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We all want to know how to do it whiten teeth naturally, but doing so is another matter. Strips and hard whitening pastes are impossible for me. This charcoal whitening toothpaste recipe is an easy and gentle way to get a brighter smile.
Avoid harsh whitening treatments
These sleek ads with gorgeous smiles can be quite tempting, but our family avoids artificial bleaching. Chemical bleaches as chlorine dioxide can cause sensitivity, irritation and burning of the gums and permanent damage to the enamel. Scientists are not entirely sure how teeth whitening works or the full extent of its effects.
A natural way to whiten teeth
I write a lot about oral health, and I am fascinated by how it really affects the whole body! I have spent years working on creating natural toothpastes and oral care. I wanted something that was safe enough for my children to use and not make my health problems worse.
While there are many excellent natural toothpastes you can buy (one of yours for real!), for years I used this cost-effective DIY recipe. (Because, um, 6 kids!). It’s my favorite toothpaste recipe so far and the least expensive. It’s also the best whitening toothpaste I’ve used, especially when combined with oil extraction.
Natural oral care options
Some of my favorite healthy mouth recipes so far are:
My other toothpaste recipes get a lot of feedback on substitutions and if certain ingredients are needed. Because other recipes use coconut oil, some people complain that toothpaste is too hard to use when fresh.
This whitening toothpaste recipe is simpler and uses only the most beneficial ingredients. It has the same consistency at any temperature, works well and tastes good. Even my kids like the taste, and I shouldn’t be scared if they swallow it.
How does natural whitening toothpaste taste?
Natural toothpaste may not be as sweet as conventional and does not have the action of foam. This recipe does not contain baking soda, so it is not as salty as some natural options. I add a blend of essential oils to our toothpaste to personalize the flavor. Essential oils also have antimicrobial properties that help with oral health.
Essential oils for toothpaste
Not all the essential oil is safe to put in your mouth, and some that are safe for adults are not safe for children. We must also consider the amount of each oil we are using. Irritant essential oils like cinnamon and mint should be used more sparingly than something like orange. Essential oils are optional, but they really help to improve the taste. Mint, cinnamon and cloves may be too hard for young children, but mine love grapefruit or lemon!
Here are some safe options for essential oils for your whitening toothpaste: You can find quality essential oils at Plant therapy.
- Cinnamon (use sparingly)
- Key (use sparingly)
A strange way to whiten teeth
I have found that calcium and MCT oil do a good job of whitening on their own, but there is a way to increase the whitening power. Activated carbon (AC) is one of my favorite ways to whiten teeth. At first I was pretty skeptical, but I’ve grown a lot. AC is good for removing superficial stains from foods like coffee and tea.
From the research I have done, I have found that AC is safe to use with fillers and veneers and will not leach minerals from the teeth. Charcoal really benefits teeth by improving the pH of the mouth to help prevent cavities and gingivitis. That is why it is one of the main ingredients my Wellnesse charcoal toothpaste.
However, if you have any questions about using it with your dental work, be sure to check with your dentist first!
Benefits and precautions of xylitol
If I add something sweet to our meals, I opt for natural options like honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. Sweeteners com xylitol they are not something you will see in my recipes. So why use it in toothpaste?
There is some evidence that xylitol benefits oral health. Specifically, it helps reduce plaque and cavities while killing bacteria. With great caution here but … xylitol, even in small amounts, can be deadly to dogs. So don’t keep toothpaste where Fido can eat it!
The xylitol I use is a bit so I first passed it through the blender. You can also use a coffee grinder. The second time I made the toothpaste, I just put all the ingredients in the blender and it came out all creamy.
The blender was hard to clean after my experiment, but a quick clean with the paper towel helped. Once I removed the residue, I washed my blender as usual.
MCT oil for teeth
Medium chain triglycerides or Oli MCT is my secret ingredient in this recipe. It is derived from coconut or palm oil, but remains liquid at different temperatures, making it easier to work with. Fractionated coconut oil is similar to MCT oil, but is usually only for skin care and is not safe to eat.
It can be confusing because manufacturers sometimes use terms like liquid coconut oil or fractional MCT oil. In short, we are using liquid coconut oil which is high in MCT and food grade.
How to Store Natural Whitening Toothpaste
When I make toothpaste, every person in our family has their own jar. This helps prevent bacteria from exchanging from one end to the other and everyone having their favorite flavor. We just dip our toothbrushes in the jar, but a trowel stick is another option. A clean paddle stick can help prevent microbes from growing in the toothpaste. If you use essential oils, these also have some preservative properties.
Like most of mine toothpaste recipes, I like to do it in small batches because the shelf life is not as long as the one bought in the store. If your family is much smaller than mine, you can also cut the recipe in half. Be sure to throw away your whitening toothpaste if you notice any unpleasant odors or colors.
The shelf life depends on several factors, but mine usually lasts at least a few weeks. If you are not dejected with the pot, then a press the tube like this is another option.
Natural whitening toothpaste
This recipe uses a strange ingredient (activated charcoal) to whiten teeth. Calcium, xylitol and coconut oil combine to keep gums healthy and deter cavities.
Make sure the xylitol is well ground and not coarse, grinding it in a blender or coffee grinder if necessary.
Mix all ingredients by hand or with a blender until incorporated.
Store in a glass jar or squeeze tube and brush as usual.
Storage and shelf life: Stay away from very hot areas and do not allow water to enter the toothpaste jar. For a longer shelf life, use a clean toothpick or other utensil instead of dipping the toothbrush directly into the jar.