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Natural, inexpensive ways to whiten your teeth

October 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Teeth whitening is a billion-dollar industry. But getting a brighter smile can be expensive - not to mention painful for people who have sensitive teeth and gums.

Luckily, there are natural ways to achieve a bright smile without the use of whiteners:

  • The next time you're at the produce aisle, pick up a basket of strawberries. The astringent and vitamin C work together to whiten. Either rub them on your teeth or mash them up - just make sure to brush immediately after.

  • Mix baking soda with lemon juice. Lemons are a natural bleaching agent. Apply with a cotton swab and leave on for a minute.

  • A paste of orange peel and crushed bay leaves will freshen breath and brighten your smile!