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DIY: Teeth Whitening

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DIY:  Teeth Whitening

 

Do you long for a sparkling smile without throwing down big bucks at the dentist’s office? We don’t blame you. Who doesn’t want to flash a set of photo-ready pearly whites? Unfortunately, your teeth can stain over time, shifting from radiant white to a yellowish shade. Wine fanatics and coffee enthusiasts are especially prone to disappointing dulling.

 

Here is a simple solution for a beautifully bright smile. You don’t need to change your beverage preferences or break the bank investing in professional treatments. This simple DIY treatment calls for two ingredients and serves as a wonderful homemade whitener. Follow the recipe, get gorgeous results, and say cheese!

 

Key Ingredients and How They Work:

 

Peroxide:

 

Commercially-made teeth whitening products, including dentist bleach, are made with peroxide. Daily use of this teeth whitener can produce beautiful white teeth within a few weeks. Purchase a bottle of peroxide for about a dollar, and watch your teeth go from yellow to white. Regular peroxide use can cause teeth sensitivity, so be sure not to use more than once per day.

 

Strawberries:

 

How could such a ruby-red fruit have a whitening effect on your teeth? It might seem counterintuitive, but strawberries contain malic acid, a natural tooth-whitening agent. Granted, just because strawberries whiten doesn’t mean they clean! It’s still important to brush your teeth after whitening with the superfood because it contains natural sugar.

 

Baking Soda:

 

Baking soda offers a host of teeth-brightening benefits. It removes stains and discolorations from the surface of teeth and contains polishing agents that give your teeth a sparkly-white appearance. Forget whitening strips. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can purchase a box of baking soda and flash a glistening set of teeth in no time!

 

#1 Method:

 

Pour about one teaspoon of peroxide into a cup, being careful not to swallow. Swish around teeth for approximately one minute. This rinsing method is just as effective, if not more so, than whitening mouthwash. Spit peroxide into the sink. Do not eat or drink for one hour afterwards.

 

#2 Method:

 

  1. Crush one large strawberry into a pulp and blend with one teaspoon baking soda.

 

  1. Use a soft toothbrush to spread mixture over areas of teeth you want to whiten.

 

  1. Let mixture sit on teeth for 5-10 minutes.

 

  1. Brush teeth thoroughly with a dental toothpaste. Floss afterwards to remove any lingering seeds or pulp.

 

  1. Rinse once more with water to wash away any residual acid.

 

You’ll sport a shiny set of pearly whites in no time. For awesome results, apply no more than once a week.

 

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Heal Cavities, Gum Disease and Whiten Teeth

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Heal cavities, gum disease, and whiten teeth with natural homemade toothpaste and diet

The truth is, the most important action you can take to maintain oral health is to eat a healthy diet. Avoid all artificial additives (flavors, colors, preservatives), GMOs, pasteurized dairy, and refined sugars. Do not consume foods laden with herbicides and preservatives (especially the “dirty dozen”) or animal protein (meat or dairy) from factory raised animals or farm raised fish. The healthiest diet consists of whole unadulterated foods, 80% of which are raw, organic vegetables and fruits (and eat more vegetables than fruit). It is possible, through a truly healthy diet and proper oral care, to whiten and re-mineralize your teeth, to re-build your enamel, and to heal your gums. Commercial toothpaste is toxic. You can avoid most of these toxic ingredients by using a ridiculously expensive natural toothpaste, but many still contain sodium laureth sulfate or other questionable ingredients such as glycerin, which prevents re-mineralization.

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

The basic recipe for homemade toothpaste is equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda. Make sure both are organic and your baking soda is aluminum free. From here, you can add other ingredients and adjust ratios if necessary. Simple Homemade toothpaste recipe:

  • Equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda
  • Add essential oil to taste
  • Add stevia (if desired) to taste

For 6 tablespoons of oil to 6 tablespoons of baking soda, add up to15 drops of essential oil. Try peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, lemon, orange, rosemary, or discover others. Each essential oil provides more than taste; each adds its own benefit. Add drops of one, or experiment with combinations. But be sure to buy your essential oils from a reputable source and ensure you are getting the right genus species. Do your research.

  • Peppermint – a powerful anti-oxidant
  • Eucalyptus – antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory
  • Cinnamon – antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
  • Clove – antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and an amazing antioxidant, the highest antioxidant essential oil. It is approved by the Dental Association for use as a dental anesthetic. It’s great for killing Candida.
  • Lemon – antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
  • Orange – antiseptic and antioxidant
  • Rosemary – antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral

Neem oil and tea tree oil could also be used for antibacterial qualities. Try 6-8 drops but know that neither one is a flavor enhancer. They may help tighten up gum tissue, however. Your basic recipe can be changed in a variety of ways. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, sesame oil is not. You can replace as much coconut oil with sesame oil as desired to reach the consistency you prefer. But realize this will also change the taste and the color. Your dry ingredients can also be altered. Try adding trace minerals, calcium magnesium powder, bentonite clay, and/or diatomaceous earth to the mix, removing an equal amount of baking soda and adjusting for consistency. Trace minerals, calcium magnesium powder, and diatomaceous earth will all aid in re-mineralization, while bentonite clay will aid in drawing out impurities as it, like the aforementioned dry ingredients, adds grit. Hydrogen peroxide is added to many home toothpastes, especially those formulated for whitening. But hydrogen peroxide is one of those ingredients you are not supposed to swallow and it can irritate the gums. It is not a good idea for kids or for anyone with sensitive, damaged, or diseased gums. Gum disease is not only avoidable, it is, contrary to conventional opinion, completely reversible. If you try one of the recipes above, or have your own recipe, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. If you would like more information on how to eat healthy, check out 80% Raw. If suffer from periodontal disease, or you are battling tooth decay or cavities, we highly recommend stepping it up with the recipe for Shillington’s Tooth and Gum formula. Combine this formula with a homemade natural toothpaste and a healthy diet and most people can rebuild enamel, heal the entire mouth, and have a perfect smile.

Sources: http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com http://www.weedemandreap.com http://bodyunburdened.com http://www.mom4real.com http://www.lahealthyliving.com