Strawberries: Your Teeth Just Got Whiter

by Polly

Strawberries are too tasty and sweet to be any good for your teeth.Yes. It does seem counter intuitive, but strawberries contain a whole lot of malic acid, a tooth-whitening agent. It may sound strange, but really strawberry and backing powder can make your teeth whiter.

We all seem to want whiter teeth. Some people are born with teeth that are more yellow than others. But often we can whiten teeth and our bright smile can change whole appearance.There is a great, big market out there for whitening strips and dental procedures which promise a more alabaster smile. Walk into any grocery or drug store, and you’ll see a myriad of tooth whitening products on the toothpaste aisle.

There are whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, and entire tooth whitening systems. Some of the toothpastes use natural ingredients such as baking soda, but most products use harsh chemicals that many of us would think twice about putting into our bodies.

Whitening strips are not regulated by the FDA and do not undergo the rigorous testing that drugs and medicines do. Some worry that the strips strip enamel from teeth, although they seem relatively safe if used correctly.

If you’ve never been keen on commercial teeth-whitening products and you love strawberries, today is your lucky day: Web site Health.com says that one ripe strawberry plus half a teaspoon of baking powder equals a natural teeth whitener.

Strawberries have been used for centuries to whiten teeth! Who knew? The acids in the fruit is said to help remove stains from teeth. Here is an easy and delicious way to have pearly teeth that is simple to do and tastes great, and–best of all–it really works!

Here are the easy steps:

INGREDIENTS

3-6 ripe strawberries
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup water

1. Puree the berries in a blender and pour into a small dish.

2. Using a cosmetic brush or your toothbrush, paint the strawberry paste on your teeth and let sit on teeth for 5 minutes.

3. Mix 1 teaspoon of the baking soda and the cream of tartar into the cup of water. Swish this mixture around in your mouth.

4. Brush your teeth with the teaspoon of plain baking soda.

5. Rinse with cool, clear water.

The secret to this inexpensive home whitening method is malic acid, which acts as an astringent to remove surface discoloration. Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural tooth-cleanser, buffing away stains from wine, coffee, and dark sodas.

“This is a fast, cheap way to brighten your smile,” says Adina Carrel, DMD, a dentist in private practice at Manhattan Dental Arts in New York. “Be careful not to use this too often, though, as the acid could damage the enamel on your teeth”.

Things to Consider When Using Strawberries

It is very important to brush your teeth well after using any strawberry treatment. Strawberries do contain natural sugar, and leaving them on your teeth for long periods of time could cause cavities. And the very ingredient that whitens our teeth, malic acid, can be harmful if left on too long.

While it is important to take some precautions when using strawberries and baking soda to whiten teeth, these natural whiteners are less expensive than commercial treatments.

The strawberries loosen the hold of the stains on the teeth, while the baking soda buffs the stains away. And best of all, the danger of using chemicals on your teeth is not a concern.

Want  to know more about strawberries?

Then, click here:

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Yours truly, Polly – Organic Gardener

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Caridad Beder July 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm

This particular article is definitely really helpful. My partner and i understand more in this particular post contrast to other website my partner and i stopped at.

Allison Logue January 27, 2011 at 4:28 am

At the moment I am using FDA approved and clinically analyzed home teeth whitening kit that was advised to me by my dentist. I am smoking cigarettes a lot and I ingest a lot of coffee, but results are good.

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