One of the first major changes I made while switching to a more natural lifestyle was getting rid of the conventional toothpaste I was using and switching to a more natural variety. I found after so long that I began to really like the flavor and texture of those natural pastes over the strangely sweet, foamy, and brightly colored products I’d used for years.
After some time, though, I heard about tooth powders being another option for natural dental care. I admit that I thought it sounded rather strange, but I was still intrigued.
Eventually I gave it a whirl, and after a few years I’ve come up with an easy homemade tooth powder recipe that our family really enjoys. Even better, our dentist is pleased with the results as well!
Why Not Toothpaste?
Conventional toothpaste is packed with ingredients that are highly questionable, especially since toothpaste is put into the mouth about twice a day!
Consider, for instance, sodium laurel sulphate (SLS). SLS is commonly used in toothpastes as a foaming agent and detergent, but it’s also “a common detergent known to cause irritation and inflammatory reactions in skin.” (source) Doesn’t sound like something I want in my mouth or in my children’s.
Chemical dyes are also used in those familiar baby blue pastes or crimson gels. Even when I wasn’t into natural products, I noticed that I couldn’t use toothpastes with red gel because the corners of my mouth would break out into sores.
Oh, and don’t forget the microbeads recently in the news. Yikes!
Natural toothpastes can be great alternatives, though not all that are labeled as natural are that much of an improvement. They also tend to be pricey! For a larger family, that cost quickly adds up.
Tooth Powder Ingredients and Actions
Homemade tooth powder can be a great alternative to conventional and natural toothpastes. It’s inexpensive, concentrated, and quickly made with simple ingredients.
Baking soda, bentonite clay, and unrefined sea salt gently clean teeth and act as mild abrasives. There is some thought that the clay is able to remineralize the teeth because it is high in certain minerals, but I haven’t been able to find any research to verify that.
Activated charcoal, though black, helps whiten teeth.
Stevia leaf, dried herbs, and ground spices add flavor, mild sweetness, and can help promote a healthy mouth.
Essential oils also add flavor and can contribute to a healthy mouth due to their antimicrobial properties.
Easy Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe
Homemade tooth powder isn’t an exact science, but this recipe goes over well in the Smith home and the results went over well with our dentist. One batch of this also lasts our family of six tooth-brushers quite a few months!
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup bentonite clay (I prefer Redmond brand)
- 1 T. unrefined sea salt (I prefer Real Salt)
- 1 T. activated charcoal powder
- 2 T. dried, crushed stevia leaf (whole herb, not extract)
- 2 T. dried, crushed herb leaves (sage, spearmint, or peppermint are nice options), optional
- 1 t. ground spice (cloves, cinnamon, or ginger are nice options), optional
- 50 drops essential oils (I like 20 peppermint, 10 lemon, 10 sweet orange, 10 clove), optional
Be sure to see the Where to Buy section at the bottom of this post for a special offer!
- Place all ingredients into a blender, food processor, or large spice grinder and process until a uniform powder forms.
- Place into a non-reactive container.
- To use, sprinkle the tooth powder onto a moistened toothbrush, or lightly tap a moistened toothbrush into the powder and gently brush as usual.
- You can make a very basic tooth powder with just the baking soda, bentonite clay, salt, and activated charcoal. It really won’t taste that great, so I at least suggest adding the dry stevia.
- The herbs, spices, and essential oils used can be altered to suit your family’s preferences. They can also be left out altogether if you prefer.
- Always use caution with the essential oils that you use. The tissues in our mouth are sensitive, so too many drops, or too many “hot” oils, can cause irritation. I err on the side of caution with 50 drops as it gives a very mild flavor.
- You can certainly adjust this to fit your family’s preferences. Maybe all citrus oils or less baking soda are preferred in your house?
Where to Buy (Plus a Coupon Code!)
I mentioned that I like to use Redmond Clay and Real Salt in this tooth powder recipe, and you can save 15% on all Redmond products by using the code “smith15” at checkout on Redmond Trading’s store until 12/22/2014! I use both of these products for much more than just this tooth powder.
And now we pause for a moment of disclaiming. The following links are affiliate links. If you purchase through these links, your cost is the same while our family and this blog can be blessed by a small commission. Thanks!
- Activated charcoal can be found on Amazon or Vitacost (use my Vitacost referral link to get $10 off your first order of $30 or more!).
- Dried stevia leaf, herbs, and spices can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Herb Store.
- I currently like to get my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and Tropical Traditions.
- You can also find Redmond Clay and Real Salt on Amazon, but the coupon code won’t work there.
This post was sponsored by Redmond Trading, a company that I enthusiastically recommend.