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Simply make tooth powder yourself or why I will never buy toothpaste again
I finally made tooth powder myself. That was not only felt, but actually, on my to-do list for months. At the beginning of May we got soda and xylitol (birch sugar) in the bulk store and off we went. We already had the rest of the ingredients at home. It's so easy and super cheap to make toothbrush powder - also known as tooth chalk or tooth powder - that I really wonder why more people aren't doing it. It's the perfect Zero Waste / Less Waste (depending on what you put in) alternative to toothpaste. Other than that, it's sooo practical. For on the go and when traveling you only need a mini container and you are wonderfully taken care of. The mega plus point is of course the garbage that you save with homemade tooth chalk. Plastic waste through tubes, goodbye! Hello sustainable tooth brushing - of course in combination with plastic-free bamboo toothbrushes. You get (almost) all ingredients unpackaged or you already have them at home anyway. I think that a glass of toothbrush powder like this is also perfect as a DIY Christmas present.
The recipe for the DIY tooth powder isn't set in stone. There are many possibilities for modification. You can just experiment a little. In the recipe section I have listed many options for you.
Make less waste toothpaste yourself - your questions, my answers
Is the toothbrush powder foaming?
Barely! It is of course not true that dentifrices only clean perfectly when they foam. We are only used to it from a young age that we have foam in our mouths when we brush our teeth. So it takes a little getting used to.
Can you make toothpaste out of it with coconut oil?
Yes you could. I don't like that very much though. I particularly like the fact that the powder is dry and can't get bad at all. I put a little coconut oil on my brush every 2-3 days and only then add the powder and then just brush my teeth with this combination. Otherwise I only brush with the powder.
What is the cost of the powder? Is it cheaper than buying ready-made powder or toothbrush tablets?
It is a lot cheaper or sometimes even extremely much cheaper. You may still remember when we bought around 250 toothbrush tablets (aka pressed and shaped tooth powder) for 25 euros. Sure, there are also much cheaper tablets out there. At the unpackaged shop where we were, they were really expensive. What I mean by that: The prices of toothpaste tablets and toothpaste powder differ so widely in the store that I can't make a precise comparison here. I got baking soda and birch sugar almost for free in the bulk store. Mineral earth / clay / healing earth costs sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on which brand it is. But it is also relatively cheap.
However, we already had turmeric and peppermint oil at home. Since you only need very little, it is practically insignificant in terms of price. If you buy it especially for this, it is hardly worth it at first (except for a large family) because you need so little essential oil. Maybe you buy the essential oil together with friends and family and you make the powder together or you just use it for a long time (you can do other things with the oil). On the other hand, you don't necessarily need essential oil either. You can dry a little sage or mint and grind it in a fine mortar. There are so many ways to pimp the base.
How does the toothbrush powder work compared to toothpaste?
We have to differentiate between conventional toothpaste, which contains a lot of nonsense (such as microplastics, aggressive surfactants such as SLS - sodium laureth sulfate, a foaming agent, PEGs, etc.) that we don't want in our mouth, on our teeth or in the drain, and natural cosmetic toothpaste . In some cases, the natural toothpaste contains exactly the same ingredients as our powder. In addition, of course, humectants, consistency enhancers and binders. Doesn't do any harm, but nobody really needs it. Tooth powder is simply reduced to the essentials: the cleaning bodies plus the cleaning, antibacterial effect of sage and co.
Do the ingredients differ from finished tooth chalk or toothbrush tabs?
Not so much. Some have exactly the same ingredients, others have a few more ingredients. Our homemade tooth chalk is at least as good as the ones you can buy in bulk stores.
Are the teeth really clean?
Yes! All of the chemical stuff in conventional toothpaste does more harm than good. If we can look at the ingredients of natural cosmetic toothpaste, which are not that different from the powder. In addition, of course, I recommend flossing. In general, the brushing technique is often more important than the toothpaste. But of course the feeling of brushing with powder is a little different than with toothpaste.
How is the cleaning feeling?
Pleasant, but initially unfamiliar. Of course, it's a little different than toothpaste.
Does your mouth feel fresh afterwards?
Not more or less like with other natural cosmetic toothpastes or tabs that I have used otherwise. I particularly like my tooth chalk with peppermint oil. Without that, I lack freshness. To me, my mouth definitely feels refreshed and clean. Alex, on the other hand, finds it unusual and lacks the feeling of cleanliness. I guess it's a habit. You could remedy this with a natural, refreshing mouthwash.
What are the ingredients in dental chalk and what do they do?
Possible ingredients (not all must be included, recipe below):
Soda (not baking powder): can remove discoloration from the teeth, stimulates the flow of saliva and thus self-cleaning in the mouth, neutralizes acids in the mouth, inhibits the growth of bacteria
Healing earth / clay / mineral earth / whiting chalk: Remineralizes the teeth, binds toxins and heavy metals, dissolves impurities without attacking the tooth enamel
Birch sugar (xylitol): natural protection against tooth decay, helps to reduce acid-forming bacteria, remineralises tooth enamel by stabilizing calcium
Silica: Cleaning body, helps remove plaque
dried mint / peppermint essential oil: antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and gives a fresh taste.
dried sage / essential oil of sage: has an antibacterial and antiseptic effect
Turmeric: works teeth whitening, anti-inflammatory and has felt 1000 other positive properties
Ginger powder: has anti-inflammatory effects, improves blood circulation and gives fresh breath
Cinnamon: has a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory effect and helps against fungi and bacteria
You can also add hammamälis, clove powder, eucalyptus, myrrh, tea tree, fennel, lemongrass, or liquorice. There are endless possible combinations.
These are not all of the ingredients; these are a few of the basic ingredients plus some optional ingredients. So don't worry, your tooth powder doesn't contain that many ingredients. You can put it together individually.
Mine got too coarse, which attacks tooth enamel. Tips?
Crush very, very well with the mortar. This makes it very fine.
How do you use the powder?
Get a little out with the dry toothbrush. You really don't need a lot. Only then do I wet the toothbrush. You can also do it the other way around. Please make sure that no water from the toothbrush drips into the powder.
Are there any reports from doctors? I have very bad teeth and don't really trust it all!
Dr. med dent. Wolf Brockhausen speaks out in favor of tooth powder. Of course, there will be dentists who will find tooth powder great, while others will not. But since it contains similar ingredients to natural cosmetic toothpaste, you shouldn't really mind. However, many dentists believe that fluoride should not be avoided. Personally, I see it differently.
Where do you keep it
In a glass container.
How enamel friendly is it? Does baking soda attack tooth enamel?
Very enamel-friendly without baking soda, but most people also tolerate it very well. If you are very sensitive, you can simply leave out baking soda. I use it with baking soda and I also tolerate it very well with it. Baking soda is often associated with the fact that it attacks tooth enamel. In fact, it is far less aggressive than virtually any traditional toothpaste. You can check it out here.
Does the powder contain fluoride?
You can of course add fluoride. No problem. However, I deliberately leave it out because I am sure that toothpaste or tooth powder without fluoride is the better and healthier choice. Here, however, opinions simply differ
Is it polluting the drain?
How long can the powder be kept?
Actually unlimited! To be on the safe side, I wouldn't make it in too large quantities, so you can make a new one after a few months.
I know the recipe looks pretty complicated at first glance. But it's not. The tastes of tooth powder are simply very different. That's why it's good that there are so many options. It is really a pleasure to create your own individual, perfect tooth powder. Promised!
There are many possible variations. You can "develop" your toothbrush powder individually. It is only important that you roughly stick to the information. When it comes to the feeling of brushing our teeth, we all have very different demands. So just get creative and find your perfect combination. Have fun with it!
- 2-3 level tablespoons of mineral earth (you can also use clay, whipped chalk or healing earth. I like it with light mineral earth best)
- 1 level tbsp xylitol (birch sugar)
- 1 / 2-1 level tbsp baking soda *
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (for turmeric toothpaste powder) and a few drops of essential, 100% all-natural peppermint oil ** (for a fresh taste). Sage essential oil is also very popular.
- optional: silica (Silicea)
- optional herbs / oils: You can experiment a little as you wish. Some also add sage essential oil as it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Grated cinnamon, powdered ginger, or powdered cloves are also options. You can also add witch hazel, eucalyptus, myrrh, tea tree, fennel, lemongrass, or liquorice. Some also rub dried mint or sage leaves onto it. You can also combine essential oils: one drop of sage and three drops of orange or peppermint and sage, etc. You see, the possibilities are endless! Just try it out, but please don't combine it too wildly.
Mix all the ingredients together and put them in the mortar. The powder has to be ultra fine. If you like, you can add a little more xylitol or change the amount of ingredients a little. I particularly like the tooth powder with peppermint essential oil because it leaves a fresh taste. Over time you will find out which suits you like best.
Fill the toothbrush powder into a (sealable) container and always take something out with the toothbrush head when you brush your teeth. You only need a very small amount.
* some don't like to let baking soda on their teeth. Others cannot make friends with the taste. You can simply take less or, optionally, omit it completely. Some also make a powder with baking soda and one without and take turns cleaning. Just see if your teeth can handle baking soda well. I particularly like the powder with baking soda.
** important: only 100% natural, essential oil is of high quality.
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