DIY Plastic Free Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipes
Toothpaste and tooth brushing was one of the first dilemmas I found myself facing when I decided to start living plastic free. I tried many toothpaste experiments, with none of them leaving me as refreshed as I was used to and most of them resulting in clogged sinks (coconut oil and plumbing are not friends). When I stumbled upon the idea of tooth 'powder' - I was sold.
Making my own tooth powder is super easy and there are lots of options when it comes to flavoring. Truly there are only 2 main ingredients that I recommend for your toothpowder - Bentonite Clay and Xylitol. Bentonite clay is loaded with minerals (it is essentially aged volcanic ash, think calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium) and it naturally foams up when in contact with water. Thanks to its negative charge, Bentonite clay draws out and binds with heavy metals and toxins in the body, and this is especially helpful for cleaning out the mouth and teeth. For an extra mineralizing boost, you can also add in calcium and magnesium powder to the mix (you can usually find these together as CalMag powder), which can help give you a boost in magnesium absorption (this also gives the powder a nice fizz and tingling to it while brushing!)
There really isn’t a taste to Bentonite Clay, so you can choose what you want to add to it for flavor. The second necessary ingredient that I add to my tooth powder is Xylitol which helps a lot with the taste because it is a natural sweetener. The great thing about Xylitol is that it has been found to be especially helpful for oral hygiene, it helps prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth and it strengthens the enamel by increasing the absorption potential of minerals in the teeth and keeping your mouth's Ph to a healthy level.
To add to the sweetness that Xylitol provides, you can grind peppermint tea leaves and add this to the tooth powder for a minty flavor, or you can add cinnamon and clove powder, or you can use all of these options!
If you would like to add an abrasiveness to your toothpowder, you can add in finely ground sea salt. With this option, you may want to add in more of the cinnamon or mint leaves for flavor to overcome the saltiness. A lot of recipes online recommend baking soda for the abrasiveness and for whitening action, but I steer clear from using baking soda anywhere on my body since it can disrupt natural Ph levels and thereby be quite harsh over time.
So, the simplest recipe is:
Bentonite Clay mixed with Xylitol to taste (to start, you can mix 1/2 cup bentonite clay with 1/4 cup xylitol)
The recipe that I personally use is:
- ¼ cup Bentonite Clay
- ¼ cup Calcium Magnesium powder
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Clove powder
- 1 tablespoon Xylitol
(you can add 2 tablespoons of the powdered mint leaves to this, or replace the cinnamon and clove with the powdered mint leaves)
Mix all of the ingredients together into a glass jar. With Bentonite Clay, you want to be careful not to use any metal spoons or cups when measuring out and mixing, use wooden, glass, or plastic utensils and bowls here because the metal neutralizes the charge in the clay that you want for drawing out toxins.
Once you have your jar of tooth powder, all you need to do is dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and the powder will come away sticking to the toothbrush and leaving the rest of the powder still dry and ready to use. Brush as normal!
In ADDITION to making your own plastic free tooth powder, you can go the extra mile by purchasing a pack of bamboo toothbrushes -- plastic tooth brushes are one of the worst forms of plastic waste out there!! There are several kinds of bamboo toothbrushes for you to choose from on Amazon - just sayin'.