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Bentonite Clay Essential Oil Toothpaste Recipe

Our family likes this bentonite clay essential oil toothpaste recipe for a clean, healthy mouth!
There are lots of natural toothpastes on the market, and recipes to make your own toothpaste or tooth powder. Our family likes this bentonite clay essential oil toothpaste recipe for a clean, healthy mouth!

I'm not going to lie. Clay isn't the most wonderful tasting thing, but some coconut oil to make it smooth, stevia to sweeten, and a few essential oils for freshness and you'll soon get used to it.

Essential Oil Blends for Oral Care

Essential oils are great for oral health and these are some of our favorite blends:

DIY Bentonite Clay Essential Oil Tooth Powder and Toothpaste
 
This recipe is for tooth powder, but it makes a great toothpaste too!

Note: The color of your finished product may vary depending on the color of your clay and the essential oils used.
Author:
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a food processor.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the hot water and coconut oil together and let stand till the coconut oil melts. Add to the food processor gradually till combined. While the food processor is still on, combine and add the essential oils all at once and process a few more seconds. Mixture should be granular and slightly damp.
  3. Store in a glass jar with a lid.
  4. Toothpaste Variation
  5. Once the tooth powder is complete, gradually add more coconut oil, blending as you go, until you reach the desired consistency.
Notes
* No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.
* Essential oils are great for oral health and these are some of our favorite blends:

Lime, lemon, grapefruit
Orange, clove, peppermint
Cinnamon, clove, orange
Chamomile and wintergreen
Frankincense & myrrh

 

Safety & Contraindications

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety, and I must defer to the chemists, pharmacists and experts who understand this complicated topic more than I.

With that said, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. Essentially, what this means is that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Let common sense be your guide. Still, be sure to maintain proper dilutions, and general safety considerations still apply. As always, discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

 

 



This post currently has 54 comments.

  1. Marlene
    February 13, 2017

    Is there anything else that could be used as a sweetener? Honey or Agave?

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  2. Amy
    February 2, 2017

    Is it okay to use a natural peppermint oil that you would use to add to food to flavor it if I don’t have the EO?

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  3. Bonnie Praymayer
    January 13, 2017

    I have been trying to make the perfect toothpaste for me. After a couple failed attempts and wasted ingredients, I am still looking for a better recipe. I see this one calls for carrier oil but the instructions say coconut oil. Is that the same oil or a different one? I don’t know what fractionated coconut oil is as per the note on carrier oil either.

    Thanks in advance.

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    • Dr. Z
      January 19, 2017

      Hi Bonnie,

      Fractionated coconut oil is a special variety of coconut oil that has been processed so that all of the nutrients have been “fractionated” out. It’s a pure carrier oil that absorbs immediately, has no taste, protects the skin and works wonderfully.

      For toothpaste, I prefer regular coconut oil because of its consistency, taste and antibacterial properties.

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  4. anne
    November 26, 2016

    Maybe a silly question, but I am not familiar with using stevia. Can the drops be used with this toothpaste blend just as easily as the powder form? Additionally, in the boxed recipe above, there is no mention of amounts of coconut oil…or am I just missing something here?

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    • Dr. Z
      November 27, 2016

      Hi Anne,

      Yes, the drops will work perfectly.

      It says “1 tablespoon carrier oil,” which may include coconut oil or another oil of your choosing. 🙂

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  5. Helen Cox
    November 26, 2016

    I have been brushing my teeth for years with a salt/baking soda powder that I pour into my hand, and then put a drop of peppermint EO in it. Is that too much oil and if not, could I substitute clove or lemon oil?

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    • Dr. Z
      November 27, 2016

      Yes, you can definitely substitute clove and/or lemon or a number of other oils.

      1 drop is a little much, which is why premixing a toothpaste ahead of time reduces the concentration and increases the dilution. 🙂

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      • Helen Cox
        November 28, 2016

        I have been brushing my teeth for years with a salt/baking soda powder that I pour into my hand, and then put a drop of peppermint EO in it. Is that too much oil and if not, could I substitute clove or lemon oil?

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        • Customer Support
          December 9, 2016

          My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar questions as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

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  6. Alicia
    November 6, 2016

    Hi Dr Z
    I’m excited about making my own toothpaste! I have been using some Bentonite clay toothpaste which I bought which came in a glass jar.Should I store it in a glass container or is it ok in a plastic one?
    Was wondering because of the EO I will be using.

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    • Dr. Z
      November 20, 2016

      Glass for sure!

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  7. Solveig
    September 11, 2016

    With 8 dental amalgams in my mouth should I avoid bentonite clay in my tooth paste? Do you have an alternative recipe?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 11, 2016

      Solveig,

      You may seriously want to consider working with a trained biological dentist to get those removed.They are very dangerous. I understand it can be expensive, but it’s worth it.

      This article can help to answer your question. Seems like clay can help detox the mercury in the fillings… http://www.naturalnews.com/023652.html.

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      • Marco
        September 30, 2016

        Food processor? Where do i buy this? im from the Uk and what does this mean and the end of this recipy

        Once the tooth powder is complete, gradually add more coconut oil, blending as you go, until you reach the desired consistency.

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        • Customer Support
          October 19, 2016

          Marco, you can use any kind of food processor you’d like. Usually this is more like a chopper than a blender.

          Consistency of the toothpaste is up to you. You can make a very stiff paste, or you can add more coconut oil for a thinner/softer paste.

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  8. Rex Tarr
    August 21, 2016

    Could food grade diatomaceous earth, or powdered food grade zeolite be substituted for the bentonite?

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    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      I wouldn’t see why not…

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  9. Lori
    August 17, 2016

    I keep hearing from many sources, “don’t use commercial toothpaste due to the chemicals and fluoride. But what I’m hearing Dr. Z, say is that just putting something in your mouth to brush your teeth with shouldn’t be a concern….

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    • Dr. Z
      August 19, 2016

      Yes, fluoride is super bad, but there are definitely good commercial brands out there. They’re just generally expensive.

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  10. Kathleen
    August 14, 2016

    Love all the recipe suggestions. Someone asked about tooth whitener, I read, then tried successfully myself using powered tumeric and a few drops of tumeric EO. I am amazed how I managed to get rid of all the brown stains and whiten up my teeth.

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    • Customer Support
      August 15, 2016

      Fantastic testimonial, Kathleen. Don’t you love natural products that actually work?

      ~Customer Service

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  11. Janet
    August 14, 2016

    Hey Dr. Z,
    I have been using Bentonite clay toothpaste for over a year now & I will NEVER go back to the store bought brands. Not only does it taste great & cleans my teeth better but I can testify that it’s a natural whiter as well. For years, I used the chemical bleach & trays from my dentist, always taking a chance I would use too much & blister my gums. Now my teeth are just as white without the side effects.
    Thanks for your hard work & commitment in informing us there is a better and Biblical way to become healthy.

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    • Customer Support
      August 15, 2016

      Thank you, Janet, for that amazing testimony!

      Blessings,
      Customer Support

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  12. Shirley
    August 13, 2016

    Doesn’t Bentonite clay have lead in it?
    Is that good to use?

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  13. Robin
    August 13, 2016

    Would you consider xylitol as a substitute for the Stevia in this toothpaste, or maybe a stevia/ xylitol blend? I ask because xylitol is supposed to be helpful in breaking biofilms in the mouth.

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    • Customer Support
      August 15, 2016

      Robin,

      Many people, including Dr. Z’s friend, Dr. Josh Axe, recommend xylitol for homemade toothpaste. I’ve personally used it and love it, because I don’t like the taste of stevia! Dr. Z’s family loves stevia, so naturally, that’s what he’s going to suggest. 🙂

      Try both, see what you like!

      I would like to advise you pay attention to the xylitol. The good stuff is made from birch. Some contain corn. You don’t want those!

      Blessings,
      Customer Support

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  14. Carrie
    August 13, 2016

    If anyone is worried about coconut oil in their toothpaste clogging the drain, pour boiling water down your drain once a month. This should removes residues from coconut oil and soap scum as well.

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  15. Connie Kirkpatrick
    August 13, 2016

    What about for dentures? What would you suggest as a good soak?

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    • Customer Support
      August 15, 2016

      I would not recommend soaking dentures in anything that uses essential oils. The oils may break down the plastics and glues. If you try it, do a quick cleaning, then rinse well right away. Don’t soak.

      Customer Service

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  16. Gemma Edwards
    August 6, 2016

    Hello, any idea of the shelf life of this tooth paste please?
    Thank you!

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    • Dr. Z
      August 8, 2016

      I really don’t know because it usually gets used up before long!

      Most of these DIY recipes last a month or two. I’d make smaller batches if you’re concerned with shelf life. 🙂

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  17. Deborah J
    July 16, 2016

    One question. Will this help denture wearers? I have a full set of dentures. Will this work for me as well as others?

    I am just getting started on the all natural trail. I don’t want to put anything on my body that I will not put in my body. I really dislike all the chemicals and preservatives in use today.

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    • Dr. Z
      July 16, 2016

      Hi Deborah,

      This toothpaste is great for dentures because essential oils can help with biofilm. Just be sure NOT to soak your dentures in EOs for extended periods of time like you would with overnight polident or something. The EOs will eat away at the synthetic material in the dentures, but brushing is fine if you thoroughly rinse.

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  18. Melodie
    June 2, 2016

    Dr. Z,
    I’ve had this question for awhile now. Can citrus oils (lemon, orange) cause damage to our teeth?
    I know this particular recipe of yours doesn’t have baking soda but I’ve seen recipes for the use of baking soda in toothpaste. Can that be harsh on our teeth?
    Thank you!

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    • Dr. Z
      June 3, 2016

      Hi Melodie,

      I haven’t seen any oral contraindications to prevent using citrus oils in toothpaste, nor have I personally experienced that. Are you thinking this because citrus is acidic? If so, don’t worry because the pH of oils is not the same as the juice.

      Here’s a good article on baking soda –> http://www.orawellness.com/blog/is-baking-soda-safe-to-brush-with/

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  19. Tamara
    June 2, 2016

    Help! I tried making this toothpaste tonight and it was too thick. Added more coconut oil as suggested and it had difficulty mixing in. I am using a mini food processor. Maybe it isn’t powerful enough, so tried my vitamix. it mixed ok but at the quantity would be better if more, since it stuck to the base of the inside. I bought the ingredients you suggested and followed the measurements. Do I double recipe in order mix it in my vitamix and keep adding coconut oil until it looks like your picture?

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    • Dr. Z
      June 2, 2016

      Yes Tamara, that’s a good point. If you’re using a Vitamix, you’ll need to double the recipe at least and then add coconut oil to desired consistency. 🙂

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  20. Carol
    May 29, 2016

    Hello, I’m a little concerned putting straight cinnamon bark, wintergreen or clove oil on your toothbrush. These should be (if the essential oils are truly 100% pure) quite hot oils and not used on your gums on a regular basis. And if people are on blood thinners they should not be using wintergreen as it also thins the blood.

    Please be careful people!!

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    • Dr. Z
      May 29, 2016

      Hi Carol,

      I think may be overreacting a little. I personally use oils in my toothpaste nearly every day. There’s no research suggesting hard-fast contraindications to do otherwise. However, to your point, it’s always a good idea to mix things up. I go in phases switching between clove, peppermint and an immunity blend I like (cinnamon, clove, lemon, orange, rosemary and eucalyptus).

      Also, to say that wintergreen is a blood thinner is also not fully supported by clinical researcher. Plus, people aren’t consuming them, just using them for oral cleansing and rinsing out their mouth.

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  21. Dana DeBellis
    May 29, 2016

    Because of using the coconut oil in the tooth paste, have you noticed the sink drain slow at all or clog up?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 30, 2016

      No, it’s a very small amount of coconut oil per usage. Not like oil pulling, you know?

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  22. Deborah
    May 29, 2016

    I’m new to using all natural products. Your recipe calls for 20 to 30 drops of the EOs of my choice. Is that 20 to 30 drops of each oil? Or, 20 to 30 drops altogether?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 30, 2016

      Good question: 20-30 altogether.

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  23. Becky
    May 28, 2016

    The only thing that I would be concerned about would be that there are metal blades on the food processor and bentonite clay should not touch metal

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Hi Becky,

      I’ve heard this from bloggers, but can’t prove it scientifically. To think that the commercial bentonite clay that we purchase never touches metal before it reaches our homes is a little far-fetched in my opinion. My thought is that zipping up this mixture for a few seconds won’t affect the effectiveness noticeably, but I could be wrong…

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  24. Marie
    May 28, 2016

    Hi there, just converting to all natural skin care products and am interested in a tooth whitening paste/sensitivity paste options. What is the difference between the tooth powder & the paste? Also, what are you using for tooth whitening?
    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful insights into living a chemical free life!

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Just preference.

      I’d recommend using clove essential oil with either product, because this will help with the sensitivity considerably. 🙂

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  25. Jill York
    May 28, 2016

    I love bentonite clay toothpaste! Will have to try this recipe a.s.a.p.!

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Awesome – keep us posted!

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  26. Liz
    May 28, 2016

    Hello Dr Z, would you please check the Himalayan Salt content as part of your toothpaste ingredients. If Himalayan Salt has Bromide in it then this is most certainly to be avoided by the of us with auto-immune thyroid issues. Thanks!

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Hi Liz,

      I would have to defer to the auto-immune specialists on this, but seeing that you’re not consuming the product (just brushing your teeth), I don’t see the danger…

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      • Sue
        August 13, 2016

        I would add some haritaki powder and perhaps a bit of neem oil to this, or peelu bark. Thanks for a great base recipe for toothpaste. I am always looking for safe toothpaste for my dogs, as well as myself!

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