Of all the things that can make you pretty and attractive, a beautiful smile is the most important feature that draws people’s attention to you. Not only that – a sincere smile with healthy white teeth is the easiest way to win someone’s heart.
Despite the fact that not everyone can have a perfect set of white teeth and a smile that sweeps you off your feet, like Halle Berry of George Clooney, Americans still invest a huge amount of money on teeth whitening merchandise.
What is the problem with store-bought toothpastes and tooth whiteners?
Do Teeth Whiteners Lead To Oral Cancer? Published by Science Daily implies that there is a possible connection between using tooth whiteners and oral cancer in young people.
“The media has done a good job of making whitening sound innocuous, but it’s not,” says Dr. Ira Handschuh, dentist from White Plains, N.Y. “Carbamide peroxide, the whitening agent in most bleaches, can irritate the gums, causing them to recede, making the teeth brittle, chalky and so thin as to be translucent at the edges when the product is overused.”
You might think that the majority of people use conventional toothpastes every day and that all is well with their teeth. Well, some of their commonly used ingredients have raised quite a concern, including triclosan, fluoride and foaming agents like sodium laurel sulfate.
Fluoride has been praised for its outstanding protective abilities in combating tooth decay but it has been put under the magnifying glass for a good reason. While it has a small value in forming a thin protective layer on the surface of the teeth, we must never forget that it is actually a poisonous chemical for our bodies.
Small children tend to swallow bigger amounts of this toxic substance, which piles up in the organs, disrupts the function of the enzymes and the endocrine system.
Triclosan is used to act against bacteria but it has also been found to disrupt the normal functioning of hormones in the body, which can cause a range of serious health issues. In experiments with rats and mice, the use of this chemical resulted in bone disfigurement as early as in the womb.
Foaming agents, also called surfactants, disrupt the work of the taste buds on the surface of our tongue. These include sodium laureth sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate. If you have wondered why food has such a terrible taste after you have cleaned your teeth, foaming agents are to blame.
There is a completely natural and healthy alternative for all these teeth cleaning chemical substances. Its ingredients do not have any side effects and they are also very beneficial for you in a general sense. Let’s see how they promote oral health.
Why is this toothpaste good for your teeth and gums?
It has scientifically proven abilities to destroy bacteria that cause teeth cavities.
Types of Streptococcus bacteria regularly live inside your mouth. They are most often the culprits for tooth decay, especially the acid-creating Streptococcus mutans. The good news is that coconut oil effectively prevents these bacteria to grow.
Furthermore, regular rubbing of coconut oil into the gums for 10 minutes per day in the duration of 21 days has been shown to decrease the growth of streptococcus mutans, as well as the accumulation of mucus and bacteria on the teeth. Not only that: coconut oil keeps the balance of lipids that normally exist on the surface of your tongue, unlike the lipid-disrupting foaming agents.
This magnificent health-boosting and disease –fighting spice can undoubtedly whiten teeth naturally within several days of treatment. It also has health provisions for your mouth. A study from July 2012 published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, has shown that turmeric reduces inflammation processes in the gums. The Journal of Natural Biology, Science and Medicine Review claims that it can soothe toothache.
Dr. Mike Glasmeier, a member of the American Dental Association, has said that some initiatory studies have confirmed the healing effects of peppermint oil on diseased gums and gingivitis.
It contains relaxing and soothing substances for the gum tissue. It has been found to reduce bleeding and it promotes circulation in the gums, which facilitates cleaning and causes less discomfort.
Incorporating peppermint, wintergreen and/or spearmint oil in the regular teeth brushing routine has proven as highly beneficial in curing diseased gums and even tooth cavities. This is probably due to the antibacterial activities that these oils possess.
Homemade Toothpaste With Coconut Oil, Turmeric And Peppermint
- 1 tbsp. of virgin coconut oil
- 1 tea spoon of turmeric powder
- Peppermint oil
How to use it:
- Mix all the ingredients until they form a thick paste consistency
- Apply the same amount of the paste to your toothbrush as you would use regularly. Allow it to stay on your teeth for 3-5 minutes, so that the whitening and anti-bacterial activities of the paste can work effectively
- Spit out the excess paste and rinse out your mouth