Do you want to brighten your smile, but feel that a tooth whitening treatment just isn’t in the cards for you right now? Don’t worry! There are other natural ways to brighten your smile, and best of all, you don’t have to go very far to find them! In fact, these natural tooth whiteners are hiding in plain sight in your kitchen!
Foods with calcium, iron, malic acid, and natural abrasives will whiten your smile over time. Here´s a way to use them intentionally for a more cost-effective and natural route until you can get that longed-for tooth whitening treatment.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and the plaque, and the bad bacteria too! The crunchiness of the fruit naturally brushes away plaque while the high water content makes your mouth produce more saliva, washing away the bad bacteria.
When you think of onions, you don’t automatically think natural teeth whitener. When you think onions you probably think tears and bad breath, but onions have a superpower that won’t make your mascara run! The sulphur in an onion acts as a barrier preventing plaque from forming on our teeth. The only catch is you have to eat the onion raw!
I know what you’re thinking. How can red strawberries whiten my teeth? One of the main teeth whitening components in strawberries is malic acid. Malic acid is a natural astringent that keeps stains from forming on your teeth. You can eat them, and not only enjoy their delicious flavor, but also help brighten your smile at the same time.
Most whitening toothpastes have baking soda as one of their ingredients, and that’s because baking soda is mildly abrasive and able to scrub off surface stains and plaque.
Think microdermabrasion for your teeth. Cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and sesame seeds are known for their abrasive texture, and that’s a benefit for your smile. The abrasiveness of the nuts and seeds scrub away the surface stains and plaque, leaving your teeth a little whiter.
Raw vegetables like carrots, celery, and broccoli are great for whitening your teeth because they scrub away the plaque. Carrots and celery have a high water content, making your saliva glands work overtime and help by washing away all that nasty bacteria. Broccoli is high in iron which forms a protective coating over your teeth, which keeps them safe from acidic food that can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel.
Who can say no to delicious cheese? Turns out that cheese and yogurt contain lactic acid, which can guard against tooth decay, calcium that strengthens teeth and gums, and casein which help prevent the loss of minerals from your enamel. Three cheers for dairy!
For the best results to a whiter and brighter smile, it’s important to maintain your oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing daily, scheduling an appointment with your dentist every 6 months, and incorporate of few of the natural ways to brighten your smile.
Now that you know your kitchen wields tooth whitening powers, it’s time to jump in and try them out. Once you’ve tried them out, let us know what worked best for you.
For more ways to improve your smile, Penn Dental Family Practice offers teeth whitening treatments. We offer take-home trays which allow for a gradual whitening of your smile over a 2 week period. If you’re looking for a faster way to whiten your smile, Penn Dental offers chair side whitening treatments that give you the smile you want in half the time.
When you’re ready for a teeth whitening treatment contact Penn Dental Family Practice.