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Do you still use toothpaste? (2)

Jul 8, 2017 by Sora

I’ve never heard of tooth powder. It doesn’t foam… can it really clean teeth? Is tooth powder okay for children to swallow?

Does tooth powder work as effectively as toothpaste? How wonderful it would be if tooth powder was so safe that even when children swallow it, it's ok!

Tooth powder? What’s that?

Tooth powder is a mixture that can replace the usual ingredients for oral care with harmless alternatives such as xylitol (which is good for preventing cavities), baking soda and dried herbs like cinnamon, cloves, mint, etc.

Types of toothpastes have been used since the early 19th century, but before that, herbs, shell powder, salt and baking powder were used for brushing teeth. The history of toothpaste is shorter than you might think.

Tooth Powder VS Toothpaste

Which one is more effective for oral care? The following experiment compared the plaque-removing efficacy of toothpaste and tooth powder. The amount of plaque remaining between groups of tooth powder and toothpaste users was assessed, and each group was further divided into toothbrush users and those who just used their fingers. The group that used toothbrushes with tooth powder showed the most effective cleansing result.

<Comparison of the plaque-removing efficacy of toothpaste and tooth powder>

Let’s compare tooth powder and toothpaste more closely.

Traditional toothpaste containing fluoride


  • Convenient to use
  • Gently cleans and polishes teeth
  • Contains fluoride to reduce tooth decay


  • Poisonous if swallowed due to fluoride
  • Glycerin leaves a film on teeth, preventing remineralisation

Tooth Powder


  • More effectively removes plaque than toothpaste (Refer to the above comparative experiment)
  • Composed of natural and organic ingredients
  • Non-toxic and safer for children because it does not contain fluoride
  • Commonly does not contain preservatives because it does not contain water


  • Less convenient to use than a toothpaste

What does tooth powder consist of?

  • Bentonite Clay: This clay aggressively absorbs and binds with heavy metal toxins. It is rich in minerals that nourish the gum and teeth. In particular, if you have a filling, bentonite clay can effectively eliminate the heavy metal toxins from mercury fillings.
  • Sea Salt: Unrefined sea salt helps restore irritated gums and is rich in tooth-benefitting minerals.
  • Baking Soda: This has long been an oral cleansing ingredient. Baking soda gently polishes to remove plaque and whiten your teeth.
  • Xylitol: Xylitol not only adds a sweeter taste to tooth powder but also benefits your oral health. It stimulates saliva production naturally, effectively protecting and remineralising teeth. Moreover, it helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Calcium & Magnesium: Calcium & Magnesium help remineralise teeth, providing benefits to the gums and whitening teeth.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): This helps with wound and inflammation recovery. It is effective for whitening teeth and removing scales. 
  • Cloves: This herb is a naturally anti-inflammatory ingredient for sore gums and improves the taste of tooth powder.  
  • Essential Oils: Mainly mint oils are used. These are naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, leaving your mouth feeling minty and fresh.

The above mentioned ingredients are very effective for oral care. They not only provide cleansing benefits but also make the gums healthier, remove scales and remineralise teeth at the same time. They are beneficial for those with bleeding gums or tooth pain and are especially useful for young children who are just learning how to brush. In addition, tooth powder can help reduce bad breath in the morning because it has no foaming agent.

Keeping up with Oral Health Regimen

It sounds like tooth powder might be magic, but taking care of your teeth requires more than just using a good product. It's best to stick to an oral health regimen to keep your smile healthy!

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and night after meals.
  • Floss regularly to promote healthy gums.
  • Change out your toothbrush every three months and make sure you clean it thoroughly after each use. 
  • Also, be sure to attend regular dental check-ups.

You might have noticed that recently more tooth powder products have appeared on market shelves as the safety of traditional toothpaste has become an issue. However, many tooth powders still contain powdered surfactant ingredients too. If you are concerned about your health and our environment, please check the full ingredients list of each tooth powder product before using it, even if the company boldly advertises that it is "all natural".

Check out our Organic Tooth Powders! 

Organic Pure Tooth Powder

Organic Pure Tooth Powder For Kids

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