Homemade clay toothpaste has recently become a dental health trend. Some of our patients have made their own toothpaste from scratch, and swear by it. What’s our take? Our family dentists have evaluated the efficacy of clay toothpaste and believe it does have an acceptable place in a dental hygiene routine.
Why Clay Toothpaste?
Bentonite clay is a staple ingredient in most homemade toothpastes, and for good reason. Bentonite is full of minerals, such as calcium, silica, and magnesium. It is also alkaline and is known for drawing toxins out of the mouth.
How It Works
Bentonite is a swelling clay, meaning that it enlarges when mixed with water. The clay essentially turns into a porous sponge. Here’s where the magic kicks in: when the clay is exposed to water, the molecular components become electrically charged and draws toxins and other impurities into its sponge-like surface.
Homemade toothpaste should also include other ingredients that will maintain a healthy mouth.
- Baking soda — like bentonite, baking soda is also alkaline; it helps remove stains and odors
- Mint — is great tasting and also soothes the gums
- Cinnamon — is antibacterial, great tasting and prevents the growth of bacteria
- Xylitol — completely optional but adds sweetness
2 Tablespoons clay; 2 Tablespoons baking soda; ½ teaspoon crushed, dried mint leaves; 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon; 1 Tablespoon xylitol
Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl and store in mason jar. As long as you keep the resulting powder away from water, it will last indefinitely.
Continue with Your Checkups
Of course, no toothpaste — no matter how beneficial — is ever a replacement for maintaining regular dental checkups. Also, since clay toothpaste lacks fluoride, our oral surgeons recommend switching back and forth between clay and regular toothpaste. Visit Mukilteo Dental Arts for regular exams. Our endodontists will take care of issues ranging from root canals to a chipped tooth. Feel free to experiment with clay toothpastes, just be sure not to forgo your routine checkups.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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