A homemade toothpaste recipe has been a wonderful, healthier alternative to the commercial toothpaste from the store – it can mineralize the teeth, it also has an anti- fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial influence, and coconut oil also serves as a natural teeth whitener. Xylitol is a natural sweetener and works as a mineral for the teeth. It is very similar to fluoride but without any negative effects. The supplies are 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1-2 tablespoons xylitol, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 15-20 drops peppermint oil – just mix all the ingredients and enjoy! By the way, the coconut oil firms up in winter, put it in a container that you can place in a cup of hot water, and it will soften right up; or just scrape it out with a spoon.