Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Naturally Fruity way to get Your Teeth Pearly White!

We all want whiter teeth, right? Marketers prey on us because they know we’ll go through great measures to avoid having a dingy gray smile… Think about it, we’re bombarded with tons of commercials & print ads that promise us whiter teeth in a matter of hours or days. All we need to do is just apply strips & trays with gooey whitening gels… Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not really sure what these OTC whitening products are made from & if they’re healthy to use. Whitening strips are not regulated by the FDA so they don’t go through the same testing as drugs & medicines do. Is the promise of brightening your pearly whites with chemicals really worth the potential dangers they can have on your teeth enamel & body?

I’m super excited to share that I’ve discovered that teeth whitening CAN be accomplished naturally with strawberries! “A red fruit?” you ask. Yes. Apparently strawberries contain a lot of malic acid, a tooth-whitening agent, among having many other benefits.

According to, here’s how to make strawberries brighten your smile!

Ingredients: 1 strawberry and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

Instructions: Crush the strawberry to a pulp, mix it with the baking soda until blended. Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry–baking soda mix. Rinse. (A little floss will help get rid of any strawberry seeds you find lingering in the nooks & crannies of your teeth.)

This is a cheap, and incredibly simple and healthy way to whiten your teeth. Plus, there is no additional garbage like you’d have with boxes of whitening strips.

I’m giving this fruity idea a try! I’d love to hear if this whitening method has worked for any of you or if you’re about to try it for the first time as well! Please share your results!


  1. Good luck. You'd spend more money on a year's worth of strawberries to get a fraction of a result that a dentist can do for you in an hour.
    Save your strawberries for bananas. They're better suited for each other.

  2. Hmmm. Really? I happen to have fresh strawberries in my fridge so I think it'd still be interesting to try as a natural alternative.
    I take it that you're recommending professional whitening vs. OTC strips & strawberries, but aren't the professional whitening sessions expensive? There are a variety of whitening methods with them too, right? i.e. gels, laser lighting, etc.