Brushing your teeth with mashed strawberries (as bizarre as it sounds) is a great natural teeth whitener to use at home because the acidic content of the fruit acts as a mild bleaching agent. Simply mash up one or two ripe strawberries, dip your toothbrush into it and then brush your teeth as normal. When you’ve finished, be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in order to reduce the acidity in the mouth and help to protect the teeth from any damage. And don’t forget to eat these seven other foods for stronger, whiter teeth!
Coconut oil pullingJackson Abatemarco for rd.com, istock/Dawn-Poland
Oil pulling is an ancient Indian technique that simply involves swilling oil around your mouth for a few minutes, similar to the way you’d use a mouthwash. Coconut oil is considered a natural teeth whitener, and a recent study backs up its oral-health benefits: Oil pulling using coconut oil actually helped to reduce plaque formation on the teeth and also helped to reduce gum disease.