I have been tempted to grab those whitening strips off the counter at Wal-Mart, but the healthy hippie in me wasn’t going for it. Well of course, I did some research and found 4 easy ways to whiten my teeth NATURALLY. And I want to share them with you.
But first I want to tell you exactly why I didn’t go for those strips. Some whitening strips contain chlorine dioxide, yes the same chemical used to keep pools clean. This chemical whitens teeth by eating away at the surface of the enamel. However, most whitening strips contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to brighten teeth. But if the whitening strips contain a high percentage of peroxide it can also eat away at the enamel, cause irreversible gum recession and/or can even (if used too frequently) cause the teeth to become translucent.
Now ya’ll don’t want that do ya’ll?… So here are the 4 ways to get those pearly whites naturally.
Turmeric & Coconut Oil
Brushing with a Turmeric and Coconut Oil paste is said to have a whitening effect on teeth. Although, there is no clear reason to why turmeric whitens teeth, turmeric does have many oral health benefits. A study found that turmeric proved to have anti-plaque, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Coconut oil aids in tooth decay prevention, gum disease and helps clear haliotis. The lauric acid in coconut oil can rid your teeth of bacteria found in plaque that makes them yellow. Yay. So as you can see the combo can work wonders.
Directions: Simply mix solid coconut oil with equal parts turmeric until it makes a brownish orange paste. Brush your teeth with this mixture for 2 to 4 minutes. Then rinse and re-brush with your regular toothpaste.
Activated Charcoal helps to whiten teeth because it soaks up the compounds found in coffee, tea, tobacco, wine, spices, and other foods that stain teeth. But what’s great thing about activated charcoal, is that it won’t harm the tooth enamel because it doesn’t attach itself onto to minerals, such as the calcium that is in our teeth.
Directions: Open activated charcoal capsule and empty the charcoal in your mouth and swish around for 5-8 minutes. Spit out and rinse thoroughly. Or you can brush with activated charcoal by putting it on your toothbrush and brushing regularly. Rinse and re-brush with your regular toothpaste.
Baking Soda & Strawberries
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can help break-down plaque that is causing your teeth to look yellow. It also has an enzyme called malic acid, which may help to remove surface stains. Mixing the strawberries with baking soda will give it an even more whitening boost since the baking soda is mildly abrasive, it can scrub away the stains on your teeth. Plus baking soda is alkaline, so if you have a highly acidic mouth it can help balance the PH.
Directions: Crush strawberries and baking soda together to create a paste. Before applying wipe saliva off your teeth. Then use a toothbrush to apply the paste. Leave the paste on there for 5 minutes and then completely rinse the paste off.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut oil pulling has an array of health benefits such as aiding in better sleep, clearer skin, helping with the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay and so much more. However on top of all of those awesome benefits people have seen that it makes a difference in the brightness of their teeth as well. And as a new oil puller myself my teeth feel silky smooth and are shiny after my daily dose of oil pulling. Oil pulling main purpose is to draw out all those gross toxins in your mouth, which cause for healthy, healthy teeth.
Directions: Put about 1 tsp of organic cold press coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. (Feel free to spit out and reapply during the 20 minutes). Then spit and rinse the coconut oil out completely.
That’s it ya’ll, tell me some of your experiences with natural oral health.
xoxo Fitty Fattys