One of the most important thing that people want to change about them selves is the whiteness of their teeth, so it’s no surprise that there’s so billion whitening products on the market. And nothing is more attractive than a good smile, and we need to take better care of our mouths for that purpose. But the commercial toothpaste teeth whiteners are unfortunately not the healthiest choice.
They are rich in dangerous chemicals such as triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, propylene glycol, diethanolamine, and many artificial sweeteners. Other side effects of commercial teeth whiteners can include teeth sensitivity and gum damage due to irritation of soft tissue in the mouth.
If the commercial toothpaste is not the healthiest choice for good oral care, what can we use to ensure that our teeth are as healthy as possible?
There are many reasons to switch from commercial, store-bought products to natural teeth whiteners and toothpastes, and this homemade toothpaste should be the main one. This toothpaste made out of of turmeric, peppermint oil, and coconut oil is a great way to whiten teeth, prevent tooth decay, and reverse gum diseases.
Turmeric Peppermint Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe
- 1 teaspoon or 2 capsules turmeric
- 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
First, mix the ingredients above to form a paste, and use that paste to brush your teeth instead of the regular toothpaste. If you find it strange at first, don’t worry, that’s completely normal, because this toothpaste will not foam like the toothpastes you are used to, but after a while, you get used to it, and you will be impressed by its effects.
This toothpaste preparation is easy, simple, it whitenes your teeth, and most of all, you don’t have to put all those chemicals in your mouth.
Benefits of Ingredients:
Turmeric. A number of medicinal properties have been attributed to turmeric in the traditional medicine system. Turmeric has proven properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant, antiseptic, and antimutagenic. And because of these properties, turmeric is quite useful in dentistry as well.
The main component in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin has been used in medicine for centuries, because it is nontoxic and has a variety of therapeutic and medicinal properties, like the ones we mentioned above. Because of this, turmeric lacks the side effects of the many commercial teeth whiteners. Side effects like:
- gum pain
- receding gums
- tooth enamel problems
If you’re not allergic to turmeric, there is very little risk to using turmeric for teeth whitening. When used for several weeks, this spice may help your teeth to naturally become whiter and brighter.
Plus, when it comes to oral health, your top goal should be reducing and preventing inflammation. In the world of dentistry, turmeric is already being used as a mouthwash, so it can also act as a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
Peppermint Essential Oil. If you take oral health very seriously, you need to know about peppermint essential oil. Anaerobic bacteria is a type of bacteria that thrive in a low oxygen environments, such as the mouth, and this bacteria can cause gum disease. And to researchers, the peppermint essential oil is extremely effective at killing this type of bacteria.
A rinse of peppermint oil diluted in water can be an easy fix for bad breath or to get rid of bad tastes. Peppermint essential oil can also be effective in helping to ease minor toothaches.
Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention when it comes to oral health, and for good reason. In addition to removing bacteria and promoting healthy teeth and gums, it can also make your teeth whiter and brighter. Coconut oil can help whiten teeth thanks to its lauric acid which helps get rid of that bacteria and plaque, two of the major contributors to yellow teeth.
Alternative Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
- 2 Tbsp of bentonite clay
- ¼ Tsp of sea salt
- 1 Tbsp of melted coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp of water
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
- 2 capsules of activated charcoal
- ¼ Tsp of ground cloves
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass container.
- Mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Apply on teeth and brush for 2-3 minutes.
- Wash and rinse with warm water.
- Store in a cold place.