Along with this new lifestyle comes some conscious decisions to switch out plastic, chemical-infused products and make your own essentials from more natural ingredients. Once again this recipe comes from Going Zero Waste and she even got it approved by a dentist, granted it was her own dentist, but her dentist definitely approved of the tooth powder.
I wanted to get rid of my toothpaste and see where natural tooth powder could take me. Let me just tell you a little something. Making the switch from minty toothpaste to tooth powder is not easy. I would highly recommend finding a recipe for mouthwash or I will post one later if you want to wait.
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 cup Xylitol – $6.18/lb @ Abundant Life
- a natural sweetener
- prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth
- neutralizes pH to help avoid tooth decay
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda – $3.99/lb @ Island Naturals
- very mild abrasive (less abrasive than commercial toothpaste) that dislodges plaque on teeth
- breaks down stain causing molecules
- neutralizes pH
- 1/2 cup Bentonite Clay – $16.79/lb Island Naturals
- draws out toxins
- contains calcium
- often used to help remineralize teeth
- 1-16 oz mason jar
Since Abundant Life has proven to be cheaper in some places than Island Naturals, I will check Abundant Life’s prices for baking soda and bentonite clay and see if they’re cheaper there.
- Stir everything together in a glass jar. Don’t use metal with the clay, it will deactivate.
- Dip half of your wet toothbrush into the powder and then brush your teeth. You don’t need much.
The sweetness of the xylitol cancels out the saltiness of the baking soda. I recommend using a bamboo toothbrush with your tooth powder as an environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic commercial toothbrush. Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable and all natural. You can also compost them after 4 months.