Natural alternatives: teeth whitening options part 1
Looking at the back of a products can be a frighten experience, all the ingredients and no vague idea of what some of them are?!? I have set it my challenge to look at alternative to everyday products. I will be focusing on organic if possible, vegan alternatives. I am not fully vegan myself but am conscious about the impact on animal cruelty with foods and products, so where every I can aim for vegan options. I will do a series of natural alternatives; including face scrubs/washes, moisturisers, toners, soaps (homemade) and others. I will write a review of what I found, then at the end of the series do a final blog of the best of natural alternatives. If you think of any other product you want me to research make a suggestion?
This week I have been researching teeth whitener. The internet suggest there are three main ingredients that frequently come up including baking soda, charcoal, coconut oil and controversy turmeric is one of them :O I am interested to trying out the ingrediencies, finding out how they work and if they work?!
The oral health dental journal (2005) suggested that charcoal can be actually poisonous for the body, if consumed to much of this. However, they state that with this clinical trail that there was a noticeable difference in teeth appearance and whiteness.Advantages
Better appearance of teeth
Risk of poisoning
May cause the opposite effect causing decay and erosion
Summary: With the research I have found suggest there are risk to overusing using charcoal, however there are risk with using whitening protect from the dentist. Personally, I would use an alternative more frequently to avoid this risk.
Now here an ingredient that makes my stomach turn and the thoughts of this. I can almost feel the burn from here.
Skin care website suggest that turmeric works by removing bacteria from the gums and teeth, also loosing stains so they can be washed away. They suggest using some coconut oil and baking soda, put on teeth and leave for 5 minutes brush lightly and rinse. Coconut oil and baking soda can be used separately.
Better appearance of teeth
Remove some bad bacteria
No risk or poisoning- however over use could cause upset tummy
Some studies suggest that this can some cancer preventing properties
Loose stools and a hot bum
Summary: With the research I feel that this is the better option for me. I am sceptical about using this though as I can see it doing nothing but yellowing my teeth, so was surprised that this works
*please use at own risk, I am not recommending you try any of the ingredients identified. Just sharing what I have tried*