5 natural ways to whiten your teeth at home


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Forget expensive treatments at the dentist. There are several easy, less expensive ways to keep your pearly whites, well, white.


1. Eat crunchy vegetables.

It may seem strange, but gnawing on veggies — such as raw celery, carrots, apples and pears — can help remove stains from your teeth. According to HowStuffWorks.com, they also help produce saliva, which protects teeth from bacteria that can cause cavities.


2. Use baking soda.

You can make a paste with baking soda and lemon juice to help whiten teeth. Brush on the paste, wait one minute, then remove it with a toothbrush. Don’t leave it on any longer than one minute or the acid in the solution may start to erode tooth enamel.


3. Try a strawberry paste.

Crush fresh strawberries and apply to your teeth with a toothbrush. The vitamin C helps remove surface stains. Keep the berries on your teeth for about five minutes and then rinse with water.


4. Don’t forget to floss!

I know you hear this all the time, but OralB.com explains that besides preventing cavities and gum disease, flossing also helps lift stains from between your teeth.


5. Load up on greens.

Green vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, are especially good at scrubbing away impurities that sit on your teeth, according to ABCNews.com. The physicality of chewing also helps produce saliva, which we already know is good for our chompers.