Teeth Whitening: Strawberries To The Rescue

Having whiter teeth not only makes a person look great in photographs but also gives one confidence that tends to spill to his or her personal and professional life. However, there are times when costs involved in getting teeth whitening treatments and tooth sensitivity problems can stand in the way of getting the perfect pearly whites. In such cases, opting for a teeth whitening solution that is not only cheaper, but also natural is advisable. Something like strawberries.

Strawberries and teeth whitening

Strawberries contain a host of immune-system-boosting nutrients, like vitamin C, that are good for your body. However, it is the malic acid in strawberries that makes them ideal for use as a teeth whiteners. This is so because as an acid, malic acid eats away at plaque—the layer that is responsible for the not-so-white appearance of teeth. It also  clears any traces of stains from foods like dark sodas, coffee and wines.

Creating the perfect teeth whitening paste

While the malic acid in strawberries can whiten teeth on its own, the concentrations found in strawberries are not usually enough for fast and thorough whitening. It is for this reason that rather than limiting yourself to a couple of crushed strawberries, it is recommended that you consider adding baking soda. Baking soda is a natural cleanser and adding it to the crushed berries will give the solution an edge that allows for a faster and a more-thorough whitening process. Adding a pinch of salt will  make the mixture more abrasive, something that will only help to speed the process.

Procedure for making and applying the perfect natural teeth whitening paste

Start by crushing the strawberries. Remember not to use over-ripe strawberries as they contain the least amount of malic acid. For the best results, use ones that are just ripe.

Place the resulting pulp into a bowl and then add a pinch of salt into it. Take the baking soda (a half teaspoonful will do), and add it to the mixture and then mix it thoroughly until you end up with a uniform paste.

After you are done preparing the whitening mixture, use a toothbrush to apply it to your teeth. Let it do its magic for about five minutes before thoroughly rinsing with water. You may then have to floss to remove any traces of strawberry seeds that may find their way into the spaces in between your teeth. For more information, contact a local cosmetic dentist (like P. Jeffrey Lowe, DMD, PA).