While pursuit of the bleach-white look is certainly a cultural value, and at times can be a little vain, having naturally white teeth is a sign of strong enamel and healthy teeth. A sparkling smile can also help boost one’s self-confidence. If you’re someone who cringes at the idea of filling your mouth with bleach and chemicals to keep your teeth sparkly white, you might be wondering what natural steps you can take to keep your pearly whites looking their whitest. The good news is that what’s good for your body is good for your teeth. Here are five
helpful tips for naturally whiter teeth:
- Rinse your mouth out!
After you eat, make a habit of swishing some clean water around in your mouth and through
your teeth. This simply gives your
teeth a little break from stains that might otherwise just sit there. Think of doing this especially after
meals or after drinking coffee, black tea, or red wine.
- Eat your fruits!
Specifically, try to use more papaya, pineapple, and strawberries in
your diet. Fresh is best, so that
you can really get them on your teeth. These fruits contain natural enzymes which
act as teeth-whiteners, helping to break down stains. Some natural toothpastes are even fortified with papaya
enzyme (sometimes called papain or papaya proteinase), which provides a
convenient way to reap the benefits of papaya! You can also put orange peels to good use; wash the outside
of an organic orange, peel, and rub the inside of the peel (the white part) on
your teeth. Discard the peel and
brush your teeth to rinse.
- Crunch on this!
Crunchy fruits and vegetables are another great way to keep stains from
settling. Keep them handy to give
your teeth a freshening anytime of the day. Some great ones are: apples, pears, celery, and
- Drink milk (organic, whole, and grass-fed)! The minerals in milk, cheese, and
yogurt help strengthen tooth enamel.
The stronger your enamel, the healthier your teeth and the better they
will look! Plus, having strong
enamel will make sure your teeth can stand up to the acids and enzymes it takes
to fight teeth stains.
- Scrub them good!
On top of flossing daily and brushing after each meal, you can
periodically give your teeth a whitening boost with baking soda. You can use baking soda alone by
shaking some into your hand, dipping your toothbrush in, and brushing away like
normal. You can also try mixing
some baking soda with some lemon juice or a mashed strawberry to create a
potent paste to brush your teeth with.
Make sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards.
Eating a nature-based diet and emphasizing a few of these tips should help whiten and strengthen your teeth. Just remember, no matter how white your teeth are a truly happy smile comes from a life of joy and a content heart! And as always, use moderation when applying these tips. Too much acid or too much baking soda
could irritate your gums or damage enamel. Most importantly, strengthen your teeth from the inside with a good diet!
Originally posted 2013-02-08 22:56:00.