Thanks to indulgences like coffee, chocolate, and even some berries, it can be tough to keep your teeth as bright as you like them between professional whitening services. But there is one kind of berry that you can indulge in while actually brightening up your teeth at the same time – strawberries contain an astringent that works to remove stains when they're enjoyed, as well as a healthy dose of vitamin C that effectively clears away plaque each time you eat them. Here are a few fun strawberry recipes you can implement into your lifestyle for teeth brightening benefits between professional whitening treatments:
Strawberry Banana Breakfast Shake
Having fruit for breakfast is a great way to start the day, as it will keep you full until lunch, thanks to all the fiber you're consuming. Treat yourself to a morning shake by blending stain fighting strawberries with a few other ingredients to create a rich meal that your taste buds will celebrate. Here's what you need to make enough for two large servings:
- 2 medium bananas, peeled and frozen
- 2 cups strawberries, frozen
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Pinch of nutmeg
Put everything into your blender and mix on high until smooth and well combined. Serve as-is, pour over ice, or put it in a thermos to go. Try making an extra batch to put in the freezer, and you'll have some healthy sherbet to enjoy for dessert!
Berry Bliss Energizing Tea
Keep yourself energized throughout the day with a strawberry infused green tea concoction that's tasty, hydrating, and good to your teeth. You'll want to make this fruitful tea the night before you plan to enjoy it to ensure maximum flavor. Here is how to make a big pitcher:
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 3 green tea bags
- 1 cup strawberries, thawed if frozen and cut into small ¼ pieces
- Juice of half a lemon
Boil the water and then transfer it to a glass or heat-resistant plastic pitcher. Add the tea bags and let them steep for about five minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the ice, strawberries, and lemon juice. Stir the tea vigorously while adding the ice, then put the pitcher in your fridge and let it chill overnight before enjoying.
A great way to make sure that your teeth stay white between professional whitening treatments at your dentist's office is to use your own homemade whitening toothpaste a few times a week in place of the commercial brand you typically use. This whitening toothpaste is easy to make and it stays fresh in the fridge for about a week between uses, so there isn't a need to make a new batch every morning. To make your own you will need:
- 2 strawberries (thaw them before using if they're frozen)
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Use a fork to mash the ingredients together until it turns into a pasty consistency and use a spoon or new wooden popsicle stick to spread the paste on your toothbrush before using. Store the toothpaste in a sealable plastic container when it isn't in use to maintain its fresh flavor.
Minty Berry Mouthwash
Finish up your brushing regimen with your own homemade mouthwash, and you'll have fresh breath and bright teeth all day long. This minty mouthwash is unique in flavor and is safe enough for kids to use. The following things are needed to make a batch:
- A clean plastic bottle with a screw top
- 1 cup water
- 4 fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
- ½ tbsp baking soda
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
Blend the strawberries until they're mushy, then strain the juice into a small bowl using a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Put the juice, along with the rest of the ingredients, in your plastic bottle, screw the lid on, and shake the concoction vigorously for about 15 seconds so everything integrates well. Simply take a swig and use as you would regular mouthwash. You can store the mixture on your bathroom counter for up to a week between uses.
These recipes taste great and are easy to prepare, which is sure to make them a pleasurable addition to your daily routine. To learn more about keeping your teeth looking great, go to this web-site or contact your dentist.