3 Natural Substances That Whiten Your Teeth

There are multiple ways to whiten the teeth. Some people choose over-the-counter whitening products, but others choose to whiten their teeth naturally. Here are a few ways to remove dental discoloration using natural substances: 

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal does not look like a teeth whitener because of its black coloring. However, the powder can absorb pigments that can cause dental staining as it polishes the teeth. In addition, activated charcoal's slightly abrasive texture helps sweep plaque from the tooth enamel.

To use activated charcoal as a teeth whitener, apply the powder to wet toothbrush bristles. Then, brush as you would with conventional toothpaste. Your teeth and mouth will be covered with the dark residue as you brush, but after you rinse, your teeth will look brighter. 


The delicious red fruit that is likely a key ingredient in your smoothies can also brighten the teeth. Crushed strawberries can be applied as a natural toothpaste and brushed onto the teeth. The malic acid of the berries can help dissolve dental stains. However, it is best to rinse your mouth with a baking soda solution after whitening with strawberries to help neutralize any acid that may be left on the teeth. Prolonged contact with acid can demineralize tooth enamel.

Coconut Oil

You can use coconut oil as a teeth whitener by placing about a spoonful of the oil in your mouth and swishing for about 20 minutes. As the oil moves around the mouth, it releases stains from the teeth and traps oral bacteria. This process, which is called oil pulling comma has been used for hundreds of years in the Indian culture. When you spit out the oil, dental stains and bacteria are released with it.

After releasing the oil, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste. Be sure to avoid spitting the coconut oil into the drain of your sink. The oil is a solid at room temperature and can clog your plumbing.

Coconut oil can also be applied directly to your toothbrush bristles and used as a whitening paste. Regardless of the application process, the oil can whiten the teeth and benefit your overall oral health. Coconut oil is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, so it can eradicate oral bacteria and calm inflamed gums.    

To learn more ways to whiten your teeth, contact the office of a cosmetic dentist (such as Hart Dayton DMD) in your area to schedule a consultation.