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Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

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4 reasons to break up with toothpaste, plus a whitening tooth powder recipe

Confession: I Haven’t Used Toothpaste In Five Years

It’s true. And I still have friends. And no, it’s not because all bad breath is equal over the internet. Despite how unseemly my confession must seem, I didn’t give up toothpaste in an attempt to create a six foot “personal space bubble.” My mouth is actually minty fresh as I type this – I just took a closer look at the label and decided that toothpaste and I needed to break up.

Sorry, toothpaste. It’s not me. It’s you, and here’s why:

Fluoride

Most commercial toothpastes – even many of the “natural” ones – contain fluoride. Unfortunately, a Harvard study recently linked fluoride to lowered IQ in children, while additional research has associated it with weakened bones, thyroid suppression, lowered metabolic function and dementia. (source 1, source 2, source 3)

Is it possible to remain cavity-free without fluoride? Great question. According to Dr. Hardy Limeback, DDS, PhD, who has served as head of the Department of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Toronto and president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, “You can get perfectly healthy teeth with resistant enamel without having any kind of fluoride exposure.” (source)

Glycerin

Glycerin is used in almost all toothpastes because it helps create a pasty texture and prevents it from drying out. Though it’s non-toxic and I love to use it in homemade beauty formulas, glycerin is not something I want in my mouth. Why? Because it coats the teeth in a way that prevents normal tooth remineralization. Though most of us were raised to believe that minerals cannot be returned to the structure of the tooth itself, there is good data suggesting that it can. If the concept of remineralization is new to you, I recommend you check out this post from Wellness Mama.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

SLS is a foaming agent and detergent that is commonly used in toothpaste, shampoo, and other products used to do things like, um, degrease car engines.  Why should we avoid it? Though some people have concerns that it may be an estrogen mimicker, I’d say the most obvious and substantiated reason is that it increases gum inflammation and mouth ulcers. According  to a study conducted the Department of Oral Surgery & Oral Medicine in Oslo, Norway, individuals who used a toothpaste containing SLS suffered from more ulcers (canker sores) than those who used an SLS-free toothpaste. (source)

Titanium Dioxide

Used to make toothpaste look white, titanium dioxide is sometimes used in it’s nano-particle form. (source) It’s also used in salad dressings for the same reason, and I wrote here about why that might be a problem.

So What Do I Use Instead?

The great thing about ditching toothpaste is that there’s no “right” way to replace it. Many things, like tooth soap and even coconut oil will work, but after a lot of experimentation I concluded that the recipe below works best for my family. Here’s a breakdown of what each ingredient does:

Bentonite Clay

Yes, I’m talking about the stuff I wash my hair with. Bentonite clay is a gentle cleanser that is rich in minerals which support tooth remineralization. It’s detoxifiying properties help freshen breath and fight gum disease, while it’s adsorptive properties help remove stains from teeth. (See Activated Charcoal for more about adsorption)

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a mild abrasive tooth polish that helps mechanically remove stains while other ingredients such as clay and activated charcoal draw them out. It also helps freshen breath.

Sea Salt

Unrefined sea salts such as this one and this one contain 60+ trace minerals that aid in tooth remineralization. Salt is also highly antiseptic, which helps keep bacteria in check.

Herb & Spices

Spices and herbs such as clove powder, ground cinnamon, and ground mint add flavoring, but they also have astringent properties that support gum health.

Stevia

The whole herb form of stevia is used in this recipe as a sweetener. My kids like the flavor so much they actually refuse to spit when they brush their teeth. Of course, that’s okay with me because all the ingredients are edible.

Activated Charcoal

As I wrote here, “Activated charcoal – also called activated carbon – is made by processing charcoal with oxygen and either calcium chloride or zinc chloride. It was used medicinally by both Hippocrates and the ancient Egyptians, and it is still the poison remedy of choice in modern day emergency rooms. Why? Because it’s highly adsorptive, which in plain English means it attracts substances to its surface like a magnet. Like absorptive substances which work like a sponge, adsorptive materials bind with certain compounds and prevent our bodies from using them.

Fortunately for us, activated charcoal is a bit particular about what it locks onto. It’s not interested in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and other compounds you probably want to hang onto (including your tooth enamel). It does, however, happen to like tannins – the compounds found in coffee, tea (even herbal tea), blueberries, wine and spices like cinnamon that stain our teeth. As a bonus, activated charcoal also balances the mouth’s pH and is even considered beneficial enough to be used in some tooth re-mineralization formulas.”

4 reasons to break up with toothpaste, plus a whitening tooth powder recipe

Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

Note: Feel free to add or adjust ingredients based on your needs. For example, if you have very sensitive teeth you might want to skip the baking soda and salt at first, or if you want to focus on removing stains add a little more activated charcoal.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons bentonite clay (You don’t need an expensive brand – something like this will work well)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely ground unrefined sea salt (I use this brand and this brand)
  • ½ teaspoons clove powder (where to buy organic clove powder)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (where to buy organic cinnamon)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves or 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil*
  • 1 ½ teaspoons unrefined stevia powder – optional (find it here)
  • ¾ teaspoons activated charcoal – optional (I open up about 4 capsules of this brand to add in)

* If you don’t have peppermint leaves, just grind some peppermint tea in a coffee grinder. Voila!

Directions

Using a stainless steel or plastic spoon, mix all ingredients in a clean glass jar. To use, add a little to a wet toothbrush and brush as normal.

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107 Responses to Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe

  1. Ruth

    says:

    Sounds great! My one problem is that my kids hate, hate, hate mint. Any suggestions for substitution, or can I just leave it out?

  2. Sheetal

    says:

    Thank you the post. Just wondering what is the purpose of Stevia here. I thought it should be avoided as sweeteners lead to tooth decay. But again, it would be better for the little ones. What are your thoughts on using Stevia? And where can I get Stevia in whole herb form. Thanks Heather.

  3. Heather, did I read somewhere once, that you don’t want to use any metal instruments/containers when handling the bentonite clay? Because its absorptive properties could be used up when in contact with metals..or something like that?
    ‘Thought I remembered something to that effect, and if so, it might be a good tip to add, so people don’t measure it into their containers with metal spoons, etc. : )

    • Heather says:

      Thanks for reminding me of this, Krystal. I always use stainless steel utensils which are supposed to be fine, and store in glass so I sometimes forget about this warning. Will update my post.

  4. Megan

    says:

    Heather,

    I’ve noticed through sporadic use of bentonite clay that it really likes to cling to surfaces, and I’m somewhat concerned about spitting it down the drain (we have a septic system). Where do you *discard* your toothpaste? Is it ok just going down the drain?

    Also, Krystal, clay is no bueno for metals (I had bentonite clay rust through a mason jar lid, so there’s no telling what the lid did to the clay). I now use a mason jar with plastic lid and a plastic disposable spoon when I store my clay.

  5. archana

    says:

    Can i use Xylitol in place of Stevia? Also how to make this into a paste rather than a powder? I have a 19 month old who I want to start on toothpaste, have been using coconut oil. So, not sure how would she react to a powder.

    • Heather says:

      I personally have some reservations about using xylitol, but yes the recipe will work with it :)

      • Carolyn

        says:

        I too have reservations about using xylitol in general, but I have read about potential benefits of it’s use in oral health care. Have you heard of this?

        • Rachel

          says:

          Yes! I have heard xylitol is good for teeth health also. My natural dentist actually thinks spry is the best “manufactured” toothpaste on the market, and it uses xylitol on purpose for its good effects…I’d like to know about this one as well!

  6. Charlotte

    says:

    Thanks for this :-) Can I use Rasul clay or any other clay instead of Bentonite clay?

  7. Sara

    says:

    Hi Heather,
    Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been using only your tooth soap and tooth powder followed by the Waterpik with saltwater, after reading Ramiel’s book. Love it! With my 18 month old I havne’t used much since he doesn’t spit yet but he prefers the tooth soap (in taste and texture) do you think that’s sufficient? Do you brush your kids teeth 2x/day? Since reading the above book I’m wondering if that is too much on their gums.

    Also, a question about teeth for anyone who might know… I just noticed my 18mo old’s top tooth seems to have a divet or indentation along the gumline, not recessed gums (like I have), just the white stops and I can fit my fingernail into this indentation that is a darker color :( It worries me a great deal but I’m a little skeptical to take him to a dentist at such a young age and I was waiting to go to a biological dentist when we move to a bigger city (next summer). Is there anything I should do about this? Tooth soap/brushing/mouthwash? Just wonder if anyone has had experience with this and what they recommend and if it just happens to some children’s small teeth but doesn’t affect their adult teeth? My mom who worked in dental offices for 35 years has never heard of anything like it, so I’m a little stumped. Heather, did you say once that you knew a dentist who you could ask questions via phone? If so, might you share his contact info with me?

    Thank you!!!
    Sara

    • Heather says:

      Hi Sara, I prefer to use this recipe with little ones who can’t spit since it doesn’t usually contain essential oils.

      I’m not sure what exactly you are describing. Do you think it might be a lip tie? http://www.mommypotamus.com/a-step-by-step-guide-to-diagnosing-tonguelip-ties/

      • Sara

        says:

        Thanks Heather!
        I was concerned with lip tie at the beginning b/c it was hard for him to latch and we had to use a nipple shield to nurse but after a month of that, we’ve been fine. The ONLY other symptom of lip tie we have is that he has a gap between his two top teeth. So this might be from milk resting in that area and causing decay!?! :( Oh my! What should I do? He’s 18 months old! Is it too late to get a lip tie corrected? Is Dr Kutlow who you went to? Is it very expensive? Was it laser? Thanks so much! I’m SO sad about this today! Sara

        • Sara

          says:

          Hi Heather,
          I wish I could talk with you about this! I emailed the Dentist you took your son to with pictures and symptoms. I’m just wondering if there’s anything I should do in the meantime? Wipe off his teeth after nursing? It’s hard to do b/c he nurses while we sleep, so I’m not sure? And should I eliminate fruit and potatoes from his diet (did you have your daughter follow Ramiel’s recommended diet to help her tooth decay?)…. And I’m wondering how much the Dentist in NY charges for the lip tie laser treatment?
          Thank you OH SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Sara

            says:

            Hi Heather,
            I just reread your article on how you reversed Katie’s tooth decay and I’m thinking my story is similar since my son is almost 19 months old. So I’m wondering if you didn’t get her lip tie corrected at that time b/c she was too old? Since you said she had an undiagnosed lip tie. Maybe we should just work on diet and add the silica you mentioned (how much did you give her?) and is there anything I can put on topically to help?

      • Sara

        says:

        Hi Heather,
        Yes, you were right! It was a lip tie and we had it snipped yesterday! My son handled it great and there was hardly any blood or pain! He’s healing up great and we’re implementing the Cure Tooth Decay diet to see some remineralization of his two teeth where there is some decay. Thank you SO much for letting me know about lip ties! I NEVER would have thought of that and our LC and midwife and pediatrician all missed it! Thanks a million!!

    • Rachael

      says:

      That sounds like a cavity. For your baby’s sake, please at least ask their pediatrician if you refuse to take them to a dentist.

    • Allison

      says:

      Your better taking him to a dentist. I am a Dental Assistant and I would advise if you have any concerns at any age to take them in. Better safe than sorry. Yes decay from baby teeth (milk teeth) can sometimes cause decay in the adult teeth due to the bacteria. Even at 18 months it is ok, we see children that young in my office and we do not sedate children. We just look at the child and if they let us work on them that is great, if not we refer them to a specialist if any work is needed. But you are better off just getting it checked out rather than worrying or chancing it.

  8. Danika

    says:

    Thanks for this suggestion. I’ve been looking into natural ways to remove stains from our teeth from coffee, tea and red wine so we’ll give this a try since I have most of the ingredients on hand. What is the best way to use this? Do you just mix all the ingredients well, dunk your toothbrush into it and then brush? For how long do you recommend and how often? I was also wondering about the concern with spitting it down the drain someone mentioned.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Danika, yes I dip it into the jar and brush. I’ve been using this recipe for 2+ years as my sole “toothpaste.” No problems at all with my drain or anything. This clay is the same that is used for facial masks which are washed down drains all the time after rinsing. Hope that helps!

  9. Giovanna

    says:

    The label in the clay container says “external use only”. Is it safe to use in our mouths? Thanks!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Giovanna, some clays are labeled as edible and some for external use. Based on what I’ve read, my opinion is that some of the “external use” clays are just as pure as the “edible” ones. After researching the particular brand I linked to I personally have no concerns about using it :)

      • Giovanna

        says:

        Glad to know! Thanks for the awesome research- evidence based posts that you write. Highly appreciated :) God bless!

  10. Kajsa

    says:

    I was just debating this week about what “toothpaste” I was going to switch my family to, since I wasn’t pleased with any of the ones I was finding. SO thank you for having an answer for me!

  11. Tara

    says:

    I’ve been wanting to find something without glycerin, sweeteners, etc, to use on my 2-yr-old’s teeth. Do you think I could just use a wee bit of bentonite clay on the toothbrush, or are all the other ingredients essential? I’ve wondered whether baking soda and some other things might be too abrasive, and he doesn’t really grasp the spitting out concept yet. So I’m wondering if we could start with just a bit of the clay and still get good results. I’ve also been concerned about some buildup on the teeth – not sure if it’s plaque or something else and haven’t been able to make it to a pediatric biological dentist yet. Do you think clay could help with something like this?

  12. Danielle

    says:

    Hi Heather,
    I was wondering if salt crystals does not harm the tooth enamel simply by mechanical action ?

  13. Monica

    says:

    I had a clay tooth powder recipe but I switched to a natural paste when it ran out. I had to scrub the sink often to get the stuck on clay! It seemed like it clung to our porcelain sink so much… I would like to try this recipe, so I’ll just make myself deal with the gunk ;)

  14. Erin

    says:

    We’ve been using Pascalite clay for brushing for years now and it leaves a yucky film all over the sink that isn’t easy to remove. I’ve wondered what it’s doing to our pipes, but we haven’t had any issues yet. I made a toothpaste with coconut oil recently and with that one I really worried about what might be happening to the pipes (I think we’d spit in the trash if we use that – and it’s SUCH a mess!)

    I’ve made a variety of tooth powders and for my toddler, I just put Pascalite clay on his brush and a couple drops of black walnut tincture; it’s high in natural fluoride and iodine and has been shown to help remineralize teeth. I think I’m going to add the powder to our next batch of tooth powder.
    Some other great herbs for teeth are white oak bark, prickly ash bark, bayberry bark, slippery elm bark, and horsetail (for silica.) You can buy all of them in powdered form from Mountain Rose Herbs or you can grind them yourself.
    In my last powder, I added Min-Col, which is supposed to be excellent for teeth – you can Google it to read about the benefits.

  15. Heather

    says:

    I currently make my own paste & have done for a couple of years. I love the extra ingredients you have in here and I was wondering if coconut oil could be added to make a paste?

  16. […] This is a new one for me. I have not yet ventured into the world of homemade toothpaste, but this week’s recipe from Mommypotamus inspired me. Here it is. […]

  17. amber

    says:

    Any cavities or problems with sensitive teeth for those of you who use the home made tooth cleansing products? Thanks!

    • Erin

      says:

      On the contrary; I had some sensitivity along the gumline in a molar and it disappeared within days of switching to homemade tooth powder and after 2 years, has never returned. None of us (out of five of us) has developed any cavities in the two years we’ve been using homemade tooth powders.

    • Heather

      says:

      Much less sensitivities and cavities that were there seem much smaller. My teeth were very sensitive but after using natural toothpaste for about 3 months, the sensitivity went away.
      Would never use normal toothpaste again!

  18. Kathryn

    says:

    Would it be ok to use xylitol instead of stevia? I’ve heard tree birth xylitol has positive dental properties, and my dentist recommends it. Thank you!

  19. Kim

    says:

    Hi heather,
    I love this recipe and can’t wait to make it, but I have a question. In your article you mention that cinnamon can stain teeth but then its an ingredient in the recipe. Not sure i want to use it if it stains. Can you omit it? What about cloves? Do they stain? I would love some clarification. Thanks.

    • Heather says:

      They can because they contain tannins, but percentage-wise they are a small part of the recipe. Because most of the ingredients are whitening, my experience is that the net effect of the overall recipe is still positive. You can totally leave them out, though :)

  20. Divya

    says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I was using a similar recipe a while back but I found that tiny granules of the clay or perhaps the ground clove would get lodged in the crevices between my teeth. I’d practically have to floss immediately after every brushing just to avoid looking like I had eaten a box of Oreo cookies (you can imagine the state of my toothbrush as well). Any advice?

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I love this recipe you came up with for tooth powder! I recently heard of a homemade paste using baking soda, sea salt, & peppermint extract that works wonders!

    I use Tom’s Non-flouride paste now, but would like to start making my own.

    :) Liz

  22. Karen says:

    I love using tooth powder! I just wanted to mention, if anyone wants to try tooth powder, but doesn’t feel like making it themselves, I sell a similar version on my etsy shop:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/166871849/organic-tooth-powder-cinnamon-and-clove?

  23. Jeanette

    says:

    Hi Heather,
    First of all, I love your website! I have just been looking into natural toothpaste as my 20 month old daughter as some tooth decay and my husband and I have poor teeth as well. My question is, are you at all concerned about lead in the clay? I originally discovered this while researching Redmond’s Earthpaste which lead to different sources discussing the amount of lead in clay and whether we should use it in our own mouths much less our toddlers who cannot spit. Have you looked into this at all? What is your advice?

    • Heather says:

      That’s a great question. I personally am not concerned about it. It is my understanding that because clay is a colloid with strong bonds, the elements within it “stick together” and are not digested/absorbed as they pass through the body. Rather, from what I’ve read the clay draws and absorbs toxins as it goes. You may find this article helpful as you research: http://www.redmondclay.com/prop65/

  24. […] At my home we have a homemade toothpaste that the whole family uses. I love how it makes my teeth feel and honestly haven’t had any dental issues since making the switch. I know for some people though the homemade toothpaste has a texture that they just can’t seem to handle. So I love looking up alternatives and different natural products you can make/try for your dental health. I loved this story by Mommy Potamus and her recipe for this awesome homemade tooth powder. […]

  25. Al

    says:

    I have several amalgam fillings in my teeth and wanted to make sure it would be ok to use this tooth powder recipe even with those. I’m specifically concerned about the activated charcoal and even more so the bentonite clay since it’s not supposed to come in contact with metal. Do you know anything about this?

  26. Devyn

    says:

    I just made this today and I love it!! Thank you so much for posting the recipe! :)

  27. Fleur

    says:

    Hi Heather, I made this without the clay as I didn’t have it on hand. I got the clay today and added it and after a few hours I noticed that the lid of my jar (with some of the tooth powder on it) has turned a bright turquoise colour. There is a slight turquoise colour through the mixture also. Any idea what this is due to? Is it still ok to use? Hopefully this questions hasn’t already been asked – I can’t read all of them from my mobile. Also, I used a normal metal spoon to measure the ingredients – do I need to throw this batch out and start over? Thanks! Fleur

    • Heather says:

      Hi Fleur, I’ve never experienced what you describe, but it reminds me of how copper oxidizes and turns green. My guess is that the clay has interacted with something in your lid. I’ve been using a metal lid for years with no problem (it never touches the clay), but another poster here said that she always uses a plastic lid and glass jar because the clay interacted with her lid as well. If it were me I’d throw away the current batch and make another one to store in a different container. So sorry this happened!

  28. Sloane

    says:

    Heather, or anyone else who frequently tries out her recipes, do you have any suggestions on where to buy the containers for this recipe as well as many of the other ones? Like the little glass jars or bottles? Do you have a ‘go to’ website? I have a hard time finding the right sizes. Thanks!

  29. Michelle

    says:

    Hi Heather!
    Could you use French Green Clay in place of Bentonite? I bought some for my facial masks and really don’t want to purchase more clay if I don’t need to. Thank you!!

  30. Kristie says:

    I have heard that activated charcoal and baking soda are very abrasive. Is there any danger of damaging tooth enamel using these ingredients?

    • Heather says:

      I do think 100% baking soda is too abrasive, but I’m not concerned about using it as part of a blend.I personally feel comfortable using activated charcoal straight a few times per week.

  31. Kristen

    says:

    Hi there- I just bought the ingredients to make the tooth powder, and used the links that you provided. I got my shipment from Amazon and the clay has a warning that says for external use only. I was wondering if I should get a higher quality type of clay or if that is just a standard warning that they have to put on there?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Kristen, some clays are labeled as edible and some for external use. Based on what I’ve read, my opinion is that some of the “external use” clays are just as pure as the “edible” ones. After researching the particular brand I linked to I personally have no concerns about using it :)

  32. Anna

    says:

    Hello! I’m doing a lot of research on healing teeth and am so thankful I came across your website! I was wondering if you use both the toothsoap and toothpowder each day?

    Thank you!

  33. Lauren

    says:

    Can you comment on yield? I’m looking to make tooth powder for emergency preparedness and was curious to how long this recipe takes to go through.

    Thanks!

  34. sharifa

    says:

    Hi,I just want to know if I could use pure volcanic ash clay which is organic in place of the bentonite clay,because I have already have it,thanks for your well researched information.

  35. chelsea

    says:

    I just made this today and I like it but my question is, is it supposed to be salty? I was hoping it be a bit sweater any ideas?

  36. sharifa

    says:

    Please can anyone help,can I use the organic volcanic ash clay,i really want to make this,but I don’t have bentonite clay on hand

  37. Darcy

    says:

    I make my own tooth powder as well. I do not use clay or charcoal as I do not want them absorbing and thus neutralizing the ground spices and calcium I use. I use calcium in stead of the clay and charcoal.

  38. Angela Searles

    says:

    Great recipe and I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing. I have a question. The recipe you listed…about how long does on batch last. We are a family of eight, but we are also preppers, so I would like to be able to figure out how much of the supplies I should keep on hand to make a years worth. Is it possible to make a years worth in advance it will keep in an air tight container?

  39. Sharifa

    says:

    Please can anyone help,can I use the organic volcanic ash clay,i really want to make this,but I don’t have bentonite clay on hand

    Reply

  40. Kristina

    says:

    Hi Heather,
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I’ve used it two days now and love the slippery clean feeling of my teeth. My four-year-old is also sold on the new tooth powder!

  41. Mike T

    says:

    Heather, I use a homemade tooth powder made of neem, CoQ10, and sage. I combine it with oil pulling and my mouth has never felt better.

  42. Jennifer says:

    Just made this this morning. I’m smitten! I’ve only ever tried making tooth powder once before and strongly disliked it. Ran out of toothpaste this morning (after using up all of our backups too lol!) so I was desperate. I didn’t have stevia so I replaced that with xylitol, no mint leaves but added a blend of spearmint, tea tree, and tangerine essential oils. Yumm-o! Thanks so much.

  43. ann

    says:

    Heather, just wonder if this betonite clay is ok to be used on some amalgam fillings ? thanks for the great recipe !!!

  44. Mariana

    says:

    Heather, like Ann above me, I would like to know which ingredients should we avoid if someone in our family has amalgams? I know a few of the ingredients in the tooth-powder are detoxifying, does that mean they’ll leach mercury from the fillings? Also, what do you think about adding Diatomaceous Earth to the powder, and if it’s a good idea, how much would you add? Thanks for your blog!

    • Mariana

      says:

      and I forgot to ask if any of these ingredients should be avoided if pregnant or breastfeeding? I ask because my activated charcoal says not to take if breastfeeding and I am breastfeeding…Thanks again :)

  45. Lindsey

    says:

    Can I use this if I have a thin metal bar behind my bottom 6 front teeth? Worried about the clay pulling nasties out of the metal. Similar to the amalgam question above.

    Thanks much for all you do!

  46. Bonnie k says:

    I use sensodyne because of my sensitive teeth. I’m worried that my teeth will increase in sensitivity again if I switch. Thoughts?

  47. Sandy

    says:

    Thanks again for another great recipe! Is this one in your book? I have saved so many recipes that it is time to buy the book!!

  48. Caryn

    says:

    Hi Heather,

    I’ve recently switched to your toothpowder recipe for my daily tooth”paste” and while I definitely feel like my teeth are clean and seemingly getting a little whiter (thank you!), the taste hasn’t been as refreshing as most of your readers, and you claim it to be so I’m thinking I’ve done something wrong. I purchased all the ingredients you link in your recipe and mixed it up according to your specifications. I used doterra peppermint essential oil and not peppermint leaves and I did use the optional stevia powder. The only two flavors I’m really getting from the powder while I’m brushing is ashy-bitter (I’m thinking the clay and charcoal) and rather salty. I don’t experience the peppermint, cinnamon, or cloves at all. I really think I’ve gone wrong somewhere because I kind of have to soldier through the taste and have a hard time believing any kiddo would embrace my batch willingly. Would it be just as effective of a powder to add more stevia, peppermint, cinnamon, and/or cloves? Or do you recommend peppermint leaves as opposed to peppermint essential oil? Any thoughts you may have would be most appreciated. I really want to make this my family’s go-to for brushing. Thank you for all of your recipes and information. Invaluable! At this point I’m certain I visit your site daily. :)

  49. Tierrazullo

    says:

    I read in one of your articles that baking soda can be to alkaline to the teeth to use everyday. This recipe calls for baking soda and I would use it everyday. Also you said on a reply to use activated charcoal two times a week. So do I not add it to my recipe for the everyday use?

  50. Valentina

    says:

    Hi! Xylitol instead of stevia to sweeten might be a good substitute. It can inhibit bacteria growth and halt decay (will not kill the bacteria, however) It is, unfortunately a little more expensive.

  51. Lotus

    says:

    Although the “not for external use” clay may not be impure, is it possible that it is contaminated with parasites? It is dirt, after all. I would assume that food grade clay would be baked or something to kill any possible parasites.

  52. Kat

    says:

    Is there a reason you aren’t answering the multiple questions on here about whether or not this is safe to use with amalgam fillings or metal of any kind in the mouth? You reply to other questions submitted after those but pointedly ignore every single person with that type of question. Just curious as to why.

    • Hi Kat, I’m not intentionally leaving any questions unanswered. Sometimes a lot of questions come through at once – I answer as many as I can before bed, and then when I wake up there’s a fresh waves. Sometimes questions get lost in the pile, which is what happened here.

      Redmond Clay, which sells a product similar to this powder (although with xylitol, which I personally avoid) has this to say: “We have found that a short period of time with metal is not enough to cause a reaction, such as brushing your teeth, or mixing the clay with a spoon. You would not want to leave a spoon in clay for a long period of time, or leave clay packed on a tooth with a filling, but for brushing you are perfectly safe.”

  53. Elizabeth

    says:

    I was wondering if when using a peppermint oil, if this is safe to use when pregnant? I was wondering the same thing about your tooth soap recipe, which calls for EOs. I know they’re not being ingested, but I’m just wanting to be on the safe side. What do you recommend?

  54. Kristen says:

    Hi Heather,

    Love this recipe! I would love to feature it on our Facebook page and share with our 250k fans, of course linking to your FB page and providing direct link to this post.

    I am reaching out to ask for your permission to do so – Can you please contact me via e-mail?

    Thank you!

    In Health,
    Kristen
    An Organic Conversation

  55. Elise

    says:

    Hi Heather, thank you very much for this great recipe which I am about to make (already stocked on bentonite clay!). However, would you please advise how this recipe could be adapted to an 10.5 month old baby? She already has 7 teeth and I really ought to start cleaning her teeth to prevent decay. Many thanks in advance for your advice!
    Elise

  56. Jasmine

    says:

    Dear Heather,
    I heard that clay has high content of aluminum. Aren’t you concerned?
    Jasmine

  57. Kim Lambdin

    says:

    I wanted to thank you for this recipe… love it! I was scrolling through all the comments to see if my concern was addressed but there are too many to wade thru so I thought I’d just go ahead and post it.
    No metal should come into contact with Bentonite Clay. The metal does something to the properties or something. Forgive me, I’m typing one-handed while breastfeeding and need to be somewhat brief.
    Also, I researched BIRCH xylitol compared to “regular” xylitol. Gotta be careful of how and what it’s made of – so check before buying Xylitol – sorry, saw someone ask about subbing xylitol for the stevia. Stevia is a plant and ROCKS OUT LOUD!
    Anyway – I wanted to ask about the charcoal – I was told to only brush with the charcoal (activated – not briquettes we bbq with..haha…sorry warped sense of humor over here)….I was told only use activated charcoal every 2-3 days. I’m not sure what the reason was initially… Do you know why there could be a “warning suggestion” of not to use it daily?

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