Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe
I gave up on toothpaste a couple of years ago, and since then have been using everything else to brush my teeth: coconut oil, tooth powder, and even just salt water have all worked like a charm. I've done a lot of reading online and experimenting, and this seems to be my favorite combination of ingredients for tooth powder. Don't be afraid to experiment yourself and change the amounts to something that suits you better if necessary.
Each of these ingredients can be found in most grocery and/or health food stores, but so that you know exactly what I mean, I linked each product at Amazon here. Well, except for the essential oil, which I would buy directly from Eden's Garden.
3 Tablespoons Calcium Powder
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Ground Cloves
1 Tablespoon Xylitol Powder
4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
4 Drops Spearmint Essential Oil
(Or other essential oils to your liking)
Before mixing ingredients, grind the xylitol into a finer powder. This is not absolutely necessary, but I like to think it makes it less abrasive.
Combine all ingredients. Make sure you don't use a metal spoon to stir, because it would disrupt the benefits of the Bentonite clay.
Put into separate containers for each person to have his own. I like these little ones for dipping in our toothbrushes.
You can also use squeeze bottles, or re-use an empty Himalayan salt container like this one.
I like wetting my toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide in combination with the toothpowder. The bubbles provide a completely different feel. I've been using hydrogen peroxide in this way for quite a while with no negative side effects, but I've heard to be careful with it.
After I brush, I use a homemade mouthwash.
Here's more information about the ingredients above and why I use them.
Bentonite clay - It is healing and detoxifying. Contains trace minerals.
Calcium powder - Supports healthy enamel.
Ground cinnamon - Flavor, and anti-bacterial properties.
Ground cloves - Flavor, anti-bacterial properties, and good for sensitivity.
Xylitol - When plaque bacteria absorb xylitol, they cannot multiply, produce acids, or stick to teeth. Also sweetens.
Essential oils are used for flavoring as well as anti-bacterial properties, depending on which oils you use.
I make one large batch for three of us, and then allow my kids to add other essential oils if they want more flavor. The cinnamon and clove provide quite a bit of flavor alone, so this will probably be palatable for all of us.