It’s near impossible to avoid foods that stain your teeth: coffee, red wine, berries, dark chocolate… the list goes on. And no matter how often you visit the dentist, they will inevitably lose their pearly white appearance. Sure you can have them artificially whitened a few times a year but the peroxides that are used (hydrogen and carbamide) wears down tooth enamel exposing dentine and causing sensitivity… not to mention the process can hurt like hell. Equally, brush on teeth whiteners sound good on paper, but are just as bad on your teeth. The Glycerin and alcohol content in brush on teeth whiteners can strip moisture from the teeth, leaving gums (and your breath) in bad shape as well as causing sensitivity.
So here’s an inexpensive and pain-free solution: an apple. It may sound strange but rubbing an apple over your teeth can actually whiten them.According to Jeff Golub-Evans, DDS, who is a cosmetic dentist at New York University: “The mildly acidic nature and astringent quality of apples, combined with their rough, fibre-rich flesh, makes them the ideal food for cleansing and brightening teeth”.
How to use it: Simply cut a few slices of apple and rub it on your teeth for 2 minutes. Be sure to chase it with a glass of water to rinse away the sugar, acid, and any plaque it may have removed from your enamel. Try this daily for one week for a whiter and brighter smile.