Natural ways of whitening your Teeth safely
It seems that so many of us these days want to have an ultra white smile every day. Today you will learn how to naturally whiten your teeth safely without destroying your enamel, we will detail several strategies that we have researched and deem to be safe for long-term use. We will also provide some ‘supercharged’ strategies to provide extra whitening support without the potential risks associated with conventional whitening (bleaching) treatments.
How you can naturally whiten your teeth 100% percent
As we are all a part of our society, I’m sure you are well aware of the ‘I want it now’ mentality. I mean, each of us has this impatient 3 or 4-year-old child within us that wants today’s desires fulfilled YESTERDAY.
If we allow our impatient inner child to steer us when it comes to whitening our teeth, you are heading toward trouble for life.
Long Run Application:
If we want massive whitening fast, we’re going to pay for that in the long run. We have to be willing to think about ‘the long game’ rather than short term benefits.
The good news is there are plenty of protocols you can apply that will help to naturally whiten your teeth without destroying your enamel, but it’s not going to happen overnight.
Follow the long term game plan to a healthy and whitening of your teeth naturally
- Take date photos of your smile so you can track your progress. You know we love feedback mechanisms as they give us an objective way to see our progress. Without feedback mechanisms like a photo, it’s really tough to see the positive changes you’re making.
- Set a race. Read on this list and decide what strategy you plan to use. Then give yourself 2–3 months and get your day ready for your second ‘before / after’ photo. Be sure to take the photos in the same location at the same time of day, for lighting purposes.
- Whatever strategy you choose, be sure to know how to stop your teeth so you can get a jump start on your natural whitening plan. After all, letting a green smoothie sit on your teeth while whitening your teeth.
Our Safe Favorite Whitening Strategy
- Oil pulling
Hands down, our favorite whitening strategy is oil pulling. Just in case you’re not familiar with oil pulling, here’s an article we wrote several years ago detailing this ‘old school’ detox protocol.
The reason for this is that it is a problem that is most commonly used in dentistry and gum tissue.
The downside to oil pulling is 20 minutes of actively swishing oil around your mouth.
The reason oil pulling works to help your teeth is similar to what is doing in your car’s engine. Think about it. When the oil in your car is changed, the clean oil goes in, well, clean. And the used oil is your gunky. That gunk is any one from the engine running being gathered up and removed from the engine by the oil.
The same goes for oil pulling. It has been scientifically proven that oil pulling helps to stop gum disease. And if you use coconut oil, you’ll be able to get your tooth decay too. A component of coconut oil, called monolaurin, has been shown to be very effective antimicrobial on the main bug implicated with tooth decay, strep mutans.
While some of the internet may argue that baking soda is too abrasive, the science says that baking soda is actually pretty soft. In a recent article titled ‘What’s the Safest and Most Effective Abrasive for Naturally Whiter Teeth’, we discussed a term called Relative Dentin Abrasivity or RDA for short.
On these scales, dental researchers have identified abrasive they are. The scale goes from 0 being no abrasivity to 269 that would polish your grandfather’s antique car bumper.
Baking soda is a 7 on the RDA scale, so really low abrasivity.
The game with the baking soda to whiten is to gently focus on the front teeth while the baking soda shifts from powder to solution mixed with saliva. Once baking soda is in your mouth (mixed with saliva), it will still have some gentle ability to remove stains, but if you want to focus on whitening, focus on front teeth first.
Remember, gentle. It’s a marathon. Just because baking soda has a low RDA score does not mean that you cannot scrub too hard with it.
Clays have a unique ability to be very low abrasive yet able to polish more effectively. In fact, one specific type of clay, white kaolin clay, has the high score from the research on its ‘Cleaning Efficiency’. This cleaning efficiency is a combination of a low abrasively and a high ability to remove stains.
While any clay is decent to use,but white kaolin clay is the best by quite a bit.
Same game as with baking soda. Focus on front teeth while the clay is incorporated into saliva.
Activated charcoal is another very popular alternative teeth whitening strategy.
Some say it does wonders. Others argue that it does not work. (1) We think it’s a good thing that we do not think that we want to do anything about it.
Remember the marathon
Similar to oil pulling, it makes sense when activated charcoal would draw stains out of the teeth.
After all, activated charcoal is used internally when one suspects a recent case of food poisoning. In fact, we always have a bottle of activated charcoal capsules when traveling in a box of food poisoning.
Potential risks of everyday use of activated charcoal
However, we have some concerns about potential problems that may exist as a result of activated charcoal as a whitening tooth powder.
You see, the reason activated charcoal works on food poisoning is because it binds up whatever it comes into contact with. Warnings exist concerning the internal use of activated charcoal as activated charcoal can interfere with absorption of medications and vitamins and minerals.
One of the reasons we brush our teeth is to increase saliva in our mouths. However, if we brush with activated charcoal on a daily basis, our concern is with the charcoal’s binding ability and the need to inhibit this important remineralizing action of saliva.
So, we consider it to be safe for you to use it. We do not encourage using activated charcoal in the mouth on a daily basis until further research shows that doing so does not inhibit remineralization.
Dilute hydrogen peroxide
We know that some of you may be saying right now, “Wait a second! Is not it hydrogen peroxide that causes all the problems in common teeth whitening treatments? “And you’re right.
However, like with many situations, the details make the difference.
In this case, we consider the concentration of hydrogen peroxide used in the mouth.
Many studies show that hydrogen peroxide is dangerous at higher concentrations like those used in conventional treatments. Some studies even show potential risks at concentrations as low as 3%.
If you choose to use hydrogen peroxide to support teeth whitening, keep it really low concentration. We do not suggest using anything higher than 1% (max 1.5%) concentration.
(By the way, if you’d like to learn more about why oil pulling is good for us, here’s a video about a similar, related technique.)
Our bodies produce hydrogen peroxide
In addition, it can be used in combination with hydrogen peroxide, gut and thyroid gland. A fascinating study done in 2009 at Harvard University suggests that the presence of hydrogen peroxide actually ‘calls’ the immune system to an injury. (3) This is a biologically fundamental ‘defense’ strategy at a cellular level.
For this reason, we stand behind the idea of using dilute hydrogen peroxide.
But given the mixed studies in the literature regarding the relative safety of hydrogen peroxide, since we are talking about the cosmetic issue of whiter teeth.
That said, if you choose to use dilute hydrogen peroxide in the mouth, keep the concentration really low and swish for several minutes to increase the ‘time on the teeth’.
Honorable mention goes to using powdered turmeric as a natural tooth whitener.
We have not tried using it in this way. However, here’s a word of warning … Turmeric will stain anything it touches including your clothes, your toothbrush, and your bathroom sink. However, women who claim turmeric help are happy to show you that they are not stained.
How to Maximize Your Natural Whitening Effect
The ‘time on the teeth’ factor …
Other than abrasive strategies that simply scrub stains off teeth, all whitening techniques, whether we are talking about the conventional bleaching techniques or natural whitening, rely on stains to remove stains from teeth. Incidentally, this is why commercial ‘whitening toothpastes’ that contain some form of peroxide really do not help.
They do not have ‘time on the teeth’ to do their bleaching / whitening job.
So, to give you more positive impact, let it hang around your teeth for a few minutes before you rinse. Even better, try some of these ‘hybrid’ techniques to provide even more potent whitening effect.
It makes a lot of sense to you to combine these two strategies to maximize your performance.
Oil pulling and activated charcoal
Maybe you want to use a capsule of activated charcoal with your oil. This way, you will benefit from the stain removing ability of oil and the production of oil and gasoline.
This combo is our first pick.
Just remember to go to the bathroom and sink it!
Brush with baking soda and clay powder
Make a simple mix of baking soda and clay powder to benefit from the gentle abrasive of each. Perhaps add a little xylitol to support remineralization while you’re at it!
In the end, whatever strategy (ies) you choose, be sure to go to it consciously to care for your enamel. We hope these strategies will help you to smile today and always!