2 Simple Ways to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

(photo by Lesly Juarez)

We all want white teeth. Whether for vanity or otherwise, there ain't nothing wrong with wanting your pearly whites to be a bit more pearly. But we really shouldn't have to put strips of bleach in our mouths in order to achieve that. So here's two, super simply and safe ways to brighten your smile a bit. Both of these are super easy to do, and should yield results fairly quickly!

Try oil pulling
Oil pulling has roots in Ayurvedic medicine practices; it's a simple process where one swishes oil in the mouth in order to pull out toxins and rejuvenate oral health. And while I'm a little iffy on whether or not it does all it claims to, there's definitely evidence to suggest that oil pulling is beneficial for removing harmful bacteria from the mouth. And since coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it's not hard to imagine why it's good for oral health. But not only will it benefit your teeth and gums, coconut oil whitens and brightens teeth as well.

How to oil pull:

1) Get yourself some oil. Cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.
2) Do it first thing in the morning. Oil pulling is typically best done on an empty stomach, before eating or drinking anything.
3) Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth. If you're a beginner, this might be a lot, so you might want to start with 1-2 teaspoons, and work your way up slowly.
4) Swish for 20 minutes. Just like you would mouthwash. Now, this might also seem like a long time, and you can start with just 5 minutes, working your way up. But I've found from personal experience, and from others, is that if you're doing something else while you oil pull, the time goes by really quickly. Check emails, do some dishes, scroll on Instagram. The time will fly.
5) Spit, rinse, brush. But be sure to spit it out in the trash, not the sink. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature, so it's best not to put it down the drain. Then simply rinse your mouth with some water, brush as usual, and get on with your day! Your mouth will feel refreshed and clean.

Brush with activated charcoal 
Activated charcoal is something that's found a lot of popularity in recent years. But most of its praise is well deserved. Activated charcoal is simply a form of carbon that's very porous. And because of this, it's highly absorbent. That means it's great for things such as food poisoning, being that it binds to chemicals and toxins and carries them safely through the digestive tract, but that also means it can pull toxins and stains from your teeth.

Here's how to whiten your teeth with charcoal:

1) Get some activated charcoal. Of course I'm talking about food grade charcoal here, not the stuff you throw in your grill. You can find some blends that are made specifically for teeth whitening and include other ingredients like bentonite clay. But a simple powder will work just fine. I personally just use these activated charcoal pills, but I'll be honest, breaking open the capsules hasn't proved to be the cleanest task.
2) Don't wear white. Let's just say this process can get a little messy. You'll wanna stay in your bathroom while brushing, and try not to splatter it everywhere.
3) Brush!. Wet your toothbrush, dip in the charcoal, and brush carefully. You'll look like you've got a really bad case of scurvy, but I promise it'll all wash off.
4) Rinse well and clean up. You've probably made a bit of a mess in your bathroom sink. But that's okay, the charcoal should wipe up pretty easily.

If you want a visual, here's a video that shows how to do it!

Tip: You can combine these two methods by making a paste with both the activated charcoal and coconut oil. Simply brush with the mixture like you would with just the activated charcoal, spit and rinse. I've done this a couple times myself, and it does make the charcoal easier to work with. But I like to mix it up and make sure I swish with plain coconut oil every once in a while as well.

Now, neither of these are gonna be easy overnight fixes. If you got a hot date tomorrow night and are hoping to have white teeth before then, I don't have any answers for you. My apologies. But if you incorporate these practices into your daily or weekly routines, you should notice brighter teeth within no time! And your mouth will thank you.


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