Simple, effective, and affordable!
Made with only 3 ingredients…
Looking for a way to brighten your smile without the harsh chemicals? Well we have a great natural solution for you!
Turmeric is a bright orange root vegetable closely related to ginger. When dried and ground into a powder it becomes an earthy spice that is popular in Middle Eastern, Asian, and Indian cuisine.
The bright color compounds found in turmeric are responsible for the whitening effect and with consistent usage it’s been shown to have results similar to using activated charcoal.
In addition turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and truly stands out when it comes to oral health.
Studies have shown that brushing your teeth with turmeric is comparable to using mouthwash when it comes to removing plaque building, killing bacteria, and reducing inflammation! Turmeric has also been shown to prevent gum disease and relieve oral pain.
Coconut oil is known for its versatility, popularly used in everything from lotions and lip balms to baked goods and popcorn, so it’s not much of a surprise that it is also amazing for oral care.
Coconut oil is rich in anti-microbial fatty acids, such as lauric acid. Studies have shown that lauric acid attacks harmful bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
By preventing plaque build-up and improving gum health coconut oil helps to keep your teeth white.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is generally used as a leavening agent in baking and is popular as a deodorizer due to its ability to absorb smelly food particles. You may have also seen baking soda listed as an ingredient in some toothpastes as it is well known for its oral care benefits, specifically teeth whitening!
When brushing with baking soda it acts as a mild abrasive that can help remove stains. Some may worry that this abrasion could damage tooth enamel but according to the American Dental Association, silica particles commonly used in toothpaste as an abrasive agent are actually much harder than baking soda particles.
Baking soda also acts as a mild base which helps to alkalize your mouth, creating an environment that is hard for bacteria to grow in.
All three of these ingredients have their own oral health benefits and when combined they make for an extremely effective teeth whitener that’s affordable, all natural, and easy to make!
Only 3 ingredients needed:
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together in a glass jar.
It helps to use slightly softened, but not melted, coconut oil.
Turmeric is also notorious for staining anything and everything yellow (except your teeth!) so be cautious when measuring and mixing it.
For less coconut taste opt for a refined coconut oil which will have a much more mild coconut flavor compared to unrefined.
You can also add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to make the mix more pleasant tasting!
After brushing your teeth with regular toothpaste and rinsing, scoop a pea-sized amount of the homemade teeth whitener onto your toothbrush and use it just like you would toothpaste.
You may want to use a separate toothbrush from your regular one as the turmeric will most likely stain the brush.
Store in a sealed jar at room temperature.
Use up to once a day or every other day for best results.