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You might want to use a toothpaste with ingredients you can trust. It's next to impossible to identify all the ingredients from mainstream toothpastes, and many of the ingredients have health concerns.

Your best bet is to use as natural of ingredients as you can.

You can find many recipes on the web. Here's a concoction I've come up with that is both tasty and simple.

Finding the ingredients should be pretty easy. Most towns should, and cities do have places where you can find these ingredients. From grocery stores, health food stores, and even pharmacies.

The coconut oil can be either virgin, or filtered (no smell of coconut), depending on your preference. It has many health benefits.

The baking soda can be any reputable brand.

The Sea Salt probably shouldn't be the pink type as it contains small grains of sand, (it's safe for ingestion, but abrasive). I am using this Mediterranean Sea Salt.

The Peppermint Drops, though optional, do give a nice flavor to the toothpaste. If you wish, you can use another flavor, such as Cinnamon, or others.

The Stevia Powder is to make it sweeter, for those used to conventional toothpaste, although I don't bother as the peppermint is strong enough to make it rather unnecessary.

The Myrrh Extract has many health benefits, including Antimicribial and Antiviral properties.

Step 1: Ingredients

Coconut oil

Baking Soda

Sea Salt

Peppermint Drops (optional)

Or Cinnamon Oil (optional)

Stevia Powder (optional)

Myrrh Extract (optional)

Step 2: Supplies

Small Mason Jar (or other suitable container)

Spoon for mixing

Step 3: Fill Jar Half Way With Softened Coconut Oil

I fill the jar about half way so there's room to add the dry ingredients and to have room for mixing.

Step 4: Add Ingredients

4 Teaspoons of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

30 drops of Peppermint Oil (or Cinnamon Oil)

If you're using Stevia Powder and/or Myhrr Extract, you can add them now.

Step 5: Stir Until Smooth

Stirring should only take a minute or two, depending on how stiff your coconut oil is. Mine was relatively soft and I didn't have to warm it. If you've warmed your oil up too much and it's become liquid, you'll have to keep stirring until it solidifies. (Tip: you can place it in a dish or sink of cool water.)

Step 6: Add Extra Coconut Oil

You can top up the jar if you want, the toothpaste will also be less gritty.

Step 7: Mix Until Homogenous

Once you've stirred the mixture long enough (about a minute), the mixture should be well mixed.

Step 8: Wipe the Mouth of the Jar Clean

Use a handy cloth, paper towel or tissue to clean the rim of the jar.

Step 9: Add Lid to Jar

You're almost done.

Step 10: Label and Date the Lid

Now that you've completed the toothpaste, you're ready to use it.

To use, either scoop some onto your toothbrush, or you can dip it in the jar if you're the only user. (Tip: make a jar for everyone in the family. You can use different mixtures depending on their tastes and flavor preference.)

Xylitol is a sweetener that is good for teeth that would be a good alternative to the stevia. Powdered xylitol is available online. Some dentists recommend chewing xylitol gum 5 times a day for at least 5 minutes to kill the germs that cause cavities. One thing to know is that Xylitol is POISONOUS TO DOGS!
<p>Thank you. I'll look that up.</p><p> I had seen a reference to Xylitol and teeth during a search for information while making this instructable, but have yet to follow it up.</p>
I have used plain salt, and baking soda and salt to brush my teeth and they both do an adequate job of cleaning.

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