This homemade tooth powder recipe is a simple and natural alternative to toxic commercial toothpaste. It is easy to make and will even save you money.
Finding a good toothpaste can be difficult. Namely, because commercial brands add detergents, artificial colors, and chemical sweeteners to most of their products.
In short, some of those chemical ingredients can be toxic to your health. For example, check out our recent article on toxins in your toothpaste. Further, if you’re not already making a simple homemade toothpaste, we encourage you to consider it as a way to avoid harmful chemicals in your personal care routine.
Tooth Powder for Brushing?
We are currently learning more about the subject of our oral health, and have found Ramiel Nagel’s book, Cure Tooth Decay, to be an invaluable resource.
In his book, Nagel recommends a simple tooth powder recipe to use for brushing. This consists of only baking soda, sea salt, and a bit of essential oil. I had seen tooth powder at my local health food stores. But it always made me wonder, “Why would I want to brush with a powder???” I saw several natural tooth powder brands and noticed a range of natural products on the ingredient lists. Most of them use some blend of clay, activated charcoal, ground herbs, and essential oils.
Research reveals that sage is a natural tooth whitener. So I gave it a shot in my own tooth powder recipe. And once we began brushing with the homemade tooth powder we realized the benefits
Our tooth powder recipe contains only a few ingredients that can all contribute to a healthy smile and promote fresh breath.
Before you decide tooth powder is too strange for you, allow me to show you how easy it can be to mix up your own. Also, keep reading to learn more about the awesome benefits of each ingredient!
Tooth Powder Recipe: Peppermint Sage
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- 4 ounces
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a non-metal spoon.
- Drip essential oils into the mixture and stir well to combine.
- Transfer to a small container or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
To brush with tooth powder, simply dip your toothbrush into the powder, or carefully squirt some onto a wet toothbrush. Brush teeth as usual.
Follow with homemade mouthwash if desired.
Bentonite clay loses its beneficial properties when it comes into contact with metal, so it's best to use plastic or glass when mixing and storing your tooth powder.
Particles of the tooth powder are fine enough that a small squirt bottle like this can also be used (as long as you don't get the squirt-tip wet, which will cause clogging).
If using the dip method to get the homemade tooth powder onto your toothbrush, you may want to consider giving each family member his/her own container.
Benefits of Tooth Powder Ingredients
This natural clay has the unique ability to bind to toxins in the body. It is especially useful in eliminating toxins from heavy metals in your mouth, like mercury from mercury fillings. Also, this clay will never bind to any of the beneficial elements in your body. Bentonite clay is also rich in minerals that can nourish teeth and gums making it perfect for tooth powder.
Baking soda has been a natural tooth cleanser for hundreds of years. It gently polishes teeth and naturally whitens your smile. This chart, which shows the Abrasiveness Index of some common brands of toothpaste, lists baking soda as less abrasive than most commercial toothpaste.
Sage has been recognized by many cultures for its natural tooth-whitening abilities. Known for its astringent properties, sage is great for oral health and whitening teeth making it perfect for tooth powder.
This ingredient is optional but can be added to sweeten the finished product. Research has shown that xylitol has many benefits for oral health. A pinch of stevia powder can be used as a substitute for the xylitol in this recipe if you wish. Lastly, just be sure to get non-GMO xylitol.
Pure sea salt is full of tooth-nourishing minerals and is especially helpful in healing irritated gums.
Peppermint essential oil
This essential oil has antibacterial, antiseptic, and pain-relieving properties. Peppermint is said to be beneficial for mouth and gum infections (although you should consult your dentist if you suspect a serious condition). In addition, it adds a cool, minty fresh flavor to this homemade tooth powder. If you don’t like peppermint you can substitute spearmint to create a different minty twist. (find 100% pure essential oils here)
Our New Favorite Way to Brush
I should also add that this is now our favorite homemade tooth cleanser! It’s the least time-consuming to mix up, has the longest shelf life (since there is no water added), has a nice flavor, and produces dazzling results.
As always, we encourage you to play around with the proportions to create a tooth powder that is perfect for you.
Have you ever tried a tooth powder recipe for brushing your teeth?