Teeth whitening is a multi-billion dollar industry, but unfortunately many teeth whitening treatments contain harsh chemicals that can leave teeth feeling sensitive for a long time.
I wanted to find natural ways to whiten my teeth that not only worked well, but were also safe. Since chemicals can easily absorb through the sensitive skin in the mouth, I wanted to only use options that were safe enough to eat.
Of course, none of these things are a replacement for normal dental care and I asked my dentist before using these (you should too!). I’ve found that these methods work great along side my normal brushing and flossing routine.
1. Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda & Lemon
My first and favorite teeth whitening remedy is hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and real lemon.
I found this method through extensive research and after trying many things, including some on this list. I simply wanted better results. I have been blown away!
Yes, it can be rough on the enamel and while you are doing it be sure to not do it for more than about three minutes, ( I usually only do one or two) and only do it about once every three days. Then, you’ll rinse your mouth and brush as usual and notice that your teeth are not only white again, but after the third of fourth time almost always whiter.
This method has been far more effective for me than activated charcoal or turmeric OR those glow in your mouth thingys lol! I have been so pleased because my teeth were very very stained and I was certain nothing would ever get those coffee, tea and wine stains out.
Simply wet your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide rather than water, dip into the baking soda to coat the top of your toothbrush with a thin layer then squeeze real lemon juice on top, then commence!
Another popular and effective whitening remedy is also the most controversial: Activated Charcoal.
This was recommended to me by a holistic dentist years ago and though I was skeptical at first, I gave it a try and have been impressed with the results over time.
Yes, it looks terrifying while you are doing it and you will absolutely think for a minute that you were duped by a blogger into permanently staining your teeth. Then, you’ll rinse your mouth and brush as usual and notice that your teeth are not only white again, but possibly whiter.
This works because activated charcoal is a highly absorbent porous substance that binds to things like tannins that stain teeth and leave them yellow or brown.
3. Oil Pulling
Another oddly controversial teeth whitener: oil pulling.
The basic concept here is swishing oil (like sesame or coconut) in the mouth for 20 minutes to help remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth. Coconut oil has been proven effective against the streptococcus mutans bacteria that contributes to cavities and gum disease.
Since beginning oil pulling on a regular basis, I’ve noticed that my teeth are smooth and shiny and the dental assistants have commented that I had very little plaque at recent cleanings.
What to do: Swish with a small amount of coconut oil for 20 minutes a day, preferably first thing in the morning before eating. I make single use size coconut oil pulling chews to make this even easier and do this while showering.
Another counter-intuitive remedy that actually works. Turmeric is known for staining things yellow (including cloth, skin and other surfaces) and it has even been used as a dye for cloth in the past. It isn’t the first thing you’d think of for whitening teeth, but it works surprisingly well.
Ever whitened your teeth? Naturally or not so much? Did it work?