Foods That Can Help Whiten Your Teeth

December 13, 2018

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Coffee, red wine and smoking are all known to stain our teeth and while whitening toothpastes, strips and procedures can brighten your smile, so can certain foods. Not only can the right foods and drinks help scrub away stains and make your teeth look brighter, but some can also actually strengthen your chompers from the inside. Yogurt packs a 1-2 punch for your teeth. It is rich in calcium, which is essential for keeping your teeth looking healthy and bright. It’s also a good source of phosphorus, a mineral that works like a wingman to make calcium’s effects more potent. Just steer clear of the flavored stuff as those added sugars can break down tooth enamel over time. Cheese is also rich in the enamel strengtheners calcium and phosphorus. You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck from hard cheeses like cheddar, Gruyere, and Parmesan. Apples crunchy texture acts as a gentle abrasive to scrub away the plaque that can leave your teeth looking dull. Just like apples, raw carrots’ hard, crunchy texture can actually help scrub your teeth clean. You'd expect strawberries to stain your teeth red but they actually can help make your teeth whiter. They contain an enzyme called malic acid that works as a natural astringent to remove surface discoloration. Try applying mashed strawberries to your teeth like a paste for five minutes then rinsing and brushing as normal. One study found that this method can help remove plaque to give it a whiter appearance without actually bleaching the teeth. While xylitol-sweetened gum can be deadly for our pets, sugar alcohol like xylitol has been shown to reduce the formation of plaque, which makes it harder for stains to stick to your teeth. Not to mention the constant chewing helps your mouth produce more saliva, which helps keep plaque from developing.


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