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Left to right: Minty Mouth Rinse, Tooth Powder, Toothpaste

In my search of homemade health and beauty aids, I came across homemade toothpaste and thought, why would anyone make toothpaste? And what the hell is in my toothpaste? So, I started researching and discovered that fluoride is not as a good for oral health as people think. In fact, it’s probably pretty bad. I figured, I’m already getting fluoride in my water, so maybe I’ll cut it out of my tooth cleaning care. The other thing I learned is that you can re-mineralize your teeth (with bentonite clay) and help heal cavities. What-the-what? I know, I was surprised too. I have several fillings because evidently, I’m just cavity prone. I don’t want anymore, so I’m trying this whole thing out.

Tooth Powder Recipe

4 tablespoons bentonite clay
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons finely ground unrefined sea salt
½ teaspoons clove powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons ground peppermint leaves or 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
1 ½ teaspoons unrefined stevia powder

Using a stainless steel spoon, mix all ingredients in a clean glass jar or bowl. Scoop into small (personal size) glass jars.

To use: Dip wet toothbrush into the powder. Brush as normal.

Things to note: Bentonite clay pulls stuff out of stuff. Let me explain, so if you were to put wet bentonite clay into a metal container, it would start pulling some of the metals out of the container and into the clay. The same would occur in a plastic container, except with chemicals. This is a dry recipe, but I still decided to put them into small glass jars with glass lids, just to be safe. They work perfectly and are just the right size.

So, this tooth powder takes a little getting used to. It’s very different than store-bought toothpaste. I was already using baking soda toothpaste, so I think it was easier for me to get used to. (My sister doesn’t use baking soda toothpaste and said the tooth powder is horrible!) I don’t think the taste is awesome, but it’s not bad either. It just is. The appearance is weird. When you spit into the sink it’s tan with flecks of cinnamon, mint leaves, etc. A mouth rinse is a really good idea as well, since the clay can kinda stick to your gums. Hence, the next recipe.

Minty Mouth Rinse

1 cup water, distilled, filtered (not tap since it contains fluoride)
1 tsp baking soda
4 drops peppermint oil
4 drops tea tree oil

I used this 8 oz glass milk bottle with lid. I added the baking soda and oils to the bottle. Then I filled it with water. Shake to mix. Shake before each use. Swish around mouth and spit into sink.

I found a recipe similar to the bentonite clay one above. It was part of a homemade tooth paste kit that you could buy. On that website, they said they recommended using that recipe only once per day, because it could irritate the gums. I haven’t had any issues with it, but I thought I’d make another toothpaste option anyway. Better safe than sorry, I suppose. Also, the below recipe is less weird than the clay one.

Tooth Paste

2 T coconut oil, warmed
6 T baking soda
10 drops peppermint oil
1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Melt coconut oil in a wide-mouth half-pint jar. Mix in remaining ingredients until a paste forms.

To use: Scoop with wooden craft stick and smear onto toothbrush. Brush as normal.

**1/31/15 Update: While I really like the way the tooth powder cleaned, I am less interested in the fact that it is a powder. So, I mixed the homemade tooth paste and tooth powder together, and added a few more drops of peppermint essential oil. I am very pleased with the results.

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