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When our kids started losing their baby teeth and their adult teeth were starting to come in, we noticed that they weren’t as white as the baby teeth.   I talked to my sister in law about it and she said the same thing. We both brought it up to our dentists and they said that it was very normal… baby teeth are just whiter.  So- I felt like it was up to me to teach our kids that what they do with their teeth as they start to come in makes a huge difference down the road.  Today I’m partnering with Crest to share 7 Unique Ways to Whiten Your Teeth. 

Two children brushing their teeth at the sink.

1.  Veggies
Eating crunchy vegetables and crunchy fruits can remove stains from teeth.

2. Incorporate Charcoal.  
Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal ingredients has become an exciting new way to whiten teeth. The unfortunate part of brushing with charcoal is the huge mess it can leave behind in your sink, on your nails and, most importantly, in your mouth. The process itself can also be equally frustrating for a brushing experience that is longer, messier and less flavorful than regular brushing.   We found a solution: Crest has a brand new Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Charcoal variant.

A close up of a Crest whitening box.

We really like it!  If you are willing to give it a try, I think you’ll like it, too.   Try using it for just a day or two and compare it to other charcoal pastes.  You’ll find that it’s not messy like other ones.


Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Charcoal gives you a long-lasting clean feeling that helps whiten surface stains and strengthen enamel.  Plus, it tastes great, with an invigorating mint flavor that leaves a long lasting fresh feeling.

Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Charcoal offers a unique brushing experience – the charcoal ingredient creates a striped toothpaste that is sparkly grey in color and a fresh, minty flavor that lasts for hours after brushing.

brushing with charcoal

This unique toothpaste is formulated and striped with Charcoal. When combined, the foam is grey and lightens as you brush.

3.  Orange Peels.
Take some fresh orange peels and rub them over your teeth before bed.  RINSE well. Vitamin C will do it’s work while you sleep.

4. Eat dark chocolate.

A piece a day is all it takes.  Dark Chocolate contains the substance, theobromine, which works to harden the enamel.

5. Apple-Cider
Swish apple-cider vinegar (3 parts water to one part apple cider vinegar).  Do this once a day.

6. Coconut Oil.  
I’ve always heard about the benefits of coconut oil.   According to, “The lauric acid in coconut oil attacks harmful bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.”  We recently tried Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Coconut Oil.   I loved the vanilla mint flavor! This toothpaste gives you a deep clean that gently removes surface stains to whiten teeth and strengthen enamel.   

A close up of a box of Crest whitening tooth paste sitting on a counter.
You can pick up both the 3D White Charcoal and Crest 3D White Coconut Oil at your local CVS store.  I bought three because if you buy 3, you get $5 ExtraBucks offer.

7. Lemon & Salt.  
Mix a squeeze of lemon with a pinch of salt and apply it to your teeth.  Rub it on your teeth, then swish with water to rinse out.

I hope those tips helped!

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I don’t worry too much about this, but I know for some it can be a real source of pain. I had non-white teeth from an early age, I guess we will call them off-white and so does my mom so I think it’s just genetic. I did try some of those whitening strips years ago and they did nothing for me.