Four Foods That Can Whiten Your Teeth
- May 20, 2015
If you’ve recently had your teeth cleaned or whitened, you’re probably looking for the best ways to keep them brilliantly white, right? You definitely don’t want to discolor them, so you should know to avoid dark beverages and foods that have a tendency to stain teeth the same way they’d stain fabric.
Black coffee, red wine, and dark berries are some of the biggest culprits in people’s diets for stained and yellowed teeth. If you have to drink or eat these, add some cream to your coffee to lessen the effects, and be sure to drink a big glass of water afterward and brush your teeth as soon as possible, too.
But we’re not just talking about avoiding foods that stain your teeth; we’re talking about foods that you should add to your diet to achieve whiter, brighter teeth. Enjoy these tasty treats while maintaining healthy dental hygiene habits, and we will be able to give you an A+ at your next appointment.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but really, an apple a day can keep cavities and stains away, too. When you bite down on a crisp, refreshing apple, you’re actually working to strengthen your gums and help prevent them from receding. The high water content in apples is also great for saliva production. All that water and saliva swishing around in your mouth is great for washing away bacteria before it can form plaque on your teeth.
Next up, fill up on strawberries if you want sparkly white teeth. Strawberries have a high content of malic acid, which acts as a light astringent. In combination with the very mild abrasive quality of strawberries’ seeds, it’s almost like you’re brushing your teeth as you take each bite.
A lot of other fruits and vegetables that are high in iron and other nutrients – such as beets and cranberries – have a major issue in common. They all have a nasty tendency to stick to the enamel of your teeth and stain it, but you can get all of the same iron and other vitamins and nutrients in broccoli instead. Not only will it not stain your teeth, but its florets also have a light scrubbing effect on teeth, too.
Finally, add a calcium boost to your day with some hard cheese. Hard cheeses help strengthen teeth and gums, and they’re almost colorless, so they won’t stain your teeth, either. Plus, there’s also protein and phosphorous in cheese and milk that act as buffers against acid, which can be really hard on your teeth.
If you eat these foods, drink lots of water throughout the day, and brush and floss at least once in the morning and once at night, you’ll love how white and beautiful your teeth stay between visits to the dentist.
When you’re ready to learn more about how to care for your teeth, give us a call at Robert I. Hlavac, Dental Corporation to set up your next appointment!