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Tooth Powder Party

A couple of weekends ago I went to a tooth powder making party.

I know. Even I giggled to myself about that one, but one of the cool things that happens when you write about health, and when people know you love to make almost anything, is that you get invited to tooth powder parties.

What is tooth powder? It’s basically the stuff that predates toothpaste. It’s what your grandparents or your great-grandparents probably used back in the day.

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There are a number of reasons I wanted to make my own tooth powder and all of them have to do with not really loving the commercial toothpastes on the market.

Why make your own toothpaste (tooth powder)?

1. Potentially toxic ingredients – Did you know that many of the ingredients in store-bought toothpaste, like the blue color of the paste itself, are derived from crude oil? How often would you consciously choose to clean your mouth with crude oil? Probably never, but when we choose commercial grade toothpastes that is exactly what we are doing. Here’s a link to a post about all of the potentially harmful ingredients in Crest 3D White, just one of many brands of toothpaste at your average store.

2. Voting with your dollars – If I like a corporation and its products, I’ll use them, but you know what? I don’t like many of the toothpastes I’ve tried. I don’t like the ingredients and I don’t want to support these corporations by buying their products, so making my own was the perfect solution for me.

3. Packaging – I’m tired of all the throw away items in my life. All of the squeeze tubes and bottles for personal care items. It seems excessive. I want less clutter and I want to have less to throw away (or recycle).

4. Making is learning – What do you know about the ingredients and process of making toothpaste? Before I made my own I never really considered these ideas. Most toothpastes contain a mild abrasive, a detergent, and a sweetener, plus a lot of other stuff that we don’t need. Commercial toothpastes have cleaning agents in them that turn into foam, which are added because we’re used to using soaps that foam, so we like our toothpastes to foam too. Toothpastes also contain coloring – even if they are white, there are additives to create that white color. We associate white with cleanliness, but in truth if you’re brushing your teeth with something that is a solid color, any color at all, it has additives.

Why would you brush your teeth with powder?

IMG_9329Don’t use metal like we did! Metal reduces the effectiveness of the bentonite clay.

I was fascinated by one of the ingredients in the tooth powder: bentonite powder. It’s a powerful detoxifying agent.

Here’s the biggest thing that I learned when using this ingredient: You NEVER want your bentonite clay to touch metal. This greatly reduces the effectiveness of the bentonite clay. It erodes the clay’s natural negative charge and affects the full capacity of the clay as a detoxifier.

None of us knew this at our tooth powder making party. We used metal measuring cups and metal whisk, so all of our bentonite clay isn’t as effective as it would be if we hadn’t used metal.

Even with a less effective bentonite clay, my new tooth powder is a detoxifying agent for my whole body. How many toothpastes do you know that detoxify the mouth and body? When you make your own products, you can make products that aren’t harmful, and you can actually add ingredients that can be quite healing to the body.

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Ingredient benefits

Bentonite Clay – It is a natural clay that has ability to bind to toxins in the body and eliminate them. It’s actually negatively charged, so it attaches to toxic matter in the mouth and throughout the body, which is positively charged. It can remove heavy metals from the mouth, like mercury from mercury fillings. The clay doesn’t bind to positive minerals and nutrients that your body needs; it only wants the toxic stuff. Another benefit to bentonite powder is that it’s full of natural minerals that aid in tooth and gum health.

Baking Soda – Another great ingredient in my tooth powder is baking soda. Did you know that baking soda is actually less abrasive than most common toothpastes? It polishes the teeth without doing any damage.

White Sage – It’s an anti-inflammatory. Many tribes of Native Americans have used this herb for many years for medical purposes, such as, healing colds and other types of infections. For women, white sage helps with menstrual cramps and other symptoms associated with menstruation. More generally, all sage is a powerful astringent and also has tooth whitening abilities.

Sea Salt– Did you know that sea salt has tooth nourishing ingredients in it? Salt helps promote oral health with a boost from many different minerals and nutrients, which helps in strengthening the teeth and gums. It also removes tartar, whitens enamel and helps rid the mouth of unpleasant tastes and smells.

Peppermint Oil – In addition to adding a minty-fresh flavor to your mouth, peppermint is an antibacterial, antiseptic, pain relieving super oil. Peppermint is good for your mouth and helps fight gum infections.

Tooth Powder Recipe

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Makes 1 cup

  • 4 Tbsp bentonite clay
  • 4 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp dried, finely ground white sage leaf (regular sage works too – we did half with regular and half with white sage)
  • .5 Tbsp of pure sea salt (unrefined salt)
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil (100% pure essential oil)

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl (NOT METAL). Stir with a spoon to mix (NOT METAL). Add peppermint oil and stir again. Transfer to small container.

To brush, wet toothbrush, dip in tooth powder and brush to your heart’s content.

I have to say that it does take a little getting used to using a powder as compared to a paste, but what I’m finding is my teeth, which are pretty sensitive, feel GREAT when I use this natural product. I feel strangely like my teeth feel cleaner than usual. I have a spot in the back of my mouth that is hard for me to get a toothbrush in, but with this powder just a couple of toothbrush swipes seems to do the job.  My mouth feels so clean!

 Give this recipe a try and let me know what you and your pearly whites think!

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