A number of people have been asking us about a natural tooth paste. We do not claim to be experts in the field of dental care, but we thought it would be worth while to share the recipe we have put together for ourselves. It’s quite simple to throw together and you should be able to buy all the ingredients from a pharmacy or health shop.
A little background information…
Our aim as a family is to avoid using chemicals as far as possible as we know their effects are detrimental to the health of our bodies. There is plenty of reading online about why you should avoid using commercial tooth paste. I am not going to go into all that here, but do yourself a favour and research it a bit.
About a year ago we started trying to make our own natural tooth paste. The first step was a coconut oil based paste. We tried various recipes but were not impressed with the results at all. It didn’t seem to be getting the job done efficiently.
We eventually gave in and went to buy ourselves a natural tooth paste from our local health shop. I wasn’t happy with all the ingredients that they had added, but I figured it was probably better than using the chemically-based alternative. Within a couple of weeks we were battling with sores in our mouths and our teeth were hyper-sensitive. Needless to say that the tubes were tossed in the trash.
I had read from various sources that tooth powder works better than tooth paste for many people. The concept was a bit foreign so I had never given it a thought. But by this stage we were getting rather desperate. I found a decent recipe online and adjusted it to suit our requirements based on the research I had done.
To begin with it was strange using a powder rather than a paste on our tooth brushes, but we soon figured it all out. We have been using the same basic recipe for at least six months now and it is working extremely well for us.
A word about the ingredients…
We have omitted baking soda (bicarb) which is the primary ingredient in most natural tooth pastes and tooth powders because we find it too abrasive. Some recipes also include sea salt, but we have left this out for the same reason.
Bentonite clay is the basic ingredient in our recipe. This clay readily absorbs water becoming porous. It then draws heavy metals and toxins towards itself removing them from your teeth. The clay is also rich in minerals which feed your teeth.
Calcium is added to remineralise the teeth. Xylitol gives the tooth powder a pleasant sweet taste, and at the same time helps to kill of the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay. Activated charcoal absorbs toxins.
There are many different essential oils that are great for caring for your teeth and gums. We have settled on Spearmint because it is refreshing and the kids like the taste!
- 4 Tbs Bentonite clay
- 2 – 4 Tbs Calcium powder
- 1/2 Tbs Xylitol
- 1 tsp Activated Charcoal
- 10 – 15 drops Spearmint essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly with a plastic spoon. Do not use a metal bowl or metal implements when working with Bentonite clay.
To use, wet your tooth brush and dip it in the powder. Then brush your teeth as usual. We have found it helps to wet the powder slightly once it is on the brush as well.