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.

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, it is economical and green! Here's how you can make it yourself.

Ingredients:
1/2 c. bentonite clay
1/8 c. aluminum-free baking soda
6-10 drops peppermint essential oil
glass jar


Just put all the ingredients in the jar and shake. Bentonite clay is good stuff. It helps to remove tarter and decreases gum sensitivity. Bentonite clay also draws out the toxins in metal - if it is soaked in the mouth for 10 to 15 minutes like a mouthwash, it will take out the toxins - which is especially good for those of us with traditional cavity fillings. (Note: because of the bentonite clay's 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!)


This tooth powder is safe for the whole family. Dip a wet or dry toothbrush into the jar and brush as normal. Rinse well after brushing because I think the baking soda leaves a nasty aftertaste.

I get my ingredients online from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have the highest quality products that I've ever seen anywhere.

Wondering what to do with that leftover bentonite clay? Pour some in your palm, mix with just enough water to make a paste, and apply as a face mask. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes and then wash away.

So fresh that smiles are guaranteed

14 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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