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  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 1
    Step 1

    Strawberries

    They may be bright red, but malic acid, a chief component of this summery fruit, acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, says Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. Fresh, juicy strawberries taste great in any meal—salads, desserts, cereal—and are widely available at farmers markets this time of year, so getting your daily dose is both simple and delicious.

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 2
    Step 2

    Seeds and nuts

    Chewing these lightly abrasive, hard foods rubs plaque and stains off the surface of teeth, says Dr. Matthew Messina, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. Pop a few almonds for a mid-afternoon snack—they're full of protein, healthy fats, and the crunch you need to get pearly whites.

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 3
    Step 3

    Onions

    Although they may not be the ideal pre-date snack, the notoriously bad-for-breath alliums could be beneficial to teeth. Because they're colorless, they won't cause surface stains, says Messina, adding that after eating them you're more likely to brush—which is a surefire way to get whiter teeth.

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 4
    Step 4

    Apples

    The loud crunch you hear when you bite into this hard fruit may be annoying, but it's also good for your choppers. Apples' crispiness strengthens gums, and their high water content increases saliva production, dispersing and neutralizing colonies of bacteria that lead to bad breath and plaque,

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 5
    Step 5

    Baking soda

    Take a toothpaste break and try brushing with this common ingredient. Baking soda is a base, like bleach, notes Messina, and the "soda"—which is actually a form of salt—in this pantry staple is a mild abrasive that works to scrub off plaque and surface stains.

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 6
    Step 6

    Celery and carrots

    The same high water content that makes these veggies great for your waistline and your health also helps them whiten your teeth by stimulating saliva production, which aids in washing away food debris and strengthening gums

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 7
    Step 7

    Broccoli

    Unlike beets and cranberries, this crunchy vegetable doesn't stay stuck to teeth, so it won't cause unsightly surface stains, says Messina. Throw some raw broccoli into your lunch—the florets will scrub the surface of teeth, giving them a brief and natural midday brush.

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cheese

    Hard cheese, like the little blocks you get on those delicious appetizer trays, is full of calcium, which strengthens teeth and gums. Plus, most cheeses are near colorless, meaning they won't stain your teeth. So go ahead, order that cheese plate

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 9
    Step 9

    Oranges

    This bright fruit contains citrus, an acid that can wear away tooth enamel if ingested in large doses, making teeth whiter—but at a cost, says Messina. So while we don't recommend gulping down bags of oranges in the spirit of a bright smile, a juicy helping once in a while is good for your pearly whites, and thanks to loads of vitamin C, your overall health too.

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 10
    Step 10

    Water

    Drink lots of water to keep your mouth hydrated and your smile bright. I recommends sipping and swishing between glasses of wine and when eating dark, pigmented foods to prevent staining. However, while water reduces the acidity in your mouth and the resulting damage to your enamel

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 11
    Step 11

    Drink lots of water to keep your mouth hydrated and your smile bright, advises Smigel, who recommends sipping and swishing between glasses of wine and when eating dark, pigmented foods to prevent staining. However, while water reduces the acidity in your mouth and the resulting damage to your enamel, Dr. Smigel warns against imbibing too much sparkling water, which has greater potential to erode enamel and harm teeth.

    Pears

    munching on a pear to neutralize pesky odor-causing and staining bacteria colonies on teeth. Increased saliva production brought on by this sweet, delicious fruit also washes away food debris, leaving teeth clean and sparkling.

  • How to make toothpaste. Foods That Naturally Whiten Your Teeth - Step 12
    Step 12

    Milk and yogurt

    These dairy products are teeth superfoods. Their high calcium content strengthens teeth, making enamel healthier and whiter, says Messina. But be warned: Not all calcium-rich foods—like spinach with its dark, stain-causing pigmentation—have the same effect. Chow down on a high-protein Greek yogurt for a snack, or pair after-dinner cookies with a cold glass of milk to get that gleam.

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Kat M.
Kat M.
For the baking soda you just mix it with a little bit of lemon juice and put it on a tooth brush ONLY DO THIS ONCE A WEEK OR IT WILL HURT YOUR TEETH
CookieBird Lover
CookieBird Lover · 25 projects
ohh wow I didn't know that thanks Happy
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Ammelanoleuca
Ammelanoleuca · Berkeley, California, US · 76 projects
I saw this on Yahoo! ... O.o
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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
how do you brush your teeth with baking soda? Do you just put the powder onto the brush, wet it and brush? seems weird... ^^
CookieBird Lover
CookieBird Lover · 25 projects
ya just put it on and brush as normal
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