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