I’m always looking for the best way to get nice white teeth without using harsh chemicals. In fact, I looked up so many natural ways to do it…. I found everything from what the Ancient Romans used, goat milk and urine, to strawberries mixed with baking soda! I don’t think you want to try the first way and the second was found not to work very well, so I’ll tell you what works the best for me, coconut oil and baking soda.
When I was in college, I used to use whitening strips a few times a year to get my teeth really white. Over 100 million Americans spend money each year on tooth whitening products, but there is an easier, cheaper, and safer way to achieve a white smile.
Even though, I have to admit, the strips did work great, I was always concerned about the harm it was doing to my teeth and body by using the chemically derived whitening strips.
So over the years, I stopped using them and I began experimenting with natural ways to keep my teeth white. After I found out about the health benefits of oil pulling, I soon noticed the wonderful added benefit of whiter teeth from doing it every day! At the same time, I was only using baking soda to brush my teeth and one day when I looked at my pictures I noticed my teeth looked noticeably whiter.
Using both coconut oil and baking soda gave me the great results I wanted! All it involves is oil pulling with coconut oil and brushing with baking soda! Not only is this combination great for whitening your teeth, but also for keeping them white!
Are chemical whitening strips harmful?
Most chemical tooth whiteners contain ingredients such as coal tar, aluminum and benzene. The scary part is that these chemicals can be absorbed into your body or even accidentally ingested while using them to whiten your teeth.
I remember that I always hated it when I used the white strips and a little of the ‘gel whitener’ would leak from the strip. I didn’t want to swallow for the full 30 minutes I had it on!
Studies have found that roughly 25 percent of tooth whitener chemicals are swallowed. Yikes!
Also of concern is that the chemical whiteners can cause pain, hot/cold sensitivity, chemical burns to the gums, irritation, and increased tooth sensitivity.
Here is how to whiten your teeth at home with no chemicals in just two steps……
What you need:
Do oil pulling for 20 to 30 minutes. If you’re not familiar with oil pulling, all you need to do is take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for at least 20 minutes. While it’s in your mouth you swish and pull the oil between your teeth. When time is up, spit it out and rinse your mouth with water. Read more in my oil pulling post.
After you oil pull, rinse your mouth with water. Then, use your toothbrush to gently brush your teeth with pure baking soda. I usually put a little baking soda in my hand and dip my wet toothbrush in the baking soda, so it sticks well.
How does it work:
Many say that their teeth look whiter just after doing oil pulling one time, so when this is combined with the baking soda, you know you’ll get great results!
Oil pulling can help remove plaque and tooth stain. It is said to help get rid of plaque because of coconut oil’s high content of lauric acid which fights bacteria in your mouth. Some also say it works because the lipids in coconut oil help dissolve fat and since plaque is fat-soluble, it helps get rid of the plaque.
So, when you combine the whitening benefits of oil pulling with baking soda, you get the best results. Baking soda also helps remove plaque and stains. This is because brushing with baking soda gently helps remove surface stains on teeth as it is mildly abrasive.
How often Should you do it:
Do oil pulling 2 times a day, every day and brush with baking soda right after, 3 to 4 times a week to start, and decrease to once a week or once every two weeks after you’ve noticed a whiter smile.
I brush with baking soda after oil pulling once a week or so, just to keep my teeth white.
How White Will Your Teeth Get?
My teeth were noticeably whiter after just one time of oil pulling and immediately brushing with baking soda after. After a few weeks my teeth were definitely shades whiter. And the best part is they’ve remained pretty white! Even despite the fact that I often drink tea.
I would say my teeth are a really good white shade, but they’re not ridiculously super bright white, like I used to make them with the toxic stripes.
Would love to hear your results if you’ve tried oil pulling or baking soda together.