Dental Powder vs. Toothpaste
Both dental powder and traditional fluoridated toothpaste work well as tooth-cleaning agents. But which one is better for you? Here are the pros and cons of each:
Traditional Fluoridated Toothpaste
- Easy and convenient to use
- Gently cleans and polishes teeth
- The American Dental Association recommends fluoride strengthen teeth and reduces cavities
- Contains fluoride, which is poisonous if swallowed
- Glycerin leaves a film on teeth preventing remineralization
- Studies have shown that tooth powder can be more effective at removing plaque than toothpaste.
- Most tooth powders are composed of natural and organic ingredients.
- Because it does not contain fluoride, it is non-toxic and safer for children.
- Powder is less convenient to clean with than a paste.
- Herbs and clay can leave a funny texture in the mouth after use
Beneficial Ingredients Dental Power
The key ingredients in dental powder are what make this product very beneficial for teeth:
This clay naturally binds to toxins, helping eliminate heavy metal toxins from mercury fillings. Plus, it’s rich in minerals that are nourishing to gums and teeth. Bentonite clay is an edible clay that is not only chock full of essential minerals our bodies crave, but it helps rid our bodies of toxins. In toothpaste, it also functions as a gentle abrasive and cleanser. Interestingly, it’s also alkaline, which is important in toothpaste and tooth powder. As bacteria grow through the day by feeding on the sugars of food debris in your mouth, their wastes create an acidic environment, which eat away at tooth enamel, create halitosis, and can enflame gums. The alkalinity of the clay balances that that acid, which slows the effects of the acid.
Calcium is an essential mineral for proper and healthy body function. By ingesting it, we ensure adequate amounts are available for proper body function. By using it in toothpaste and tooth powder, it is a mild-but-effective abrasive.
Unrefined sea salt is helpful for healing irritated gums and contains a plethora of tooth-benefitting minerals. They are crucial for neutralising the acids around your teeth. The salt and baking soda do the very important job of neutralising acids and making your mouth an inhospitable place for those acid-creating bacteria.
Baking soda is a long-time trusted tooth cleaner. It works as a gentle abrasive to gently polish teeth and clean and whiten your smile.
Xylitol not only adds a sweeter taste to the powder, but also can benefit your oral health. It naturally stimulates saliva production, which helps protect and re-mineralize teeth. Stevia is another good option if you wish to use a different sweetener.
For years, cultures around the world have used sage as a natural tooth-whitener.
Cloves not only tastes great; it’s also a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient to help sore gums.
Activated charcoal, like clay, draws toxins out of the body and in this usage, acts as a natural tooth whitener. Thus, it’s great in homemade tooth powder because it helps create an inhospitable environment for bacteria, draws out any toxins in the mouth, freshens breath, and whitens teeth.
Essential oils have an endless list of benefits. Peppermint oil is a great choice for dental powder because it is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. On top of having pain-relieving properties, it also leaves your mouth feeling minty and fresh.
Brushing with Dental Powder
Using tooth powder is similar to brushing teeth with toothpaste. Simply wet your toothbrush and dip it into the powder. Or if you’re using a small squirt bottle, carefully squirt the powder onto a wet toothbrush. Brush teeth holding the brush at a 45-degree angle, thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Brush for at least 2 minutes. Then, rinse your toothbrush and mouth with cool water. You can use this multiple time a day.
You can use dental powder as a replacement for toothpaste. However, you can still use toothpaste after you brush with tooth powder.
Keeping up with an Oral Health Regimen
Of course, taking care of your teeth requires more than just using tooth powder. To keep teeth healthier and whiter, try sticking to this dental regimen:
- Brush teeth at least twice a day, morning and night after meals.
- Floss and rinse regularly to keeps gums healthy and bacteria at bay.
- Change out your toothbrush every three months or so. Make sure that you clean it thoroughly after each use.
- Keep up with regular dental check-ups and cleanings to keep your teeth in prime condition.