Are you looking for natural ways to keep your household's smile healthy and bright between dental treatments? Here are a few tasty recipes that will help you do just that:

Cinnamon Apple Bites

Apples act like natural toothbrushes thanks to their crunchy texture, which helps scrub debris away from teeth. They also happen to contain malic acid, which is used in commercial teeth whitening products. Raisins induce saliva which naturally rinses plaque away. And cinnamon provides freshening effects while fighting off bad bacteria and cavities. When combined, these three ingredients make a tooth healthy snack that the entire family is sure to enjoy. Here's what you will need to make a batch of cinnamon apple bites:

  • 3 large green apples
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp water

Place the raisins, water, and cinnamon in a blender and pulse until the ingredients get thoroughly mixed and turns into a paste. Cut your apples into thin slices and use a knife or spoon to spread a little raisin paste on each one. Place the apple slices on a tray and enjoy!

Peppermint Toothpaste

Because peppermint essential oil is a natural antiseptic, it's effective at killing bacteria that is known to cause gum disease which makes it a perfect ingredient for homemade toothpaste. The peppermint oil will freshen your breath and help keep your mouth feeling clean for hours after you brush with it. Here is how to make some refreshing peppermint toothpaste for your household:

  • 4 tbsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Simply put all the ingredients in a small reusable plastic bowl with a lid and use a fork to mix the ingredients until they become the consistency of your commercial toothpaste. Your homemade toothpaste will stay fresh for about a week between uses.

Tropical Berry Smoothie

Like apples, strawberries contain malic acid which helps get rid of tooth stains for a bright smile between dental visits. You could just mash a few berries and rub them on your teeth, but why not make a smoothie with them so you can better enjoy your whitening treatment? This tropical berry smoothie takes only a couple of minutes to make and will keep you full until your next meal. You will need the following ingredients to make enough for two servings:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup coconut milk

Put everything except the coconut milk in your blender and mix on high until the fruit breaks down into tiny pieces. Add the coconut milk and mix on high again until the concoction turns into a thick shake.

These recipes are all easy to make and will help ensure that your entire family's teeth stay white and healthy between their scheduled visits to a  dentist from a clinic like TLC Dental Center.