Homemade Remineralizing Tooth PowderAug 08, 2020
I don’t use toothpaste.
No, it’s not my latest attempt to keep people socially distant. I actually haven’t used toothpaste for a few years.
Yes, I still have friends. Yes, I’m cavity-free. And yes, my mouth is actually cleaner, mintier, and fresher than it’s ever been!
As you do your best to reduce toxins, chemicals, and additives that you put in your body, it's just as important to avoid those hormone-disrupting ingredients that are in products you put on your body.
Toothpaste fits in both of these categories. You put it on your teeth and gums multiple times a day, but the delicate tissues in your mouth will absorb some of the ingredients into your body. If you use mouthwash, you're guaranteed to absorb and swallow many of the same ingredients.
A homemade remineralizing tooth powder will not only help you reduce your intake of harmful chemicals and additives, but will help strengthen and support your oral health.
Ingredients in Toothpaste You Should Try to Avoid
Though touted as a mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities, fluoride has a more sinister side. It is a trace mineral, a very powerful one, and it’s not meant to be taken into the body in large amounts. Excessive fluoride intake can weaken bone structure, suppress your thyroid function (contributing to hypothyroidism), inflame thyroid tissue, and lower metabolic function.
Fluoride also prevents iodine, an essential mineral, from being absorbed by your cells. Your body recognizes fluoride (a much more powerful halogen) instead of iodine and absorbs it into your organ tissues where iodine should be. In addition to creating iodine deficiency, this excess fluoride in tissues can manifest as lesions on your endocrine glands, such as your thyroid.
In addition to being added to toothpaste and other dental hygiene products, fluoride is in city tap water, some bottled waters, medications, black teas, and some supplements. We’re over-fluoridated! You can absolutely remain cavity-free without brushing more fluoride on your teeth if you limit concentrated carbohydrates, acidic beverages, and brush with a fluoride-free, mineralizing toothpaste.
The FDA has banned this harmful anti-bacterial from being used in soaps and body washes, but apparently it’s still ok to scrub your mouth with it. Along with totally disrupting your oral bacterial flora (microbiome), many animal studies have linked triclosan to hormone disruption. It has also been shown to contribute to creating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
Glycerin gives toothpaste it’s pasty texture and prevents it from drying out. Unfortunately, glycerin also coats your teeth like plastic wrap, which attracts bacteria and prevents your teeth from normal remineralization.
Saccharine and Aspartame
These chemical sweeteners are added to many commercial toothpastes. Both are listed as possible carcinogens, and even though you don’t ingest large amounts of these from toothpaste, you can absorb small quantities through your oral tissue. They’re not chemicals you should want to include in any amount.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is a detergent and foaming agent used in commercial toothpastes, shampoos, body washes, and other personal care products. It’s been reported that SLS is not harmful in topical products if used briefly and rinsed well from the skin, but not so for the the more delicate mucous membranes in your mouth. SLS strips away the outer skin layer and can increase gum inflammation and mouth ulcers (like canker sores).
Most studies will conclude that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are safe for topical use on your skin since they aren't absorbed. There haven’t, however, been adequate studies to determine how much it is absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth. Titanium dioxide doesn’t provide any oral benefit. It’s simply added to toothpaste to make it bright white.
Colorings, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, and Abrasive Ingredients
Toothpaste doesn’t need to be blue and sparkly! These unnecessary ingredients can damage enamel and disrupt your hormones. In a world where you’re trying to eliminate unnecessary toxins with every breath, you don’t need to take more in through a product meant to support and protect your hygiene.
Ingredients That Strengthen & Support Oral Health
In the past, I’ve made my own remineralizing toothpaste with coconut oil. It’s great, it can be easily mixed together in about 4 minutes, and I still use the paste form occasionally. But, this tooth powder is the one I keep coming back to.
It’s simple, it lasts for a long while, and it’s easy to put in a smaller container for travel—no liquids here!
Here’s an ingredient breakdown:
Bentonite clay is a powerful detoxifier. When it mixes with water, it works like a sponge to bind and draw out heavy metals and toxins. There are usually a few of those hanging out in your mouth! Because it’s naturally from the earth, bentonite clay is also rich in minerals that help support tooth remineralization, and it’s alkaline which is great for oral health. It’s very gentle and has a mild taste while it works to freshen breath and fight gum disease.
Your teeth are bones and bones need calcium! This calcium powder provides a nice dose of this essential, bone-building mineral for your teeth right where they need it.
While clay and activated charcoal work to draw out toxins, baking soda acts as a mild polish to remove stains. It also keeps your mouth alkaline (acids are what break down tooth enamel) and helps deodorize and freshen breath.
Mineral Sea Salt
Unrefined mineral sea salts such as this brand or this one contain dozens of trace minerals that help remineralize your teeth. Salt also works as an antibacterial to naturally reduce oral toxins.
Herb & Spices
Herbs and spices like cinnamon, clove, mint, melaleuca, and lavender add more than flavor. These are all natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral botanicals that support oral and gum health.
This sugar alcohol helps remineralize tooth enamel. It also adds a natural sweetness if the earthy, salty taste is too strong for you.
Activated charcoal is like a magnet for toxins. While it grabs on oral bacteria and toxins, it also binds up tannins from coffee, tea, wine, berries, and spices to help brighten your pearly whites!
Homemade Basic Tooth Powder
- 4 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 3 tablespoons calcium carbonate powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt (can omit or reduce if teeth are highly sensitive)
- 1 Tbls xylitol, optional for sweetness
Optional add ins:
- 3-4 capsules activated charcoal. This can help reduce bacteria and toxins and helps whiten your teeth.
- 1-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon and/or 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1-2 tablespoons dried peppermint or spearmint leaves. If you don’t have the dried herbs, grind peppermint or spearmint tea leaves in a coffee grinder.
- 10-15 drops essential oils like peppermint, Shield blend, melaleuca, or lavender
- If using mint leaves, grind to a powder in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder.
- Add all ingredients in a bowl or small, glass mason jar and mix until well combined. Store in a small glass jar with a lid.
- To use, dip a damp toothbrush into the powder or use a small scoop to add powder to your brush. Brush, rinse, and show the world your pearly whites!
- This tooth powder is highly customizable. The basic tooth powder is great and effective on its own, but you can add in additional flavors and herbs to your taste.
- Adjust the amount of the add-in suggestions as desired to your taste.
- If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to reduce or omit the mineral salt.
- To reduce staining and to eliminate additional oral bacteria and toxins, try brushing with plain activated charcoal once a week.
- This tooth powder will last indefinitely on the counter since there are no liquid ingredients and all of the ingredients naturally discourage bacterial growth.
Happy brushing!! 😁
In joy and health,
This information is not intended to be personal medical advice. Never make any modifications to your health regimen without first consulting with your physician or appropriate health practitioner.
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