Submitted by: Samuel Kwon
Professional teeth whitening kits are effective, but they come with two major drawbacks: they make teeth extremely sensitive and cost a great amount of money. Instead of constantly spending money on these DIY teeth whitening kits, why not follow a routine that whiten the teeth in a natural way. If you have been thinking if any food can naturally whiten your teeth, you would be surprised to know that there are foods which can help you have a great smile without breaking your budget.
Here are 5 Foods That Will Naturally Whiten Your Teeth:
Strawberries are one of the most effective ingredients for teeth whitening. They contain malic acid, which removes stains and Vitamin C, which breaks down plaque that is responsible for that yellowish teeth color, as well as for cavities. In order to benefit from the positive effects of strawberries, mash them and apply them on teeth. Leave them for a couple of minutes, then rinse with water at room temperature. For an enhanced effect, add a pinch of table salt. The salt is abrasive and acts as a gentle scrub. Thus, you whiten and clean the teeth at the same time.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda is one of the most popular ingredients for teeth whitening. Used as such or in combination with other teeth whitening foods (strawberries, lemon juice, coconut oil, etc.), baking soda offers great results. Apply it on teeth for one (if mixed with lemon juice) to 3 minutes (if mixed with water), then rinse it off gently. In order to obtain significant effects, the procedure must be repeated every few days.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil makes a surprising appearance on the list of teeth whitening foods. Yet, its whitening properties, as well as its anti-microbial ones, make it a highly effective solution to brighten your teeth on a budget. Even the whitening method is unusual. To brighten your teeth using coconut oil, take a tablespoon of solidified oil and put it in your mouth. When it melts, pull it through the teeth for at least 3 minutes. Then rinse with water and wash your teeth as usual.
4. Lemon or orange juice
Whether you eat one or two oranges once in a while or you use lemon juice in combination with baking soda, the citric juice will help you enhance the appearance of your teeth. The Vitamin C in lemon and orange juice removes teeth stains and leaves an even color. However, do not overuse the citric fruits for teeth whitening, as they are acidic and may affect the tooth enamel.
5. Apple cider vinega
Apple cider vinegar is another ingredient which can make your teeth pearly white. Take a gulp and pull it through your teeth. Before spitting it into the sink, try and brush the teeth for some seconds. Then brush your teeth the way you always do. In order to protect the teeth enamel, choose a non-fluoride tooth paste. To make the most of this treatment, follow the routine for at least one month.
The teeth whitening with food is a slow process compared to professional teeth whitening. Yet, it is much cheaper and, if you make a routine out of it, it gives great results on the long run. Just give one of these foods a try and see for yourself! If you are looking for quick results, Dr Samuel Kwon of SK Family Dental in Puyallup, WA recommends booking an appointment with your dentist.
About the Author: Dr. Kwon runs a dental surgery SK Family Dental in Puyallup WA (
). He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2004. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business that he received from UCLA. Dr Kwon has three growing children, and enjoys spending quality time with his family as well as his church. He enjoys spending time outdoors doing many different activities with both colleagues and friends. He loves working as a dentist in Puyallup, and wouldn’t have it any other way.