Shine Bright

I thought it was time to catch up on another 'how to look good without make-up' blog,  it seems you're enjoying them too!  I'm constantly trying new things out, so bare with me.

 You may not know this, but one of the first impressions you make on someone (subconsciously) is through the condition of your teeth . A good set of pearly whites is your sure way of beaming with a bare face! I've realised what a huge part this places on appearance, but I had no idea how this can also benefit your health too. I'm no dentist but I sure have learnt a lot, so I thought It'd be rude not to share! 

1. You're teeth are alive! This means they can heal themselves,  I'm not sure why most of us forget that. Tooth decay can be reversed naturally with a change of diet. You can also use cloves from your kitchen cupboard to heal and prevent cavities.

2. Miswak is one of the most underrated toothbrushes of all time! There's a good reason why the prophet Muhammed (PBH) used this for his bright smile. It not only cleans teeth, strengthens gums, removes odours but great for digestion too (happy tummy, happy life!).

3. Braces are more important than you think, it not only aligns your teeth to look great, but  straight teeth are essential for chewing your food properly. Wonky teeth may be cute in some cultures, however you're more likely to have leftovers stuck in your teeth. That's not as adorable as we think! Invisalign is perfect for those not keen on the look of braces as they are invisible and removable (don't you just love technology?).

4. Ditching your regular toothpaste and opting for solid tablets such as these toothy tabs from lush, means it doesn't contain flouride which damage your teeth in the long run. Many of the cosmetics used today need lots of harmful chemicals to keep them in liquid form. (these tabs come in recyclable boxes which is always a plus!)

5. Oil Pulling is a great technique that draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health (also said to improve overall health!). Basically all you have to do is choose an oil (I use 2 teaspoons of coconut oil), and swish it round in your mouth for 15-20 mins. I know this sounds a little yucky and time consuming but it works so well, try it!

6. You can always make your own paste for teeth whitening with bicarbonate of soda, salt, lemon, coconut oil and a drop of an essential oil of your choice. I personally love lemon or peppermint. I use a manual toothbrush for this specific paste as it can be quite harsh on gums.

7. Flossing is an inexpensive way to make sure you're there's no plaque build-up which can lead to gum diseases, not pretty! 

8. Electric toothbrushes are so much more effective than manual brushes. The faster the rotation the better, so it's best to invest in a good quality one if you want to see a big difference.

9. We hear this so many times but it has to be repeated, sugar isn't our teeths friend, neither is coffee, smoking and alcohol. Removing or limiting most of these will help our teeth remain strong and healthy. 

10. Dentist trips may not be our favourite but it's necessary. I love natural options but sometimes when we've been too neglectful, we have to allow our dentists to do extractions, root canals, fillings and teeth whitening but remember it's worth the smile!  

 (That's me sporting the towel hijab look, if you'd like a tutorial, let me know!) 


  1. The simplicity of the content you presented is so refreshing! I've always wanted to try a miswak as I've heard so much about its benefit. I think I need to consider it seriously now :)


    1. Thank you Hana, that's great to hear! The benefits of miswak are endless, I only mentioned the obvious ones, so there's much more reasons to use it :)

  2. "You may not know this, but one of the first impressions you make on someone (subconsciously) is through the condition of your teeth" this really says it all ... we live in a rich culture but we have got poor teeth :p Libyans have by far the worst jaw looking i believe :p ...thinking of men here where so many are bad smokers (like bad smokers) ... add factors like bad diets , eating habits etc


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