DIY Kids’ Toothpaste

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Like cereal or fruit drinks, toothpastes marketed to children are often found in colorful, fun packaging that masks the harmful ingredients they contain. One quick look at the ingredients lists of popular kids’ toothpastes will reveal dangerous substances like Triclosan, which can alter hormones (1), or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which can cause canker sores in some. They also contain fluoride, microbeads, artificial sweeteners, Diethanolamine, Aspartame, and much more.

So what’s the solution? Well, since making your child love brushing their teeth is battle enough, I believe that choosing a healthy toothpaste that your child will actually enjoy shouldn’t be. That’s why I’ve created this kid-friendly toothpaste that’s quick and easy for both parents and great-tasting for kids.

The best thing about this recipe is its simplicity—it takes no more than 10-15 minutes to make, and each of the ingredients are easy to find in a local health food store or online. Have older kids chip in to help make this homemade toothpaste, and they’ll be even more likely to fall in love with it!

Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at some of the ingredients and their health benefits:

Coconut oilHelps kill bad breath, prevent cavities, reduce gum inflammation, and whiten teeth.

Baking SodaAntibacterial and antifungal and has been proven to kill Streptococcus mutans, which is linked to tooth decay. (2)

AniseKnown as Pimpinella anisum, anise is an antifungal, antioxidant and antiviral ingredient that can help to naturally balance the oral microbiome. It is also known for polishing the teeth. (3) Aniseed (anise), unlike most essential oils found in toothpastes, is totally acceptable because it is not very antibacterial.

XylitolHas been shown to reduce early tooth decay. (4)

Learn More: The Complete Guide to DIY Toothpaste (And the Recipe I Use) Print

DIY Kids’ Toothpaste

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It’s important for adults to avoid store-bought, sparkly blue toothpastes, but it’s even more critical for children. The dental care products that are marketed to children are often designed for entertainment—not optimal dental care. With that in mind, I think it’s especially important to make your own kids’ toothpaste whenever possible.

Here’s how:

  • Author: Dr. Burhenne
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5-7 days for families with 2 kids 1x




  1. In a bowl mix the calcium carbonate, the xylitol, the baking soda and the optional probiotic with a fork until they are thoroughly' toothpaste
  2. Add water to form a paste, incorporating all the' toothpaste
  3. Slowly add the coconut oil in while mixing the paste' toothpaste
  4. Add the anise essential oil and mix until smooth and no lumps' toothpaste
  5. Paste should be smooth, creamy and closely resemble the consistency of commercial toothpaste. (Feel free to mix in a food processor if necessary, in order to achieve the desired consistency.)kids' toothpaste


Storage Tips & How to Use

Store in a glass jar or refillable squeeze tube. Keep out only what you’ll use within 5-7 days and store the rest in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

For kids who have a hard time changing routines, add a small amount of the DIY toothpaste to their brush along with the toothpaste they are used to. Gradually increase the amount of the DIY toothpaste while decreasing the amount of the commercial paste.

Consider discarding the used toothpaste (i.e., what’s left in the mouth after brushing) in the trash to avoid clogging sink pipes, as the coconut oil can leave a residue over time.

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