If your teeth have become dull, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do at home to whiten them. If so, use the following two-step guide to using strawberries to brighten your smile. Not only are strawberries are loaded with nutrition, they also have whitening properties that can safely give your teeth a makeover.
Step 1: Rub Your Teeth With The Whole Berry
In this first step, you will be using the outside of the strawberry to rub your teeth. The seeds in the skin of the berry lightly scrub the surface of your enamel, helping to remove the top layer of plaque. The smoothness of the seeds also has a polishing effect. Rubbing your teeth with the whole berry also releases some of the juices, acting as a pretreatment before step two.
To scrub your teeth, hold the berry between your forefinger and thumb. Applying gentle pressure, rub the fronts of your teeth for about a minute. Then, lightly graze the tops of your teeth to remove any remaining food particles. After you have finished, go on to the second step.
Step 2: Apply A Strawberry Paste
After preparing your teeth with the outside of the berry, apply a strawberry paste to the surface of your teeth. This step also includes a few drops of lemon juice to accelerate the bleaching process. However, make sure you rinse thoroughly after the treatment, since the acetic acid could wear down your teeth's enamel.
To make your paste, mash up the berry you used in step one, leaving the seeds in the paste. Then, add a quarter of a teaspoon of lemon juice, and mix thoroughly. Using a cotton swab, apply the paste to your teeth, and leave it on for about five minutes.
Once the time is up, you can either spit it out or swallow it, since the treatment is completely edible. To swallow it, rinse your mouth for a few seconds with some cool water first to remove the bulk of paste.
Once you have removed the paste, rinse your mouth once again with warm water for about 30 seconds. Then, spit it out.
After using the above whitening treatment every day for a week, you should start seeing improvement in the brightness of your teeth. However, if your teeth are very stained, or you want a more dramatic improvement, you may want to discuss your teeth whitening options with a cosmetic dentist, such as Christopher L. Schneider, DMD.