Tooth brushing with tooth powder

A question that I get asked quite often is what I use to brush my teeth. Toothpastes often consist of questionable ingredients (keyword: micro plastic and fluoride) and usually are packed in plastic tubes. For some time, I brush my teeth with a self-made tooth powder which I have optimized for my needs in a satisfying way and I would like to share the recipe now. 

You can produce tooth powder with little effort and it takes just a few minutes. The cost savings, compared with my expensive conventional toothpaste from before, are around 80%. Depending on your taste it requires only 2 to 4 ingredients and can be modified. Tooth brushing without harmful ingredients and without polluting the environment – let’s go!

Tooth power: not many ingredients needed
Tooth power: not many ingredients needed

Birch sugar (xylitol)
Baking soda
A few drops of essential oil (e. g. peppermint or spearmint)

Mix baking soda and xylitol
Mix baking soda and xylitol

Put xylitol and baking soda in equal parts in a container or jar and mix them. This works well with a small stick or by shaking a sealed glass. Xylitol neutralizes with its capacity to slow down the activity of the caries bacteria and stimulates the flow of saliva. The remineralization makes the enamel more stable again. Because of its alkaline properties baking soda creates a pleasant pH-value in the mouth while thooth brushing. Caries-causing acids are thus neutralized by the baking soda and it reduces plaque for whiter teeth.

At this point I also add a few drops of essential oil, depending on the desired intensity, more or less. For a small jar (as seen below) I add about 6 drops of peppermint oil and think that it is sufficient for a minty-fresh taste.

A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of cinnamon

Add a bit of cinnamon and mix thoroughly. Cinnamon not only creates a good taste but is also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and also has an analgesic effect.

Home-made tooth powder
Home-made tooth powder

One last time, mix all ingredients together and you are ready. I won’t take longer than 2 – 3 minutes.

This is just a small amount of tooth powder (about 40 g). So it’s good for testing. I’d rather make small amounts more often so the powder stays fresh and doesn’t cake and besides that a small size is easier to take with you on the road.

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  1. I have not yet switched to DIY toothpaste. I’m not sure what exactly is stopping me from trying it. Where did you purchase the xylitol? Did you ever ask a dentist about DIY toothpaste/powder? I hope to try it one day, and this recipe seems small enough that it won’t be wasteful should I dislike it.

    • Hi Nadine, Thanks for your comment. I ordered the xylitol online. Unfortunately I found it neither in bulk nor in a local shop yet. My dentist says that my teeth are in a great condition. First of all the most important thing is how you brush the teeth and secondly what “toothpaste” you use. The portion of powder is small but you don’t need much so it’s quite ecological, you should give it a try! 😉 Best, Susanne

  2. Definitely going to try adding cinnamon to mine. I just use baking soda, as all the xylitol I can find in SA is in plastic and super duper expensive. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Hi Colleen, I heard stevia is also suitable to make the taste sweeter without harming the teeth… Maybe you can find this without plastic in your area. Thanks for your reply, Susanne

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  4. Hi Susanne, I read that baking soda rather damages the natural protection layer of our teeth. I read this in several sources. Can you say something about that?

    • Liebe Mandy, ich bin natürlich kein Zahnarzt und kann nur Infos geben, die ich selbst heraus gefunden habe und für mich funktionieren. Natron wirkt als Schleifstoff, hellt die Zähne leicht auf und dadurch, dass es basisch ist, ist es in der Lage, einen guten ph-Wert im Mund zu schaffen. Kariesverursachende Säuren können so neutralisiert werden. Grobkörniges Natron mit scharfen Kanten könnte unter gewissen Umständen den Zahnschmelz mechanisch angreifen, deshalb sollte feinpudriges Natron verwendet werden. Nicht zu verwechseln mit Backpulver, das sich aus Natron und weiteren Zutaten zusammensetzt. Dieses sollte nicht genutzt werden, denn die darin enthaltenen Säuren greifen den Zahnschmelz an. Ich hoffe die Antwort hilft dir weiter. Liebe Grüße, Susanne

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