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A dazzling white smile has long been seen as something to aspire to, but how far would you be willing to go to ensure that your pearly whites are, well, white?

A random new trend has been gaining momentum in the blogosphere recently as online beauty gurus have started endorsing the use of charcoal as a tooth whitener.

Activated charcoal – a powder created when carbon is treated with an oxidising agent – is now being used to whiten teeth, as people believe the black stuff’s adhesive nature will bind with stains and remove them.

According to Oddity Central, the formula is commonly used in medical environments to treat poisonings and drug overdoses and while it is an excellent absorber of bad substances, it is equally good at removing healthy substances from the body.

Activated charcoal can be bought in supplement form.  Once a capsule of the substance is opened and mixed with water, it turns into a paste which can be used like regular toothpaste.

A dental expert told Indy100 that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of charcoal as a tooth whitener, so those encouraging its use are doing so solely based on their own experiences.

While its benefits have yet to be properly tested, activated charcoal toothpaste sure does make for a murky-looking mouth.

 

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Instead of spending a painful amount on products that are supposed to whiten your teeth, how about trying out a few home remedies to help you get those pearly whites?

Here are three budget friendly ways to get a beaming smile:

Baking soda and lemon juice

  • Mix a tbsp of baking powder with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Brush your teeth with the paste and then leave it on for no more than a minute.
  • Baking soda is quite abrasive so don’t leave it on for too long. Since it’s very alkaline (the opposite of acidic), it reduces the acidity in the lemon juice.

Banana peel

  • Get a ripe banana and peel it as you normally would.
  • Take a piece of the inside of the peel and rub it on your teeth for two minutes.
  • The potassium, magnesium in the peel absorb into your teeth and whiten them.

Oil pull

  • Put about a tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes. Spit it out and then brush your teeth as normal.
  • This will give you fresh breath as well as shiny teeth.
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Brushing is obviously the most important thing you can do to keep your teeth nice and white but it’s not all you can do.

Our top tips will ensure your teeth are nice and bright, without having to resort to teeth whitening strips.

Stop smoking

Not just for your teeth, but for your health and the health of those around you. Do it, now!

Avoid certain drinks

If you want pearly whites you will have to make a few sacrifices.  Say goodbye to your glass of red wine, coffee and tea – life can be cruel, we know.

Eat your fruit and veggies

Eat more apples and carrots – they act as a toothbrush and can even help strengthen gums.

Rub strawberries across your teeth

Yes, you did read that right. Strawberries are a great way to lift stains so mash some up and rub onto your teeth.

Rinse with lemon water

Rinse your mouth with a glass of warm water and half a lemon. Use sparingly – the juice can cause erosion…

Now go smile with confidence.

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