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Teeth Whitening

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Im curious if there is a more paleo approach to whitening your teeth? The store bought whiteners cause my inner cheek skin to peel. I imagine this isn't good.

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

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on August 18, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Check out this article about toothpaste (or lack there of) and whitening.. tell me what you think http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/why-i-dont-use-toothpaste

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 29, 2011
at 10:40 PM

cool! :)

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on June 29, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Yes, it works well.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:22 AM

did you try the oil swish?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on April 23, 2011
at 08:15 AM

From what i understand, nut oils are preferred. I mostly used sunflower oil, because back then I had some, and it's inexpensive. But I also used coconut oil, which i found slightly more palatable. Either way, it's not so fun - but way better than the goop or strips! After the swish i would brush with baking soda as per the instructions i read online. *Maybe* it was the baking soda that made my teeth whiter (i doubt it), but whatever it was, I was expecting *nothing* and was really surprised when i noticed that my teeth were actually getting brighter.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on April 23, 2011
at 07:09 AM

What kind of oil?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:57 PM

what is the best baking soda to use? There are a lot differences espacially from more natural to more chemical baking soda

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:56 PM

they also sell it in organic tooth paste. why not use tea tree oil?

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(5136)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:52 PM

don't use tea tree oil internally.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 19, 2011
at 09:16 PM

I've noticed all the same things. Very cool perk.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on February 13, 2011
at 02:42 AM

@jay- you dont have to use the baking soda every day, twice a day. if you do it for a week you will notice a huge difference, or just at night for a couple of weeks. it doesnt have to be all-or-nothing.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 11, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I would rather take my chances with baking soda than use fluoride, a known and very powerful enzyme disruptor.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 11, 2011
at 06:42 PM

You couldn't pay me to brush with a fluoride toothpaste.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on February 11, 2011
at 04:57 PM

jay, because they are naturally occurring compounds.

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

(787)

on February 11, 2011
at 08:44 AM

The whitening effect of baking soda comes from the abrasiveness. When dissolved, it would only temporarily increase the pH, perhaps reducing decay. But it may still cause gum recession and kill the beneficial biofilms on your teeth.

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

(787)

on February 11, 2011
at 08:40 AM

Other remineralization possibilities: Recaldent (CPP-ACP, calcium phosphopeptides - amorphous calcium phosphate), Novamin (calcium sodium phosphosilicate). There's some evidence and reason to believe that recaldent, derived from casein in milk, may be no more effective than real culture hard cheese, or milk products in general.

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

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on February 11, 2011
at 08:34 AM

The whitening effect of baking soda *comes* from the abrasiveness. When dissolved, it would only be increase the pH. But it may still cause gum recession and kill the beneficial biofilms on your teeth.

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

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on February 11, 2011
at 08:31 AM

How is hydrogen peroxide or baking soda remotely paleo? Baking soda is very abrasive, and only whitens your teeth by literally wearing away the stains on the enamel. Hydrogen peroxide bleaches your teeth in the same way as store bought whiteners, and also damages enamel. You can cause slow, gradual whitening by promoting remineralization with xylitol, fluoride, cranberry extract, rectifying vitamin and mineral imbalances, reducing cariogenic challenges (like grains/sugar) and enamel-safe brushing/flossing/mouthwashes.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 11, 2011
at 05:06 AM

My dentist told me the same thing, and he said it was because of the abrasiveness of baking soda. When I asked him what would happen if I dissolved the baking soda in a little water first, thus eliminating the abrasiveness, he kind of got a blank, dumbfounded look on his face, like doing that had never occured to him, and then had to admit that he didn't know. I snickered all the way home.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on February 11, 2011
at 12:00 AM

good to know, sean! thanks!

461312f31b933638202e0308ab4011b4

(258)

on February 10, 2011
at 11:32 PM

mine too! less plaque as well.. a nice perk!

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on February 10, 2011
at 10:47 PM

For the UK folks, you can find 'Hydrogen Peroxide' through a few online chemist. It's standard in **all** stores in the US. Keep in mind that in the US it normally comes in 3% concentrations. Make sure to dilute to match that.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 10, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I brush with Baking soda and notice if buffs them up nicely. Might add some Hydrogen peroxide. Thanks :)

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on April 22, 2011
at 06:08 AM

i know this is an old post, but maybe i can save a couple of folks from gross chemicals and tons of money --

ok, it sounds super crazy and the info you find will be wacky, but "oil-pulling" i.e. swishing oil around in your mouth for about 15-30 min daily - ACTUALLY WHITENED MY TEETH. no joke. i saw results like 5 days in and stopped after 12. google it.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on April 23, 2011
at 07:09 AM

What kind of oil?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on April 23, 2011
at 08:15 AM

From what i understand, nut oils are preferred. I mostly used sunflower oil, because back then I had some, and it's inexpensive. But I also used coconut oil, which i found slightly more palatable. Either way, it's not so fun - but way better than the goop or strips! After the swish i would brush with baking soda as per the instructions i read online. *Maybe* it was the baking soda that made my teeth whiter (i doubt it), but whatever it was, I was expecting *nothing* and was really surprised when i noticed that my teeth were actually getting brighter.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on February 10, 2011
at 09:50 PM

dip your toothbrush into hydrogen peroxide, then baking soda and brush away. follow with toothpaste if its gross in your mouth.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on February 10, 2011
at 10:47 PM

For the UK folks, you can find 'Hydrogen Peroxide' through a few online chemist. It's standard in **all** stores in the US. Keep in mind that in the US it normally comes in 3% concentrations. Make sure to dilute to match that.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 10, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I brush with Baking soda and notice if buffs them up nicely. Might add some Hydrogen peroxide. Thanks :)

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

(787)

on February 11, 2011
at 08:31 AM

How is hydrogen peroxide or baking soda remotely paleo? Baking soda is very abrasive, and only whitens your teeth by literally wearing away the stains on the enamel. Hydrogen peroxide bleaches your teeth in the same way as store bought whiteners, and also damages enamel. You can cause slow, gradual whitening by promoting remineralization with xylitol, fluoride, cranberry extract, rectifying vitamin and mineral imbalances, reducing cariogenic challenges (like grains/sugar) and enamel-safe brushing/flossing/mouthwashes.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on February 11, 2011
at 12:00 AM

good to know, sean! thanks!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on February 11, 2011
at 04:57 PM

jay, because they are naturally occurring compounds.

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

(787)

on February 11, 2011
at 08:40 AM

Other remineralization possibilities: Recaldent (CPP-ACP, calcium phosphopeptides - amorphous calcium phosphate), Novamin (calcium sodium phosphosilicate). There's some evidence and reason to believe that recaldent, derived from casein in milk, may be no more effective than real culture hard cheese, or milk products in general.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 11, 2011
at 06:42 PM

You couldn't pay me to brush with a fluoride toothpaste.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on February 13, 2011
at 02:42 AM

@jay- you dont have to use the baking soda every day, twice a day. if you do it for a week you will notice a huge difference, or just at night for a couple of weeks. it doesnt have to be all-or-nothing.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:57 PM

what is the best baking soda to use? There are a lot differences espacially from more natural to more chemical baking soda

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13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on February 11, 2011
at 01:35 AM

This dentist maintains that baking soda will eventually causer gum recession http://askdrellie.blogspot.com/search?q=baking+soda+gums

She advocates minimally invasive dentistry and if Paleo isn't enough to resolve any dental issues you may have, her blog is well worth a look. She feels that cares, the disease that causes cavities, can have a contagious component. This could be important for the Paleo in a household with non paleos

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 11, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I would rather take my chances with baking soda than use fluoride, a known and very powerful enzyme disruptor.

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

(787)

on February 11, 2011
at 08:44 AM

The whitening effect of baking soda comes from the abrasiveness. When dissolved, it would only temporarily increase the pH, perhaps reducing decay. But it may still cause gum recession and kill the beneficial biofilms on your teeth.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 11, 2011
at 05:06 AM

My dentist told me the same thing, and he said it was because of the abrasiveness of baking soda. When I asked him what would happen if I dissolved the baking soda in a little water first, thus eliminating the abrasiveness, he kind of got a blank, dumbfounded look on his face, like doing that had never occured to him, and then had to admit that he didn't know. I snickered all the way home.

902a7cd8f96bbc917a04e92b1f49dbd7

(787)

on February 11, 2011
at 08:34 AM

The whitening effect of baking soda *comes* from the abrasiveness. When dissolved, it would only be increase the pH. But it may still cause gum recession and kill the beneficial biofilms on your teeth.

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C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1801)

on February 10, 2011
at 10:14 PM

My teeth became whiter as I stopped eating grains. Give it time perhaps?

I've also noticed that my teeth (when eating LC) don't get furry anymore.

461312f31b933638202e0308ab4011b4

(258)

on February 10, 2011
at 11:32 PM

mine too! less plaque as well.. a nice perk!

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 19, 2011
at 09:16 PM

I've noticed all the same things. Very cool perk.

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on November 26, 2013
at 11:17 AM

Mix the baking soda with water in a cup, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with small amount of water mix it well and form it like a paste and brush it.

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on November 26, 2013
at 09:00 AM

I am using a Teeth Whitener in Malaysia , Bright Smile. It contains 44% Carbamide Peroxide. Do check the content of your product. Maybe you should consider switching to a peroxide based whitener. The one I currently use is pretty decent with decent result. The only downfall is my tooth became slightly sensitive after treatment which is quite frustrating especially when I eat.

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I combine 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 part water and swish it around in my mouth for about a minute before I brush my teeth in the morning and evening. Works quite well — my teeth were significantly whiter within a week of regular use. Be sure not to swallow the hydrogen peroxide, though! I also like Weleda Ratanhia Mouthwash Concentrate and use that after I brush — it's around $6 on vitacost.com and it's so concentrated that one bottle will last you six months. Healthy gums help your teeth look whiter, too!

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:48 PM

I have been using a dry mixture of one part sea salt to three parts baking soda.

moisten brush, dip into dry mixture, and brush normally.

Leaves you crisp and clean, with no residue. This has markedly whitened my teeth, too.

I've been doing this for about 9 months and I love it.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 22, 2011
at 08:55 AM

Did you folks hear on teatree oil?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:56 PM

they also sell it in organic tooth paste. why not use tea tree oil?

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:52 PM

don't use tea tree oil internally.

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on February 11, 2011
at 04:36 AM

Talking about teeth, Anyone has any comments on this: http://www.mizar5.com/

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