Keeping your teeth clean and bright white isn’t as expensive and time consuming as most people think.
You don’t have to stop drinking coffee, tea or red wine. You don’t have to use chemical-laden whitening strips, and you probably don’t even need to go to the dentist (I haven’t been to one in over 6 years).
All over the internet, countless testimonies with verifiable results are proving that optimal dental hygiene can be achieved through some of the simplest, cheapest and most effective means possible.
In the vast majority of these cases, you’ll find that such people regularly engage in at least one of the two following practices:
- Brushing with baking soda, turmeric powder, charcoal powder and/or any other mild abrasive with a natural polishing effect
- Extracting toxins and bad bacteria from the mouth through the process known as “oil pulling.”
Below, I will explain why these procedures are so important for maintaining optimal dental health, and also how to best put them into practice.
The Ultimate Teeth Cleaning Routine
Step 1: Floss
There’s no better way to get all that gunk out from in between your teeth than by flossing them.
The more often you flloss, the easier and less painful it will be.
Step 2: Brush with Turmeric Powder/Baking Soda Mix
Turmeric powder stains almost everything it comes in contact with. On your teeth, however, it has quite the opposite effect.
Not only is its mildly abrasive property perfect for polishing them, but it also contains antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflamatory elements that can relieve common dental ailments such as gingivitis and tooth ache.
When mixed with baking soda (another effective abrasive), it makes for a perfect teeth whitening powder.
First, put 2 parts turmeric powder to 1 part baking soda in a cup and shake it up until it’s mixed well.
Then, moisten your toothbrush and rub it into the mixture until its bristles are completely covered in it.
Finally, brush your teeth like you would with any other toothpaste. Do NOT spit any of it out until after completing the next step!
Step 3: Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming and Tongue Scraping
Apple cider vinegar is also highly effective for removing plaque and stains from teeth, especially when combined with baking soda. (Remember that miniature volcano experiment you did when you were in 3rd grade?)
So, with the turmeric/baking soda mixture still in your mouth, simply add a tablespoon of ACV and let it all foam up.
Slosh it around for about 30 seconds. Then spit it out and rinse your mouth out with water a few times.
Your tongue should still be coated in yellow from the turmeric powder. You can get rid of most of this with just a few gentle strokes with a tongue scraper.
The remaining yellow coating should be gone after completing the next step.
Step 4: Oil Pulling
Warning: Oil pulling isn’t for everyone. While the vast majority of reports I’ve come across on this technique have been favorable, a few have experienced otherwise. Among the most commonly reported negative effects include increased tooth sensitivity and loosened tooth crowns and/or fillings. Oil pull at your own risk!
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that entails gently swishing plant-based oils around in your mouth as a means to remove (or pull) toxins. Some of the most prominent benefits of this practice include:
- Removing stains from and whitening the teeth
- Freshening the breath
- Cleansing the entire mouth of harmful bacteria (without removing the good bacteria)
- Healing tooth decay and bleeding gums
- Preventing cavities from forming
There are several different oils that are known to get the job done, namely coconut , sesame, and sunflower oil. From what I’ve researched, coconut oil appears to be the most popular and effective.
All you have to do is put a teaspoon of it in your mouth and gently swish it around for 15 to 20 minutes.
When the time is up, be sure to spit it out in a trashcan or outside! Coconut oil can turn back into a solid VERY quickly and thus clog up your pipes if you spit it into the sink.
Finally, rinse your mouth out with water a few more times.
Your entire mouth should feel very fresh afterwards.
- Brush your teeth with 2 parts turmeric powder to 1 part baking soda mixture (without spitting any of it out yet)
- Put 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in your mouth and slosh the foam around briefly before spitting it out
- Rinse your mouth out with water a few times
- Scrape over your tongue a few times
- Gently swish 1 tbsp coconut oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes
- Spit out the coconut oil (not in the sink) and rinse your mouth out with water a few more times
How Often Should I Do This?
This all depends upon how much time you’re willing to put into it and just how clean and white you want your teeth to be. You can make them movie star white if you do it every day, although that might take more time and dedication than most people would care for. (I personally do this full routine about 2 or 3 times per week.)
Of course, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, regardless of what substance you do so with. (The aforementioned procedures are not substitutes for regular brushing and flossing.)
A lot of people oil pull every day as well. This is best done either before eating anything in the morning, or when you’re done eating for the day.
A Few Extra Teeth Care Pointers
- Always use a toothbrush with either soft or extra soft bristles. Anything harder can damage your teeth.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Frayed bristles won’t get the job done as effectively.
- Floss at least 3 times per week. Always floss before oil pulling.
These are easy to learn and easy to do procedures that everyone interested in saving money, preventing/eliminating tooth pain, and looking their best should incorporate into their lives.
Try them out and see so for yourself!