I think we can all agree it feels good to have white teeth, right? Well, I’m here to say you don’t need to get them professionally whitened or spend tons of $$ to do so! Here’s how:
I grew up using Crest white strips and I just remember they’d make my gums so sensitive. My mom got me hooked on this 2-ingredient concoction in high school & I began noticing a huge difference in both the whiteness and the sensitivity of my teeth. It’s super affordable and one batch honestly lasts forever, so you won’t have to worry about emptying your bank account in order to have whiter teeth. I know it sounds crazy that turmeric, a spice that stains anything and everything in the kitchen, can help whiten your teeth, but I swear it works! This study explains how turmeric can be effectively used in the prevention of plaque and gingivitis. Coconut oil also has many benefits– I’m sure you’ve heard of oil pulling— but it’s known to be antibacterial and antiseptic, helping remove and kill toxins/bacteria.
2 INGREDIENTS: coconut oil + turmeric powder
DIRECTIONS: Mix 1/4 cup coconut oil (room temp) with 1/2 tsp turmeric powder in medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Transfer to small container (I use a mini Weck jar) and you can store in your bathroom. It works great whether it turns liquid or hardens.
HOW OFTEN TO USE: I typically use in the morning and at night immediately following my typical toothpaste routine. We alternate between Tom’s toothpaste and Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste. This coconut oil + turmeric mix should be a *supplement* to your regular oral routine. I will continue to use for 5-7 days in a row, or until I see a noticeable difference, then I’ll take a few week break in between.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: turmeric does stain EVERYTHING, so keep that in mind. Aka when you spit in the sink or choose to spit out in a garbage or separate container to throw away (hot tip to save your pipes), know that you have to be precise lol. If you don’t like the taste of coconut oil, I suggest using refined coconut oil as it’s a more subtle flavor.
*disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, so take it how you wish 🙂 Hope you love it, and if you’ve tried it already, let me know in the comments below!