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As a committed coffee drinker (notice I didn’t say addicted, ahem), I feel like I’ve tried pretty much all of the over-the-counter teeth whiteners to help reduce the mild stains I’ve acquired from my coffee commitment.
From strips, to brush-on gels, to trays, I’ve tried them all; and you know what? The whitening was minimal at best and caused so much sensitivity that I gave up. As you can see from the pile of gel tubes and trays (my most recent effort, over a year ago!), I got through about half of one tube before resigning myself to having mildly stained teeth forever because not only did the gel irritate my gums, and make my teeth hypersensitive, the trays were a pain in the you-know-what and you had to keep them in for 30 minutes!! Ain’t nobody got time for that.
When I heard about Smart Ash, I was intrigued. An all-natural tooth whitening powder that contains no chemicals (so it’s actually good for your teeth), and won’t cause sensitivity? I definitely wanted to give it a try.
The Bedrock & Bloom website warns you that a little of this stuff goes a long way, and that is very true. I’ve been using this twice a day for about a week and a couple of times I’ve accidentally dipped my toothbrush a little too far into the jar. It’s not like more will hurt you or anything, just that (as they also warn on the website) it can get messy. Helllooooo Pirate Teeth! For children (or maybe even my husband, for that matter) I would recommend having them use this in the bathtub or shower, where it’s easier to clean if the powder goes astray.
The super-fine, pitch black powder is made of Wildcrafted Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal, All Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay, Organic Mint, Organic Orange Peel, and Organic Frankincense. All these ingredients support oral health by drawing out toxins, strengthening teeth, freshening breath, and reducing inflammation – for the full description of each ingredient, check out the website here.
It’s weird- the powder isn’t abrasive at all, like I was expecting it to be. Since i’ve only been using this a week, I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the color of my teeth. They do seem brighter, but it’s hard to tell if that’s just because they don’t have the black ash in them 😉 One thing I can say for sure though, is that I haven’t experienced any tooth sensitivity, and my teeth do feel dentist-clean; I don’t even get that feeling from my sonic toothbrush! I’ll definitely keep using this product.