Wondering how you can maintain a bright smile while eating a healthy diet? There are a few foods you can eat that will help you whiten your teeth while also helping you maintain your overall oral health, and your whole-body health! Take a look at this list below from the team at Innova Family Dental, and change your diet for the better!
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery & Other Fibrous Vegetables
If you really want to keep your teeth white and strong, these vegetables are a great option. Fibrous vegetables like celery, broccoli, and cauliflower act as natural “brushes” when you eat them.
Due to their hard, fibrous nature, they tend to scrape away surface plaque and debris from your teeth. This can help prevent the formation of plaque and tartar, which may discolor your teeth, keeping them bright.
Strawberries are a delicious, all-natural alternative to sugary snacks like candy. They may be dark in color, but they are jam-packed with malic acid, which is a natural tooth brightening agent.
Strawberries are also less acidic than some other fruits like citrus, which means they’re better for your teeth. Of course, all fruits are fine for your teeth as long as you eat them in moderation and keep brushing your teeth regularly.
Apples are also quite fibrous and crunchy, so they act similarly to celery and fibrous vegetables. In the same way, the amount of chewing required when eating apples helps scrub your teeth.
The sugary nature of apples also helps stimulate saliva production a lot, which further helps rinse away food debris, and helps neutralize acids in your mouth.
Cheese & Other Dairy Products
Snacking on cheese is a great way to help keep your teeth white, and to strengthen your teeth. Cheese, along with other dairy products, is high in calcium, which is an essential nutrient for strengthening your bones and your teeth. Like most of the other foods on this list, cheese also helps stimulate production of saliva, contributing to a healthier oral environment.
Baking soda isn’t exactly a “food,” but it is edible, and commonly used as a raising agent in breads and other products. We don't recommend eating it directly, though!
If you want to whiten your teeth with baking soda, just mix equal parts of baking soda with water and brush your teeth. Another option is to buy a toothpaste that contains baking soda as its abrasive whitening agent.
Baking soda is a safe abrasive, because it’s not as hard as your teeth. However, it is harder than plaque, so when you brush with baking soda, you can remove surface stains from your teeth.
Need Help With A Brighter Smile? Come To Innova Family Dental
The above foods may help prevent stain buildup and keep your teeth white, but they won’t help with older stains from coffee, tea, smoking, and other such stains. If you’re suffering from severe tooth stains in Bolingbrook, Innova Family Dental can help. Call us today to learn more about teeth whitening services from Dr. Kalpana Kandimalla, and get the help you need for a brighter, more confident smile.