A healthy bright smile is an attractive smile. It boosts your self confidence and enhances your mood. But for some, getting teeth whitened professionally at a dental office might be a costly option even though it's a faster and the most effective way to do it. However, keeping your teeth look bright and healthy doesn't have to cost a bomb. Today we are going to show you 5 kind of foods that you can eat or use to help whitening your teeth without digging deep into your pocket.
Strawberry! Who would expect that? Well, not only this antioxidant rich fruit is delicious and good for your health, it can also whiten your teeth! Strawberry contains an enzyme called malic acid which acts an astringent that removes stain. Malic acid is being used in toothpaste and mouthwashes. So on your next grocery trip, remember to grab some extra strawberries! You can either mash it up and put it on top of your toothpaste or make your own toothpaste by combining the smashed up strawberry with baking soda! Remember to rinse it away with water and don't let it sit for too long. Like any kind of acid, it might erode your teeth if overused. Once a month is recommended.
Apples contain about 84% water. This high water content fruit increases saliva production which helps wash away bacteria in the mouth that can lead to discoloration. Additionally, it strengthen your gums every time you bite into it because it's so crunchy! The phrase "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" might actually work on dentist too!
Keep the peels the next time when you eat an orange. Orange peels happen to be a pretty effective teeth whitener due to its natural compounds of vitamin C, pectin, limonene, glucarate and soluble fiber. Use only the inner white part of the skin and rub it on your teeth before brushing. This will help reduce tartar buildup and minimize plaque. Orange peels are not acidic like the fruit which makes it pretty safe and effective natural teeth whitener.
Using baking soda is probably one of the easiest and cheapest way to whiten your teeth. Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with water or lemon juice to make a paste and let it sits for a minute. Because it's an acid, do not use this mixture often and do not let it sits for too long as it will erode your teeth enamel. Alternatively, you may also mix one part of baking soda to two parts apple cider vinegar. Using apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice is probably a little safer.
Milk and Yogurt
Good thing most Americans consume milk and yogurt anyways. Not only they can help strengthen your bones, the lactic acid and the enamel-fortifying calcium will actually whiten your teeth too!
These are only a few of the natural home remedies for teeth whitening ideas we have curated for you. They are probably more effective if used as a teeth whitening maintenance routine. Results will of course vary depending on the individual. Remember, like diet, everything in moderation even it's natural. However, if your teeth are drastically darkened, stained or are feeling sensitive, you might want to consult your dentist first. There are many different professional teeth whitening services that can cater to your needs and lifestyle. In our 30 over years of practice, we have helped many patients regain their bright confident smiles. We offer anything from in-office teeth whitening treatment, take-home trays to professional strength whitening strips. We are always here to help and answer any questions, please feel free to drop us a note! YOUR SMILE IS IMPORTANT TO US!