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 Methods to Try
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 the potential effects from stains or acidic foods. Smoking cigarettes and drinking too much coffee or fizzy drinks are common culprits of staining and damaging the teeth. If you enjoy a regular coffee or fizzy, try drinking 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 young. Swapping to a toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride, like these Green People Toothpastes or these Georganics Toothpastes, could stop further yellowing. Check with your dentist first if you have been recommended fluoride previously.
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 take 1-2 tablespoons of Georganics Oil Pulling Mouthwash and swish it between your teeth and around your mouth for five to up to 20 minutes. The longer you hold the oil in your mouth, the greater the effect. For the best results swish until the oil has turned a milky white, indicating that the bacteria has been “pulled” off.
Another option is to apply coconut oil to your toothbrush and brush it on, or even apply it to a corner of a clean washcloth and rub it on your 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.
Activated charcoal is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral absorbing product used to trap toxins. It can help whiten your teeth by absorbing (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, use Georganics Activated Charcoal Toothpaste on a clean, dry toothbrush and brush gently in circular motions for two minutes before rinsing well with water.
To double up on your natural teeth whitening efforts, use Georganics Charcoal Floss to floss slowly between each tooth, reaching close to the gum line. With its porous surface, the charcoal works on plaque, tannins and everyday surface stains on teeth to safely and efficiently lift impurities. Choose a toothbrush with Charcoal Infused Bristles to further help detoxify and deodorise your mouth, balancing pH levels while absorbing odour.
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