After a bit of searching on the internet and a couple of tries at home I've come up with a toothpaste recipe that everyone in my family likes! I started with this recipe from Wellness Mama and then made a few of my own adjustments.
E&S - Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe
5 parts finely ground eggshell powder from pasture raised eggs
2 parts baking soda
1 part bentonite clay powder
3 parts stevia green leaf powder
3-5 parts extra virgin coconut oil
Essential oils for flavoring (we like lemon and peppermint)
Mix all the ingredients together. I used a teaspoon as my measurement and that made enough to last for a few months. This recipe works great for the summertime but when the temperature dips below seventy degrees F. it gets hard and crumbly as the coconut oil solidifies. It may be better to use olive oil or a fractionated coconut oil in the winter so it stays soft. We use a popsicle stick to put it on our toothbrushes.
Now the color might be a bit alarming to those used to bright and fun colored toothpaste since it is a grayish-green but I prefer using the green stevia powder as opposed to the refined white and I like it better than xylitol. I also didn't use the diatomaceous earth that the original recipe used. I know lots of people swear by DE but I'm still cautious about using it as it's effects on our microbiome are uncertain and I don't think it's necessary for toothpaste.
You can use a calcium powder instead of the eggshells but I like using eggshells because I have a ton of them anyway and my compost pile won't miss a few. I wash the eggshells well with hot water after cracking them and let them air dry. Once I've collected a few I mash them with a potato masher and then grind them in my Vitamix with the dry container. To get a really fine powder though I still use my mortar and pestle. That sounds like a lot of work but doing it once gives me enough powder to last several years so I don't mind.
After brushing it might be a good idea to swish some probiotic powder around in your mouth. I didn't add it to the recipe though since it needs to stay refrigerated to be viable and the other ingredients would kill the bacteria anyway.
If you're working on remineralizing your teeth don't forget the cod liver oil and butter oil supplements. It's a crucial part of the protocol.
To You Health!
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.