By Michele Robert Poche

Whiter teeth are the Holy Grail of youthful beauty.  Unfortunately, unlike brighter skin or softer hair, teeth whitening treatments are often costly and involve applying hazardous chemicals directly to your teeth.  But there is a better way.

How can you whiten your teeth naturally?

Activated Charcoal. Leave the briquettes in the barbecue pit!  Look for the powdered variety intended for this purpose.  Apply a little to your toothbrush or mix a teaspoon with water and allow to sit on your teeth or swish for a few moments daily for seven days.  Maintain your brighter smile by repeating once or twice weekly.

Allow to sit on your teeth or swish for a few minutes daily for seven days

Coconut Oil.  Through a technique called oil pulling, coconut oil can whiten your teeth by ridding the mouth of the bacteria and plaque that cause yellowing.  Additionally, the oil can help maintain good oral health and fresh breath.  Swish thoroughly in your mouth for as long as 15 minutes.  This process can be performed daily until you are happy with the results.

Baking Soda.  This ingredient is listed on just about every type of whitening toothpaste.  To make your own mixture, blend two parts baking soda and one part peroxide to form a paste.  If the taste bothers you, add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil.  Brush normally then allow the paste to sit on your teeth a few minutes before rinsing.  Repeat as needed.


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