Healthy Teeth: Vitamin K2, Metabolism, and Homemade Mint Toothpaste

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One of the best things about finding real food wasn’t even the food at all.  It was all the information about why real food was so important.  Hand in hand with that knowledge, I came to appreciate how tooth mineralization depends so much on our body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food we eat.

[Rami] points out that bacteria don’t cause tooth decay. S. mutans is the one often fingered for decay, but as it turns out, it performs the useful function of keeping yeast overgrowth in check. Hey, surprise surprise! correlation is not causation. Maybe these bacteria are more prevalent when there’s tooth decay, but they (and their acidic by-products when we eat starches and sugars) are only problematic to weak teeth, and only proliferate when we’re susceptible. If our teeth (and our bodies) are robust and healthy, the bacteria can’t mess with us.  Which is to say, germs don’t cause illness- poor health does. There will always be micro-organisms within and around us. Rather than trying to avoid that (not possible), we do better to focus on getting and staying healthy so that exposure does not lead to getting sick. (source)

In other words, we are missing the big picture here.  Which aspect causes the other?  What exactly is the root of tooth decay?

Now, most real foodies might cringe when I say this, but the solution to tooth mineralization is not going grain-free or eating more calcium.  Don’t get me wrong, whole foods certainly help.  But the problem of having weak teeth comes from a deeper issue than simply not eating the right kinds of foods.  So what is the secret then?  Let’s find out.

Metabolism: First of all, your metabolism has to be in good shape, functioning at a high level, without excess stress response in the body, to absorb any food well, whether it is fast food or real food.

It is only at that point that it matters to worry about how much vitamin K2, A, D, and calcium you are consuming.  You could be eating grass-fed butter all day long, but if your metabolism isn’t able to help your body absorb those nutrients, they go wasted.

So instead of fretting about going grain-free, finding a pesticide to blame, or railing about white sugar, perhaps a better approach is to focus on the root of the problem: if your body is stressed, it won’t be able to make your teeth healthy and strong.  When the body deals with chronic stressors, such as trauma, abuse, toxins, sleep definiciency or other stressful elements of life, there isn’t enough energy left over to properly absorb nutrients.

Vitamin K2: Once you have your metabolism roaring, then you can worry about your teeth and your ability to absorb proper nutrients from your food.  Critical to the blend of nutrients you choose to nourish your body with is vitamin K2.

Vitamin K2 can be a major player in tooth remineralization and health, as well as working synergistically with a diet high in vitamin A and D to increase the absorption of all the nutrients involved.  It brings to mind the saying “greater than the sum of it’s parts”.

In addition to vitamin K2-rich foods like hard cheeses, grass-fed dairy fats, and natto, I also suggest these foods and supplements for tooth health:

Homemade Toothpaste: Another contributing factor to tooth health are the ingredients in your toothpaste.  Common national brands of toothpaste mostly contain problematic ingredients like:

  • sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), a soap and known skin irritant and pesticide
  • flouride, a known contributor to kidney impairment, weakening of bones, and low IQ
  • artificial colors and flavors, known genetically modified (GMO) ingredients
  • vegetable glycerin, a sticky substance that coats teeth and blocks mineral absorption

If you don’t make your own toothpaste, at least purchase a natural brand from a health food store or online, at least without flouride and SLS.  Even better: finding a brand that doesn’t use glycerin, although I have never found one.

But the best option of all is to simply make your own toothpaste.  I know that might sound overwhelming or perhaps like overkill.  But if you are a real foodie you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand anyways.  Regardless, I am here to tell you that it is not only easy to make your own, but worth it.

  • coconut oil, a clean traditional fat known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties
  • mineral powder, a highly absorbable source of calcium
  • sea salt, a natural mineral source and gentle scrubbing agent
  • spearmint essential oil, anti-inflammatory and naturally astringent
  • mineral drops, for added mineral-rich tooth help

It’s worth it because of what is in it as well as what is not.  No questionable ingredients, of course, and plenty of helpful minerals, essential oil, and clean base ingredients.

Equipment Needed:

Mint Toothpaste

2 tablespoons expeller-pressed coconut oil, softened (buy coconut oil here)
2 tablespoons baking soda (buy aluminum-free baking soda here)
2 tablespoons green stevia powder (buy organic stevia powder here)
1 tablespoon mineral powder (like Min-Col)
1 teaspoon sea salt, optional (buy unrefined sea salt here)
35-40 drops spearmint essential oil (buy organic essential oils here)*
10 mineral drops (buy mineral drops here)

*you can also use a blend of spearmint and peppermint essential oils, if desired

  1. In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, baking soda, stevia, mineral powder, and sea salt.  Combine well.  Add the liquids: essential oil and mineral drops.  Combine well again.
  2. Pour or scoop into a small jar and carp tightly.  If your house is warm, you can store in the refrigerator so the ingredients don’t separate.  If your house is cool, simply keep it in the bathroom.  You could even put it into a squeeze tube like a commercial brand of toothpaste.  Fun!

This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Pennywise Platter, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Fight Back Friday.

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  1. I recently found Redmond’s Clay toothpaste. It doesn’t has glycerin or the other junk, just clay, salt, xylitol and peppermint oil.

  2. If I’m growing stevia, can I use some ground leaves? I’m trying to learn to use it but am not finding much info on using it fresh or dried, only commercially prepared.

    • Yes, absolutely! Try drying them and then crunching them into little pieces. That’s essentially what I have that I used in the recipe. It’s just the leaves ground up.

  3. I am thinking of making my own toothpaste using Bentonite clay like Redmond’s Clay toothpaste. Would it be as effective as yours??

    • Oh, that’s a good question. I haven’t worked with clay, so I don’t know. I would try adding it to my recipe and see what you get. Let me know what you think!

  4. I’m so excited to try this recipe! I am wondering about the baking soda. I’ve heard conflicting information about the benefits or problems associated with using baking soda on a regular basis on your teeth. (Some say it will wear off the enamel, others say it’s just fine to use all the time.) Do you have anything you could point me to as I research this?
    Thanks so much!

  5. does anyone know of any studies that have been done on the whole glycerin blocking mineral absorption thing? I have yet to see a single reference, but have seen that information flung all around the real food community recently, and I’m not quite sure I buy it. I’ve worked with pure vegetable glycerine, and it is extremely water-soluble, whereas coconut oil, which is very popular in these toothpaste recipes, is obviously not. It seems much more likely to me that coconut oil would coat your teeth?

  6. Hi Kendahl,
    What a great idea, can’t wait to try this refreshing toothpaste.
    Hope you had a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Hi, interesting recipe, but did you mean to have equal parts of coconut oil and stevia powder? Two tablespoons of stevia seemed like a massive amount after I made it last week, and it doesn’t look like your photo.

    • You can use less if you like, but I like the flavor of using two tablespoons. It also depends on how dark green the stevia powder is that you are using. Perhaps mine was lighter than yours? Try adding a little more coconut oil to yours to make it the consistency that you like. It’s a forgiving recipe that way 🙂

  8. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Unfortunately I can’t use coconut oil, it gives me hives. It’s a shame since coconut oil has so many health benefits. Do you happen to have any suggestions for a substitution I could use in this recipe?

    • Good question. I think palm oil would work. You could also skip the coconut oil and mineral drop in the recipe and make a tooth powder. The coconut oil is beneficial, but it’s mostly for getting the proper consistency for a paste. To use tooth powder, just put the powder in a jar in your bathroom and use a spoon to put some onto your toothbrush when you brush. It’ll work just as well!

  9. This recipe sounds great! I am making toothpaste for the first time, for my 2.5 year old daughter. She is in the process of learning how to spit and rinse, is it safe for her to use this recipe if a small amount is ingested (mostly worried about the essential oil as it says not to ingest…)

    Thank you!


  10. Misty C says:

    Hello, I ran into your article and found it quite interesting. Im a Dental Hygiene student and we just learned about fluoride, and polishers. I thought this might help your readers. On the Mohs Hardness Scale, Enamel is rated a 5. What we learned in class, is that for a cleaning agent you want to use less than a 5 (4-3 preferable). Anything above will remove the fluoride rich layer of Enamel. Then you are weakening your teeth that you fought so hard to keep strong and once that Enamel is gone, its gone FOREVER!!

  11. Does anyone know what amount I’d need to use if using liquid organic Stevia instead of the powder?

  12. I would like to make this recipe. It has no water, so it should keep for longer time without spoiling.
    What can I use to substitute the mineral drops? I’m unable to buy them.
    Thank you.


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