Your smile can light up a room, so it’s important to maintain positive oral health. There is a reason why teeth whitening is a multi-billion dollar industry — people want a whiter, brighter smile. Many individuals seek whiter teeth, yet treatments can be fairly expensive and in many cases, increase your exposure to harsh chemicals.
Luckily, there are highly effective, all-natural solutions available. Not only are these alternatives cost-effective, but they reduce toxin exposure, and best of all, they work. If you would like to boost your confidence by achieving a whiter smile, here are three all-natural options.
What the Research Has to Say
Before we dive into natural solutions, it’s important to focus on why alternative methods are so highly recommended. If you visit a holistic dentist, you are probably already aware of the potentially harmful ingredients found in conventional teeth whitening products. Most often, these products contain two key chemical agents — hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.
Just in case you’re wondering — yes, the hydrogen peroxide in teeth whitening products is the same chemical used to bleach hair. Research has confirmed that adverse effects are evident and the use of these products could potentially threaten your health.
Within one study, published in the British Dental Journal, it was stated that cervical root resorption is a possibility, leading to tooth sensitivity. Researchers concluded that until hydrogen peroxide’s carcinogenic effects are examined in greater detail, teeth whitening should not be performed without gingival protection.
Ditch the Chemicals — 3 All-Natural Teeth Whitening Agents
Although research is still being conducted to determine the true dangers associated with chemical teeth whitening agents, it’s best to avoid using hydrogen peroxide internally. Instead, give the following three natural alternatives a try. Say goodbye to expensive, toxic products and hello to a naturally whiter smile.
- Activated Charcoal
When using this powder in your mouth, the last thing you would think of is ‘whiter’ teeth. In fact, the first time you use activated charcoal to whiten your teeth, it may look slightly frightening. This natural powder is highly absorbent, removing stains, such as those from coffee and tea.
Not only will activated charcoal remove stains, but it also helps balance the pH of your mouth. In turn, bacteria is reduced, decreasing your risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Simply dip your toothbrush into some activated charcoal powder and brush as usual. Rinse thoroughly and avoid contact with your clothing.
- Coconut Oil
When using coconut oil to whiten your teeth, you need to practice oil pulling — a method that requires you to swish coconut oil in your mouth for approximately 20 minutes, before spitting it out. The idea is that as you swish, the coconut oil ‘pulls’ bacteria out of your teeth and gums. This method has been utilized for centuries, helping individuals maintain whiter teeth and a healthier mouth overall.
- Baking Soda
A simple combination of baking soda and water acts as a natural abrasive substance. As you gently brush your teeth with baking soda, it helps to remove surface stains from your teeth. Once again, baking soda will also address low pH or acidic levels in your mouth. As your mouth becomes more alkaline, it’s easier to maintain a healthier oral environment.