Add White Teeth to Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine

White Teeth Make You Look Younger!

In our efforts to look youthful, we use cream after cream to delay the onset of aging. One thing that is often overlooked in our anti-aging skin care routine is our smile. Yellowing, stained teeth can make you look ten years older. A white smile shows youthfulness, confidence and brightens your complexion. Drinking coffee, soda and tea can dramatically affect the color of your teeth. There are many options for removing yellow and stains off of teeth. You can use at home whitening kits, whitening toothpaste, the whitening gel from the Dentist, or even try to get white with blue light at a clinic. Have you looked at your teeth lately? Is it time to fresh up and whiten your smile? If so, here is a super simple at-home recipe to whiten your teeth. A white smile is a youthful smile! I recently came across an at-home recipe on Pinterest for whitening your teeth. I thought it was interesting since I use teeth whitening gel all the time to maintain white teeth. I changed the recipe a tiny bit, tried it and liked it. The mixture whitened my teeth and even faded the yellowed areas in between my teeth. My teeth looked clean, whiter and fresh. This recipe just uses household ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. I added a little peppermint essential oil for a minty effect.

Before and After. Brighten your smile for white youthful teethRecipe for White Teeth:
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Water
  • 1 Drop Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Crest 3D White Toothpaste (any toothpaste will do)
Mix all the ingredients in a cup. Place onto your toothbrush and brush your teeth.
Repeat twice a day until desired results are met. Then, use once a month to maintain.
Now you can have a gorgeous, youthful smile. White teeth can help take years off of your complexion. Add it to your anti-aging skin care routine today!
A super simple recipe with natural ingredients.

Another natural way to whiten teeth is with activated charcoal. In this edition of Beauty Tips and Tricks here is an excellent way to whiten your teeth in a nontoxic, natural way by using Activated Charcoal.

Beauty Tips and Tricks

In addition to a few great beauty tips, I wanted to share with you an excellent way to whiten your teeth naturally and in a nontoxic way by using Activated Charcoal. First things first, let me tell you the difference between Activated Charcoal and the charcoal you'd use in your BBQ. Regular Charcoal contains a lot of impurities, it's not as porous and is covered in stuff that you wouldn't want in your mouth. Activated Charcoal is regular charcoal that been treated with a few gasses to purify it completely and turn it into a powerhouse of a porous material that absorbs impurities from the environment around it. Adsorption is different than absorption, and what it means is that the porous surface of activated charcoal attracts (mostly unwanted) material a bit like a magnet and holds it in its pores. This leaves the area around it clean. Activated Charcoal is actually what many hospitals [and veterinarians] have on hand and use when patients have ingested toxins or when they pump patients’ stomachs. Any good water filter worth its weight in gold will use activated charcoal as one of its filtering methods. Plus, it’s a pretty well-known home remedy for avoiding a hangover (but you have to take it before you go to bed, or it won’t work).

Why does Activated Charcoal work on your teeth?

The answer is: It LOVES Tannins! And tannins (which are found in many foods, coffee, tea, wine, etc.) are typically what cause staining of the enamel of your teeth. Activated Charcoal loves the tannins, and the tannins love it more than they love your teeth. Activated charcoal is a bit particular about what it locks onto. It’s not interested in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and other compounds you probably want to hang onto (including your tooth enamel). Here are some other benefits:
  • It doesn’t absorb the calcium salts tooth enamel is made of. (It’s almost like it was made to whiten and brighten while not harm! Woo!)
  • It is also far less potentially irritating to your gums than hydrogen peroxide. And overall it’s not as tough on your mouth.
  • You can get a little tongue detox happening, as your tongue is a place that tends to hold quite a few toxins.
  • It can be helpful by changing the pH and health of the mouth.
  • It is effective in preventing cavities and killing the harmful bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis.

How to whiten your teeth using Activated Charcoal?

There are a few recipes for using it and here are some of them for your testing pleasure:

      1. Activated Charcoal Slurry - courtesy of Crunchy Betty
  • Brush or clean your teeth as normal.
  • Mix 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder with about 1/2-1 Tbsp water (exact measurements are not necessary, but mix it with the water first, or else you might accidentally inhale some activated charcoal powder and have a coughing fit).
  • Swish it around in your mouth for 15-30 seconds.
  • Hold it in front of your front teeth for 3-5 minutes.
  • Rinse your mouth – very well.
      2. Toothbrush dip method #1  - courtesy of  Wellness Mama
  • Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal (or dump a capsule of charcoal on the toothbrush).
  • Lean over the container or charcoal and quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth (this is to protect your sink).
  • Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse well.
  • Your mouth will feel amazingly clean…. your sink, not so much! Use as often as needed.
      3. Toothbrush dip method #2  - courtesy of Food Matters
  • Apply your natural (toxic free) toothpaste to your clean, wet toothbrush
  • Dip or pour the Activated Charcoal onto the toothpaste
  • Add a little bit of water and brush as usual
  • When you are finished rinse your mouth well, and that's it
Please Note! Activated Charcoal will make a mess so; please be very very careful what you let it get onto as it may prove difficult to remove. Your sink will be a mess, but as long as you clean it up after use, you should be okay. So there you have it an all natural, non-toxic way of whitening your teeth using Activated Charcoal!

Article Contributed By
Danielle Lewis