This post reveals how to use bentonite clay for teeth whitening and avoiding tooth decay with this toothpaste recipe that uses baking soda and essential oil.
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is a type of montmorillonite mineral clay that is formed from the weathering of volcanic ash over millions of years. The term bentonite came from the clay formation known as Benton Shale found around Fort Benton in Wyoming back in 1898.
Its other name, “montmorillonite clay” originated from a region in France called Montmorillon where it was first discovered.
Bentonite clay has a high concentration of minerals, including silica, aluminium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. It is used in cosmetics, skin care products, and other health and beauty products such bentonite toothpaste or tooth powder. This clay is used as a natural remedy to combat tooth decay and for whitening teeth.
Two of the most widely used ones for body health and skincare is sodium bentonite clay and calcium bentonite clay which we have discussed in length in our calcium vs sodium bentonite clay article.
Sodium bentonite can be referred to by its scientific name Na-bentonite that typically has a pH level of 9 to 10 whereas calcium bentonite clay is known as Ca-bentonite with a pH level that varies from 7 to 8. With these levels this makes bentonite clay an alkaline.
Where Does Bentonite Clay Come From?
In the United States, it is found in abundance in Wyoming and Montana, Georgia, Florida and even around the Gulf of Mexico.
In Australia, bentonite is largely mined from the seabeds of Queensland that yield sodium bentonite clay. There are also mining activities in some parts of New South Wales and Western Australia that produce calcium bentonite clay.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay For Teeth Whitening and Gums
Bentonite clay helps to remineralise teeth. This means that it helps to rebuild the enamel on your teeth. Enamel is what protects your teeth from decay and damage. Bentonite clay contains minerals like calcium and magnesium that help to rebuild the enamel on your teeth.
Bentonite clay helps to prevent tooth decay by fending off plaque and bacteria. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth over time. Bacteria can grow in plaque, which can lead to cavities and other dental problems. Bacteria strives in an acidic environment and by using bentonite that has a high alkaline pH level, will help to alkalise the mouth and inhibit further bacterial growth. The clay can be mixed with water and used as a gargle or mouth wash to reduce bad breath.
The characteristic minerals in bentonite clay are mainly fine crystalline that gently scrubs the enamel without being too abrasive. Through this process, it polishes teeth giving it that whitened look.
For years hubby and I used a great toothpaste made by Neways. This was a toothpaste that once you tried it, ruined you forever!… What I mean is it changed your understanding about how clean teeth really felt. Toothpaste this good raises your expectations about what toothpaste should do, and you don’t ever want to go back to the junk they sell in the supermarkets! The Neways toothpaste made my teeth feel like glass and it just got a much better result than any other toothpaste I’d ever used before. Plus it was made from safer ingredients:
- No fluoride
- No SLS or SLES
- No nasties
That stuff is important to me!
So we used that toothpaste for close to 15 years.
Now, naturally I didn’t really have any reason to be looking at using anything else to brush my teeth with. I was more than happy with what I was using.
That was the reason for the experiment and now I’m a convert.
Bentonite Clay On False Teeth
This simple, healthy tooth powder leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean, and that’s what it’s supposed to do right?
After brushing, my teeth honestly feel like porcelain, and my teeth have gradually gotten whiter as well.
And hubby who has some false teeth, loves it too. That surprised him! He was resistant to even try it, and it took me a few days to talk him into it. =) But as soon as he gave it a go he was hooked. This stuff cleans his plate like nothing else so he’s a happy man.
Bentonite Clay Toothpaste and Amalgam Fillings
I did wonder about using bentonite clay toothpaste with amalgam fillings because unfortunately I still have four of those ugly black fillings in my mouth (that I plan to have removed one day). So I searched and searched, but couldn’t find any conclusive answers on this one.
In case you’re not sure what the issue is here, bentonite clay binds metals, and so the assumption is that it will gradually erode amalgam fillings. The other big question then is whether that is a bad thing from the mercury toxicity point of view.
Well the conclusion I ended up coming to was that maybe the clay toothpaste will gradually undermine my fillings, but I’m happy to use it anyway. I’m not too worried because I’d love to get rid of those fillings, and because the clay binds mercury, I figure it’s probably reducing my mercury exposure rather than increasing it. I’m brushing every day and and so anything bound by the clay is being spat down the sink.
So let’s get on with the recipe…
How to Use Bentonite Clay For Teeth
The following recipe shows you how to use bentonite clay for teeth whitening;
This lasts for about 2 months for 2 adults;
- 4 tablespoons bentonite clay powder
- 1 teaspoon aluminium-free baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered stevia
- 15 drops peppermint oil
Place all ingredients in a small container, put the lid on and shake well.
To use, simply wet toothbrush with water, dip into the powder and brush teeth as normal. Rinse mouth with water to remove any residual clay.
Cons of Bentonite Clay For Teeth Whitening
Toothpastes or tooth powder that contain bentonite have been touted as being too abrasive if used too often, especially for those with sensitive teeth and gums. Some dentists have claimed that bentonite clay is better than charcoal as it is not as abrasive as charcoal.
You may or may not know that there are actually two most widely used bentonite clays out there for consumer use; sodium bentonite clay and calcium bentonite clay.
If you are unsure about which type of bentonite clay to use, read our extensive article about calcium vs sodium bentonite clay.
Bentonite Clay for Teeth Whitening Summary
Based on this article, we hope we have shown you how bentonite clay is used for teeth and gums, as one of its many uses.
The clay is mixed in with baking soda, essential oils and stevia with a little bit of water to form a tooth paste or tooth powder that is capable of polishing the enamel while alkalising the mouth interior.
If you are using bentonite clay to take care of your sensitive teeth and gums, you should start out with a small amount and monitor the results before really incorporating it into your dental and oral regime.
- Susie Wilson is a Mum, a writer, a health buff and a bit of a self confessed food-a-holic! Susie has a passion for learning about, creating and of course eating healthy foods. She enjoys sharing recipes, ideas and information about the foods she loves and the things she's discovered about healthy eating and living. (Contact Author)