Everyone loves white teeth, but many conventional teeth whitening systems out there make our teeth more sensitive and even damage the enamel. OUCH. I know in high school I used the heck out of Crest Whitening strips and am paying for it now with very sensitive teeth. There is good news though. You can create your own DIY whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth. In fact, not only will it not damage your teeth, but it can also help remineralize them, making them stronger in the long run.
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But first, here is a little back story on traditional whitening toothpastes. On one of my many trips to the dentist I asked her about my sensitive teeth and she said they likely kept hurting because I was using whitening toothpastes. Not strips. Not whitening paste. But just plain whitening toothpaste.
Why? Because the ingredients in the toothpaste act like sandpaper on a porcelain tub…the tub being our teeth. Once our teeth enamel is gone, it’s gone.
Yes, we all want white teeth for our graduation, wedding day, or some other special event. But long term use can cause irreversible damage to our teeth that makes it not worth it. A better choice would be to avoid food and drink that stains the teeth, sorry coffee and wine lovers. If that’s too extreme there are plenty of natural teeth whitening remedies out there, such as strawberries. In fact, I wrote a whole post on how to whiten your teeth naturally.
But today I’m taking it a step further. I not only have a DIY whitening toothpaste that will gently brighten your teeth, but can also help remineralize them if they are super sensitive.
DIY Whitening Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
- 3 tbs baking soda
- 3 tbs coconut oil
- 3 tbs Diatomaceous earth – USDA food grade only!
- 10 essential drops oil of peppermint
How To Use DIY Whitening Toothpaste:
- Mix all ingredients until well blended. Store in a glass container with a lid.
- Now, simply dip your toothbrush in the mixture, brush as your normally would, and rinse.
Let’s talk about the benefits.
Why Coconut oil?
It contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Not only does it attack the harmful bacteria in your mouth, it can reduce plague, prevent tooth decay and fight gum disease. As an added benefit you could try oil-pulling in the morning.
Why Baking Soda?
It tackles bad breath as well as provide a mild abrasive to remove stains.
Why Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite Clay cleans bacteria and absorbs it like a magnet. If interested, here is my favorite face mask I make with Bentonite Clay. TRY IT. Your skin will look amazing after.
Stevia helps make it sweet and provides anti-cavity protections.
Peppermint tackles bad breath and helps you feel minty fresh.
Feel free to add these extra ingredients for even more benefits!
- Clove essential oil helps with tooth pain.
- You can also add a pinch of activated charcoal for extra whitening. I am cautious to include that in the initial list of ingredients because they are still doing tests on whether it affects your tooth enamel but a little bit every now and then will definitely whiten your teeth and should be fine in moderation.
Lastly, if your teeth need an extra boost I do recommend Sensodyne for sensitive teeth but make sure it is NOT the whitening kind. I am also a huge fan of Trader Joe’s toothpaste.
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