6 Foods that Whiten Teeth
As a holistic dental practice, at Prescott Dentistry we understand that you value natural and preventative dental care. One of the best things you can do for your dental health is changing the way you eat. Try supplementing your diet with the following foods—not only do they offer you nutritional benefits, but they also help keep your teeth bright and sparkly. Here are 7 foods that whiten teeth naturally:
Apples have a high concentration of malic acid, which is a common ingredient in some toothpastes. Malic acid boosts saliva production, according to a 2013 study conducted at the University of Grenada. Increased saliva keeps bacteria at bay and helps remove stains from the teeth. When you chew on a crunchy apple, this also helps scrub the teeth clean.
Pineapple contains a compound called bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties. This protein is often used in natural toothpastes to remove surface stains and aid in the removal of plaque. Research has shown that bromelain-based gels are effective in bleaching stained dental enamel.
Like apples, the crunchiness of raw broccoli can help clean and polish your teeth. Broccoli also contains iron, which has the added benefit of providing protection against the enamel-degrading acid that’s produced by bacteria. This helps prevent stains and cavities.
Many people think raisins are bad for teeth because they are sugary and sticky, but they actually provide protection for the teeth. Research shows that bran cereal with raisins helps clean the mouth faster than the same cereal without raisins. Chewing raisins stimulates saliva, which helps prevent plaque, stains and cavities from developing by neutralizing the acidic environment created by other foods and bacteria in your mouth.
Many of the foods and drinks we consume this time of year are highly acidic. Cheese is actually alkaline. So snacking on cheese in between sips and bites of acidic treats can help to cut the acid. This will reduce your risk of tooth decay. It is also high in calcium and phosphate, which will strengthen your teeth and protect the enamel.
Like apples, strawberries also contain malic acid. In addition to that, they contain ellagitannins, which are antioxidants that can help reduce stain-attracting bacteria and inflammation in your mouth. And the vitamin C in strawberries can help prevent gum inflammation and periodontal disease.
Here are some foods to avoid right before or after brushing, as they can stain the teeth. When you do eat them, be sure to swish with water after.
- Tomato sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
And check out our post on beverages that can affect your teeth.
Teeth Whitening at Prescott Dentistry
Prevention and regular oral hygiene, along with twice-yearly professional cleanings, are the best ways to protect your teeth from stains. However, we understand that you might need some extra help brightening your smile! That’s why we offer professional teeth whitening. Be sure to give us a call or ask about it at your next appointment.