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homemade tooth powder- remineralizing AND whitening!

as you know, i’m a huge fan of natural toothpastes, and fluoride won’t EVER go near my teeth ever again!  i’ve made my own toothpaste before, and put it in a dispenser. i liked it, but i also wanted more from my oral care routine.

my solution? combine the best of all worlds, and use a tooth powder!

what is tooth powder?

tooth powder is an alternative to store bought and homemade toothpaste. it is very literally a powder, made up of other powders you can choose that help to clean your teeth, remineralize them, and whiten them.

what’s in this tooth powder? & why?

  • kaolin clay -very high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium.  and it helps to whiten and polish teeth. even those with very sensitive teeth can use this 2x a day without sensitivity issues.
  • bentonite clay* – absorbs toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. it has a high mineral content with the ability to mineralize the teeth and heal decay.  
  • calcium magnesium powder (NOT calcium citrate*) – gives your teeth some of the good ol calcium and magnesium they need, and also helps whiten
  • activated charcoal – whitens teeth & detoxes your tongue
  • essential oils (i use lime/tangerine. peppermint’s good too!)– leaves your mouth fresh and tastes yummy!
  • organic, unrefined coconut oil – antibacterial properties that fight bad breath and keep the mouth cleaner/healthier. it’s also great for gums!
  • filtered/spring water – to rehydrate the bentonite clay if you choose to use it. we’ll get to that in a bit.

what is remineralization of teeth?

teeth need minerals and saliva to stay healthy & strong. plain & simple.  they should be remineralized when you brush, too. that way, your enamel can retain its strength if remineralization keeps happening, by neutralizing acids and bacteria. aka, your teeth need some calcium and phosphates! (cue ingredients)

WHAT YOU NEED
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  • 2 tablespoons white kaolin clay (or 1 if you’re also using bentonite clay)
  • OR 2 tablespoons bentonite clay* (or 1 if you’re also using kaolin clay)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons calcium magnesium powder
  • 2 capsules of activated charcoal (i used 4 and it was way too much!)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 15-20 drops of your essential oils
  • air-tight glass or plastic container to hold your tooth powder
  • small container (i use a little travel plastic container that’s about the size of a half dollar)
  • spring or filtered water (if you’re using bentonite clay. NOT distilled and NOT from the tap)

my toothpowder/paste mix has bentonite clay, calmag powder, activated charcoal, CO, lime EO, and tangerine EO. i love it!

HOW TO

  • put all dry ingredients into your air-tight glass/plastic container, and shake well to mix. pour in liquid coconut oil (may have to heat up a bit to liquify it) and mix into powder, if you want a paste. add 15 drops of peppermint EO, and mix. done!

*do NOT mix with a metal spoon! & do NOT store in a metal container! use GLASS and/or wood.

20130718_19553420130718_20023120130718_200913TO USE: using your toothbrush, scoop a little of the mix out, and brush as normal. you may find the clay very quickly soaks up your spit (NOT fun!) so wet your toothbrush before, and have a tiny amount of water in your mouth beforehand. & you may want separate containers for each person!

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a lot of blogs that have tooth powder recipes don’t tell you that *the bentonite clay NEEDS to be rehydrated. simply brushing will not rehydrate the clay. it needs a half hour minimum for the little amounts you’ll be using to rehydrate. 

  • *to rehydrate your tooth powder mix & use it IF you added bentonite clay– add 2 parts filtered or spring water to 1 part tooth powder (NOT distilled water or tap water). let it sit for 30-60 minutes before you touch it/use it. it’ll be more pastey-clay-like. this is what you want! from there, mix with your other ingredients, scoop out with your toothbrush and use as regular toothpaste 🙂 be sure to rinse very well with water after! 

please keep in mind bentonite clay is a swelling clay, so once it’s rehydrated, it can encourage bacteria growth if left out for long periods of time. ONLY make what you’ll use in one week, tops! especially if you’re dipping your toothbrush in it. 

TO CLEAN YOUR TOOTHBRUSH – the activated charcoal will most likely leave your toothbrush looking quite dingy. soak it for 5 minutes in hydrogen peroxide once a week or every other week, swish it around really well to clean, and rinse well with water. voila!

where to buy

  • all ingredients – at your local organic store, or online. try here,  here, or here. i’m a fan of the dr vita website (free shipping!) then mountain rose herbs.
  • check my resource page

*a bit on cal-mag powder… & why you don’t want calcium citrate- i saw a couple blogs that were telling their readers calcium citrate is okay to use instead of calcium magnesium powder. while taking it internally is okay and has its pros/cons (depending on what you’re looking for in a calcium supplement), using it externally for your teeth is bit trickier than just grabbing one & scrubbing down. calcium & magnesium are like two sides of a coin. you need one with the other, at a 1:1 ratio, for the full benefits. since it’ll only be on your teeth for a few minutes, you need the best option available. also, you don’t want to use calcium citrate with kids! their bodies are more sensitive to getting out of whack with calcium levels.

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