10 Foods That Whiten Teeth Naturally
Who doesn’t want a beautiful set of shiny, pearly-white teeth?
We know that certain foods like coffee, tea, and red wine can stain and darken teeth. On the other hand, there are actually some common foods that can help whiten teeth over time. While these are not as effective as professional teeth-whitening products, they are inexpensive, natural, and can help brighten a smile.
So what kinds of food can one eat to enhance their smile?
Strawberries contain malic acid, which helps remove surface tooth discoloration. They can be effective no matter how they’re eaten – in salads, cereal, or desserts. Or even mashed and on a toothbrush.
- Nuts and seeds
Sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and cashews remove surface stains because of their abrasive texture. They are like natural exfoliators that keep teeth looking bright.
The crunchy texture of apples helps strengthen gums and teeth. Also, because the fruit has a high water content, it increases saliva production which helps wash away bacteria that can cause discoloration.
- Baking soda
Baking soda is a natural bleaching agent, and is present in many toothpastes. Brushing teeth with baking soda every once in a while can scrub off plaque and surface stains.
Broccoli’s high fiber content makes it act as a coarse scrubbing agent. You can even think of them as little brushes to help scrub away stains.
Hard cheeses are high in calcium, which makes teeth stronger. They also contain lactic acid, which may help protect teeth against decay and help whiten them. Chewing on hard cheese also helps remove food particles that lead to stains.
Eating this fruit helps neutralize acid in the mouth that causes tooth decay. It also helps the mouth product more saliva, which washes teeth clean naturally.
One might think raisins are bad for teeth because they are sweet and sticky. However, chewing on raisins stimulates saliva, which helps prevent plaque, stains and cavities from developing.
- Raw onions and garlic
While not great for fresh breath, raw onions and garlic release bacteria-reducing compounds called thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates, which help reduce the production of plaque and stains.
If you do drink wine or eat dark, pigmented foods, sip on water throughout and after your meal to help rinse the mouth and prevent staining. Go for distilled instead of sparkling water – bubbles and acid from sparkling water break down enamel which can harm teeth.
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