Natural Toothpaste for Healing Cavities

by Sarah Oral HealthComments: 110

natural toothpaste to heal cavitiesThe questions and comments are rolling in at a fast and furious rate regarding the recent article More Photographic Proof That Cavities Heal.

In particular, readers are interested to know exactly what natural toothpaste was used by Kristin S., the Mom who took the dramatic photos of her son’s healing cavities.

I emailed Kristin about this and she graciously sent me the recipe she used.

It is important to note that the toothpaste itself was not responsible for the improvement in the cavities shown in Kristin’s photos.  It was the dietary changes she made that made the big difference.

However, when the diet is right, a natural toothpaste that facilitates the remineralization process can definitely help!

So if you’ve got your dietary ducks in order, then worry about using the proper natural toothpaste.  But, if the diet isn’t right, no toothpaste, natural or not, will help resolve the situation.


Before I give the recipe for Kristin’s natural toothpaste, here is a brief summary of the changes she made to her son’s diet in order to arrest and heal his cavities.

In Kristin’s own words:

My son had just turned 3 years old when we took him in for his first dental exam. They told us he had a stain on his front tooth (which they scraped off and it has not returned) and a tiny cavity that they wanted him to come back a different day for to be filled with an amalgam.

We scheduled the appointment even though I was very hesitant. I already knew about healing teeth and decided to give it a try. He has a 6 month dental check up coming up next month and I’m anxious to know what they say. Unfortunately we go to a “mainstream” dental office so I bet they will be beside themselves.

How I healed his tooth:  We were already a paleo family so it wasn’t like we had to cut out grains/processed foods etc. unfortunately he did consume a lot of dried fruits, nuts and Larabars and fruit leathers as quick snacks on the go.

I was unaware of the high sugar and phytic acid contents of these foods. so we quickly eliminated them.  I began to read Ramiel Nagal’s Cure Tooth Decay book and learned a lot!!

We introduced raw milk and cheese, fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend, cell salts, milk  kefir, bone broths which is hard to get him to drink, smoothies with cream/raw egg yolks/crushed egg shells/great lakes gelatin/trace mineral drops, butter from grassfed cows, free-range eggs, grass-fed/pastured meats and organ meats hidden in to meals.

I cut out all fruit with the exception of 1 serving of berries or cooked granny smith apples in coconut oil (he was a very very big fruit eater). It only took about a week for him to get use to his new diet.

This summary is fantastic and hopefully an eye opener for those who really seek to resolve persistent cavity problems in their home.

Now, onto the natural toothpaste that Kristin used in conjunction with Traditional Diet to resolve her son’s cavity issues.

Hang on just a second ….

What if you have no desire to make your own natural toothpaste? You are just too busy and one more thing to make is just too much?

In that case, I would suggest the natural toothpaste gel from my friends at OraWellness who make a very high quality, remineralizing tooth gel.  Find them here.

Natural Toothpaste for Healing Cavities

Adapted from The Wellness Mama’s Squeezable Toothpaste Recipe.


6 Tablespoons of virgin coconut oil or red palm oil (where to find)
1 Tbl baking soda (cheapest brand is fine … all baking soda is already aluminum free)
5 Tbl calcium carbonate (where to find)
1-2 Tbl bentonite clay (where to find)
20-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
5-10 drops of lemon essential oil
30 drops of trace minerals (where to find)
Filtered water as needed


Mix all the ingredients well and store in a glass jar.  If the mixture is too hard or thick, add a few splashes of filtered water to achieve desired consistency.

Suggested Use

Brush teeth twice a day with this natural toothpaste. Before bedtime brushing, add one drop of Lugol’s Iodine to the toothbrush.

Follow protocol to achieve desired results but be sure to consult with a dentist, preferably holistic, to ensure that teeth are healthy and any problem with cavities is truly improving and not worsening.

More Information

More Photographic Proof Cavities Heal

Photographic Proof Cavities Heal (Part 1)

The Disturbing Trend of Minimally Invasive Dentistry

How I Healed My Child’s Cavity

Toddler’s Severe Tooth Decay Halted in 5 Days

Resolving Periodontal Problems with Bone Broth

Coconut Oil Stops Strep Bacteria from Damaging Tooth Enamel

Avoiding Root Canals with Diet Alone

Could the Cause of Your Illness Be Right Under Your Nose?

Comments (110)

  • S Rachel

    Is using clay on a mother’s teeth while nursing, safe for baby 1 1/2? Does the minimal amount of lead found in the clay go to the baby? Is this safe to use while pregnant too?

    May 28th, 2016 1:56 pm Reply
  • Peg

    Try an ionic toothbrush! I’ve only found them on Amazon. Not electric, they have a metal strip that conducts the charge that you don’t feel. Read the comment section there. My husband and I are amazed at how much whiter our teeth are…and no plaque!

    February 25th, 2016 9:52 am Reply
  • HLA

    You cannot cure cavities. While I like the idea of homemade toothpaste, this and all other toothpastes CANNOT CURE CAVITIES! Ask any dentist. They will tell you the truth. Nothing can cure cavities.

    December 10th, 2015 4:20 pm Reply
    • N

      If you ask dentist, they are surely going to say it doesnt heal because then no one will go to them. Thr fact is it does heal. These are thousands years old proven practices which has been working..

      March 14th, 2016 12:54 am Reply
      • Mini Cooper

        It’s funny because I read years ago about the tooth being the only body part that can’t heal itself. I went to a new dentist after that l and he kept saying how well.l kept my teeth were and how I had no tartar and asked what toothpaste I used. I told him a didn’t use fluoride. He told me that was good that I didn’t and said I had a small cavity and that we should wait to do anything because my tooth might heal and remineralize itself. I was so shocked that he told me this and read up about healing cavities, I decided to keep him as my dentist because he wasn’t one who is just in it for the money.

        May 28th, 2016 1:26 pm Reply
  • b

    Thanks for the info, do you know if the orawellness oil blend that they use as toothpaste is safe for 2 yr olds? I asked them company but did not get a clear answer, thanks!!

    August 4th, 2015 4:14 pm Reply
  • doris

    KISS (Keep It Simple) TOOTH POWDER – Mix baking soda with powdered kelp. The kelp is loaded with minerals. All the other ingredients are options.

    August 1st, 2015 12:12 am Reply
  • Kristin

    QUESTION: Is the iodine safe to give to a 3 year old? Can they overdose if they already have enough iodine in their diet?

    July 16th, 2015 9:04 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I wouldn’t do it unless my practitioner recommended it and had solid, clinical reasons for doing so.

      July 16th, 2015 9:46 pm Reply
  • Mariana

    Hi Sarah…. please help me.. I want to know where I found mineral drops .. and what is it?? Thank you

    July 9th, 2015 2:16 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      See the link in the recipe :)

      July 9th, 2015 2:21 pm Reply
      • Mariana

        Sarah I´m from Brazil … and the site don´t delivery here.
        SO I think manipulating the ingredients in a pharmacy of manipulation.
        Can you help me in the concentration of the minerals??
        The Lugol’s Iodin can be use in a child 3 years??? 2% concentration??
        ? Thank youu
        My sun have a lot of cavitys … he has a restricted alimentation and don´t eat suggar … So I´m studyng a natural treatment to solve it.
        BUt here in Brazil I have no one to support me, I´m alone in this way !!!
        Sorry for so many questions but I really beliave in this treatment !!
        Thank youuu !!
        Mariana :)

        July 10th, 2015 8:28 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Hi Mariana, please remember that this toothpaste only will be helpful in the presence of a diet that will also support cavity healing. Have you read the book “Cure Tooth Decay”. Not eating sugar is only one piece of the puzzle.

          July 10th, 2015 8:45 am Reply
  • Christiana

    I have braces… will the solution still work without problems?

    July 3rd, 2015 8:57 pm Reply
  • Athena

    Can I use the recipie in my ebook. I will give you credit

    June 28th, 2015 3:38 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      No, I’m sorry. I am not able to give permission for recipe reprints.

      June 28th, 2015 7:30 pm Reply
  • Alex

    Baking soda and calcium carbonate are salts. Coconut oil is a fat. They don’t mix, meaning that baking soda will stay “sandy”. This is Chemistry 101.

    Scrubbing your teeth with such a paste will tear away your enamel, like you were using sandpaper.

    June 28th, 2015 12:12 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I’ve been brushing my teeth (not hard of course!) with baking soda mixture for over 10 years with no problems. It is what is recommended by my local holistic dentist who is sought all over the world for consultations and people like Tom Cruise go to see who can afford anyone.

      June 28th, 2015 1:24 pm Reply
      • Shawna

        woo a celebrity sees him then he MUST be the best… :/

        October 19th, 2015 4:52 pm Reply
  • Natural Living

    Very useful and extremely thought provoking; we’re keen to understand more deeply; thank you.

    June 27th, 2015 4:39 pm Reply
  • Elif

    I came across your blog while shoofting through Pinterest and as a dentist with a PhD in Pediatric Dentistry, I feel the need to share my knowledge on this subject. Let me just say, I am not trying to ruffle anyones feathers; my job is to help people and give my two cents on dental and oral related subjects. I took an oath after all. Dental caries are considered a contagious bacterial infection that have a multifactorial origin. Caries, or cavities, are mostly caused by bacteria that begin to demineralize the outer tooth structure especially when the demineralizing factors (like a high carbohydrate or sugar based diet, just like you stated) are not eliminated. ‘Baby teeth’ are very porous in nature compared to permanent teeth. Any cavitation that begins (especially in between two neighboring teeth) will have a high chance of effecting the deeper parts of the tooth, most importantly, the pulp or nerve chamber. I don’t have much experience as a practitioner with these types of ‘holistic dentistry’ but I have an abundance of clinical experience especially with young children with lots of cavities. All I can say is, if you think your child has a cavity or you see any kind of discoloration, you should make sure these discolorations are in fact a cavity by taking your child to a dentist. If everyone could diagnose themselves there would be no need for dentists and people wouldn’t have to go to dental school for 10 years. If you go to a dentist and they say there is a small incipient or just formed cavity, then it may be ok to try this essential oil based toothpaste. But if there is loss of tooth structure, or any kind of soft tooth surface, then I do not recommend the use of this DIY. Like I said, the tooth structure is especially porous in kids and when cavitation is added to the situation the tooth nerve may get in danger and infection or irritation can set in. The effect of these essential oils on the tooth nerve is not yet confirmed with evidence-based and long-term studies. Although they do have antibacterial properites and can reduce the count of bacteria in the mouth, I do not agree that ‘holes’ or cavitations can be fixed or healed with these substances or a simple toothpaste. I totally agree with the diet part; this is the first thing we talk about with parents. But as I said, holes in teeth with soft yellow, brown or black discoloration can not be healed. İf it is only superficial, that is another story and I can accept that. But otherwise, it is medically impossible and can only be treated with a filling material (preferably composite and not amalgam).

    June 27th, 2015 10:02 am Reply
    • Lynnette

      Also, many “holistic” dentists have lost licenses due to making false claims. And as for Tom Cruise recommending a holistic dentist. I’m sorry, but that man’s cheese slid off his cracker a long time ago!

      June 28th, 2015 10:02 pm Reply
      • Rosemary

        LOL. Tom Cruise’s cheese most certainly did slide off his cracker many moons ago. lol. But, his teeth are phenomenal. Thanks for the laugh.

        February 2nd, 2016 8:46 am Reply
    • Rosemary

      I have a couple of questions for you sir. Why do traditional dentist reward their patients with lollipops/candy when sugar is one of the main culprits causing tooth decay? When dentist recommend that their patients eat less sugar why do they not go further then that? There are those that eat too much sugar and then there are those that eat too much sugar forming foods along with those who eat too many acid forming fruits/foods. Additionally, why don’t dentists discuss the calcium, vitamin D and magnesium balance required for our teeth and bones to properly utilize the calcium that our bodies receive? I know this post it a bit dated but, I do hope you reply.

      February 2nd, 2016 9:26 am Reply
      • Daniel L.

        Hi, I’m a dental hygienist and I can answer a couple of these. Usually the candies given at a dental office are made of either xylitol which has some limited evidence of cavity prevention, or another sugar substitute that doesn’t cause cavities. Only fermentable sugar/carbohydrates can be metabolized into acid, causing decay.
        As far as what you said about calcium/magnesium/vitamin D, let’s keep it to teeth. Calcium supplements & calcium rich foods are not effective in preventing decay. Your saliva ALWAYS has a saturation of calcium and phosphate in it. If you had a clinically diagnosed deficiency or condition, you’d have much bigger problems that would have been apparent from birth. Magnesium & vit. D aren’t very relevant to teeth. The things you’re talking about are more relevant to systemic issues. The oral cavity is a vastly different environment.
        As for dentists not discussing sugar/diet/etc. it just depends on who you see. I always discuss diet and the sugar/acid cycle with my patients, especially the cavity prone ones.

        May 14th, 2016 12:40 pm Reply
  • Hannah

    From what I read, I understood that most of the foods, except the animal based foods, must be cut off. It is too drastic for me. Just like I cannot be a vegan, I cannot be almost completely carnivore. Sorry folks, I guess I stick to my omnivore diet and Ca + multivitamin supplements. I am cutting sugar out anyways.

    June 25th, 2015 1:27 am Reply
  • Sarah

    I have tried making coconut oil based toothpastes in the past, and my family loved them and they worked great, but I had one (major) problem with them–they clogged up the sink SO bad.

    How do you keep from clogging up the bathroom sink? Other than brushing over the bathroom trashcan (yuck!), what can be done? I even tried the baking soda and vinegar trick to resolve the clog to no avail. Help!!

    June 16th, 2015 11:23 am Reply
  • Maria

    Hi Sarah

    I know this is an old post and I truly hope someone can help me. I live in Europe and it is impossible to buy Trace Minerals (they don’t ship it to where I’m located). I tried Iherb, Amazon and the result is all the same, impossible to ship it.

    What can I use as a good substitute?

    My son’s top teeth are a bit stained despite the nutrient dense food he has… he is 3 and a half years old now and I’m really worried.

    Thank you for your help!

    Best Wishes,

    June 12th, 2015 5:17 am Reply
    • Janet

      where in Europe are you ?

      June 28th, 2015 3:32 am Reply
  • Marisa

    I have been doing a lot of research on heavy metal detox, and learned that bentonite clay has a large amount of aluminum in it, and should be avoided. I used to make my homemade toothpaste with bentonite clay, but now leave it out for that reason.

    April 20th, 2015 6:26 pm Reply
    • Kim
      MYTH: Aluminum in Clay is dangerous.
      FALSE. Aluminum is part of the structural make up of all clays. The aluminum in Calcium Bentonite Clay is in a safe oxide form, not the dangerous man-made processed aluminum. The many trace minerals in Calcium Bentonite Clay are fused together into a super compound structure known as a clay particle, which cannot break down and cannot be absorbed by your body.

      April 27th, 2015 4:05 am Reply
  • Judy Barnes Baker

    Hi Sarah. I just wanted to add a word of caution about 0ne ingredient in your toothpaste recipe. Our modern world is full of foods and chemicals that act like estrogen and can disruptor human hormones. I recently read that peppermint oil, as well as lavender and tea tree oils are high in plant estrogens, which could be a problem, especially for young boys. I assume it is there for the minty, toothpaste taste, but cinnamon or some other flavor might be a safer choice.

    March 28th, 2015 10:21 pm Reply
  • Kalyn Land

    The cavities could be due to a lack of minerals needed for bone growth and teeth strength that comes from dairy products. Calcium deficiency is common in children with a dairy intolerance. I’m no doctor, but I teach preschool. After much talk with one of my students mothers, she told me a doctor said her daughter needed to have a more calcium rich diet or she would struggle with her bone and teeth strength. Her teeth were becoming translucent and chipping. She is now changing her diet to include calcium in other ways. Not saying to buy the book, just another resource. Hope this helps! If not, I’m not offended. :)

    March 27th, 2015 12:28 am Reply
    • Strizz

      Dairy is NOT the answer. We are the most milk drinking cheese eating culture in the world yet have the highest rates of osteoporosis. The problem is animal protein. Meats and dairy are high in protein content, protein is made of amino ACIDS and our blood is alkaline. When we eat foods that make us more acidic, our bodies leach minerals from our bones/teeth to maintain alkalinity. Greens and fruits are where it’s at.

      April 19th, 2015 9:34 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        This is because the dairy is pasteurized which destroys the enzyme for absorbing the calcium. I had a friend with osteoporosis eating pasteurized dairy in large amounts and kept losing bone … switched to raw, grassfed dairy and she stopped losing bone and starting gaining bone mass again!

        April 19th, 2015 9:57 pm Reply
      • Anne

        No we aren’t the Swiss are. They even have milk pipelines. The difference is the stuff we (Americans) put into milk and take out of milk. The Swiss only have whole milk nothing else and it’s all organic and natural. If you drink this kind of milk I’m sure you’d notice a difference.

        May 5th, 2015 1:12 am Reply
    • Rosemary

      It may not be a calcium deficiency at all (in that there is not enough calcium in the diet) in the students diet. It may be that the deficiency lies in that there is a vitamin D or Magnesium deficiency. When one or both of vit D or magnesium are missing or insufficient in the diet our bodies cannot properly absorb and utilize the calcium that we provide for it. I think is is best that if we are going to change something up then we need to look at all the angles. I know that the standard pasteurized milk in the grocery store is enhanced with D. I still personally won’t drink it as it has too many other ingredients that are not good for us and in my personal opinion detract from the potential good that it supposedly has to offer. The dolomite in the recipe is the perfect ratio of calcium to magnesium for our bodies to be able to utilize. I personally will be looking at ingredients to get D into the articles recipe as well. Just my thought.

      February 2nd, 2016 9:03 am Reply
  • Anita

    I just recently made the toothpaste with all your ingredients but it seems that at the end the oil was coming out of the mixture and it was making some sorts of bubbles on top. Is this normal, or did i make something wrong? I feel like some of the Dolomite powder gets stuck between teeth, is this ok? Also is there a big diference if i have organic coconut oil refined, and not virgin? Thank you again for the information and i hope my kids benefit from better teeth. I have 4 kids and one of them is 4 years old and has cavities in all her teth almost. She hates the dentist so i hope i can save her with this. Just started, march 2015. I will give an update late! Thanks.

    March 23rd, 2015 3:13 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    I used to have a lot of cavities. I started using doTerra’s On Guard toothpaste. I had a tooth that was bothering me and since I started using doTerra’s toothpaste it quit hurting. Their toothpaste has 6 essential oils in it.

    March 18th, 2015 8:07 am Reply
    • Monica

      You wouldn’t happen to sell the stuff, would you?

      March 18th, 2015 4:12 pm Reply
      • Katie

        I think this is a great post and will be making some!!

        After reading through many of these responses one must understand that when ingredients are in there natural state, as in not-man made, have some great benefits- not all things but many. Just like dairy. But our culture has been trained to think that what the USDA says goes. Do your research people…with the great www we have access to see options and make our own call on our families health.

        June 9th, 2015 12:27 pm Reply
  • robyn

    hmmm last time i went to the dentist they told me not to use toothpaste with baking soda in it because it strips your enamel away… baking soda is very abrasive so i cant see that being a good use all the time.

    March 11th, 2015 4:18 pm Reply
  • Kirsten

    Thank you for this post! My question is: how did your son feel on what I assume to be a fairly low carbohydrate diet? When I have attempted to feed my children this way they complain of feeling tired and hungry. Our normal diet excludes sugars and processed foods and is similar to WAPF style of eating. Thanks for any suggestions!

    March 9th, 2015 1:53 am Reply
  • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    Most likely ok as the allergenic proteins are not present in butter oil.

    February 20th, 2015 7:14 am Reply
    • Jamie

      Thank you, Sarah for all you do! Trying to figure out my 4 year old’s 6 cavities is driving me crazy. A nutritionist suggested maybe I didn’t get enough cal/magnesium/minerals when I was pregnant. I just want an answer so I can hopefully fix the problem not band-aide/fill the cavities. It would be awesome if you had an ideas or suggestions. Thanks again!

      February 20th, 2015 9:40 pm Reply
      • Jessica

        Why not try ghee? It’s clarified butter and the milk proteins are removed. Pricier than butter, but will give you more piece of mind.

        March 5th, 2015 9:02 am Reply
      • Marisa

        You need to consume enough healthy fats with minerals, so that your body can actually assimilate them. :)

        April 20th, 2015 6:28 pm Reply
  • Kristina

    2 questions. Thank you! I just made it for me and want to try on my son who has a soft spot that the dentist wants to drill. I assume you rinse after brushing? And would you recommend leaving on the soft spot and not rinsing right away?

    January 24th, 2015 9:50 am Reply
  • Kim Fuhrmann

    NEVER use Palm Oil!

    January 21st, 2015 12:36 pm Reply
    • Kristina

      Why? I think we’re talking about Red Palm Oil which is different than regular Palm oil/shortening? Can someone clarify?

      January 24th, 2015 9:53 am Reply
      • Melissa

        Copied from another site.
        …” There are two things that you can be certain of when it comes to palm oil: 1) business is booming and 2) orangutans hate palm oil (if they could speak to us, I’m confident that’s what they would say). We can now add another certainty to that: palm oil causes low-grade inflammation that is linked to insulin resistance, obesity and other metabolic diseases that are partially mediated by our resident gut microbes.

        Palm oil is touted as a panacea for everything ranging from a route out of poverty for small-scale farmers, a sustainable biofuel, and for its powerful nutritional virtues. However, palm oil plantations are linked to unsustainable deforestation throughout the world – that aside from the obvious biosphere issues – is reducing livable habitat for orangutans to the point that some are calling it genocide.

        Source: FAO

        Consumer demand – or maybe that should be manufacturer demand – for palm oil has resulted in palm oil in one of every two packaged products in the super market! You can find it in baked goods, cereals, crisps, sweets, margarine and popular soaps and cosmetics – to name a few. Often listed under a dizzying number of names, like palmate and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, it’s not always easy to spot. Red palm oil has become very popular among the more affluent, both for its taste, cool red color, and superior antioxidant load. The Red palm oil is derived from the fleshy part of the fruit – hence its red color – while the clear stuff comes from the whitish kernel in the center. Or you can refine Red palm oil down to a clear version (but in the process, you lose some of the goodness)….”
        So It’s mostly a environmental issue here, as you’re not really swallowing the oil.

        January 29th, 2015 2:30 am Reply
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  • Nic

    Many years ago there were headlines that dolomite contains lead.
    Check with the manufacturer to make sure their dolomite is lab tested… and get proof from them with paperwork to show it.

    November 12th, 2014 5:56 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      Hello, I’m concerned about using this since I have fillings. I know you aren’t supposed to oil pull with them, so wouldn’t the oil and the clay do the same thing here (pull out the toxins)? I would really appreciate an answer because I need remineralization but don’t want to put toxins in my body due to an autoimmune condition. Thanks!

      January 7th, 2015 9:00 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        It’s a catch 22 in this situation. I would consult a holistic dentist about what the best approach would be for you.

        January 8th, 2015 8:08 am Reply
      • Faith Wilson

        I have fillings and I do oil pulling once a week, and I use this same type of toothpaste and I’ve never had a problem with my cavities coming out.

        January 12th, 2015 7:42 pm Reply
  • Babe

    I use Vita-Mry……absolutely love the clove oil in it. Any thoughts on this?

    November 7th, 2014 6:26 am Reply
  • Joyce

    Could you use Fullers Earth clay instead of Bentonite Clay? And wintergreen oil instead of pepperment oil? Only reason I ask is I have it on hand and thought I had the other:)

    November 6th, 2014 2:17 am Reply
  • Charis

    Can I use cinnamon essential oil instead of peppermint?! I HATE peppermint flavored toothpaste. I buy Close-up, because of that reason. I’m just wondering how much cinnamon oil to use.. will 30 drops be too strong ?! Thanks in advance.

    November 5th, 2014 9:04 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist


      November 5th, 2014 9:48 am Reply
  • Alicia

    I’ve made this and have started using it!! However, I’ve thought of something that’s concerning me… I have a couple metal fillings. Is it okay that I am using this since it has the clay in it? I’m wondering if it would be drawing out the toxins in the mercury. Which is now leading me to wondering if that is the case, is coconut oil okay or oil pulling for that matter? And I’ve recently been trying to whiten my teeth with activated charcoal, but maybe that is not okay either. Oh my!! I would greatly appreciate your opinion Sarah!!

    November 5th, 2014 1:04 am Reply
  • Alina

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I should definitely try this as I have 3 or possibly more cavities. BUT, I have one hesitation about this… I’m 4 1/2 months pregnant, is it safe for me to take this??? Please answer. Thank you !

    November 4th, 2014 5:10 pm Reply
  • Gwen

    calcium carbonate has lead in it, be care. Google it if you need to know more.

    October 31st, 2014 2:38 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Not the dolomite brand linked to in this post. It is tested to be lead free.

      October 31st, 2014 7:34 pm Reply
  • Christina

    Hi, for those of you who do not eat animal products… Phytic acid is basically something in any seed, to protect it from rotting until it has had a chance to sprout. There is a way to get rid of phytic acid in your food. Soak all grains overnight and get rid of that water (water your plants with it). This applies to legumes. Sprout your grains. Basically your seeds think, hey I’m getting planted! So phytic acid breaks down and all of those important nutrients are released and made available to your body. I believe that it is not the phytic acid itself that causes tooth decay (like citric acid) does. Rather it’s that, in your intestine, phytic acid blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals. So teeth deteriorate because the minerals and vitamins that you are eating aren’t being absorbed and are going down the toilet instead.

    So eat sprouted foods – rice, sprouted bread, sprouted lentils, beans…

    Also read up on souring your flours (which gets rid of the phytic acid). It’s not that complicated.

    Nuts are huge phytic acid carriers, so to get rid of it, soak your nuts overnight and rinse. Then enjoy your nut soaks. (I tasted that soaking water once – it was super bitter).

    Anyhow hope this helps and research phytic acid before tossing in the towel on being vegetarian or vegan. HTH.

    October 24th, 2014 6:48 pm Reply
    • Brandi

      Not all the phytic acid will be removed, also soaking oats overnight removes only a tiny portion of phytic acid. As for legumes like soy you cant remove the phytic acid without traditional fermentation. Pretty much its probably better if you just dont eat them, that way you dont get any just saying. :3

      March 26th, 2015 9:22 pm Reply
  • Larisa

    Is this safe for toddlers? I’ve read peppermint EO isn’t safe for them. What other EO’s would you suggest. My toddler is also sensitive to cinnamon EO. Thanks!

    October 17th, 2014 4:01 pm Reply
  • Heather

    I’d love to have someone explain why the iodine drops are used.

    October 13th, 2014 8:06 pm Reply
  • Dee

    I’d love to know what cell salts were used. Any idea?

    September 26th, 2014 1:00 am Reply
    • Karin

      The Calcs are the ones that support bones, teeth, gums the most. Specifically Calc Fluor and Calc Phos and Calc Sulph.

      October 9th, 2014 4:20 pm Reply
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  • Maderetha

    Just wondering, it being Winter where I am, coconut oil is rock hard at the moment. Could I use butter instead and or mix it with an oil? Maybe a good olive oil? Would that have a similar effect? What would the effect of beeswax be?

    September 25th, 2014 5:05 pm Reply
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  • Pam

    Oh my goodness, this stuff smells like taffy! I can’t wait to try it!!! Sorry you got kicked out of your grocery store :-/ I got all of these goodies and a cart full of real food at my grocery store, you really need to move to Austin, Texas.

    September 20th, 2014 10:28 pm Reply
  • katie

    Do you know of any dietary changes that can help the remineralization and reverse damage that would be accessible to vegetarians and vegans? The list of dietary changes that this family followed was nearly all animals products!

    September 20th, 2014 7:58 pm Reply
  • Heather

    We are vegan, so I guess this diet is out of the question for us. :/

    September 19th, 2014 2:11 am Reply
    • katie

      I was just thinking the same thing as I read this article. There has to be an option for vegetarians/vegans to remineralize and correct damage, no?

      September 20th, 2014 7:54 pm Reply
      • Anna

        I had this same problem. After I went vegan I got several cavities after having no problems with my teeth before hand. As a result I have had to forgo being vegan and opt for having some free range eggs and fish oil in my diet. I haven’t found a vegan friendly method for remineralizing as of yet. One can hope but for my family, our teeth suffer without some of the traditional foods of our ancestors.

        October 5th, 2014 6:22 pm Reply
  • Lark Craft

    Which cell salts did you use for your child? I am trying to figure out which would be a the best for my 5 & 6 year old.

    September 18th, 2014 3:16 pm Reply
  • Teresa Tolnay

    I have been using Earthpaste, would that work basically the same?

    September 17th, 2014 2:42 pm Reply
  • Rebecca W

    My college-aged brother was diagnosed with 2-3 cavities a couple years ago but he and his wife had no insurance or money to pay for any additional work on them. His wife did lots of research, created her own toothpaste (much like the one above) and then they both used it for 2 years until they had enough extra money to get the cavities filled. Well, when they finally got his teeth checked 2 years later he had a perfect bill of health! NO cavities!! They are now believers!! Cavities CAN heal!

    September 17th, 2014 9:03 am Reply
  • Sara Gordon

    Why the Lugol’s Iodine?

    September 16th, 2014 10:43 pm Reply
  • gabriela

    Hello I’ve purchased the orawellness mouth blend before and it’s a straight oil. I was confused because you mentioned it was a toothgel. I went on their website and I don’t see a tooth gel just the regular mouth blend. Is that what you meant? Thanks!!

    September 15th, 2014 2:56 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, it’s a liquid but it’s a little thicker than water … kind of gel like to me but not like Aquafresh or any of the conventional gels for sure.

      September 15th, 2014 5:20 pm Reply
  • Casey

    I am very interested to learn more about the diet changes you made, specifically what does each meal look like? Could you maybe provide a week meal plan so we can see the changes illustrated in practical ways?

    September 14th, 2014 6:20 pm Reply
  • R Dale

    This looks very interesting I have never considered making my own toothpaste before. Thanks for introducing it to me, I’ll have to do a bit more research into it before I take the leap and actually try it.

    September 12th, 2014 3:46 pm Reply
  • Jessica Taylor

    I imagine the cell salts are the biggest impact here.

    September 12th, 2014 3:16 pm Reply
  • Julie Glaski

    Hello……Where is the link to get: And, for the next few days (until September 15, 2014 at midnight), you can get this top quality natural toothpaste gel, which we use in our own home – a $22 value – complimentary with the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle along with $200 in total freebies, dozens of eBooks (including my new book on Traditional Remedies) and eCourses. –

    September 12th, 2014 10:57 am Reply
  • Irena

    Hello Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. I am just wondering, can I heal tooth decay naturally even in a child whose diet is limited due to allergies? Thank you for your help!

    September 12th, 2014 10:35 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      This is a challenging situation, Irena. I do not know for sure. It’s worth a shot, however, as it really doesn’t take but a month or two to know if things are working. Be sure to keep the child under the care of a preferably holistic dentist to keep tabs on progress and be ready to fill those cavities if necessary.

      September 12th, 2014 11:25 am Reply
  • Kelsey

    Does this have to be stored in the fridge or is it ok to store on the counter?

    September 12th, 2014 9:35 am Reply
  • dia

    The post mentioned that she used cell salts as part of her treatment. I was curious which one/ones?

    thanks Sarah for bringing this much needed topic to light!

    September 12th, 2014 9:25 am Reply
    • Karin

      I don’t know which ones Kristin used, but traditionally the Calcs are used: calc fluor, calc phos, and calc sulph. I buy my cell salts from (Luyties brand) because they work better than Hyland’s brand and I prefer the strength choices. I use 6x with my daughter and 12x works better for me.

      October 9th, 2014 4:26 pm Reply
    • theresa

      We’ve consulted with Joette Calabrese(the wonderful WAP friendly homeopath :) and she has always suggested the use of the following:
      1. Calc Flour 12x
      2. Calc Phos 6x
      *4 pellets of each placed in about 4 oz of water makes this very economical. Two to Three sips every day for a few months, and then continue the same for healthy teeth and bones.

      October 13th, 2014 11:39 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    Do you know where I can purchase cell salts and trace mineral drops for my 6 year old?

    September 12th, 2014 12:37 am Reply
    • Karin

      I buy my cell salts from (Luyties brand).

      October 9th, 2014 4:27 pm Reply
  • Hana K

    My son is 3 and has many snall cavities which we have been trying to heal. Right now most of the little cavities remain discolored but hard. Seeing the pictures it looks like the tooth turns white again, so does that mean my son’s cavities are not completely healed or do they remain discolored even after healing?

    September 11th, 2014 10:29 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The discoloration from a cavity does not always disappear … just because it didn’t turn back to white does not mean it didn’t remineralize. This happened with one of my children’s cavities … it hardened up nicely but the discoloration remained. No worries. It was a baby tooth anyway.

      September 11th, 2014 10:55 pm Reply
  • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    Yes, red palm oil is highly antimicrobial. Here’s a post I wrote about this wonderful traditional oil.

    September 11th, 2014 2:52 pm Reply
  • Kristin

    Lugol’s Iodine… What percent?

    September 11th, 2014 2:12 pm Reply
  • Shawn Grubb

    Thanks for addressing this issue especially for families like ours that are on a very limited budget determined to eat right & be self-sustaining in as much as we can. I finally settled on this tooth powder mix after trying several others found on the net & my own mixtures based on what I found each ingredient was for. Here’s what I use now: Equal parts of bentonite clay, baking soda, dolomite & activated charcoal, 1/2 part acerola (Vit. C) then to taste, oil (all or one of peppermint, clove and myrrh), xylitol or stevia, celtic or mineral salt of some kind, cayenne (for bleeding).

    September 11th, 2014 12:41 pm Reply
  • Karen S.

    Can you change up the essential oils if you want to or leave them out altogether? I don’t like fragrances of any kind even if natural.

    September 11th, 2014 11:57 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes, you can. I don’t particularly care for fragrances either especially in personal care products.

      September 11th, 2014 12:00 pm Reply
  • Tarah H.

    Why doesn’t this post say where the toothpaste recipe came from? As soon as I saw it I recognized that this is the Remineralizing Toothpaste recipe from Wellness Mama (, I know because I make it and use it myself.

    You can find it here:

    Let’s give credit where it’s due: Katie the Wellness Mama invented this toothpaste recipe. I’m just a loyal fan of several nutrition blogs, so I’d hate to see any plagiarization between them.

    September 11th, 2014 10:59 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Thanks for that Tarah … I was not aware of this particular recipe. I will link over since this is a variation but you’re right, after comparing the two, they are quite similar. As someone who has my recipes and posts plagiarized on a regular basis, I understand the concern. Appreciate the heads up!

      September 11th, 2014 11:38 am Reply
      • Tarah H

        Thank you Sarah! Keep up the great work, I love referring people to your blog!

        September 12th, 2014 9:15 am Reply

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