SO. I ran out of toothpaste this weekend. And, because necessity is the mother of invention, I decided that rather than run to the local grocery I would make my own. Turns out, toothpaste has a pretty heavy competitor in the natural community…tooth powder. Who knew (I mean, obviously someone knew…just not me!)? Click here to jump to the tooth powder recipe.
DIY Remineralizing Tooth Powder
So. I started looking into making my own tooth powder. My criteria were simple: I needed to have the ingredients on hand, and it needed to be frugal enough to be worth it (because who wants to spend $40 on tooth cleaning powder?!).
After some semi-extensive Googling, I found that I would need the following list of ingredients:
- Bentonite Clay
- Baking Soda
- Myrrh Gum Powder
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Activated Charcoal
Why These Tooth Powder Ingredients?
Bentonite clay is rich in calcium and potassium, which are just some of the minerals contained in our teeth. It’s also commonly used for detoxing purposes. When you are using bentonite clay, be careful to avoid metal storage containers, mixing bowls, and spoons. The powder is negatively charged, which is what allows it to be such a wonderful detox agent.
Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that will help de-gunk your teeth without stripping precious enamel. I’ve also heard that it works well when dissolved as a mouthwash…definitely adding that to my list of things to try!
Myrrh Gum powder is amazing. It’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. Additionally, myrrh has been found to prevent gingivitis, help resolve gum problems, and is a known immune booster.
Clove helps to reduce teeth and gum pain (which came in handy when the boys were teething!), and is anti-fungal and antibacterial. Plus is smells delicious.
“Xylitol use significantly reduces tooth decay rates both in high-risk groups (high caries prevalence, poor nutrition, and poor oral hygiene) and in low-risk groups (low caries incidence using all current prevention recommendations).” source
Peppermint essential oil is a digestive aid, and helps to keep your mouth healthy.
My Tooth Powder Recipe
- 1 cup bentonite clay
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons myrrh gum powder
- 2 tablespoons finely ground clove powder
- 2 tablespoons ground xylitol powder
- 2 tablespoons finely ground xylitol powder
- 2 tablespoons activated charcoal
- 5-10 drops essential oil
Grind all of your powders using a mortar and pestle until they are smooth. You may need to do this in small batches. That’s okay.
Pick your flavor!
And finally, pick your favorite flavor. Using essential oils is an easy (and healthy) way to flavor your tooth powder (and keep it interesting!) Here are some flavor combinations that you’ll love:
- Citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon, etc.)
Now, combine all of the powdered ingredients in a glass mixing bowl and add your essential oils. I personally find it easiest to mix the essential oils in with my fingers, but you could also use a wooden spoon. Blend slowly so you don’t have a tooth powder storm in your kitchen. Store in an airtight glass jar (I use these in my home).
That’s it! This recipe should last my family about 6 months, and that’s with 4 of us brushing twice a day.
To use, wet your toothbrush, and dab it into a small amount of tooth powder. Then just brush your teeth normally. It’s really that simple! You’ll want to rinse well. That’s it!
Let’s Talk Substitutions…
There are a few things in the recipe that you can play with (remember, I pulled together a bunch of Google knowledge and tested it on myself because I’m not a doctor, nor am I a dentist. And I certainly do not play on the internet).
If you don’t have access to xylitol, you could also use pure stevia leaf powder, though it does not have the same benefits for your teeth.
Additionally, if you like things super minty, you can always add herbs such as dried peppermint leaves. Some people swear that adding basil, rosemary, or even bay is great too.