We all love having pearly whites! But keeping our teeth white can be a challenge even for those who are vigilant about brushing and flossing their teeth. Untreated teeth stains continue to penetrate the surface, leading to those yellow or beige colors that no one feels comfortable sharing in a smile. We can help with your teeth whitening needs, but we also encourage you to eat healthy and make sure you’re “feeding” your teeth with the vitamins and minerals they need.
Here are five foods to chomp on to help keep your teeth healthy—and white!
Who knew that this bright red fruit that can stain our clothes may help whiten your teeth? The enzyme called malic acid in strawberries helps remove discoloration on the surface of teeth. Plus, the antioxidant ellagitannin helps reduce bacteria that attracts stains. When you consider strawberries’ Vitamin C, which helps prevent gum disease, you probably want to add more of these bright red beauties to your diet.
The Citrus Group
Get that saliva going with some oranges, lemons, and grapefruit—even pineapple. When you pucker up to citrus flavor, you produce more saliva which contains large amounts of water. That’s a natural way to rinse the bacteria out of your mouth. Also, oranges and pineapple contain the enzyme bromelain, a natural stain remover for teeth.
And eat some, too! Cheese—and yogurt and milk—are great protectors of our pearly whites. You get natural calcium and phosphorus when you eat dairy, two wonderful minerals that help strengthen your teeth and gums. The lactic acid in dairy helps prevent tooth decay and chomping on hard cheeses produces more saliva, a natural rinse for your mouth. It’s a win-win-win!
Crunchy natural foods produce saliva and saliva…are you sensing a theme here? That’s right. We can’t overstate the impact saliva plays in naturally rinsing your mouth of food and bacteria. Plus, saliva helps reduce the buildup of plaque. Food stains love sticking to plaque, so the more ways you can naturally reduce plaque, the better! Crunchy foods like apples and celery also contain malic acid, which promote the production of saliva. That’s great for getting rid of those pesky food particles that get left behind after eating. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are a natural abrasive, which help “scrub” your teeth of bacteria.
Water, Water Everywhere
This one is a no-brainer. Drinking water during and after meals helps wash away food particles and loose plaque. It’s also a natural way to produce saliva, which you now know is a great way to naturally rinse your mouth.
What foods are the primary offenders for staining teeth? Our daily caffeine boosters are among the culprits. Coffee, particularly black coffee, can seriously stain your teeth. Even adding a little cream to your coffee can help counterbalance the stains left by this dark liquid. Tea. Try switching to green or white tea if you are a serious tea drinker. Soda pop. There are really no redeeming values in soda. Between the sugar, acid, and dark staining colors, the best thing is to avoid soda completely. Red wine is another offender. Make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly before drinking red wine to help lessen the amount of color that can adhere to plaque.