DIY Tooth Powder

One of the hardest commercial products to get away from is toothpaste. Many people are very self-conscious about their teeth, and commercial toothpaste does a good job of selling themselves by promising to whiten and strengthen. The truth is that toothpaste actually has harmful ingredients that don't help your teeth at all! Conventional toothpaste can contain saccharin (an artificial sweetener!), propylene glycol, and even artificial colors including Yellow 5, Blue 1, and Red 40. Most toothpaste brands - even natural ones - contain glycerin, which prevent your teeth from re-mineralizing. Unlike other homemade tooth powder recipes you might find online, mine does not contain xylitol. First of all, xylitol is not a good alternative sweetener. Secondly, why are we putting sweeteners in our toothpaste anyway? Can someone explain this to me?

To avoid these nasty ingredients, you can make your own tooth powder. Homemade tooth powder gives you the power to control the ingredients. In addition, homemade tooth powder is economical and green!

Ingredients:
½ c. bentonite clay
2 TBS. baking soda
15-20 drops clove essential oil
15-20 drops orange essential oil


Just put all the ingredients in a glass jar and shake well.
 
Bentonite clay is good stuff. It helps to remove tarter and decreases gum sensitivity. Bentonite clay also draws out the toxins in metal. Note: because of the this ability to draw toxins out of metal, do be sure that you make the tooth powder in a glass jar and not a metal one!
 
Baking soda is a natural whitener.
 
Clove essential oil is great for all things dental. It decreases tooth pain and combats infection. Clove has the largest antioxidant value of any single essential oil! Orange essential oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It's sweet citrusy taste balances nicely with the spiciness of the cloves.


To use, dip a dry toothbrush into the jar, lightly wet it with water, and brush as normal. Rinse well after brushing. Feel free to switch up the essential oils to find a flavor you like, and be aware of which ones are safe for children and pregnant or nursing mothers.

I get my bentonite clay and baking soda online from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have the highest quality products that I've ever seen anywhere. They process their ingredients in a way that preserves their integrity and prevents contamination. Although Arm & Hammer is fine for cleaning your bathroom, it's not something that I'd personally want to put in my mouth.
 
The brand of essential oils I use is Florihana which is available through Tropical Traditions. They are among the purest essential oils in the world. I'm impressed!

So fresh that smiles are guaranteed

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition.

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I've made it and tried it and I love it! Much better than the plain baking soda/salt mixture that I'd been using and leaves my mouth just as clean (or better).

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  2. Wow
    thank you I will try this as my Aloe toothpaste is £11.00

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  3. Been alternating between ecodent and tom's of maine fluoride free but have to say I'm really intrigued by your powder recipe with bentonite clay for the toxin removal aspect. Oil pulling is good for that too and it works and has a whitening effect. Have you noticed a whitening effect with your recipe? Either way I'm going to try it! thanks for sharing!

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  4. Hi Beth,

    I do oil pulling too, every morning with coconut oil. I like the way it makes my teeth feel.

    I haven't noticed much of a whitening effect, but to be honest, my teeth have always been pretty white. I'm just lucky I guess.

    I hope this recipe works out for you! :)

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  5. We have been using bentonite clay tooth powder and tooth paste for almost a year. I will never go back to the commercial junk that is out there. It's toxic and over priced.

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  6. Have you tried any other essential oils like tea tree oil? We have and really like it. I was thinking about clove oil.

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  7. Just a question, lets say I wanted this to have a cinnamon spice to it, could I just add some into the mix?

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  8. @Misha, I don't see why not! Sounds like a good idea! :)

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  9. is that 'baking soda' what we call 'bicarb soda' in australia or is it baking powder?? i know that you can get allum free baking powder but i thought bicarb soda was already allum free????

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  10. Hi fellow Aussie! Its bicarbonate of soda.

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  11. I was shocked to learn not too long ago that bentonite clay, which I'd been using on my face as a masque, has aluminum in it!! Google it!!

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    1. "Aluminum is part of the structural make up of all clays. The aluminum in calcium bentonite clay is in a safe oxide form, not the dangerous man-made processed aluminum. The many trace minerals in calcium bentonite clay are fused together into a super compound structure known as a clay particle, which cannot break down and cannot be absorbed by your body." ~ from "The Erroneous Beliefs About Calcium Bentonite Clay" on AboutClay.com

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  12. This looks great and I'd like to try, but I have one of those "newby" questions: how do I use it? Or more to the point, how does it get on my toothbrush? Do I get my brush wet and dip it in (and wouldn't that get the rest goopy?), or dip it dry and then wet it, or pinch some in my hands and sprinkle?

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    1. Dip a wet or dry toothbrush into the jar and brush as normal. I dip a dry toothbrush, as using a wet one will get water in the jar and it will start to clump.

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  13. Also a newbie here - doesn't the essential oil cause the dry powder mix to clump?

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    1. No, not if you shake it well when you add it.

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  14. are the oils in this recipe safe for pregnant and nursing moms?

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    1. You can read about that here: http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2013/08/06/essential-oil-safety-during-pregnancy/

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  15. hi there, thanks for a nice easy recipe and the heads up to not use xylitol. i am thinking of a drop of essential oil of myrrh in mine to help with my aging gums....

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  16. It's states for external use only? How is that safe to brush with?

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    1. What specifically states it is for external use only? Generally speaking, products labeled as such are still safe for brushing teeth because you don't swallow. Again, I'd have to know what exactly you're talking about.

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  17. I am also think that Clove essential oil is great for all things dental. It decreases tooth pain and combats infection. Clove has the largest antioxidant value of any single essential oil! You can try with Tom’s of Maine Simply White Natural Toothpaste. It's is the best toothpaste i have ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

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