Would you like to have whiter teeth? You are not alone. Up to 80% of Americans have said they would like a brighter smile. Did you know that certain foods and drinks can help whiten your teeth naturally over time? Maybe, you already have beautiful white teeth and would like to keep them looking that way. While professional teeth whitening products are faster and more effective, eating and drinking some of these foods and drinks can help!
Yum! Looks can be deceiving with this one. Although red in color, they are also packed with an enzyme called malic acid, which naturally makes teeth whiter. It works as a natural astringent to remove tooth surface discoloration. So, enjoy those strawberries in all your favorite ways, and whiten your teeth while you are at it!
Like strawberries, apples also contain quite a bit of malic acid. Additionally, because apples are crunchy, they work like a natural abrasive scrub to clean your teeth when you are chomping on them.
Celery + Carrots
Like apples, these fibrous veggies also pack scrubbing action to clean away debris. Additionally, they help to create extra saliva which helps prevent the development of plaque, that stains tend to stick to.
Like strawberries, pineapples are packed with a different enzyme. This enzyme, called bromelain, works like a natural stain remover. Bromelain also helps to break up the sticky bacteria that accumulate on the surface of your teeth.
Cheese (Yogurt & Milk Too!)
Your parents probably told you to make sure you drink your milk for strong bones and white teeth. Well, they were not wrong. Dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt are rich in calcium and phosphorus. They help to strengthen, repair, and remineralize your teeth while also whitening them.
Broccoli + Cauliflower
Be sure to eat the crunchy florets of broccoli and cauliflower raw. These are foods that require a lot of chewing, which is a good thing for your teeth. More chewing will produce more saliva, a natural cleanser for your teeth. The crunchiness will help scrub your teeth. So, eating broccoli and cauliflower is like brushing your teeth while eating!
Seeds + Nuts
Seeds and nuts work as teeth exfoliants that can help buff away discoloration. This helps to make the surface of your teeth appear whiter.
Have you ever heard “water is the universal solvent”? Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it also helps prevent the formation of stains on your teeth. Additionally, it lowers the overall acidity in your mouth. So, if you cannot brush after eating, be sure to swish some water in your mouth.
If you are looking to make or keep your smile white, be sure to incorporate some of these foods into your diet. While you eat food to help whiten your teeth, you should also be mindful of foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. Among some of these include coffee, tea, red wine, soda, sweets, and dark berries. Moderation is key. Ideally, you should brush your teeth immediately after consumption of these items. But if you cannot, at least, swish some water!
If you would like to reach your teeth whitening goals more quickly, or need help maintaining the whiteness of your teeth, please schedule an appointment. We have solutions for you!