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.
The dangers of aspartame 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.
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?
Read more about whitening your teeth with Activated Charcoal HERE.
Strawberries contain Malic Acid which acts as an astringent and removes stains from teeth. Strawberries are harmless (and healthy) if swallowed.
Baking soda is mildly abrasive and helps to remove surface stains from teeth. It is harmless if swallowed in small amounts.
A combination of strawberries and baking soda makes a safe and effective natural tooth whitener. It is inexpensive and the ingredients can be found at any grocery store.
How To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally
- 2 organic strawberries
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda, or enough to form a paste
- Mash strawberries and baking soda in a bowl with the back of a fork until a paste is formed.
- Coat your teeth with the mixture and leave on for two to five minutes.
- Rinse well with water.
That's it! It's so easy and even better, it works!
Do not repeat more than once a week as excessive amounts of malic acid can erode tooth enamel.