7 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth!

Want whiter teeth this summer? Don’t want to break the bank buying expensive over-the-counter products? AOL Healthy Living offers up 7 natural ways to whiten your teeth!

Bleached, bright-white teeth seem to be everywhere — and while traditional treatments like whitening toothpastes, at-home trays and in-office procedures are an effective way to get there, they can sometimes cause tooth sensitivity and pain. For those hoping to steer clear of chemical treatments, there are a few techniques that can possibly help your smile to sparkle naturally.

The first step is good oral hygiene. “Health and beauty are intertwined,” says Arthur Glosman, D.D.S., a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills. “If something is healthy, it’s going to look beautiful. If it’s sick, no amount of white teeth is going to make it look good.”

Beyond that, here are a few remedies that do (and don’t) work for a whiter — and maybe even healthier — smile.

1: Crunchy fruits and vegetables!

Crunchy, crispy fruits have an abrasiveness that can help to lift stains from the teeth and give the illusion that they are whiter. “They’re like nature’s toothbrush,” Glosman says.

Try munching on apples, celery and carrots, which have enough abrasiveness to clean tooth surface without posing any harm to the enamel, says Emanuel Layliev D.D.S., a cosmetic dentist at the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. “The crispier the better,” he says.

2: Floss!

“People underestimate how important staining is that happens in between the teeth,” Glosman says. “If you just floss, you can remove so much of the staining that’s in between the teeth that your teeth will already look whiter.”

And no matter how bleached your teeth are, they won’t look healthy set up against red, puffy and receded gums, so he recommends continuing to brush at least twice a day on top of a daily flossing.

3: Cheese

There’s a growing body of evidence indicating that eating a small amount of cheese after a meal can potentially help to prevent tooth decay and promote enamel re-mineralization, Glosman says.

Along those same lines: “Milk and yogurt keep teeth sparkling and cavity-free because they contain the minerals calcium and phosphorus, which promote the remineralziation of tooth enamel,” says Lisa Drayer, M.A., R.D., author of “The Beauty Diet: Looking Great Has Never Been So Delicious.”

4: Sugar-free gum with xylitol

Xyoltol is a natural sweetener that can actually help to prevent plaque. While plaque feeds on regular sugar, it can’t digest xylitol. Xylitol also neutralizes pH levels in the mouth and increases saliva production. “Saliva is like the natural cleaner that we have in our mouth,” Glosman says. “It spills through all of the cracks and crevices.”

But bear in mind that this works both ways — while saliva can wash away food and debris, it can also carry bacteria throughout the mouth, meaning twice daily brushings and low sugar intake are just as important.

5: Consider it: Chocolate covered strawberries

There’s a small amount of evidence (largely anecdotal) that has indicated strawberries may promote whiter teeth. On top of that, chocolate can act as an antibacterial element because of the cocoa bean husk, says Layliev, meaning that it can reduce the amount of bacteria. The drawback, of course, is that this treat still has sugar, so don’t indulge excessively.

6: Skip it: Baking soda

While there are properties in baking soda that can remove surface stains, it’s not the ideal long-term tooth whitener, says Kimberly Harms, D.D.S., consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, as it can be too abrasive on teeth and ultimately damage the enamel (which can actually make teeth appear even darker). Instead, she suggests sticking with whitening toothpaste that has a clinically tested, safe amount of abrasive properties. The American Dentistry Association looks at appropriate abrasiveness levels, among other factors, when handing out their ADA Accepted seals.

7: Skip it: Vinegar and lemon

Glosman has heard of people using apple cider and vinegar to whiten teeth, but cautions that it may possibly damage enamel. “I wouldn’t want to go down that route,” he says.


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Kristin Cavallari launches her first pick as an OpenSky curator.


(May 3, 2011 – Photo by Bauer Griffin)

Kristin Cavallari launches her first pick as an OpenSky curator.

Reality star, TV producer, shoe designer, actress, humanitarian
From my days in Laguna Beach to nights out in Hollywood, my sense of style has evolved tremendously over the years. For me, fashion isn’t about the label or what’s trendy–it’s about loving what I wear and feeling good in it. It’s important that the transition from day to evening looks is really easy–I’m often super casual and beachy during the day and then have to glam it up for evening. My favorite items–from accessories, to jewelry, to beauty and skincare–are the guiding factor in helping me create great looks. I think all women love having those amazing anchor pieces in their closets that help them throw together an effortless but cool outfit. At the end of the day, I want fashion to be a friend, not a frenemy. And I feel the same way about every part of my lifestyle–beauty, skincare, and exercise, too.

I can’t wait to help my OpenSky followers make great discoveries that fit effortlessly into their lives. Everything you buy should make you feel good about yourself–whether it’s a piece of special jewelry, a comfy scarf that completes an oufit, or your favorite lip gloss.

I am so excited to share all my favorite things with you!

Melinda Maria Mini Pod Pave Bangle in Gold or Silver + Free Shipping
“The pave stones add just the right amount of sparkle for a really sophisticated look.” – Kristin

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Summer Sparkle!

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Bronze Shimmer Dust

What it is:
A microcrystalline glitter for the body and hair.

What it does:
Sparkle is a state of mind and this product adds dazzling shimmer to bare shoulders, legs, hair, and the décolleté. Its microcrystalline sparkle pigment is made almost entirely from a reflex material, which creates a luxurious and fantastical twinkle effects in a glowing bronze shade that’s a perfect accent to a bronze complexion.

What else you need to know:
“Influenced by soaring Moorish architecture and dusty Turkish horizons, Sparklicity Bronze conjures up images of sun drenched vistas and regal exoticism. Dazzling geometric tiling from the famed Topkapi Palace inspires this sophisticated update of summer colors. Shimmering neutrals, misty golds, and soft oasis blue lure you eastward on this elegant voyage.” —XOXO, Tarina Tarantino, jewelry designer and makeup artist

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