You’ve probably been told to avoid foods that can stain your teeth, like coffee, wine and blueberries, but did you know that there are foods you can eat that naturally whiten your teeth? Adding these foods to your diet can help keep your teeth looking great in between your in-office whitening appointments with Dr. Caracioni.
Ten Foods That Naturally Whiten Teeth
Crunchy Foods. Think about foods like apples, carrots, cauliflower and celery. The hard and fibrous textures of these foods require a lot of chewing to break them down. This extra chewing cleans plaque off your teeth and polishes away stains.
Dairy Products. Dairy products contain lactic acid, which helps to whiten your teeth, and the vitamin D found in cheese, yogurt and milk strengthens your tooth enamel. A 2013 Academy of General Dentistry study found that cheese, in particular, has serious benefits for your smile because it helps change the pH balance of your mouth to make it inhospitable to decay-causing bacteria.
Oranges. Oranges help to keep your teeth bright because the citric acid they contain helps to counteract enamel-damaging acid in your mouth. You should not go overboard on oranges, however. Too much citric acid can lead to enamel damage.
Broccoli. Consider broccoli to be Mother Nature’s toothbrush. These tiny trees help to polish up your pearly whites by brushing away stains.
Strawberries. Strawberries to whiten your teeth may sound strange because they stain pretty much everything else. It’s true, though. The malic acid in strawberries is a natural whitening agent.
Dark Chocolate. Yes, a dentist is recommending dark chocolate to strengthen teeth and keep them white. Antioxidants in dark chocolate neutralize decay-causing bacteria, and theobromine, an alkaloid found in cacao, fortifies tooth enamel against stains.
Water. Water helps keep your teeth looking great by rinsing away food and drinks that cause discoloration.
Steak. Steak whitens and brightens your teeth because it’s full of phosphorus, a mineral essential for strong enamel. Steak also requires extra chewing, which helps brush away foods that can cause stains.
Green Tea. The antioxidants and polyphenols found in green tea help repel bacteria that cause decay. They also reduce gum inflammation.
Baking Soda. While baking soda is not exactly a food, it is very beneficial for your teeth. Brushing with baking soda not only scrubs stains off your teeth, but it also changes the pH of your mouth, reducing the risk of acid erosion.
Want to learn more about tooth whitening offered by Dr. Caracioni? Call us today at 785-783-0741.