Do you like the way you smile? Would you like whiter teeth without having to resort to using nasty chemicals? Me too. That’s why I started researching natural teeth whitening. Here are some of the things I learnt.
The balance of healthy bacteria in your mouth is the foundation of so many different areas of your health. Good oral health is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing (COAG 2015). Without it, a person’s general quality of life and the ability to eat, speak and socialise is compromised, resulting in pain, discomfort and embarrassment. Poor oral health—mainly tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss—affects many Australian children and adults, and contributed 4.5% of all the burden that non-fatal burden diseases placed on the community in 2015.
But conventional store-bought oral care products actually do more harm than good by disrupting this balance and introducing dangerous chemicals that you don’t want anywhere near your mouth.
And these toxic chemicals are absorbed into your bloodstream immediately, impacting your hormones, gut health, brain function, and so much more.
So what are the alternatives?
Oil Pulling for Natural Teeth Whitening
This is the practice of swirling oil around your mouth and then spitting it out. Traditionally, sesame oil has been used for oil pulling, but other types of oil can be used as well. I use coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains three unique fatty acids that are responsible for its various health benefits: lauric acid capric acid and caprylic acid. These contain antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. In addition, coconut oil contains linoleic acid, oleic acid, phenolic acid, myristic acid, vitamin E, vitamin K and iron.
How to do oil pulling?
Take 1 tablespoon of liquid coconut oil, and swish that around your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes, then spit it out in a bin as coconut oil can block your drains and you don’t want that.
Oil pulling is best done 2-3 times a week in the morning, prior to eating or drinking. Just make sure to spit it out in a bin or event the garden as the coconut oil can harden in the drain and you don’t want that.
Why add Young Living Essential Oils?
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano essential oil (Origanum vulgare) comes from the popular oregano plant, which is a member of the mint family and is native to areas of western Asia and the Mediterranean. Its warm, herbaceous qualities have made the plant a popular ingredient in Greek and Italian cuisine but there are many Oregano oil uses in topical and aromatic applications as well.
While the oil has an intriguing culinary and aromatic profile, Oregano oil benefits also include removing blocks, limiting beliefs, and toxicity from our lives. Oregano essential oil helps you to let go of what is holding you in a low vibration.
Young Living Oregano essential oil is a great addition to your oil pulling routine.
Thieves Essential Oil Blend
Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves essential oil is one of Young Living’s most popular products.
With the benefits of Thieves oil including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent it makes a great addition to your oil pulling routine.
Flossing with Thieves Dental Floss
I have a friend who told me that when he asked his dentist which teeth he should floss the dentist said “Just the ones you want to keep”. This has stuck with me and when I floss I make sure I reach right into my mouth and floss between my back teeth too.
Are all dental floss the same? Ah no. You want to avoid the ones with harmful nonstick chemicals. For example perfluoroctanoic acid (or PFOA) commonly found in those dental floss that glide more easily. Some studies link nonstick chemicals to cancer, infertility, birth defects and weaker immune systems.
So which dental floss do I use as part of my natural teeth whitening routine? Thieves Dental Floss. It is infused with Thieves and Peppermint essential oils. Therefore Thieves® Dental Floss is a great natural alternative to commercial floss. Thieves Dental Floss is made with strong fibers that resist fraying and easily glide between teeth for those hard-to-reach places. Saturated twice, this hard-wearing floss provides two layers of essential oils, offering double the protection to freshen your breath.
Brushing with Thieves Whitening Toothpaste
Do you brush your teeth with a toothpaste?
The average person will brush his/her teeth every single day for at least twice a day.
This means that we will ingest some toothpaste everyday unintentionally. And statistics have shown that children have a higher tendency of eating their toothpaste than adults.
So… what does this imply? If there are dangerous chemicals lurking in our toothpaste, they will get absorbed into our bloodstream through the thin lining of our mouth and via ingestion.
Most oral care products on today’s market contain petrochemicals and many other poisonous additives that get into our bloodstream. Continuous absorption can lead to gum disease, and even contribute to cancers. Because of this, it is important to read the ingredient labels of any oral care product before use.
Here are some of the most dangerous additives in toothpaste and mouthwash:
- Fluoride (synthetic) – A byproduct of industrial waste used as insecticide or rat poison with false claims on preventing tooth decay.
- Saccharin/Aspartame – Petroleum-based sugar substitutes more than 200 times sweeter than refined sugar.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – A strong and harsh detergent that started off as an industrial degreaser and garage floor cleaner. This gives the toothpaste its foaming property. It feels like the toothpaste is working but in reality can lead to tooth decay.
- Hexetidine – An anti-bacterial and anti-fungal drug. This leads to severe chronic conditions such as clotting in the brain, allergic reactions, and unstable heartbeats.
- Blue No. 1 – This artificial food colouring is known to cause allergies and hyperactivity in children.
- Flavour – An incredibly misleading term, as it doesn’t actually indicate the ingredients. This gives the toothpaste a “flavour” in order to cover up the awful chemical taste that it would otherwise have.
- Other harmful ingredients are parabens, and chemical whiteners.
If you want to learn more about the ingredients in your oral care products check out my Hot Topic – Have you looked at the ingredients in your oral care products?
What Whitening Toothpaste do I use?
I start my morning on the bright side with the natural power of Thieves® Whitening Toothpaste. Pure and safe ingredients combine to whiten teeth, fight plaque, support healthy gums and remove stains without damaging enamel. Great for the whole family, Young Living’s exclusive formula is both fluoride free and free of other harsh ingredients. Grin from ear to ear knowing you made a fresh choice with Thieves Whitening Toothpaste!
Mouth Wash for Natural Teeth Whitening
Did you know that most ancient mouthwashes and tooth powders contained Myrrh?
Yup…as in “gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Myrrh is a tree resin, and there are historic records saying that folks used it 2000 years ago as they do today…for mouth and gum health.
Even with regular brushing, children and adults can miss areas of the teeth and gums. Young Living’s Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash freshens and provides a whole-mouth clean. It uses the signature Thieves oil blend—a carefully crafted mix of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. Therefore your teeth and gums will benefit from an invigorating clean that’s free from harsh alcohol, artificial dyes and flavours. The spicy-sweet flavor of Thieves combined with Spearmint and Peppermint will leave you with fresh breath and a pleasant taste. Use it alongside the Thieves toothpastes and floss.