21 Sep All Natural Teeth Whitening Treatments
Glorious white teeth are something that tons of us aim for – but what about the dangers? If you aren’t having your teeth whitened by a dentist or an oral hygiene professional, then there are all sorts of problems that can occur – and it’s definitely not worth it. Home whitening products normally contain bleach (hydrogen peroxide) which can really damage your teeth. Quite often, the mouth-guards in home whitening kits may not fit properly so some of the bleaching gel can leak onto your gums and into your mouth, which can cause painful blistering and sensitivity. If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at home or just want to avoid any harsh chemicals, try some of these all natural teeth whitening techniques which have been proven to be just as effective.
It does sound crazy, we know – whitening your teeth with the blackest powder you can find – but it really works. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance and incredibly porous, meaning it binds to things that stain teeth and leave them yellow or brown. So when you rinse the charcoal out, it takes all the nasty things with it! It has also become clear recently that activated charcoal can help in aiding the overall health of the mouth by changing the PH levels, meaning it’s effective in killing any bad bacteria that can cause cavities and decay.
The simplest way to do this is to buy some powdered activated charcoal, and just dip your toothbrush in and brush away like normal. It will look scary to start, but rinse out thoroughly and follow with your normal toothpaste, and your teeth will soon be glistening. Other options include Lush’s gunpowder toothy tabs which are little chewable pills of activated charcoal with the flavour of spicy cola. They work in the same way, but may prove to be less messy for some. Sister + Co sell a similar product which is available as a ready mixed polish – and contains the added benefits of essential oils and breath freshening peppermint.
Oil pulling is actually a very old technique, traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine with the aim of drawing out toxins to improve oral health. It has become increasingly popular lately and is a fairly simple process – just swish around a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, spit it out and rinse. Cells which can cause bad breath and tooth decay have a fatty membrane, which the oil adheres to and pulls out of the mouth when you spit. This creates a very clean and antiseptic oral environment which helps with the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent disease and cavities. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation and strengthen the gums.
Coconut oil is one of the best types to use – it’s effective in attacking Streptococcus Mutans bacteria which causes cavities, as well as being rich in medium chain triglycerides and high in lauric acid. Not to mention, it has SO many other uses – from skincare, to cooking. So a pot of this in your home won’t ever go to waste! You can simply buy your own jar of raw coconut oil, or Coco White offers a mess-free solution of oil-pulling sachets available in a 2 week course. The sachets contain exactly the right amount you need, and are available in a range of flavours to keep things exciting.
Baking Soda & Lemon Juice
Probably one of the most popular ways to brighten your teeth naturally is by brushing with a lemon juice and baking soda mixture. The sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is very mildly abrasive, so when you lightly scrub your teeth with it, stains are removed and teeth return to a much brighter shade. Lemon juice is naturally a bleaching agent, so combined with the baking soda it works wonders on the teeth. Mix several teaspoons of the baking soda with some fresh lemon juice to make a paste, then apply to your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave on for one minute then thoroughly rinse off, so the acid in the lemon juice doesn’t affect the enamel on your teeth. Ta-da, a shimmering smile!
At Vita Hair & Beauty we’re really excited to start getting glowing teeth without any of the damage from nasty chemicals. Which treatment works best for you? Let’s get glowing Earls Court!
*make sure you consult your dentist or oral hygienist before trying any of these treatments.