Ever since you could maneuver a toothbrush as a toddler, you’ve been brushing twice a day every day. And, you’ve probably been using standard toothpaste that whole time as well.
Nowadays your teeth probably look okay. Maybe you’ve had a cavity or some sensitivity here and there.
But what if you could make one switch to completely change your dental health?
Before people brushed with toothpaste, they used tooth powder. Hundreds of years ago, this powder was surprisingly effective at keeping teeth clean and free of bacteria.
Recently, tooth powder has made a comeback. Its popularity has some good reasons behind it...
The Power of Powder
But first… What is tooth powder? Tooth powder is a simple mix of ingredients that help strengthen and remineralize teeth enamel. The list of ingredients usually depends on who is making it, but common ones include baking soda, clays, essential oils and activated charcoal.
Tooth powder can improve the health of cavity-prone teeth. It can also neutralize bad breath and the bacteria that causes it. So if you want to step up your dental hygiene, you definitely want this product on your bathroom counter.
Nearly everyone grew up using toothpaste, so the switch can seem daunting -- and even unnecessary. So let’s check out some of the amazing benefits of tooth powder. (They’ll have your clamoring to get your hands on some.)
No Toxic Ingredients
Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on a tube of toothpaste? You’ve probably heard of glycerin, fluoride and other chemicals commonly found in those tubes. They promote good dental health, but at what cost?
Could these ingredients be damaging your body? They sure can! For instance, fluoride is poisonous if ingested. Glycerin leaves a film on the teeth, which helps with sensitivity yet prevents remineralization.
One of the biggest perks of switching to tooth powder is that it’s made with all-natural ingredients. Common ingredients include bentonite clay, baking soda, sea salt, peppermint essential oil, activated charcoal and coconut oil.
The best tooth powders use only the necessary ingredients. They should never include water, preservatives or emulsifiers. They are created from simple ingredients that you can find at a local health or grocery store. So, you could DIY your own and know exactly what you’re putting on your teeth and in your body!
Efficiently Remove Plaque
Compared to toothpaste, several studies have shown that tooth powder is more effective at removing plaque. When plaque builds up, it can discolor your teeth and cause bad breath. It can also lead to gum disease and cavities.
When not taken care of, plaque build-up can also impact your overall health. As your dental health declines, the risks of dementia, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis increase. This is due to oral bacteria traveling through the bloodstream and damaging major organs.
Re-mineralize your enamel
Have you ever eaten a spoonful of ice cream or sipped some coffee, only to leap back in agony? Tooth sensitivity can be incredibly painful. It’s also quite common: 1 in 8 adults suffer from it.
To alleviate the pain and sensitivity, many are encouraged to brush with special toothpaste. This can help, but it’s only masking the issue. It simply numbs the sensitive area in which enamel has been worn down.
So how do we solve the problem? Through re-mineralization. Here’s where tooth powder can take center stage.
Toothpaste does a good job of cleaning our teeth, but it lacks the minerals our enamel needs to repair itself. Our enamel gets weaker over the years due to what we eat and drink, certain medications, the aging process and more. Weaker enamel means your teeth and gums are more vulnerable to decay and infection.
Brushing with tooth powder puts minerals in direct contact with your enamel. It allows your teeth to start repairing their protective coating. Tooth powder will help cut down on sensitivity and decay through remineralization, while also cleaning and whitening your teeth.
It’s time to switch
When switching to tooth powder, it might take a few brushings to get used to it. Unlike toothpaste, it’s not overly sweet since it’s not made with artificial flavorings. It also won’t foam up -- but will clean your teeth just as well, if not better.
With toothpaste, you’re used to squeezing out a stripe the length of our brush. When you use tooth powder, you simple wet your toothbrush, shake off the excess, and dip half of the bristles into the powder. Then you just brush like you normally would.
Once you get the hang of using tooth powder -- and see the results -- you’ll wonder why you ever brushed with goopy pastes. So say goodbye to “toxipaste” and start brushing with all-natural tooth powder.