Your smile is what all of your first impression are made of. In the name of making a good first impression, we've bleached, we've added peroxide to our toothpaste and we've put all manner of chemicals into our mouths in hopes of kicking our smiles up a notch to whiten our teeth and dazzle the world with our pearly whites.
Each year, teeth-whitening products become more-and-more popular. Last year, In England alone, more than 100,000 people purchased an over-the-counter product that claimed to whiten teeth. As these products have grown in popularity, oral hygiene companies have been capitalizing on the trend, and the market has been flooded with teeth-whitening products.
While these traditional method of whitening your teeth has been shown to be effective, the conscious consumer should be asking “what's in teeth-whitening products, and what is it doing to my teeth?” The answer to these questions might make you think twice about those teeth-whitening strips and consider oil-pulling, the more natural and effective alternative.
Whitening Your Teeth
The three most common methods of whitening your teeth are whitening toothpaste, home bleaching kits, and laser whitening. Typical whitening toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide which is carcinogenic and has been shown to wear away tooth enamel. Like wise, bleach wears away tooth enamel and weakens teeth.
Laser whitening is a new process in which hydrogen peroxide is applied to your teeth almost like paint. Once the hydrogen peroxide has been applied to your teeth, a technician will then go in with a laser which will speed up the lightening of your teeth. While this treatment is effective, it increases the damage to your tooth enamel.
The danger of these products is only heighten by an increasing number of consumer purchasing teeth-whitening products on-line from retailers on eBay, Amazon and other discount sites. Most of the products from these retailers are sourced from countries such a China where restrictions on health products are not as strict.
Oil-Pulling 3,000 Years of Teeth Whitening
Oil-pulling works one the principle that like dissolves like. The bacteria in your mouth that causes tooth decay has a lipid layer which does not dissolve in water. With oil-pulling, the bacteria mixes with the oil in your mouth and effectively remove the bacteria to clean your teeth.
Oil-pulling has a history that goes back almost 3,000 years and Keeko Oil builds upon that history. Our oils come in sachets that can be warmed between your palms so that you're not putting a chunk of coconut oil in your mouth. We've also added the power of lemon oil to whiten your teeth, chamomile oil to sooth your gums and myrrh oil to heal inflammation. Keeko Oil also comes in delicious flavours so you'll actually want to put it in your mouth!