Easy DIY Toothpowder
By Katie Mae Stanley - August 26, 2015
What would you say if I told you I gave up toothpaste 6 years ago? You might look at me like I was a crazy person and then try to sneak a peek to see if there were any teeth in my mouth. Or you might back away to avoid the expected bad breath. Perhaps I should clarify a bit. I didn't give up brushing my teeth, I just gave up conventional toothpaste. Most of the ingredients in conventional pastes make me shudder. Even "natural" ones tend to have glycerine which coats your teeth preventing them from being able to heal themselves through remineralization. Wellness Mama has an excellent article about remineralization.) I am a DIYer, I was making my own things long before I knew it was the cool thing to do. It all started with my "tooth soap", and then evolved into making deodorant, lotion, and cleaners. I always get the itch to create new things so when I saw BHS's toothpaste recipe featuring bentonite clay a few years ago I knew it was time to experiment again, that is how this easy DIY toothpowder was born. I was intrigued by the concept of using bentonite clay to clean your teeth, dirt to clean your teeth? Why not? It turns out bentonite clay gently polished your teeth while adding minerals to the body. using BHS's idea to use bentonite clay, salt, and stevia. I read countless articles and made multiple batches of toothpaste and toothpowder until I decided on a formula that works well for me. Many people use charcoal to naturally whiten their teeth. There have also been studies done to suggest that it aids in balancing the mouth's pH which in turn helps prevent cavities. (Wellness Mama, 2011) I use a small amount of essential oils in my toothpowder. I don't suggest using any old essential oil that you find at the health food store, you want a high-quality oil. (If you want to know my suggestions brands feel free to ask me in the comments.) The oils do have health benefits, but they also make the toothpowder taste better. Clove helps with pain and helps get rid of bad breath. Peppermint tastes great and soothes the gums. If you don't feel comfortable using the oils feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of fine ground dried herbs. If you prefer a paste over a powder check out my toothpaste recipe based off this toothpowder in a squeezable tube!
- 3 TBS bentonite clay
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp powdered stevia *
- 1/4 tsp charcoal
- 1/8 tsp real salt or Celtic salt
- 5-10 drops essential oil (clove or peppermint)
- 1 cute jar (like this one)
- Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake until mixed.
- When you are ready to use moisten your toothbrush and add a pinch or two of tooth powder.
- Dipping your brush directly in the powder can lead to bacteria growth, spoil the product, and pass germs onto family members who may be sharing the same jar.
- Bulk Herb Store does not sell powdered stevia but you can easily add the whole leaf stevia to a coffee grinder to make a powder.