I Used Charcoal to Whiten My Teeth

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Being a chemical/toxin free house is an ever growing chore ... between foods, beauty products, and cleaning products, practically everything needs a second look to determine if it's safe or not.

Tooth-whitening treatments are no exception.

I tried a commercial at-home tooth-whitening system a while ago, but it literally stripped layers of skin in my mouth away. After rinsing, I could peel a layer of skin off of the inside of my cheeks. Gross, and seriously painful.

I didn't get past two days.

So, when I heard about whitening your teeth, naturally, using non-abrasive activated charcoal, I was both excited and nervous. I didn't want to run the risk of potentially destroying my mouth again.

But I gave it a shot. And I took pictures, just for you! You can thank me later...

Before you make fun of me ... yes, my tooth is chipped and my teeth have shifted after suffering through the relaxing effects of four pregnancies and the loss of my retainer.

smaller tooth

The "after" was taken after six days of treatments.

For all the specifics about how this works and why it's safe, check out Mommypotamus's post at The Healthy Home Economist about it.

I did this twice a day for the first two days, brushing regularly and rinsing well after, and then once a day the next four days.

It's not bright and shiny bleached white, which is fine with me. Teeth are naturally ivory in color, anyway!

Captain was totally weirded out by it, but I think it's worth a few strange looks.

Have you tried a natural tooth whitening remedy?


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