Now that you'll be getting new dental implants you may be wondering how to keep them as nice and white as they'll undoubtedly be when they're brand new. Scheduling regular teeth whitening appointments with your dentist is a good start, but it's important to take whitening steps between those visits too. Here are a few fun recipes you can use to do just that:
Simply Sweet Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberries are filled with an astringent, which is a natural whitening ingredient that works to remove surface stains when coming into contact with teeth. The large amounts of vitamin C found in strawberries helps to remove plaque too. When blended with bananas, strawberries become a tasty way to start the day and treat your teeth at the same time. You'll need the following ingredients to make a batch:
- 2 bananas, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 cup sliced strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 cup ice cubes
Just put everything into your blender and mix on high until well combined and smooth. You can turn the smoothie into a frozen creamy treat by putting it in the fridge for a few hours after blending.
Easy-Peasy Berry Blast Mouthwash
Strawberries work just as good in a mouthwash as they do in a smoothie when it comes to whitening teeth. The bleaching properties in hydrogen peroxide make this mouthwash a powerful stain fighter when it's used on a regular basis. Here's what you are going to need to make it at home:
- A clean plastic container with sealable lid.
- A nut milk bag or mesh strainer
- 2 cups fresh water
- ½ cup whole fresh strawberries (if frozen, allow them to thaw before using)
- 2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 date (optional, for sweetness)
Blend 1 cup of water, the strawberries, the lemon juice, and the date on high until well combined and no chunks are left. Strain the liquid through a nut milk bag or mesh strainer into your clean container (if the opening is too small, strain the liquid into a bowl and then pour it into your container) and add the rest of the water and hydrogen peroxide.
This mouthwash can be kept in the fridge for a couple of weeks before needing replacement. Shake well before each use, and use it just as you would commercial mouthwash.
Awesome Orange Crush Toothpaste
Baking soda whitens teeth well, but it doesn't taste so great when used on its own. Adding some orange to the mix will help with flavor, and you can expect your teeth to get a good buffing too thanks to the pulp.
Luckily it doesn't take much to create tasty toothpaste that will freshen up your breath and whiten your teeth every time you use it. You can make your own with these ingredients:
- ½ orange, peeled and quartered (seeds removed)
- ½ lemon, peeled and quartered (seeds removed)
- 4 tbsp baking soda
- 4 tbsp water
- 1 tsp hydrogen peroxide
Put everything in a blender or food processor then mix on high speed until thoroughly combined and smooth like toothpaste. You can also use a fork and mash the ingredients together to create a paste. Although the handmade variety will be just as effective, it won't be quite as smooth.
Keep in mind that baking soda can irritate the gums and teeth so it's a good idea not to use it on a daily basis. This toothpaste will get the job done when utilized only two or three times a week. Keep it in the fridge between uses.
Implementing these recipes into your regular routine will give you a bright smile and help you maintain positive self esteem that will enrich your daily life for years to come.