said “Give me a natural smile…no teeth.”
Wait…what?! For me a natural smile is all teeth…that’s just how I smile.
Needless to say, my new passport photo sucks. (Although it’s better than the last one.)
But about teeth…how can you keep them shiny and bright so you look extra cute in pics (and real life)?
For years I used Crest White Strips to keep my teeth white. I have to admit…they totally worked. But then my teeth started to get really sensitive. The last time I used them was in 2012…I bought a fresh box of whatever the strongest formula was, and found the first one so painful that I never used them again.
I was determined to keep my teeth white, however, and had been hearing that activated charcoal worked well. After the initial disaster involving a white tank top, I discovered that the charcoal worked just as well for me as the Whitestrips had, with no pain.
Last summer I published a post on this (Whiter teeth without grief) but wanted to give an update, since I’ve found a few other options
Activated charcoal capsules are what I tried first (and wrote about in that original post.) Messy, but they totally do the trick. I just do everything over the sink. Wet your toothbrush, cut open the capsule, and pour the contents onto the toothbrush. I have tried pulling the capsules apart, but that makes even more of a mess than cutting them open. Trust me on this one! Brush gently for at least two minutes, then carefully rinse.
I usually do this before I shower, since I am very messy and end up with some on my lips and sometimes all over my face. It goes without saying to wear something old and dark when you do this. Or better yet just do it naked. You will also need to clean the sink each and every time.
Next, I discovered My Magic Mud. (Thanks Beth for introducing me!) This company makes a tooth powder that combines activated charcoal with bentonite clay and some essential oils. It is still messy, but not quite as bad, since it comes with a cute little scoop which makes it way easier to get the powder onto your wet toothbrush.
There’s also a toothpowder called Dirty Mouth. They pretty much had me at the name. I had a chance to sample this when I was at Paleo f(x), and liked it a lot too. Dirty Mouth contains a blend of clays, baking soda and essential oils in addition to the charcoal. It comes in an array of flavors…make sure you get one that is labeled as “whitening” since they don’t all contain the charcoal.
I should mention that I use a cheap toothbrush when brushing with activated charcoal, since it gets so messy. But for every day use, my toothbrush of choice is a Sonicare.
To get the best use out of your Sonicare, use it for the full two minute cycle (do some squats!) and replace the head at least every three months. I recently discovered an awesome company called Brusher Club that mails replacement heads for your Sonicare or Oral B electric toothbrush so that you stay on schedule.
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As far as how often you should brush with activated charcoal, I did it daily for about a week or so until I noticed a difference. Now I just do it once or twice a week now.
Disclaimer here…I am not a dentist. Just a girl who enjoys her daily coffee and occasional Pinot Noir and wants a pretty white smile. Without spending a fortune or using a ton of chemicals. This has worked great for me and many people I know that have tried it.
So, can brushing your teeth with activated charcoal help you feel happy, healthy and hot? For sure!
You’ll be happy with your gorgeous white teeth. Whichever product you choose, you know it has only healthy ingredients. And a confident girl with a beautiful white smile is always hot!
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