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6.05.2016

How To Care For Your Teeth
The Natural And Organic Way

I was an ugly duckling and have always had a difficult relationship with my teeth. They were overcrowded, crooked and stained, and I was always self-conscious about my smile. It really wasn't until I got adult braces at the age of 27 (can someone say late bloomer?) that I really began to learnt to care for and appreciate my pearly whites. 

Since going green, I tried a dozen different oral care products with varying degrees of success and satisfaction, and I am excited to share some of my favorite finds in today's post.

When I was still living in Singapore, my dentist had recommended the Opalescence Teeth Whitening Gel with leave-in trays that worked well but left my teeth very sensitive.
After seeing Dr. Brite's whitening pen all over Instagram, I decided to order the Peroxide-Free Whitening Pen for my coffee-stained teeth. I did not see any difference after using it consistently for a week and would have just left it at that, but a few weeks later I received a system-generated email asking if I would like to re-order. I took the opportunity to share my disappointing experience, and I was surprised and impressed when the founder Dr. Pooneh responded almost immediately and offered to send me their stronger Antioxidant Infused Pen, along with their whitening toothpaste and mouthwash.
The Antioxidant Infused Teeth Whitening Pen is a clinical-strength product that is made from all natural, organic and responsibly-sourced ingredients, including 12% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. The application is easy- you click the end of the pen to prime the airless pump and apply the gel onto your teeth in circular motions and avoid eating and drinking for the next half hour. No uncomfortable trays or messy strips, and I love the green apple flavor! (However if you are on my Snapchat, you may have seen how I struggled not to drool all over myself while trying to keep my mouth open to let the whitening gel dry, but I'm awkward like that.)
Dr. Brite promises to whiten your teeth 2 shades lighter in as little as 2 days, but I honestly wasn't expecting a miracle product. The formula left my teeth a little tingly because of my thin enamel, but I see a visible difference with each use and will continue using this consistently. Each pen costs $20 and will last you 2-4 weeks depending on how often you use it, which I think is very inexpensive for an at-home whitening treatment. 
Ingredients: Purified Water, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, Organic Glycerin*, Organic Xylitol*, Cellulose Gum, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Green Apple Extract*, Menthol
* Certified Organic

Mainstream mouthwashes often contain problematic ingredients like alcohol, flouride, SLS and polysorbate, but Dr. Brite has created an alternative that is both safe and effective. The Revitalizing Mouth Rinse contains organic coconut oil, activated white charcoal and natural Vitamin C to reduce inflammation, and uses natural menthol and spearmint to freshen your breath. The organic aloe vera juice relieves you of a dry mouth and reduce your plaque and the activated white charcoal will neutralize harmful bacteria and remove the stain from your teeth. 
This mouth rinse tastes more sweet than minty in my mouth, which came as a surprise, and it almost feels like I'm gurgling sweet tea. I love how clean and smooth my teeth feels after, and I like that it doesn't burn my mouth like my Listerine used to. 
Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Vera Juice*, Organic Glycerin*, Organic Xylitol, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Organic Coconut Oil*, Activated White Charcoal (Binchotan), Organic Mentha Spicata Essential Oil (Spearmint)*, Organic Stevia*
* Certified Organic

I won't lie, Uncle Harry's Whitening Toothpaste Polish looks like wet cement and feels incredibly grainy in the mouth, but it is the best whitening toothpaste I've ever used. It is a little abrasive for daily use, so I do this 2-3 times a week. I have also noticed that I don't seem to have the dreaded morning breath the next day if I use this before bed, which is a huge plus! The essential oils in the formula are highly antiseptic, so don't worry about directly dipping your toothbrush into the jar. A little goes a long way- I've been using this tiny jar for many months now and am only halfway through.
Ru of Short, Small & Sweet recently included the Peppermint toothpaste in her May Favorites, so I'm definitely going to try that next! I ordered my Uncle Harry's from Amazon, but you can also check their website to see where your nearest stockist is. 
Ingredients: Bentonite Clay, Calcium Carbonate, Colloidal Silver Water, Sea Salt, Ionic Minerals, Pumice, Mustard Seed, Essential Oils of Spearmint, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Clove, Wintergreen and Oregano

We have gone through a few of these, and what makes them different from your regular toothbrush are that the handles are made from recycled yoghurt cups through a partnership with Stonyfield Organic. These toothbrushes are also completely recyclable through Preserve's mail-in recycling program or drop-off locations, and every unit recycled earns you $1 credit for the online store (win-win!).

The toothbrushes come in a range of bright colors, and the nylon bristles allow for a gentle but thorough cleaning of your teeth. The no-frills design means that the handle does not come with fancy padding or grip, but the curved handle is ergonomically-designed so that you can hold it comfortably in your hand. You pick one up at your closest Whole Foods, but I get mine from Thrive Market

I recently discovered the Moondani Natural Breath Mist from Kasey of Plein Vanity, when we were out for lunch and she whipped this sleek little spray bottle out of her handbag to freshen her breath. A potent concoction of natural breath fresheners like cardamom, fennel and ginger, this breath spray is a more long-lasting, effective and healthier alternative to my after-coffee mints that are full of additives, preservatives and sweeteners. 
Moondani means everlasting in Farsi, and just 1-2 sprays will leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed for a few hours! I couldn't find this at my local Whole Foods or natural market, so I ordered it online (shipping is always free within the US!). 
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Vegetable Glycerin*, Ginger Extract, Cardamom Oil, Fennel Oil, Natural Flavors (Food Oils)
* Certified Organic


Have you tried any of these brands? What other products would you recommend? I would love to hear from you!

* Some of the products in this post were kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own.  

2 comments

  1. lovely picks ! I love the spearmint toothpaste from Uncle Harry's so I'll have to try the whitening one and yes! Moondani spray is so good! thanks for these recommendations ♥

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    1. Glad you liked the picks! Uncle Harry's has really impressed me with the price and quality of their products :)

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