A few years back when I first jumped on the Paleo bandwagon, I also kick-started my holistic living phase. I have to admit… I was in far over my head researching recipes to make my own beauty and cleaning products, spending countless hours wandering obscure aisles of grocery stores not fully sure what I was looking for… And ultimately, I didn’t have the time to do it all.
Since then, I’ve spent time little by little chipping away and trying my own natural products at home, and have built up quite the arsenal! The very first thing I tried was teeth whitening… because let’s be real, if you drink coffee and DON’T whiten your teeth, that smile has less and less shine over time 🙂
Some of the natural solutions to teeth whitening that I’ve found are a bit obscure… but let me tell you, they work! And while you aren’t going to get the same immediate result you might with crest whitening strips (a result often paired with sensitive teeth for days!), if you use these methods regularly, those pearly whites will continue to shine.
Method 1: Activated Charcoal Power
Black teeth seems like the opposite of a white, no doubt. But activated charcoal has an absorbent nature that makes it a great whitener!
Activated Charcoal (order from Amazon) is made from coconut shells and other natural resources and is actually used for much more than whitening teeth. Because it traps toxins and chemicals in the body which then allows them to be flushed out rather than reabsorbed, activated charcoal is popularly used to treat poisoning, bloating, and more. You can read more about all the uses for activated charcoal here if you are interested 🙂 But be sure to check with your doctor first before using it for medicinal purposes!
So…. how does it whiten your teeth? Well, because it absorbs toxins, the powder actually removes stains as well. Fair warning though… while the powder doesn’t stain your teeth, it does stain about everything else! So be careful to not let it spill and be sure to rinse your sink and toothbrush thoroughly right after brushing.
How to Brush: Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the charcoal powder. Leaning over the sink, brush lightly for approximately two minutes. Rinse your mouth, the toothbrush, and your sink once you are done. Complete as often as desired!
If you have questions or concerns about this form of teeth whitening, please feel free to contact me or post a comment below. I’d be happy to answer or research the answer!
Method 2: Baking Soda & Lemon Juice
Why does this combo work? Baking Soda, by nature, is a abrasive and helps to scrub away surface stains. Lemon juice, by nature, acts as a bleach. Together, they balance each other out on the pH scale.
If you are already brushing your teeth regularly with baking soda and water, to help whiten them, just swap out water with lemon juice every few days. Your ratio should be a teaspoon or two of baking soda combined in a small bowl with just enough lemon juice to make a paste. Add it to your tooth brush and apply evenly. Proceed for 1 minute by either allowing the paste to sit untouched on your teeth or brush slowly and gently. Rinse immediately after one minute so that the lemon juice acidity does not impact your teeth enamel.
Method 3: Oil Pulling
Coconut oil is the miracle of all miracles in the “natural” health world. I’ve known that for quite awhile, but only recently became aware of how it helps to whiten TEETH!
What to do…. each morning BEFORE you brush your teeth, scoop a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and allow it to melt. Swish the coconut oil around, trying to pull it in and out of the spaces between your teeth. You’ll get the best results if you are able to keep this up for 8-10 minutes.
After rinsing your mouth, proceed by brushing your teeth (with natural ingredients of course! Again, Baking Soda and water works great).
These 3 methods are all things I’ve tried and have watched work on my own teeth. It’s important to remember too that because these are NATURAL ways to whiten your teeth, its important to limit the UNNATURAL substances that may be staining them in the first place (coffee, dark sodas, dark teas, etc).
That’s all from me! Feel free to add comments with your questions or experiences trying these methods. Good luck! Smile Big 😉