a natural teeth whitener that really works

I am really proud of my teeth. First of all, I've never had braces or any sort of retainer. Second, I've never had a cavity. And third, I guess they are pearly whites as I am constantly asked what brand teeth whitener I use. Well, I do have a couple tricks up my sleeve. I am really into oil pulling, which I talk about in this blog all about coconut oil. But, the last few months I have been doing a pre-brush whitening with activated charcoal by Carbon Coco. Rubbing a black powder all over your mouth to make your teeth brighter sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but I swear it works. 

Before I became, admittedly, a little coo coo about what I put in and on my body, I would whiten my teething using Crest White strips and a few other random brands throughout the years. I noticed that they did work but my teeth became ultra sensitive.  I could barely eat or drink anything cold without it feeling like daggers going through my gums. I am well aware of the phrase "beauty is pain" but putting bleach in my mouth just seemed a little overkill. These days I love finding the natural, healthy versions of what big companies are trying to sell us. So, of course, I was very intrigued to find out that activated charcoal is a fantastic teeth whitener that is all natural and doesn't cause any pain- just a little bit of a mess. 

Activated charcoal is amazing because it doesn't just whiten your teeth, it is so absorbent that it is sucks up toxins, bacteria and even stains from your teeth. Activated charcoal does the same in the body, it contains millions of little pores that pull out all sorts of  chemicals and toxins you've been storing and then allows you to release them. I've said it before and I will say it again- nature is amazing. 

So how do you do it? easy. 
-Carefully open the charcoal container- it is quite mess prone. 
-Get your toothbrush damp and stick the bristles in the charcoal
-brush your teeth gently and in small circles for a few minutes. Make sure to brush your tongue also!
-Spit out the black mess and rinse your mouth out well with water
-Rinse the toothbrush off and then brush your teeth and tongue with water
-Brush your teeth normally with toothpaste. Floss if you desire. 
-I reccomend doing this every three days