Get gleaming teeth naturally: you can whiten your teeth without harsh bleaches. Here’s how – Bodycare

Get gleaming teeth naturally: you can whiten your teeth without harsh bleaches. Here’s how – Bodycare – Brief Article

STRONG TEETH MEAN A BRIGHT SMILE, says Victor Zeines, D.D.S., a teacher at the Institute for Natural Dentistry in Woodstock, N.Y. The higher your teeth’s mineral content, he explains, the stronger and more stain-proof they are. To boost your teeth’s mineral content, take a multivitamin and drink at least six glasses of mineral water daily. Then follow these tips.

Watch What You Eat and Drink. Most berries, coffee, and tea can leave their mark on your teeth. So limit your intake of these foods and beverages and brush your teeth immediately after eating them. And, of course, don’t smoke; not only is tobacco terrible for your health, it will yellow your smile.

Scrub with Strawberries. One member of the berry family, the strawberry, contains an enzyme that actually whitens your teeth. Mash a large strawberry and then rub it on your teeth with your finger for about a minute. Rinse, and then floss to remove seeds.

Brush Right. You’ll find lots of natural teeth-whitening toothpastes on store shelves. We like Nature’s Gate Dental Therapy Whitening Gel ($6.99; 5 ounces; 800-327-2012; www.levlad.com) and Kiss My Face Whitening Certified Organic Aloe Vera Toothpaste ($6; 3.4 ounces; 800-262-5477; www.kissmyface .com). Both whitened our teeth by about two shades in a matter of days.

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