Most people can probably guess what they shouldn’t eat or drink in order to help their teeth stay white: coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate, tomato sauce, curry-spiced foods and balsamic vinegar dressing to name a few. However, did you know that there are also foods you can eat to actually help whiten your teeth? Sunnyvale dentist Dr. Philip suggests you stock up on the following healthy, teeth whitening foods, and then bon appétit!
They’re red coloring may make you think these delicious summer berries will stain your teeth. However, strawberries contain malic acid, which acts like an astringent to remove stains from the enamel surface of your teeth.
Milk and Yogurt
The high dose of calcium in these foods strengthens your teeth, making the enamel surface healthier and whiter. Teeth with strong enamel are less likely to succumb to surface stains or allow stains to penetrate and reach the dentin layer of your teeth.
These crunchy and delicious year-round fruits are great teeth scrubbers. They are also high in water content, so they increase saliva production in your mouth, which helps wash away stain-causing food debris.
Hard Nuts and Seeds
Because they are slightly abrasive, nuts—almonds, walnuts, pecans and filberts—as well as a variety of seeds scrub stains from the surfaces of your teeth. Full of protein for an energy boost, they make a great mid-day snack. So, pop a handful in your mouth for whiter teeth and to banish that afternoon slump.
Recent research has found that the iron in this cruciferous vegetable may form a coating on your teeth that protects them against acids that can weaken tooth enamel. And when eaten raw, broccoli also helps to polish your teeth.
This tropical fruits contains an enzyme called bromelain, which actually breaks down surface stains without damaging your teeth. In fact, many teeth whitening toothpastes contain bromelain along with other whitening ingredients.
Every now and then, brush your teeth with a paste made of baking soda and water. Like bleach, baking soda is a base, and it’s mildly abrasive texture scrubs away surface stains and plaque.
Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day to help wash away food debris and increase saliva production. Water also reduces the acidity in your mouth.
Call Your Teeth Whitening Sunnyvale Dentist Today
Eat the right foods for a whiter smile, and be sure to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Philip in Sunnyvale, TX. Contact our office today to set an appointment.