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So how do you get a nice healthy white smile without the risk of over-bleaching or damage from whitening strips or trays? Besides the obvious, like cutting back on things like smoking, drinking coffee and other things that tend to stain your teeth, you can use one of the natural teeth whiteners below:
This one might sound like some crazy black magic and it may look a little terrifying, but give it a try and see for yourself. Now we’re not talking about using the charcoal that brings us delicious smoky Paleo grilled eats, we’re talking about activated charcoal
1. Charcoal Powder
Open a capsule into some kind of container, like a cup. Take a toothbrush (definitely get a separate toothbrush for this kind of brushing), apply toothpaste to the head of the brush, and then dip the head of the brush into the pile of the activated charcoal powder so the toothpaste is completely covered. Gently brush your teeth to avoid any potential damage to your enamel. Then rinse with just water.
2. Charcoal Powder + Water
Open 1-2 capsules into a cup and add enough water to the cup to make a paste out of the activated charcoal powder. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste onto your teeth and wait 3 minutes. Rinse with water.
Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide Paste
Take 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda and mix enough hydrogen peroxide with the powder to create a paste. A runnier paste is better than a chalkier paste, try slowly adding in more liquid if you are unsure what a good ratio is. Baking soda is a bit gritty so be careful not to scrub your teeth too hard with this paste so that you don’t wear down your enamel.
Apply this to your teeth the in the same way that we described with the previous tip. Hydrogen peroxide has great antibacterial properties so it is a great agent for keeping your mouth and gums clean.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut oil is basically the hottest go-to multipurpose food item on the market. There are even memes about how ridiculously awesome coconut oil is for your health. Coconut oil benefits your skin, your hair, and even cold sores — and it can also benefit your dental health.
Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. This is long enough for the oil to pick up toxins and prevent tooth decay, reduce gum inflammation, and to whiten your teeth.
Turmeric is usually a cooking spice, so using it as a paste may not be the best-tasting home remedy for teeth whitening, but it does work nonetheless. Just like with the other powders on this list, you want to make a paste with turmeric. This is yellow magic that will wash away and leave your teeth looking brighter, but be careful not to get any on your clothes or skin (or even surfaces like a light-colored countertop) because turmeric can stain.
You can use either water or melted coconut oil to make your turmeric paste. Apply it to your teeth and let it sit for 3 minutes. Rinse your mouth with water and follow up with a brush using your normal toothpaste.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is highly acidic and will hurt your tooth enamel, so be sure to dilute apple cider vinegar before using it for teeth whitening. Also avoid using this method more than once a day for the same reason. Add half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. Gargle the solution in your mouth for a few seconds like you would with mouthwash and then dispose of the waste in the sink.
Strawberry Salt and Baking Soda
For a more pleasant taste, try making a strawberry paste. Take 1-3 strawberries and ½ teaspoon of baking soda and muddle together in a cup. Use a designated toothbrush to apply the mixture to your teeth and let it sit for 5 minutes.
This method needs special care afterwards, so be sure to brush and floss like you normally would after using strawberry paste. This is because strawberries have tiny seeds that can get stuck between your teeth, which is not good for your dental health. Abstain from using this method more than once a week.