Introduction: Home-made Organic Toothpaste 'Snow Caps' Old Swiss Teeth Whitening Recipe

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Why bother to make your own toothpaste?

A couple of years ago we were lucky enough to escape 'drill and fill' and to find a biological/holistic dentist and (really important for me) one who didn't use needles. Our dentist does not fill teeth and so I then began to study how to optimise our diet for tooth remineralisation. This done I then began to research anything that could hinder the process and found the mention of glycerine. It is used to give the toothpaste a 'glossy' sheen but it also leaves a coating on the teeth, which in turn prevents remineralisation. I have read that it takes multiple rinsings with pure water to actually rid your teeth of this glycerine film. When I checked the contents of my purchased organic toothpaste, I was mortified to find glycerine on the list. Interestingly enough that was the first difference we noticed when we began to use our home-made toothpaste, in essence, a much fresher cleaner feel to our teeth.

Step 1: Recipe and Ingredients

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The Recipe

The recipe for 'Snow Caps' I found in a book I would recommend to anyone interested in essential oils and their uses, it is written by Valerie Ann Worwood under the very apt title of: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. I have used it for years and found it invaluable as a reference text.


Raw Sea Salt 1 teaspoon

Bicarbonate of Soda 2 teaspoons

Powdered Orange Peel 1 tablespoon

Dried Sage 2 teaspoons

Lemon Essential oil 2 - 5 drops

Peppermint Essential oil 2 - 5 drops

Step 2: Method and Storage

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In the past I used a pestle and mortar to grind up the sage but recently we were given a coffee grinder so have begun to use that. in fact Andy mixes everything apart from the essential oil in it, which makes for a very fine powder and resultant smooth tooth paste. The essential oils should be well incorporated into the powder to get an even flavour, mint is very strong and can quite literally 'take your breath away' if you were to get a large dose at once. Andy does this by adding a little powder to the jar at a time and then a drop of each essential oil an mixing it thoroughly so it is added and mixed in layers.


To retain all the virtues of the ingredients you need to store this powder in a dry container away from light. I used a recycled hotel jam jar and Andy made me a pallet wood surround. A dark glass or china container would do very well.

Step 3: Turning the Powder Into a Paste, the Film and Further Information

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To make this tooth powder into a toothpaste, you can either take a little powder on a teaspoon and then dip you wet toothbrush in it or dip your wet toothbrush straight into the mix. Incidentally, I have seen various sites quoting sodium bicarbonate as abrasive and equally as many saying the only thing less abrasive than it is water! I have never found it abrasive but then I would never use it dry.

Some people like to use virgin organic coconut oil to make the paste but I find coconut oil such a precious resource, I would rather eat it than spit it out!

The whole process of making this toothpaste is contained within the film but for more information on remineralisation, the importance of maintaining a neutral or alkaline oral pH and an in depth break-down of all the ingredients used, please visit Simply Organic Recipes

All the very best and thanks for watching,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue


ashleyjlong (author)2014-12-14

Nice to see so much dialogue about ingredients happening here! I have a question: What is the purpose of the sea salt in the recipe? I used to buy a lovely peppermint tooth powder, using himalyan salt, from someone on Etsy, but after I had to get some bonding done on my teeth I noticed that the salt crystals may have been contributing to pre-mature chipping of the work. I stopped using the powder and went back to normal paste for fear of having to to get all that expensive work done over again. Is the salt a vital part of the recipe? Are there alternatives that might be easier on dental bonding?

Pavlovafowl (author)ashleyjlong2014-12-15

Hi ashleyjlong, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to add to the 'conversation'! If you go onto my blog post you will see I write in detail about each of the individual ingredients. This instructable was getting quite wordy so I just left the link so people could consult it if they wanted additional information. Essentially though the salt and Himalayan salt is a great choice, has functions which are mostly duplicated by the other ingredients - apart from the fact that it contains around 100 beneficial minerals and trace elements but you could just sprinkle it on your food for those! So leaving it out altogether is an option. That is really what this recipe is about, making it suit you as an individual. I do not get any 'scratchy' feel from raw sea salt but I do wet my toothbrush well before I use it, so maybe you needed to re-mill your powder? What you could also do, is use the salt to make a simple mouth wash with warm water, that way there would be no action against your teeth but you would still be getting the benefits. Hope this helps and all the best, Sue

prickly vegan (author)2014-12-03

I like the idea of adding sage and orange peel. I have been making my own paste for a while now, same idea as yours, just simpler: virgin olive oil, baking soda, mix of essential oils that strike my fancy. I find clove oil is nice, but it really is quite fun to play around and make a new flavour every time. I just mix up a paste and leave it in a covered cup. Seems to work well. My mouth feels fresher for longer, but it is a bit rough. I haven't been able to convert my partner. :(

Good to see so many people questioning dental education ad products.

Hi prickly vegan. It's all about experimentation and what suits you best. I know sage can be an acquired taste, we find it very refreshing. I think some people can take time to get out of the toothpaste-from-a-tube idea or is it just the flavours of the paste, (clove is pretty strong !) maybe you should get your partner to mix up a personal recipe batch.

Yes, I love getting input from people who have taken their dental health into their own control - long may it continue!

All the best Pavlovafowl aka Sue

I usually make a standard mint flavour, but it doesn't matter much to my partner. He finds the paste too abrasive. I'll give the peel and sage a go, might make it softer and less harsh. Thanks for sharing!

harmonious1 (author)2014-12-01

Well what do you expect from a mainstream dental student?? >__<

Anyway, thanks for the recipe, I want to try adding some of your ingredients. Right now I use sea salt (the dirty kind), xylitol (kills bacteria and prevents biofilms) and a little cinnamon, buzzed real good in the coffee grinder. I love it and will never g back to toothpaste, which always made me a little gaggy anyway, from all the foam.

I would like to encourage the use of xylitol, not only for your tooth powder and oral rinse, but also when you have a sinus infection, ear infection, sore throat, etc. It's the bomb. Do some research on it. (I don't sell it, but wish I did.)

Pavlovafowl (author)harmonious12014-12-08

Hi harmonious1, thanks for your input. Maybe I was just hoping things had moved on, obviously not! I will take a look at xylitol.

All the very best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

beegnicoll (author)2014-11-24

@oxyvbverkle fluoride is a poison. It lowers the communications channels in the brain. I'm not trying to bust your chops but here is some food for thought...The FDA warning is necessary because relatively small doses of fluoride can induce symptoms of acute fluoride toxicity (i.e., poisoning). Early symptoms of fluoride poisoning include gastrointestinal pain, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. The minimum dose that can produce these symptoms is estimated to be 0.1 to 0.3 mg/kg of fluoride (i.e., 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams of fluoride for every kilogram of bodyweight). A child weighing 10 kilograms, therefore, can suffer symptoms of acute toxicity by ingesting just 1 to 3 milligrams of fluoride in a single sitting.

As demonstrated in the table, 1 to 3 mgs of fluoride is found in just 1 to 3 grams of toothpaste (less than 3% of the tube) — including toothpaste that is marketed specifically to children with bubble-gum and fruit flavors.

oxyvbverkle (author)beegnicoll2014-12-07

Not a propaganda campaign, I just want everyone who reads this article to be able to make an informed decision with some science behind it. @beegnicoll You are right. Fluoride is a poison at certain doses. That is why we tell parents to use a non-fluoridated toothpaste until their kids learn to SPIT out the tooth paste. Then we tell them to only use a smear, which has a very low amount of fluoride. In a pea sized helping of toothpaste(what we recommend for adults), there is about 0.3mg. ( Again, if you spit it out and don't swallow it, you are ingesting very very low amounts of Fluoride.

The recommended level in your water is ~0.7ppm(PartsPerMillion) The Harvard study, alluded to in many anti-fluoride campaigns, looked at places in China where water naturally contains high levels of Fluoride. Here is an excerpt from their systematic review,"Multiple epidemiological studies of developmental fluoride neurotoxicity were conducted in China because of the high fluoride concentrations that are SUBSTANTIALLY above 1 mg/L in well water in many rural communities..." and another "The exposed groups had access to drinking water with fluoride concentrations up to 11.5 mg/L..."

You can read the whole Harvard article about HIGH levels of Fl- here: (

Systematic review (highest level) of evidence citing 77 articles on the SAFETY and EFFECTIVENESS of Fluoride:

More can be found at The gold standard search engine for research articles.

Side note, mg/L is roughly equivalent to ppm.

Pavlovafowl (author)beegnicoll2014-11-25

Hi beegnicoll,

Thanks for the great reply. Fluoride is a toxic industrial by-product which was polluting watercourses until someone hit on the great idea of adding it to the drinking water supply and suggesting it was good for dental health. There is a film on Youtube Fluoridegate An American Tragedy if you are interested and haven't seen it.

Funny old world isn't it?

Hope you enjoy making and using the toothpaste,

All the very best

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

puggirl415 (author)2014-11-30

Thanks for putting this recipe out there. I found out a while ago that the ingredients in many toothpastes could be making it harder for me to clean my teeth as well as hinder any possible remineralization. There are toothpastes out there that have no glycerine and no foaming agents. I still want to have a good recipe for homemade toothpaste in case I run out.

That said people argue for fluoride but the arguments seems hollow when you look at how many mitigating factors may make fluoride more of a toxin now than when it was first introduced as a way to help us keep our teeth healthy. For one research has moved on. We know a lot more about the harm that dental protocols in particular have done to us. Many of us are finding that out now as we deal with poor bites, mercury, narrow jaws, weakened tooth structured due to over drilling etc. Fluoride is a hold over and fluoride treatments are mostly a money maker for dentists instead of a necessary treatment. Also in our food, air and water supply there are many more chemicals so our load of toxins is increasing not decreasing, which, imo, make fluoride both unnecessary and dangerous. The dose does make the poison but many small doses of poison is also bad. In addition, the good nutrients/minerals we used to get more of in our diets are in less quantity due to poor soil management in conventional farming and poor animal husbandry in CAFO feedlot meat. Not to mention all the processed foods we now regularly consume. Our teeth are likely suffering unless we make heroic attempts to reduce toxins and increase nutrition. Fluoride will likely not help and may make our toxic load high enough to be dangerous. I think in this day and age fluoride should be a choice and not a mandatory additive to our water.

If folks want to do more research on what nutrients are good for teeth be sure to look up Vitamin K2 which can be found in abundance in fermented foods. K2 helps calcium get into your bones and teeth and not into your arteries. I've personally found that K2 has helped inhibit hard calcified plaque from developing on my teeth. Taking K2 was an experiment that I started after improving my dental hygiene for 2 years with quarterly cleanings, a waterpik, interdental brushes, and flossing after every meal, which helped, but still I had this terrible plaque to get rid of every cleaning.

Finally, there are many factors that lead to dental problems. It's complicated. If you have problems you will likely have to try multiple protocols. It starts with finding a good biologic dentist to help keep your teeth in shape without introducing harm. Then you can do our own research and make your own informed decisions about what you personally need to do to keep yourself and your teeth healthy.

Pavlovafowl (author)puggirl4152014-12-01

Hi puggirl1415

Thank-you for your excellent comments and for sharing your experiments and research.

Your mention of diet is most important and one that is often ignored. The importance of K2, phosphorous, D3, magnesium and Vitamin C in driving calcium to the bones/teeth and not into the soft tissue is also something one becomes very aware of through keeping chickens, who were sensible enough to avoid teeth but need to create shell.

With regards to toxic overload of fluoride, any one who drinks non-organic tea and eats non-organic meat is getting a hefty amount already in pesticide residues. Tea is particularly bad, as the tea plant is a hyper accumulator absorbing many toxins and so efficiently, that it is used for the phytoremediation of soil.

I absolutely agree that a good biological or holistic dentist is a must. and In particular, as part of the process leading to dental problems is often of a physical nature, for example the shape of the individual skull. A good dentist understands and can help with the ultimate goal, which is your own research and taking control of your own teeth and making informed choices. This also with regards to the materials used to create amalgams and crowns and the chemicals or otherwise used in dental anaesthesia. For example, my sister's holistic dentist in Scotland does not have electronic dental anaesthesia so has been able to communicate with mine in France, who does.

Never before has there been such free access and to such a volume of information. What at one time needed multiple and not always successful trips to a university library, can now be done from a computer at home.

All the best and thanks again for your input,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

puggirl415 (author)Pavlovafowl2014-12-01

I'm just glad you brought this instructable here:)
My teeth seemed perfect until my late 40's. It was hard for me to understand that good hygiene wasn't enough to keep me from having a cascade of serious expensive dental problems. Mostly because my dentists over the years weakened my teeth and caused more problems with their treatments. Of course they missed the treatments that could have really helped me have great teeth forever:( It's infuriating to see dentists still touting fluoride, retractive orthodontia, removal of healthy teeth, and amalgam fillings. They say all these things are safe and effective. Of course they'd be out of a job if they recommended nutritional protocols for remineralization instead of fillings, oral myofunctional therapy instead of braces and tooth removal, and minimal fillings instead of overdrilling teeth for amalgam which leads to cracks, crowns and root canals.
Dental health is a process and although we are living in a time when there is great access to information. It is still really hard to connect the dots when it comes to relating healthy teeth to one's nutrition and then to understand the harm that dentists can do to their patients with their outmoded and dangerous protocols.

Pavlovafowl (author)puggirl4152014-12-01

Hi puggirl1415,

You are welcome, I am so happy to find ever more people who are questioning what has been done to their teeth over the years. For me In essence it is about commerce and nothing else and dovetails neatly into the fable of the high grain low fat diet. That myth which enabled huge profits from poor quality nutrition, derived from heavily subsidised crops and equally detrimental to dental health.

In reference to why nothing moves on, my sister's holistic dentist informed her that if the populace of the UK who have mercury amalgams in their mouth realised the true impact on their health and thus wanted them correctly removed it would bankrupt the National Health Service within the week. What also amazes me is that mercury extraction is still performed without following the correct protocols by dentists, who are thus putting their own health at risk.

I think my general feeling about it all is anger because the 'drill and fill' mercury programme was targeted at children in the UK, under government policy which paid school dentists to do this and nothing else. Here is just a short introduction to that hideous past Unlike your case, our teeth were ruined in childhood and so many people I meet have spent their lives and salaries trying to remedy just that and with no recourse to any help whatsoever.

Thankfully there has been, over the past decade or so, a growing number of holistic/biological dentists, who can and do help.

All the very best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

taur561 (author)2014-11-27

I have been using coconut oil as a teeth maintenance regimen . Brush with salt and the swish a teaspoonful of coconut oil around for a few minutes and then spit it out . Certainly feels like a protective layer over teeth and amazingly a brown spot which was the start of a cavity has virtually disappeared . The person who recommended coconut oil claimed it stopped decay and re mineralized teeth in her boyfriend .

Pavlovafowl (author)taur5612014-12-01

hi taur561,

Raw organic coconut oil is a fantastically versatile ingredient for both internal and external use. It has great antiseptic and detox properties and is a good immune system support - apart from being really good in cookery! in fact it has a whole host of uses. I started using it in home-made shampoo after I used it to treat a neighbour's duckling, when it got caught in a fence and rubbed the feathers off its back. I was amazed after several treatments how quickly the feathers started growing back. Since then I have definitely seen an improvement in my hair, which is really fine and breaks easily. So a great all round ingredient. I use it on my teeth too but I hate spitting it out - it's too good!

All the very best and thanks for your input,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

triciab1212 (author)2014-11-28

I love all of your inputs. Very interesting. I just want to say that I've been using fluoridated toothpaste all my life and I have no enamel left on the tops of my teeth. The fluoride didn't prevent anything (well, maybe some cavities. I've gotten "micro cavities that my dentist used as an excuse to drill into my teeth and ruin them more). I am quite devastated, actually since I'm still pretty young for having flat teeth. I've used coconut oil and have loved the results. But, I'm not a scientist nor a dentist so I don't know the long terms affects of that. I've heard of the Westin Price foundation and am super sad that I didn't hear about his research sooner.

Pavlovafowl (author)triciab12122014-11-29

Hi triciab1212,

Thanks for your comments, do not despair there is plenty you can do and just with diet. Organic raw virgin coconut oil is a wonderful food. I use it all the time in cooking and for the skin and teeth and use it to treat my chickens if they ever, need a little pick-me-up. If you are uncertain how to proceed yourself then you need to find a biological or holistic dentist.

Just to give you an idea of what can be done, this is just a link to one blog, it's about a small child's teeth problems and how they were remineralised.

Hope this helps, there is a lot of support and information out there on the web, good luck!

All the very best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

vbanaszak (author)2014-11-27

This sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try this recipe.

Pavlovafowl (author)vbanaszak2014-11-28

Hi vbanaszak,

Thanks! Hope you enjoy making and using it.

All the very best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

windshadow (author)2014-11-27


Thanks for the tutorial. A number of years ago I read a similar article on "tooth soap" . I read that tooth health was greatly improved by not using floridated toothpaste. I then started brushing my teeth with an Olive oil based soap from the health food store. Just a few swipes with the wet toothbrush on the soap was enough to brush with. The taste was not too bad.

I also had tried the health food store toothpaste and was disappointed that they used vegetable glycerin as a carrier. Health food store paste still made my teeth feel gummy and sticky.

Upon embarking on the habit 6 months later to my dental hygenist surprised me for the 1st time ever with a compliment of very little plaque buildup on my teeth. I then surmised that the sticky coating of glycerin penetrates the teeth and creates a sticky tartar attracting film which is detrimental to tooth-gum-Mouth health.

After changing dentists I kept getting compliments on how clean my teeth were. With the greatly reduced time and effort of scraping and cleaning my teeth by the hygenist.

I still use a whitening toothpase to brush with but only once a day. I am a coffee drinker and it is a necessity for the staining. I then follow immediately with a soap brushing. I brush twice a day and at night I use a waterpik with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide.

My teeth never feel gummy or dirty. They freshen up when I swish water through my mouth. They are very slick feeling. It takes about a week or 3-4 days for the glycerin to wear off.Then teeth feel very clean and slick.

I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks again.

Pavlovafowl (author)windshadow2014-11-28

Hi windshadow,

Thank-you for sharing your experiences - most interesting. The glycerine in organic toothpaste is a real problem and it's only really about 'looks' - the perception of shiny glossy toothpaste, so it really shouldn't be in there. I am interested in the waterpik, I have read about that and it sounds like you have had a good experience using it. The soap toothpaste too, I have seen mentioned, so I shall enjoy looking into that too!

Thanks again for the information and all the very best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

M2D (author)2014-11-27

Excellent instructable! Thank you for sharing, definitely gonna' make up a batch as I have some decay and want to see if re-mineralization is possible for me. Thanks again!

Pavlovafowl (author)M2D2014-11-27

Hi M2D,

You are welcome! You might also want to check out the nutritional support for remineralisation too. You can find this through sites like Weston Price, the work of Ramiel Nagel and there are some really good blogs too. We have found organic raw grass-fed dairy, in particular raw butter really good as suggested by W.P. and have also made bone broths, our diet anyway is 100% home-made organic - we don't buy any ready-made food. You also can check out your genetics too because there is a link between MTHFR mutations and dental caries. If you can find one, see a biological or holistic dentist. You should also think about coming off all grain - which is basically sugar and really bad for the teeth, even if only whilst you are trying to remineralise.

This is just one link to a blog - it's about how a small child's teeth were remineralised but it will gve you an idea on diet and what can be done

Hope this helps and wish you every success there is a lot of support and information out there on the web,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

M2D (author)Pavlovafowl2014-11-27

Thanks... I quit sugar about 4 months ago (nasty, nasty stuff) I use stevia now, thanks for the links and info much appreciated :)

Montrealindian (author)2014-11-25

Thanks for sharing it... I am giving one more recipe it's from India we use Nimtree Sticks (Indian Lilac) AZADIRACHTA LILAC... The Sticks from the tree is 80% used by villagers in India ( here the research conducted by today's science proving the benefits

klamzo (author)Montrealindian2014-11-27

I can confirm your comment I am from Senegal in west Africa, people over there use sticks from neem tree daily and they have the whitest teeth without having ever been to a dentist. The neem tree has a lot more virtues. One virtue is that it prevent insects such as crickets to eat your crop. This is achieved by crushing the neem tree fruits and add water and then spray it over your garden. No caterpillars will be seen in the surroundings.

Pavlovafowl (author)klamzo2014-11-27

Hi klamzo,

Thanks for sharing your interesting observations - I shall definitely look into these teeth sticks.

All the very best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

Hi Psingh57!

Thank-you for sending me the reference to the research paper on neemsticks, I have not used neem oil personally but I am aware of its many therapeutic qualities. They do in fact, sell tooth sticks in our local organic shop but they are African chew sticks and made from different wood but I will find out more about the neemsticks, I am very interested in all aspects of natural health and beauty products. I have saved the paper and will read it at my leisure. Thanks again and all the best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

cumba89 (author)2014-11-25

Hi there! I am highly interested in trying out this instructible (I know many people who use baking soda mixed with other things as their toothpaste with good results, but your recipe sounds the most beneficial to me). I have all the ingredients except for the lemon essential oil. I do keep a supply of lemon juice handy, though. Is that a suitable substitute? Would I just need to add more to make up for it? Thank you, I plan on trying this out tomorrow!

Pavlovafowl (author)cumba892014-11-26

Hi there cumba39,

Thanks for your question. The answer is no, not really, you will get a reaction if you mix lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda - you will get fizzy toothpaste and it would not keep!

Adding a volume of lemon juice to something you are using in the mouth is not a good idea
because you will be lowering the oral pH and you need a high, thus neutral to
alkaline pH in you mouth. Drinking the lemon juice however, is good
because once broken down by the digestive system, lemon and other citrus
fruits leave an alkaline ash, which is good for general health.

The lemon and mint essential oils provide a pleasing taste, although they do have therapeutic properties of their own but these properties are already covered by the other ingredients (the oils are just an extra-extra cover).. If you have the mint essential oil just use that but I would not exceed the 5 drops - it is really strong. If you have no essential oils, then your toothpaste will taste of sage, which will then be the strongest remaining flavour.

As it is coming up to the festive season, it might be a good time to put these essential oils are your gift wish-list! They make great presents and have many uses and as you only use a few drops each time, will carry you through to well past next November!.

Hope this answers your questions.

All the very best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

pinkblonde3 (author)2014-11-24

This sounds awesome! I would love to see more stuff similar to this...

Pavlovafowl (author)pinkblonde32014-11-25

Hi Pinkblonde3,

Thanks for your comments, appreciated. I do have more stuff, all organic and home-made, including deodorant, make-up and moisturisers. I just need to get down and write them all up. Now we are getting into Winter, I will get the time.

All the very best,

Pavlovfowl aka Sue

pinkblonde3 (author)Pavlovafowl2014-11-25

You're very welcome. I look forward to your future instructables!

beegnicoll (author)2014-11-24

Btw good job on the tooth paste. I am going to give it a shot.

Pavlovafowl (author)beegnicoll2014-11-25


parkers09 (author)2014-11-24

I am English but I know the alphabet in swiss

Pavlovafowl (author)parkers092014-11-25

Good for you! Having lived abroad for many years and in Belgium too, where many people are trilingual I well know the advantage of even a few words in a different language to my own. I can still order a beer in Flemish.

All the best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

MakeBreakHackRepeat (author)2014-11-23

Just yesterday I was reading about Zero Waste Life, and thought I'd search around for homemade toothpaste! And today I find this.. Awesome :)

Hi There!

Thanks for you comment, much appreciated. Hope you enjoy making and using it. You might also like our site The Green Lever which is all about our projects for saving resources and reusing materials. Incidentally we don't have a trash can, as we make so little waste, using a store that sells everything in reusable paper bags helps too!!

All the very best,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

oliviastewart (author)2014-11-24

Fluoride is poison, if a child ate a whole tube of toothpaste they would die.
Personally I used sage for many months in my tooth powder (slightly different recipe than noted here) and did not notice significant whitening. In fact I noticed more whitening when I took sage out of my recipe. Obviously the baking soda is doing the most work. Also it is EXTREMELY important to only use fine fine ground ingredients, as course salt will scratch and damage teeth and gums.

Hi oliviastewart

Thanks for your comments. Sage is support for gum health - it is a good antibacterial, it is also a stain remover and it is often included in toothpaste recipes because it absorbs odours. You need to use raw sea salt (or Himalayan salt) but it should be ground and it needs to be wetted before use. Table salt, as I explain in my blog is stripped of all its rich mineral content (these are sold on to supplement manufacturers) all that remains is sodium chloride. Table salt has anti-caking agents added, such as ferrocyanide, talc, silica aluminate and dextrose!

I personally like the sage but that's the great thing about experimenting with organically-sourced home-made ingredients - to have fun and suit yourself!

Yes, I find it deeply disturbing that someone here is using this instructable to try to encourage the use of fluoride. I also recently found this 'In the UK the British Dental Association
receives money from the toothpaste industry for endorsing
fluoride-based products.'

All the very best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

Orngrimm (author)2014-11-23

I am swiss, but never heard of this recipe. :)

But yeah: by the ingredientslist, it should work and should smell good. Why not! :)

Pavlovafowl (author)Orngrimm2014-11-24

Hi Orngrimm,

Interestingly I also checked in French, my German is way too rusty and I couldn't find a reference in English, so I am writing to Valerie Ann Worewood, as I'd love to know the exact origin. There are actually quite a few recipes with similar ingredients but maybe the Swiss reference is more to do with an image of pristine white mountains as the name 'Snow Caps' suggests. It's a recipe we really like and as the Swiss are known for quality products, the name fits! All the very best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

oxyvbverkle (author)2014-11-24

I'm a third year dental student and want to encourage those who decide to use organic toothpaste to realize the potential risks of using them. Fluoride is the most beneficial component of toothpaste because it lowers the pH at which your teeth start to demineralize (from 5.5 to 4.5). This means it takes more acid for a cavity to form. After every meal, the pH in your mouth is lowered by bacteria feeding on the sugars found in your food/drinks. Bacteria produce lactic acid which lowers the pH. Fluoride is absorbed into the outer layer of enamel and provides prolonged protection rather than rinsing off after you get done brushing. Much research has been done on the efficacy and safety of toothpastes with the ADA seal and verified by independent sources and that is why dentists recommend them. Finally I'd like to point out that a dentist that does not drill on teeth or use needles probably doesn't have a dental license.

Pavlovafowl (author)oxyvbverkle2014-11-25

I am not terribly happy that you use my instructable as an excuse for a pro-fluoride propaganda spree but as you go on with your course I hope you will become aware of the present shifting paradigms. I am so happy that I have a highly-qualified and well-respected dental surgeon, who is also a caring human being, who does not drill and fill teeth with toxic amalgams but allows and aids them to remineralise and furthermore who provides the very latest in Electronic DentalAnaesthesia. In line with my own philosophy he uses essential oils, calendula and propolis.

As other commentators here have noted, fluoride is a toxin and furthermore adding it to toothpaste, which is a personal purchasing choice or even worse to a water supply, which is not, overloads the body with a substance not classified as an essential nutrient. Far from it, in the past it was used as a drug and in the present it is used as a pesticide. Apart from the numerous and ever mounting health concerns surrounding this poison it was recently reclassified as a developmental neurotoxin. This is from The Lancet, March 2014

“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” The paper's co-author was Dr. Philippe Grandjean, Harvard School of Public Health

All the best, Pavlovafowl aka Sue

CEVMarauder (author)Pavlovafowl2014-11-27

Something a lot of people don't understand: toxicity is a function of dosage. There are many, many chemicals that our bodies require to function that are damaging or even deadly at higher doses--for example: iron, niacin, vitamin C, WATER, sodium, calcium--everything we need to survive.

Fluoride, in the doses used in municipal water systems and toothpastes, even prescription toothpastes, is not harmful. Perhaps if a small child was to eat an entire bottle of Prevident (.5% sodium fluoride, prescription-only) they might show symptoms. The other ingredients would probably cause more harm than the fluoride, though.

The anti-fluoride movement is misguided and full of disingenuous propaganda. Sadly, lots of people don't have a very good grasp on basic science (the worst offenders, of course, are found in politics.) Always remember the keys to good propaganda:

1. To be convincing, make sure you reference information outside of your target audience's experience (hence all the "quantum" crap; prey on their ignorance.)

2. Start with a simple premise that everyone can agree to ("poisons are bad".)

3. Steer your audience through leaps of logic that aren't actually validating each other ("fluoride in high doses causes harm (true)-> a very small amount of fluoride can cause problems in sensitive people (true) -> acute toxicity, therefore, can occur in as little as .1-.3 mg/kg --FALSE! "Acute toxicity" is not the same as "sensitivity symptoms".

Acute toxicity is quantifiable and measurable by its effects on the human body--dental/skeletal fluorosis, incomplete stress fractures, ulceration of the stomach ; people who complain of "sensitivity" "exhibit" symptoms that aren't measurable or quantifiable--headaches, nausea, "slowed thinking", etc. What's more, numerous attempts to quantify "fluoride sensitivity" have found it to be psychosomatic--people who were given distilled water but told that they're drinking fluoridated water complained of symptoms, people who were given fluoridated water but told it was distilled did not.

And last but not least, the most important part of any pseudoscience propaganda that cannot be proven empirically:
5. Convince your market that the rest of the world is conspiring to suppress this information. Scientists are lying, data is falsified, nebulous "big money/government/illuminati" have vested interest. Usually this requires giant leaps of logic and/our outright fabrication--"Fluoride makes people docile and easily controlled. "They" are using it for mind control!"

This is the most important part to getting people to believe absolute BS, because our minds are wired to receive a "rush" from being privy to a secret. Why do you think there's a proliferation of "One Weird Trick to <yadda yadda yadda>" and "The <blah blah blah> THEY don't want YOU to know!" advertising? Because it triggers our (only slightly)subconscious desire to have special knowledge.

...and now you know the secret techniques behind all the pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. Armed with this knowledge, go back and reread your favorite fluoride/9-11/chemtrails pages. See if you can pick out each step and leap of logic. And don't beat yourself up for falling for it, because it's really easy to do if you don't understand the process.

CEVMarauder (author)CEVMarauder2014-11-27

Sorry, I said "found it to be psychosomatic", I meant "*often" found to be psychosomatic" Allergies to everything under the sun exist, but they're usually really, really rare. Far more people self-diagnose themselves with a sensitivity than actually have it, though (and that's an entirely different can of psychological worms.)

All that being said, homemade toothpaste isn't a bad thing, but not because of fluoride--you really should get the RDA of fluoride daily for good dental health. No, the reason commercial toothpastes suck is because of sodium laureth sulfate, the foaming/emulsifying agent that causes the tingling feeling--it tears into your mucous membranes and often causes irritation, even in the small amounts used in toothpaste (brushing technique and brush softness has a lot to do with it, too.)

And it's pointless in toothpastes, they just add in for the same reason foaming agents are added to soap: people expect the foaming/tingling. (SLS and derivatives are also bad in high doses, but again, you really, really have to work at it to give yourself a high enough dose)

Also, the alcohol in most mouthwash is there for the same reason--people expect it--and it's *real* bad, because it dries out your mouth, leading to tooth decay and bad breath (necessitating more mouthwash.) Of course, it also helps companies sell to their secondary market: alcoholic bums looking for a cheap drink.

oxyvbverkle (author)CEVMarauder2014-12-07

Alcohol is mainly there as a solvent and is contraindicated for people with dry mouth. There are many alcohol free mouthwashes for people who suffer from xerostomia.

Pavlovafowl (author)CEVMarauder2014-11-27

Hi there CEVMarauder

There is no RDA for fluoride here, it is not classed as a nutrient. However, as I wrote above it has recently been reclassified as a 'developmental neurotoxin', which puts it up there with mercury and lead, though it's not something I would ever have thought of using. You are right commercial toothpaste contains some very 'interesting' ingredients and even the organic toothpastes have glycerine, which prevents remineralisation, so making our own is the best solution for us - the same with deodorant - which is coming shortly to an Instructable near here!

All the very best from Normandie,

Pavlovafowl aka Sue

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