I’ve stopped using toothpaste a few years ago, as I was catapulted into a world of dental health and unhealth when our toddler’s teeth suddenly started crumbling away – fast.
The problem with virtually all toothpastes – even the most hippy-dippy organic ones – is that they contain glycerin. Glycerin apparently coats your teeth (making them feel nice and smooth), and prevents remineralisation – a daily, natural process through which your teeth rebuild themselves with the minerals present in your saliva.
I got a bit geeky on the issue and came up with an elaborate recipe. It works amazingly well on sensitive and broken teeth and – from all the feedback I have had – on cavities. (Yes, your teeth can defend themselves and you can heal cavities without drilling and filling! More on this in some future post.)
This sort of recipe, I am convinced, beats any toothpaste for oral health. You can easily make this yourself and you do not have to include all of the ingredients (more clues below). There’s some other great tooth powder recipes out there, and some ready-made powders to buy if you don’t fancy the grinding and sifting and shaking that making your own involves.
If you are grappling with some serious tooth issues, or have a little one in your care whose teeth need attention, using Magnesium oil (actually a magnesium chloride solution) both transdermally (rubbed in skin) and on the toothbrush is likely to be key in remineralising your body and teeth. There is a whole complex interaction between magnesium and calcium going on in human bodies, and we are all probably deficient in the former.
On the Rock’n’Toothpowder
- 1 part powdered Himalayan salt (Celtic Sea salt would work too – minerals in salt help remineralisation, but salt also makes saliva flow and strengthens gums and cleans wounds and bacteria)
- 1 part Bentonite healing clay (this will adjust pH, bind bacteria and toxins and aid in calming infection; Pascalite clay from Wyoming is really great, but green French clay is what we are using now that we are in France, any healing clay works)
- 1 part calcium carbonate powder (for internal use/supplement quality, will help alkalinise your mouth and prevent acid erosion of enamel, plus it’s a building block of your teeth)
- 1 part bamboo silica (probably best plant source of silica, an essential mineral for strong teeth)
- 1 part Marshmallow root powder (this plant provides an abundance of mucilage for protection of mucous membranes, and draws abscesses)
- 1 part Licorice root powder (anti-inflammatory and used traditionally with Comfrey for dental caries)
- 1 part red sage powder (astringent, antiseptic, antibiotic, traditionally used in mouth washes and against ulcers, but reduces breastmilk in case you are breastfeeding and thinking of using the powder yourself)
- 1/4 part black walnut hull powder (astringent, detergent, anti-inflammatory, apparently people have lots of success with caries and black walnut, but it is very bitter and also an antiparasitic so has strong action when ingested, hence I use the smaller amount)
You could make a basic powder just with salt, clay, and an anti-inflammatory herb – either one of the above or something else you like. Clove being an obvious choice if toothache is your issue.
Additionally, remineralising your whole body with regular consumption of bone broths and/or herbal teas will of course improve everything – your teeth are a living part of your body. (I’ll aim to post something more on tooth metabolism soon.)
The following herbs/herbal teas are for mineralising the body. You can put these teas in baths, too, as they are well absorbed through the skin.
- Nettle tea
- Cleavers tea
- Horsetail tea
- Comfrey tea (1 month on, 1 month off if you give it every day)
- Oatstraw tea (oatstraw is the grass itself, and not the grains of oat)
- Parsley (in food or juiced)
- Kelp or other seaweed
Some herbalists advocate such things as fresh carrot juice and (pure) almond milk for bone and teeth health. And they are in fact delightful together. You will have to decide for yourself whether the sugar in carrots and the phytic acid in almonds is beneficial in your case. Guts are individual! Soaking the almonds overnight in salty water, and then maybe even peeling them (before blending them in fresh water to make milk) will reduce their phytic acid content.
If you are successfully using any other powdery or pasty substances for oral health, or if you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you.
Good luck, enjoy your natural toothpowder!