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Alexis Bennett
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:15 am

From over-the-counter strips to professional treatments at a dentist's office, the options for achieving bright pearly whites are endless. Unfortunately, each remedy has its pros and cons. Some aren't able to whiten every single tooth, while others could result in tooth sensitivity.

But if you're searching for a gentler way to achieve a bright smile—even on the those hard to reach molars—you're in luck. Thanks to mother nature there are also organic ways to protect your smile and reveal a natural whiteness without the harsh products. Several foods like raw vegetables and fresh fruits contain key ingredients that shield teeth from decay and combat hard-to-remove plaque. Don't believe us? Try them for yourself. We've gathered our favorite foods below to help you achieve a brighter smile with every bite.

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Broccoli
Instead of steaming, eat the crispy florets of this green vegetable raw. The nutritional veggie can act as a natural toothbrush that can clean teeth as you chomp away. Plus, the high levels of iron can coat the enamel to help ward off stains, harmful bacteria, and acid erosion.

Oranges
Don't throw the peel away. Contrary to popular belief, orange peels are not acidic like other citrus counterparts. The skin of the fruit contains variants of vitamin C, which can be a substitute for harsh teeth whiteners. Thoroughly wash off the peel, then rub the inner, white portion across the surface of the enamel to fight tartar buildup and minimize plaque.

Strawberries
A paste made of strawberries and baking soda has been known for years to reveal a naturally whiter smile. The malic acid in the bright fruit acts as a whitener from mother nature, but brushing afterwards is a must since the berry also contains sugars.

Carrots
This crunchy veggie has an abrasive surface that stains don't stand a chance next to. Besides just snacking on a raw carrot, try rubbing the bright roots against your teeth for a quick smooth polish.

Cheese
Lactic acids in cheeses will help guard teeth against future decay. Cut a hard slice like aged gouda. The tough surfaces can also nix stains that are caused by the build-up of food particles.

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