Black Toothpaste That Actually Whitens Your Teeth
Written by: Kavata Kithome
I have written about the harmful chemicals found in your antibacterial soap and why you should stop using it. Writing and researching for this article got me very interested in finding different alternatives for not only my antibacterial soap, but also my body/face soap, shampoo and even toothpaste.
Have you considered the chemicals hiding in your favorite minty-fresh?
I have always been interested in healthy, alternative living, simply because I believe it is the ultimate factor in my practice of self care. While on my journey of self-care, I have been using different alternatives for toothpaste.
What To Avoid In Toothpaste
According to dentist Dr. Steve Lin, the biggest toothpaste no-no is SLS, or sodium laurel sulfate. It’s added to toothpaste and other soaps as a foaming agent, but as Dr. Lin says, “There’s no benefit to your oral health.” Who am I to argue with Dr. Lin?
In my opinion, oral health is something that is talked about very sparingly and most of us rely on our dentist for guidance. Most of our dentists, however, will more than likely recommend Sensodyne toothpaste, flossing, water picking and mouthwash and remind you to go easy on the candy.
I on the other hand believe that oral health is all about habits. I believe that your dentist is partly right about the minimization of candy, but doesn’t provide any other alternatives to toothpaste. Therein lies the problem for me.
Natural Alternatives For Excellent Oral Health
In the process of finding other alternatives, my research led me to amazing options for toothpaste, such as:
- Brushing with sea salt or baking soda
- Coconut oil for oil-pulling
- Turmeric (which is great for inflamed gums and gingivitis and oddly enough, doesn’t stain your teeth)
- Activated charcoal to remineralize and whiten
What was most interesting was when I found that you could use activated charcoal to remineralize and whiten your teeth! I was intrigued, because I knew that activated charcoal can be used for detoxification. I had to know more!
To quickly recap, activated charcoal is a substance made of carbon. Since activated charcoal is mainly composed of carbon atoms, it has a very fine porous structure on a particle scale. This means that a small amount of activated charcoal has a massive surface area, allowing it to bond with substances and molecules in you body, which is why it’s all the rage for detoxification.
Activated charcoal’s odor-absorbing, stain-removing and abrasive properties make it a suitable toothpaste alternative.
I have not been using activated charcoal long on my teeth, but I can tell you that my teeth are not only whiter, but they also feel stronger and have less sensitivity.
I do believe that oral health is greatly supported by what you eat and brushing is just an added support. It is important to avoid processed sugars and get plenty of dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables. Reach for fibrous foods such as apples and carrots as they are great for physically rubbing the plaque and stains off your teeth. Strawberries whiten your teeth and celery is a great natural floss.
DIY Black Charcoal Toothpaste
- 1 tsp activated charcoal
- 4 drops Peppermint essential oil (add more as desired)
- 2 - 4 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 pinch of sea salt or baking soda
- 1 tablet pure calcium (for remineralizing)
- Using a pestle and mortar, break calcium tables until completely ground into powder.
- Mix salt, calcium and charcoal together in a wooden or glass bowl.
- Add oils and mix (with wooden, plastic or silicon spoon) until desired consistency (add water for a more liquid consistency).
As I mentioned, using activated charcoal as toothpaste is still very new to me, but I can tell you that the results so far are awesome! Try it out if you haven’t and if you have, share your experience in the comments below.
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Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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