be in the mouth or on the teeth contributing to the loss of minerals.
Distilled Water. I did not use water. Instead I opted to use vodka. As soon as water is introduced to a recipe, you run the risk of growing bacteria, fungus, or molds. Vodka, is an alcohol (Duh!) and therefore will act as a preservative and prevent bacteria or molds from growing.
Essential oils and trace minerals. I LOVE (and am an affiliate for) Mountain Rose Herbs certified organic essential oils. I opted to use a bit of Cinnamon Bark, Clove Oil, and some homemade Black Walnut Hull tincture. Black Walnut Hull has some amazing healing benefits and is even being researched for use in some cancer treatments! For this recipe, I'm using it for the purpose of strengthening and restoring tooth enamel. It also helps destroy germs and bacteria! Which is a major bonus for any of us doing this journey to heal tooth decay. Clove oil helps improve blood circulation and also is a powerful pain reliever, as well as being anti bacterial and anti septic and is known to freshen bad breath. Thankfully, my kids aren't having any tooth aches or pains, but if they were, this would be a great help for that. And finally Cinnamon Bark. It is a very strong anti bacterial essential oil. I would NEVER advise using it 'neat' or undiluted. In this recipe, I used it very sparingly. I actually only added it for a hint of cinnamon flavor since it would be used for kids and peppermint is not advised for children's use.
Ok, so here's how the recipe looked in the end after I made a much a smaller amount and switched up some stuff.
5 teaspoons of cell salts (or you can use your calcium powder, etc)
3 teaspoons of xylitol
4 teaspoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of bentonite clay
3 teaspoons of vodka
8 drops each of clove oil and cinnamon bark (*optional! I don't recommend if using for kids!!!)
20 drops of black walnut hull tincture
First, I took all the dry items and crushed them up in my food processor. The cell salts (or your calcium powder), the baking soda, bentonite clay, and xylitol.
Alternatively, you could use the Birch Xylitol.
This is what it all looks like as a powder before you add in the liquids.
Ok, then dump all of that out into a bowl and add you coconut oil and vodka.
Then add in your essential oils of choice.
Mix it all up together really well.
And the final product.
It's a nice consistency and squeezes out really easily. This recipe only filled the tube about half way so realistically it could probably be doubled for a full container. It doesn't bubble like store bought toothpaste, but it does a good job of cleaning our teeth.
So there ya go! A homemade toothpaste recipe. :)