Some foods and drinks are notorious for staining the teeth. Red wine, sodas, coffee, tea, berries, and sauces are known for discoloring the pearls. But did you know that there are some foods and drinks that can serve as natural home remedies for brightening up your smile? Yes, there are those that you can eat if you're not comfortable about using whitening gels or you don't have the budget for them but you want to whiten your teeth.
Strawberries are packed with nutrients, particularly with vitamin C. Apart from being delicious and nutritious, it can also do wonders in brightening up your smile. Rub sliced strawberries on your teeth or use crushed strawberries mixed with baking soda as toothpaste for twice a week. Be sure to leave the mixture on your teeth for about five minutes before rinsing it off. Don't forget to clean the teeth thoroughly afterwards since sugar and acid found in this fruit can also cause enamel erosion as well as tooth decay.
Some people use lemon juice to bleach their hair. But did you know that this citrus fruit can also be used in whitening the teeth? Add lemon juice to baking soda and apply the mixture on your teeth once a week for five minutes. Just don't do this too often because it is high in acid that can wear away the enamel of your teeth.
Create a brighter smile by polishing your teeth with an orange peel. For better results, mix it with ground bay leaves. Apply the paste mixture on your teeth for a few minutes before brushing.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has the same degree of whitening capabilities as lemon juice. Mix it with baking soda and use it as toothpaste. You may also gargle with apple cider vinegar every day before you brush your teeth. This will help remove the surface stains. Be careful though. See to it that you rinse your mouth thoroughly with water afterwards to remove residue on the teeth that can eat up the enamel. Like lemon juice, this one contains lots of acid too.
Crunchy fruits and vegetables
Any fruit or vegetable that's crunchy like apples, cauliflowers, celery, pears and carrots can help remove the surface dirt and even prevent stain. That's because these food items are rich in natural fibers that act as scrubs for the teeth. They also wash the food particles away that leave stain-causing bacteria.
Although these foods are effective in whitening the teeth, don't be too keen in seeing the results right away. It takes time for the whitening to take effect. If you want to see results immediately, go for over-the-counter teeth whiteners or better yet, professional teeth cleaning treatment in your dentist's office.