Tooth powder has been a great way to get rid of those horrid commercial toothpastes. Even as a child, I never liked the sickeningly sweet taste of artificial sweeteners.
These sweeteners, cleansers, chemical byproduct fluoride, flavors, colors (why would you color something blue, red, or green - don’t get me started on the sparkles – that is supposed to make your teeth clean and white?), and sundry other ingredients is an absolutely unnecessary way to clean your teeth.
The carcinogens in them certainly don’t help keep your body clean.
And cavity protection? Nope.
Oral health is a reflection of overall health and the amount of nutrients the body receives and processes. The only way to increase your mouth health is through nutrition. Bad breath? It stems from the gut. Cavities? Nutrient depletion, often over generations. Bad gums? That’s often caused by the very products that are supposed to help.
“So now what?” you may ask.
Make your own tooth powder! You know all of the ingredients going in; it’s sooper dooper schmooper easy; and it’s much more cost effective unless you are one of the couponers who seem to get everything for free. How do those people do that?
I used a combination of baking soda, coconut oil, and Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Soap to brush my teeth for the last couple of years until yesterday.
I usually like to pull oil (learn more about oil pulling) before I brush my teeth as a detoxing agent and to loosen stuck on yuck. Then I dropped a teeny amount of liquid soap on or rub my toothbrush on the bar of soap, and dipped it in aluminum-free baking soda because I’m fancy like that.
Depending on how my teeth feel that day and how rushed I am, I sometimes skip one of the cleaners. Okay, I’ll be honest, sometimes it even depends on how long it has been between brushings (shhhhhhhhh, don’t share that!).
Lately, I have had some ‘tooth cleaner’ complaints. My teeth and gums have been sensitive when I use baking soda. The aftertaste of the soap is particularly unpleasant and lasting. I’ve also had trouble getting my teeth clean. The past week I started using a cotton swab to wipe off what was missed.
I was ready for something new.
Enter an online ad for Earthpaste, a clay-based natural toothpaste. ::light bulb moment:: I can make that!! I searched around for some recipes online, and in my usual fashion, made my own when I couldn’t find what I wanted. I ended up with tooth powder instead of toothpaste.
It was easier to make and had less ingredients, read: fast and easy.
We can’t use herbs and spices every day regardless of how beneficial they are to mouth health, so I kept it simple. We need to rotate them like all of our foods to avoid allergic reactions.
I mixed up my concoction, and Katie and I ran in to grab our toothbrushes and try it. We wet the toothbrushes, dipped into the tooth powder for a light coating along the flat edge of the brush, and brushed away.
[Update: A reader noted that she grew up with tapping a little of the powder into her hand and then dipped her toothbrush into that. We're now doing it too! I like that idea to keep things clean, and so I can make larger batches of the powder.]
Admittedly, it feels weird when you first start brushing. The clay gets stiff when initially wet, but the feeling quickly disappears and it’s just like brushing your teeth with toothpaste sans mouth full of foam. It may take a little getting used to for some people, but we didn’t mind.
I could not stop licking my teeth once I was finished. They were so smooth. I’m pretty sure they were a shade whiter.
Katie’s were also significantly whiter. Hers have been somewhat neglected while we heal her cavities. It used to hurt to brush them, so I didn’t push the issue too often. Now that the pain is gone and they are healing, she is fine with brushing again.
Such gut friendly ingredients as bentonite clay and Celtic sea salt give me peace of mind that there is nothing detrimental going into our bodies during such simple every day cleaning tasks like brushing our teeth.
Homemade Tooth Powder
Here’s the breakdown (seriously you can’t screw this up):
8 parts* Redmond Clay, food grade bentonite clay
1 part* fine ground Celtic sea salt (can adjust if too salty)
2-3 drops food-grade essential oil safe for oral use - peppermint, orange, cinnamon, clove, etc. (what I use)
*part as in I took a baby spoon and scooped the clay 8 times and the salt once. It was all very scientific.
Stir all the ingredients with a spoon and voila! You have tooth powder.
Do you have a favorite toothpaste or tooth powder recipe? Any positive or negative results with homemade tooth cleaners? I’m going to start working on supporting my mother-in-law’s mouth health next with a myrrh version (she has periodontal disease and these products can help to create an environment that bacteria don’t like to live in and support the immune system).
Further Readings on Healing Cavities
You’ll also find quite a few blog posts from other mamas who have healed or are healing their children’s’ cavities. Mommypotamus has a great post on it. Eventually, we’ll have one too.
This post was featured at Thank Your Body Thursday.