Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe

Homemade Tooth Powder recipe all natural and works great Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe

My remineralizing toothpaste is one of my most visited posts and I’ve gotten a lot of emails from people who have switched and love it. After my husband and I both remineralized our teeth and reversed cavities, I’m definitely a convert to natural toothpastes and a supportive diet.

The only downfall to my homemade toothpaste is that i can leave a residue on sinks and there can be some concerns with the coconut oil if you have a septic system (as we do).

I’ve also recently discovered the many benefits of healing clays and wanted to figure out how to incorporate this into our oral health regimen, but there were some definite texture issues with the clays and coconut oil.

I wondered if a healing tooth powder would work and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is easier to make than the toothpaste and you can use actual powdered herbs and spices instead of the essential oils which saves money. I’ve recently started using a mix of this and OraWellness Brushing Blend and my teeth have never felt cleaner (and are continuing to whiten!).

Why Tooth Powder?

The main ingredient in this tooth powder is Bentonite Clay, which I’ve recently become a huge fan of. Not only does it bind to and draw out heavy metals and toxins (a huge plus for the mouth!), but it is alkaline and full of minerals.

It can be taken internally to help with toxin removal so it is safe for use in the mouth and it contains calcium, magnesium and silica which are nourishing for the teeth! According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hydrated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay rapidly change and produce an “electrical charge”. Its highest power lies in the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay’s structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly drawing them into the interior center of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository.

To state it another way…

Bentonite 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.

It is also extremely gentle and has a milder taste for kids. I also use Bentonite Clay for facial masks, healing poultices and when drying hair naturally to keep color on.

The other ingredients are supportive of the mouth as well:

  • Baking soda is alkaline and contains minerals. It also helps remove stains.
  • Calcium powder provides extra calcium and magnesium to provide minerals and whiten.
  • Cloves powder is naturally antibacterial and gives a great taste.
  • Cinnamon is also antibacterial, tastes great and helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth.
  • Mint tastes great and is soothing to the gums.
  • Xylitol- completely optional and adds sweetness.

Tip make your own inexpensive tooth powder for clean teeth without chemicals Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe

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Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe
 
Natural homemade tooth powder supports oral health naturally without chemicals or additives using herbs and essential oils.
Author:
Recipe type: Remedy
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
  • 3 Tablespoons Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Mint Leaf (optional, or can use essential oil)- Powder in blender, food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder (or this kind)
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Cloves Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Xylitol Powder
  • Essential oils for taste- completely optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good. I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl or pint size mason jar and store in a small glass jar with a lid. We actually have a separate small glass jar for each family member since we dip our toothbrushes in it. Mix with a spoon or shake to incorporate ingredients. This recipe makes about ¾ cup of tooth powder which lasts us for months. You can adjust the recipe up or down (Use teaspoons instead of tablespoons for smaller amounts).
  2. This will last indefinitely on the counter since there are no liquid ingredients and all of the ingredients naturally discourage bacterial growth. You can customize the powder to your taste and all of the herbal ingredients are optional. Bentonite or baking soda would actually work alone or together as a tooth powder, this one just tastes great. You could also add more cloves, mint and cinnamon for an even more concentrated powder. This type of cinnamon has a higher concentration of beneficial oils and tastes sweeter.

 How to Use:

Wet the toothbrush (I use a Bass brush from OraWellness since it is super gentle on the gums and cleans better) and dip into the powder. I also add a few drops of OraWellness Brushing Blend. Brush using the Bass Brushing Technique until teeth are clean. Rinse with cool water. Can be used daily (or multiple times daily) and is fine for adults and kids.

My Oral Health Regimen:

My teeth have never been whiter or healthier (according to my dentist) thanks to my oral health regimen. It includes a healthy diet that supports oral health and a specific brushing regimen. This is what I do daily (that reversed cavities for both my husband and me):

What is your oral health routine? Ever used a natural product? Reversed a cavity? I’d love to hear about it below! 

Reader Comments

  1. Hilary says

    Question – how do you test your powder for abrasiveness? I was using a home-made powder including mineral supplements ground to a fine powder, most of it so fine it floats in the air like steam. Then I thought to feel the powder between a damp finger and thumb. *Yikes*. After the water-soluble parts are dissolved, some of what’s left feels like scouring powder. I feel very very stupid… I know that hard-bristled brushes can cause damage, and even abrasive whitening toothpastes, so why have I been scouring my teeth?? I just hope I haven’t done irreversible damage to the enamel. 

    So… how do you test, or what precautions do you take?

    • says

      According to the abrasive ratings, this wouldn’t even be on the charts. Baking soda is actually very low abrasivity compared to most toothpastes and all the other ingredients are less abrasive than baking soda.

      • Andromahi says

        I went to the store today (Vitamin Shoppe) to buy the bentonite powder you link to and they told me that it was for external use-is this just a corporate precaution?

    • Kate says

      I am using a very similar tooth powder and I was concerned about it being abrasive. I went to the dentist last week and they said my teeth showed no signs of being abraded and to continue using it because my teeth looked great!

    • Robert Ray says

      Did you know that all toothpastes contain sand? I don’t worry about this type of tooth cleaning. it’s far less abrasive than commercial toothpaste. BTW, soft bristled brushes are always preferable and they get deeper between teeth.

  2. Nellie says

    I tried using Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint and baking soda two days this week and my teeth HURT! I am back to using Colgate Sensitive for now…

  3. Shena says

    So, is there anything you recommend in place of cinnamon powder? I am allergic to cinnamon, but would still like to use this?

      • Amber kay says

        Hi there.
        Super excited to try this out. Especially for the kiddies! Just curious though, I see it has been awhile since you posted this and had some comments on it. Do you still follow this routine? If not, how have you changed it? :)
        Thank you :)

      • d.gardner says

        have you considered using mint flavored chlorophyll as a liquid to make it a paste instead of coconut oil? course still has many of the same qualities of BentoNite clay because it is a liquid supplement i don’t think bacterial growth would be an issue and with the Clove and cinnamon i bet the somewhat unpleasant taste would be mostly hidden also it is a natural breath freshener because it attacks the odor causing radicals in your mouth.

    • Jon ion says

      If you haven’t tried REAL cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum aka Cinnamomum verum) you might only be allergic to the common variety (Cinnamomum cassia) sold in stores as spice and even as OTC supplements. Common cinnamon contains a liver toxin called couramin (spp?), which may be what bothers you. If you’re not dangerously allergic to cinnamon you might consider trying Ceylon cinnamon… or not. I have no idea how cinnamon affects you.

      BTW I’m not claiming the tiny amount that would be in tooth powder would be poisonous even if you used common instead of Ceylon cinnamon.

      • Beka says

        So how many drops of essential oils should i use? And how do i mix it in? I love essential oils, but haven’t added any yet to make sure it won’t make it all lumpy or something. I like the powder. And so do my kids! We just spent 15 min having fun brushing our teeth with this after making it. Thank you! Also, I didn’t have any calcium magnesium powder, I plan to get some and add it later but instead I added a TBS of sea salt. Is there a reason you didn’t include sea salt in it? Also, I wanted to add like a tsp of activated charcoal powder to it, a little bit like that shouldn’t hurt right? Thanks! Been meaning to make my own toothpaste for years, I am so glad your recipe encourage me to do it finally

  4. Hilary says

    Thanks for replying! 

    Where do you find the ratings for the clay and mineral powder? Does the seller tell you what they are? (I suppose there must be different ratings for the same clays depending on particle sizes.)

  5. Anastasia says

    Great info!  I was brushing with Young Living Oils Theives blend diluted in a bit of coconut oil due to gum irritation and it worked wonderfully!  I’ve also applied that oil neat on sore gums and it numbs it straight away.

    I’d previously used baking soda, but as others stated I had concerns about the abrasiveness.  I love bentonite clay and use it often (recently pulled splinters with it and added to cats’ water during an episode of diarrhea).  I’d considered using it for brushing but had concerns due to the way it can behave when introduced to water.  Now, I have something to experiment with!

    • Carla Stewart says

      Some people use bentonite for cat litter. Do not do this with kittens or animals who eat their litter because it will kill them. I found out the hard way.

  6. Susan says

    The ingredients list says to use Cal Mag but the link is to Calcium Citrate.  Did you mean that it’s okay to use either one?

  7. natalie says

    I accidently purchased Calcium Citrate instead of Calcium Mag powder! I probably need to exchange that don’t I? The “Citrate” is citric acid…probably not a good thing for teeth!? Ooof. Back to the store!!! I can’t wait to try this!!!

  8. Raindropgee says

    Can you use another sweetner? I have dogs so I don’t keep Xylitol in my house since I heard it is toxic to them.

  9. natalie says

    The Calcium Citrate (NOW brand) says for Adults only…is it okay for my two year old to use this tooth powder, since he isn’t rinsing like a pro yet? I know you say it is good for kids….but I thought I better double check…toddlers too? Right now we are using a homemade tooth soap which he loves…but I’m a little concerned about the shelf life since it contains water. How do I know if the tooth “soap” has “gone bad”?! Thanks for all your work! I’m new here and am LOVING your site :)

  10. Christa says

    I totally love this site too! 
    I’d love to try this mineral combo… I just want to make it into toothpaste. I don’t want to add coconut oil to it because I am on a septic system. Any ideas? 

    • natalie says

      Christa, this recipe doesn’t have coconut oil :) I think it gets a little “pasty” once you start brushing with a little water? I could be wrong! I’m currently using a tooth soap which *does* have coconut oil in it, and I’m a little nervous since I live in an old house. I think this tooth powder will be much better!

    • says

      You could all pure aloe vera gel (mountain rose herbs has it) or just as water as you use it since the clay forms a great gel when it hits water (just don’t mix a lot ahead of time)

  11. Don says

    Have you tried making your own version of the “Brushing Blend”? I am trying to make as much of our own hygiene products as possible. We love you site.

    • Sheri says

      I went to the website and found the ingredient list. After a little experimentation, I devised this recipe, and both my family and my friends LOVE the taste, and all have had claims of brighter, whiter teeth almost instantly!! Here goes!

      For every 2oz of almond oil, add:
      9 drops Cinnamon Leaf oil
      6 drops Peppermint oil
      4 drops Spearmint oil
      4 drops Tea Tree oil (Didn’t have Manuka on hand)
      3 drops Clove
      2 drops Myrrh

      • erin says

        just made this … decreased cinnamon by 2 drops and added 2 drops of lemon….can’t wait to try it! SSOOOOOO much cheaper than buying from Orawellness … since the main ingredient is organic almond oil!

  12. Kristy Harrang says

    In regard to the oral wellness brushing blend – how long does that little bottle last you? 

  13. lisadds says

    I commend your research on maintaining proper oral health. For what it is worth I am a dentist and stay current on dental literature. I definitely agree that having a good diet is crucial in preventing cavities. However, you are being misled with the notion that you can reverse tooth cavities. There is no such agent. Once bacteria “eat” the tooth, more enamel/dentin cannot be regenerated. Remineralization is not the same as regeneration. Remineralization is continually occurring intraorally despite using toothpaste. Fluoride is the main mineral that reintergrates making the tooth more resistant to decay. I hope this is beneficial.  

    • says

      I appreciate you weighing in on the issue, but I’ll have to disagree slightly. I’ve had a cavity in my mouth that needed to be filled reverse itself (according to my dentist at my next visit). the same was true for a cavity in my husband’s mouth and I’ve heard similar accounts from several other people now. Also, from my research, while fluoride can make teeth “harder” it also makes them more brittle, and is not without its risks in many other areas besides dental health.

    • jennifer says

      D.D.S and M.D.s are taught one way of thinking and that is inside the box.

      Dr. Weston Price came to new conclusions after his son’s dental death and a lifetime of searching the world to find other cultures having excellent teeth and bone health. If D.D.S would take the time to read and study his findings and practice them, we would all be winners.

      We are suppose to have all the oral advantages after 70+ years of Modern Dentistry — I fail to see any. Tomorrow I take my mom to have 7 more teeth pulled and she has had excellent “U.S.A. Dentistry” oral care all her life, former R.N.

      I refuse to go down the previous generations path of cavities, root canals, crowns, etc.. destroying our teeth.

      Mainstream dentistry is part of the problem not helping us preserve our teeth and inflicting pain on us … Fluoride is definitely not the answer. I, like so many others, are looking for new answers, relearning a new way of life. We demand healthier teeth and bones even if we have to find the answers ourselves from sites like these. Research is a must for the Truth !!

  14. Harmonynicole says

    I am interested to try this but i have a question regarding tooth sensitivity.  Over the last couple years my teeth have become pretty sensitive (mostly to cold) so i’ve been using one of the toothpastes for sensitive teeth which has helped.  Will remineralizing my teeth and using a toothpowder help with sensitivity? Or do you know any other natural options which would help?  Thank you!

    • says

      This has done wonders for me. Between this and the supplements I’ve taken to heal my teeth, I don’t have sensitive teeth for the first time in my life. I was on a lot of antibiotics as a kid and haven’t ever been able to eat cold foods until recently. I used to cringe even looking at someone bite into ice cream or a popsicle…

  15. Carmen Miller says

    Is bentonite clay the only one you would recommend, or are there other types of clay that would also work?

      • Jemared says

        I just made the powder and have 2 questions: The bentonite powder from Amazon says its for external use only. Are you sure it’s ok to use in the mouth.?
        Also I’ve used it 3 days now and my throat is feeling a bit sore. Any thoughts?…

  16. amy says

    I am looking for the calcium magnesium powder and found something called Kal Dolomite Powder that has Calcium Carbonate from Dolomite and Magnesium Carbonate from Dolomite….is this okay or should I look for something different? Thanks!!!

  17. says

    i’ve been using this for a few days now, and while my teeth feel clean, my gums on the very back and inflamed and sensitive. any suggestions as to why or how to fix it?

      • says

        I used everything on your list (minus the OraWellness stuff and charcoal cause it’s in the mail) so everything on your actual recipe – and I got the Calcium Citrate instead of magnesium because I didn’t realize before i purchased.

        • says

          There is a possibility it is a detox reaction to bacteria dying in your mouth. Make sure to swish really well before and after. Perhaps also email OraWellness as oral health is their speciality…

          • says

            OK I’ll do that.  thanks so much!! Even my husband (who was skeptical st first) is liking using this better than regular toothpaste! I hope I can get this issue resolved because otherwise it’s been going great! and I greatly appreciate you actually responding to comments – not all bloggers do – and it sure is frustrating! thanks again!

          • Ellen says

            Nichole..Did your gums ever improve? I’m worried that since I started using homemade tooth powder (not this exact recipe) that my gums are a lot more swollen and sore. Also my teeth are getting less white. So I’m concerned flouride was controlling these issues. Anyways…did your swollen gums go away?

          • nichole says

            Ellen – yes! My gums are way better now. I did start using the OraWellness EO blend after brushing though so I’m sure that contributes to the improvement. We have been using this for quite some time now and I have noticed my gums and teeth are better.

  18. Lizpoch says

    I have a question about the calcium magnesium powder you mentioned for the recipe.  The link took me to to amazon for a calcium citrate product.  Is this correct?  Or should I be ordering a calcium magnesium citrate for this recipe?   Can’t wait to try it!!

  19. kathy says

    im confuse. there is this recipe and the one for toothpaste. do they both do the same thing?  if so does one work better than the other. if this is all i can do will it still work without the diet changes ? thanks

    • says

      They both work similarly, but this one doesn’t need the liquid. They will help some by themselves but you really need the dietary changes if you want to see a big difference.

  20. Gabrielle says

    Thanks for the recipes! I was wondering about Calcium Citrate–it’s the calcium salt of citric acid and an acidic form of calcium so I’m worried that it would have an negative impact on enamel (like lemon juice). What do you think? Thanks a lot!

  21. Jenny P says

    I tried this recipe and I must have chosen wrong on the soap because it tasted horrible!  I made it like you said but had some Dr. Bonners peppermint scented soap that I used for the castile soap (I honestly thought it would work fine.)  But I can’t get over the taste.  Was I wrong in my thinking?  I hope so and I hope you’ll tell me that plain castile soap is not as bad as I really need to do something for my teeth! 

      • Jenny P says

        I’m sorry, I meant to comment on your paste recipe instead of this one.  I used 5 parts Calcium Carbonate, 2 parts Baking Soda, 3 parts Xylitol, 1 part Dr. Bonners Peppermint castille soap, and 5 parts coconut oil.  I understand that stuff like this probably won’t be the best tasting stuff in the world, but it was so bad I don’t think I can get over it.  So I was hoping you’ll tell me that the Dr. Bonners stuff was the problem (that seemed to be the taste I was troubled by most.)  But I could always try the your dry tooth powder too.

        • says

          You can definitely leave out the Dr. Bronners if you don’t like the taste. Your teeth will still get very clean with the polishing action of the calcium and baking soda. You could also try to add some essential oils or more Xylitol to help cover the taste…

  22. Sherry says

    I have a question about using the bentonite clay when you have amalgam fillings. Could this detox effect  make one sick with these type fillings? I have been using your previous recipe with coconut oil, calcium, stevia, etc but it gets very hard in bathroom with a/c on.

  23. Hkflanagan says

    I’ve been using this powder, but my family is not fond of the brown-ness because of the cloves and cinnamon powders.  Do you think if I use essential oil clove and cinnamon instead of the powders it would  work just as well?

  24. Crills says

    I want to make this…. I’m ordering from amazon. The calcium magnesium link you have is to a plain calcium citrate? Does it need to be cal-mag citrate powder? Help!?!

  25. Pegobrien61 says

    I’ve been using just baking soda and peppermint EO for quite some time now, but will definitely be trying this recipe. I found that dipping a wet toothbrush in the powder wasn’t working very well for me, so now I mist the toothbrush with some peroxide and use a small squeeze bottle to add the powder. Seems to work ok. I did notice that a lot of the elements that are in the Brushing Blend are already in this powder, so I may just add the missing ones and skip the BB.

  26. Jennie Van Heuit says

    I’m intrigued! It seems like the supplies to try this are going to cost me about $50, though. Does that seem right to you? Thanks!

  27. Holly1414 says

    I LOVE this! My sons and I just finished making this, and the three of us brushed out teeth immediately. All three of us showed improvement right already – after just one brushing! Our teeth feel so much cleaner than with conventional toothpaste. I can’t wait till my hubby gets home from work so he can try it. Thank you for another great recipe! :)

  28. Kirsten Haughey says

    I’ve been using this recipe as written (including the OraWellness Brushing Blend) for about two weeks now, but I have noticed a slight brownish tinge on my teeth. Also, after I brush, I find the mint/cinnamon/cloves stuck in my teeth. Any suggestions?

  29. Jules says

    I’ve been doing a little bit of reading on bentonite clay and every site I seem to go to says that there’s 2 kinds of bentonite clay: calcium bentonite and sodium bentonite. They say that you should not never ingest the sodium bentonite, but the calcium one is ok to ingest. I’ve been trying to buy calcium bentonite, but I can’t find any anywhere. Even Mountain Rose Herbs only have the sodium clay. Help!

    • sleepytree says

      I just got some its called pascalite. The website seemed kinda sketch at first and you have to either call or email them to purchase because they don’t have a secure server but they were super sweet and helpful when I called! The shipping was quick and they even sent me little samples of everything:)

  30. SamRae says

    Is this safe to brush with during pregnancy?  I tried looking up information on the bentonite clay, but couldn’t find a set answer.  Also, wondering about brushing with the charcoal.  Thanks!

  31. Melanie says

    I made the toothpowder and my kids aren’t to fond of it. I was wondering if I could add coconut oil to make a paste for them. I know you have the recipe for the toothpaste, but I like the clay in it, so I was wondering if could mix the powder with the oil? Thanks

  32. Iryna says

    I’ve been reading up on xylitol and learned that there are two basic types: xylitol made out of corn (and therefore most likely genetically modified) and xylitol made from organic hardwood. The one you linked to in your recipe is the first kind, so I was just curious as to why you decided to use that one. Thank you!

  33. Christy says

    Would the diotomaceous earth you recommended for the coconut oil toothpaste work in place of the benonite clay? At least until it’s gone. :) What’s the difference between calcium carbonate (I think it was listed in the coconut oil toothpaste) versus the calcium citrate you linked to here? Would they be interchangeable, at least until it’s gone? :)

      • coley says

        i found bone meal powder …. calcium, magnesium and phosphorous … good substitute for the calcium supplement or just keep looking for calcium citrate? i’ve been using a similar tooth powder recipe for about a year now. love it!!!! also use orawellness. love your site!!! :)

  34. StevieDriscoll says

    Hi, there. Thanks for another wonderful post. I just wanted to let you know that the Xylitol that you link to above has a comment in the reviews that may not have seen: that particular brand is made from corn, not birch.

  35. David Smith says

    I added some coconut oil(makes it pasty) and sea salt and it makes a nice toothpaste…do you see a problem with adding coconut oil to it? thanks for a great recipe!!

  36. David Smith says

    Hi, I made this with coconut oil to make it pasty and added some sea salt…do you see a problem with doing that? thanks

  37. says

    Is it normal to go through ‘with drawls’ when getting off of fluoride? My dentist put me on prescription strength fluoride paste, then I started researching and found some info on how awful fluoride is, I’ve stopped using a fluoride paste a few days ago and my teeth and gums seem very sensitive…is this normal and can I expect it to go away anytime soon?
    What foods can I add to my diet to help? I have no money for supplements I only have a food card right now until my husband gets his first pay check in 3 weeks. Thanks so much!

  38. Monica says

    The cinnamon sold by mountain rose herbs is cinnamon burmannii, instead of the real cinnamon zeylanicum. I have heard that burmannii is harmful when ingested in large amounts. I know you don’t eat your toothpaste…but what are your thoughts?

    • Nova says

      You are correct. Cassia “cinnamon” is quite harmful. It contains the chemical coumarin, which damages the bloods ability to clot. You do not have to swallow it to be harmed, the chemical is readily absorbed through the tissues in your mouth. Do not use it.

    • Veralyn Jensen says

      The cinnamon burmannii that you referred to is the cinnamon Cassia sticks, it is not true cinnamon and probably shouldn’t be ingested in large amounts. However, if you look further down you will see Cinnamon (Sweet) Powder, that is a true cinnamon from cinnamon verum. That one should be fine in the toothpaste.

  39. Monica says

    Also, the calcium magnesium powder link says it’s purely calcium, no magnesium Am I missing something? Thank you so much

  40. Lucy says

    Made this yesterday, though I wasn’t sure how I’d like the taste (I’ve been using a combo of baking soda and a minty tea tree mouthwash). I love it! My teeth feel clean, and I can’t wait to see how well everything turns out long term…take THAT, fluoride pushers! Thanks so much!

  41. sleepytree says

    I made this powder but with a few modifications because I couldn’t get a hold of some of the ingredients. I used pascalite clay (calcium bentonite), baking soda, xylitol, calcium magnesium powder (capsules from trader joes that I made into powder, and cinnamon. I’m still missing the mint and cloves powder. I noticed that my gums and teeth feel more fuzzy than usual today….I plan on sticking to the powder but maybe adding a few things. Any suggestions?? Did my modifications make the powder less effective? Also, how should I clean my tongue? I used to brush it with toothpaste but that doesn’t work out so well with the powder

    • says

      The powder will pull toxins from the gums. I noticed this a little bit too the first couple of times. Make sure to swish really well with water after brushing to help flush those out. For your tongue, just swishing well after using the powder should be enough to clean the tongue.

  42. Farrah says

    I’ve copied this recipe exactly except omitting the dried cinnamon, cloves, and mint and instead added several drops of the brushing blend to the mix and a few tablespoons coconut oil to make it into a paste (my hubby likes it better that way). Seems to be working great except I’ve noticed it kind of fizzes/stings our mouths with first contact. Is this normal??

  43. Brendark says

    Aloha! Silly question, but I’m gearing up to leave for a deployment, and because my time is short I’m not sure all my stuff will get here in time for me to make my own recipe… is there a legit true “natural” toothpaste I can use until I get back?

    • says

      There is a redmond clay one that works well, but honestly, you could just use baking soda with a drop of peppermint oil, or mix coconut oil and baking soda and use that. Might not taste the best, but it will work. You could even just brush with bentonite clay or calcium powder.

      • Brendark says

        Thank you! I was scared that if I ordered the clay with the other ingredients it wouldn’t get here in time… But… I might have made it overly-complicated. Thank you though, I did order some earthpaste and when I get back… I look forward to making my own!

        • Zahra says

          Depending on where you are, you could use a miswak if available. This is something I’ve seen some members of my family use (no toothpaste, no toothbrush, just miswak as oral hygience regimen) for an entire lifetime, especially in villages and especially when toothpaste was not available.

          This is essentially a twig of a Salvadora persica tree and the bark from one end can be cut away to use the wooden fibres as a brush. Overtime you can cut the worn out part away and cut away more bark to reveal a ‘new’ brush.

      • Eve says

        I have brushed for years with half-and-half baking soda and table salt. My teeth feel clean, the salt helps to kill bacteria, and I always get good reviews from the dentist. It isn’t as tasty as this recipe (which I want to try when I get the ingredients), but it definitely works!

  44. Jb says

    I made this and have been using it for about a month now. I do like it, but I’m wondering if I’m the only one whose toothbrush looks really nasty now because of the cinnamon or cloves staining it. What do you do about that? (Hide the toothbrush from public view? LOL).

  45. says

    Thank you. My kids have (finally) been enjoying the toothpaste, but I noticed our sink drains slowly and have to run some “Drano” down it once a month…so I finally tried this. Wow. The cinnamon or cloves sure pack a punch. I love it, but I think my kids will think it’s too spicy. Fingers crossed on getting the hubby to try it out. He always buys cinnamon past anyway.

  46. megan says

    Do you replace your toothpaste with this? And also, I use one of those spin brushes & it’s kind of rough. Should i use a basic toothbrush for this ?

    • Nova says

      You should not use this recipe at all. It is harmful and dangerous. Bentonite
      clay should NOT be used in the mouth, ever. Extended use will cause
      serious problems for people with metal fillings. It can also dry out the
      mouth enough to cause damage. And, if it’s swallowed, a person will
      need to see a doctor because it can cause damage to the stomach and
      intestinal linings. And DO NOT use the Cassia cinnamon she links to, it is dangerous.
      Cassia is not real cinnamon and does not have the health benefits. It
      contains coumarin, a chemical which prevents blood from clotting. You do
      not have to swallow it to be harmed, the chemical is
      readily absorbed through the tissues in the mouth.

  47. Stefa folle says

    I had tried a similar recipe from another site and the cinnamon and cloves were too strong for me and my husbands’ gums, so painful.
    I much prefere your toothpaste recipe and so do our kids. Can you just please tell me how can the coconut oil be a problem w/the septic?

  48. says

    I realize this is an old post, but I hope you still check it… :) I have a 10 month old daughter (who has teeth); is this brushing blend safe to use on her? If not, when will it be ok to use on her (age wise)? What would you recommend for someone her age? Thank you!!! :)

    • Nova says

      This is not a safe recipe at all. Do not use the clay, it is not for internal use and can cause many health problems with children. And DO NOT use the Cassia cinnamon she links to, it is dangerous. Cassia is not real cinnamon and does not have the health benefits. It contains coumarin, a chemical which prevents blood from clotting. You do not have to swallow it to be harmed, the chemical is
      readily absorbed through the tissues in the mouth. Do not use it. Doubly more so for small children who can and do swallow toothpaste.

      • db says

        Actually, bentonite clay has been used for internal and external health for centuries by many cultures. It is an excellent way to detox and so long as it has been treated as food-grade throughout it’s extraction and packaging process is also non toxic. Sodium bentonite absorbs more water than calcium bentonite though so be sure to drink lots of water if you choose to use it for detox. There is some argument on the internet about whether or not sodium bentonite should be used internally, but the websites I’ve found have been about fifty/fifty on the issue.

  49. Annalise says

    Hi Wellness Mama. Thanks for everything. I am wondering if a tiny bit of Stevia would be ok as a slight sweetener instead of Xylitol. I know it says on the Amazon link for Xylitol that it is recommended for oral health, is that also the case with Stevia? I am just wanting to do a combination of ordering things online and get things locally where I can, and it may be easiest to get Stevia locally. I am so keen to get started on all of your great tips and recipes … baby steps:) Thanks.

  50. Nova says

    This is an incredibly irresponsible post.

    First off, Bentonite
    clay should NOT be used in the mouth, ever. Extended use will cause
    serious problems for people with metal fillings. It can also dry out the
    mouth enough to cause damage. And, if it’s swallowed, a person will
    need to see a doctor because it can cause damage to the stomach and
    intestinal linings.

    Secondly, for the cinnamon, you link to two
    completely different things. One is Ceylon cinnamon, which is the only
    actual cinnamon. The other is Cassia, which is similar to Ceylon, but is
    a different plant entirely. Not only does Cassia “cinnamon” not have
    the same benefits as true cinnamon, it can pose real health problems.
    Cassia has high amounts of coumarin – a strong anticoagulant, which
    means if you get injured your body will not be as able to stop the
    bleeding. It’s because of this that various institutions like the FDA in
    the U.S. and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Germany
    recommended avoiding Cassia “cinnamon”. If a person has issues with
    their gums to the point that brushing causes them to bleed, using Cassia
    every day means they will being to seep blood constantly. Those open
    wounds can easily become infected, leading to a whole host of major
    health problems.

    It’s obvious that you don’t really know what you
    are doing. Just because two products sound the same, does NOT mean they
    are the same thing.

    It’s seriously appalling that you recommend
    this “recipe” to people. Just because you are using plant products, does
    not automatically mean they are safe or healthy.

  51. angela says

    So you don’t floss? That’s awesome!

    I got my first cavity in my 20’s AFTER I started flossing for the first time. Now I don’t anymore and my teeth and gums feel fine. (I didn’t watch the summit on the day this was talked about, if it was)

  52. Lee says

    Hi there, please can you tell me what I’m doing wrong. I made your tooth paste as directed by then after 12 hours it had totally set solid again like the coconut oil I used (before melting it). It’s not very usable in this way and certainly isn’t a paste. Please comment – it’s frustrating me terribly.

  53. lynda thompson says

    Xylitol is poisonous to pets, vets can confirm this. Pets do die from small amounts. Keep it high and closed away from pets, and I would say children. I do not allow any in my house.

  54. Brittanie Parsons says

    I am buying the charcoal, brushing blend, and have everything to make the tooth powder. On the ora wellness site, they have this specific kind of toothbrush – a Bass toothbrush. Do you have any experience with this? I’d like to get one, hoping someone has tried it.

    I am 25 but starting to get a couple sensitive teeth and coffee stains on a few teeth around the gum line – I can’t wait to get started with this routine, I hope I can re mineralize!

    • says

      I personally feel comfortable taking it internally after researching it, but I would definitely encourage you to research yourself and make sure you are comfortable with it too…

  55. says

    Hello, thank you for sharing this, I have been looking for something like this and I can’t wait to try it. I do have one quesitons thought. I was wondering would this be okay to use on porcelain veneers? Thanks!!!

  56. change12 says

    Usually when I get my teeth cleaned she spends quite a bit of time scrapping .. UGH , but since using just baking soda the only area that required any time at all was the back of my bottom front teeth :-) ! she said that is an area that is always hard to clean. After a NO cavities visit I said “it’s the baking soda that I’ve been using.. ” !

  57. Reneegirard@hotmail.com says

    Hello! Do you think the liquid bentonite clay is okay to use? I just bought some to make your toothpaste and realized as I went to make it that I got the wrong one. Thoughts? Thank soooo much!

  58. says

    I just made this powder this week to help a tooth my dentist said had to be pulled because the cavity went below the gum line. I was told that a year ago(and the xrays from my previous dentist showed it too, that dentist just didn’t tell me about it) and I thought it’s not hurting so I’ll leave it be and try xylitol on it. Then a friend told me about the powder. I tried it for 2-3 days (1-2 times a day) My tooth got a little ahead of the game and broke the other night. I’m NOT blaming the powder at all. I bit something I think. So my tooth now is missing the outer chunk that was over the cavity and I have direct access to the cavity. I am going to make a paste of the clay with some coconut oil to put on it and let it soak in. Do you recommend anything else? No pain or discomfort so I thought it would be a good test for the powder. Has there been anyone with this issue before? Will the tooth regenerate from the remineralizing? Or will I have to get something done by a dentist too?? It’s the back inner corner of a six year molar I think? I’m avoiding chewing anything on that side to not mess with the poor thing anymore and let it heal. Any natural advice is welcome. Thanks.

    • says

      I’m honestly not sure if it can regenerate or not. I know that you’d need some intensive dietary changes too if you aren’t already eating a diet to remineralize teeth, but I’d also check with a dentist on a tooth that bad!

    • Wendy says

      I had a piece of a tooth that broke (I bit a rock in some homegrown but hastily washed lettuce) below the gumline and was told it would need to be pulled, but my thinking was, like yours, “what do I have to lose?”
      I kept it very clean and worked with it for quite awhile using natural approaches similar to Wellness Mama’s (mostly keeping it very clean, packing herbs like mint and clove between my cheek and gums below the tooth each night, but also eating as well as I knew to do at the time).

      I’m not sure how eager I would be to recommend that just anyone leave a gaping hole in your tooth enamel, because it is a more open door right into your bloodstream, but the only times the tooth gave me any pain were when I was very short on sleep or otherwise immune compromised. Eventually the tooth broke again (mostly the softer tissues finally giving up) and I did go have it pulled. The dentist was flabbergasted that a hollow half of a tooth like that could be showing NO signs of infection. Additionally, a spot on the tooth directly behind it had been noticeably dark and had given me some slight pain about a year before, but when I asked the dentist about it, he said it would stay dark but had completely remineralized!

      […then I went and had a bridge put in to replace the pulled tooth, basically removing the enamel on that tooth AND the one across the gap to crown them… :( the Carlson bridge looks like a far less invasive option, but I didn’t know about it then.]

      I don’t know how much healing is possible, or where the line is between “heal-able” and not; I was NOT utilizing the power of bone broths, yellow butter or liver at all and I was either pregnant or nursing during the time this tooth was in its compromised state, and it’s a GOOD thing that our bodies are smart enough to know when baby is a bigger priority than one lil’ old tooth.
      I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that more IS possible, but it can be a tough call and should be made very, very carefully. That can NOT be under-emphasized. You can NOT just fearfully wish a cavity away and go on with life as usual, but need to learn and make possible all the good news that you can about teeth if you’re going to turn anything around. Oh, for the day when every dentist will be equipped with a working knowledge of how to help teeth to heal!
      Sorry this is long; but I thought maybe my experience could be helpful for someone in a similar situation.

      Thank you, Wellness Mama for sharing your research and experiences and for this recipe–our family loves it!

  59. Janelle says

    The link for the calcium magnesium powder takes me to a calcium citrate powder, is this the same thing?

  60. Lirio says

    Aloha! I have bentonite clay but it’s liquid. And I have CALM (ionic magnesium citrate) by Natural Vitality. Will these work?

  61. michelle p says

    Great article! This may be a silly question, but does the brand of baking soda matter? I noticed there were aluminum free kinds and didn’t know if that made a difference, or if regular old Arm & Hammer is fine? Thanks.

  62. says

    Making a long story short, my family is dairy free and since becoming dairy free my 3 year old daughter has developed 10 cavities!!!! We brush every morning and night, but alas we still are having issues. I have a few questions. 1). Would this be safe for my 3 year old who is able to spit and not swallow her toothpaste. 2). How long do your supplies last? I followed all of your links to the prices and it seems to mount up to a hefty chunk of change. I stumbled across your post out of desperation and I really appreciate your thorough post.

    • says

      I use on my kids at that age with no problem. All ingredients are technically edible, so in my opinion, it is fine. The supplies last months in our house with six of us… I’d also really recommend the book Cure Tooth Decay if you haven’t already read it…

      • Karis says

        I am also using this on my 3 year old. I tried to powder the mint, but it didn’t work very well, and we ended up with mint flakes stuck in our teeth. I’ll be trying a mint infusion next to make a paste because I don’t like the powder. However, you say that all ingredients are safe to swallow. Did you mean to include the EOs in that statement? My understanding is that they are not safe to swallow, and my son does sometimes swallow, so I wanted to be careful with what I added to the paste while still getting the benefit of the mint.

    • Wendy says

      You might seriously consider just adding in some cultured dairy products, like naturally aged cheeses or plain yogurt; the bacteria do amazing things to the proteins and the sugars in the milk, making it more digestible and nutrient-dense. It has made a world of difference in my younger children’s teeth compared to their older siblings when they were that age.
      There is some fascinating research on this as well; “The Untold Story of Milk” is well worth a glance.

  63. Ashley DeCaney says

    I was wondering, do you no longer use the coconut oil for the oil pulling method anymore with the tooth powder? And I’m a little confused, do you add the brushing blend into the tooth powder when you make it, or do you dip your toothbrush into the tooth powder and then add a few drops onto your toothbrush? TIA!

  64. Jen says

    Is it normal that the powder looks like dirt when its wet?
    I wanted this to work so bad, but I’ve been using this for 2 wks and my teeth look more yellow and feel kinda fuzzy. I have been flossing, brushing very thoroughly and using a ton of powder, using the brushing blend/bass brush, rinsing every other day with natural baking soda and coco oil.. OIL PULLING when I remember.. The only thing I might’ve done wrong is that I didn’t use mint leaf or xylitol..
    On the up side I have been brushing with charcoal every so often in addition to this and that makes my teeth feel very clean, just not super white. Tempted to go back to toothpaste as its so much easier too..will keep perservering though and post back in a few more weeks!

  65. Disserta says

    How does Kaolin clay compare with bentonite clay regarding the following? Kaolin is more easily available to me. However, if need be, I may seek bentonite instead.

    – calcium, magnesium and silica nourishment

    – chelation of heavy metals

    – detoxification

    – abrasiveness

    – other health benefits I did not mention

    If not, what are the limitations?

  66. Disserta says

    I can not find calcium magnesium powder locally. If possible, what ratios of pure magnesium powder to pure calcium powder might I be able to combine them to make an effective calcium magnesium powder?

  67. Yolanda Dobler says

    I only added cinnamon to my mixture not any cloves but added clove oil. I notice that my bass toothbrush is turning brown and I can’t clean it off. Will it turn my teeth brown. Has this happened with your toothbrush?? I use the same kind of cinnamon as you do.

    Thanks

  68. Barbara Trotsky says

    Besides use as a sweetener, Xylitol has actually been used in gum and some toothpastes for its anti inflammatory effect on the gums. It helps prevent gum disease. Thanks for the recipe.

  69. Ellen B. says

    Ok, so I made this and it seems awesome. I am excited to start using it, but am wondering if it is safe to use for my kids who don’t yet spit their toothpaste out. Also, could I put this in coconut oil to make it more like a toothpaste for them? Thanks!

  70. Aletha Wilson says

    Doesn’t the metal lid on the mason jar cause the bentonite to lose effectiveness? I thought it wasn’t supposed to come in contact with metal.

  71. Bethany says

    Not sure if this has been addressed yet, but where can I buy food grade calcium bentonite clay? The store you linked to is sold out. Thanks!

  72. says

    Question on the cinnamon and cloves – are they essential? I find that cinnamon is a bit caustic and leaves the skin around my mouth red (from Tom’s toothpaste, no longer use-prefer their fennel) and I don’t really like cloves. If these are just flavorings I can substitute. Thank you.

  73. says

    I have bentonite clay but purchase it already hydrated… would there be any reaction or oxidizing from the other ingredients when water is introduced? (i.e., could I combine with my bentonite clay into a paste and expect it to have a similar shelf life?)

  74. says

    Before I go buying ingredients that I might not need I would dearly love to know if the ground cinnamon and clove in my kitchen will work or if I need something that specifically says powder?

  75. Cynthia says

    I am disappointed that when I follow your link to the Calcium Magnesium powder, I actually go to Calcium Citrate powder (no magnesium). I clicked to order it without realizing it didn’t have the magnesium in it. I am having to reorder the Calcium Magnesium powder. Other than that I am very excited about beginning to use the powder and the 3 drops of Orawellness Brushing Blend with the special tooth brush. Thanks for the inventive good tasting tooth powder!

  76. Zsa Zsa Janzen says

    Hi from Australia, and thanks for a great blog. I have signed up on several fronts! I see it draws out metal toxins, do you happen to know or can find out if there is a “drawing” effect on metal-based porcelain crowns / bridges. I have a few due to having “soft teeth” and am terrified of the criwns slowly and painfully emerging from my gums! But I would look forward to improved health on my natural teeth. Please let us know what you think or find out. Cheers. :-)

    • says

      I know that it draws on a molecular level (it binds to the metals) so I wouldn’t think it could physically remove a crown, but you could sub calcium magnesium powder for the clay instead…

  77. says

    I was just wondering about the absorbing property of the clay. If it is used with the calcium and is known for absorbing things, wouldn’t it absorb the calcium? Then you wouldn’t get the benefits of the calcium, right?

  78. Amie says

    I’ve used the toothpaste recipe and my kids really love it; however, we have noticed our septic system has slowed, presumably because of the coconut oil. I just made up a batch of the powder and we will see how it goes! I tasted the version with the cinnamon and it seemed really spicy, so I made up a smaller batch with half the cinnamon, no cloves, and added some sweet orange essential oil, and I think my kids are going to love it! I had to powder some calcium tabs, so I just made the whole recipe in my spice grinder, EO’s and all, and it worked wonderfully. Thanks for the recipe!

  79. Priscilla Kelly says

    This sounds great! I have a quality magnesium calcium supplement in capsule form. Would it be okay to pierce the capsules and use them in place of the magnesium calcium powder?

  80. Jaci Hoosier says

    I just got some bentonite clay. I planned to use it for ingestion in a cleanse but am not sure the brand I bought is ok for ingesting. This sounds great though, along with some facials for my acne, but can I use the bentonite clay on my teeth if I have fillings?

  81. Heather says

    I have a filling from years ago and was wondering if the bentonite would effect it any once activated by water?

  82. CasiCassie says

    Hey Wellness Mama!

    I just started using the tooth powder 3 days ago. My hope is to remineralize my poor unhappy teeth and so far, I love how it makes my teeth feel (even my toothbrush smells amazing)!

    My question is about the bentonite clay as well: internet info says that you can detox by ingesting a mixture of the clay with a LOT of water. But when detoxing with the clay, it’s important to take a multivitamin to replace the good bacteria that have been removed in the detox process. I haven’t changed my diet ,and I don’t currently take a multivitamin (even though I probably should), but today I noticed my throat getting sore as if I’m catching a cold. It could be coincidence, but it it possible that not taking a multivitamin (while brushing my teeth twice a day with the powder) might lower my mouth’s ability to fight off sickness?

  83. Susan Ramdorsingh says

    I made a batch of this and love it! My sister in law had a great idea-wet your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide then dip in tooth powder. This makes powder all foamy in your mouth- more like a traditional toothpaste. I was also wondering if anyone had tried different flavors? My daughter wants a more “fruity” taste, like cherry or strawberry?

  84. Robin says

    I’ve been using the tooth powder for about 6 months now and while I started out feeling great, the last month or so I can’t seem to get rid of the fuzzy feeling on the backs of my teeth. The fronts feel kind of fuzzy when I wake up but after I brush they feel better, but now matter how much I brush the backs don’t feel clean! It is driving me CRAZY! Is there anything I can do about that?

      • Robin says

        Somehow this reply got lost in the myriad of other stuff I had to check and since I didn’t know what to do I started doing oil pulling regularly. I did it twice a day for the first few days and now once a day and I really notice a difference. They’re not perfect yet but the backs of my teeth feel much smoother. I’ll try the plain baking soda, too though. Why would the tooth powder make them feel that way?

  85. Deborah says

    All I want to say is that I am a long time health follower and new to Wellness Mama and literally everything on this site is educated, well written and researched, and thoughtfully done for the real health enthusiast. And all of the ingredients recommended are of the highest quality and good. You are in the gift of service when one makes ones occupation for her fellows higher good. Thank you so much!

  86. Diy Try says

    This might be a crazy question but can natural calm be added to this reciepe if I only have calcium citrate?

    • Jill says

      I dont think I would because it has citric acid in it. I think thats too hard on your teeth. Just my thoughts…..

  87. erin_brittany@hotmail.com says

    Can I use stevia instead of xylitol? My husband reacts to xylitol unfortunately…

  88. Jill says

    I love this recipe! The Bass toothbrush and brushing blend are great! And why werent we ever taught the proper way to brush our teeth before? The way the video explaines it makes total sense!!! My teeth have never felt cleaner. My son has a cavity so I will definately post if it goes away. Its my goal to prove to everyone that store bought toothpaste is nothing but poison! You dont have to worry if your toddler swallows any either!

  89. Tanné says

    Since the bentonite contains calcium and magnesium is it really necessary to add the calcium magnesium powder?

  90. Ashley Hudgens says

    I’m breastfeeding. Your link for the powdered mint leaf takes me to peppermint leaf. In the amount used in this tooth powder will it hurt my supply?

    • Wendy says

      Even if you swallowed it, that amount of peppermint would have no effect on milk supply, as far as I can gather. Even in larger amounts, peppermint leaf tea doesn’t influence milk supply much.

  91. Aura Morris says

    I’ve been using a homemade tooth powder for a couple of years now, and it’s just a mix of baking soda and salt, with a few drops of peppermint oil for flavor. I was thinking about trying your recipe, but I wasn’t sure whether to drop the salt or leave it in – do you ever use salt? Any thoughts?

  92. Janelle says

    Can you use regular ground cinnamon (that you would bake with)? Also, do you know if this helps with receding gums, or is it primarily for tooth health? Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

  93. chloe speaks says

    hello – love the idea of the remineralizing toothpowder/paste. I got all the ingredients and mixed it all up – tried it out and…then realized, for a person like me with Braces, the formula with all the spices and mint powder (not as fine as i liked it, done in the mini food processor) was a disaster.

    However, I quickly reformulated a version, upping the baking powder (just because of it’s abrasive and whitening power), decreasing the bentonite, omitting the spices but using cinnamon, peppermint and clove oils and really loving the smooth feel of it. I’m thinking to combine this with a little coconut oil to make a paste for my daughter, per your remineralizing paste too!

    Thanks for a lovely recipe.

  94. teena says

    For 1week now I’ve been use turemic to brush and floss my teeth because they are brown spoted teeth with no enamel do taking heart medcation when I was a 4yrs old child I’m 51 now. I think I can see it working. Should I mix turmeric with the tooth powder and paste minus the baking soda or is that doing to much? I used baking soda and it’s never worked.

  95. Lindsay says

    Does this tooth powder help with sensitivity? I have been using Sensodyne for years, and although I’d like to try this (a friend of mine has had great results) I wonder if it will allow my sensitivity to come back!

  96. Ashley Hudgens says

    How come all of a sudden all of your links are taking me to amazon and not Mountain Rose Herbs like they used to?

    • Nova says

      Because it’s a referral link and she gets kick backs every time someone who clicks on her link buys anything from amazon over a two week period, and not just the think link to, ANYTHING purchased, she gets a percentage. Read about it on amazon’s “affiliate program” page.

  97. Joy says

    I ordered all of the materials listed, and when the bentonite powder came, the container says “external use only”. Should I be concerned? Thanks!

  98. sue says

    Hello! Been using this for a couple days now and my back teeth have started to ache..i have fillings and was wondering if the bentonite clay is trying to bind to the metals and take them out? Also my teeth are a little see through..do you think the tooth powder will help make them less so??

  99. Cassandra Fuentes says

    Would it be okay to add the activated charcoal right into this powder? I’m also thinking of adding diatomaceous earth, do you think this will add to the remineralizing aspect or will it just be overkill? Thanks!

    • Jake Marion says

      That is the point, the bentonite would chelate the mercury. The mercury would stick to the bentonite instead of going into your body. You would spit the mercury right out.

  100. Jennifer says

    Thank you for this recipe! I am ordering some of the ingredients and will be making this ASAP. I have one question for you–I plan on using peppermint essential oil instead of powdered mint leaf and would like to know how many drops you would suggest starting with. I have not used essential oils before and don’t want to mess up my tooth powder with too little or too much. Thanks in advance for your help. I am new to your blog, but I sure am loving it!!

  101. Sara Jeanne says

    Hi Katie, do you have any stories of reversing cavities? I have two big ones and I have never had cavitites in my life :(. I am 32 and I am acting like a scared 5 year old because of these cavities. Can you give me any hope of any stories you have heard of in reveresing cavities? Thank you, Sara

  102. sue says

    hello there! been using the tooth powder for a while now and ive noticed new white spots showing up on my front teeth..and they have become really sensitive to hot and cold again…looked in my cupboard and realized i forgot to add the bloody calcium powder! would brushing with everything except that cause the changes in my teeth?

  103. Victoria says

    I am very interested in this tooth powder as I have receding gums due to hard brushing as well as sensitive teeth. I do have a few questions. First, will these ingredients make up for the absence of fluoride? I am willing to buy the brushing blend and work to reduce phytic acid in my diet. I am just a little nervous about ditching the fluoride… Also, I have several fillings and two crowns. Will the tooth powder affect these at all? For good or bad? Thanks so much! I’ve made more than a few of your recipes and really love them!

  104. Janet says

    Am I blind or has the Brushing Blend been replaced on their website with HealThy Mouth? I don’t see Brushing Blend except on the very first page, when I click on it, or go to their product list it’s not there.

  105. Olga Osipova says

    The link to bentonite clay you provided leads to the product which is for external use only. Is it safe to use this clay in the tooth powder?

  106. Katie McGee says

    Arg, I just read not to let the clay come in contact with metal. I whisked the whole thing together with a metal whisk. Should I throw it out and start again?

  107. Maria Zong says

    I do oil pulling most mornings with organic sunflower oil. Sesame or coconut oil can also be used. For about 10 to 15 min I swish the oil between my teeth, then rinse with warm water and scrape my tongue with a tongue scraper. The oil pulling is meant to get rid of toxins. Feels great after. I just recently experimented with home made tooth paste and used coconut oil, 1 part salt, 2 parts bicarbonate of soda, a bit of cinnamon powder and a couple of drops of peppermint oil. Unusual taste but got used to it now. My teeth feel very fresh after. Will add some of the ingredients you suggest to it.

  108. Amanda says

    Let me try that again we have been using a homemade toothpaste from coconut oil, baking soda, myrrh gum powder, stevia(tiny bit), and a few shakes of orange essenital oil. My daughter (5) has started having bad breath in the morning is this because of it? Do we have to chose between bad breath and chemicals? I hope not! Thanks!

  109. Shasa says

    Hi, since this tooth powder is very safe and great for you, could the rest of your body get the benefits if you swallowed it after brushing.
    Thank you very much.

  110. Shasa says

    Hi, since this tooth powder is very safe and great for you, could the rest of your body get the benefits if you swallowed it after brushing.
    Thank you very much.

  111. Joel Blumert says

    I had a reaction to this recipe, severe dry mouth that developed into sores, especially under the tongue, after a few days. I went back to my ayurvedic powder and the problem cleared up. Thinking the cinnamon might be the culprit, (the proportions were correct) I decided to try plain bentonite this morning, which produced a similar, but less severe reaction. Has anyone else had a reaction like this? I’m thinking of going back to my own green clay & baking soda mix,maybe add charcoal because it does such a great cleaning job. Would like to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience. I did some research on bentonite, but can’t find anything that would indicate this kind of reaction.

    • Jemared says

      I too have had this reaction, though not the sores. But I noticed I’ve been soo thirsty since starting the powder. Regretfully I think I will stop.

  112. says

    Forgive me if this question has been asked and answered already. I don’t want to scroll through almost 300 comments to find an answer. Can one who has metal fillings use bentonite clay since it it draws out heavy metals? Or is drawing out the metals actually a part of the remineralization process?

  113. Megan says

    I have just started using this and I keep noticing there is a sharp “fizzing” when I start using this. Is it normal? I followed the recipe here minus the clove, sweetener and mint powders but I have added peppermint EO.

  114. Shayla Christine Holder says

    I’m planning to start your health regimen for remineralizing teeth. I have a beef allergy and cannot eat beef, though I’m unsure if bone broth and gelatin would have the same effect on me. If I can use bone broth and gelatin in my diet, will it be enough (along with grain free diet rich in high quality proteins and healthy fats, vegetables, etc.) to be effective at helping prevent and treat tooth decay? I also have very little enamel on my teeth, a condition. I was born with. Am I beyond hope using this method? I want it to work so badly!!

  115. says

    first off, i LOVE your blog! it’s been such a wonderful resource for me in so many ways. thank you! also, i’m trying to heal my cracked teeth with this + diet change, like you said. however, since using this toothpaste, my teeth which have the cracks are very sensitive. any tips to alleviate the sensitivity?

  116. Nathalie says

    Hi! Thank you so much for this post. I have yet to try this (I’m waiting for all my ingredients to ship from Amazon!) but I am also wondering if this will reverse enamel erosion. My sister, who is now 23, has very eroded teeth and experiences pain and sensitivity daily. Of course, one could blame an unhealthy lifestyle for this, but her teeth began to soften and deteriorate only when we moved to a different state and she switched orthodontists. I have a suspicion the ortho caused this (he even tried convincing my parents it was acid reflux disease once, even though she’d been tested for it). So I was wondering if trying this remineralizing powder/toothpaste could reverse enamel erosion? She has been thinking about getting veneers/crowns/lumineers of some sort, but unfortunately insurance won’t cover it. I still am trying to convince her to try this with me, but will it really work in her case?

  117. Jenny Brood says

    I bought calcium magnesium with zinc and D3 by mistake, can I use that or should I return it for just the calcium magnesium powder?

  118. Bonnie says

    Katie, I see that you are not suppose to use metal while mixing and I was wondering if the bentonite clay will react to the metal
    fillings in my teeth? I would love to have them removed one day, but
    can’t afford it yet and would love to try this powder.

  119. Donna says

    Hi Katie! The photo of the bentonite clay in your blog is Health & Beauty Aztec Secret..but it doesn’t say its a food grade bentonite so is it safe to use in your tooth powder recipe? Thanks..would appreciate your feedback :)

  120. Jeanette says

    Hi, I really want to do this, and went out to get the clay today. However, I see it is “for external use only” as is the one from Mountain Rose Herb. Have you heard of any adverse effects? I called Aztec Secret and they said their clay has not been FDA approved for internal use, but is 100% calcium bentonite clay. My guess is that this is all red tape and the product is safe, but I thought I would ask to see if you’ve heard of any adverse issues. Thanks.

    • says

      I’m not a doc, but I’ve used it in toothpaste and internally without a problem. I’ve found the same thing in my research that it is safe but can’t be labeled for consumption…

  121. Angela says

    Hi Katie, I was wondering if this is safe to be used during pregnancy? I know clove oil is not safe during pregnancy, but what if it is used just as a tooth paste?

  122. Deserei says

    How long do you leave clay on your teeth
    For full-effect?

    Also, does this alone heal cavities or are you taking FCLO? How long did it take for you to heal a cavity?

  123. Dana says

    Hi Katie-Love your tooth powder recipe! I customized it as the Xylitol gives me canker sores and the cinnamon and cloves leave brown goo. So I mix cal/mag powder, baking soda, and bentonite clay. It’s quite earthy, Needs a bit of extra water when brushing, but feels great on my teeth. It even works with the sonicare toothbrush. Side effects: a dirty sink, best dentist visit ever and…bonus– whiter teeth!

  124. says

    Hi Katie!
    I’ve really benefited from a few of your posts now, but I had such fantastic results after just ONE use of the tooth powder that I had to comment and tell you thank you so much for all of your work and suggestions and recipes here! Specifically regarding the tooth powder, I can’t believe how amazing it is at removing plaque! The taste is MUCH better than the other homemade toothpastes I’ve used, and I was really quite nervous about using the clay, but it worked like a charm, it seemed to behave very differently in my mouth than it does on my skin as a mask. Anywho- I was so excited after I brushed them, I yelled to my husband, “You’ve got to come see the most amazing thing ever!” Apparently, I over sold it because while impressed, he wasn’t excited like I was…but seriously, this is some powerful stuff and I’m so in love. So thanks a million!!!!

  125. Amt says

    I have a question on the calcium stuff. You specify using Calcium Magnesium powder, but you link to a calcium citrate product which doesn’t list magnesium at all. Is this in error, or am I missing something?

  126. Amt says

    I also have to wonder…if the bentonite clay is such a great absorbent, wouldn’t it leach the calcium? Both what’s already in your teeth, and the calcium powder in the recipe? Seems a bit counter productive to use the clay with that in mind.

  127. Liz says

    The Mountain Rose website says the bentonite clay is for external use only. Is this toothpaste safe for kids considering they will swallow it?

  128. says

    Hello,
    I’m from Mexico and a huge fan of this site. I tried to find Bentonite clay here but it seems hard to find it in a comercial presentation.
    I found a company though, that sells Sodium Bentonite for the wine industry. Could you please confirm this kind would be useful for the toothpaste?
    Best regards.

  129. Emilie says

    I make a tooth “paste” that has activated charcoal in it, but I’m afraid the charcoal is absorbing my trace minerals, calcium and magnesium. How do you know that the charcoal isn’t? Are those just things that charcoal doesn’t absorb?

  130. Amanda says

    I’ve been using this for about 2 weeks and I love it! After only a few days my teeth started to whiten, faster and whiter than any toothpaste or strip I’ve ever tried. I’ve always had problems with cavities, gum and teeth sensitivity and infections despite taking care of my teeth. So far I have less sensitivity and a cavity I was starting to develop is not bothering me much anymore. I’m really hoping this will help me long term. Thank you so much!

  131. Jennifer says

    Hopefully this isn’t a duplicate question …. I must admit I didn’t take the time to read through all the previous comments & replies ;)

    I am new to making my own home and personal care products so I still have tons to learn :)

    I ordered some bentonite clay to be used in this remineralizing tooth powder recipe, but I noticed on the package I received there is a note that this product is ‘not for internal use.’

    I was wondering if I am just reading that too literally (meaning, it is not to be consumed but using in a tooth powder that will be expelled is fine) or if I ordered the wrong classification of product or wrong thing altogether?

      • Jennifer says

        Ok, great! Thanks so much! I am so excited…I’ve already made a batch and tried it out ;) I’ve never brushed with anything except the standard commercial pastes so i am sure I’ll have to adjust some but I am looking forward to seeing what I think in a week or so. First impression is good though :)

  132. Metro says

    Is that natural toothpaste safe to eat and swallow after brushing even with the baking soda? According to Shailene Woodley she makes her own toothpaste and swallows it cause it has vitamins. But I don’t know her recipe so…

  133. Roxana says

    What kind of magnesium should I buy? I live in another country and that combination calcium&magnesium product is not where I live.
    Thank you

  134. Idra says

    Is there a substitute for the charcoal powder? My daughter throws up when she ingests activated charcoal powder and is only used externally or in case of poisoning. I’m afraid she will accidentally swallow the charcoal while brushing.

  135. Dorothy says

    According to Mountain Rose Herbs website description of Bentonite clay, it is 18.1% aluminum. I have tried to avoid products with aluminum. Is this different than what’s in commercial tooth paste and deodorants?

  136. Ana says

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes!
    I love the combo of the ingridients you used in the powder paste but I was wondering if I can mix this powder with a coconut oil and put it into a tube, making it squeezable. Do you think the ingredients will still “work with one another” ? Also, will it affect a shelf life of the tooth paste? Thanks!

  137. Jan says

    Hi:
    I just bought the brand of bentonite clay you have a link to in you article (Health and Beauty Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay). I want to use it to make your tooth powder recipe but it says on the label “for external use only”. Is this brand safe to use in tooth powder? Thanks!

  138. Brenna says

    Hi,
    I have been using this tooth powder for a few weeks now and really enjoy it. However, I have been doing a bit more research on this clay and it got me thinking… since bentonite clay produces an “electrical charge” when hydrated, is it effective in powder form? In other words would simply brushing with a bit of water be enough to hydrate it? I assume that the clay would not be drawing out the toxins unless it is hydrated. Please let me know your thoughts on this.
    Thanks!

  139. Reyna says

    Is using the lid that comes with the ball jelly jar okay to use with bentonite clay? I read in one of your articles to not use metal since this will deactivate bentonite clay.

  140. erin says

    I will be making your remineralizing tooth powder – am interested also in the brushing blend (however it is very pricy – for .5ml) I was wondering, the ingredients are almond oil as the carrier and then a handful of essential oils – have you or would you make your own and share the recipe?!

  141. Lana says

    Hello!
    Thank you for your amazing site. I have been using the tooth powder for a month or so now and I had a question about the clay. Since it reacts with minerals in water, do I have to use purified water on my toothbrush when I use the tooth powder to get the benefits of the clay? I would really like to know if wetting my toothbrush with tap water before dipping it into the tooth powder decreases the benefit of it. Thanks for your time!
    Sincerely,
    Lana

  142. Kot says

    You mentioned that Bentonite Clay draws out heavy metals. If I have fillings in my teeth will it affect those negatively?

  143. Bonnie says

    Ok, so how many times have I read it now? Calcium citrate is citric acid folks. I would not use this on my teeth, it is NOT the same as the other calcium.

    Secondly, personally, I love what this formula does for your oral health. I would totally recommend you try it!! BUT, as many are also commenting, we found after a few months of use, it was discolouring our teeth. So we’ve omitted the cloves and cinnamon powder and now use essential oils. We actually make small batches and change the oils every time. Sometimes peppermint, sometimes anise and actually for the BF’s birthday I bought him that yucky cherry flavoring from the cake store just cause he loves cherry (yeah, he loved it). Anyway, just suggest you keep that in mind. We now just use baking soda, xylitol, white clay, neem and essential oils. Teeth have never been healthier. Especially mine as I realized my aversion to brushing was not about brushing but the burning from the mint. So now I can make it with no mint and poof! No problem! Who knew! I would highly encourage you to simply use common sense. There really isn’t any rocket science behind it. Trust yourself! You can do this! :)

    • erin says

      see below …

      Calcium citrate is an intermediate in the isolation of citric acid from the fermentation process by which citric acid is produced industrially.[1] The citric acid in the broth solution is neutralized by calcium hydroxide, precipitating insoluble calcium citrate. This is then filtered off from the rest of the broth and washed to give clean calcium citrate.

      So, the citric acid you speak of is neutralized during the production of calcium citrate.

  144. Martha says

    I have now all the ingredients so I could try make my first batch of tooth powder. I ordered the bentonite clay from Mountain Rose Herbs, and saw those small tin jars. I bought those too. Later I read that bentonite clay and anything metal doesn’t go well together. What is the problem with these, really? I loved that those tins are small enough to give each kid their own little jar, and no worries about breaking glass in the tub… Will my tooth powder be ‘ruined’ if I still use the tins? Or is it harmfull for health? Thanks for any advice!

  145. Chaser1 says

    I’m wondering if this would work to brighten the teeth of somebody who used tetracycline for acne when they were teenagers. One of the side effects of this drug is discoloration of the teeth or dingy looking teeth. This happened to a friend of mine. He had beautiful white teeth until years later after using the tetracycline. I’m hoping I can get him to try this~!! It will be a good experiment.
    Since this is a common problem with this drug, I wonder if anybody else out there has this condition and can report back if activated charcoal worked for them. Thanks much~!!

  146. Yvonne says

    Hi Katie,
    My calcium/magnesium supplement also has vitamin D. Do you think that will be ok to use for this recipe.
    Thanks,
    Yvonne

  147. Sara says

    Do you use both the powder and the remineralizing toothpaste? My son (14) has a cavity and doesn’t like going to the dentist so much he agreed to use the remineralizing toothpaste AND take fermented cod liver oil/butter blend (takes him a while to get it down, but he does it). We will see in August if it healed itself. Praying! But we do not use the Bentonite Clay. Should I add this to our brushing routine? Brush twice? He’s 14, I’m not sure how much I can expect from him. A friend’s dentist just told her to use Bentonite Clay and Baking Soda for toothpaste and start oil pulling. I love oil pulling, but my dentist told me to stop until I get the metal out of my mouth. Does the oil pulling pull the heavy metals out and contaminate you more? It made me feel so good! Can you help me understand?

    • says

      I’d stick with the remineralizing toothpaste for now. The oil pulling with metal fillings is a tough debate but I’d stick with what your dentist said if you are planning to remove those fillings.

  148. Erika says

    I made this last night (mixing 1/2 calcium and 1/2 magnesium b/c I bought them separately), and have brushed twice with it.

    My teeth feel so clean and I can’t really believe it but I think they already look whiter!
    Also, I had a mouth ulcer forming yesterday afternoon…it is practically gone today, and I am thinking it has to do with this powder, as they usually last at least 3-4 days.

    My peppermint powder hasn’t arrived yet, but I can’t wait to add it to my mix. The mix isn’t horrible on its own, but will definitely benefit from some minty flavor :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this “recipe”.

  149. Rose R says

    Hello,
    I mixed all the powder and then I put coconut oil and water in it. …All the dry power was so different in my teeth. .. is The little granuels supposed to be difficult to wash out of the teeth. I put liquid in it cause I thought it would soak up the dry granules. … it takes me a long time to wash them out of my teeth. .. I wonder if I’ve done something wrong?

    • Karis says

      I have the same problem. I have to floss the granules out of my teeth, but my teeth feel so good that it’s worth the extra effort to me.

  150. Leah says

    Hi Katie! I recently made the remineralizing toothpaste and I love it!

    I’m working to get my teeth stronger and I noticed I have a few very small cavities. I just had a couple of questions in regard to your experience with reversing cavities. Right now, I’m brushing with the remineralizing toothpaste every day, both morning and night, I use activated charcoal every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I’m taking two fermented cod liver oil/butter oil capsules every night, and today I’m going to start a batch of bone broth to begin incorporating into my diet.

    Did you use the activated charcoal everyday at the time? Multiple times a day? Or just every couple of days?

    Should I be taking more capsules of the FCLO/butter oil blend while I’m trying to reverse the cavities?

    Have you ever had any experience with or has anyone else relayed to you that this toothpaste helped to rebuild your enamel? I went to my dentist about eight months ago and he told me that my enamel was wearing and needless to say, I’m a bit concerned about it.

    Also, I have some tooth pain here and there (due to grinding at night) and a tad bit of looseness. Do you know if this regimen will help in that regard?

  151. Shaunda says

    Does anyone know how silver fillings would deal with the bentonite clay, it draws out toxins and I’m concerned about the mercury. Shouldn’t have got those fillings in the first place.

  152. star says

    Is it safe to use myrrh essential oil which was extracted with diethyl phthalate? The steam extracted essential oil is so expensive :(

    • Laurie says

      phthalate is one of the bad guys that no one wants touching their bodies any more. I have some fragrance oils with it, and now…just use them with vinegar to clean the basement floors with . There is evidence that these ‘ph’ bad guys cause cell damage and eventually cancer…
      you don’t use much essential oil in this recipe… I bought my too far away daughter ingredients for a ‘kit’ to do this , and ordered 1/8 oz….we’re also making our own oral wellteeth mixture for the kids and their families…So far everyone really likes it.
      laurie

  153. Angelica says

    I don’t have calcium citrate but I do have calcium carbonate and “Natural Calm” which is a calcium magnesium blend of some sorts. Would either of these work instead? And if so would I replace with even amount or less or more? Thanks!!!!

  154. Cate says

    Hi – I’ve read all the comments and see a few people asked about the effect on crowns. I have a dental implant with a crown and used the recipe containing coconut oil. The crown was put on in February and popped off – much to my and my dentist’s shock, in July. After research, and many conflicting opinions, I’ve drawn the conclusion that coconut oil will dissolve the cement holding the crown on. My question is – is there any ingredients in the powder that will also dissolve crown cement? I’ve been using a fluoride-free toothpaste, but am not happy with some staining I’m seeing. Now I’m using baking soda and calcium carbonate, but am concerned about the ingredients dissolving the cement. My dentist wasn’t real helpful, so any advice is welcome!

    • jemared says

      I beleive it is the bentonite clay that is causing the problem. I had pain in the area where I have a crown with earache and headache. I will reformulate without the clay.

  155. Lindsey says

    Hi, can these ingredients be used in a paste version instead of dry? I would like to combine this recipe and your toothpaste recipe and just experiment with amounts for consistency. I know you mention here that because no water is used in this recipe that there is an indefinite shelf life. If I made a paste version, I would probably only make two or three weeks worth at a time, so I am not concerned with the shelf life issue, unless you think it would go bad even faster than that. So would these ingredients be fine when mixed with water and coconut oil to make a paste?

  156. Beth says

    Your toothpaste recipe revolutionized my oral health program. My teeth always feel as though I’ve just come from a cleaning. I wonder two things 1) how to you feel about oil pulling? and 2) I use peroxide and baking soda blend when I brush my teeth a couple times a week for gum health. Feelings?

  157. Adrian says

    Love this powder! Is great instead of toothpaste and leaves teeth feeling so clean. Also after just a few days using it my tooth sensitivity stopped dramatically. Thanks heaps :)

  158. Scully says

    I improvised something like this with zeolite instead of betonite clay, and I used bone meal powder, as well. I powdered the granulated xylitol using a coffee grinder and it made a very fine powder of it.

    Used:
    xylitol
    baking soda
    zeolite
    bone meal
    1-2 drops clove oil
    1-2 drops cinnamon oil

    I may make more of a “paste” out of it by adding water, but it works fine just dipping a toothbrush in it. Tastes great! I have a terrible allergy to SLS in toothpastes, so I’ve been improvising toothpastes for a while to avoid terrible mouth blisters and acne-like rashes around my mouth.

  159. Niki says

    Hi! I want to use this but I also came across a link for Remineralizing Toothpaste(http://wellnessmama.com/2500/remineralizing-toothpaste/) on your page and was wondering which one of the two is better? I recently had an oral surgery and was unable to brush my teeth for days and now 1 month post surgery i looked at my teeth and I am terrified with the amount of cavities created. I want to reverse them if it’s really possible!
    Can I use just this toothpaste or do I have to go with the diet too on your page (http://wellnessmama.com/3650/remineralize-teeth/)?

  160. John says

    I find this article quit fascinating.. I have recently been looking for the best options for my teeth. I know I do have some issues that would need fixed by a dentist but, with no insurance, dental work can be VERY expensive.. My big question is. What if you have some teeth that are already very badly decayed?. Could you still used this, or would it not be good for those teeth?. Some don’t have much enamel left.

  161. David says

    not sure about mixing the powders. you show to mix it in a bowl or coffee grinder. you aslo state that it will last becasue it is a dry mix, but you said we could add oils, wont this make it a wet mixture?

  162. Sarah says

    There seems to be quite a few reminilizing homemade natural toothpaste recipes on your website, I’m just curious as to which one you have found to work the best?

  163. Amanda says

    Hello,

    Thank you for this post. I am wondering if I can use a blend of Calcium, Magneisum, Zinc and Vit D tablets, that I will grind up in place of the Calcium/Magnesium powder. Will Zinc pose any problems in your opinion?

    Thanks!!

  164. Emily says

    Hello, I can’t seem to find cal/mag powder in my local stores, but I did find Vitamin C Calcium Ascorbate Powder, would that work too?

  165. MIA says

    Hi Katie,

    You have a link to a certain bentonite clay. I ordered a bag from the Frontier coop. It says on the bag specifically not to use it to brush teeth. Is this just a typical warning? Or is there something about the kind from Frontier? Thank you

  166. Kelly says

    Hello! A friend and I just made this over the weekend. We were pleasantly surprised at the good flavor of the tooth powder. But I do have a few questions. (I tried to read the comments sorry if this is covered somewhere else)

    1) Why don’t you just add the charcoal to your tooth powder as opposed to brushing with it separately first?

    2)We used ground up mint and cloves in the recipe as you indicated but now we’re having problems with leftover “food” in our teeth after brushing. What gives? How do you get those two fine enough so they don’t do that? And if the answer is to use essential oils to flavor as opposed to using dry herbs (this one may seem very amateur) how does that work in a tooth “powder”? Do you just drop some in and wait for it to dry then mix? Do you get hard clumps?

    Thanks for the help! We’re both healthy eaters and very “good” brushers and such but somehow ended up with all these cavities the dentist wants to fill. Even if we fill them, what’s to stop the process from happening over and over again till we need crowns etc. It’s nice to see people who are helping us to stop the cycle and actually reverse the damage as opposed to cover it up.

    • says

      I don’t add the charcoal because it is reeeeeeeeally messy. It would wreck your bathroom. I haven’t had an issue with the ground cloves… maybe the brand you got is a courser grind than the one I use? I a sorry… that’s not very helpful, but I am not really sure what to suggest. Maybe you could grind further with a pestle?

    • Sarah says

      I have the exact same problem! I’m getting leftover cinnamon and cloves stuck in between my teeth, and then when I floss to remove them, they sometimes jam into my gums and cause a lot of bleeding. I use an electric toothbrush and I’m kind of paranoid about the large particles abrading the surface of my teeth.

  167. Matthew says

    Hi Katie

    Was just curious if you floss ?? I noticed it was not on your routine list …. What are you views about it if you do not do it ??

  168. Barb says

    Used this recipe, looks or appears to look like mud? How can it whiten teeth? Do you brush your tongue with this recipe for Toothpaste? I am a bit confused, also what other Sugar works with this, we have pets. Thanks any suggestions are welcome. Also I read your not suppose to use on crowns is that correct?

  169. Liz says

    Thanks for the write up! You mention several times that you take supplements to help improve dental health, so just wondering what those are? Thanks :)

  170. Andrea says

    I was wondering about your thoughts on using Cinnamon and Clove Essential Oil, as well as Peppermint Essential Oil, instead of the powders. I need to keep oxalate levels down, and these powders are much higher than the oils in oxalates. Do you think it would be as effective or have the right consistency? Maybe I could sub in more of the other powdery ingredients?

  171. Kari says

    Hi love your website great ideas! Reading the label on the bentonite clay on amazon say it contains trace amount of lead? It is dangerous to use on mouth??

  172. Luca says

    I am curious to try this but I’m worried about sourcing the materials. On different parts of your site you link the Aztec brand clay and others to the Redmond brand bentonite clay (is there a preference?). Also, your link above in the sentence “Calcium powder provides extra calcium and magnesium to provide minerals and whiten,” takes me to Amazon’s page for “NOW Foods Calcium Carbonate,” which as far as I can tell from looking at the ingredients list and photos contains no magnesium, do you source magnesium powder separately, and if so what form? Also, are you sourcing all/most of the ingredients online or do you prefer a local co-op/whole-food type store? I’m personally considering buying everything bulk since for example Redmond clay presents with a 50% savings when buying the 6# bulk bucket as opposed to the 10oz jar, any thoughts? Thanks in advance and keep doing what you do, seriously appreciate your site!

  173. Sayeeda says

    Hi Ive bought the ingredients to make my own toothpaste the calcium I have is just calcium, it doesn’t say calcium carbonate it does have magnesium in it and traces of other minerals like silicon, see link
    http://www.natures-own.co.uk/Calcium-Wholefood-P302/
    Is this ok to use the capsule comes apart, I couldn’t get the ones in your link above as I’m in the U.K. and they were from amazon USA, but I’ve bought these now, look forward to hearing from you, love your blog

  174. laurie says

    Good Lord katie, so much mail to answer !!! I used powder toothpaste as a child, because my mom couldn’t stand the waste of the mashed tubes on the bathroom counter. It was so much more economical, too. Thanks for the recipe !
    ( secretly, my brothers and I used it to scrub our toenails, too )
    I’m not a fan of the coconut swish, because of the debri collecting in the sink pipes , but having them spit into the trash can helped a little … I’d rather they just ate their coconut oil.–the good stuff is pricey !
    persevere Katie
    lots of affection , Laurie

  175. Vickie says

    Do you know if this tooth powder would be safe and/or beneficial to use on my dog? Anybody?
    I use it, myself, and love it (once I got used to it) so was just wondering.

  176. Laurie says

    I make a lovely cold process soap with the bentonite clay for our shaving soap. ( in a round column mold–then sliced and put in darling short coffee cups ) We LOVE using our old fashioned bristle brushes, and the clay gives wonderful slip to the soap. I might try with the hot process recipe you listed and add the bentonite clay close to the end…
    Persevere Katie…we’re right behind you…
    laurie

  177. Cheryl says

    I’ve just ordered everything I need to make this.
    Really looking forward to trying it.

    I have a tongue piercing and wondered if this will be affected by the powder?

    I’ll have to look into the brushing blend later though because I’m all spent out now :)

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