Tooth Powder

Fun facts about me:

  • ‘Regular toothpaste’ makes my teeth sensitive
  • ‘Sensitive toothpaste’ are fine for my teeth but irritates my gums
  • ‘Natural toothpaste’ that contains stevia seem like a gross idea because of the awful aftertaste of stevia – so I’m not even going to try
  • Baking soda is gross to me and makes my teeth sensitive

I feel like Goldilocks-trying-to-pick-a-paste, LOLOLOL.

Anyways I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t *actually* choose this ‘natural, wellness lifestyle’, it chose me.  I admit: it sucks not being able to use conventional products (because I still LOVE certain beauty products and I LOVEEE the different scents that come with them and they’re often SO prettily packaged) but it also sucks having to deal with all my mouth and skin irritations when I do use them.  So of course I would make my own tooth powder.  Of course.

I suppose the silver lining is that I’m exposing my body to fewer chemical toxins by doing this.  If this topic piques your interest, you might want to check out the book by Gillian Deacon, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick.


Ingredients:
  • Calcium carbonate powder
  • Xylitol (optional, for sweet taste)*
  • Peppermint flavour oil (optional, for minty freshness) **
Preparation:
  • Add 4 parts calcium carbonate to 1 part xylitol, if using***.  Do a taste-test, and add more xylitol if you’d like it sweeter.  Add more calcium, if you’d like it less sweet.
  • Add a few drops of peppermint flavour oil, combine thoroughly and do a taste-test.  As a rough guideline, my tiny container only needed about 4 drops of peppermint – it’s super strong flavouring oil from LorAnn.  Using too much will make your mouth burn, so add a bit at a time.
To use:
  • Wet brush head with water.
  • Dip into tooth powder.
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly for two minutes, twice a day.
  • Rinse with clean water.
  • You should probably floss there at some point too, LOL.
Notes:
  • * Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, which is said to prevent cavities.  Studies suggest that it can reduce the number of caries-causing bacteria and so it is used in chewing gums and natural toothpastes from some popular brands.  Here’s a study about xylitol that you can read up on.
  • ** You want to make sure you’re getting peppermint FLAVOUR oil, not peppermint essential oil.  Many essential oils are not safe for internal use, while flavour oils are.
  • *** If you’re not sure what 4-parts to 1-part means – I mean that you can use anything to measure this, just keep the proportions the same.  For example, if you want to use a Tablespoon, do 4 Tablespoons of calcium and add 1 Tablespoon of xylitol.  If you want to use a shot glass, measure 4 shot glasses of calcium to 1 shot glass of xylitol.  You can base your measurement system on the size of your container 🙂
Here’s a video I made for this:

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