Chances are your bathroom is filled with teeth-whitening products. From toothpaste to mouthwash to floss, why buy an oral hygiene product if it doesn’t say “whitening” right on the label? Yet despite our yearlong supply of Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving Strips ($130), we still can’t get enough smile-brightening options at our fingertips. When you want a little extra boost, look no further than your kitchen, because the dentist-recommended trick for a sparkling smile is fruit.
Keep reading to find how out why you’re going to want to raid the fruit basket stat!
The cosmetic dentists at Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor recommend saving your banana peels. “Banana peels have been proven to naturally whiten teeth,” Dr. Marc Lowenberg says. Rub the inside of the peel along your teeth for about a minute. “Try to hold your lips open and off of your teeth for about 10 minutes, and then after you’ve let it sit, brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush (for added exfoliation) for one minute.” Note: You’ll probably want to floss and rinse after this.
Again, hold on to your orange peels. “Simply buffing your teeth with the peel can help create that brilliant smile,” says Dr. Gregg Lituchy. However, don’t try this with other citrus fruits. The acidity of lemons is too strong and could damage your enamel.
Certain fruits can lighten your teeth thanks to their acids, which oxidize stains. Strawberries are one of those fruits. And they have seeds, which act as microbeads to exfoliate your teeth. Simply snacking on strawberries works, or you could DIY a strawberry, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide scrub. Here’s how:
1. In a small bowl, mash up a strawberry.
2. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the bowl, and mix it all together.
3. Use your finger to the rub the scrub all over your teeth, and then rinse.
For the non-DIY types, we recommend Crest’s 3D White Brilliance Boost Polishing Treatment ($11) when you want to brighten your smile.
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