Although we really enjoyed my homemade toothpaste recipe, we love this tooth powder! It’s cheaper, easier and it can be made in much bigger batches. Not only that, but a tiny amount goes a very long way!
Why not just use toothpaste from the store? Apart from all the nasty additives that can cause irritation, there is one horrible ingredient that almost every store-bought toothpaste has. Glycerin. Now, glycerin can be a wonderful thing when it’s the base for an herbal tincture or when a little squirt is added to liquid soap or lotion. When it’s on our teeth, though, it’s terrible. When glycerin gets on our teeth, it creates a barrier. That barrier stops the natural remineralization that God intended when He designed our teeth. Teeth wear down, but God planned for minerals to be replenished and for teeth to heal, just like skin, bone and tissue heals. Glycerin prevents that healing!
So, we avoid smearing glycerin on our teeth. For a pretty penny, we could buy glycerin-free toothpaste, but I’m a DIY kind of girl, so I’ve been making this tooth powder for the last several months!
What You’ll Need
- 3 tablespoons bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is such a fantastic base for tooth powder because it is a very gentle cleaner. It scrubs teeth without scraping them. Bentonite clay also has tons of minerals that are good for your teeth and it absorbs toxins.
- 1 tablespoon activated charcoal: Activated charcoal is the secret natural tooth whitener! Seems strange that something black can make your teeth white, but give it a try and see for yourself! As a bonus, it absorbs toxins, too.
- 1 teaspoon chemical-free baking soda: This is something we skip, but feel free to add it. I react strangely to any baking soda, but it is a good tooth whitener. Just be sure to get a naturally-mined, chemical-free one, such as Frontier or Bob’s Red Mill.
- 30-45 drops of essential oils: Peppermint is known to help whiten teeth, but we use a combination of orange and vanilla. Cinnamon is good, too. Since they are so concentrated, we always use organic essential oils
- Stevia powder, to taste: I actually used about 1/2 teaspoon of ground stevia from our own garden, so I can’t say how much store-bought to use. Start with a tiny amount of stevia powder and work your way up, since it can be overpowering, if you use too much. Be sure to write down how much you used for the next time you make tooth powder.
What To Do
- In a glass jar, pour all ingredients and mix with a wooden or plastic utensil. Metal will make the bentonite clay lose effectiveness.
- Wet your tooth brush and then shake off all excess water.
- Tap your tooth brush into the powder (you might want a separate jar for each family member) and brush, normally.
- For extra whitening power, allow the tooth powder to stay on your teeth for a few minutes after you’re done brushing.
- Rinse well.