From mouth to gut, what you put on your teeth MATTERS. It is the age of information and if you take the time to look up a few of the ingredients and additives on the back of that brightly colored tube of toothpaste, you will find very quickly that most of the dental products in our markets contain ingredients that destroy your good microbiome and prevent your teeth and your body from being as strong and healthy as they can be! Making your own toothpaste/powder is an easy and effective way to begin taking your health into your own hands.
If you're not the "why should I?" kinda human, no worries! Skip to the end for the recipe!
Why should I avoid glycerin in my toothpaste?
Glycerin is added to toothpastes because it coats them in a shiny wrap, smoothing over any divots or holes in the teeth and numbing out any sensitivities. Why is this a bad thing? Because it is essentially acting as a bandaid. As it coats the teeth it prevents them from remineralization, when we are not able to remineralize our teeth, they weaken. Thus glycerin perpetuates both tooth sensitivities and cavities.
Are clay/charcoal/baking soda too abrasive for my teeth? Will they break down my enamel?
Actually, the clays in this toothpaste will be doing quite the opposite! They will be providing the minerals necessary for your teeth to rebuild and stay strong. RDA stands for Relative Dentin Abrasivity score, and according to RDA anything over 250 is too abrasive for teeth, and will wear down enamel. Most toothpastes available on the market are around 200, and may contain things like silicone beads. Clay is about 100, charcoal 70, and baking soda around 7. So if you were still worried, the combination of all three of those things is still less than your average marketed toothpaste!
What does acidity have to do with it?
Because of our 21st century diet and lifestyle, our mouths are more acidic than ever. Most toothpastes on the market include nothing to create a more alkaline environment for teeth and their remineralization, and in fact are adding to the mouths acidity by destroying our healthy microbiomes! The "bad bacteria" (i.e Gingivitis, cavities) thrives in an acidic environment. To replace the minerals in your teeth you need to have an alkaline environment. When your mouth is too acidic, minerals leave your teeth. When minerals leave your teeth, tooth sensitivity ensues and eventually, if they are not replaced, a cavity forms. The combination of clay and baking soda in this tooth powder add an alkalinity to your mouth that your teeth and gums will thrive in!
How does my oral health affect the rest of my body?
One word: SALIVA. Yummy, right? But really, our saliva is meant to keep our mouths, teeth, and gums clean. It is meant to help neutralize the acids in the foods you eat, and to prevent the growth of bad bacteria. It carries minerals to our teeth and, besides the foods we are eating and the paste we are brushing with, it is the ONLY WAY our body can restore loss of minerals to teeth naturally. But here is the real kicker: Saliva also starts our digestive process and carries whatever we swallow into our digestive system. The common cold, E. coli, the flu virus, all of these things should be killed in our mouths. It is only after they move into the digestive system that they start to adversely affect us. IF THE MOUTH MICROBIOME IS NOT HEALTHY, IT CANNOT DO ITS JOB. Most toothpastes on the market are destroying your natural microbiome and so hindering your bodies ability to successfully fight off that ish on it's own. Finally, a healthy microbiome is essential to proper digestion. As someone who struggled with digestive issues for years, I can attest to the power of switching to natural oral care to absolutely level up your digestion.
Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe
YOU WILL NEED
-Food grade/Organic of the following:
French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay, White Kaolin Clay, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, Baking Soda, Charcoal, Essential Oils (Any or all of the following: Clove, Myrrh, Peppermint, Tea Tree)
-A 1 or 2 oz amber storage jar
>>> I use https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ for all of my container needs + any organic, sustainably harvested herbs and clays!
>>>I use Plant Therapy for consciously sourced, top quality, organic essential oils (with an incredible price point!). You can get directly from their website or from Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=plant+therapy+essential+oils&crid=IS5SZ2VR1R6R&sprefix=plant+therapy%2Caps%2C215&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_13
For a 2oz jar, in a small bowl mix together 1 tablespoon of bentonite and french green clays, 2 tablespoons of the white kaolin clay, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon each of diatomaceous earth and charcoal. Finally, stir in 10-18 drops (TOTAL) of your choice in essential oils! *simply half the recipe for a 1oz jar.
I cannot for the life of me find the RDA for diatomaceous earth but the powder is so fine and upon reading up on the benefits (and experimenting on my own teeth!) I have decided it is worth adding! If you are at all worried, just omit it and replace it with more of one of the other listed clays.
List of ingredients + their specific benefits
Bentonite clay: Gently abrasive/cleansing. Also works as an astringent by helping to remove tartar and clean the gums.
French Green Clay: A very absorbent clay that helps to cleanse the tissues + teeth and gums in the mouth from things like toxins and oils. Mineral rich.
White Kaolin Clay: Very high in minerals! Helps to clean and whiten teeth.
Baking Soda: Baking soda neutralizes the acids in the mouth helping to make it a non hospitable environment to a host of "bad things" we don't want growing in our mouths! It also gently polishes the teeth, and helps to freshen breath!
Diatomaceous Earth: Has a negative ionic charge so positively charged bacteria and parasites (plus some viruses) are attracted to it like magnets are attracted to one each other. The pathogens get trapped in the center so when you spit your paste out, they are also carried right out of your body!
Peppermint essential oil- Cooling/refreshing, treats halitosis, antibacterial
Tea Tree essential oil- Great for inflamed gums! Studies show it can reduce gingivitis and inflammation
Myrrh essential oil- Treats inflammation, bad breath, pain relief, treats infection
Clove essential oil- Pain relief, fights bacteria, fights inflammation, helps to heal cavities