It’s almost summer time! One of our favorite parts of summer is fresh fruit. From strawberries to peaches, fresh fruit is delicious and has some awesome health benefits. Did you know strawberries are actually good for your oral health?
The reason that strawberries are so good for your oral health is that they contain malic acid. This is an acid that occurs naturally in many of the fruits we eat normally. For example, malic acid is often found in apple juice.
What is malic acid? Inside your mouth, malic acid works as a natural enamel whitener. So next time you are devouring some juicy strawberries, you can be happy you are also help brighten and whiten your smile. Many people also try to make a homemade whitening treatment using strawberries. We found a great article on using strawberries’ malic acid to create your own teeth whitening treatment on health.com. Here are the directions from Health.com.
- Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking soda until blended.
- Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth.
- Leave on for 5 minutes, then brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry–baking soda mix.
- Rinse. (A little floss will help get rid of any strawberry seeds.) Carrel says you can apply once a week.”
We hope you enjoy lots of delicious fruit this summer, and if you try this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments! For more ways to enhance your dental health, check out more articles on our blog or our educational videos.