2 Strawberry Recipes That Will Keep Your Teeth Bright Between Professional Whitening Treatments

Posted on: 14 July 2016

Want to keep your teeth looking healthy and bright between professional whitening treatments at the dentist? Incorporating strawberries into your diet on a regular basis is an excellent option – they're full of astringents that work to remove surface stains, and they are packed with vitamin C which helps clear plaque away and brighten teeth. Here are two amazing strawberry recipes you can use to maintain a bright and healthy smile every day of the year:

Berry Minty Mouthwash

The peppermint in this easy-to-make mouthwash tastes great and will help keep your breath fresh throughout the day. Peppermint essential oil also kills anaerobic bacteria which can cause gum disease if left unchecked. You can keep a bottle of this mouthwash on the counter in your bathroom for easy access between uses, but you should make a new batch about once a week whether or not you've finished the older batch to ensure freshness and quality. Here is what you'll need to make a batch of this berry minty mouthwash:

  • 4 fresh or frozen strawberries

  • 1 ½ cups of water

  • 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide

  • 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil depending on your personal taste

  • A cheesecloth

Put the strawberries and half a cup of water into your blender. Mix the ingredients on a high setting until the strawberries break down and combine with the water creating juice. Strain the berry juice through a cheesecloth into a reusable container that an accommodate a lid and then add the rest of your ingredients to the container. Close the lid and shake the concoction vigorously for a few seconds, so all of the ingredients get well combined. You should give the container a small shake before each use too.

Coco-Berry Toothpaste

In addition to the whitening power of the strawberries in this toothpaste, included is coconut oil which effectively kills most strains of tooth decay causing Streptococcus bacteria. This coconut strawberry toothpaste takes only minutes to make and can be kept in the fridge between uses for about two weeks before needing to be replaced. You will need the following ingredients to make a batch for the household:

  • 2 fresh or frozen strawberries

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide

  • 1 tsp baking soda

Put the strawberries and coconut oil into a small bowl and use a fork to mash the ingredients together until the strawberries get thick and mushy. Add the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water and mix with the fork again until the ingredients form a thick pink paste. Transfer the paste to a plastic sandwich baggie with a zipper on it. Push all of the paste to a bottom corner of the bag, push the air out of the bag, and seal it with the zipper. Then cut a small hole in the corner of the bag where the paste is located. You can then squeeze a little paste on your toothbrush whenever it's time to brush.

These recipes are so tasty and easy to use that they'll likely encourage your whole family to make dental care a bigger focus during their days. To learn more, visit a website like http://suncoastdental.com.


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