Brightening your smile is as easy as going to your dentist for a quick in-office whitening treatment. Or, you can also simply just purchase an at-home treatment option using a whitening toothpaste, mouthwash or whitening pens, strips or trays. Or, you can also get that brighter smile you’ve always wanted simply by eating your way to it.
Yes, eating. As in, munching on food.
Now, while it is true that certain types of food have been known to cause stains and discoloration in teeth, there are some that do the opposite.
If you’re looking to whiten your teeth the natural way, or want to supplement your ongoing whitening treatment, feel free to start adding these to your next grocery list.
It’s one of those kinds of food that require you to chew a lot and the more chew, the more saliva you produce. And, in case you didn’t know, saliva is your mouth’s natural cleanser for your teeth to help keep them bright and shiny.
Apples are hard, crunchy and tasty to boot. Though, it’s that crunchy part that makes apples so beneficial for your teeth as chewing on them helps scrub away all the stains on your teeth.
It also helps that apples have a high concentration of malic acid, a common ingredient in many toothpastes that increases saliva production. And, as mentioned previously, more saliva means cleaner, brighter looking teeth.
In case you don’t fancy apples, but still want a fruit packed with malic acid, strawberries is a good alternative.
- Cheese, Yogurt and Milk
Dairy products, such as the three mentioned above, contain lactic acid and calcium, both of which strengthen your teeth and at the same time, whitens them as well.
Chewing on cheese, in particular, also helps promote the production of saliva.
Pineapple is the only food that contains bromelain naturally, which is a compound with powerful cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain has also been proven as an effective stain-removing ingredient when used in toothpastes.
While most of the food items here are rich in fiber, broccoli is especially so and adding lots of fiber in your daily diet not only curbs your appetite, but also help reduce inflammation in your body, including your mouth.
Snacking on crisp, raw broccoli benefits not just your teeth, but also your body. Plus, the iron found in broccoli helps provide an added wall of protection for your teeth against harmful bacteria, which makes this vegetable even more effective against stains and cavities.
While it’s easy to think that raisins are bad for your teeth given how full of sugar they are, the truth is actually quite the opposite.
Research shows that adding raisins to your daily breakfast cereal can help make it more effective in cleaning your mouth. Also, chewing on raisin stimulates saliva production.
We all know how drinking water regularly is good for our health, and the fact that it’s also good for keeping our teeth bright and shiny only reinforces how we should drink much more water than we currently are.
Paired with regular trips to the dentist and of course, proper oral care at home, munching on these goodies will surely keep your teeth, as well as your body, feeling and looking healthy.
For a quick and effective way to whiten teeth, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada at 310-546-2595 or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com to learn more about treatments to whiten teeth.