How to Whiten Children's Teeth

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Strawberries can be used to help whiten teeth.
Strawberries can be used to help whiten teeth. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Children, like adults, can often be exposed to substances in food and drink that tint their teeth, making them less white. A child's "baby teeth," or nonpermanent teeth, are not as naturally white as the ones that will eventually grow in to begin with. But sometimes children may become self-conscious about a stain on their teeth, or they may just want to whiten them to feel at their best. While permanent and more severe treatments are not recommended for children by all dentists, there is a natural remedy that you can use at home to help children achieve that added sparkle in their smile.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • 1 Ripe strawberry
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Cup
  • Water
  • Floss

Remove the strawberry's stem and place it into a bowl.

Mash up the strawberry using a fork until it is in as many tiny pieces as possible.

Pour one-half teaspoon of baking soda into the bowl with the strawberry.

Use a spoon to mix the baking soda and strawberry together until fully blended.

Dip a toothbrush into the mixture. Apply it to your child's teeth, or solely to a targeted area, as you would with toothpaste. Move the brush in a circular motion for optimum application.

Leave the mixture on the teeth for three to five minutes. Tell your child to avoid eating it and to let it sit on their teeth for a time.

Apply toothpaste to a toothbrush, and brush your child's teeth as usual, removing the mixture.

Fill a cup with water. Have your child rinse thoroughly. Do it three times to remove the excess strawberry and baking soda.

Use floss to remove any strawberry seeds from in-between the child's teeth.

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