5 Toxin-Free Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
May 11th, 2017

Teeth whitening has become a common practice, but too often the dangers are ignored in search of getting those pearly whites. While there isn’t any link between teeth whitening and a specific risk to the fetus, there also are not any clinical trials that ensure that the chemicals involved are safe for pregnant women. Thankfully, there are many options out there for those of us who want to have healthy, brights smiles without the toxic ingredients. Here are some great DIY alternatives to traditional toxic teeth whitening. Remember during pregnancy it is especially important to mitigate your exposure to toxins found in the environment, skincare/beauty products and in food.  Luckily many of these teeth whitening recommendations use products that you probably already have at home.

1. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling comes from the ancient Indian practice from Ayurvedic medicine.

toxin-free teeth whiteningProcess: Put 1 tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swish it around. The types of oil that people prefer include sesame oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. Make sure to move the oil fully around your mouth– getting both sides as well as the front and back of teeth. Continue swishing for 15-20 minutes. You can then spit the oil out and rinse your mouth with water. Repeat this process daily for 1-2 months to start to see results!

Benefits: The oil pulls the debris out, and allows for cleaner and fresher breath, whiter teeth, and reduced plaque on the teeth. A study from the National Institute of Health found that oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms present.

Information from: US National Library of Medicine

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a simple product you can use to whiten your teeth, and it is especially helpful for removing stains due to common causes such as coffee and smoking.

Process: Create a diluted rinse of one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water, and gently swish around the mouth for about 30 seconds. Make sure to brush with regular toothpaste a few minutes following your ACV brush in order to avoid issues with the acid eroding your tooth enamel!

Benefits: The acidity of vinegar is know to kill bacteria and prevent the buildup of tartar leading to whiter teeth and better breath. ACV also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that help to prevent and treat infections in the mouth– an added bonus!

Information from: Cure Joy

3. Orange Peels

Using orange peels to help whiten your teeth is an easy way to whiten your teeth with something that you might’ve otherwise thrown out!

toxin-free teeth whiteningProcess: Rub the inside of an orange against your teeth prior to brushing your teeth. As with the ACV, it is suggested that if you do use orange peel, you should rinse your teeth afterwards in order to prevent enamel decay. You can swish around a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water for about a minute following your use of the orange peel.

Benefits: The inside of the orange peel contains vitamin C, pectin, limonene, glucarate and soluble fibers which act as natural teeth whiteners. Orange peels contain the natural solvent d-limonene that may help to reduce stains on your teeth!

Information from: Livestrong

4. Baking Soda

Brushing with baking soda can help to remove surface stains from your teeth!

Process: Mix water into baking soda to form a paste. Use a toothbrush to brush on this mixture as you would with regular toothpaste. Because this treatment can be a bit abrasive, use this for 3-5 days, and then wait six months before doing it again to help protect the core health of your teeth.

Benefits: Baking soda works to remove plaque from teeth– especially from hard-to-reach places. It can also be helpful in changing the pH levels of the mouth, and in doing so kill harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis. Baking soda can be helpful for fighting surface level stains as well, but may not be able to get to the deeper discoloration.

Information from: US National Library of Medicine, Livestrong,

5. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance that can whiten teeth by adhering to toxins and riding them from your mouth.

Process: Mix the activated charcoal with a bit of water, an apply it to the surface of your teeth. Leave this on your teeth for about two minutes, and then rinse out our mouth fully. [Note: Charcoal can stain surfaces, so be sure to wash it off of the things it interacts with]

Benefits:  The highly absorbent characteristic of activated charcoal allows it to absorbs bacteria and toxins, leading to whiter teeth.

Information from: Women’s Health 

toxin-free teeth whitening

Want to try activated charcoal for yourself? Try out inVitamin’s Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder with Activated Charcoal. Their product contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, artificial colors or flavors, and no abrasive baking soda or salt! We also have tested and enjoyed Magic Mud’s charcoal and teeth whitening products, too!

 

Let us know if you try out any of these toxin-free whitening treatments in the comments below. We love spreading info about natural ways to avoid chemicals and live healthier lives, so let us know if you have any ideas to add too!

More info: Pregnant? Skip the Teeth Whitener

 

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Michaela Santillo
Michaela Santillo