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How I Take Care Of My Smile

May 2, 2018


When it comes to oral hygiene, I grew up using whatever toothpaste and whiting products I could get my hands on. The more bleach, the better. In recent years, though, I have scaled back on the products I once used because my teeth have become quite sensitive. I also wanted to see what all-natural products would do and if I could achieve similar results. 


I am often asked about how I care for my teeth and how I whiten them. I laugh because I promise it’s nothing fancy, in fact, it might be a little scary to most of you. I have a three step process I follow religiously below- holistic, simple and all ingredients that come from this earth. Yay!


I swapped out my Aquafresh for baking soda. Yup! You read right, I brush my teeth with baking soda mixed with coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. At first, it’s really weird to get used to, but eventually you get used to the gritty sensation and actually look forward to it because nothing will polish your teeth better than baking soda. Oh, and it’s 100% natural! Can’t go wrong!

Recipe: Melt 1/3 cup organic coconut oil and mix with 20 drops peppermint essential oil and 3 tablespoons baking soda. Place in a small jar with a lid. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush your teeth as normal!


Like I said before, I have tried many teeth whitening products and just couldn’t find one that suited me well. After getting sick of my “yellow” teeth, I went online to find some answers. I couldn’t find anything… it was all harsh chemicals and pretty expensive. I had heard rumors that activated charcoal worked at whitening teeth- which is super weird- but I gave it a try. It WORKED. Even though it is messy, tastes like dirt and leaves your gums stained black around the edges… I love it! I recommend going to your local co-op or natural foods store and buying it because the glamorized brands on Amazon or Target are a rip-off and generally have chemicals and other additives mixed in. 


How to do it: Scoop a small amount of activated charcoal into a small dish. Wet your everyday toothbrush and dip in charcoal. Brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes. Be sure to rinse your mouth well. It’s normal for your gum line to be slightly dark or black. I don’t recommend doing this process right before leaving the house. I always do it right before bed. Do it daily for best results.


I floss daily. Simple floss picks from Target. They work well for me so I use them. That’s it! Simple.


That is all I do for my teeth. Kind of barbaric but I love how easy it is. My teeth have never been whiter or healthier and that’s what makes me happiest. Hope these tips were helpful for you! 


Feel free to share any tips that you may have when it comes to oral hygiene. 

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