Dental hygiene is really important to parents, but most kids really couldn’t care less. Since brushing your teeth is such a drag, lots of kids gravitate toward sparkly fruit-flavored toothpastes with their favorite branded characters pasted on the packaging. Several good quality kids’ toothpastes are available in natural formulas, but they are a bit spendy. Besides, why can’t your whole family use the same toothpaste?
Well, in short, the answer is that they can!
There are many options for making homemade toothpaste but most adult varieties are off-putting to kids for one reason or another. Their precious young tastebuds often deem them too salty, too minty, too chalky, or they just don't look and feel like "regular" toothpaste.
This recipe is quite different, but still just as effective at cleaning teeth and gums as other homemade toothpaste recipes. It has a pleasant fruity taste and, best of all, works well in a squeeze tube, just like their friends use! This recipe relies on a few key ingredients to promote healthier teeth and gums:
Baking soda - A common toothpaste ingredient even in commercial brands, baking soda works to remove stains and whiten teeth.
Xylitol - Derived from birch trees, corn, and other sources, this sugar alcohol reduces bacteria and prevents cavities while acting as a natural sweetener.
Bentonite clay - It may seem strange to brush your teeth with dirt, but consider this: bentonite clay draws out heavy metals and toxins while helping remineralize teeth and repair gums.
Gather your ingredients.
- 1 Tbsp bentonite clay
- 2-3 Tbsp distilled water
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (soft but not completely liquefied)
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 3 Tbsp xylitol powder
- 20 drops of tangerine essential oil
Gather your supplies.
- small non-metal bowl
- non-metal spoon or spatula
- 3 oz squeeze tube
It’s important to use non-reactive tools for this recipe to prevent chemical reactions from impacting the efficacy of your final product (i.e. your delicious toothpaste).
Start with a paste.
In a non-metal bowl, mix water and clay into a thick paste until no dry spots or lumps are remaining.
Finish it off.
Add all other ingredients to the bowl and stir. The coconut oil may leave some tiny lumps, but you can smooth them out by mashing them against the side of the bowl with the back of your (non-metal!) spoon. It’s going to look a little like mud. Don’t worry!
Load up the squeeze bottle.
Pour the mixture into your waiting squeeze bottle. I love these silicone squeeze bottles found in the travel toiletries section of the drugstore, but any flip-top squeeze bottle will work. You may be able to use a small funnel to fill your bottle, but I like to use a plastic bag with the corner cut off for my toothpaste delivery system. This recipe should fill one 3 oz squeeze bottle.
Brush ‘em, brush ‘em, brush ‘em.
Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to a wet toothbrush and brush as normal. This homemade toothpaste doesn’t contain any foaming agents, so it will feel a little different than what you may be used to. Your little ones may take some time to adapt, but chances are, it won’t take very long!