Tooth Whitening 101: Flash a Gorgeous Smile with These Natural Methods

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By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

A sparkling white smile is more than simply cosmetic – it also reflects the state of inner health. Teeth tend to yellow with age and exposure to staining food and drink, yet discoloration also suggests impaired tooth structure. All in all, light enamel color indicates well mineralized and strong teeth. But before rushing out to purchase a tooth whitening kit in an attempt to spruce up your smile, try a few safe and natural alternatives. Chances are, you will be pleasantly surprised at the results – and your dentist just might be too.

Root of the problem

Strengthening teeth from the inside not only brightens the smile, it also helps to defend against decay, gum disease and tooth loss. The secret is to consume a high mineral diet that is low in phytic acid. Unfortunately, the standard American diet is high in tooth and bone destroying phytate-containing edibles – namely grains, seeds, nuts and legumes. Even when soaked, sprouted and prepared correctly, these foods still contain enough phytic acid to damage teeth. Add to this high sugar, fruit and commercial vegetable oil consumption and dental health is bound to suffer.

Instead, focus on a nutrient rich diet of bone broth, non-starchy vegetables, pastured eggs and high quality fats like fermented cod liver and extra virgin coconut oil along with vitamin butter, a type of fat sourced from pastured cows.

Grassfed meats and fish such as sardines and wild salmon are good choices too. Since a deficiency of vitamin D and faulty calcium absorption influence tooth health, consuming adequate amounts of both is crucial. Also, sufficient magnesium and boron in the diet are important as well. Green vegetables are an excellent source of magnesium while avocados, broccoli, celery and olives provide boron. With a high quality diet low in phytic acid, tooth structure will eventually grow strong and white, in turn curbing plaque and decay.

Topical solutions

Fortifying the teeth internally works well in tandem with surface remineralization. A homemade toothpaste utilizing calcium and magnesium powder along with baking soda and coconut oil is one option. Alternatively, swishing daily with both minerals dissolved in water is another. A paste of bentonite clay is also effective due to high calcium, magnesium and silica content. Additional tooth whitening protocols include:

Oil pulling

Each day, move one tablespoon of oil (sesame, coconut, olive or sunflower) through the teeth and around the mouth for 20 minutes. Do not swallow – discard the oil when finished and rinse with water.

Strawberries

High in malic acid, strawberries help to remove surface stains. Crush several ripe berries and mix with baking soda. Apply with a toothbrush and let sit for five minutes. Brush thoroughly with water to remove paste and rinse well. Use once or twice per week.

Activated charcoal

Behaving like an absorbent magnet toward staining compounds, activated charcoal is one of the best methods to safely whiten teeth quickly. Empty half a capsule of powder into a cup. Dip a wet toothbrush into the charcoal and gently brush. Let stand for several minutes minutes then rinse.

A sonic toothbrush, the daily use of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide mouthwash and weekly brushing with lemon juice/baking soda all help to fight stains, tooth decay and plaque as well. And don’t forget to rinse with water immediately after drinking troublesome beverages like coffee, tea and red wine.

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Please note: this article was first published on Natural News.

About the author:

Carolanne WrightCarolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years

Through her website Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.




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  • Saydi

    I have been making my own toothpaste with Diatomaceous Earth, coconut oil, mineral salts, peppermint oil or cinnamon, and very little honey, I think Stevia is recommended also. My teeth began brightening up in 3 days. If they are not whitening you don’t have enough DE in the toothpaste.

  • jason

    Thank you, Carolanne…and thank you, Saydi. You can also use simple hydrogen peroxide (3% USP) as a cheap whitener. Use a Q-tip.

  • Yana

    I don’t know about the lime / lemon use on teeth, have heard that it will eventually strip the enamel off of them. I drink lemon water in the mornings for acid reflux and they say you should use a straw so that the enamel stays intact.

  • Sanne

    TAKE CAUTION: strawberries and baking soda is acidic for your enamel and brushing your teeth after you let something acidic soak in is even worse as youre rubbing it in, thus weakening the enamel even more. Though I appreciate the effort, people need to research these things more before spreading such harmful information portrayed as “beneficial”.

  • Priscilla

    Fruit is not only NOT bad for you, it is EXCELLENT for you. I really wish people would stop saying you should eat little fruit because it contains sugar. It is natural sugar and one of the basic building blocks of our bodies. EAT LOTS OF FRESH FRUIT. Period.

  • Connie

    Interesting article. Nutrition advice is so tough since it seems more like theory these days then hard science. I’ve heard from many reputable licensed naturapaths that a wholefoods plant based diet is best for the body as well as your teeth. I’m not saying this article is wrong however I don’t think there is a universal diet that works for everyone. Many could argue that legumes and fruits are good while meat and diary are very acid forming which is what breaks down enamel. I mean, to truly avoid bone loss you would have to avoid dairy, meat, fruit, stress, Flouride in the water supply and according to this nuts and legumes??