Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thanks to some encouraging feedback from my family's dental hygienist, I am pleased to offer my latest version of toothpowder for sale. 

This natural toothpowder should appeal to anyone who is looking for an effective alternative to commercial toothpastes.  Several people have found this toothpowder to help with persistant gum problems that had not improved despite regular use of commercial toothpaste.  The ingredients in the toothpowder are:

Baking powder, ground Star Anise, Clove powder, powdered Fennel seed, Neem leaf powder, Licorice root powder,  ground Cinnamon, ground Turmeric, Peppermint oil, Tea tree oil, and Blood Root powder.

The price is 7.50 for 1 oz.  1 oz is the smallest amount I am willing to ship.  1 oz of toothpowder will  last about a month and a half.  

 Shipping costs are as follows:

for 1 oz toothpowder = $1.50
      2 oz                      = $2.00
      3 oz                      = $2.50

 The following are some tips about using the toothpowder.

When you get the package you should transfer the powder from the freezer paper or plastic bag I mailed it in to an airtight, rigid container.  1 oz of toothpowder fits perfectly into a 4fl oz canning jar. Plastic tupperware will work ok if you don't have a glass jar.  If you have 2 or more ounces of toothpowder, what I would do is to use two containers, one to be the working 'toothpaste tube' and one to be the reserve/refill supply.  You can use one 4 fl oz canning jar for the working jar, and another 4 or 8 fl oz canning jar for the reserve.   this makes it easier to travel with and also prevents getting water in all your toothpowder.

to use the powder there are a couple of options. you can either apply the toothpowder to a damp toothbrush using a small applicator or you can dip your damp brush into the jar.

the advantage of the first way is that it is more sanitary and you will be less likely to drop water into the powder jar, but if you are careful, the second method works fine too.

the applicator stick could be something like a gelato spoon or a popsicle stick. I have used a simple carved wooden spoon. Whatever it is, you can make it fit inside the jar itself so that it does not get separated or knocked on the floor or in the sink, or in the toilet.

whether you use either method, your tooth brush should be wet first to help the powder stick to it. pour water onto the toothbrush and then shake off the excess. then hold the toothbrush over the jar while adding the powder with the applicator or just dip the damp brush to pick up some powder. if you have too much water on the toothbrush it is hard to avoid dripping it in jar. However, if that happens occasionally, it will not be a problem. I don't know what would happen if you put a lot of water into the powder, maybe then it would be toothpaste.

if the powder feels too dry in your mouth you can add more water to your brush after brushing your teeth for a few seconds, but if you try to pour water on a toothbrush that is loaded with dry powder, the water will probably knock the powder off the brush.

It is likely that you will be initially surprised by the unusual flavor of this toothpowder.  It might taste pretty bitter at first, but if you just keep using it you will quickly become accustomed to it.  This toothpowder no longer tastes bitter to me, but it definitely did when I changed the recipe to include neem leaf.  that is the source of the bitter flavor.  don't worry, it is good for you. 

1 comment:

  1. This literally saved my tooth. I would have had to have had it pulled long ago. It's a big help to use an electric toothbrush along with this.