Healthy teeth and a beautiful smile can make more than just a great first impression. When you practice good oral care, it also helps maintain your overall health as well! But don’t ingest chemicals and toxins from conventional retail store oral care brands. Try natural teeth whitening instead!
3 Reasons to Try Natural Teeth Whitening
01. Remove Stains
The main reason people try natural teeth whitening is to remove stains and discoloration on their teeth. Years of bad eating habits, lack of proper busing and flossing, and drinking too much wine, tea, or coffee can wreak havoc on your teeth. Cigarette smoke can also yellow and stain teeth.
To take years off your smile, try activated charcoal teeth whitening strips, toothpaste, powders, or tablets. You may be wondering how a mouthful of black powdery stuff could actually make your teeth whiter. It turns out that activated charcoal is not the same as the black stones you grill out with during the summer, it is actually a form of activated carbon that has been processed to have many pores that help absorb and trap toxins. It works by pulling out bacteria and debris from the teeth.
When using activated charcoal for natural teeth whitening, be careful how hard you brush, as it is slightly abrasive. Also, it doesn’t work on all stains.
02. Prevent Plaque and Tartar Build-up
By using a fluoride-free natural and organic whitening toothpaste, you’ll be brushing away plaque and tartar build-up that could lead to gum disease. Trusted products like Whitening Cool Mint Toothpaste by Kiss My Face use essential oils like tea tee and peppermint, botanicals like Icelandic moss (a natural whitening agent), and soothing aloe vera to cleanse and potentially prevent gum disease, bad breath, discoloration, and cavities.
03. Kills Bacteria that Causes Bad Breath
Another great natural teeth whitening tool is food-grade hydrogen peroxide, a solution diluted to 3%, and it’s the cheapest and easiest to come by on this list! You can pick up a bottle of hydrogen peroxide from any grocery store or drug store for under $3. Use it by swishing around a mouthful of the substance after brushing your teeth up to three times a day. Swish it around your mouth for 1-2 minutes but don’t swallow. Then rinse your fizzy mouth out with water. The results will be subtle, but the bonus is that hydrogen peroxide naturally kills bacteria without full-on bleaching your teeth. Most Crest Whitestrips include this ingredient.
A saltwater and baking soda rinse is another natural way to kill bacteria in the mouth and whiten teeth. While you can choose a DIY home remedy, you could also purchase a product like Salt Toothpaste from Weleda, a fluoride-free sea salt and mineral cleanser that stimulates the enzymes in your saliva to break down and flush out plaque particles.
Which natural teeth whitening solution is your favorite? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section!
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