Tooth Whitening The Organic Way… 3 Simple Steps.

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Here is another post I wrote just prior to our  family crisis.

 

I wrote today’s post several weeks ago, during the simple, beautiful, pre-divorce days when my life was full of silly fun things like curling my hair and making my teeth nice and white.

Because I had gotten so many emails asking about holistic tooth whitening, I wrote this post to give you the scoop on how to brighten and whiten your smile without any toxic chemicals.

 

I *trust* and I *believe* that those silly fun days will return, better than ever, because we will naturally re-align with everything that is for my highest good and the highest good of my children.

 

Do I feel like we are living our *highest good* right now?

Actually… yes.

I *know* that we are.

 

So… with that in mind, I want to release this blog post that reminds me of lighter days… and talk about something as frivolous as tooth care:

 

I’ve gotten dozens of emails over the past few months since starting my video series on Reducing Health Anxiety (and I have a new video for you next week that I had recorded when I made the other three…) asking me how I keep my teeth so white, since you all know I LOVE coffee and tea.

 

It’s very very easy.

It’s also completely non-toxic, healthy and inexpensive.  Want whiter teeth?  Give this a try!!!!

I love clean white teeth!

 

Because it is natural for our enamel to yellow as we age, it is an instant boost to your appearance to whiten your teeth… making you look years younger.

I like it even more than plucking my eyebrows for an instant makeover!

I have given up artificial whitening — I’m not willing to do that at the expense of putting chemicals in my body any longer.

 

Especially sense whatever goes on your teeth is DEFINITELY going to get absorbed by your gums and into your body.

So here is how I boost my whitening naturally. 

 

It’s only three steps and will make a noticeable difference in your teeth!

 

1.  Start by oil pulling. 

 

I talk about oil pulling with coconut in more detail here… but I basically take a small scoop of coconut oil into my mouth and swish it around my teeth for as long as I can stand it — typically I hold it in my mouth for the 10 minute I take a shower, then I spit it out down the shower drain as I am stepping out of the shower and drying off.

 

The oil works to soften any plaque build up on your teeth, and is a FABULOUS healthy fat for your body so the more your oral mucosa absorbs, the better!

 

Yes, I know you can read a million protocols on the internet that say you have to do this first thing in the morning before eating breakfast, that it has to be for 20 minutes long, etc… but you know what?

Decreasing Health AnxietyAs I mention in my video here… doing it at ALL, even if its only 5 minutes or at night during your nighttime shower… it is all perfectly fine.  Your teeth will definitely get whiter and your body will be happy happy happy with the extra coconut oil exposure.

 

2.  Swish with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.

 

I use this as a pre-rinse before brushing — I just use a little bit (be sure not to swallow!!! It will burn!) and swish all around, letting it foam all over my teeth and my tongue.

As someone is prone to getting a coated tongue, this has been an amazing way of deep cleaning my tongue and preventing it from occurring.

I spit out the hydrogen peroxide but leave the foaming bubbles in my mouth… and follow with this:

 

3.  Brush with baking soda.

 

I don’t use toothpaste of any kind… just baking soda.

Although there are lots of great all natural toothpastes (as I review here!) I just have found that for teeth whitening, the combo of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda is AH-MAZ-ING.

And the added bonus of not having to worry about any additional fluoride exposure is liberating.

If you are using a fluoridated toothpaste, and you are a female, please think again.

Fluoride is thinning to your bones and whether you are 20 or 70 you really want to protect the strength and long-term density of your bones.

Read my earlier blog post here for more info!

And honestly, medical studies show it’s not that great for your heart either… as I blog about here.

 

 

 

So that’s it, folks!

Oil pull, swish with hydrogen peroxide, and brush with baking soda. 

 

Do this as often as you like… at least once a week.

I do the peroxide/baking soda thing daily, and add-on a super cleansing oil pull session once a week.

Give it a try for a month and I guarantee you will see noticeable results!!!

xoxoxo, Laura

8 Responses to “Tooth Whitening The Organic Way… 3 Simple Steps.”

  1. Kathy

    I read that a person with mercury fillings should not swish hydrogen peroxide as it releases more of the mercury. Do you have an opinion about that?

    • Laura Koniver, MD

      Hi Kathy! YES… thank you so much for pointing this out. The sad truth is that if you have fillings with mercury, the mercury is constantly being released through the form of mercury vapor and small particles that rub off… simply chewing food, drinking hot liquids, gum, etc… releases these particles and gases, and yes, this definitely happens when swishing with hydrogen peroxide too. I am really glad you bought this up — it’s definitely important to be aware of heightened exposure that using hydrogen peroxide can bring. Although the FDA says the exposure is negligible, we have to go with what feels right on a personal level. Ideally… replace the fillings. But, if that isn’t practical or possible, never fear — there is absolutely a whitening benefit just from oil pulling and then following that with baking soda!!! So, if in doubt about your fillings, go with the 2 step program and you should still see results! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment! xoxo, Laura

  2. Carmel Cosmetic Dentist

    The best way to ensure your teeth are as white as possible is to brush or rinse out your mouth right after you eat. You can get rid of a lot of food particles with a quick brush or rinse. Floss regularly to get rid of tartar build up that can also promote color in teeth. Look for mouthwash that is clear and promotes white teeth.

  3. Mary

    I have always heard that baking soda is very abrasive and with regular use breaks down the tooth enamel. Laura, you say you use it every day? I have done some research and have found that it can be used but not on a regular basis, no more than twice a week. Could you tell me why you feel comfortable with everyday use? I would love to use it all the time instead of regular toothpaste but am afraid of destroying enamel. Is it just a lot of hype to preserve toothpaste sales?
    Thanks

    • Laura Koniver, MD

      Hi Mary! I do honestly use it every day… I’ve never seen any studies or read anything bad about that but would love to know if you have some links to share, certainly I’d love to learn more about those concerns. I adore baking soda for a body scrub, face scrub, detoxing in the bath, for it’s pH properties and such… I haven’t had a problem that I am aware of with enamel but would love to hear more… I think though what you recommend — using it twice a week — is great and think you should definitely go with what you are comfortable with. My son only brushes with water — literally! — because that feels right to him and he has never ever had a single cavity… so whatever feels right for you I’m definitely behind that… whether it includes baking soda or not. I think oil pulling, with or without a peroxide swish, followed by a non-fluoridated toothpaste would be a wonderful daily routine and that just the oil pulling alone would be a healthy thing to add to any oral hygiene routine. Thank you so much for your comment and I would love to hear more, appreciate the info… xoxoxo, Laura

  4. Jaclynn

    This is really interesting – especially what you say about the pitting and discoloration of teeth being connected to fluoride as I have always had this on my two front teeth! After reading this, I found a “recipe” on another website for a toothpaste that is equal parts whipped coconut oil and baking soda (with a few drops of an essential oil such as peppermint, though right now I’m just doing mine plain because I don’t have any essential oils in the house) and have started brushing my teeth with this, swishing with it in the middle, then brushing some more before I rinse out. It leaves an interesting (though not bad) feeling in my mouth, but it does feel clean. As someone on a budget who doesn’t have the whitest of teeth, I really appreciate practical information like this. Thanks for the tips!

    P.S. In my research, I read a lot about coconut oil as a sunblock – do you have any information/opinions/experience on this?

    • Laura Koniver, MD

      HI Jaclynn! Thank you for your wonderful advice — that’s an AWESOME toothpaste recipe and I appreciate your sharing it here! About the sunblock — coconut oil is rate an SPF of 4 or 6… I just feel like that is not enough to count on reducing skin cancer risk and would make the user feel “safe” having applied something but not enough of an SPF to allow them to truly stay exposed to the UV rays much longer then without something on. I think it would be safer to utilize rashguards/sunglasses/hats and avoiding peak sun hours then to put on coconut oil and head out in the mid-day sun with a false sense of confidence… you know? That is just what feels right to me in my gut. NOW… I LOVE coconut oil so if using it as a sunscreen gets people to put it on their skin — that is super positive — it is soooo healing and healthy that it would be great for your body. I just think it is better as a moisturizer and a supplement then as a sunscreen. Thank you so very very much for your fabulous question and lovely comment — appreciate you sharing your advice with my readers!! xoxoxo, Laura