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 definitely became a convert to natural toothpastes and a supportive diet.
The only downfall to my homemade toothpaste is that it 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 ground 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.
- Ground cloves are 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 is completely optional and adds sweetness.
Tooth Powder Ingredients
- ¼ cup bentonite clay
- 3 tablespoons calcium powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda (optional)
- 2 tablespoons dried mint leaf or a few drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon or more xylitol powder
- essential oils for taste such as peppermint, spearmint, or cinnamon (optional)
Tooth Powder Instructions
- Powder mint leaf in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder.
- 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).
- 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 (which 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, but every couple of days.
- Brush with tooth powder or remineralizing toothpaste with a few drops of OraWellness Brushing Blend.
- Rinse mouth.
- Finish by 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!