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Why I Broke Up with Toothpaste (How to Make Remineralizing Tooth Powder)

Dear Toothpaste,

I think we should just be friends. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve changed and now we just don’t see the world the same way! You are all, “Fluoride, SLS, Glycerine, artificial flavor.” And I’m more like, “Calcium carbonate, bentonite clay, cinnamon and cloves.” I think it’s best if we see other people. I’ll stop and say, “hi” when I happen to be in your aisle, but I’m going to need you to stop coming over.




Seriously though, I’ve always used toothpaste of some kind until I tried tooth powder. It’s not the same experience as a foaming paste, but I think it’s better!

My husband is my biggest supporter, but is also always a bit skeptical. Here is his review of this tooth powder recipe: “It was different…but awesome! I loved the flavor and it was like I was brushing my teeth with dirt! It was so fun to see the brown spit in the sink!”

He cracks me up. I love this tooth powder because it is natural, he loves it because it is dirt! Opposites attract! Well, in a way you are kind of brushing your teeth with dirt…trace minerals, calcium and clay! These may seem like strange things to put in tooth powder, but let me explain why I chose them. The purpose of this tooth powder is not only to clean your teeth, but also to remineralize them.

What is Remineralization?

While enamel (the outside of the tooth) is the hardest substance in your body, teeth also function a bit like a sponge, losing minerals (demineralizing) and regaining them (remineralizing). Saliva contains both calcium and phosphate ions, which in an alkaline environment react with tooth enamel and continually remineralize teeth, strengthening them to fight off tooth decay.

However, when bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) are present in the mouth (which they always are, just to varying degrees), they create an acidic environment which leads to teeth losing calcium and phosphate, thus demineralizing the teeth. When teeth lose minerals, they become weaker and are more susceptible to tooth decay. To restore the natural equilibrium, either remineralization must be enhanced or demineralization must be retarded. Oil pulling reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth slowing demineralization, while remineralizing tooth powder enhances remineralization.

Simply said, when our teeth are properly remineralized, they are strengthened and are able to fight off tooth decay (cavities).


The Ingredients

Calcium Carbonate

One of the main minerals that our teeth need to remineralize is calcium, that’s why calcium carbonate is one of the main ingredients in this tooth powder! Calcium carbonate is one of the best ways to deliver calcium to teeth.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is rich in minerals because it is harvested from naturally-occurring volcanic ash! It contains calcium and other trace minerals. When hydrated, this clay has detoxifying properties that help to freshen breath and cleanse the mouth. It is also alkaline (not acidic) which is important in tooth powder to fight decay.  Any food particles that are left in our mouths are fed on by bacteria and their wastes create and acidic environment which can cause tooth decay.

Baking Soda

If there is any ingredient associated with making your own toothpaste, it is baking soda! It freshens your breath and its mildly abrasive properties manually remove stains and plaque. It is also alkaline.

Himalayan Pink Salt

This salt contains 84 trace minerals to help build up teeth, because calcium isn’t the only mineral that our teeth need!


Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol (sweetener) that may prevent cavities. Mouth bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) can’t feed on this sugar alcohol like they can traditional sugar so it can help maintain a neutral Ph in the mouth. Also, research is showing that after using xylitol, bacteria in the mouth cannot stick to tooth enamel as well further preventing decay. (1)

However, xylitol can be extremely toxic to dogs (even fatal) so please keep this away from your pets!

Stevia also works in this recipe if you prefer it. Like xylitol, stevia is a natural sweetener, but doesn’t have the research showing that it helps prevent cavities (although it won’t cause them like sugar can).


The Bad Stuff in Toothpastes


Everyone agrees that too much fluoride can cause fluorosis, a demineralization of tooth enamel caused by ingestion of excessive fluoride during enamel formation. Fluorosis shows itself as white spots on teeth. These are areas where the tooth is weakened by fluoride. (Wait, isn’t fluoride supposed to be good for teeth…) If the fluorosis is severe, these weakened areas can be areas where decay can form or the tooth can even fall apart! Even the CDC warns parents about preparing baby bottles with fluorinated water. (2)

Still not convinced? Check out your tube of toothpaste and read the warning label.

“Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”

A typical tube of toothpaste has enough fluoride in it to kill two small children if consumed all at once. While this is rare, consuming too much fluoride leading to acute fluoride poisoning is not (24,547 cases in 2009, according to poison control) (3)! Acute fluoride poisoning, which occurs at doses as low as 0.1 to 0.3 mg per kg of bodyweight, generally presents in the form of gastric pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms.  This is not something that I want around my children.

Stepping away from fluoride can be a little scary since we have all been told that we need fluoride. Is it possible to have healthy, cavity-free teeth without fluoride?

“You can get perfectly healthy teeth with resistant enamel without having any kind of fluoride exposure.” – Dr. Hardy Limeback, DDS, PhD, who has served as head of the Department of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Toronto and president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (Fluoride Deception)

SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate)

This is the ingredient in toothpaste that makes it foamy. While one of the concerns about SLS is that it can be an estrogen mimicker, I think that the main concerns about SLS in toothpaste is that it can cause canker sores! Who want painful sores in their mouth? Not me! Growing research shows that people who have canker sores had them greatly reduced by switching to a toothpaste and mouthwash without SLS.   (4)


How to Make Remineralizing Tooth Powder

(2 Flavor Options)


Cinnamon/Clove Tooth Powder Ingredients

4 tablespoons Calcium Carbonate (where to buy calcium carbonate)

4 tablespoons Bentonite Clay (where to buy bentonite clay)

1 teaspoon Baking Soda (where to buy baking soda)

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Salt (where to buy Himalayan salt)

1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon (where to buy cinnamon)

1 teaspoon grond Cloves (where to buy cloves)

2 teaspoons Xylitol or Stevia (or to taste) (where to buy xylitol)

Citrus Tooth Powder Ingredients

4 tablespoons Calcium Carbonate (where to buy calcium carbonate)

4 tablespoons Bentonite Clay (where to buy bentonite clay)

1 teaspoon Baking Soda (where to buy baking soda)

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Salt (where to buy Himalayan salt)

2 teaspoons Xylitol or Stevia (or to taste) (where to buy xylitol)

30 Drops Citrus Essential Oil (We did half Sweet Orange and half Lemon. Of course,  you could always go with peppermint too.) (where to lemon EO where to sweet orange EO where to buy peppermint EO)


Mix all ingredients in a glass jar.

To use, wet a toothbrush and dip it in the powder. A little goes a long way!

You may want to have a different jar for each family member to prevent the spread of germs.







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