Getting our teeth professionally whitened is an expense most of us cannot afford. Plus, can we really trust that those whitening agents won’t harm us? I’m pleased to present today’s guest blogger, Gary Wilson, who shares with us 10 foods to help brighten our smile naturally and cost-effectively!
We all know there are foods that stain our teeth, but did you know there are also foods that can whiten our teeth? It’s true, some foods can actually help whiten our teeth naturally! If you don’t have to pay for teeth whitening, that money can go towards affordable dental care to maintain and improve good oral health.
All you need to do is add more of the following list of foods to your diet and enhance the shine of your pearly whites!
Fresh juicy strawberries taste great and they compliment almost any meal. Add them to your cereal for a juicy burst of color and taste. Strawberries contain malic acid which acts as a natural astringent that removes surface stains from your teeth.
Seeds and Nuts
Chewing on seeds and nuts can help clean your teeth. This is because they are slightly abrasive. When you chew on these foods they rub off plaque and stains on the surface of your teeth. The bonus is that they are also full of protein and healthy fats that improve your overall health when you eat them.
You won’t want to chew an onion up before your next date, but eating onions could help whiten your teeth. The bonus is that they are colorless so they won’t cause any surface stains when you eat them either.
That loud crunching sound you hear when you bite into an apple might be annoying, but it’s good for your teeth. The crispiness of apples help strengthen gums. They also have a high water content that helps increase saliva production and disperse and neutralize colonies of bacteria that cause bad breath and plaque.
Instead of brushing your teeth with toothpaste try brushing your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda is a pantry staple, but it is also superb for oral hygiene too. It acts as a mild abrasive that helps scrub off plaque and surface stains.
Celery and Carrots
Celery and carrots both have high water content. This makes these veggies great for your waistline, but it also makes them great for your teeth. Eating celery and carrots helps stimulate saliva production washing away food debris and strengthening gums.
Broccoli doesn’t get stuck to your teeth when you eat it so it won’t cause unsightly surface stains. In fact, the florets on broccoli act as a toothbrush scrubbing the surface of your teeth. This will help remove plaque and surface debris.
Drinking plenty of water helps keep your mouth hydrated and your smile bright. Water helps reduce the acidity in your mouth which in turn helps preserve your enamel. Plus, when you are drinking water you can swish it around in your mouth to help dislodge food particles and plaque.
Eating a pear can help neutralize odor causing and staining bacteria. It also helps increase saliva production which can help wash away food debris leaving your teeth clean and white.
Dairy products have a ton of calcium in them which is good for your teeth. Drinking milk can help strengthen teeth making the enamel healthier and whiter. Plus, milk is white so it won’t stain your teeth.
About the Author
I’m Gary Wilson, professional blogger and social media consultant. In addition, practicing conversion optimization techniques focusing in the health and entertainment niche. I’m always online via Twitter, so you can catch me with your cool ideas.
Do you have any foods you know help whiten teeth?