I love making my own personal care items. My main love is soap, but I’ve always made homemade deodorant, lotion, bath salts…etc. The one thing I haven’t made is homemade toothpaste! I just never thought it could be as good as what you can buy.
Tooth powder has become popular lately (thanks to a popular B&B company that rhymes with crush). So I decided to give it a try. I made four different kinds, which I’ll share on the blog in the future. This has been my favorite so far.
I’m also excited about this tooth powder because it can easily be packed for camping and backpacking. I’m not sure how many of my blog readers know, but my husband and I currently live out of a converter van and are traveling around the U.S. right now! 🙂
I plan on doing a more in depth post on tooth powder ingredients and remineralization. But until then, check out this article to learn about remineralization.
Word of warning! Talk to your dentist about using this product. After posting in a FB Group I had a few people tell me that this can be too scratchy and can damage to enamel. I’ve done enough research where I feel comfortable using it; but please do your own to decide for yourself. 🙂
I have another tooth powder recipe that I love, which features spices and no charcoal. I’ll be sharing that soon. If you are wary of charcoal, it might be a good alternative.
Have you seen the charcoal tooth powders going around social media lately? I’ve been itching to make one for awhile now, so here is the recipe that I came up with.
In a tooth powder, charcoal is thought to help with whitening your teeth.
Charcoal Remineralizing Tooth Powder with Charcoal Recipe
Most of the ingredients you can find at a health food store or you can order online.
- Baking Soda – 2 tablespoons (30 grams)
- Calcium Carbonate (Amazon) – 1 tablespoon (13 grams)
- Charcoal Powder – 1 teaspoon (2 grams)
- Bentonite Clay – 1 teaspoon (4 grams)
- Fine Sea Salt – 1/2 teaspoon (3 grams)
- Tea Tree Essential Oil – 1 mil
- Clove Essential Oil – 2 drops
This recipe made one 50 gram jar of tooth powder. You can easily scale the recipe up. This is a nice test batch so that you can see if you like it or not.
Measure all of your dry ingredients into a glass or ceramic bowl. (Don’t use metal as it can react with the bentonite.)
Add the essential oils.
Blend until no clumps are left and powder is consistent in color.
Scoop into a clean and dry jar. I used a little 2 oz. jar (which held 50 grams).
This recipe is easily customized! If you want more clay, add more clay. If you want more charcoal…add more charcoal. If you don’t like the salty taste, take out the salt.
How to use your tooth powder.
Put about 1/8 teaspoon into your hand. Wet your toothbrush and pick up the tooth powder from your hand.
After I’ve loaded my brush, I just simply lick the rest of it off of my hand (it’s going in there anyways!). But you can just quickly rinse off.
Note: I’ve read many recipes that recommend you dip your wet toothbrush directly into your tooth powder. I worry about water/saliva getting into the dry powder and growing nasties. Do what you feel comfortable with.
Brush your teeth as usual. Allow the tooth powder to remain on your teeth for as long as you can stand it to reap the benefits from the charcoal, minerals, essential oils…etc.
Rinse your mouth.
What does it taste like? Well, this one tastes a bit salty (since it includes sea salt). It wasn’t bad at all; although, it was different that what I was used to (regular tooth paste squeezed out of a tube). If you wanted to sweeten it, you could add xylitol or stevia. I have gone sugar free so I just don’t like anything sweet (even if naturally sweet) in my mouth. 🙂
After rinsing, your mouth and teeth feel super fresh! I was really surprised! This is definitely a winner and I added it to my daily routine.
I’ll give an update after I’ve been using it for a bit.
Storing your tooth powder.
Store in a cool dry place. Do not allow any moisture to enter your tooth powder and it will last a long time.
Happy Tooth Powder Making!
I made it and use it…love it. Will try mixing in coconut oil great idea. Can anyone tell me how to clean my now back toothbrush???
can you make this without the Calcium Carbonate
Someone mentioned the Baking Soda as abrasive, this is wholy untrue. It is actually one of the least abrasive substances you can use for tooth brushing, and sits at the lowest point of the RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasativity) scale.
The item to call into question is the Charcoal – it has not been evaluated for RDA. Everything else in the formula is just fine.
I’m a little worried about the baking soda. Dentists always warn against it since it can seriously damage the enamel. Even with the commercial toothpaste, where the dilution rate might be comparable to this recipe. Any idea? Thanks!
Tums is made from cacium carbonate. Wonder if you can just use that in this formula.
Hi there. What is calxium carbonate.
I am from South Africa , so not really sure what it is.
I have made tooth powder with charcoal , bentonite clay, bicarb , himalayan salt and aclove and cinnamo and peppermint powder and essential oils.
I feel the difference. Would love to try your recipe. *calcium.
Just yesterday, a customer of mine was singing the praises of charcoal toothpaste and how it has eliminated her plaque issue. She brushes with charcoal (charcoal tablet from the health store that she breaks open onto her tooothbrush) 3x a week. Her dentist asked what she’d been doing because her teeth looked great. I’ve got to try this. Happy and safe travels to you!
Why is it called Remineralizing? It seems highly unlikely that a topical paste can Remineralize anything.
That being said, I intend to make and try it 🙂
I’m going to try this. I make and use something similar, but I mix in some coconut oil for a more paste like consistency. Depending on the temperature, the coconut oil will vary between liquid and solid. I usually add a teeny bit of olive oil in the colder months so the “toothpaste” stays somewhat creamy.