Whiten Your Teeth Naturally With Activated Charcoal

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I have always been slightly obsessed with having a perfect smile. In my twenties, I used whitening strips religiously, as well as whitening tooth paste and mouth wash.

 A few years ago though, I started to get queasy right after I used my beloved whitening products. I was also experiencing extreme sensitivity in my teeth and my gums would be raw for days after I whitened. At first I ignored these issues, but eventually they became too big of a problem. I was trying to achieve the look of a perfect, healthy smile, but I was making myself sick in the process.

What’s In Conventional Tooth Whitening Products?

 Hydrogen or Carbamide Peroxide: While these ingredients are broken down in saliva, it is estimated that 25% of these whitening products are swallowed without being broken down first, and release free radicals into the body. In addition, peroxide irritates the gums and can make your teeth more porous, causing sensitivity. If swallowed, these ingredients can cause stomach upset.

 Aspertame: The dangers of aspertame are too numerous to include in one short post. It can cause migraines, slurred speech, depression, weight gain, fatigue, and exacerbate chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s and fibromyalgia.

 Artificial Flavors: The unpleasant flavor of peroxide in whitening products is often masked with artificial flavors. These flavors are commonly derived from petroleum and can have hazardous effects on the thyroid.

What Are Some Natural Alternatives?

Strawberries: Strawberries contain Malic Acid which acts as an astringent and removes stains from teeth. Strawberries are harmless (and healthy) if swallowed.

 Baking Soda: Baking soda is mildly abrasive and helps to remove surface stains from teeth. It is harmless if swallowed in small amounts .

For a safe and natural way to whiten your teeth with strawberries and baking soda, click HERE.

 Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal, sometimes known as activated carbon, is a form of carbon treated to have a high surface area and high level of microporosity. It is extremely useful to have on hand in your natural medicine cabinet as a poison remedy, but it will also pull stains from your teeth!

How to Whiten Your Teeth With Activated Charcoal

Just brush activated charcoal on your teeth, leave it on for a couple of minutes, and rinse. It even improves the ph levels in your mouth. Just make sure you use charcoal from a natural source like this one!

That’s it!

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About Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.