It has been proven that the traditional practices of Teeth Whitening will reduce the longevity of our teeth. Dangers of chlorine dioxide bleaching has been thoroughly investigated by Dental Specialist Linda Greenwall. She argues “these chlorine dioxide treatments are advertised as safe for teeth. It is certainly not the case.”
Linda explains that these chlorine dioxide method of whitening teeth will cause the very serious and irreparable damage to our tooth enamel. Linda listed out the damages of chlorine dioxide teeth whitening process.
Etching of teeth
Loss of tooth lustre
Teeth appearing more discoloured
Teeth absorbing more stains than before
Teeth feeling rough
Teeth more sensitive
Teeth permanently sensitive.
Linda Greenwall also states that this process of teeth whitening will cause some health problems too. So be wise in choosing the method of teeth whitening process. It is known that prevention is better than cure, so we can avoid the items which are cause for these yellow teeth like coffee, tea, cigarettes etc.,
Here are the list of whitening practices which are good for both teeth and the enamel
1. Oil Pulling
3000-year-old traditional practice of Oil pulling is best in Teeth whitening process. It also cleanses and detoxifies the Body. Oil Pulling significantly reduced plague, improved gum health and gingivitis. Oil pulling is effective as good mouthwash.
How to Do
Traditionally sesame oil is used for oil pulling due to its high concentration of omega 6 so Coconut oil is recommended.
Take a tablespoon full of Coconut oil and swish it in your mouth
Do swish it through teeth, tongue for 20 minutes Do not swallow!
Once Oil turns thin and white spit it out.
This process allows the oil to “pull out” bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other debris from your mouth.
Rinse your mouth with water
Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in your mouth, and these germs and their toxic waste products can contribute to plaque accumulation and tooth decay. Oil pulling removes these germs from spreading further into the body.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda has a really low Relative Dentin Abrasivity, or RDA, score. The scale goes from 0 (no abrasive) to 269 (high abrasive), with baking soda ranking in at just 7.
How to use:
Use a high-quality baking soda such as Duda Energy.
1. Take a pinch of baking soda and put it into a small glass or bowl.
2. Add a small amount of purified water (ideally not tap water) to the bowl and mix it with the baking soda. The solution should be slightly runny, as you don’t want too many of the granules present. Dip your toothbrush in to get some of the solutions on the brush.
3. Brush your teeth, starting with your molars and then moving to the facings and backs of your teeth.
4. Optional: Once done, you can add some more water to the glass or bowl and swish it around your mouth. This will help keep your mouth alkaline.
5. Rinse out your mouth with purified water as you normally would after brushing.
Other people place baking soda directly on their toothbrush and begin with the front teeth. When the solution is mixed with saliva it becomes liquid.
White kaolin clay has a low abrasive score and is effective as both a polish and stain remover. It is also high in calcium, silica, zinc, and magnesium, and safe for people with tooth sensitivity.
How to use:
Apply it directly onto your toothbrush, starting with your front teeth and then, as it mixes with your saliva, moving on to the rest of the mouth.
You can also combine this with baking soda.
4. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is not absorbed by the body but is itself highly absorbent, allowing it to easily remove toxins without harming the body. It is fantastic for people who have had a bout of food poising or have accidentally ingested something toxic. If you take this within 30 minutes of ingestion you should see results, but do not take it with other vitamins or supplements, as it will absorb those as well.
Be aware that while it can remove stains from teeth, it does stain clothes, tiles, counters, etc. It can also cause constipation and block mineral absorption, and should not be mixed with dairy. These are warnings in the case that you do ingest it.
How to use:
Wet your toothbrush and dip it into the charcoal. Put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth (quickly to protect your sink) and brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes. Spit carefully and rinse really well. You can also mix the charcoal with water and swish with it for two minutes.
You can also combine this with oil pulling.
5. Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide
It’s important to dilute peroxide to between 1% and 1.5% concentration at the very most. Anything higher will damage your teeth, even a mere 3%.
Our body produces hydrogen peroxide primarily in the lungs, gut, and thyroid gland, and the presence of hydrogen peroxide calls the immune system to an injury. This may explain how diluted hydrogen peroxide aids someone who is fighting gum disease.
How to use:
Again, use a very low concentration and swish around the teeth for 3-5 minutes.
Just like activated charcoal, you need to be careful about where your turmeric lands! It will stain everything, including your toothbrush, so you may even need to have a designated turmeric brush. But we promise — it won’t stain your teeth!
Turmeric has extensive medicinal properties, including as a digestive aid and an anti-inflammatory. It has even been said to help prevent certain types of cancers.
How to use:
Wet your toothbrush and then dip it in 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder. Brush teeth as normal, but instead of rinsing when you’re done, allow the turmeric to sit on your teeth for 3-5 minutes. Follow this with a regular brushing to get rid of any excess yellow buildup.
You can also try this combo: 2 parts turmeric powder to 1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda. Mix together to form a paste, and keep in a cool place (coconut oil is liquid at around 74-76 degrees).
When using natural healing methods, it’s essential to remember that change does not happen overnight. If you want to get your teeth looking whiter naturally, you need to first understand that this will take time. Give yourself at least a month of combining the practices listed above with limiting discolouration factors (coffee, tea, red wine, smoking) and judge from there if this is working for you.