I’ve posted before about making my own toothpaste and mouthwash, including the reasons why and links to the recipes I use. You can read about it here. However, I am constantly trying to improve what I make for my family’s health. So I have been doing research and tweaking my recipe. I’ve come up with a completely new recipe, with more beneficial ingredients for oral health. Plus this one is a lot easier to make. Before I share the recipe, let’s look at the ingredients and why they’re good for you.Updated: Easy DIY toothpaste that can help remineralize your teeth!Click To Tweet
Neem is a tree from the mahogany family, also known as Indian lilac. The scientific name is azadirachta indica. It is native the Indian subcontinent, and grows in tropical and subtropical climates. Neem oil is extracted from the fruits and seeds, and the powder is made from the leaves. I like this powder.
Neem has many uses, including treating dandruff, stimulating hair growth, as natural deodorant, to prevent toe fungus, to control blood sugar in diabetic patients, to treat ulcers, and even as a natural birth control. There are many other uses as well. How does it improve oral health?
For centuries people in southeast Asia have chewed on neem twigs to keep their teeth healthy and prevent gum disease. Research is showing that neem can:
- prevent and heal gum disease
- prevent cavities
- eliminate bacteria that cause cavities and inflammation of the gums
- reduce plaque
- freshen the breath
I have written an in-depth article on the health benefits of bentonite clay here. When it comes to oral health, bentonite has many benefits. When it gets wet, bentonite becomes like a sponge that absorbs toxins. At the same time, it leaves behind healthy minerals, such as silica, calcium, and magnesium. When you brush your teeth with bentonite, it cleans up toxins and bad bacteria while remineralizing your teeth. It can even whiten your teeth. In the past, I used powdered bentonite but it’s difficult to get the right consistency. This new recipe uses this liquid bentonite instead.
Coconut oil also has many health benefits. It kills bacteria, including the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Coconut oil can also reduce plaque and fight gingivitis, or gum disease. Oil pulling with coconut oil is particularly effective. This also originated in India, thousands of years ago. I usually floss, brush, and use mouthwash, and then follow with oil pulling. My teeth are much cleaner and whiter. I love this brand of coconut oil, and anything I’ve purchased from this company.
Other Toothpaste Ingredients
Essential oils, such as peppermint or spearmint, to give the toothpaste a nice minty flavor. I also add a small amount of salt. It’s a gentle abrasive that helps to remove stains from the teeth. In the past, I used water in my toothpaste. But with the liquid bentonite, I no longer need water. And without water, there’s less chance of bacteria developing. Once the recipe is mixed up, it’s about the same consistency as commercial toothpaste and can be put in a squeeze bottle for easy dispensing.
Neem and Bentonite Toothpaste
- 1/3 cup liquid bentonite
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon neem powder
- 30 drops spearmint oil
Mix all ingredients until the desired consistency is reached.
Place into a squeeze bottle, and squeeze a small amount onto your toothbrush to use!
You can also use 5-10 drops of peppermint oil, or whatever essential oil you would like for flavoring.
I had some difficulty getting the toothpaste into my squeeze bottle. I ended up using a funnel with a wide opening, and pushing the toothpaste through with a butter knife.
You could also store the toothpaste in a small jar, such as a baby food jar, and dip your toothbrush into the toothpaste. I found that I used too much, this way though. The squeeze bottle seems much more convenient.
Do you make your own toothpaste? Or do you prefer to buy? Share in the comments below!