I am interested in getting away from commercial tooth-pastes for different reasons. The curiosity opened a door of memory, the one that kept my mother’s memory using tooth powder when I was a child. As I researched the subject, I realized I had forgotten that tooth powder existed. Have a look at how to get white teeth for more info on this.
Many toothpaste and tooth powder recipes are available online so you can find a formula that suits your style. Due to its consistency and weight (powder goes beyond paste / gel for the same space and with less weight), I decided to try the tooth powder first as it is smoother and a better traveling companion. But yeah, the recipes are different!
The basic ingredients are simple: baking soda and salt. However, I found wildly different amounts ranging from 12 portions of baking soda to 1 portion of salt, to similar portions of baking soda and salt. I went with the 12:1 ration, hoping that the disparity would be salty enough for me, at least for starters. I had got it right. There are, of course, a myriad of recipes with different ingredients, others that have caused my eyebrow to cock in query.
My experiment started with a small jar of baby food. I put 4 spoons of baking soda and 1 spoonful of salt in it. I stirred it well and then closed the door, shaking it for a minute or two. Then I gave the powder in my clean travel toothpaste container — a contact lens case, the kind with the lid screw — around one to 1 to 1/2 teaspoons per portion. I noticed that about 10 brushings lasted for me every section, but your mileage may differ.
I was struck by how salty it was the first time I got my tooth powder cleaned. I had barely noted the saltiness or lack of sweetness after a few days of brushing with the powder though. My strategy is making the brush wet, shaking off excess water, sticking the bristles in the powder and brushing away.