A beautiful smile filled with pearly whites is what everyone longs for. However, some of our daily consumption of products such as coffee, tea, red wine, and even some sodas can stain your teeth and darken your smile. Have no fear though, this doesn’t mean you need to invest in a fancy teeth-whitening treatment. Start with food! Several foods can actually whiten your teeth naturally. To learn more about what foods can naturally whiten your teeth, keep reading for some advice from Dr. Laurie McNamara McClatchey and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics.
Fortunately, there are several foods you can find at your local grocery store that can help make your teeth whiter. Be sure to add these foods to your cart next time you’re at the store!
- Strawberries – They contain an enzyme called malic acid that may aid in the tooth whitening process.
- Apples, Celery, & Carrots – These foods act like natural stain removers. They do this by increasing saliva production, which serves as the mouth’s self-cleaning agent. They may also kill bacteria that causes bad breath and the crunchiness of the food works to scrub teeth clean.
- Oranges & Pineapples – These tart fruits also increase saliva production! However, beware of foods with a high acidity, like lemons, because they can potentially damage the teeth.
- Yogurt, Milk, & Cheese – Dairy products contain lactic acid, which may help protect against tooth decay. Additionally, the protein in these foods is thought to bind to teeth and protect them from attack by the harmful acids that cause cavities!
Who knew some simple grocery store items can help you to achieve your shiniest smile! Be sure to add these foods into your diet to keep your teeth looking their best! Our office is here to help with any tooth related questions or concerns. Be sure to contact our office so we can help!