Instead of just throwing away your banana peel, why not use it to give your teeth an extra bit of shine? Bananas contain high levels of manganese, potassium and magnesium that helps remove stains and discolouration from teeth. By rubbing the banana peel along your teeth, you can gently exfoliate them, ensuring that all the minerals mentioned above do their job effectively.
The next time you eat a strawberry, you can revel in the fact that you’re not only getting the juicy deliciousness that comes with it but are also helping your teeth at the same time.
Strawberries contain both vitamin C and malic acid which are tooth-whitening agents. To achieve the brightest smile, use ripe strawberries – they have a much higher concentration of malic acid in comparison to under-ripe ones. All you have to do is crush the ripe strawberries and use a toothbrush to rub it over the teeth to get those pearly whites.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are the iconic duo of teeth brightening. Individually, they both have properties that make them great for teeth-whitening, but when combined, you’ll find soon enough that there’s no difference between your smile and the one from a toothpaste ad. While hydrogen peroxide is an almost instant fix as a bleaching agent, baking soda destroys the free radicals that are actually responsible for causing the stains on your teeth.
Xylitol containing gum
While sugars are usually described as cancer for our teeth, Xylitol is a naturally sweetener that is conversely beneficial for whitening the teeth. It decreases the ability of bacteria to stick to our teeth and limits the buildup of plaque, effectively tackling tooth decay.
Activated charcoal has adhesive properties that allow it to bind to the “tannins” – commonly found in coffee, tea and alcohol – that are responsible for discolouration of the teeth. When you move the charcoal around your mouth and then spit it out, you remove all of the stain-causing substances that you’re trying to get rid of with it.