Some of us start the day by brushing our teeth. Whiter teeth and a great smile are the ultimate goal. But at the same time, we also want to be healthy and achieve that the proper way. Some prefer plain white toothpaste, some prefer mint – flavored, some prefer bubblegum – flavored toothpaste. There are so many choices in the market.
But are you sure that your toothpaste is safe? You may be shocked to learn that the majority of store – bought toothpastes contain a number of harmful ingredients that can harm your teeth and overall health. Triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, microbeads and diethanolamine are some of the many toxic ingredients used in commercial toothpastes, plus they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
So, if the commercial toothpaste you bought isn’t safe, how do you keep your teeth clean and safe? Well, in maintaining your oral health, a healthy diet and oil pulling can go a long way. Having whiter teeth is absolutely an attainable goal, and one that doesn’t need to cost you a lot of money. So, when it comes to a toothpaste, we got you covered. You can make one at home, it’s simple and inexpensive, and you’re using safe ingredients.
For example, with just three ingredients, you can make a natural whitening toothpaste, all you need is activated charcoal, extra virgin coconut oil and eggshell powder. This homemade toothpaste is much less abrasive than a commercial toothpaste and it’s not going to harm your teeth or gums.
I know what you are probably thinking. What does charcoal doing in a DIY whitening toothpaste recipe? Well, activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. Activated charcoal is specifically designed to be extremely porous for medicinal use. These pores can absorb and trap impurities from the charcoal. That’s why it’s actually used to treat poisoning in hospitals.
By reducing stains and plaque on your teeth, activated charcoal helps to whiten your teeth. It also improves your mouth’s pH balance and helps against bad breath. This makes activated charcoal an absolute must-have natural remedy in every holistic medicine cabinet.
Eggshell powder is another ingredient in this DIY toothpaste. Eggshell powder is a rich source of calcium that helps remineralizing and strengthen your teeth.
The last ingredient in this homemade recipe is the extra-virgin coconut oil, which can be extremely beneficial. It helps to maintain good oral and dental hygiene and plays an important role in preventing bad breath, decay of the tooth, cavities and gingivitis.
This homemade whitening toothpaste with activated charcoal is a simple recipe that anyone can make at home. Not only will you improve the health of your mouth, but also whitening your teeth in the process. Just take a quick look online and you’ll see that there are many different ways to use activated charcoal for teeth whitening.
How to Make This Awesome DIY Charcoal Toothpaste
- Activated charcoal – ½ tsp
- Eggshell powder – 1 tbsp
- Extra-virgin coconut oil – 1 tbsp
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl, and mix with a nonmetallic spoon or spatula until you get a smooth paste-like consistency. When finished, transfer the paste in an airtight container, and it’s ready to be used.
Use this paste like any other paste. Brush equal to the front of the teeth as well as the back, and once you are done, rinse with lukewarm water. You can use this paste daily!
- You can use pH strips to test your home – made toothpaste’s acidity. It should have a pH of 7 (neutral) or higher, meaning the use of this toothpaste is safe.
- Make sure there is no baking soda in this homemade toothpaste, so that it’s not abrasive on your teeth.
- Consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush. Although you can get excellent results from manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes are far superior.
- Activated charcoal can be purchased in tablet, capsule, or powder form. If you buy the capsules, just open them up. You can smash them into a powder form if you use tablets.
- A little Himalayan salt can also be added to the toothpaste. It helps kill oral bacteria and decreases the risk of gum disease.
- The toothpaste can be stored in the medicine cabinet, and it will last for a few months. There is no need to refrigerate it.
- If it starts to dry out, just add some extra virgin coconut oil and mix well before use.