Giving Up Toothpaste
In 2015, I was searching for nontoxic alternatives to fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and preservative ridden toothpaste. Looking high and low at my local health food stores, I could not find one that had the right ingredient combination that also met my high standards of purity. After much disappointment, I realized that I would have to take things into my own hands and formulate a toothpaste.
At the time, the go-to recipe for bloggers making DIY toothpaste consisted of baking soda, coconut oil, and peppermint essential oil. Having all of those ingredients on hand, it seemed easy enough! The first batch I made looked great, and the consistency was definitely reminiscent of toothpaste; I couldn’t wait to taste it and share with my family, hopeful that it would be as easy as mixing these three simple household ingredients! Upon first taste I realized this recipe was not going to work; it was awfully salty and left a terrible aftertaste in my mouth. Worse yet, it didn’t make my mouth feel clean.
Determined that there had to be a way to make a healthy toothpaste alternative that worked well AND tasted good, I continued to scour the internet for recipes and learned about the remineralizing and detoxifying properties of clay for the teeth. This sparked my interest in researching other dried ingredients, finding that there was an abundance of information on holistic dental care using herbal powders to clean the mouth and promote healthy gums. Having a passion for herbalism and natural medicine, this paradigm shift from “toothpaste” to herb-infused tooth powders deeply resonated with me.
Tooth powder is not a new concept, it has been used for thousands of years by ancient Egyptians and has continued to be the dominant form of oral care used in modern day India.
During my research, a few key ingredients stood out for their far-reaching benefits to oral health: clay, activated charcoal, cinnamon, clove, and turmeric. I realized that a mixture of these powders would produce a functionally efficient, great tasting tooth powder that would rebuild the enamel as well as heal any inflammation in the gums.
Here is a short description of benefits for each of the core ingredients I chose to work with:
Clay: remineralizing, rich in minerals which strengthen the enamel
Activated coconut charcoal: detoxifying, absorbs toxins and stains from the teeth which creates a natural whitening effect
Cinnamon: antiseptic, adds extra cleansing properties
Clove: analgesic, decreases tooth pain and sensitivity
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, reduces irritation and bleeding of the gums
At once, I began to mix up different variations and concentrations of these core ingredients, adding peppermint essential oil to the finished product for flavor.
Soon enough, I found a recipe that tasted delicious that also cleaned the mouth extremely well.
Now those five ingredients form the base of our Natural Clay Tooth Powders; every flavor available has different essential oils, herbs, and resins added for an assortment of benefits. Our flavor offerings include: Spearmint, Peppermint Eucalyptus, Sage Mint, Citrus, Lavender Cardamom, and Frankincense & Myrrh.
Have you tried using a tooth powder before? How was the experience for you? Let me know in the comments below!