Don't throw away those banana peels just yet!

Who doesn't like a set of shiny whites? After all, they brighten your smile and indicate good oral health. No wonder every toothpaste brand is trying to convince you that their product can give you the perfect shade of white. Dentists have a set of treatments for teeth whitening and there are a host of other products available in the market to make the job easier.

What if you could brighten your teeth at no cost at all? So the next time you eat a banana, do not throw the peel away. Banana peels are rich in not just potassium but also calcium and Vitamin D, which aids the teeth whitening process and shows remarkable results. Potassium also reduces tooth sensitivity.

A study[1] suggests rubbing the inside of banana peels for 2 minutes on your teeth makes them whiter.

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Here s how you need to go about it:

  • Choose ripe yellow bananas but ensure the skin or peel does not have black patches. Peel it neatly so that the skin is intact.
  • With a sharp knife make 2 inch squares from the peel. It will be easier to hold the small square pieces while rubbing them on your teeth.
  • Each piece may cover 2-3 teeth. Start from the molars and rub each piece for 2-3 minutes in rotational and up and down motion. Cover all angles and all teeth.
  • Now brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste and brush. Rinse your mouth well to get rid of the banana peels stuck, if any.

And, Smile! Don t expect to be blinded by the flash of your whites but you will definitely see a difference. Follow this once a week and for better results.

Another study[2] reveals the anti-fungal and antibiotic properties of banana peels. Hence rubbing them on your teeth will not just ensure whitening of teeth but also maintain overall oral hygiene.

Bananas have several health benefits, and now you can utilize its peels for a hassle free, cost effective teeth-whitening treatment at home.

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  1. Rizvi, F. J., & Zaidi, M. A. Oral Hygiene in Ayurveda with Special Refrence to Kavala (Oil Pulling).
  2. Kumar, K. S., Bhowmik, D., Duraivel, S., & Umadevi, M. (2012). Traditional and medicinal uses of banana. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry,1(3), 2278-4136.
  3. Haywood VB Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry (Jamesburg, N.J. : 1995) [2005, 26(9 Suppl 3):11-20]

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