I started using tooth powder a few months ago. I bought my first jar from a local vendor at a crafts fair. I’d been researching the benefits of it prior to that and was so excited to bring home my first jar!
Well, that jar is a few brushes from being done so I thought I’d take a swing at making my own little jar.
The thought behind tooth powder is to help to provide the minerals your teeth need to help rebuild the enamel. I asked my dentist about whether using tooth powder was beneficial or harmful to my teeth. He said, as far as cleaning, it’s more the motion of brushing that helps to remove bacteria and food out, not necessarily the toothpaste. The only concern he had would be the abrasiveness of the ingredients used in tooth powder on my enamel. And then he went onto to say he didn’t see any issues with my enamel thus far, but would have to do more research.
And a quick overview of the ingredients I decided to use and why. You can mix, match, & omit as you see fit for your own tooth powder concoction.
Bentonite Clay, as Mountain Rose Herbs explains “is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” So I think of it as absorbing all the toxic gunk in my mouth while I’m brushing.
Baking Soda can help remove plaque while polishing and cleaning your teeth. It is also used for whitening.
Turmeric is great for inflammation, tightening the gums, toothaches and is also great for whitening. However, be warned, this will turn your toothbrush a bright orange-ish yellow!
Sea Salt kills bacteria and germs in your mouth and helps to get rid of bad breath. It can also be used as a rinse post-brushing if you’re concerns about the abrasive quality of it on your enamel.
Cinnamon adds a great flavor and is used to kill bacteria and prevent inflammation. It may also help with tooth decay.
Charcoal helps to eliminate bad breath, prevent cavities, balance the pH in the mouth and whiten teeth. These usually come in capsules you have to break open to use. In my recipe, I only used 1 capsule which I estimated to be about 1/2 teaspoon.
Peppermint Essential Oil is used more for flavor, but it also has antimicrobial properties and can help freshen bad breath.
- 2 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay
- 1/2 Tablespoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Tablespoon Turmeric
- 1/2 Tablespoon Sea Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Charcoal
- 10-15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
I got out my mortar and pestle and grinded the sea salt so it was extra fine. This is a completely optional step.
Mix all ingredients together in a jar.
To use, wet your toothbrush, dip it into the tooth powder and brush your teeth. It may take some experimentation to figure out how much tooth powder is right for you! I tend to dip about 1/4- 1/2 of my toothbrush into the mixture.
This tooth powder should last a few months.