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Skincare and diet are top of mind to many – what we put on and in our bodies are constant topics of conversation in the wellness space. However, many of us, including myself, don’t pay attention to the toothpaste we use or the ingredients in our favorite mouthwash. Yes, oral care is in my daily routine, but I never thought about its importance to my overall health.
Our mouths are home to large amounts of bacteria. And everything you consume or put in your mouth contributes to the addition or subtraction of bacteria. Oral health is linked to the overall health of a person. And bad oral hygiene makes one more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even diabetes. Think about this the next time you head to the store to grab those name-brand whitening strips.
In this review, meet three natural teeth whitening companies that offer natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty-free products. Plus, they want to make oral care accessible to all – better ingredients and better prices. A brighter smile doesn’t have to come at the expense of your overall health!
Bite was founded on the idea that daily habits matter, and the small changes we make together can add up to something big – both personally and as a population. That’s why Bite’s products are vegan, cruelty-free, and keep environmental impact in mind with its packaging.
Bite’s Teeth Whitening Kit is a plastic-free system that arrives in a small glass bottle with a compostable applicator. The vegan peroxide-based formula is gentle enough that it doesn’t cause teeth sensitivity, but strong enough to white and brighten any user's smile.
It’s recommended to use the gel twice a day, every day for two weeks. Just paint the whitening gel onto your teeth with the compostable applicator. And for best results, don’t rinse the serum off as well as avoid eating and drinking for 30 minutes after applying.
Owned and operated by dentists and dental hygienists, Burst creates and releases products based on the dental industry needs and asks via focus groups. And the company aimed to provide a good whitening strip while also keeping in mind the cost and tooth sensitivity.
The Coconut Whitening Strips are made with natural, vegan ingredients that are all responsibly sourced and not tested on animals. The strips only need to be applied 15 minutes a day over a two week period to remove 2 years of stains. Plus, the strips also offer antibacterial effects to help combat bacterial build-up within the mouth in addition to their main function – whitening your smile.
Why coconut? Coconut oil has properties that are good for the teeth. Not only does the oil have antibacterial effects, but it also helps hydrate teeth and pull all the staining agents out of the tooth tubules (kind of like skin pores).ﾠ
Founded by Judy Dominico, Nico’s Organics was born from Dominico’s skin sensitivity and asthma. Each of the products in the organic wellness line are the direct result of items needed by her and friends and family. And just as the original production of her line, Dominico still has a hand in making each batch of products, personally keeping an eye on the quality of the ingredients as well as the final merchandise.
Made with activated coconut charcoal, bentonite clay, ground clove, and peppermint essential oil, the Organic Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitener powder not only whitens the teeth, but also freshens breath, reduces tooth sensitivity, fights cavities and promotes good overall oral health.
To use, just wet your toothbrush, dip it into the tooth powder and brush for two minutes. Nico’s recommends brushing with powder once a day for one week, followed by once a week.
Which is right for you?
As a sensitive-toothed coffee drinker, I was eager to find a teeth whitener that I could use without experiencing tooth sensitivity or giving up my morning coffee. I was pleased to find gentle, yet effective products from Bite, Burst, and Nico’s. Below is a run down on my experience with each:
Bite: I was super excited to try the Bite Whitening Gel. I am a pretty big sucker for clean, simple, eco-friendly packaging and Bite checks all of those boxes. However, the main goal was to find something natural to whiten my teeth – which the Bite Whitening Gel did very well. The application process was a little messier than the other two, as it involves painting the gel on your teeth. I wasn’t sure how much gel was the appropriate amount and, it could have been just me, I felt like I couldn’t let my mouth touch my teeth until the gel dried. It definitely whitened my teeth a few shades, but I like products that are simpler to use.
Burst: As someone who is always on the move and trying to accomplish more than one thing at a time, the Burst Coconut Whitening Strips worked best for my busy life. I was able to whiten my teeth while working, cleaning the house, and even cooking -- providing the ability to multitask earns major bonus points in my book. After the recommended two weeks, I noticed my teeth were whiter and the coffee stains were either completely gone or severely lightened.
Nico’s Organics: Incorporating Nico’s Organic Activated Charcoal Whitening Powder to my self-care routine was super easy. After brushing my teeth before bed, I would brush a second time using the charcoal powder. While my sensitive teeth benefited from the natural properties and didn’t ache or make my teeth sensitive to cold items, I would say this product didn’t whiten my teeth as much as the other two products over a period of two weeks. I think this is more of a long-term whitening product, rather than a short term fix, like Burst and Bite.
Want to try them for yourself? All of these natural teeth whitening products are available for purchase online. Give them a go, then let us know what you think!