It can be tough to get your kids interested in good dental hygiene, but with the help of a few homemade recipes, you can make the process a little more interesting. By using strawberries as a base, you can create your own homemade teeth-whitening recipes that work to remove surface stains as well as scrub plaque away. Try one or more of the following fun recipes with the kids:
Berry Lemon Toothpaste
This toothpaste is really easy to make. It holds up well in the fridge and there are no dangerous side effects to worry about if a little is accidentally swallowed while brushing. But do keep in mind that some of the ingredients are acidic, so the toothpaste should only be used every other day so that the enamel isn't worn down from overuse. Here's what you will need to make enough berry lemon toothpaste for about 7 uses:
- 2 fresh or frozen strawberries – let them thaw before use if frozen
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp hydrogen peroxide
Simply place all of the ingredients into a small sealable container and use a fork or spoon to mash everything together until it turns into a pinkish paste.
Mint 'N' Berry Mouthwash
The mint in this mouthwash provides fresh breath for hours after use, and the hydrogen peroxide helps boost the whitening power of the berries. You'll need a blender and the following ingredients to make a mason jar full of this mint 'n' berry mouthwash:
- 4 fresh or frozen strawberries, stems and all
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
- 5 drops of spearmint or peppermint essential oil
Place the strawberries and 2 tablespoons of the water in your blender. Mix it on high until the berries break down and turn into a thin slush. Strain the mixture into a small bowl using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Add the rest of the water, the hydrogen peroxide, and the mint oil to a clean mason jar and then transfer the strained berry liquid into the jar. Seal the jar and shake vigorously a few times so the ingredients fully meld. Keep in the fridge between uses.
Berry Breakfast Blast
Starting the day with a berry breakfast blast will fill you and the kids up until lunch time and provide you all with bright smile to greet others with throughout your busy days. This tasty berry breakfast smoothie packs a big punch of nutrients that your growing kids will unknowingly appreciate too – here's how to make enough for three servings:
- 2 medium bananas
- 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup nonfat yogurt
- 1 cup ice cubes
Put everything into your blender and mix on medium setting until the ingredients become a smooth and creamy concoction. Enjoy as is, or freeze for a soft-serve treat later!
These recipes are sure to be a hit with the whole family, and may even encourage better dental hygiene overall. Talk with a professional, like Dr. Jerry F. Maymi & Associates, for more ideas on how to keep your kids involved in good nutrition and proper dental hygiene.