Review: Squeezable Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste
So I have dove into the world of homemade toothpaste. After much searching, I decided on the squeezable homemade remineralizing toothpaste recipe from Wellness Mama. Many homemade toothpaste recipes made a tooth “powder,” which I was not comfortable using yet. I really like the ease and convenience of squeezable toothpaste, so this recipe was right up my alley. Wellness Mama’s recipe makes two (2) tubes of toothpaste, so I cut the recipe in half since one (1) tube should last my husband and I several weeks, and I did not want to risk the second tube going bad. Here is the halved recipe:
Squeezable Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons calcium powder or calcium magnesium powder (while a little more expensive, I went with the calcium magnesium powder for the extra mineral) – cost with shipping: $8.99 for 8 oz
- 1 1/2 tablespoons xylitol powder – cost with shipping: $18.94 for 1 pound
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature – bought a Wal-Mart for $10.00 for 12 oz
- 1/2 tablespoon baking soda – bought at Wal-Mart for $2.00 for 4 pounds
- 1 tablespoons bentonite clay – cost with shipping: $9.99 for 1 pound
- 1 1/2 tablespoons distilled water or slightly more – bought from Wal-Mart for $3.00 for 1 gallon
- 20 drops of essential oils of choice (I used sweet orange) – cost with shipping: $8.49 for 1 oz
- 10-15 drops of trace minerals – cost with shipping: $19.59 for 8 oz
- ONE TIME ONLY 1 3 oz silicone, BPA-free squeezable container – cost with shipping: $9.69
Total of supplies: $90.69
WHOA NATTY BRAT! THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY FOR TOOTHPASTE!
Remember – some of these ingredients are used in other home recipes. Also, you’re only using a small amount in each tube of toothpaste. Let’s break down the benefits of each ingredient and their per-tube price:
- Calcium magnesium powder – Calcium is one of the most-needed minerals for your body, as it builds your bones and your teeth. As we get older, we lose the calcium in our teeth due to our poor diet habits. Placing calcium in your toothpaste will help restore the calcium to your teeth. Magnesium deficiency in your teeth has been linked to periodontal diseases, so it is important to put magnesium back in your teeth, just like calcium. Both minerals help to whiten your teeth. As there are 2 tablespoons per ounce, it and we are using 1 1/2 tablespoons of an 8 oz container, it costs approximately $0.84 per tube and we will get approximately 10 1/2 tubes out of the 8 oz container.
- Xylitol powder – This is actually an optional ingredient and serves no other purpose than to cut the bitter taste of some of the other ingredients. You can leave this ingredient out if you feel the price is too much. It costs approximately $0.89 per tube and we will get approximately 21 tubes out of the 1 pound bag.
- Coconut oil – This will give us our desired squeezable consistency. It cost approximately $0.83 per tube and we will get approximately 12 tubes out of the 12 oz container.
- Baking soda – Acts as an abrasive to help rub off the plaque but is not too harsh on teeth. Also removes stains. It cost approximately $0.03 per tube and we will get approximately 64 tubes out of the 4 pound box.
- Bentonite clay – This binds to and pulls heavy metals and toxins out of your mouth. It is also full of tooth and mouth-helping minerals. It costs approximately $0.32 per tube and we will get approximately 32 tubes out of the 1 pound bag.
- Distilled water – Used to thin out the toothpaste and help make it more squeezable. It costs approximately $0.02 per tube and we will get approximately 384 tubes out of 1 gallon.
- Essential oil – For flavoring. I used Sweet Orange but you can use whatever flavor you wish. Depending on the flavor, this will change the price of your toothpaste. The sweet orange essential oil costs approximately $0.29 per tube and we will get approximately 30 tubes out of the 1 oz container.
- Trace minerals – Again, great to remineralize your teeth, help with whitening, and help with plaque removal. It costs approximately $0.05 per tube and we will get approximately 393 tubes out of the 8 oz container.
Total cost of a 3 oz tube of squeezable remineralizing toothpaste: $3.27
BUT NATTY BRAT, I CAN PURCHASE A LARGER TUBE OF SQUEEZABLE TOOTHPASTE FOR LESS THAN THAT!
Let’s take a look at a few things. First, my husband and I used to use Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection toothpaste, so this is the toothpaste I will compare. First, remember that the Crest is not a remineralizing toothpaste. It is a plain toothpaste with nothing in it to help bring your teeth and mouth back to its full health. And it is not natural – it is filled with ingredients. Let’s take a look at them:
- Stannous fluoride – Can temporarily stain teeth (isn’t this something we don’t want?). Very serious allergic reactions to this ingredient can occur, which include symptoms such as rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
- Glycerin – Can cause headaches, dizziness, bloating, nausea, vomiting, thirst, and diarrhea.
- Sodium hexametaphosphate – Can cause pale and swollen kidneys, increased kidney weights, bone decalcification, muscle fiber size changes, hyperplasia and severe skin irritations.
- Propylene glycol – If the entire tube of toothpaste is ingested (which with small children around, there is always the chance), it can cause metabolic acidosis, lactic acidosis, acute tubular necrosis, allergic contact dermatitis, hemolysis, central nervous system depression, seizures, arrhythmias, and nephrotoxicity.
- PEG-6 – PEG compounds often contain small amounts of ethylene oxide. Studies have shown that ethylene oxide increases the incidences of uterine and breast cancers, leukemia, and brain cancer. Other cancers related to ethylene oxide include esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, central nervous system cancer, neoplasms of lymphatic and hematopoietic tissue, and Hodgkin’s disease.
- Zinc lactate – Again, if an entire tube of toothpaste is ingested, this ingredient can become toxic.
- Trisodium phosphate – If ingested, this can severely irritate the gastric mucosa. It can also reduce the accumulation of lactic acid in muscles. Excess intake of trisodium phosphate may produce an imbalance of minerals that can lead to loss of calcium from bone and the calcification of the kidneys.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate – Check out my blog post on this ingredient.
- Carrageenan – Studies have shown evidence of tumor promotion by carrageenan. However, the determination of carrageenan being a carcinogen still remains controversial.
- Stannous chloride – This is readily absorbed by white blood cells and can cause damage to DNA.
Xanthan gum – This may be derived from a variety of source products that are themselves common allergens. This includes corn, wheat, dairy, or soy. A person with known sensitivities or allergies to food products are advised to avoid xanthan gum. However, a person with these allergies may not be aware of the threat of xanthan gum.
- Polyethylene – This is a plastic, enough said.
- Titanium dioxide – Has been linked to Yellow Nail Syndrome, a rare syndrome characterized by marked thickening and yellow to yellow-green discoloration of the finger and/or toe nails.
- Blue 1 lake and Blue 1 – Studies have linked this ingredient to allergic reactions, kidney tumors, and inhibition of nerve-cell development, though these studies have yet to be confirmed.
Second, 5.8 oz tube of Crest cost us around $3.97. At 5.8 oz, the squeezable remineralizing toothpaste will cost you around $6.32, which is more than the Crest. However, remember that the Crest is not a remineralizing toothpaste! A real, manufactured remineralizing toothpaste is going to run you around $23.65 for a 1.2 oz tube! Our homemade squeezable remineralizing toothpaste costs only $1.09 for an ounce. Much cheaper than a store-bought remineralizing toothpaste!
So, how do you go about making the squeezable remineralizing toothpaste? It’s rather easy:
- Mix all ingredients except the bentonite clay in a mini-food processor and mix well. If you do not have a food processor, you can use an immersion blender or a whisk/fork in a bowl. I actually used a plastic fork in a bowl but will be purchasing a mini-food processor for the next batch. I will explain why later.
- Once smooth, slowly add in the bentonite clay and mix by hand with a plastic utensil (bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal). I used the same plastic fork as before.
- Add the mixture to your squeezable container and you are all set! Use the same amount on a toothbrush as you would regular toothpaste.
It is good to note that because of the coconut oil, the toothpaste is thicker in cooler temperatures and thinner when in warmer temperatures.
My first time using the toothpaste, my teeth felt amazing. They felt like I had just come out of the dentist office – smooth and shiny. I could not stop rubbing my tongue across my smooth teeth. The taste was great – just like oranges. I did not taste any other ingredients and the texture was very comparable to a regular toothpaste.
However, the next morning, things went a little downhill. I went to squeeze my toothpaste onto my toothbrush and nothing came out no matter how hard I tried. My toothpaste was too thick and dry to come through the tube! I opened the tube and put a dry glob on my brush just to get it done and over with for the morning. The results were still the same as the night before – smooth and clean.
That night, on a hunch, I let the tube of toothpaste sit in a sink full of hot water while I took a shower (approximately ten  to fifteen  minutes). I took the tube out of the water when I got out of the shower, gave it a really good shake, and tried to squeeze it: perfection! I have had no issues with the consistency of the toothpaste since, so I have a feeling my ingredients may not have been well mixed, thus why I am investing in a mini-food processor for the next batch.
So far I have been using this toothpaste for almost a week and I have no complaints. My teeth feel clean all day, unlike with regular toothpaste. My mouth has never felt dentist-clean for multiple days. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try! It’s quick, easy, and in my opinion, is great for your mouth! I will give another review a month down the line to see how it is working then.
Thanks again to Wellness Mama for this wonderful recipe!