Got Yellow Teeth? Whiten Them With Fruit

28 January 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Articles

There are many different ways you can whiten yellow teeth at home. You can make your own paste using baking soda and water, purchase whitening toothpastes or at-home whitening kits. However, if you are looking for a more unique way to whiten your teeth, using natural products, look no further than fruit. Fruit can be a great way to remove some of the yellow from your teeth and brighten your smile up. Here are three fruits that can help you to whiten your teeth and how you should consume or use them to achieve these results.


There are many health benefits to eating an apple a day. But eating one a day can also give you brighter, whiter teeth. Apples help clean your teeth in two different ways. First, apples are naturally a bit acidic and astringent. The acidity helps to eat away at stains on the teeth. However, unlike other highly acidic fruits, like oranges, apples aren't acidic enough to damage the enamel on your teeth. The second way that apples clean your teeth is with their skin. The skin has a rough, gritty texture to it. As as it is chewed, it acts like a sandpaper-like material on your teeth. This can help to gently break down tougher stains, such as coffee or tobacco. Eating an apple a day will not get you immediate results, but if you do it routinely, your teeth, as well as your health, will reap the benefits.


Another fruit you can use to whiten teeth is strawberries. In order to whiten your teeth this way, you will want to mash one strawberry. You want the mixture to be thin enough that you can spread it on your teeth, but not so watery that it simply slides off. Rub the strawberry pulp onto your teeth, or dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush it on, and allow it to sit for three to five minutes. Once the time is up, rinse your mouth with water to remove the pulp and then brush your teeth. Strawberries are acidic and you don't want to damage the enamel by leaving any strawberry remnants. If you are looking to whiten your teeth even faster, you may wish to mix 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda into the strawberry pulp. The baking soda helps to create a fizzing action when mixed with the strawberry, which can help to lift stains faster. Following treatment, you should see stains begin to lift slightly. However, you won't be able to whiten in one treatment. Continue using this method every one to two weeks until desired results are achieved. Don't use this method more frequently, as it can be very acidic.


The last way to whiten your teeth with fruit is by using a banana. However, it isn't the banana itself that whitens your teeth; it is actually the peel. A banana peel contains high amounts of magnesium, manganese and potassium. It is believed that by rubbing the peel on the teeth, these minerals are transferred to and absorbed by them, making your teeth whiter, shinier and healthier. Simply peel a banana and then rub the inside of the peel firmly against your teeth for about two minutes Your teeth will be coated in a thin layer of the banana peel residue. If possible, allow the residue to sit on the teeth for about five to ten minutes before rinsing and brushing it away. For best results, use a fresh banana, and peel the banana in reverse, from the bottom up. This leaves more stringy material behind, which adds texture that can be used to help lift stains and prevent the peel from slipping over slippery teeth. This method can be repeated daily until your desired level of whiteness is reached.

Apples, strawberries and bananas can all be used to whiten your teeth. However, it is important to note that none of these methods will whiten your teeth overnight. Rather, they all gradually lift stains and slowly whiten teeth. If you are in a hurry and need your teeth whitened for an event, you may wish to have teeth whitening done by a dental professional. This will give you white teeth quickly. From there, you can combat any stains that as they begin to appear using any of these methods.