In an ideal world, brushing your teeth in the morning and at night would be enough to keep them pearly white. But unfortunately, for many of us – especially those with a serious coffee habit – that’s just not the case. The three natural teeth whitening methods below are a great way to brighten your smile without turning to potentially enamel damaging (and painful!) conventional whitening treatments.
Natural Teeth Whitening
1. Good Habits
The best way to whiten your teeth naturally is to simply brush your teeth after eating or drinking, but this often isn’t possible. Most food does not stain teeth but it pays to drink water after eating to help reduce any potential negative effects from stains or acidic foods. Common substances that stain the teeth and damage the teeth come from smoking cigarettes and drinking too much coffee and/or fizzy drinks. If you enjoy a fizzy beverage regularly, drink it through an eco-friendly straw.
Interestingly there is some evidence that excessive fluoride intake could be to blame for yellowing teeth, especially if this habit started when you were a child. Swapping to a toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride, like these Green People Toothpastes, could stop further yellowing – but check with your dentist first if you have been recommended fluoride previously.
2. Coconut Oil Pulling
You’ve probably heard the hype about oil pulling, but can it really whiten your teeth? Many people have found their teeth becoming whiter and healthier overall by adding coconut oil to their oral hygiene routine. To oil pull, simply put a spoonful of Sister & Co Raw Coconut Mouth Rinse For Oil Pulling With Spearmint or a sachet of Chi Organic Coconut Oil Pulling in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for five to 20 minutes.
Another option is to apply Sister & Co Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil to your toothbrush and brush it on or even apply it to a corner of a clean washcloth and rub it on the teeth. Not only will the coconut oil whiten your teeth but as it has antimicrobial properties, it is great for protecting and cleaning your gums as well.
3. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral absorbing product used to trap toxins. It can help whiten your teeth by adsorbing (where molecules from a substance adhere to a surface of the adsorbent – in this case the charcoal – to allow it to be removed) plaque and microscopic bits that cause staining. To whiten your teeth naturally with charcoal, dip a clean, dry toothbrush into the Sister & Co Raw Coconut & Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Polish. Brush gently in circular motions for 2 minutes, and rinse well with water.
To double up on your natural teeth whitening efforts, use the Polish with a PearlBar Charcoal Toothbrush. Not only are these brushes ideal for whitening and brightening but they are also made of biodegradable bamboo. Using PearlBar Charcoal Floss Picks will further help detoxify and deodorise your mouth, balancing PH levels while absorbing odour.