Three Ways to Keep Your Teeth White Naturally
Strong, white teeth is not something that just happens by accident.
Simple, yet consistent daily oral hygiene habits are important if you want to avoid cavities, gum disease and maintain that healthy smile.
Having healthy, white teeth should be high on your list of self care priorities. And it's easy to achieve if you follow basic steps and "Do's" and "Don'ts".
Over time it is normal for teeth to lose their colour and shine, due to factors such as enamel depletion, which exposes the yellow layer of dentin (the second layer of calcified tissue beneath), diet and lifestyle.
A build up of plaque will causes teeth to lose their spark, as well as the over consumption of things like coffee and red wine.
In the dental world, teeth whitening is now big business. But the problem is fluoride and other chemicals that contain bleach are used, which are less than ideal for a healthy mouth.
We believe that the secret to strong, white teeth, without chemicals, is a simple approach that combines basic self care habits and simple oral hygiene steps, using natural products that you can consistently embrace.
The good news is that nature provides some wonderful ingredients that are particularly beneficial to supporting a healthy smile.
Read on to learn three of our favourite tips to help keep your teeth white, naturally...
1. Use a Natural Toothbrush
We all know that the single most important aspect to keeping our teeth clean, is to make sure we brush at least twice a day.
There are two main problems with the vast majority of toothbrushes on the market today:
- The bristles are loaded with plastic polymers which are harmful to your health;
- The micro-plastics are pure landfill, taking up to 400 years to decompose, harming the environment, animals and the soil.
A great alternative is to use a bamboo toothbrush, because it is biodegradable and sustainable for the environment, gentler on your teeth and gums, whilst being firm and effective for the removal of plaque and stains from tea, coffee stains, red wine and food dye from your teeth.
Coffee, tea, and even red wine, contain an element known as tannins, which are a type of polyphenol (a micro-nutrient available in plant foods) that breaks down in water. Tannins have been shown to cause colour compounds to stick to your teeth - such as the red of the wine, or the brown of the coffee. This can leave an unwanted yellow appearance behind over time of regularly consuming these drinks.
Brush as soon as possible to minimise food stains the best chances of removing any teeth-staining tannins.
Opt for a fluoride-free toothpaste as well, as this can lead to less chemicals in your body. The good news is that there are several natural toothpaste brands available these days which you'll find in our store or at good health food stores.
We handcraft a wonderful product called Tooth Fairy Natural Tooth Powder which is a safe alternative to chemical toothpastes, easy to use, and helps support strong, healthy gums and bright, white teeth, whilst leaving your mouth feeling invigorated, clean and fresh!
2. Ayurvedic Oil Pulling
A traditional Ayurvedic principle, Oil Pulling is a secret teeth whitening remedy that has been used for thousands of years.
Oil pulling, also known as "kavala", is the practice of swishing a tablespoon of raw coconut oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 8-10 minutes before spitting out and rinsing.
Best done in the morning before eating, the coconut oil draws out bacterial and chemical toxins from within the mouth, and removes them via the saliva and tongue. Coconut oils is one of mother nature's most powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial agents, that can help to strengthen teeth and gums, strip plaque, purify the mouth and brighten your smile.
When oil pulling, always choose a raw, cold-pressed coconut oil from a trusted source like the one here in our store
Not only is coconut oil great for oral hygiene, but also for everyday skin care use and cooking in the kitchen, for baking, frying and for preparing raw smoothies and desserts.
To oil pull, place one tablespoon of the Cold Pressed Coconut Oil into your mouth. Swish the oil around your mouth for at least 8-10 minutes, before spitting the oil out. It is recommended you brush your teeth immediately afterwards for the best benefits.
3. Activated Charcoal
Derived from coconut husks, Activated Charcoal has been revered for centuries as a natural detoxification remedy for removing foreign substances and toxic poisons from the body.
Today, activated charcoal is making a come back - and one of the most popular uses for activated charcoal is for natural tooth whitening. Activated charcoal helps to remove surface stains on your teeth, stop bad breath and keep your teeth whiter for longer after brushing.
To use Activated Charcoal, simply dab a damp natural bristle toothbrush into the powder and brush for 3-5 minutes in a gentle circular motion before rinsing thoroughly. If you'd prefer a creamier paste-like consistency, add coconut oil a small amount of coconut oil to a small dish and blend with Activated Charcoal before brushing.
As a teeth whitening protocol, we recommend brushing with Activated Charcoal first, before rinsing and then brushing Tooth Fairy Powder or your favourite fluoride-free toothpaste for that added pearly white glow.
We know how important having a strong, healthy smile is, which is why we've put all of these products together into our Pearl White's Bundle
Featuring all of the solutions mentioned in this blog, it contains everything you need to avoid harmful tooth whitening products and to keep your teeth white naturally!
Tolman Self Care.