Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe

Homemade Tooth Powder recipe- all natural and works great

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 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.

make your own inexpensive tooth powder for clean teeth without chemicals

Tooth Powder Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
  • 3 Tablespoons Calcium 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.

Tooth Powder 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 Tooth Powder

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):

  • Brush with activated charcoal powder to kill bacteria, remove toxins and whiten- Don’t do this everyday now but every couple of days.
  • Brush with Tooth Powder or Remineralizing Toothpaste with a few Drops of Brushing Blend.
  • Rinse mouth.
  • Finish my rubbing a few drops of Brushing Blend< on my gums and tongue to discourage bacterial growth, especially at night (and because it tastes great!).
  • Repeat one or more times a day!

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

This homemade remineralizing toothpaste uses all natural and safe ingredients to naturally clean teeth and provide necessary minerals to the mouth.

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  1. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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?

        • Which is better for this tooth powder, the sodium or calcium bentonite?

          • Calcium bentonite clay, for sure!

          • Katie, please define which Bentonite Clay you use in your recipe……

            Sodium vs Calcium

            There is a difference in ‘Bentonite Clays’ and both have different functions.

            Sodium Bentonite Clay has a swelling action. (external)…good for sealing ponds.
            Calcium Bentonite Clay has a detox action. (internal, non-swelling)

            The Redmond Bentonite Clay is SODIUM Bentonite and most western states mine Sodium Bentonite Clay.

            Calcium Bentonite Clay is mined in the SE-USA (Alabama or Mississippi).

            Please understand which Bentonite Clay you are using.

        • Good question I was wondering the same thing

          • I’ve seen this warning on every bentonite clay. When I’ve called manufacturers, I’ve been told that this is a precaution because there is a trace amount of lead in bentonite (but it is bound within the clay and not released into the body)

        • Hi Katie!

          Redmond Bentonite Clay states unequivocally that it is safe for internal use. I’ve been using this brand for years…

          Be well,

          Dr. Kim

        • There are different grades. Make sure you purchase food grade.

      • I thank you for the wonderful Chritmas gift ideas! I made both your remineralizing tooth powder and lotions bars for my husband and myself for Xmas. I also tried the eye shadow of arrowroot and charcoal-and that’s after 50 years of no makeup whatsoever due to allergies! Fun.. The lotion bars are such fun and we both just tried our individual bottles of tooth powder. We both really liked the feeling after using the powders. You have such fantastic DIY ideas, I thank you so much for creating them all and for sharing! Happy Holidays

      • Hi, I am wondering if you know if this recipe is safe for kids that have caps and fillings. They are metal and I see the clay pulls metals so I don’t knwo if it would be safe.

        • I am also curious about the bentonite clay and amalgam (metal) fillings… would this be a problem?

          • I’d like to know the answer to this too… I’ve been using a bentonite Clay toothpaste I made, and I find that the teeth that have amalgam fillings feel sensitive…

        • I’ve been using my bentonite toothpaste every day for three years. I have a gold cap and I haven’t had any problems. I use to use a sensitive toothpaste because of the sensitivity when I had cold or sometimes hot beverages. I don’t have that problem with my bentonite paste. Actually I have a hole in my tooth that I have had for about 4 years. Every time I go to the Dentist he says it’s fine, it actually looks like it’s healing itself. Weird, but I don’t have any pain. I haven’t told him I use natural, homemade toothpaste and mouth wash. I think it’s worth a try, it’s all natural and a lot cheaper then purchasing them from the store.

        • Amalgam fillings eventually pull away from your tooth anyway, and they should be replaced if at all possible, especially in adult teeth. Many people find that they will have cavities around the fillings after several years. Many insurance policies will pay for this, but check before you schedule!

      • How long does this tooth powder mixture last you? I will be traveling for a while and am hoping to mix up enough before I leave.

        Thank you!

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • Balking soda is a fine polish. It may be mixed with soap and used to clean any hard surface, without dulling, except for plastic – it will dull plastic. In water, soda can become an emulsion like toothpaste if the water is kept to a minimum. A thick emulsion of soda and soap will strip any grease off the hands in no time.

      Therefore baking soda should be safe for teeth because tooth enamel is one of the hardest things.

      To prevent cavities, I have resorted to chemical warfare. I have received my first perfect tooth checkup after six months of Oil of Oregano. I first dissolve the bacterial film with a rinse of ascorbic acid and water (Vitamin C). However ascorbic acid cannot be left on the teeth because, I believe, ascorbic acid will dissolve enamel. So after the Vitamin C rinse, I quickly rinse with a baking soda and water solution. Soda neutralizes the C and prevents any damage.

      At night, I use a mouthwash of glycerin, Oil of Oregano, and Xylitol. I add 1/2 eyedropper of the Oregano to 1 oz glycerin, preferably organic palm glycerin. I separately mix Xylitol and water until the solution is saturated and will not take any more Xylitol. I then add 1 oz saturated Xylitol to the glycerin and Oregano Oil.
      At bedtime, I use about 1/2 eyedropper of the final mix as a mouthwash. Distribute this on the teeth for about 5 minutes. The glycerin will draw lots of moisture into the mouth and create a large bolus. Then spit this out because the Oregano is very potent and should not be swallowed. Oil of Oregano has been studied for killing every type of bacteria, fungus, and mold. Xylitol has been shown to reverse cavities.

      • Is there any other recommendations for xylitol? It has been ruled out of my diet due to systemic yeast I have been tested for.

        • I, too, suffer from systematic candida fungal yeast overgrowth in my body. I’m in the middle of a 4-month cleanse program. Anyhow, from my research, xylitol derived from corn IS something that feeds candida. However, xylitol derived from the birch tree does not (it’s extracted from birch cellulose to be exact). In fact, it has some antifungal properties. It has been clinically proven to fight dental cavities, and helps to facilitate the remineralization of tooth enamel. It also helps to stabilize sugar in your body, something we candida overgrowth sufferers have to make sure we keep in check.

          Btw, I found some birch-derived xylitol over on Amazon that you can purchase in bulk. Hope that helps you out!

          • Thanks for the info. I will definitely look into as that is the reason I’m making this powder, for the reversal of cavities.
            I’m on my second round of treatment and I’m in sugar bondage ?
            Will probably be doing another round. It’s a daily battle, no?

          • Hey all,

            I’ve read that while xylitol doesn’t contribute directly to candida, it can kill off the beneficial bacteria that you need to combat the yeast the way that any sugar alcohol type of product can, so I wouldn’t swallow a lot of it if you’re actively battling candida. Should be okay in toothpaste that you’d just spit out., in my opinion.

            By the way, I’ve just recently cleared up a candida situation I had for a number of years. In my case, the problem was related to endometriosis left unmanaged as well various other factors, I’m sure. I tried everything to get rid of the yeast, and the easiest and most successful treatment by far was taking caprylic acid with every meal for a few weeks AND following it up with the “Health-Ade” brand of Kombucha. I’ve tried all kinds of probiotics and I have to emphasize that you need something that contains Saccharomyces boulardii, which is a beneficial alternative strain of yeast found in Lychee and mangosteen. That’s the only thing that ever helped me in a permanent way. This yeast settles in and doesn’t hurt you, and instead excretes caprylic acid as part of its life cycle, which continuously kills off candida overgrowth. This Kombucha has the boulardii and a number of other great probiotics which have helped me tremendously to stabilize my gut flora situation. I think you can also get this strain in a pill form from a number of products, but if you live somewhere in which you’ve seen this Kombucha brand in the stores, snatch it up and you won’t be disappointed. Hope this helps!

    • One other question. I have a lot of porcelain crowns and mercury fillings, will the clay be a problem with pulling these out? Thanks!

      • I do know that if you haven’t had the mercury removed, then that is leaching into your body and probably being deposited into your organs. There are only a select number of dentists that can safely remove them and undergo a proper protocol. Many have no idea what they are doing when they are removing mercury, so it is best to do your research and find out which ones have the proper procedures implements and facilities. Therefore benonite clay isn’t going to help completely if you don’t have them replaced.

  2. 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…

    • Dr Bronner’s? That’s soap, not essential oil!

      • Dr Bronners now makes toothpaste.

    • Dr. Bronners soaps all contain Citric Acid, which is very, very erosive. Never use this on your teeth!

    • I had the same problem but made my own version of this recipe and I love it! No more Sensodyne for me! I mix a small amount of turmeric in mine and instead of using plain water to get bristles wet, I use hydrogen peroxide…no more sensitive teeth!!

      • I have sensitive teeth! Can you give me your full recipe with the turmeric?

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

    • Just use extra cloves or mint powder… cinnamon is optional…

      • Thank you! Love the site!

      • 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 🙂

      • 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.

      • I had cinnamon in my teeth after brushing, is that normal? Maybe I didn’t rinse well enough?

    • 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.

    • Can I add diatomecous earth food grade to this recip? If so how much?

      • I would love to know the answer to this also!

      • Yes. I have. It is a little more abrasive, but it works well. I have also made this without the cinnamon and clove powders. I add Myrrh to mine, as well as several drops of trace minerals.

      • I just did a little more research into this question as I had the same question and whereas you can indeed us D.E. there is a big difference. Bentonite clay is a clay that is mined from the earth, and it’s formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. It has a strong negative electromagnetic charge, and when activated by water, it acts like a magnet in and on our bodies, pulling metals and toxins to it., while diatomaceous earth is a powder made from fossilized phytoplankton.

  4. Will the addition of the essential oils affect the shelf life since it’s a liquid? 

    • Shouldn’t. In fact, essential oils are shelf stable themselves and will completely evaporate, leaving only a scent if left in the air for a short time.

      • 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

      • Could you share how many drops you would use of essential oils for this recipe?

  5. 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.)

  6. 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!

    • 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.

    • Young Living Oil Of Thieves may have Eucalyptus oil in it. Euc is very poisonous and should NOT be ingested. Also, a proper Oil of Thieves blend would have Juniper in it. Juniper was the main erb they “thieves” or graverobbers used in the Middle Ages for protection.

      • I just want to say that I use YL Thieves blend and have no issues with it. I don’t drink it or take large amounts of it, but have rubbed it on a bum tooth or swollen gums and put some on my finger and put it on my tongue for a scratchy throat and have had good results. I also use their toothpaste with Thieves blend and love it! My teeth are whiter and had great results with my dental checkups.

  7. Is the Brushing Blend an optional product, or is it a part of the whole tooth powder deal?

    • It’s optional, just part of my personal regimen.

      • I recently heard that essential oils may harm the oral microbiome-any thoughts? thanks

  8. 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?

    • Absolutely, either one is fine… must have copied the wrong link from Amazon… thanks

      • Does the bentonite clay have to be food grade???

  9. 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!!!

    • You can actual use the calcium citrate but the mag is a good addition…

      • I would think calcium carbonate or calcium lactate would be the only ones good for teeth because they are alkaline. I don’t think brushing your teeth with something acidic is a good idea.

        • Here is a quick link to how to make magnesium carbonate at home for fraction of the price. Carbonic acid goes into air as carbon dioxide increasing the ph of the medium. Yields sodium sulphate and mag/carb…sulphur is good for joints and teeth as well. Let it dehydrate after water.

          I was going to post that it doesn’t matter with citrate but I checked ph of carbonic acid 3.8ph vs. citric acid 2.2ph. Seems a lot better if you research the how much more caustic on a scale it is from 3.8 to 2.2. It starts going exponentially as it goes lower.

      • Hi, here is the proper link from Amazon so that folks can get the correct item in your ingredients list. (I also bought the Calcium Citrate and much preferred not to.)

        But, for the record, both products are a “citrate” – an ester or derivative of citric acid.

        One should use products that s/he has researched if one is at all skeptical. I just prefer the benefits of the combination of calcium and magnesium, so would like to have the Cal/Mag powder.

        Thank you for the recipe!

  10. does the tooth powder remineralize  like the one your toothpaste?

    • It does and the clay actually provides a wider range of minerals. You could use either one…

  11. 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.

    • You actually don’t need a sweetener at all, but you can get dried stevia leaf powder and use that… works great.

      • What about regular stevia sweetener, instead of the leaf powder?

          • I use honey to sweeten, it is no longer a powder, but works for me!

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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? 

    • 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!

    • 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)

      • Thanks so much… I’ll start experimenting

  14. 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.

    • 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

      • 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!

      • I also use Red Thyme essential oil then alternate coconut oil with red palm tree oil.

      • Thank you for this contribution! I was just trying to figure out the same thing when I found this!

      • I have been using the OraWellness drops for over a year, but saw your recipe and thought I’d give it a try, to compare. I’m wondering if 2oz should actually be .2 oz because the batch I made didn’t have near the zing that OraWellness does—didn’t even compare. 🙁 Now I feel like I wasted a lot of product.

        • Just add more essential oil to the mix if you want it stronger- nothing wasted!

          • May want to also get the Manuka instead of Tea Tree – it’s way stronger than Tea Tree.
            (Just ordered the ingredients myself – thanks for the recipe, I’ve used OraWellness and OraMD for awhile and I’m excited to try this!)

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

    • It lasts one person a couple months… great for traveling too..

  16. 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.  

    • 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.

      • I have also reversed a cavity completely and improved another one. My dentist was very surprised. I have refused the filling on the “improved” one as well. I’m hoping it reverses. It’s at least not getting worse. #Win

        • I have reversed SIX cavities and I’m working on two more! You can heal them!

          • I’d love to know how you reversed them. I have a few I’d like to do that with. I’ve started pulling with coconut oil and brush some with coconut oil and banking soda. I still use commercial toothpaste more though. I just found this site and can’t wait to start using this tooth powder and toothpaste. I’m quite self conscious about my smile because of the way my teeth look. I have good hygiene habits, I drank a lot of soda (mtn. dew especially) in my teens and am now paying for it orally. Thanks for the help and advice.

      • I’ve also went in for a filling only to find the tooth had re-calcified and no longer needed work.

        • Just wondering the status of your cavities now? Its been a few years since the post about how you reversed it. Is this still the case?


      • How long does it take for the cavity to reverse?

      • I know this has been a few years old comment , but I would like to know how your teeth regenerated…
        My tooth has a pretty big hole in it due to a cavity. I am definitely going to make this recipe and try to heal my teeth and my son’s. I am willing to be optimistic about this and believe what you say, but I have to also wonder if what Lisa says is valid .
        I had an irridologist even tell me that it’s not possible to regenerate a tooth that had been destroyed by the bacteria of a cavity. And well for an irridologist to even say that may mean that this isn’t as good as it seems. Perhaps you are healing up the bacteria and the infection, but the tooth itself is not whole again, and is subject always to cavities.

        • If you have a large hole it would take some time to remineralize. I was very skeptical about reversing cavities, but I had a small cavity- a “sticky spot” my dentist called it- for several years that I declined to have filled. After 6 months using the powder he was no longer concerned about it or thought it needed to be filled. After 1 year it is completely undetectable. My dental hygentist was impressed enough to switch to this recipe!

          • My 11 year old son and I have been using this for about 3 months. My son had a cavity in his molar. A hole started to appear snd now the hole seems to be getting bigger. Is this because it’s pulling out the decay? I’m keeping an eye on it but I’m starting to get concerned.

        • For best results of reminerlizing teeth, be aware that diet can be a crucial part of the regiman. A diet of little or no sugar, little or no fruit, calcium/phosphorus mineral rich foods, (like bone broths, drinking lots of raw milk, we get ours from a licenced mostly grass-fed farm,) eating real foods, real cheese, (I can’t afford the raw so we eat lots of the regular cured cheese not processed) liver or a good kind of desiccated liver powder, (my butcher 4 miles from here sells liver for a good price cause a lot of people don’t want theirs) and perhaps avoiding grains or preparing them properly because of phytic acid, and most important, high in vitamin d green pastures fermented cod liver oil and butter oil (which is activator x), I also am taking Dr Christopher’s complete tissue and bone formula in the capsules, about 10 a day. I wish someone had told me how important diet is with the first tooth I was trying to remineralize. Do the research. 🙂

    • 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 !!

    • Well, I’m NOT a dentist but I do have x-rays proving that two cavities I had several years ago (but couldn’t afford to take care of) are completely gone now. So clearly they can be reversed.

      • Charissa- what routine (& recipe) did you follow to accomplish this?
        Hoping you see this even 8 months out?

    • Of course the teeth can heal themselves. As a very wise, very successful chiropractor used to say 100 times a day, Every Tissue Can Regenerate. Glad to see that other lay persons weighed in on this professional’s opinion. There are many testimonials on the internet about dental exams and cleanings before and after oil pulling and other remineralization procedures, noting that not only are teeth whiter, but gum pockets are re-filling, soft areas of teeth are hardening, and tooth pain with heat and cold are reversed. Of course the teeth can heal themselves. The enamel itself has tiny conduits for dentinal fluid to flow out and both flush away hostile microorganisms and assist in the normal repair of tooth surfaces. Oral pH is an easy ongoing measurement. People should be more familiar with oral pH than with their blood pressure or cholesterol. Regular dental exams to monitor (measure) softness, gum pockets and sensitivity That which is measured improves, and that which is measured and reported improves more quickly.

      • Jonathan, This is what I also believe is true and hope it’s the case! My son has an autoimmune disease that is destroying his colon, and I trust that when I finally figure out how to control it, we can begin some healing!

        I have been using the tooth powder recommended here, alternating with baking soda and coconut oil, and occasionally oil pulling. I’ve been unable to spend the money for a dentist visit with my son’s health a pressing priority. Since I’ve always had healthy mouth bacteria (no decay and great gums) how long do you think I can put off the dentist? Any opinion since you mention “regular dental exams”?

        • The dental visit I am recommending may actually be a visit to the dental assistant who normally cleans teeth. With your dentist’s approval and understanding, the assistant can probably record and measure existing caries, ditto gum pockets, and note bleeding and redness. I make it quite clear that this is for measuring my own home care and attempts to restore health to the mouth and remineralize decay.

          My own plan it to return in 60 days for a follow up, and perhaps for 6 month checks twice, and annually from then onward. No (more) xrays for the present. I have also asked what to budget for the doctor’s and/or assistant’s time if I have questions regarding my oral health or research findings.

          My understanding is that ~70% of all dental work is for caries under previous fillings. Quality dentists are recognizing that science is replacing drill-fill-and-bill, and that “value-added” in my own case is advice on how to keep my own teeth, and assistance in doing so through my own home care.

        • 2014 17 Sep 2016

          Lynn, check out the local college dental school. I pretty much have never had regular dental visits my whole life, except while on active duty in the Army, and they destroyed several of my teeth. Anyway, as a kid we always went to the dental school at the local college–actually it was the university when I was a kid & my mom used to be a final exam case & was paid for it because she had such a small mouth with crowded teeth. I now take my child to the local community college dental school. It is waaaay cheaper than seeing a regular dentist–like $45 dollars for a cleaning & x-rays. Check into it at any rate. Can’t be a bad way to go. Delta Dental gave a bunch of grant money to our local community college for cleanings & molar sealings so the last visits were free–+$200 of work on teeth for about 3 1/2-4 hours of our time–all day long baby!!

  17. 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!

    • 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…

      • I find that I don’t have tooth sensitivity when I take blue green algae.

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

    • I haven’t tried any others in toothpaste, but I would think White Kaolin would also work great…

      • 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?…

      • I was thinking the same thing myself. I have read that Bentonite clay is not suitable for people with dental fillings, so would kaolin clay be a suitable alternative or will this leach mercury from fillings too?

  19. 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!!!

    • I second that question. I cant seem to find anything through my internet searches. I would think that this dolomite powder should be a good ingredient for tooth powder being that magnesium is also beneficial to building strong teeth. I just don’t know if it should be used externally or internally to provide the most benefit.

  20. 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?

    • You could have a reaction to one of the ingredients. Did you use all of the ones I listed or did you substitute some?

      • 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.

        • 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…

          • 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!

          • 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?

          • 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.

          • 30 years ago a dental assistant student told me she had just seen her “first case of spontaneous recalcification of teeth.” I was 35 at the time, and that was the first time I had ever heard or thought of such a thing. I have been asking dentists for 3 decades about that, without success.

            A couple of months ago I came across OraWellness. As a health educator myself, I was very impressed with their full and clear explanations. They are providing us and our children a remarkable service, and are the kind of people I love to buy from.

            The first question in any financial transaction cannot be price or quality. We need to always ask first, “Whom is my money supporting?” Then price and quality.

            Water the flowers you want to grow.

    • i had the same reaction! it went away after a few days tho..pretty sure it was my mouth detoxing..

  21. 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!!

    • Either one would work. There is a calcium magnesium on Amazon as well that works great.

  22. 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

    • 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.

      • What dietary difference did you make?
        Is there a link on your site for that ..
        I must’ve overlooked it!

  23. 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!

    • It still has an alkalizing effect in the mouth, but any other calcium or cal mag with an -ate ending is fine…

      • Awesome! Thanks! There’s just to much info out there it’s kind of overwhelming!

  24. The link for the calcium magnesium takes me to Now Foods Calcium Citrate on Amazon. Is it the same?

  25. Sorry for yet another question about Calcium!  What about Calcium Carbonate instead of the Mag?

  26. 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! 

    • Did you make this recipe as the powder or the paste? What ingredients did you use?

      • 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.

        • 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…

          • Ok, thanks for the reply.  I’ll try that since I still have everything. 

    • Sorry, I meant to comment on your other recipe.  Never mind 🙂

  27. You don’t mention flossing? Don’t you floss at all? Why/why not?!

    • I do occasionally but notice that things like diet, supplements and the toothpaste make a much bigger difference in oral health for me.

  28. Could you add coconut oil to this recipe to make it into a paste like your earlier recipe?

    • Yep, sure could. Or even water if you made it in smaller amounts since the clay absorbs water and forms a paste.

  29. 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.

    • It shouldn’t be able to move enough mercury to cause a detox reaction and should bind to it rather than releasing into the body, but I’d consult a holistic dentist if you’re worried about it.

      • This is where I’m completely confused. If bentonite absorbs toxins as you said above…

        ““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.”

        …and BINDS them, then why would it be safe to use it as a source of calcium, magnesium, etc., for remineralizing teeth?

        • That’s what the calcium powder is for (in my case, I use a mixture of Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Carbonate (separate and then mixed together)) – as well as Concentrace Mineral Drops if desired.

    • Do NOT use bentonite clay! It WILL damage your fillings.

      • Do you know this from personal experience?

  30. 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?

  31. 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!?!

    • Either one will work.. the cal mag was out so the cal citrate was in stock. If you can find cal mag it will work great too.

  32. Do you floss as well?

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

    • Unfortunately, the natural ones can be expensive up front, but that will probably make enough powder for a year or more…

  35. how long did take you and your husband to health your cavities?

      • I read earlier in the thread that you are taking supplements as part of healing your cavities. What supplements are you taking? Please advise.

        • Superhumanradio reccommends:
          1000 mg calcium + Vit D
          one tbs lecithin powder (phosp)
          4 g Vit C (sodium/calcium ascorbate)

  36. 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! 🙂

  37. So I’ve been using this a couple days and it feels pretty gritty.  Is it supposed to feel that way?

    • It will feel slightly gritty on your teeth but should leave them feeling smooth after rinsing…

  38. 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?

    • Try using the brushing blend after the tooth powder… you can actually omit the cinnamon and cloves too if you’d prefer..

    • It can, or you could substitute calcium powder too, bentonite is just great for the teeth.

  39. Thanks for the tip. I’ve been brushing with plain baking soda, but this seems more thorough. 

  40. 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!

    • 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:)

  41. 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!

    • Both are completely safe during pregnancy and I have used throughout pregnancies.

    • No, it is not safe to use internally. Do NOT use bentonite clay in your mouth while pregnant or at any other time!

  42. 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

    • You probably could, or even with water if you made it in smaller batches, as it will dry quickly.

  43. 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!

    • It is from Corn, though it is supposed to be verified non-GMO. I’ve had trouble finding a brand from hardwood that doesn’t have dangerous added ingredients.

  44. If you read the MSDS on floride you wouldn’t reccommend it to anybody & you would quit using it.

  45. 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? 🙂

    • Both calcium supplements are interchangeable. The diatomaceous earth would definitely work, or you could sub more calcium instead…

      • 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!!! 🙂

        • I haven’t tried it, but if it is a naturally sourced bone meal powder with all those ingredients and no chemical ingredients… it sounds great!

  46. 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.

  47. 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!!

    • That should be fine. Coconut oil is great for the gums too!

  48. 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

  49. Can you use stevia powder instead of xyitol?

    • You could, though some people think that xylitol has some benefits for oral health. Just look for a stevia powder without added chemicals.

    • You could also use extra calcium powder or bentonite clay and use a stevia tincture (small amount) mixed in..

  50. I wanna try turmeric for whitening? Ever try that and would kids use this?

  51. 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!

    • I do remember my teeth being more sensitive in the short term and much less so in the long term.

  52. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

  54. 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!

  55. 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

    • 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.

  56. 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??

    • It is and it should go away after a while.

  57. 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?

    • 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.

      • 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!

        • 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.

      • 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!

  58. 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).

    • Soak it in baking soda and hydrogen peroxide… should clean it really well.

  59. 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.

  60. 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 ?

    • 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.

      • Can you point to any literature that talks about bentonite clay being bad?

  61. 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?

    • It cans sometimes cause clogs in the septic system… but you can just spit in the trash can to avoid that….

  62. 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!!! 🙂

    • I’ve used it on my kids at that age… you just might want to reduce the spices to make it a little gentler for them.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  63. 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.

    • You can definitely sub stevia, just experiment until you get it as sweet as you like.

  64. 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)

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

    • It gives me a headache…I’m waiting to hear more about it before I use it everyday.

      • I’ve read other recipes that suggest using green stevia powder is you rather not use the xylitol.

  67. 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!

    • We use the bass brushes… they are wonderful!

  68. Could I use a plastic bpa-free bowl to store powder in for easy travel?

  69. Hi,
    Is the bentonite safe to use even though it says on the Mountain Rose Herb website not to use it internally? Thanks!

    • 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…

  70. 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!!!

    • Other readers have tried and had good results with veneers…

      • That’s great, I can’t wait to make this 🙂

  71. 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.. ” !

  72. 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!

    • If that is the only ingredient, it should work, but you won’t be able to add oil I don’t think…

  73. Hi Mama,
    i only have straight magnesium, not calcium magesium blend, is this still ok to use?

  74. Do you have to replace the bass toothbrush every 6 months still?

    • If you use the proper technique, it will last a long time if you take care of it…

  75. 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.

    • 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!

    • 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!

  76. Can anyone confirm if Xylitol helps in re-mineralizing teeth? I have read that it does. Thanks.

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

    • The link changed on Amazon, but it will also work…

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

    • I don’t think either of those will work…

  79. 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.

    • I prefer the aluminum free brands, but arm and hammer works too!

      • All baking soda is aluminum free. It is baking powder that can contain aluminum. The reason to use Bob’s Red Mill or others (not Arm & Hammer) is that Arm & Hammer is not naturally mined and others are.

        It always makes me smile when I read “We use Aluminum free baking soda”. Yeah, so does everyone else.

  80. 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.

    • 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…

      • 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.

    • 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.

  81. 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!

    • Usually dip into the powder and add a few drops of the brushing blend. I do oil pulling as well, but usually in the morning while I’m in the shower…

  82. 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!

  83. 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?

  84. 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?

    • Typically 2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium or a 50:50 ratio will work…

  85. I’d caution nursing moms that mint can really ding your milk supply.

  86. 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.


    • I’ve noticed the color on my toothbrush as well but not my teeth…

  87. 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.

  88. 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!

    • I use with my kids as well and you can definitely mix with coconut oil…

      • Perfect…. Thank you!

  89. 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.

    • Mine doesn’t touch the lid so I haven’t worried about it…

  90. 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!

  91. 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.

  92. 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?)

    • i would think so but i haven’t tried it…

  93. 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?

  94. 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!

    • Yes, I’ve noticed that too!

  95. 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. 🙂

    • 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…

  96. 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?

  97. 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!

  98. 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?

    • I would think it would work…. and most capsules separate…

  99. 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?

    • From what I’ve read, it is ok on teeth…

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

  101. If your using the essential oil instead of the powdered mint leaf how much would you use?

  102. Can I use Kaolin Clay instead of bentonite clay?

    • I’m wondering this, myself.

  103. 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?

    • Possibly, but more likely, your mouth could be detoxing…

  104. 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?

  105. 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?

      • 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?

  106. 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!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words and thanks for reading! 🙂

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

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

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

  109. 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!

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

    • Yes, because the bentonite pulls toxins but doesn’t provide them to the teeth in the same way…

      • So won’t the bentonite pull the calcium and magnesium, then?

  111. 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?

    • 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.

  112. Has anyone noticed their powder turning a purple color a few days after mixing it all up? Hmmmm

  113. 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?

  114. 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!

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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!

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

    • 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.

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

    • I use that one orally without a problem…

  120. 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 you think the tooth powder will help make them less so??

  121. 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!

    • They are both fine to add, I just didn’t think most people would want a black toothpaste, but it works!

      • I read on one of your other pages that the charcoal stains EVERYTHING. Does it have the same effect in the toothpaste? If it were to get on clothing, would it stain? I would like to use it, but I’m a little worried.

  122. Can you mix this powder with coconut oil?

  123. can these ingredients be combined with a bonding substance to make chewing gum?

  124. Is this safe while pregnant? I’m concerned about my mercury fillings being drawn out more by the bentonite…

    • 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.

  125. 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!!

  126. Is it possible to add food grade DE to this tooth powder? And in what quantity? Thanks 🙂

  127. 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

  128. 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?

  129. 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!

  130. Can salt be added? Or is it too abrasive?

  131. 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.

  132. 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?

  133. Is a slight numbing sensation normal after brushing?

  134. 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?

  135. 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.

  136. 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!

  137. 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.

  138. 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.

  139. Hi there, can you use a sonicare toothbrush with this tooth powder? Thanks!

  140. 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.

    • 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.

  141. 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?

  142. How important would you say the OraWellness is? Just asking out of curiosity


  143. Cacium Magnesium or Calcium Citrate? Thanks so much!

  144. 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.

  145. 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!!

  146. 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?

    • Hi Ashley, I have the same problem as you have, cracks on tooth and sensitivity to cold. Have the diet and remineralizing powder helped you? It would mean to me so much if you could share your results with us. Thank you.

  147. 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?

  148. Can you use just regular cinnamon?

  149. 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?

  150. Is this safe to use if you already have metal fillings?!

  151. 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.

  152. 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 🙂

  153. 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.

    • 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…

  154. I accidentally bought magnesium citrate instead of calcium magnesium. Will that work, or should I exchange it?

  155. Is aztec secret bentonite powder okay?

  156. 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?

  157. 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?

  158. 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!

  159. 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!!!!

  160. 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?

  161. 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.

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

  163. 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.

  164. 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?

  165. 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!

  166. 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?

    • They all say that due to laws about selling across state lines (from my understanding) but we’ve used it in toothpastes (and even internally) for years without a problem.

      • 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 🙂

  167. 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…

  168. 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

  169. 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.

  170. 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?

    • Yes, the aluminum is bound within the molecule of the bentonite clay and isn’t released into the body at all

  171. 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!

  172. 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!

    • I’ve used it for more than a year. All bentonite is labeled that way since it isn’t a “supplement” in FDA terms

      • Great. Thanks for the quick reply.

  173. Is this safe for pregnant women?

  174. 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.

  175. 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.

  176. 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?!

    • I use some of the oils themselves, but it is expensive to buy the oils so it doesn’t save much money…

  177. 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!

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

  179. 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! 🙂

    • 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.

  180. 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!

    • It should still be ok. It might not be quite as effective but it will still work.

  181. 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~!!

    • It will help but I’ve found that the internal measure (FCLO, etc) help more.

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

  183. 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?

    • 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.

    • Hi. I was wondering what conclusions you came to about oil pulling with fillings? I have a bunch of amalgam fillings and do oil pull. I also would like to get them taken out and remineralize but am at a loss as to how to go about it.

  184. 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”.

  185. 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?

    • 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.

  186. 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?

    • I also did oil pulling and took about 8x the number of FCLO capsules…

  187. 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.

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

    • 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.

  189. 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!!!!

  190. 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!

    • 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.

  191. 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?

  192. 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?

  193. 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 🙂

  194. 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.

    baking soda
    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.

  195. Hi! I want to use this but I also came across a link for 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 (

    • I personally did the diet and use a remineralizing toothpaste, used oil pulling and brushed with charcoal when I was reversing mine.

  196. 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.

  197. 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?

  198. Would slippery elm powder work instead of calcium magnesium powder.

  199. 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?

  200. 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?


  201. 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?

  202. 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

    • I’ve never seen that warning on the one Ive ordered. It may be specific to the frontier brand.

  203. 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

  204. 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 ??

  205. 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?

  206. 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 🙂

  207. 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?

  208. 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??

  209. Great information on how the bentonite clay works. Thank you!

  210. 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!

  211. 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
    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

  212. 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

  213. 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.

    • Xylitol is very bad for dogs and cats. Do not use this for your pets unless you change out the xylitol and use stevia.

  214. 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…

  215. 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 🙂

    • I have 2 oral piercings (both 100% in my mouth) and have been using this recipe, or a variation of it, for probably a couple years now. I have not had any problems with my piercings at all. I actually just got new ingredients and made a fresh batch using calcium/magnesium citrate and my jewelry got much cleaner after the first use. I think the acid of the citrate supplements helped knock off the plaque, or maybe it was the xylitol as I’d never used that before either. Either way I’m happy 🙂

  216. Hi WM,
    Can you confirm (based on what you know, I know you are not a dentist) that calcium magnesium powder both as citrate is not bad for teeth? I purchased it online (now brand) and failed to see that it was citrate. The idea of putting something in this tooth powder, which I am excited about, that will hurt my teeth crushes me. I can’t find the answer online so I would appreciate your input. I don’t live in an area with stores – most purchases are online so I would have to order something different.

    • Citrate is more acidic, so some people find it irritates them, but it’s not bad in itself. At least this is what my research tells me.

  217. Can a calcium bentonite clay be used in place of just bentonite clay? Does this matter? Thanks!

  218. Hi, does this work for sensitive teeth?

    • Let me tell you my experience Vicki. I am the poster child for sensitivity and currently am still dealing with environmental factors that are not good for my immune system functioning, so I am always dealing with something that negatively hurts me – want you to understand this.

      I found that the recipe – which is common, with many variations, elsewhere online – did make my gums more sensitive. Both the cinnamon and the cloves powder super hurt my mouth with the cloves powder irritating the skin in my mouth. First I eliminated these and was just working with bentonite clay and baking soda. THEN I realized that the the clay, and I tried zeolite too, really dried out my tongue throughout the night and I after many trials I had to eliminate the clay too because it was too dehydrating and desiccating, actually.

      I really want to use a remineralizing tooth powder. So I am now using calcium carbonate, baking soda and myrrh powder. I await the magnesium carbonate powder to be delivered to make the concoction complete. I figure it is a trial and error thing and will continue to be on the lookout for new ingredients to try. I am also taking Diatomaceous Earth – food grade – every other day for teeth and gum health too. I alternate it with zeolite clay.

      Thanks WM for the inspiration and the OraWellness source also.

  219. Hi,
    I was considering a product called Plax to remove built up tartar from my teeth but would like to try a more natural approach. So do you think the tooth powder recipe listed above would work for removing tartar? (I’m talking years of build up)


  220. Hi! I just made this yesterday and I LOVE it. It tastes great, and it really works! My only concern, which I hope you can clear up for me, is if the cinnamon will ultimately stain teeth?

    • It stained my teeth unfortunately, it’s different for everyone.

  221. I feel like I’m always asking silly questions but I’m one of those people that need specific directions. When you say “mint powder” what kind of mint do you mean? Do you prefer peppermint or spearmint? Is this for taste and up to my preference or is there a specific dental reason for using one over the other?
    Thank you

  222. I am currently using this recipe and love it, but will be getting braces put on soon. Can I continue using the tooth powder, or will it cause problems with my braces?

  223. I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise. I was desperate 12 months ago when I learned from my 2 year old’s pediatric dental surgeon that she needs to have surgery to get four plus dental caps and multiple fillings throughout her mouth.

    After researching online, I learned there are other ways to get around cavities. Your site was a huge benefit to me. I started using coconut oil to brush her teeth, and immediately the decay smell in her mouth disappears only after a couple of bushings. After 10 months of using coconut oil, dietary supplements and FCLO and Vitamin K, we started seeing visible improvements. However, it was also the same time that I learned the back of her front teeth were not getting the re-mineralization that I was hoping for. Desperate for a solution, I almost turn to modern medicine again. But after researching possibility using Ora-jel to numb her teeth so I can brush those teeth on the back side, I stumble upon a recipe similar to yours and learned all about clove essential oil. After two times brushing with your formula, and local clove oil numbing, she is didn’t cry when I brush the back of her teeth!! Even she is convinced the powder works and allows me brush her teeth. This is usually a very trying time twice a day trying to get her to brush her teeth.

    Wow, this stuff works wonders. I am still waiting on bentonite clay but just with the mg & Cal, clove powder, and cinnamon powder, I am already seeing my out of the dreaded surgery she would have ahead of her if I don’t have a way to stop her cavities. The numbing of her gums and decayed teeth allows me to brush her, and buys me time to re-mineralize them with the combination of diet and mineral supplements. I was using MI paste, but looking at the ingredients, it lists glycerol, which I believe was not recommended for re-mineralization.

    Thank you again for sharing. I just need another three years out of her teeth before she gets new ones. Cross my fingers that we skip the surgery process all together!!

  224. Does anyone know if OraWellness Brushing Blend is safe during pregnancy?

    • I used it throughout mine, but check with your OB or midwife if you’re worried…

  225. Hi there. Not sure if I have got this correct? but it seems to me that Bentonite gets it’s powerful health qualities from hydration with water? and I don’t see any water in this recipe??? should you be adding a little water to this recipe to get the best out of the bentonite? (I know it won’t be a powder anymore obviously,
    but a paste) Just wondering,

    • The water on the tooth brush and saliva in the mouth are enough to hydrate the clay so it becomes active when it is used.

  226. This may have been asked already but I didn’t see it and there a lot of comments on here. I recently bought the clay and it has to be mixed with water to be used. So in the toothpaste recipe, is the clay listed premixing or post-mixing? Sorry if it’s a silly question O.o thanks much

    • It is pre-mixing. You won’t mix with water until your ready to use it. At that point, the water on your toothbrush and your saliva are enough to activate the clay.

  227. hi! my dentist told me i have potentially 6 cavities – i just purchased all of the ingredients for this as well as the ora wellness brush/oil blend. i’m wondering how long it took for your cavities to be reversed? my dentist wants to see my in the next month or so – wondering how much progress may take place before then? i’m not looking for a quick fix – i know it takes time – i’m just curious the timeframe. thank you!

    • Mine took a couple of months. I’d get the book Cure Tooth Decay for more specifics though.

  228. Hi, thank you for the tips. I wanted to try something natural and did not want to spend to much on it. I tried mixing coconut oil with ground cinnamon and peppermint and soda based on your recipes. The taste is good but my toothbrush looked very dirty (from all the herb pieces together with the oil) after brushing and it took a lot of flushing with water to get rid of all the remaining herbal pieces in my mouth. I am also worried of my teeth getting stained from the mixture (it’s dark brown). Any comments? Thank you.

    • Nope! I have been using for over a year and I LOVE IT! I ran out and needed to order some stuff, so I have been using regular toothpaste and I am not crazy about it haha.

  229. Hi! I would like to use this tooth powder but I was wondering: I have a metal crown and bentonite and metal don’t go well together. Can I still use it?

  230. While at the dentist yesterday it was suggested that my 3 1/2 year old need some corrections. He stated 2 teeth that one had 0 surface and the other has B surface I’m assuming maybe that is how deep the cavities are? He referred us to a pediatric dentist that uses nitrous to help ease the procedure. My son hasn’t complained about his teeth at all. I’m wondering if I started using this tooth powder how long would it take to see results? How soon to follow up with the dentist on the issue? The dentist asked if I had taken antibiotics while pregnant with my son because some of his teeth were discolored in the back. I’m sure maybe I did but don’t remember specifics. Is this also something the powder would help with? After reading some posts I do understand that I need to make some dietary changes for all of us as well.

    • It might. I’d read the book Cure Tooth Decay too and try some of those suggestions at the same time.

  231. I’m concerned with reported aluminum compounds found in Bentonite clay. How do you test to be sure there are not harmful amounts in the clays you use?

  232. Hello,
    I just found your link on making this toothpowder and I’m planning to try it out for myself. I’ve purchased most of the ingredients so far but after reading some comments I’m feeling a little concern over the bentonite clay. From what I’m reading the clay should not come in contact with metals but what about the fillings in the mouth that have Mercury? Would it react to it? Also can I use the aroma essential oil cause my husband feels the oil should also be the edible kind if it’s going to go in the mouth. I got the spearmint one but it’s say for burning on the bottle and nothing else. Thanks!

    • I feel safe using bentonite clay, but definitely do your own research and make sure you are. There is a lot of debate about spearmint, but peppermint or cinnamon would be a better option 🙂

  233. Thank you for this information! I’m a desperate momma trying to avoid caps on my 6yr old two back molars. We’ve been informed he has significant decay on 25% of his tooth between the molars. We’re faced with a tough decision…Our concern is time and are worried about it decaying into the root. We’ve currently been giving him green pastures factor blend of fermented cod liver but doing nothing topically to remineralize his teeth. Can you tell me how significant your cavities were prior to healing? How long it took to heal?
    Trying to make a decision on what to do…dental worth or holistic approach. Are you reachable by phone by chance?

    • My heart goes out to you. Mine were not that significant… Have you read the book Cure Tooth Decay? It has a more specific protocol for internal and external remineralizing.

  234. Thank you Katie for your reply. I did try to do some research regarding the bentonite clay but couldn’t find any concrete information. Well, anyway I bought the Now brand clay and it’s says for external use on the bottle. Maybe I will just skip the clay altogether. As for the oil will probably skip that too for now as I don’t want to spend more money to buy the peppermint one. Will stick to the cinnamon powder for now and see how that goes for taste. Just one more question. Is the clay an important part of the recipe? Thanks!

  235. Hi there…just made my clay toothpaste and love it. I have a question tho. I’ve read that only plastic utensils and bowls should be used, no metals utensils because of the ion charge in the clay. My friend brought up a good question and I can’t seem to find a good answer to…….Will fillings in the mouth have any affect on the beneficial properties of the clay? Thanks for any info you can give…love your site!

    • That is a great question and there seem to be a lot of conflicting answers. From what I can tell, it should be fine, but you can leave out the clay if you are concerned and just use pure calcium powder

  236. I think we can use Stevia if we dont have Xylitol, don’t we? It is sweet and antibacterial

  237. So excited to try this recipe out! Is this okay for an everyday use or is it only intended for the healing process of cavities?

  238. I see many comments about coconut oil, but I do not see it in the recipe. You also mention how it will affect the septic in your intro paragraph. Have I missed something? My son has a chipped front tooth that is showing decay/cavity. Dentist recommends a cap/crown. I am wondering what damage you are claiming to have reversed. Just how bad were yours and your husband’s teeth? Thanks.

  239. So I’ve read through all the comments, yes really, ALL of them. And I have a couple of questions.

    1) I recently bought cal/mag in citrate form and noticed a fizzing action when my wet toothbrush touches the powder. I’m assuming it’s a reaction between the acid in the citrates and the base of the baking soda. Do you know what kind of an effect this reaction has on the integrity of the ingredients?

    2) I’ve been reading about and just ordered Theobromine. Have you ever heard of Theobromine? I’d be interested in your thoughts on it as the research I’ve read sounds almost too good to be true. It’s a compound found in cacao that is safe for human consumption and has proven to work better than fluoride at repairing damaged and sensitive teeth.

    Also, I’ve been using this recipe (or a variation of it based on what I have on hand) for a couple of years now and love it. 2.5 years ago I had a dentist tell me I had 15-20 cavities that needed filled and 8 months ago was told I had 1 that needed to be filled and 2 that needed to be watched. Since I never had the original 15-20 filled (actually never had any of them filled) the first dentist was either a total scam artist or the tooth powder is a miracle worker. I’m sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle 🙂

  240. i know there isn’t going to be a set answer to this, but how long should one expect it to take for remineralization to happen? i have a small cavity now and i’d love to try this before getting it filled- and hope to not have to. how long should i give it a try before i have the dentist check it again?

  241. I really hoped that this would work but after a month of use, maybe 1.5, I noticed that my gum began separating a lot from a back molar and the powder, cloves and cinnamon would collect in it. Once I stopped, the problem corrected itself (well, it got better anyway). I can’t pinpoint anything that would have caused this other than the tooth powder.

  242. Hello! I’m from Romania and here I don’t have acces to Redmond clay beacuse it’s really expensive. I can buy bentonite clay but I don’t know what kind of : – calcium bentonite or -sodium bentonite ? I understood that sodium bentonite is for external use . I read that Redmond clay is rare because it contains sodium and calcium and that’s why is used both internal and external . Can someone help me ?

    • Maybe this will help:

      I can’t even use bentonite clay in my tooth powder because it is too desiccating to my tongue – I wake up in the middle of the night with hardly any moisture in my mouth. The one I tried was calcium bentonite which I had on hand for facial masks. I even tried zeolite clay, which I do take internally, and that was too drying also.

  243. Been brushing with the powder (without xylitol) a couple times a day for a few weeks now in addition to my normal routine and just got a comment from someone that my teeth were looking really good and white and what was I doing. There face when I said brushing with clay was priceless….
    Thanks for all the info and hard work on your blog Katie.

  244. I’ve been trying to follow this with oiling pulling twice a day with supplements aimed toward calcium absorption, watching my ph with an alkaline diet, drinking water with a little baking soda, which I’ve only recently started dechlorinating the water. Every couple hours, I would even use a little of this powder in a shot glass to swish when my ph starts getting low again. I still run in to the problem of decalcifcation, brown spots not going away and new stains forming in the tops of the teeth my brush has a hard time getting.
    I’m seeing what else I might doing wrong, one thing I wonder, the powder does sit in all the crevices of the teeth are you suppose rinse right after you brush, or can you let it sit on your teeth all day? I was thinking letting the residues sit might be causing stains, or even bacteria to form.

  245. First, I want to say, I love your site, and second I am just starting my natural living journey and have lots of questions!

    I want to make this to help my husband remineralize his teeth but he has a porcelain crown and metal fillings. Would this still work for him? I also started oil pulling and wanted him to start as well but I read in some of the comments above that oil pulling wasn’t great for crowns. I would love your input!

    Thank again!

  246. If you add activated charcoal to your mixture you will have the BEST teeth whitener of your life! Totally knocks any white strips I have ever used out of the park and is actually good for your oral health.

  247. Hi Wellness Mama
    Why dont you add Activated Charcoal to mix?

  248. I want to make up a powder for my son whose teeth are highly sensitive due to prednisone-induced osteoporosis. I thought I saw a recipe of yours that used coconut oil, baking soda, bentonite clay, and mint but I can’t locate those particular ingredients?

    Thanks for all your recommendations!

  249. I was wondering if I could use the liquid from calcium capsules. That’s all I have. It would be a pain to squeeze each one, but I’d do it!

  250. sorry but twould be great if some of the comments were deleted, like the ones that are just tsaying thank you or that it works,, sorry i just think it would make it easier to go through them and get the useful shared info, theres just SO many comments.
    Or maybe where useful info is shared we could use some symbols like # or @ around it so its easier to see or search for. Or maybe we could all try to make them as short as possible,,

    This is how me and many people i know use ayurvedic tooth powder so you dont have to have separate bottles/containers for each person and dipping the toothbrush in a bottle that is kept for months is also not very hygienic i think, even though the ingredients are antibacterial, i think this spoils the purpose.
    You just put some powder in your left palm and collect some with the brush, i usually get a bit from the palm for each side of my mouth.

    A tip for brushing teeth that some people might not realise, you should start with the FRONT of your teeth cause thats the cleanest part of the mouth, then go to the insides of the front theeth and then the sides. (and one indian dentist told me to brush in a motion away from gums)
    I personally splash some bottled water on the brush after each side or a tooth that i know is a bit bad so the bacteria doesnt spread so much. And obviously rinse mouth with filtered/bottled water.
    (Plastic bottled water has been found to have many dangerous chemicals but i think its safer than tap water in many places, i have glas bottled since i have not found a good filter yet:C )
    Oh and these are the cheapest bamboo toothbrushes i found for europe (bout 3eur per brush)
    i use child size which i find comfotable but they obviously have adult size and mixed pack.

  251. Hello,
    What’s your opinion on buying a tooth powder? This one lists the exact ingredients. I’m wondering if it would be just as effective and if you know of any companies that you trust..

  252. Hello Katie,

    Would I be able to use Bone Meal powder in place of the calcium carbonate powder?


  253. Hi! I was wondering if it is safe to use Bentonite clay if you have silver fillings? Also, is using the clay and the baking soda together too abrasive?
    Thank you!

  254. Hi Katie,

    Would bone meal work in place of the calcium carbonate? It contains magnesium, phosphorus and calcium carbonate.


  255. What is the calcium powder? Do you mean normal calcium supplement tablets and crush them?

    • You can do that but if you follow the link (the highlighted word) then you will see what she means. I just ordered it myself 🙂

  256. Love your info in the post above.

    The info below, which I found elsewhere online, may warrant you updating / making a minor change to your post:

    If info I found elsewhere online — at — is correct, there are *two* types of bentonite clay.

    One — sodium bentonite — is swelling, and is known as western bentonite.
    The other — calcium bentonite– is non-swelling, and is known as southern, bentonite.

    I am pretty sure that *calcium* bentonite — the *non-swelling* bentonite — is better for use in tooth powders and for tooth whitening, in part because our teeth are predominantly comprised of calcium.

    And of course, it is important to use choose food-grade bentonite clay for tooth powders and tooth whitening, as well as for other applications (including for drinking and using in bath water).

  257. I want to use this powder but I looked up Bentonite Clay and there are warnings about the lead and arsenic content. What do you think about this?

  258. Is Zeolite clay the same thing as bentonite clay?

    • No, zeolite and bentonite are different.
      Zeolite comes from a mixture of volcanic ash and sea water, and carries a negative charge, making it ideal to specifically detoxify heavy metals.

      Bentonite clay has a positive charge, and comes from a different source. While it is also wonderful for detoxifying – both topically and internally (IF the brand you buy states clearly on the label it is safe for internal use), it works in a different way, and on different types of toxins than zeolite; and isn’t very effective in removing heavy metals from the body.

      I use both in different ways for different reasons.

      My comments are informational only, and not intended to diagnose or treat any symptom or disease.


      Dr. Kim DOM

  259. Thank you for all of the time and research you put into your recipes! I am new to all of the DIY products but I am excited as I have already tired (and loved!) a few of them and this one is next! My only question is, is the bentonite clay safe for older fillings and for braces? Thanks!

  260. I have had this on my list of “to try” projects for quite some time and am starting to bring together the ingredients. I have a 25 lb bag of bentonite clay that I got through our dairy feed salesman, but it started out for baths and may as well benefit teeth:)). The one thing I have never come across is powdered mint leaf, but wondered if I could just dry the mint I am growing in my herb garden and powder that myself? Seems like a “no brainer”, but just checking anyway!;). You are such a wealth of info, thank you; so glad to have come across your site.

  261. Hi Katie,

    If this was already addressed in the previous comments please accept my apologies…
    Regarding xylitol as totally optional, used ad a sweetener…
    While it is true that xylitol is one of the sugar alcohols used as sweeteners (all of the sweetener ingredients ending in “tol” fall into this category); Xylitol is unique because it has a 6 carbon chain instead of the usual 5.
    This extra carbon chain makes Xylitol beneficial as a dietary supplement; and especially useful regarding oral hygiene and care of the teeth, because Xylitol helps the body improve its ability to transport and utilize calcium, providing additional protection for the teeth (and bones); and as such, could be an excellent component of your teeth remineralizing powder, along with the bentonite clay.
    This statement is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to evaluate, diagnose, or treat any symptom or disease.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful site and all of the time, effort, research, experimentation and loving care you dedicate to bringing your readers such helpful information.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Dr. Kim

    • Hello again,
      In the interest of providing a balanced comment, I apologize for not noting that there are some who believe that xylitol is not safe for human consumption in any amount. I happen to disagree, however, I feel if I’m going to comment on xylitol’s safe, usefulness in assisting calcium transport and utilization by the body, I have a responsibility to point out that this is not a unanimously held opinion.
      To see the other side’s viewpoint, search “xylitol safety concerns.”

      One more quick thing, humbly, this IS a fact and not an opinion open to question…
      Believing ascorbic acid is Vitamin C is a common misperception (intentionally generated IMHO by the many companies who profit from misleading people into believing this).

      Saying ascorbic acid is Vitamin C is like saying an eggshell is an egg. Vitamin C exists in nature as a complex that includes copper, manganese and several other ingredients in a globe with shells around them (like the earth core and crust layers). Most commercially available ascorbic acid is made from sulfuric acid and (GMO) cornstarch.

      If you are looking for real, bioavailable, Vitamin C to use in toothpaste, tooth powder, home made skin care products; or even to add to a smoothie or sprinkle on food (it tends to float to the top in straight liquid); may I humbly suggest organic acerola cherry powder?
      I buy mine from two places – neither of which with whom I have any type of affiliate relationship – I’m just a happy customer of both of them… Mountain Rose Herbs and

      Thank you for your kind attention, and again so much for the service you provide by taking your time and energy to share with so many such wonderful information. I appreciate you!!

      Warmest regards,

      Dr. Kim DOM

  262. Jerry,

    Please see my comment above on ascorbic acid vs. Vitamin C.


    Dr. Kim DOM

  263. Hello Katie! I’ve recently started to use some of your recipes for taking care of my teeth, and I like the results in general… but I have one concern that maybe you can help me solve. The thing is that I have very sensitive gums, and I’m even starting to have some symptoms or receding gums. My mom had a surgery for that a couple of months ago, so it “runs in the family”… although she smoked for many, many years and I’ve never smoked one cigarrette, so I guess is not the same.

    So, back to my sensitive gums… I’ve noticed that my gums have a weird texture after I brush with homemade toothpaste. Instead of being soft, they feel a bit rough, but it doesn’t hurt so I really can’t tell if I’m doing more damage than good. I plan to have an appointment with my dentist soon (she’s in another city, so I have to wait a couple of weeks), but for now I wanted to ask if you have experienced anything similar, or if you have any additional tips I could use.

    Thank you so much for sharing all these recipes and ideas, I’ve learned a lot here 🙂

  264. Hi Katie!
    I love this recipe, thank you! One question…is there a special blender or grinder that you use to mix everything up? I know you mentioned the clay can’t touch metal and my grinder had metal blades.
    Thank you!

  265. Hi! Thanks for the recipe and all your wonderful work. I was going to use Cal-Mag citrate as your recommended for children. And I was wondering if I could use a liquid stevia for this recipe? Would it still have a powder consistency? Thanks!

  266. The question of bentonite clay in fillings came up over and over with no real answer….so i searched, and searched, and searched some more and came up with the link below. Mind you they are not dentist but have been using this stuff a long time. Read down to the comments and questions and they answer every person who asks about bentonite clay in there tooth paste recipe for braces , fillings, stints ect.
    Hope this helps someone.

    My family have been using this recipe for several months(wellness mama’s recipe, not bulk herb recipe)…..have not reversed any cavities but, the tiny ones i have have not gotten worse. Has stopped me from getting canker sores though and my tongue was always dry and hurt, now its gone. I believe it was the chemicals in regular tooth paste causing both those issues cause now they are gone since switching to tooth powder.I do have a badly discolored tooth in the back that is getting whiter and healthier looking. I have several metal fillings and have had not problem with this tooth powder. I do add to the recipe a tsp of finely ground Himalayan pink salt and 2 drops of manuka oil and sift it all together. Our mouths look and feel healthier now. I also make the homemade oil drops someone posted, and really like it….can’t remember there name but thank you for that recipe!

    A dentist told my husband he has like super spit or something…….. he has so many good enzymes and stuff in his saliva he never has mouth problems, has not had a cavity and is not as diligent at flossing and brushing at night as I am….but then I don’t have super spit……so I am diligent.
    Stay healthy!

  267. Hi Katie!
    I’ve been using this recipe for about 6 months and I absolutely love it! So does my husband and kids! I completely forgot I have a small permanent retainer on the back of my lover teeth. It’s been there forever and it’s so small and thin I forget I have it. Is this tooth powder still safe to use? I don’t want to give it up lol!

  268. I forgot to mention it’s metal.

  269. Hello and great article! Wondered if you could use dolomite powder instead of the calcium powder?

  270. Hi Katie!
    I have a 15 month old who does not know how to spit or rinse after brushing his teeth. His upper four teeth have brown spots which seem to be indented.. I am waiting for his dental insurance to take him to the dentist and in the meanwhile I wanted to try your recipe.. But I am afraid if this would in any way harm him as he will swallow some of it..

    Could you also comment on his diet?? He is breastfed, does not drink juice (apart from ocassional prune juice when really needed) or eat sweets. I give him what ever I am eating which is curry and naan/roti (we are Indian so we cook different curries everyday). He does not really like fruits so no fruits either. Does it needs to be changed as well?

  271. Learning some lessons after making my first batch; my Ninja didn’t exactly “powder” the dried mint, so I often have to pick out tiny sticks and leaves from between my teeth! I will also avoid the clove and cinnamon because I do end up with unattractive brown specks in my gums. Can’t say my teeth have been remineralized yet, but I’m looking forward to trying! I was previously using a mix of coconut oil and baking soda.

  272. Just want to know if the calcium to be used in your toothpaste recipe can be substituted with Chalk from Champagne….I am an artist and have been making my own gesso (a primer for oil canvases) with the above from Kremer Pigments an art supply store in NYC. The label says that it is also known as whiting and natural calcium carbonate.

    I figured I might as well use this rather than order more….however, with further scrutiny I notice that on the label there is a warning: exercise care when using dry pigments. Do not eat, drink or smoke….use a dust respirator….what do you think? Is this a generic label Kremer uses to notify consumers of the need for caution when making dry pigments or is the grade of calcium they use different than FDA approved Calcium?

    Are there different grades of calcium?


  273. I wanted to read all comments before posting my own, so that if someone has already asked these questions it’d save both of us some time. . But it took me days and days to read half the page.. 🙂 So here goes..
    Please tell me the preferred brand names and store you usually purchase these from:

    — Activated charcoal powder (I saw AC capsules at some stores and they’re expensive. Never found powder.)
    — Bentonite (I’ve got Fuller’s Earth from India. Can I use that?)
    — Calcium/Magnesium: (Stores don’t have the powder, so do I get the Calcium citrate tablets and powder them? Will they be strong enough if used at your suggested proportions?)
    — Bass brush (Is it only available online? I didn’t see it in any store..)

    Can you please reply asap.. 🙂 I cant wait to try the powder for my family!!

    • I typically order all of my ingredients online, as we live in a small town and don’t have access to many ingredients in stores:
      Calcium Magnesium Powder-I don’t like the citrate form because it tends to fizz and cause irritation. I have used powdered cal/mag tablets in other forms before
      Bass Brush- Only available online (from here)

  274. Katie, I have cavities and am on a mission! Doing all my research. You are SO helpful! Two questions:

    1) Why no Celtic Sea Salt in your recipes for oral wellness?

    2) Wouldn’t magnesium and phosphorus be necessary in conjunction with calcium to remineralize? Why not put those in the recipe? (I did see the post about explosiveness with the mag, but what about phos?)

  275. For the tooth power is 100% natural calcium bentonite clay okay?

    This is the one I bought:

    Thanks in advance!

  276. I was told that Bentonite Clay also removes vital minerals and nutrients from your body. Before using Bentonite Clay, please do more research.

  277. I was wondering if there is anything I can add to this to make it more effervescent?

  278. Hey I made this recipe but didn’t have the cloves or mint. I used it for a while…maybe almost a year and noticed my teeth were getting dark brown stains on them. It has taken weeks of switching back to coconut oil and baking powder to clear up the stains. I am disappointed…wondering if I did something wrong?

  279. The xylitol I ordered is more crystal-like than powdered, larger than regular granulated white sugar, more like sugar in the raw. Should I break it down more in a food processor or something? Also, you say to rinse with cold water after but my 20 mo old (with tooth decay) fights me even brushing his teeth let alone getting him to rinse. I know all the ingredients are *technically* edible but I was curious if there was any other purpose in the rinsing other than just to get leftover powder out of your mouth.

    • Elise, Yes, grinding the Xylitol to a powder first, would be the way to use it. I find that granulated Xylitol doesn’t dissolve as easily as sugar, for example, so if it isn’t going into solution during brushing, then we may be missing out on all of the benefits of adding Xylitol to the mix in the first place. While the author writes that the purpose of adding Xylitol to the recipe is to add sweetness and is completely optional, I would counter by stating that it should be considered one of the main ingredients, for all of the many benefits to the teeth and oral environment as a whole, including balancing pH, aiding in mineralization of the enamel and the role it plays in the regulation of growth of harmful bacteria, which destroy tooth enamel. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t want to rinse after brushing, as leaving Xylitol on the teeth is actually very beneficial!

  280. Should I use sodium bentonite clay or calcium bentonite clay?
    Should I use calcium carbonate or calcium citrate or some other form of calcium for the powder? Does it matter?

    • Sodium vs Calcium

      There is a difference in ‘Bentonite Clays’ and both have different functions.

      Sodium Bentonite Clay has a swelling action. (external)…good for sealing ponds.
      Calcium Bentonite Clay has a detox action. (internal, non-swelling)

      The Redmond Bentonite Clay is SODIUM Bentonite and most western states mine Sodium Bentonite Clay.

      Calcium Bentonite Clay is mined in the SE-USA (Alabama or Mississippi).

      Please understand which Bentonite Clay you should use.

  281. Is it normal to experience increased tooth sensitivity in the first week after using this powder?

  282. I use your tooth powder modified, and really like it! I just add white oak bark for gum health and cacao powder to help the teeths enamel. I find that when I stop using store bought tooth paste and only use the powder I don’t need mints often. Thanks much!

  283. Hello, Wellnessmama!
    Thank You for Your wonderful web page!
    I have a question.
    Could coconut oil be replaced with olive oil/haselnut oil (in toothpaste soda recipe and in handwash soda recipe).

  284. I have idea about hardly gettable BENTONITE to replace with FACIAL MASK CLAY in tooth recipe.

  285. Could you use cocoa powder in this recipe? I have a child that hates most flavors kids like, so I am looking into doing cinnamon, cocoa, or some kind of vanilla flavor. Any tips would be appreciated, as I am totally new to all of this. 🙂

  286. Last June, I had migraines that turned into a nasty head cold. My teeth on my right side hurt for months to the point I barely chew. My dentist could find anything wrong. I started using this exclusively and eventually the pain disappeared. My youngest son started complaining about tooth pain and I had him use this exclusively and had the same results.

    I’ve made tooth powder before but this one is the best formula because of the clay.

  287. Can I use a stevia leaf extract powder instead of xylitol? Or will the stevia extract cause tooth decay?

  288. Which of the ingrediants are for suspificlly reminerlizing ?

  289. I started using this recipe with full enthusiasm more than 3 months ago when my 5-year old was diagnosed with multiple cavities. I didn’t yield to the dentist’s call to get it filled. I was hoping this and the home-made brushing blend oil (with coconut oil and essential oils) will heal my child’s cavities. But sadly nothing healed and he developed a new visible cavity and also pain in the old one. Now I’ve switched back to colgate sensitive toothpaste and have booked an appointment with the dentist to have his cavity filled (or rot-canalled if need be).. I’m sadly disillusioned… sigh!

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Some things work for most people, most things work for some people, nothing works for all people. The reply about nutritional requirements for healing caries is very apropos, but there may be genetic or other factors at play in your son’s case. My mother was very conscientious about keeping sugars, soda pop, etc. out of our home and habits, Served us plenty of veggies, whole wheat bread, and so forth. I did not fight it, but had a mouth full of amalgam fillings by the time I hit puberty. Go figure.

      I am on my first trimester of testing a system of
      A. Twice daily Bass micro-motion brushing with a couple drops of Orowellness Heal Thy Mouth Blend and about 1/8 tsp of my own dry blend of
      1. baking soda,
      2. CaChloride,
      3. sea salt,
      4. Epsom salt (for Magnesium), and
      5. Xylitol,
      B. Oil pulling 4-8 times weekly with coconut oil, and
      C. Below the gumline application of anti-microbial solution of 1% hydrogen peroxide and a drop of Lavender essential oil or the Orowellness Blend – on the right side of my mouth only so that I can see whether this particular new habit is making the expected difference in periodontitis, subgingival tartar/calculus, and caries.

      I had a careful dental exam last month to get a solid baseline of where I am so that I can go back and repeat that process in a couple of months to measure what progress I am making, if any. If none, I won’t quit, but intensify my trial for 1 more month and have another exam. If none then, I will quit. Frankly, I am very confident that there will be large, measurable improvements. The science and peer-to-peer reviews of success are compelling.

      My experience in chiropractic practice was that a patient with chronic health issues would know with certainty within 1-3 weeks whether or not my care was making a positive change in their health. Not a month, certainly not 3 or 6 months. I fully expect that rule to hold in dental matters, too.

      If I forget to add a comment here sharing my own measurements when that next exam is performed, any reader is welcome to remind me via a reply here. Going through all this work and expense for only myself would be silly.

  290. Hello, I was really excited to start using the tooth paste powder as I didn’t like the texture of previous tooth pastes I’ve made. However after a couple of weeks of using the powder I noticed discolouration (greyish) lines where my teeth meet the gum. I scrubbed extra hard to get rid of these lines and even used my finger nail which helped a little bit but with every tooth being effected it was too much work. I switched back to regular toothpaste and the lines have gone away. What happened!? I really liked the powder and wish I could go back but it seems to discolour my teeth at the gums.

  291. Quick question: could I use bone meal powder instead of calcium powder?

  292. Hi!
    Is this tooth powder, along with the Ora wellness drops, safe to use while pregnant?

    • I have personally used both while pregnant

  293. I just got some bentonite clay from a local buying club so I could make the hair mask. The packaging says not for internal use or for toothpaste. It says it is non-irradiated. Is there a special kind of bentonite clay to use for this toothpaste? Or is this just a standard warning they have to comply with?

  294. This recipe reversed TWO cavities!! Thank you so much for this! I am so grateful and you have many more fans since I started this a year ago.
    Question! The bentonite clay I’ve recently been using has been found to have higher than safe levels of lead in it. Super yikes.
    Do you have any brands you can recommend? Now I’m almost too nervous to buy any other kind wondering if I’ll get another notice from the health department.

    ThanK you!

    • Hello! Just curious how long you were using this recipe before your cavities were healed. My dentist wants to put a crown on a tooth and put a filling in another — I’m really hoping to avoid it but I don’t know how much time I have. Thanks!

      • Also! Is it safe to use with metal fillings and/or braces? 🙂

  295. WM, I have used your toothpaste recipe in the past with success. I find tooth powder, in theory, more pleasing. I am gathering the necessary ingredients and, after reviewing your account of what is to be gained from each one, am left to ask what accounts for the magnesium component. The calcium link you provide terminates in NOW Calcium Carbonate that states it is 100% Pure and Other Ingredients are None. NOW has a Calcium & Magnesium however your link does not terminate in that offering. So, please, tell me where magnesium is coming from.

    Thank you for the work you do. I have gained much insight from the information and the leads you provide and from conducting independent research.

    • Unfortunately, the brand I used in the past that had calcium and magnesium carbonate doesn’t seem to be available, but the calcium alone is still effective.

  296. Thank you for this awesome recipe.

    I got inspired from your mineralizing teeth diet article and now on it myself. I have metal and composite fillings. Can I use this wonderful toothpaste recipe for brushing my teeth?

  297. HI, I’ve been using the powder for almost 3 weeks now, and my teeth have started to feel a bit sensitive just where they touch each other, not sure why…

    Then reading the comments today, I saw that the link to Amazon for the Calcium Powder was wrong? or maybe not… so now I’m confused and wanted to check whether I’m using the right Calcium. I bouthg NOW Foods Calcium Carbonate ( and it doesn’t have magnesium.

    Is this the right one or am I damaging my teeth?

    Sorry, I’m quite new and still learning, but I really found the blog super-usefull!!

  298. Hi, I just made the tooth powder and tried it out right away (Yes, it’s 3.15 in the afternoon?). I could not find Calcium Carbonae as mentioned in your recipe, but found various other option which include magnesium, or Calcium Citrate and many many more confusing ones. Which one should I go for?I omitted the calcium and mixed everything else in a glass jar and immediately brushed teeth with it! Awesome feeling in the mouth.

    Also, I used Sodium Bentonite clay. That’s the one I need, right?

    Thanks for an excellent recipe!

  299. i love everything you do!!! I made the tooth powder and I do like it, but i really prefer the paste. How can I convert this powder to a paste with coconut oil. I used that recipe for a long time. Thanks. I don’t want to throw the powder away. I love the ora wellness also.

    Thank you so much.

  300. I would like to know which cinnamon powder to use? I was looking on mountain rose herbs and theirs two different kinds: Cinnamon (Cassia) Powder and Cinnamon (Sweet) Powder

    Does it matter which one?

    • I like the sweet one, but either will work.

  301. thank you for this recipe. I am going to try it. I just wanted to know if stevia could replace the xylitol? Also if Coconut activated charcoal is good to use to whiten teeth?

  302. I’m a little overwhelmed! lots of comments! I see that you have two recipies- one containing DE and one with the bentonite clay- should I be choosing one or the other or should I use both! Also, what was the mistaken link? do you have an updated recipe you can share to clarify all this confusion?

  303. Thanks a lot for the awesome recipe. I just wanted to ask that will this powder also cure tooth DECAY or just cavities as am dealing with a decayed molar and want to CURE it. And is there any replacement for Bentonite Clay?
    Please Help!
    Thanks a lot

  304. Just curious. . . if metal is not to be used with wet bentonite as metals may be leached into the clay, I am curious if minerals from our teeth can also be leached. I know the clay is supposed to remineralize teeth, but I am just wondering if there is any research that would be “comforting” in this area. : )

    Grateful for responses!

  305. I made a small amount of this with just bentonite clay & baking soda. I put hydrogen peroxide on my brush and then dipped in the pdr. I really liked it!! After awhile, the container got clumpy because of the wetness of the brush. Any suggestions. I just reread this carefully to make sure you wet your brush and then dip in the powder.

    I now have the calcium and cinnamon to add and will make the full batch this time. (I’m not able to use mint or EOs in my mouth.) I’ll just put a bit in a small container at a time.

    I’d love to know how much you have in the container you dip into and if you have problems with the wetness in the powder. Thanks!!

    • I do keep the container pretty small but haven’t had trouble with this. An alternative would be using a small wooden spoon to put some of the powder directly onto the toothbrush.

      • My new batch that I made with your recipe and links to the bentonite clay and (ohmysoyummy) cinnamon is suberb! I have changed to just wetting my brush with water and my small container doesn’t clump up at all now.

        I remember learning that hydrogen peroxide can eat at skin (not good for cuts as we used to do) so it dawned on me I probably shouldn’t use it in my mouth. YMMV.

        But this is just great! I love it! I use bentonite clay, baking soda, cinnamon, & calcium powder. Thank you for the links to good products to get.

  306. PLEASE answer the question that was one of the first above…. the type of bentonite clay that’s best to use for tooth powder. “Sodium, good for sealing ponds vs Calcium, which has a detox action”.

    Thanks, Becky

  307. Hi everyone,

    After reading the book Cure tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel, I
    decided to stop using my toothpaste, because I know
    Mr Nagel does not approve of.

    The herbal toothpaste that I bought soon after was not good
    either because it contained glycerin which he doesnt approve of.

    So I started researching tooth powders and after reading
    about its benefits here and on other blogs I am convinced.

    But its just not easy to make it myself…since some
    ingredients mentioned maybe hard to find.

    So I have decided to buy the tooth powder from amazon.

    But I just cant decide on which one is better…they all have
    different ingredients.

    I just want to get some advice…I was having a hard time
    deciding which tooth powder to buy

    Each one has ingredients that the other ones don’t have.

    I ordered the Vicco tooth powder simply because it was the lowest priced,
    but for next time I want to order the one that is most beneficial.

    I do have an infected tooth. I am not looking for a powder that
    just provides cleaning, ideally I would like something that helps
    my infected tooth as well

    Do you have experience with any of these products?

    If yes, which of these do you recommend?

    -Holistic Dental Store Tooth Powder

    -Dr Christopher’s Tooth Powder

    -Dental Rescue Tooth Powder

    -Vicco Tooth Powder

    Thanks in advance

  308. I have read everywhere that Tea Tree Oil should never be ingested?

  309. Hello, I have metal fillings, is it safe to use this toothpaste on them? I apologize if this question was answered already I was not able to find it. I really enjoy your site and helpful info. Thank you.

  310. I have been using this tooth powder for a while now and love it.
    I want to add coconut oil and put it in a tube (more convenient for kids) instead of using it as a powder. If I add coconut oil (or another option would be water) to make it a paste, does anyone know if it will change the effectiveness of the ingredients? I am specifically thinking about the bentonite clay, once it is wet does it ‘run out’ or loose its ability to clean??
    Any thoughts or ideas?

  311. Hi just wondering if this would work,
    “Tri-Salts is a perfect combination of calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and potassium bicarbonate.”
    I couldn’t find much on the potassium bicarbonate and unsure if that would aid or detract. Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated Thanks. 🙂

  312. I have a few mercury fillings in my teeth that I got when I was younger, I haven’t been able to have them replaced yet and I have been wanting to use bentonite clay on my teeth (and internally), but I am concerned that I might pull the mercury with the clay from my teeth or something and get it into my system more(?).
    Anyways, I’m wondering if you have any experience with this or if other readers do. I’m wondering if it’s safe, or ok, for me to use the clay since I have the fillings. Not sure how the two would interact..

  313. Thank you so much for this recipe and all of your advice. I think my teeth are getting better.
    Bless you