Bentonite Clay: Good for Healthy Gums and Teeth
Your mouth is your body’s first line of defense as it takes in food. Warmth and food particles in the mouth make ideal conditions for bacteria. You must take care of your oral health or risk losing your teeth.
One great natural ingredient for oral health care is bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a substance comprised of volcanic ash, taking its name from its largest deposit in Fort Benton, Wyoming.
Uses of Bentonite Clay
Several oral care products use it. This clay helps alleviate disease symptoms. Bentonite protects your teeth, gums, and tongue from toxins. It recovers enamel, strips plaque, and prevents bad odor. It is easy to use and has no negative side effects.
Bentonite clay can be used as a toothpaste. As a matter of fact, people have used it for ages to prevent diseases, detoxify the body, and maintain oral care in Central Africa, Australia, and the Andes.
Bentonite’s power to maintain oral health comes in part from its negatively charged molecules. These molecules attract positively charged elements like heavy metals. Put simply, bentonite negative charges attract dangerous toxins, drawing these out from the body. How it Works
When bentonite clay enters your body, it attracts impurities, chemicals, and toxins, pushing them out through the mouth, skin, and gut. Bentonite expands when wet. Its electrical charge turns negative, increasing its size. As a result, it turns into a sponge-like structure that lets it absorb toxins such as heavy metals in its layers.
When it cleans your mouth and skin from toxins, it replaces them with minerals like magnesium, silica, and calcium. This way, it helps your body strengthen and become healthier.
In your mouth, Bentonite’s negative charge attracts positively charged toxins and impurities. It can attract fungus, viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Bentonite neutralizes bacteria and impurities from tooth surfaces and other parts of the mouth, improving your overall oral health. Bentonite also prevents bad breath through the minerals that are present.
Bentonite even re-mineralizes your tooth enamel. It helps recover the enamel and enrich it with minerals. Bentonite can also reverse the effects of minor tooth decay. Acids from sugars damage tooth enamel which lets bacteria enter the outer layer of teeth and cause damage.
Minerals in bentonite alkalize the acids and raise the pH of the mouth. What’s more, bentonite delivers minerals to rebuild acid damage in the mouth. Bentonite clay’s superfine particles are quite effective in polishing your teeth without damaging your enamel. The clay also helps prevent periodontitis. Bentonite removes plaque and tartar.
Rich in sodium, it makes your teeth naturally white. Dental whitening treatments have side effects. Bentonite has none. Of course, bentonite can’t do everything. If you have an abscess, for example, that definitely requires professional dental attention immediately.
Bentonite Clay Powder for Your Teeth and Gums
You can use bentonite in two major ways—as a pre-packaged toothpaste, or as a powder you make yourself. The advantage of the powder is that you can make it from common ingredients:
- bentonite clay
- baking soda…for whitening
- sea salt…for the sodium
- cloves…for their anti-inflammatory properties
- sage…for cleaning and whitening the teeth
- xylitol…increases saliva production and adds a sweet taste
- essential oils…e.g. peppermint oil…for antiseptic properties.
In a bowl, combine three tablespoons bentonite clay, one teaspoon sea salt, one tablespoon baking soda, two tablespoons calcium powder, one tablespoon xylitol in powder form, one teaspoon cloves, one tablespoon of dried ground sage, and few drops of essential oil.
Mix these ingredients with a non-metal spoon (plastic, wood, glass, or porcelain). Store the powder in a sealed container and use it whenever you need it.
Tip: Use a container you can easily dip your toothbrush into.
To use this powder, dip your toothbrush into the bentonite tooth clay powder, and brush normally. Brush for two minutes to get the best effect. After brushing, rinse with cold water. Brush with bentonite twice daily.