I try to do my best to keep my teeth looking nice. It’s one of the first things I notice about other people, so of course I want others’ first impression of my smile to be a positive one, too. I’ve tried many whitening products, everything from toothpastes and rinses to strips, gels, and lighted systems. Some methods I prefer over others (mostly due to convenience and quickness of use, since I don’t often have time to sit still for lengthier treatments).
I’ve tried most of the whitening toothpastes you can easily find in mass merchandise stores like Walmart, Target and CVS at one time or another. However, when I decide to do a whitening treatment, I usually want something that gives noticable results quickly. And, generally toothpastes whiten gradually over several days or weeks. Which, is fine if you have the time and can remember to use them consistently (and remember to purchase more when you use up your current stash).
I just heard about a totally different kind of teeth whitening product and tried it out. I’ve never seen anything like it before anywhere. My Magic Mud® offers a couple of teeth whitening options that I found interesting — whitening toothpaste and whitening tooth powder. Yes, powder.
My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste is the first toothpaste to combine activated coconut shell charcoal and bentonite clay. —– My Magic Mud®
The packaging is gorgeous, and dark! Definitely draws the eyes immediately compared to other products, many of which can look pretty similar to each other. As dark as the outer packaging is, so is the paste and powder. They are jet black! My first thought was to wonder if they would do the same as those little pink chewable tablets we used to get in grade school when a dental hygienist would do a school visit to talk about the importance of oral care.
Perhaps I’m dating myself, I’m not sure if they do this anymore. In any case, a dental hygienist would come visit our classrooms in grade school (once a year) and pass out small pink chewables. We were instructed to chew them up and let them mix with our saliva and then swish the pink liquid around our mouth. It would stick to plaque and tartar buildup to demonstrate that even though you can’t see the buildup, it’s there and that’s why it’s important to brush your teeth really well at least twice a day to prevent cavities.
So, I wondered if the extremely dark coloration of My Magic Mud® Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Fluoride-Free (and the Whitening Tooth Powder, too) would leave black streaks on my teeth. Of course, this is silly. I know it.
Also, silly (and totally fun) is the insert that comes with the whitening tooth powder. It gives illustrated instructions, complete with text that reads like a parody of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” song. Totally intentional, I’m sure, and I got it right away because I was a teen in the 90’s and that song was on the playlist at every party and school dance. So don’t ditch the paper like most of us do when opening a new product, give it a glance first. (Note: Definitely heed the tip to keep your mouth closed as much as you can while using these products and lean over the sink while brushing. A few little black specks escaped my mouth and dotted the sink while brushing. I’d say this probably happens with every toothpaste, you just don’t notice it because most toothpastes are white.)
Ok, so after the novelty and uniqueness of the products wears off, it’s time to get down to business. One of the ingredients in the toothpaste and tooth powder is activated charcoal. Charcoal serves to cause impurities, toxins and surface stains to latch onto the charcoal (away from teeth) in a process called “adsorption.” Stains from smoking, coffee, tea, wine and other stuff is spirited away, leaving whiter teeth behind. It also cleans and polishes teeth leaving them smooth, just like after a good cleaning at the dentist’s office. It’s also good for people who have sensitive gums as it soothes irritation.
The toothpaste tube is a good, large size. I’m not sure how many uses you’d get out of one tube, I guess it depends on how much you use each time you brush.
My Magic Mud® Activated Charcoal Whitening Tooth Powder comes in a small jar along with a small spoon applicator. It states on the box that you will get 150 uses from the jar. The powder isn’t gritty, either (a definite plus). It’s ultra-fine, grit-free, gentle on gums and tasteless.
As far as what’s NOT in it, you will be pleased to note the following:
- No flouride
- No foaming agents
- No Triclosan
- No glycerin
If you have a preference in flavor the tooth powder is available in Original (a flavorless blend) or Spearmint, Peppermint, and Cinnamon flavors. The toothpaste flavors available are Spearmint, Peppermint, Wintergreen, or Cinnamon Clove.
I know, you’re thinking what the heck? Charcoal? For Teeth? Are you crazy??? Turns out that it is safe for the intended purpose, with lab tests showing results within acceptable standards for abrasivity as defined by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The company claims that many dentists endorse the product, too. It will be interesting to see (being that my kids and I have dental cleanings coming up later this month) what my dentist has to say about how the product is working for my teeth.
So, to sum it up, I like any product that not only works but is easy to add to my already busy lifestyle. And My Magic Mud® is both easy and effective. I like that it’s made from natural ingredients and is both strong on cleaning teeth while being sensitive to gums. I have the Original Flavor Tooth Powder and Spearmint Toothpaste, but am really interested in trying the other flavors! Also, it’s Made in the USA, so it supports our economy and keeps Americans employed, so there’s that, too.
You can find other customer reviews on the company’s website. I really like it. It’s the only toothpaste that I’ve tried that I really think gives me the super-smooth, clean feel like I get from a professional dental cleaning.
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