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A smile is worth a thousand words.
Or is that a picture?
Either way, your smile is pretty important and an expression you use to show happiness, excitement, and love. Sharing those moments with confidence means freely and comfortably showing your teeth. It’s no wonder teeth whitening is a multi-billion dollar industry. And though it might seem nice to walk out of a clinic with pearly whites, there are few things to know about the process for getting that bright smile.
The primary ingredients used in whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, gels, strips, and treatments are hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, fluoride, sodium chloride, and a few others–all of which can strip any stain from teeth.
Unfortunately, these chemical compounds have shown to soften teeth overtime, remove protective enamel, and deteriorate collagen protein in the jaw. It is nearly impossible for the body to restore the important elements of teeth, bone, and tissue loss as a result of repeatedly using products containing the listed ingredients.
As an alternative, many are turning to gentle, natural ways to whiten teeth that bare no risks to dental health. Though it’s important to note, whitening products used on your teeth are also ingested, making it even more important to be conscious of how you cleanse and whiten.
Here are 6 ways to whiten teeth naturally and prevent stains using nature-sourced ingredients.
The practice of oil pulling has been traced back 15,000 years to Native American civilizations as a way to clean the mouth after meals and brighten teeth. Though they didn’t know it at the time, oil-pulling, especially with organic coconut oil, draws bacteria, plaque, and debris off of teeth and out of the gums.
Coconut oil is also naturally anti-inflammatory due to the high amounts of lauric acid. This strengthens the bed of the teeth, reduces oral infections, and can prevent gums from bleeding.
How to Oil Pull:
- Measure 1 tablespoon of coconut, olive, or sesame oil
- Swish it thoroughly around teeth and gums for 15-25 minutes
- Avoid swallowing any oil
- Spit oil into the trash and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water
- Can be done 1-3 times a day
When you see the brightness of yellow Turmeric powder you may think that’s exactly the shade you want to remove from your teeth. But don’t worry it washes off along with residual bacteria and plaque.
Turmeric has been one of the most widely used medicinal herbs since the dawn of its discovery as early as 2500 BCE. In moderns times it’s still used to whiten and cleans the skin, heal wounds, and prevent oral diseases.
Turmeric has proven to be great at managing the natural microbiome of the mouth preventing cavities, gingivitis, and plaque buildup. When used daily along with gently brushing, it significantly reduces the appearance of stains.
Turmeric For Teeth Whitening:
- Dip the tips of the bristles of a dry toothbrush into a bit of coconut oil then coat the bristles in turmeric powder
- Gentle brush the mixture over teeth and gums for 2 minutes
- Stop brushing and leave the mixture on teeth for a minute more
- Rinse mouth and gently brush mixture off with a clean toothbrush
- It’s recommended to use only a soft or medium grade toothbrush
Dry brushing is the easiest way to whiten teeth naturally. All it requires is the use of a dry toothbrush with medium to soft grade bristles.
I know it’s hard to imagine, but our ancestors have straight, white teeth long before the booming dental industry. Often branches, twigs, and leaves were chewed and spit out to clean the mouth. I’m not recommending you grab a branch from your front yard and start gnawing on it. But using a dry toothbrush is close enough!
The process is simple but the results are surprising.
How To Dry Brush
- Rinse toothbrush and with no products brush teeth as normal. The primary difference is frequency. Dry brushing to whiten teeth should be done in the morning, after each meal, and at night followed by thoroughly rinsing with water.
Papaya & Pineapple
Bromelain is an enzyme found in Pineapple and green, unripe papaya contains high concentrations of the enzyme papain. Both have supported claims to naturally whiten teeth, freshen breath, and promote overall oral health.
Using fruit for oral health is as natural as it gets!
Papaya and Pineapple Natural Teeth Whitening Treatment
- Create a paste combining blended fresh pineapple, unripe papaya, and turmeric.
- Apply to brush and brush as normal (1-2 minute)
- Or leave out the turmeric and use the blended fruit as a mouth wash. Rinse mouth after swishing mixture for 5 minutes.
Diatomaceous Earth is a soft, naturally occurring sediment often used in bud baths, clay masks, and dietary supplements. This sediment forms from mineral-rich algae that restores bone health to teeth through remineralization. Simultaneously, the detoxifying property of the clay draws bacteria out of gums, teeth, and tongue.
Diatomaceous Earth Natural Toothpaste
- 1-3 Tablespoons of diatomaceous earth until a smooth paste is formed
- Add 1-2 drops of Peppermint or Spearmint food-grade essential oil
- Apply to a toothbrush and gently brush teeth for 2 minutes
Whiten Teeth Naturally
Whitening teeth naturally takes a little more time than a chemical whitening, so be consistent and feel free to mix or match whitening routines.
Here are a few natural ways to prevent stains so that the whitening process is even easier.
- Use a natural treatment within 1-2 hours of consuming coffee or wine
- Brocolli, celery, apples, cauliflower, cheese, almonds, onions, and dark chocolate all contain minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that promote dental health and natural whitening
- Methods promoting the use of acids like lemons, oranges, or apple cider vinegar are not recommended and can damage teeth permanently.
Remember, dental health is not a quick fix but a long-term commitment to maintaining your smile, naturally. Cheers!