As you know, maintaining good dental health is important for good overall health (especially cardiovascular health) And a white smile shows you take pride in your appearance–the American Dental Association has even published studies that show that people with a white, bright smile exude confidence, success and even wealth. But you need not spend a fortune to have a healthy white smile. In fact, there are many low-cost, natural ways to whiten teeth that won’t even make a dent in your wallet.
While over-the-counter tooth-whitening kits are plentiful, there is some concern about their chemical ingredients (or the danger of doing it wrong and ending up with painful, too-white teeth). Instead, here are a few safe and natural ways to brighten and white those not-so-pearly whites:
Eat lots of crunchy foods. Fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, celery and pears naturally clean and whiten your teeth–the crunchier the food, the more abrasive it will be (abrasive in a good way). If you already eat a healthy, organic diet, try eating your fruits and veggies in their natural state, since it’s the crunch that will help your teeth stay white and bright.
Increase your dairy intake. Cheese, milk, and yogurt all contain calcium and phosphorous, two minerals that enhance the enamel on your teeth. By increasing your intake of grass-fed, organic and raw dairy products, you can strengthen your teeth and improve their whiteness.
Eat strawberries. Strawberries contain malic acid, which removes discolorations on the teeth and helps buff the enamel, creating a brighter, smoother appearance of the teeth. Try adding a little baking soda to a crushed up strawberry and leaving the mixture on your teeth for a few minutes (it will look and feel like a paste). You’ll intensify the effect of the malic acid and benefit even more from the strawberries’ natural whitening elements.
On occasion, use baking soda to whiten and brighten your teeth. Some research shows that periodically mixing baking soda with a little hydrogen peroxide or salt will clean and whiten teeth beautifully.
Use a straw. Keep staining beverages like coffee, tea, soda and red wine from coming into direct contact with your teeth. Maybe not so easy with your morning coffee, but at least keep a straw handy when you’re drinking iced tea or even iced coffees.
If you have questions about Pharmaca’s selection of teeth-whitening products, ask a Pharmaca practitioner for assistance.