Remineralizing Tooth Powder For a Healthier Mouth

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My remineralizing toothpaste is one of the most visited posts at Wellness Mama. Over the years I’ve had a lot of emails from people who’ve switched and love it. After I remineralized my teeth and reversed cavities, I became a convert to natural toothpaste!

The only downfall to my homemade toothpaste is that it can leave residue on sinks. Plus there’s some concern with the coconut oil if you have a septic system (like we do). I also wanted to figure out how to incorporate the benefits of healing clays into our oral health regimen. However, there were some definite texture issues with the clays and coconut oil.

What resulted was this remineralizing tooth powder and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It’s even easier to make than homemade toothpaste. Plus you can use ground herbs and spices instead of essential oils if preferred.

Choosing a Natural Toothpaste

Over the past decade, more and more natural toothpastes have come on the market. They advertise fluoride-free, sulfate-free, and natural ingredients. Some are certainly better than others, but there are some good ones on the market. I compare different natural toothpastes in this article. Or you can find the toothpaste I helped develop here (we have tooth whitening toothpaste plus a kid’s strawberry flavor!).

You’ll still find DIY products in my bathroom though because I love being able to customize my oral care products.

Why Tooth Powder?

Natural tooth powder is less messy than a tube of toothpaste. This makes it easier to travel with or take camping. I don’t have to worry about toothpaste all over my clothes if it accidentally gets squished in my suitcase. And it has a much longer shelf life since we’re not introducing any liquids.

The main ingredient in this homemade tooth powder is bentonite clay. Years ago I became a big fan of bentonite clay for its amazing health properties. Not only does it bind and draw out heavy metals and toxins (a big plus for the mouth!), but it’s also mineral rich.

You can take bentonite internally to help remove toxins, so it’s safe to use in the mouth. Be sure to get food-grade bentonite clay though! The one I have linked in the recipe below is safe to use internally. In recent years there’s been talk about the lead naturally found in bentonite clay. While there is a tiny amount of lead (like many things), it’s bound within the clay and not bioavailable. You can read more about that here.

Bentonite is also rich in calcium, magnesium, and silica to help nourish teeth. So how does it work? Bentonite clay is unique because once mixed with water the molecules develop an electrical charge. This charge attracts and soaks up toxins, drawing them into the inside of the clay structure and holding them there.

To put it another way…

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge that traps toxins. It’s also very gentle and has a milder taste. I use it for facial masks, healing poultices, and even my hair.

Healthy Tooth Powder Ingredients

The other tooth powder ingredients also support a healthy oral microbiome. The blend of herbs and minerals fights bad breath and leaves your mouth feeling squeaky clean. For a pure mint flavor you can use more mint and omit the cinnamon and clove. You can adjust the amount of powder to your preferences. Personally, I love the balanced blend of organic peppermint powder, cinnamon, and refreshing clove.

  • Baking soda – Helps remove stains and whiten teeth but it’s gentle enough that it won’t harm enamel. Helps remove plaque and reduces gum bleeding and inflammation. Because it’s alkaline it supports a healthy mouth pH to discourage harmful bacteria.
  • Calcium Carbonate powder – Provides the calcium needed for strong enamel and can help reduce tooth sensitivity.
  • Ground cloves – Naturally antioxidant and a broad spectrum antimicrobial. Clove freshens breath, increases circulation for healthier gums, soothes inflammation, and can reduce the pain of sensitive teeth. It also gives the tooth powder a yummy taste.
  • Cinnamon – Also antimicrobial and antifungal (especially against candida). Tastes great and helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth for fresh breath. Reduces gum inflammation and increases circulation.
  • Mint – Tastes great and soothes the gums. Mint is antimicrobial, helps relieve tooth pain, and freshens breath. There’s also some evidence it can help fight the virus that causes cold sores.
  • Xylitol – This sweetener adds to the tooth powder flavor but also has some impressive oral health benefits. Studies show it helps fight plaque and gingivitis inflammation. It also helps prevent cavities and binds with calcium to help remineralize teeth.

Adding Essential Oils

It’s completely optional, but you can add some essential oils to your tooth powder. They’re a potent way to increase the oral health benefits. Most antimicrobial essential oils are strong so a little goes a long way. When I add essential oils to this recipe, I just add a few drops total per batch.

Here are some essential oils to try in your DIY tooth powder!

The great thing about this tooth powder is you can customize the flavor however you want. You can add essential oils to increase the potency or leave them out for a milder taste (that even my kids like).

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Remineralizing Tooth Powder

This homemade tooth powder uses ingredients that rebuild enamel, freshen breath, and detox your mouth.
Author: Katie Wells

Materials

Instructions

  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to mash any clumps and mix in any essential oils (if using).
  • Store in a small glass jar with a lid.
  • To use, place some powder in your palm and dip a wet toothbrush into the powder. Brush and rinse.

Notes

You can customize the powder to your taste and all of the herbal ingredients are optional. Create your own flavor with the herbs and essential oils of your choice.

How to Use Tooth Powder

Dump a little powder into your palm and dip the bristles of a wet toothbrush into the powder. Sometimes I’ll also add a few drops of the OraWellness Brushing Blend. Brush and rinse with cool water. Adults and kids can use this daily (or multiple times a day). Follow it up with some mouthwash or flossing if needed.

Shelf Life and Storage

This tooth powder will last for several years if stored properly. Store away from direct light and heat (like the car in summer). While it doesn’t have any water and the ingredients are antimicrobial, be sure to avoid getting the tooth powder jar wet. Always put a little powder into your palm before applying it to a wet toothbrush. Never dip the brush into the jar of powder as this introduces bacteria.

Oral Health Regimen

My teeth have never been whiter or healthier (according to my dentist) thanks to my oral health regimen. I eat foods that support oral health and use mouth-healthy products. I don’t do the same thing every single day, but here are some of the things I use. I’ve changed it up some since I reversed my cavities and often now I’ll just use Wellnesse toothpaste.

Have you ever had success reversing a cavity? What does your oral health routine look like? Leave a comment and share below!

Sources
  1. Valeii, K. (2022, August 8). Does Brushing Teeth With Baking Soda Really Work? Very Well Health.
  2. Gasmi Benahmed, A., et al. (2020). Health benefits of xylitol. Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 104(17), 7225–7237.
  3. Lin, S. (n.d.) How to Cure Tooth Decay | A Dentist’s Guide to Reverse Cavities in 3 Steps. Dr. Steven Lin.
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

Comments

760 responses to “Remineralizing Tooth Powder For a Healthier Mouth”

  1. Nichole Corless Avatar
    Nichole Corless

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Nichole Corless Avatar
        Nichole Corless

        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.

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar
          Wellness Mama

          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…

          1. Nichole Corless Avatar
            Nichole Corless

            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!

          2. Ellen Avatar

            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?

          3. nichole Avatar
            nichole

            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.

          4. Jonathan Sevy Avatar
            Jonathan Sevy

            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.

    2. sue Avatar

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

  2. amy Avatar

    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!!!

    1. Andrew Avatar

      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.

  3. Carmen Miller Avatar
    Carmen Miller

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Jema Avatar

        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?…

      2. Mark Avatar

        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?

  4. nicole Avatar

    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!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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…

      1. Ruth Avatar

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

  5. lisa Avatar

    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.  

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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.

      1. Jillian Navejas Avatar
        Jillian Navejas

        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

        1. Melissa Waldrop Avatar
          Melissa Waldrop

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

          1. Whitney Avatar

            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.

      2. adriana Avatar
        adriana

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

        1. Janice Avatar

          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?

          Thanks

      3. Stephanie b Avatar
        Stephanie b

        5 stars
        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.

        1. Jacquie Avatar

          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!

          1. Lori Miner Avatar
            Lori Miner

            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.

        2. Mabel Zimmerman Avatar
          Mabel Zimmerman

          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. 🙂

    2. jennifer Avatar

      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 !!

    3. charissa Avatar

      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.

      1. Rebekah Avatar

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

    4. Jonathan Sevy Avatar
      Jonathan Sevy

      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.

      1. Lynn Bakeman Avatar
        Lynn Bakeman

        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”?

        1. Jonathan Sevy Avatar
          Jonathan Sevy

          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.

        2. Angela Avatar

          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!!

  6. Kristy Harrang Avatar
    Kristy Harrang

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  7. Don Avatar

    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.

    1. Sheri Avatar

      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

      1. erin Avatar

        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!

      2. Vera Avatar

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

        1. Anna Avatar

          Better to avoid palm oil as it is extremely detrimental to the environment. The palm oil industry is wiping out critical biodiverse rainforests, use child labor, increasing fossil fuels, and so much more. Half of the products in grocery stores have palm oil. Palm oil also has a ton of unhealthy saturated fat!!

      3. Hannah Avatar

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

      4. Vickie Avatar

        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.

        1. Jacquie Avatar

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

          1. Jen Avatar

            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!)

  8. Christa Avatar
    Christa

    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? 

    1. natalie Avatar
      natalie

      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!

    2. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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)

  9. natalie Avatar
    natalie

    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 🙂

      1. Megan Avatar

        At what age can kids start using this toothpaste? I have an 11 month old with 7 teeth already. We brush with just a silicone finger-brush, but I am wondering if I should start using some sort of toothpaste for her? But she obviously isn’t going to rinse her mouth out, lol. Maybe this is a silly question, but I’m a first-time mom and haven’t read much about teeth-care for little ones. Do you have any thoughts?

  10. Rain Avatar

    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.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Tiffany Kruger Avatar
        Tiffany Kruger

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

          1. Kathy Peake Avatar
            Kathy Peake

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

  11. Kristi Avatar

    does the tooth powder remineralize  like the one your toothpaste?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

    2. RonboJin Avatar

      5 stars
      My teeth are looking old and dingy. Will this improve them or do I need to add additional muscle?

      Does the recipe above reflect best links? There seems to be a lot of disagreement in the comments below.

      Thanks!

  12. natalie Avatar
    natalie

    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!!!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Kristen Auf der Heide Avatar
        Kristen Auf der Heide

        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.

        1. scott Avatar

          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.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjkX6YRtM6w

      2. Charity Avatar

        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.)

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002PU648/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wellnessmama-20&linkId=469c9b3002869d636bcb16f44bd4e180&language=en_US

        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!

      3. Helene Pecora-Montalto Avatar
        Helene Pecora-Montalto

        Still confused. I def need remineralize as dr sees dark spots inbetween many teeth. I may make your recipe but do you also rec Orawellness Shine Powder which has same Beef Bone ing as Welleness paste?
        Must I buy charcoal Welleness paste & whitner paste to remineralize or just pick 1?
        Must I add Orawellness Heal thy mouth dtops ???
        I dont see it sold as 1 bottle on site just $150 set ???
        Can I just use ess oils or herbs in powder or paste or??
        I eat good buy read from Dr West I need eat more RAW foods perhaps & I am now starting 12 Biodent from Standard Process a day.. I took as a kid .. guess I should of never stopped.. my cat is on 2/day for yrs!
        I got bit bone loss & rt canal that may have failed from 12 yrs ago.. I am 50.
        Any advice welcome.
        Please pray for me..no rt canal problem & just need heal surrounding teeth !! Ty,
        Blessings … to you too !!!

  13. Susan Avatar

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  14. Meganelm Avatar
    Meganelm

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

      1. Penny Avatar

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

  15. Anastasia Avatar
    Anastasia

    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!

    1. Carla Stewart Avatar
      Carla Stewart

      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.

    2. Nicole Avatar
      Nicole

      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.

      1. Natalie B. Avatar
        Natalie B.

        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.

      2. Ripper Avatar

        Humans can ingest eucalyptus, they use it in teas and it is very good for you.

        1. Greg Avatar

          There can be a vast difference between tea and essential oil. Essential oil are sometimes distilled down from large quantities of plant matter. Severe toxicity can occur in children from 4 to 5 mL (0.8-1.0 tsp) of eucalyptus oil. Smaller doses (around a half tsp) can still cause central nervous system depression. Those doses are larger than most people take, but it should not be viewed as a harmless substance. I would not ingest it casually, and I would keep it out of reach of the young ones.

      3. Lucy v Avatar

        I like this toothpaste but developed tooth sensitivity after using for two weeks. Any idea which ingredients I could try to swap out to make it less irritating?

        1. Ole Avatar

          I had the same issue. Later I found out that baking soda is not a good idea for thinning enamel. It is too abrasive.
          Also, enamel of someone I know reacted the same way after they brushed their teeth with pure Bentonite clay for over a month (and they were doing lots of recommended supplements, plus no sugar and little Phytic acid in their diets).

          1. Kelly Avatar

            I have a septic field and don’t want to harm it. You briefly mentioned the coconut oil may not be good for a septic tank? Does anyone know anything more about this? What would be an alternative?

  16. Hilary Avatar

    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.)

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      1. vikky Avatar

        24 oct’19 now and that link for the PDF doesn’t exist anymore? … can’t find anything

    2. Shannon Avatar
      Shannon

      Can you use liquid bentonite in any of the toothpaste recipes ?

      1. Wellness Mama Avatar

        I haven’t tried that but I bet it would work… It’s obviously going to change the texture, but liquid bentonite is just powdered bentonite mixed with water. Let us know how it works!

        1. Kim Avatar

          I went to the link for calcium magnesium powder and it only linked to calcium powder. Is that the one you use or is their a combo that’s better. Thank you!

          Kim

          1. Brandy Avatar

            Harsh in the mouth as in not good for the mouth, fizzy/burning sensation or both? I used cal/mag powder (NOW brand) and we have all noticed the initial fizzy/burning sensation, and I think I may have developed some tooth sensitivity from it.

          2. Kim Avatar

            5 stars
            If you are having trouble finding a Cal-Mag that is not citrate, try Dolomite Powder. I got the KAL brand – it’s a natural source of both Calcium Carbonate (1100mg/tsp) & Magnesium Carbonate (630mg/tsp.) I found mine at Vitamin Shoppe and they have it here on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/KAL-Dolomite-Unflv-1730mg-16/dp/B00020HVU0/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1430370184&sr=1-1&keywords=kal+dolomite+powder.

            I got it because it matched the ratios of a Cal-Mag powder that was recommended either here or on another site, I can’t remember. On amazon a reviewer mentions using it in her homemade toothpaste 🙂

  17. Susan Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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.

      1. Beka Avatar

        5 stars
        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

        1. Arp Avatar

          I’m curious about how much essential oil to use too – and if it will make it lumpy.

          Beka – how did you like it with the clove & cinnamon? I’m a bit skeptical about the flavor for them.

      2. Kim Avatar

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

  18. Shena Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

      1. Amber kay Avatar
        Amber kay

        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 🙂

      2. dawn Avatar

        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.

      3. Rennie Avatar

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

    2. Jon ion Avatar

      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.

      1. Sheila Avatar

        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.

      2. Mary Avatar

        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.

  19. Nellie Avatar

    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…

    1. Elisa Avatar

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

    2. Dee Avatar

      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!!

      1. Dayna Small Avatar
        Dayna Small

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

      2. Sharla Avatar

        I’m late to the party, but I would love the recipe too if you see this!! I feel like I have no options other than Sensodyne :/

  20. Hilary Avatar

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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.

      1. Andromahi Avatar
        Andromahi

        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?

          1. Taylor Avatar

            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.

          1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

            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)

      2. Amanda Avatar

        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

      3. Vicki Avatar

        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.

        1. Triua Avatar

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

          1. Deb Avatar

            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…

        2. Sheena Avatar
          Sheena

          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.

        3. Sheila Avatar

          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!

      4. Judith Avatar

        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!
        Judith

        1. Boaz Avatar

          Hi, can we use this while having mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth?

    2. Kate Avatar

      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!

    3. Robert Ray Avatar
      Robert Ray

      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.

    4. Jerry Friedman Avatar
      Jerry Friedman

      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.

      1. Amy Avatar

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

        1. Marian Avatar

          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!

          1. Amy Avatar

            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?

          2. April Avatar

            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!

      2. Debbie Avatar

        I was wondering about the sensitivity issues. Mine are horribly sensitive if I don’t use A&H Sensitive.

        1. Dana Avatar

          I am following up after using this tooth powder for about a month now. I switched from a powder I bought to convert from “healthy” toothpaste. Within a few days a large percentage of my painful sensitivities were gone. I can actually enjoy a couple bites of chocolate or a cookie! I don’t think I’ve used half what this recipe made and most days I brush two or three times. I also LOVE using a four thieves EO blend for sore spots. But careful! It can send ALL facial fluids into overdrive. After a little crying, however, the numbing and healing effects kick in and get to work. I rinse with an herbal dental tincture. Thanks for the recipe!!

    5. Colby Avatar

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

      1. Summer Avatar

        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.

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