Natural Teeth Whitening with Strawberries
Strawberries can actually whiten your smile!
Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural tooth-cleanser, removing stains from coffee, red wine and dark sodas.
Natural Teeth Whitening Recipe
1 ripe strawberry
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking powder until blended.
Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave on for five minutes. Brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry-baking powder mix.
Floss to remove any seeds and rinse. Use once a week.
Note: Be careful not to use this too often as the acid could damage the enamel on your teeth.
Strawberries are high in vitamin C and other cancer-fighting antioxidants. Strawberries also boast a lot of fiber, plus some iron and potassium. At just 45 calories per cup, strawberries provide 85 mg of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
Did you know?
Historically, strawberries were used as a medicinal plant. Inside the body, the berries were said to remedy digestive upsets, while the leaves and roots were used for gout. Externally, the berries were used as to treat sunburn and blemishes. The juice was even used for discolored teeth – as noted above.
Love strawberries? Consider trying our recipe for Yogurt Popsicles – strawberry-luscious!