I’ve been slowly switching all of my beauty and health products over to things with better ingredients (an attempt to detox our household), and one of the items that I’ve been exploring is non-toxic oral care. For years, I used commercial whitening toothpastes to combat my smoking and coffee habits (I no longer smoke, but coffee and I are BFFs every morning). My dentist once told me I was “aggressive” with my brushing – I wanted that super clean feeling, so I would choose a medium-bristled brush and scrub my teeth and gums, which resulted in my having gum abrasions. Fast forward to today, where I’m using a natural toothpaste that I really like, but in the spirit of keeping things interesting, I am always open to switching up my products.
Which brings me to this awesome new find that I received during the Natural Products Show in Anaheim last weekend: The Dirt!
This particular product is the Trace Mineral Tooth Powder, the company’s best seller. Made of just a blend of herbs, baking soda, and bentonite clay, this powder has no fluoride or any other hidden nasty stuff – no xylitol, stevia, or any other fake sweetener either. Here’s a breakdown of what it’s made of:
- Bentonite Clay is a naturally occurring substance that has a myriad of application. Bentonite is said to bind to toxins and help to draw them out (which is why people use bentonite for clay masks, detox baths, and digestive issues) . Bentonite also has a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.
- Baking Soda is a natural tooth whitener, and helps fight gum disease and halitosis. Baking soda can also aid in speeding the healing for mouth ulcers and sores.
- Myrrh (as in, frankincense AND) is a resinous sap that can be used to treat bad breath and to keep gums healthy.
- Nutmeg has been used in oral healthcare for many years – naturally antibacterial, it helps fight bad breath and generally boosts the immunity of your gums and teeth.
- Sweet Orange and Cardamom Essential Oils are both natural antiseptic and antimicrobial. Cardamom helps increase saliva flow to help keep the teeth clean!
When I first opened the container, I was (admittedly) a little skeptical. I’ve never used anything but actual toothpaste before, and the thought of putting clay and baking soda in my mouth was less than appealing – commercial baking soda toothpastes are gross, and often leave that salty film in your mouth.
To use this tooth powder, all you do is wet your toothbrush, tap of excess water, dip it in the powder, tap off excess, and start brushing. Spit and rinse.
The result: Surprisingly clean, rinses really well, and the flavor is gentle – warm spices like nutmeg and cardamom are comforting versus cloying. I have been using The Dirt tooth powder for the past week and my friend commented that my teeth were extra white (baking soda, thank you!). I also like that this product is dry so I can throw it into my carry on luggage without a second thought.
Final thoughts: A keeper. I like this company so much, I’m looking into getting some of their other products, like their pure copper tongue scraper and their oil pulling mouthwash (it’s the hippie in me).
Full disclosure: I was given a free sample of Trace Mineral Powdered Toothpaste by The Dirt at the Natural Products Show. All opinions here are my own, and I would never showcase a product that I don’t completely stand behind.